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Fall Maintenance Tips for your Air Conditioning and More

More times than not, an air conditioner unit will get shut off right after Labor Day. Following that point, though, is a period where nothing is running. The temperature outside is a perfect balance of warm and crisp for those few first weeks of September. Many times, the HVAC unit will go unnoticed and unmaintained during this time. But what happens when you go to turn your heat on in the first cold night of October and nothing happens? Chances are that quite a few other people are having the same problem and it could be a while before anyone can get out to help. Why not spend those first few com

 

fortable weeks of fall catching up on some maintenance to avoid these worries? By checking off some or all of the maintenance items on the list below, you can prevent certain problems from ever becoming problems.

Fall Maintenance

  1. Get your HVAC unit checked. It’s time to make sure that your air conditioner unit is ready for hibernation and your heat is ready for first string. Nobody wants to be caught off guard on a 40-degree night when the heat won’t turn on. The best way to ensure that your air and heat are working correctly is to have someone come out and check for you. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  2. Clean out your gutters. During spring and summer your gutters can fill up with all types of debris. Cleaning this out in the fall is especially important because the debris can cause water backup. When the nights start to get colder, this can freeze and cause gutters to leak or the water to flow into your home. Cleaning gutters is a good DIY project but can also be contracted out.
  3. Caulk around windows and doorframes. Once you have the heat turned on, you want to keep it in your house. Don’t let the cold air in and warm air out with cracks in the caulking. It is also important to make sure that windows and doors are well sealed to avoid water getting into the cracks and causing mold.
  4. Check out your roof. Though the past few Baltimore winters have been mild, we still can get some serious snow around here. Make sure that your roof is in good enough condition to handle the weight. Leaks in the roof are only the beginning of a problem that can become very serious if not treated or prevented.
  5. 5. Insulate your pipes. Making sure your pipes are well insulated can prevent dangerous cracks and bursts. Frozen pipes are not only a nuisance but also a hazard. It is not only important to make sure that the walls are well insulated, but also to tackle the pipes themselves.

Get your home checked over by a professional and make sure you’re ready for winter. We at Farnen & Dermer would be happy to help! If you have any questions, contact Farnen & Dermer by calling 410-902-0020 or click here today!

Nobody likes surprises, especially when it comes to money. At Farnen and Dermer, we treat our customers the way we like to be treated with upfront and honest information about repair costs.

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Sources: http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/real-estate/T029-S001-12-ways-to-prepare-your-home-for-winter/index.html

http://www.bobvila.com/caulk-windows/1676-fall-home-maintenance-tips/slideshows#!10

http://tigerplumbingservices.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/nine-essential-tips-for-preparing-your-plumbing-for-the-autumn-and-winter-months/

 

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