Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing Tips for Homeowners
Don’t Wait Until It Breaks!
Even if you never get your hands dirty changing an air conditioning filter, inspecting a furnace or boiler, fixing a leaky faucet, draining your water heater or unclogging a sink drain, there are a few simple air conditioning, heating and plumbing tips every homeowner should know. Do it yourself or hire a professional – these tips can help you get started.
Schedule a professional inspection twice a year. In between professional tune-ups, you can clean the outside unit yourself with a garden hose, keep it clear of debris and shrubbery, straighten bent fins and change the filter every two to three months.
Furnaces and Boilers
According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, homeowners should schedule an annual professional inspection of chimneys, flues and furnace vents for leaks, built-up debris, and to ensure connections are secure. Inspectors should also check the furnace or boiler units themselves to make sure the appliances are running properly, taking in adequate fuel, maintaining good gas pressure and proper operating temperature.
An inspector should also check the furnace and boiler for adequate ventilation and gas leaks. Never place furniture or other heavy objects over vents, and be sure your furnace filter is clean. Always use only the fuel your device has been designed to consume, and hire a professional to handle appliance fuel conversions or modifications.
Install a carbon monoxide alarm in the hallways near the bedrooms in your home. Like a smoke detector, these CO alarms emit a loud beep when unsafe levels of carbon monoxide are in the air. Carbon monoxide is a potentially deadly gas that can build up in your home when heat sources aren’t properly ventilated or functioning. CO alarm batteries should be checked every month and replaced once a year.
An easy way to fix leaks is to replace worn or aging fixtures and washers. Small replacement parts and new fixtures will pay for themselves in water cost savings in just a few months, and they are easy to install. Of course, a professional plumber can also come to your rescue for a relatively affordable cost if you’re not a do-it-yourself-er.
If you are like most homeowners, you probably don’t think too much about your water heater – until you’re the one stuck with a cold shower. You can extend the life of your water heater by draining the tank regularly (or hiring a pro to do it for you). This makes it easy to remove the sediment that can build up in the bottom of the tank; sediment build up can clog your water lines and limit the heater’s energy efficiency.
Drains and Sewers
Maintenance is the best way to keep bad drain smells at bay and to keep drains flowing freely. There are plenty of commercial drain cleaning solutions out there; you can find them at any grocery store or
plumbing supply, home improvement or hardware store. Alternatively, you can do some research on natural homemade solutions or simply hire a professional to come in once or twice a year to flush your system.
Root infiltration can damage sewer and septic lines, causing slow-flowing drains, noisy toilets and leaks around appliances like the washing machine or dishwasher. Luckily, these are all symptoms of sewer line problems, too, so if you notice them early you can save yourself the costly headache of complete sewer line replacement.
Contact Horizon Services
So, when you are ready to install or replace your home’s air conditioner or heater system, please contact Horizon Services. Our friendly and experienced team of Home Comfort Consultants knows air conditioning and heating systems inside and out. They’ll take the time to study your home, understand your cooling and heating requirements, show you all of your options and assist you with finding the quality home comfort system that best meets your family’s needs and budget.