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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

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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.

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Make Sure Your Home’s HVAC System Is Properly Maintained This Spring

Spring’s warmer weather has finally arrived here in Massachusetts. As the spring flowers bloom, it’s time to do some home maintenance. One of your spring to-do items should be HVAC system maintenance, which will keep your cooling system running smoothly in the coming months.

Spring HVAC Maintenance Tasks

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Here are routine HVAC maintenance tasks you can tackle this spring:

  • Change the air filter regularly. A forced-air HVAC system needs free flowing clean air to run properly. If you have a clogged filter, that air isn’t flowing freely and it’s full of dust and minute particulates. Once a month, check the filter and change it as needed.
  • Clear the outside unit of debris. If you have central A/C or a heat pump, then you have a condenser unit outside. Just like the inside, these outdoor units need airflow to run efficiently. Take a look around the outdoor component and see if there are any leaves or debris; clear it  all away to avoid restricting airflow.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. When no one’s home, there’s no reason for your HVAC system to run at full capacity. A programmable thermostat allows you to coordinate your cooling and heating with your family’s schedule.
  • Schedule annual system maintenance. Once a year, you need to have an HVAC technician come out and do routine maintenance. The technician will inspect, clean, lubricate and test the system from top to bottom. Simple preventive maintenance can lower your repair needs, prolong the system’s life, and keep your energy costs down.
  • Consider an HVAC upgrade. The period between the heat of summer and the cold of winter is the perfect time to have HVAC upgrades done. If your system is over 10 years old or if it’s having significant ongoing repair issues, consider replacing your old system with a newer, more efficient one.

Don’t let summer’s heat arrive without performing these spring HVAC system maintenance tasks. Contact the experienced pros at Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating & Air to schedule your annual maintenance.

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Minimize Indoor Air Pollution So You Can Continue to Breathe Easy

Indoor air pollution is a concern in many Massachusetts homes, especially in the middle of winter, when ventilation is minimal and families spend more time indoors. Though the presence of pollutants may seem unavoidable, there are a number of simple ways to minimize indoor air pollution.

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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.

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How to Determine If It May Be Time to Upgrade Your Home’s Heating System

It May Be Time to Upgrade Your Home’s Heating SystemKnowing when it’s time to upgrade the heating system requires a review of energy bills, comfort, repair history and a professional assessment of the system. Furnaces have a lifetime between 13 and 20 years, and given the amount of use heating systems see in our climate, it could be shorter. Read More How to Determine If It May Be Time to Upgrade Your Home’s Heating System >>

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Voiding an HVAC Warranty May Be Easier Than You Think — 5 Mistakes to Avoid

HVAC warrantyToo often, homeowners who invest in new HVAC equipment don’t fully understand the warranty provided by the manufacturer. Typically, a manufacturer’s warranty only covers major component failures caused by defects related to workmanship. It doesn’t cover the cost of preventative care, labor charges or items such as wiring, belts and air filters. Read More Voiding an HVAC Warranty May Be Easier Than You Think — 5 Mistakes to Avoid >>

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How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Improve A/C Efficiency

A/C efficiencyKeeping a home comfortable during the hot, humid Massachusetts summer takes a lot of energy. The efficiency of your cooling equipment is directly tied to the amount of energy it consumes, so it has a big impact on your bills. When you take a proactive approach to boosting A/C efficiency, you can control high cooling costs, increase comfort, see fewer repair bills and even extend the equipment’s service life. Read More How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Improve A/C Efficiency >>

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What Causes the A/C in Your Massachusetts Home to Freeze Up?

A/C freezing upWhat causes an A/C to freeze up usually lies in maintenance issues, like keeping the air filter clean and having the system routinely cleaned and adjusted by an HVAC contractor. It’s important to address a frozen A/C quickly, since it can drive up energy costs, stop cooling, create water damage when the frost melts, and harm the system’s compressor.  Read More What Causes the A/C in Your Massachusetts Home to Freeze Up? >>

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Do You Know Just How Bad a Dirty Air Filter Is on Your A/C?

dirty air filterAn air filter is an easy aspect to miss when you are figuring out your basic home maintenance needs. However there are many reasons why this should be made a priority. By understanding the effects of a dirty air filter you will see why you need to change it regularly.  Read More Do You Know Just How Bad a Dirty Air Filter Is on Your A/C? >>

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How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Save Energy Dollars This Summer

Save Energy Dollars This SummerElectric and other utility bills seem to keep going up every year. Lately it’s started seeming like keeping your home a comfortable temperature and running useful appliances is an unaffordable proposition. If your utility payments make you sweat more than the summer heat, here are some great ways to lower your bills and save energy dollars. Read More How Massachusetts Homeowners Can Save Energy Dollars This Summer >>

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