Category Archives: Filters

Don’t Forget to Spring Clean Your HVAC System

Winter is gone. The warmer winds of spring have arrived. It is the perfect time to get some spring cleaning done. If you are getting your spring to-do list together, don’t forget to spring clean your HVAC system.

Your spring cleaning HVAC list

replacing air filter
Source: iStock.com/simazoran

Use this simple checklist to get your HVAC systems ready:

  • Have a professional do routine maintenance. Your HVAC equipment needs annual maintenance to keep it running efficiently. This helps reduce repair costs and prolongs the life of the system.
  • Check and replace your air filters. This is something you should do every month. However, if your A/C is separate from your heating, you may not have checked the A/C filter since last fall. Now is the time to do it.
  • Make sure the drain hole is not plugged. Under your inside A/C unit, you will find a drain hole where moisture escapes. If that hole gets plugged, it could overflow causing damage to your home.
  • Clear any debris or dirt from around outside units. Dirt, fallen leaves, weeds and trash can clog the airflow going into and out of the unit. It is also important to make sure no plants are growing too close. Airflow is critical for it to run efficiently.
  • Clean vents and registers. It is very easy for dust and other particulates to cling to the fins on vents and registers. You can use a soft cloth or brush to remove any built-up dust. This helps keep air flowing.
  • Have your ductwork cleaned. If you see a shower of dust coming out of your vents when your heating or cooling turns on, you need to have your duct work cleaned. This will help improve indoor air quality year round.

Spring cleaning your HVAC system will only take a short amount of time. However, it is time well spent in making sure it will work as the warmth of summer arrives.

If you need an HVAC professional to check your HVAC system, contact us here at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We proudly serve our neighbors in the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts.

Please follow and like us:

What’s the Best Way to Heat and Cool Your Home Efficiently?

The heating and cooling systems in the average home typically use about half of the energy consumed each month. To heat and cool your home efficiently and reduce unnecessary spending, it’s important to keep the HVAC system in good working condition with regular maintenance. What specifically should you focus on?

Read More What’s the Best Way to Heat and Cool Your Home Efficiently? >>

Please follow and like us:

Do You Know How to Change Your Home Air Filter?

Replacing your home air filter regularly improves HVAC system performance and efficiency, as well as safeguarding indoor air quality. Monthly home air filter changes are well within the skill set of any homeowner and pay you back with lower operating costs and enhanced indoor comfort.

Read More Do You Know How to Change Your Home Air Filter? >>

Please follow and like us:

Home Heating on the Fritz? Focus Your Troubleshooting on These 3 Areas

Home heating systems can stop working for a wide range of reasons, and none of them are welcome on a cold winter’s night. Some system breakdowns may be relatively easy to fix yourself. When you can’t fix it, any additional information you can pass on to a qualified service technician may help speed repairs. Start troubleshooting heating in these three primary areas.

Inspect Air Filters

air filterAir filters frequently get dirty or clogged, and not just the filter inside the furnace. Check the furnace filter every month, and change it at least once or twice a year.

The cold air intakes and heat vents generally also have filters. Look at each individual filter; remove any large debris that may be caught in them, and change the filters if they’re clogged with dust. Ensure that all registers are fully open.

Confirm the Thermostat Works

Programmable thermostats need batteries to work properly, and they may not function properly if the battery is low. Check that the display lights properly and doesn’t show any battery warnings. Next, locate the breaker associated with the thermostat and make sure it’s turned on.

If you want to go into advanced thermostat troubleshooting, you can shut off the breaker and cross the two wires that serve the furnace. Flip the breaker back on. If the furnace fires, the thermostat is the problem.

Check the Furnace

The pilot light should be visible inside the heat exchanger on the furnace. If you don’t see a flame when the furnace is off, then you may need to re-light it. Pilots that don’t re-light properly may have a supply issue that a furnace technician needs to assess and fix.

If the pilot is on but doesn’t ignite the burners when the thermostat calls for heat, the ignitor is the likely culprit. Turn off the gas reset valve for at least five minutes, and then turn it on and try again. Call a technician if it still won’t light.

Contact us at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for more expert advice on troubleshooting heating concerns in your Route 495/128 area home.

Image via Shutterstock.com

Please follow and like us:

Getting the Best Furnace Filter for the Coming Heating Season

furnace filterThe bitterly cold Massachusetts winters and stifling summers keep home comfort systems humming nonstop all year long. If you’re not replacing the HVAC air filter when it’s dirty, you could be causing the premature failure of your heating and cooling equipment. Clogged air filters restrict airflow and cause the system to overheat and shut down. They also allow dust to build up on interior components. Even a very thin coating of dust will reduce system efficiency. And don’t forget, the air filter is your first defense against poor indoor air quality, removing harmful pollutants and allergens from your air.
Read More Getting the Best Furnace Filter for the Coming Heating Season >>

Please follow and like us:

These Air-Purifying Plants Are a Breath of Fresh Air

spider plant-air-purifying plants, Milford, MassachusettsWhile you may know that harmful pollutants can affect the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your home, what you may not know is that there’s a natural way to help keep your IAQ high. Read More These Air-Purifying Plants Are a Breath of Fresh Air >>

Please follow and like us:

A Clean Air Filter and A/C Efficiency Go Hand in Hand

clean air filter, Holliston, MassachusettsA clean air filter will not only extend the life of your air conditioner, but also will help lower your energy bill, keep your air quality high and keep your HVAC system cleaner. Read More A Clean Air Filter and A/C Efficiency Go Hand in Hand >>

Please follow and like us:

Your Furnace Filter: So Easy To Change, Yet So Easy To Neglect

change your furnace filter regularly, Boston, MassachusettsScheduling an annual furnace tune-up ensures that your furnace will be ready to combat the chill that settles in the Massachusetts area every winter — and hangs around for several months. Homeowners can participate in preparing for and enduring winter weather by checking and changing the furnace filter. Read More Your Furnace Filter: So Easy To Change, Yet So Easy To Neglect >>

Please follow and like us:

Choosing The Right MERV Rating: Get Your Numbers Straight

merv ratings for air filters, Boston, MassachusettsYour HVAC systems are operating, but do you know how well they are actually performing? Read More Choosing The Right MERV Rating: Get Your Numbers Straight >>

Please follow and like us:

A Home Energy Audit That You Can Do Yourself

sealing air leaks, Boston, MassachusettsNobody knows better than you, the homeowner: If you think your home is drafty, it probably is. So confirm your suspicions by conducting a home energy audit, which will help you identify leaks, and pinpoint where you can make appropriate upgrades. Doing so could save you up to 30 percent on your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Read More A Home Energy Audit That You Can Do Yourself >>

Please follow and like us: