Helpful Tips

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We've compiled a handy list of helpful tips and tricks to try yourself for an easy fix or to keep your household safe from unseen dangers like carbon monoxide or water leaks. If you have any questions, be sure to call a professional right away to prevent damage or danger to your family.

Air Conditioner Tips

  • Make sure the outside unit is free of all dead leaves, trash and vegetation that grow up around it.
  • Regularly check furnace filter during the air conditioning season. Dirty or blocked filters will cause high-energy consumption and possible freeze up of the A-coil.
  • Have your system professionally tuned and cleaned annually to ensure long life and energy savings.
  • Ask us about a carbon monoxide sensor. What you can't smell can hurt you. If operated improperly, natural gas appliances can create carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly. Signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include flu-like symptoms such as nausea, headache and dizziness, and in extreme cases, lack of coordination. Several members of a household feeling sick at the same time and only when at home.

Furnace Tips

Get your furnace ready for winter. Have your furnace checked now to make sure you'll be comfortable. When properly maintained, a natural gas furnace will provide many years of safe, low-cost heat. Some things to check before you call for service on your furnace:
  • Check breaker box to the furnace to make sure it hasn't tripped.
  • Check thermostat to make sure it is set properly.
  • Make sure door on furnace is not ajar.
  • If you have a gas furnace, make sure you have gas at other gas appliances such as water heater, stove, etc.
  • Regularly check your furnace filter. Replace the filter if you can't see through it when held up to the light.
  • Regularly check where flue pipes enter the chimney. If you find any rust holes, have a new pipe installed right away. Holes in the flue pipes can cause carbon monoxide poisoning (See below for carbon monoxide information).
  • Don't store items near the furnace. This can make the furnace less efficient and poses a fire hazard.

Plumbing Tips

Plumbing problems have a way of occurring at inconvenient times and at odd hours which can lead to delays in the arrival of expert help. A broken, or even just a leaking pipe, can cause extensive damage and lead to costly repairs in a short period of time if proper steps are not taken to minimize the damage before permanent repairs can be made. The following tips will help minimize damage and repair costs in the event of a plumbing emergency.
  • To minimize damage from a leaking pipe: A leaking pipe hidden within a wall or ceiling will most often be discovered by a spreading stain across the ceiling, down the wall, or by a puddle on the floor. Once a leaking pipe is suspected immediately shut off the water supply to prevent further damage.
  • Try to anticipate where water damage will occur to keep it to a minimum. Place a water proof drop cloth and a catch basin on the floor under the leak. If water is leaking from a ceiling light fixture, shut off the electricity and confirm that the electricity is off, then drain the fixture by removing it's cover.
  • Poke a hole in the ceiling or remove a section of it to allow any remaining water to drain out. Allow the damaged area to dry thoroughly before restoring electricity to the light fixture.