10 Home Tips

10 Home Problems Hiding In Plain Sight!

Your home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. For many people, it’s not just a few walls and a roof – it’s an investment! To ensure that your home is always in the best shape, here is a list of 10 potential problems that might be hiding in your home right now and how to avoid them before they get out of hand.

1. Change Your Air Filter

Changing your air filter regularly ensures proper airflow. One of the biggest repair calls we get in the Spring and Summer is the air conditioner or coil are frozen. When you have restricted air flow because of clogged filters the indoor coil can freeze up. A frozen coil can be a costly repair. Change your air filter once a month to ensure your system never gets a restriction.

2. Turn Outdoor Spigots Off In the Fall

If you notice that chill in the air, let that be an alarm in your head to think about your outdoor water sources. Pipes crack or burst when they have water in them and expand from freezing. Turn the water off at the shutoff valve inside your home. Then go outside and open the faucet to let the water drain out. Return to the inside shutoff valve and remove the bleeder cap to drain remaining water out of the pipe. This is an easy way to avoid expensive water damage!

3. Check Your Sump Pump

Multiple days of heavy rain can cause your sump pump to work overtime! Even though they are built to last, your sump pump is a mechanical device and will eventually break down. Avoid finding out the hard way and seeing water in your basement and test it out by pouring enough water into the sump pump hole to raise the float. Hopefully, the pump will kick on and the water gets pumped out of the hole. No one wants a pool inside their basement.

4. Schedule a Furnace Tune-up

An annual furnace tune up is extremely important to ensure everything is working properly. Lack of maintenance is the number one cause of system breakdowns and failures. During an annual heating system maintenance, it’s very important to check the heat exchanger for any cracks. When there are cracks in the heat exchanger that is how carbon monoxide can leak into your home. Regular heating system maintenance can not only save you from costly repairs, but extend the life of your equipment and lower your monthly utility bills.

5. Schedule an AC Tune-up

An annual air conditioner maintenance is very important not only for the efficiency of your system, but lessen the chance for breakdowns. The outdoor system over the fall and winter gets debris and blockage built up on it, and it is imperative to clean that off to make sure you get proper air flow. Just like you change the oil in your car, it is important to have the AC tune up done, to make sure it doesn’t leave you stranded with no air conditioning on a 90+ degree St. Louis summer day!

6. Upgrade Your Electrical Panel  

The old standard for electrical panels was 60 amps. However, this was before every room had a TV, blu-ray player, and gaming system in it. Upgrade to a 100 amp or 200 amp panel and add more breakers for your gadgets and TV so that you never miss a second of the big game.

7. Don’t Breathe In Carbon Monoxide  

If your carbon monoxide detector was put in before 2009, then you should really think about installing a new one. It’s encouraged to replace the detector every 8 years. If it’s somewhat new, make sure it works! Breathe easy knowing that it works by checking the batteries a couple times a year.

8. Check For Drips and Leaks

No one wants to breathe in mold. Shower leaks or drips under the sink can lead to mold buildup. This can be even worse if it’s inside the walls! Having a professional who knows what to look for can help you avoid replacing pipes and walls to fix costly water damage.

9. Replace DIY Wiring

Additions that you do to your home (or what the previous owners might have completed) can lead to shortages or bigger problems if it isn’t from a licensed electrician. Even though it may have saved you money in the past, it can hurt you in the future if it’s not professionally taken care of.

10. Check For Hot and Cold Spots  

If you notice certain rooms in your house aren’t at the same temperature as other rooms, you might have a problem. Get your ductwork checked to make sure it’s sealed properly and to make sure air is flowing properly to every room of your house. You can even add to each room a thermostat and wall unit so that each person in your family has the temperature that’s just right for them.

Knowing about these potential problems and how to avoid them can ensure that your home is always performing at the top level. For a limited time, get $40 OFF an AC tune-up. That means our regular $145 tune-up is now only $105! Click to get scheduled for your tune-up!

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