10-Point Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist

Spring HVAC Maintenance

10-Point Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist

  • Plumbing

10-Point Spring HVAC Maintenance Checklist

It’s time to start thinking about Spring HVAC maintenance. Most folks think about Spring cleaning as a time to get rid of useless stuff you’ve been accumulating over the winter, a time to brush away the cobwebs, and to finally get rid of the dust bunnies hibernating under the couch. It’s also time to start thinking about some other chores that are a crucial part of your Spring cleaning routine such as the need to do a little HVAC maintenance to make sure your heating and cooling systems are running properly and efficiently for those cooler spring days, and soon to come warmer summer weather.

 

A properly running and maintained HVAC system is one of the most important things you as a homeowner must achieve to ensure the comfort of your family and the lowest possible utility bill each season. Many folks don’t think they need to call the HVAC company to come out unless they are having a problem with their system. That is truly not the case. Think of HVAC maintenance as a tune up for your unit. You would not go without tuning up your vehicle, and you should not go without tuning up your  HVAC unit! Why should you have the Spring HVAC maintenance performed on your system? Here’s what might happen if you don’t take care of your HVAC system with regular maintenance:

If You Don’t Have Spring and Fall HVAC Maintenance You Put Yourself at Risk For:

  • Wasting money on utility bills because the system isn’t clean and is forced to work harder
  • Systems may fail just when you need them most if they are not properly maintained
  • Water lines may become clogged causing major damage to your home

Why Spring HVAC Maintenance is Important

The old adage is true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Having your HVAC System maintained in the Spring before the hot summer days require it to work hard all day long is imperative to keeping your system in peak condition. Following a scheduled HVAC maintenance routine will not only save you tons of money on utility bills, it will give you peace of mind knowing that your HVAC system will work properly and efficiently when you need it most (cool spring nights and hot summer days.) It is not a good feeling when you need your home to be heated or cooled only to find your system is not working properly. In many cases, these issues can be identified during a preventative maintenance inspection before they become a major issue. Not familiar with what a preventative maintenance visit for your HVAC unit entails? Here are the services performed and a little insight as to the importance of the task at hand.  

Spring HVAC Service Includes:

  • Clean and lubricate indoor HVAC components such as blower fans and coils so that the unit is working efficiently and keeping your utility bills low.
  • Check AC’s refrigerant levels to ensure your AC is blowing cold air. If the technician notices the level is low, this could indicate a possible leak in the system.
  • Changing the air filter during the Spring visit will help your unit run more efficiently and will keep down dust and allergens in your home.
  • Tighten electrical connections as well as inspect the fan blades and motor for damage and normal wear.
  • This is also a great time for the technician to lubricate the parts as needed and inspect safety devices for proper operation.
  • Check the operation of all HVAC units (heating, cooling) to make sure everything is in peak running condition for the upcoming season.
  • Clean out the outdoor unit to remove any leaves, twigs, grass, dirt, etc. that might have gathered during the winter months.
  • Test thermostat for proper operation, calibrate and level to ensure your home is heating and cooling to the right temperature.
  • Most air conditioners have a drainage hole on the base of the cabinet. This hole needs to be kept clear so that the air conditioner works properly. The technician will remove any obstructions during the inspection as he flushes and treats the condensate drain.
  • Inspect ductwork to check for leaks.

 

Ideally, you should have your air conditioning and heating equipment checked before the beginning of a new season. This routine preventative maintenance will help ensure that your system is working properly and ready for the new season of heating or cooling your home. Taking care of this important part of your home is a great way to save money and rest assured that your family will be comfortable no matter what Mother Nature brings.

Call Papalia Home Services today & take care of any plumbing problems before spring arrives!

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8 Common Plumbing Repairs You May Need Before Spring

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8 Common Plumbing Repairs You May Need Before Spring

  • Plumbing

Plumbing problems happen all the time and the harsh weather conditions from the winter season will only contribute to more problems. The frigid temperatures put your plumbing at risk of freezing, which if left untreated can result in costly damages. Your plumbing requires proper maintenance no matter what time of year, which is why it’s time fix some much-needed plumbing problems before spring comes into bloom.

