Fall Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Did you know that your home’s plumbing system accounts for approximately 15% of the property’s total value? It’s also probably one of the systems that you personally value the most. As such a vital component of your home, it only makes sense to take proper care of it. Keeping up with maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure that your home’s plumbing system will provide you and your family with fresh, clean water and remove waste and wastewater from your property in a safe, efficient manner.

Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t give their plumbing systems much thought until trouble arises. With the temperatures beginning to fall and the days getting shorter, now is the time to

start thinking about fall plumbing maintenance. Because winter really takes a toll on residential plumbing systems, it’s important to take steps to ensure that your property is ready for the months ahead. Here are a few tips for taking care of your plumbing system this fall.

Outside Plumbing Maintenance

  • If you have a garden hose, remove it from the outdoor spigot.
  • Cover all outdoor spigots with insulation covers.
  • If you have shut-off valves for your outdoor faucets, turn them off and drain the water from the lines.
  • Have your irrigation system winterized.
  • Check outdoor faucets for leaks.

Inside Fall Plumbing Maintenance

  • Check all water lines and faucets for leaks. Have any problems repaired immediately.
  • Inspect, test and clean out your sump pump.
  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Flush the water heater’s storage tank to remove sediment.
  • Test the water heater’s pressure relief valve. To do this, simply lift the lever and allow it to snap back. If it is working properly, this will allow a burst of hot water to enter the drain pipe.
  • Insulate hot and cold water lines in cold areas like crawl spaces, basements and garages.

If you need assistance with fall plumbing maintenance in the Hagerstown, Maryland area, contact Larry & Sons. To schedule an appointment, please call 301-733-5428, or schedule online here!

Summer Is Ending. Don’t Forget About Furnace Maintenance!

It may be a while before your hats and gloves come out for the winter, but as summer comes to an end, it’s important to start thinking about your furnace service.  Temperatures plummet during fall and winter, and you don’t want to discover a furnace problem when you need it most!

Now is a good time to perform a basic checkup and some standard maintenance to make sure you’ll have heat in the coming months. Give your furnace some TLC now, and you’re less likely to have problems later!

End of Summer Furnace Maintenance

Fall Furnace Maintenance
Replace your furnace filters! Dirty filters can cause premature system failure.
  • Replace your filters. Even if you do nothing else, change your filters. Regular filter changes keep HVAC systems running smoothly. Dirty filters cause the system to work harder, often resulting in premature failure.
  • Make sure your vents are clear. Obstructed supply vents can’t release warm air. Make sure all the vents in your home are unblocked by furniture, drapery, etc. Also, consider professional duct cleaning if you haven’t had it done recently.
  • Check blowers and burners. Dust builds up on furnace burners during the summer. Before your furnace kicks on for the first time this season, remove dust and other debris to prevent a potential fire hazard. Also, make sure the burner is rust-free and properly aligned. Oil the blower motor to prevent unwanted noise and keep it running smoothly.
  • Schedule a furnace maintenance checkup. If you aren’t familiar with how your system works, we recommend scheduling a professional HVAC checkup. A technician will go over your furnace and your entire HVAC system to make sure everything is in good working order and make recommendations as needed. Checkups are an important part of maintaining your furnace because they allow professional to detect minor problems before they become major. Check out our maintenance program!

Hagerstown Furnace Maintenance

You might not be ready to see summer come to an end, but cooler days will be here soon. Contact us today for Hagerstown furnace maintenance to ensure that your heating system won’t fail on the first cold day of the season. Call 301-733-5428.

Fall Furnace Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Furnace for Cold Weather

Fall is here, and we have already had some pretty chilly nights here in the Frederick area. Before we know it, we will be cranking up our furnaces to keep the chill at bay. If you haven’t given your heating system much thought since you switched if off last spring, now is the time to check it over and make sure it’s ready for the upcoming months. Here are a few easy fall furnace maintenance tips to help you get your heating system ready for colder weather.

Fall Furnace Maintenance

fall furnace maintenance
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  • Replace your filter. Furnace filters becoming clogged with dust, pet dander, hair and other debris over time. The more blocked the filter is, the harder your heating system has to work to heat your home. If it’s been a while since you last replaced your furnace filter, we recommend changing it before cranking up the heat for the first time this season.
  • Make sure your vents are unobstructed. If heavy drapes, furniture or miscellaneous clutter are blocking your wall or floor vents, airflow may be restricted. Make sure your vents are not blocked to ensure that your furnace can heat your home evenly.
  • Check your thermostat. Older thermostats don’t always work like they should. Sometimes, they fail to correctly read the temperature or keep your furnace running as efficiently as it should. Test yours, and if you find that it is no longer working correctly, consider upgrading to an energy efficient programmable thermostat.
  • Schedule a furnace tune-up. Prevent winter breakdowns with a tune-up. When you have your furnace tuned up by Larry & Sons, your technician will thoroughly examine the system take preventative measures to make sure it is good health.

Winter is an expensive time of year for most homeowners. By tackling some basic heating maintenance, though, you may be able to avoid a costly mid-winter heating repair. With the four fall furnace maintenance tips listed above, you can prepare your system to keep your family warm and comfortable all winter long. For help with furnace maintenance in Hagerstown, contact Larry & Sons today. Call 301-733-5428.