Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
As summer gets into full swing, the hottest days of summer for most of the country lies ahead in the next few weeks. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your HVAC system is ready to handle the heat of the dog-days of summer.
Clean Your AC Unit
The first thing that you need to do is clean your air conditioning unit. Since your air conditioning unit is outside, it can get covered with debris throughout the year. Unplug your air conditioning unit before you clean it.
You are going to want to clean it up before you fire it up. Use a broom to brush away the dust that is on your unit. Then, take your hose and spray off the coils. Be sure to allow your unit to completely dry off before you use it. If any plants are growing really close to your unit, clip them back.
Replace The Filter
Next, you are going to want to replace the filter on your air conditioner. All air that is pushed through your air conditioner goes through the filter, where particulates and contaminates are removed from the air. This lessens the burden on your air conditioner and ensures that the air you breathe is clean as well.
It is a good idea to put a fresh filter in before you start using your air conditioner during the summer. You should replace your air filter a couple of times a year to ensure that the air you breathe is as clean as possible and to ensure that your air conditioning doesn't have to work any harder than it has to.
Clean Condensation Lines
Once you have replaced the filter, you are going to want to check the condensation lines on your air conditioning unit. To clean these lines, you are going to want to use a plumbing snake to get rid of any build up inside of your unit. After you do that, you are going to want to clean the lines out by pouring a combination of bleach and warm water through your lines. Your lines should be clear before you start to use it. When your lines are clogged up, it could damage your unit.
Check All Air Vents & Ducts
Finally, you want to check all of your air vents and ducts inside of your house. Remove the covers, wipe them down and wash away any dirt and dust that has accumulated on your vents and ducts. You should also use your vacuum cleaner to clean out the ducts. Just vacuum out the dust and dirt in the ducts as far as you can comfortably see with your vacuum cleaner; you don't want to damage your ducts, but you don't want to breathe dirty air either.
For more information, contact a company like Bill Rhiner's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.