Your family’s health and comfort are important, and malfunctioning HVAC equipment creates stress and disrupts life at home, work, and school. Before you run into a serious emergency and expense, create a maintenance plan for your home. A bit of planned prevention can reduce a great deal of anxiety in the future.
We recommend performing these five tasks to avoid nasty surprises and keep your home heated and cooled without interruption.
Check Your Hot Water Heater
Check your hot water heater regularly to ensure it’s functioning properly. You can do a visual inspection yourself. Look for leaks and strange noises, especially while water is cycling through the heater. If you notice an abrupt change in how quickly you run out of hot water in the shower, that’s another warning sign.
Examine Heating Units
Always test your heating system in late summer, before you need to use the heat. That way, if it’s malfunctioning, you’ll know before temperatures drop. Calling for scheduled HVAC help ahead of time is usually less expensive than an emergency visit, and you can work with your Utah-based HVAC service to schedule service at a time convenient for you.
Heating systems can cause some serious problems (and fire hazards) if they malfunction. If possible, it’s best to have a professional perform an inspection yearly.
Maintain Air Conditioning Units
Air conditioning units malfunction with age. They also have filters you should change each year, if not more regularly (as needed). Keep on top of those filter changes to save money on your electric bill, as an improperly functioning unit can require more energy. Test your unit seasonally in the spring—before you actually need to use it.
Do you have an air conditioner problem? If you smell freon for more than a few minutes after activating the unit or if it doesn’t seem to cool at all, it’s time to call in a professional to look at the unit. At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air, & Electric, we also service central air systems.
Air Quality Check and Vent Cleaning
What’s the air quality like in your home? Unless you have a specialized air filter, you may have dust particles floating around. If you haven’t had air ducts cleaned in some time, you’re likely going to run into more allergy problems as well. Ducts contain debris, dust, dust mites, and the dust mite feces many people are allergic to.
We can perform an air quality check for you—plus, we can clean your ducts.
You should schedule duct cleanings once or twice per year. If you have pets, we strongly recommend the twice yearly maintenance.
Inspect and Clean Your Drains
When was the last time you cleaned your drains? Even the clearest drains contain active build up of bacteria and mildew—just the kind of stuff you really don’t want swimming around with you when you take a bath.
If you notice standing water while you’re showering, greasy spots in the water near the drain, or your name brand drain cleaning product isn’t clearing your drains, it’s time to call a professional.
Don’t forget to check kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as any utility sinks and floor drains you may have in your home.
Get an Action Plan with Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric
We’re here to ensure the safety or your family and the function of your home’s HVAC equipment. Save money by scheduling annual inspections and avoid unnecessary emergency repairs. Contact us today to get started.