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How Frederick’s Spring Affects Your HVAC & Plumbing

Posted by Warner Service on Apr 29, 2016 8:30:00 AM

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Last year, Frederick was named one of the United States’ best places to live. Aside from the shopping, dining, and small business aspects to our grand town, the weather is wonderful, too. Just take a peek outside your window right now, and you’ll probably feel the spring sunshine warm your cheeks.

But what does Frederick’s gorgeous spring weather mean for your home’s HVAC and plumbing? Warner Service has some answers for you:

Your outdoor unit becomes a critter target. With the warmer weather, your home’s outdoor HVAC can quickly become a second home to a furry rodent or a bird’s nest. Check for signs of rabbits, squirrels, birds, stray cats, and insects around your outdoor unit. If you find anything, check out our safe Critter Control 101.

The gutters need cleaning. Though “April showers bring May flowers,” Mother Nature still hits Maryland with some pretty hard summer storms. Clear your gutters of any debris so rain can easily drain from your roof and away from your home’s foundation.

You might want to check the attic for leaks. Like we said before, Maryland gets hit with some devastating summer storms, especially Frederick. Check your attic for any signs of leakage, such as visible moisture and/or discoloration. While you’re on the hunt for leakage, check the windows and doorsills for any water damage.

Insulating metal ductwork should be on the chore list. As Frederick’s weather warms up, most homeowners want to keep their homes cool. To keep the air conditioning’s efforts inside, it helps if you insulate any metal ductwork. It can also save you up to 20 percent on your energy bills, so set aside a weekend and add “insulating the ductwork” to the to-do list.

You need to replace the air filter. This chore isn’t dependent on the season or where you live because replacing your HVAC filter is something that should be on every homeowner’s checklist every 2 months or so, depending on how much hair, smoke, dust, pet dander, mold, and other debris are in your home.

The water heater needs some attention. Homeowners should check the temperature setting on the water heater to make sure it’s set no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also drain several gallons from the water heater’s tank to flush out any corrosion-causing sediment. This will increase the water heater’s efficiency and lifespan.

You should definitely call an expert for spring HVAC maintenance. We advise calling a professional, like Warner Service, to check-up on your HVAC system right before Frederick’s humid summer hits. We can even set you up with a service agreement, so your HVAC system is taken care of year-round.

Supply hoses around your home require a check-up. Check the supply hoses for the dishwasher, washing machine, and icemaker for any bulges or leaks. If your supply hoses are older than 10 years, you should consider replacing them with stainless steel hoses. They’re more reliable and less prone to bursting than other types of hoses.

Spring in Frederick is gorgeous, and only adds to the beauty behind its location. It’s no wonder that it was named one of the best places to live. However, if you decide to move here, there are a few spring maintenance tips for your HVAC and plumbing that you should know. From checking the supply hoses and gutters to calling the pros for leaks and service agreements, Maryland homeowners know how to handle spring.

If you need help with your spring maintenance, we’d be happy to help. Call Warner Service today.

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Topics: Indoor Air, Air Conditioning, HVAC, Plumbing, Appliances