Free Maintenance Tips
- If you have a leaky boiler and a pet, don't put a pan under it. The twenty year old water, flush chemicals and anti-freezing agents can make them sick or worse.
- Got a cold room? Noisy pipes? Open your bleeder valve regularly. The air in your pipes is not a conductor.
- Check your filter lately? Almost everybody answers "Yes" to this but checking the filter should be done every 30 days especially, if you have pets. It can be so restricted that the machine's running perfect, and distributing no heat.
- Cold room? I find a G.I. Joe fort in a kids room floor duct about once a month. Check the duct. Can't see around the corner of the duct? Use a compact to look around the corner for foreign objects.
- Closing vents in rooms that are not in use (storage areas or spare bedrooms for example) can be a great way to save in the winter but air conditioners are sized to our homes exact square footage, so closing vents in the summer can cause the a/c to freeze up, so be sure to open them back up in the cooling season.
- Put a bowl under your drain valve and let a little water drip in there. Brown? Connect a hose then run it into the toilet until its clear. Do it again in a week. Brown again? Time for a new anode rod.
- This is the most common source of carbon monoxide. If any of your equipment is over 15 yrs old please get yourself a nice carbon monoxide detector. A decent one at a Home Depot is only going to cost around $30.00.
- Install a dip tube (a pipe inside your water heater that takes the hot water from the bottom instead of the top). This keeps sediment from building up and minimizes recovery time as you're taking water from the top of the burner instead of from close to the burner at the bottom.
- Calcium build up causing the filter to overextend the drain pan is the biggest cause for leaks. Changing it annually will prevent that and increase efficiency.
- Up to a third of our conditioned air can be lost through this device in the summer. If you don't have a damper, block it off with a tupperware bowl in the duct during the summer months.
- We add an anti-fungal agent to these as part of service as humidiiers create an ideal environment for growing and distributing mold spores. Ours come from a supply house but you can add a couple drops of bleach in the supply tube at the beginning of the heating season.
- Your condensing unit (outside) has down facing fins and you may have to get down on your knees to see them. Look up on all sides and you should see little metal fins. The air has to get between these in order to dissipate heat, if not you pay to tote it back inside your house. If instead you see cottonwood or pet hair, check your local codes and if they allow, hose this unit off as often as needed. Spray water through the top center fins against the inside of the coil. DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER! Those fins are delicate. If that doesn't get it off then it's melted on there. Give us a call as it's time to break out the nasty chemicals to get it cleaned.
- If you have trouble keeping your upstairs cool, your a/c unit may be undersized. You can try closing your vents halfway on the lower level to force more air upstairs but if you start to see frost build up on your pipes, you need to open them back up.
- This is one of our most costly luxuries. I don't know how many times I've heard "it just feels like there's a big open window somewhere down here." That's because there is a wide open window with a single piece of glass as your insulation. Simple stuff, keep them clean and cover them up when not in use. Whoever finds a decorative way to do this is going to make a mint.
- Got a receptacle that's always warm to the touch? Got a 70's house with aluminum wires like mine? What's it being used for? Got the whole house run off that one plug? Maybe that's your only problem. Try this, turn everything in the house off. No more hot receptacle (plug)? Next try splitting up your load, move the ironing board to a different room than the coffee pot and curling iron. Still got a hot plug or light? Get it checked out. Heat with no amperage draw isn't possible, so that power's taking a shortcut and if it's not enough to trip a breaker, it's a slow resistant short, which is a heavy fire potential. Here's where you need an honest fella cause alot of guys try to play to peoples fears in this industry, so don't find your tech. on the internet, don't go with the cheapest, ask your friends and check licensing! Just because the company's in business doesn't mean they're reputable.
- Another way to determine if you're safe or need a technician is to buy a plug tester at Home Depot for $6.00. They just plug into a receptacle and three little lights indicate proper or faulty wiring and have a button to test if any receptacle that's supposed to be protected by a G.F.C.I. are and those are the receptacles close to water that have the test and reset buttons meant to protect us from shock through a water short.
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