What Could Potentially Be Wrong with Your Plumbing

Leaks and clogs are common plumbing nuisances that happen at any time, but the problem is that most of them can happen unnoticed until it’s too late. While you may have winterized your plumbing for the worst, plumbing problems before spring arrives can still arise and it’s best to catch them before the snow melts. While winter puts your plumbing at risk of freezing, spring can overwhelm your pipes and sump pump. It’s always better to be proactive versus reactive when it comes to your plumbing. To spare yourself a plumbing catastrophe, here are eight common plumbing repairs you may need before spring.

  • Low water pressure. If you’ve ever experienced a disappointing shower, it’s probably because your plumbing has low water pressure. If water doesn’t gush out of your faucets like it used to, it could be because of a clogged aerator. If cleaning the screens of your faucets does nothing, however, then the issue may have to due with a leak or clog in your plumbing. On rare occasions, low water pressure can also be a sign that’s something is wrong with the main water line. While less pressure may be nothing more than a nuisance, it shouldn’t be ignored, as it often indicates another issue with your plumbing.
  • Slow drains. One of the most common signs of a clog, if you experience slow drains, it’s important to clear the clog immediately. While clogs anytime of the year are problematic, clogs during the winter season can be especially dangerous as it makes your pipes more vulnerable to freezing. Most clogs can be solved with a drain cleaning, but if the slow drain still persists, the issue may be much deeper inside your plumbing. Stubborn clogs usually stem from a damaged sewer line and will require a licensed plumber to repair it.
  • Running toilet. Your toilet is one of the most used water fixtures in the house, and it’s prone to leaking which could cost you in your next water bill. A constantly running toilet is a common, but costly problem. Since there are several culprits for a running toilet, it’s important to have a plumber check the problem right away. Some issues such as a faulty flapper or fill valve, can be an easy fix, other problems, however, will require professional help.
  • Busted garbage disposal. While it may be tempting to put aside the cost of repairing the garbage disposal later, a damaged garbage disposal harm your plumbing. Most culprits for a busted or damaged garbage disposal usually also clog the drain, and are an invitation for unwanted pests like drain flies.
  • Dripping faucets. Often it’s easier to ignore that one annoying dripping faucet, but a dripping faucet wastes water and costs you money. While it’s encouraged to let your faucets drip during the winter season to avoid a freezing, a faucet that drips on its own usually indicates something is wrong with the faucet. Faucets come with a water-tight seal that prevents water from escaping, but over time those can wear down and the result is the notorious annoying drip. Replacing the washer is a common solution for a dripping faucet and is best down by a plumber who has specialized tools.
  • Leaky pipes. Leaks are a problem no matter what time of year, but they can be especially problematic during winter when it’s still below freezing. It’s best to catch a leak as soon as possible as it can lead to costly water damages and mold. Watch for water spots, bubbling paint or discolored wallpaper, and puddles of water. If you smell something foul and musty, call a plumber immediately.
  • Damaged sump pump. Your sump pump is an important appliance that can often be forgotten during the winter season, but it still works to keep your basement flood-free. While you may experience little to no rain before spring, it’s important to inspect your sump pump for damages. Test to see if it works by filling the tank to the top with water. If it doesn’t start immediately, it may be time to schedule a repair.
  • Old water heater. The winter season can put a lot of strain on your water heater, which is why it’s a good idea to inspect your water heater. Over time, mineral deposits can form inside the tank and will require a flush to remove them periodically. Since water heaters require little maintenance, it’s easy to forget about them, but a water heater in need of maintenance can result with a busted tank flooding gallons of water in your basement.

Take Care of Your Plumbing Before the Snow Melts

While you may be counting down the days until spring, it’s best to take some precaution with your plumbing. A clog or leak, if left untreated, can result in costly damages, or worse, a flooded home. Any plumbing problem is best repaired as soon as possible, but some issues are difficult to detect without professional help. If you want to start the spring season right, make sure to schedule one last plumbing inspection before it’s too late.

Call Papalia Home Services today & take care of any plumbing problems before spring arrives!

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