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Taking Care Of Your Equipment And Drains

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You know, as a homeowner, that maintenance is essential. Whether it’s keeping your home clean and tidy to prevent it from looking cruddy and disheveled or pulling weeds from your front and back yards, some people aren’t really crazy about doing that kind of maintenance. Still, it comes with the territory of homeownership.

I guess you probably haven’t considered the maintenance of your heating and cooling units or even your water heater. These are a few more oversized items that need regular care and maintenance; even some smaller items will also need your attention.

Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Generally, the heating and cooling units should have preventive maintenance performed once a year when each one is being turned on. In the spring or summer, you’ll want to check your cooling units to see if anything needs attention to keep you from sweating buckets when the temperatures are climbing. For evaporative coolers (aka swamp coolers), you’ll want to check everything, such as the belt, the pump, the copper tubing, the scale eliminator, the bearings, the motor…you get where I’m going with this.

For air conditioners, checking the filters is a start in the right direction. If you live in an area that sees a lot of cottonwood fuzz in the spring, your AC may have been plugged up with that fuzz. Even if your AC puts out cool air, you’ll want to check and ensure the filter is clean. If you have a new AC installed or are planning to, ask the technician what you can do to help care for your unit between seasonal visits in the spring and fall. After all, ACs are an investment for your home.

Your heating units will also require maintenance, whether checking the filter on your furnace or the general condition of your boiler. Possibly, the most essential aspect of having the maintenance done on your heating unit is a carbon monoxide test to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

Water Heater Maintenance

What kind of maintenance could a water heater require? Believe it or not, it’s recommended to flush your water heater once a year, whether it’s tanked or tankless. This will help flush out water that might have been sitting for a while and better gauge whether or not anything needs to be replaced, such as the anode rod in tanked water heaters.

The maintenance of tankless water heaters is slightly different. These require another type of flush; a certified technician will need to help you with this. That flush may come with a higher price tag, but you’ll be happier once it’s done. One more thing scratched off your to-do list, right?

Appropriately Taking Care Of Your Drains

Let’s talk about your drains. By now, you should be aware that not everything is at your disposal. It’s meant to break up your food, nothing else. Also, if you’re pouring hot grease, or any grease, down your kitchen drain, stop that immediately! The smell of unclogging your kitchen drain from the grease after it’s hardened is enough to make you stop.

How To Maintain Your Toilet

How about the porcelain throne? If you’re flushing anything down your toilet other than toilet paper and human waste (you know what I’m talking about), you need to knock that off immediately. Toddlers are notorious for flushing toys and other items down the toilet because watching them disappear is fun. But it’s not fun to retrieve it, whether you do it or choose to have a professional come in and fish it out.

We can also thank COVID-19 for the famous toilet paper hunt of 2020. Remember how many people were buying it like it was going out of style, and others had to use paper towels or other items until they could find some Charmin? Sending anything other than toilet paper down your toilet is detrimental to your system. This can cause a backup, and nothing can reach the sewer system.

Contact Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling For Help!

Whatever your home needs for maintenance, the skillful technicians with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling are ready to help you maintain a healthy and happy home. Just contact us and schedule whatever service or services you need! How amazing is that?

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