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Don’t Let The Temperature Rise Stress You Out

When the hottest months of the year roll around, you want the kind of peace of mind that comes with knowing your home cooling system is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable throughout the summer. Most people shudder at the thought of having to sweat while they wait for HVAC repair services when their AC goes down, right in the middle of a 90-plus degree day. What many people don’t know is that certain practices can prevent issues with your HVAC system. Here is a set of HVAC tips that can all but guarantee that your heating and cooling system works all year ’round, including the important summer months.

Tip #1: Schedule an Inspection

Before the summer starts, it’s a good idea to have a preventative inspection of your HVAC system carried out by professionals. They can look over your HVAC system, air filters, ductwork, and more, including advising you on the difference in cost between your current system and a more energy-efficient model. An older HVAC system can use much more energy, so it may make sense to replace your system to save your summer energy bills.

Tip #2: DIY Maintenance Goes a Long Way

While you should certainly call a professional for any major complications with your HVAC system, there a few things you can do on your own to extend its lifespan. DIY HVAC maintenance includes: • Making sure the air filters are changed out every month to ensure that dirty filters aren’t making your system work harder than it needs to • Make sure the outdoor unit is clear of debris like leaves and other organic material. If the unit is in the sun, this can also affect its ability to cool, so it may be worth it to put up an awning over it.

Tip #3: Take Some Stress off of Your HVAC

The best way to avoid HVAC repair is to use your AC sparingly in the summer, only for the hottest days and nights. Once you get comfortable running your cooling system around the clock, it can be difficult to get readjusted to not living with AC. Meanwhile, your HVAC is working much harder than it needs to, potentially taking years off of its life. Using fans, opening windows at night, and closing the curtains or blinds when a window is directly in the sun can take some of the stress of your AC, making a large difference in the amount of time it’s running. When to Call an HVAC Company for Service When your HVAC system is around 10 years old, you’ll start to worry about how much time it has left. Preventative HVAC maintenance can bring you much-needed peace of mind, but what about when your AC system stops working completely? First, you’ll need to make sure it’s your HVAC system and not the thermostat.

When It’s Time To Call The Professionals

Once you’ve confirmed that the problem isn’t the thermostat, then it’s time to call an HVAC company to diagnose the issue and carry out HVAC repairs. RDVAH Has HVAC Systems to Meet Your Needs For any home set-up and budget, RDHVAC has an HVAC system for you. From standard AC units to central air and ductless HVAC systems, you’ll find the service and the equipment that meets your needs right here with RDVAC. We offer 0% financing available for up to 60 months on every AC unit we sell, ensuring that summer comfort is within your price range. To learn more, contact us today!

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Your water heater is conceivably one of the most underrated major appliances in your home. You likely don’t stop to consider how much of your daily routine depends on your water heater running properly. Taking a hot shower, a warm bath, running your dishwasher and washing clothing and bedding are just a few examples of the home comforts that require hot water. Proper maintenance is important in maintaining the life of your water heater by reducing the development of leaks and damage to your tank and dodging the undesirable call for emergency repair citing no hot water in the home. Here are a few common indicators that there may be an issue with your water heater:

Not Enough Hot Water Available

If you’re getting zero, or very little, hot water out of your tap, the problem could be the pilot light on your water heater unit. If you’re not confident how to investigate the pilot light, call in the experts to manage the problem.

Rusty Water

If the water from your water heater appears discolored, there is a strong chance that your water heater is rusting on the inside, which could result in a leak and contaminated water.

A Noticeable Leak

The most prevalent cause of failure of residential water heaters is a leak from the tank. If you see water around your tank, you presumably have a leak. And if your water heater sits in your attic or above the first floor, the risk for catastrophic damage climbs. If you notice your water heater is leaking, call the experts immediately. Even a minor leak can expand fast and cause pricey damage to your home.

Noises Coming From the Water Heater

Knocking or booming sounds coming from your water heater can be a indication that residue has built up on the foundation of the system. This means that your water heating system will be less efficient and will need more gas or electricity to heat your water, resulting in higher heating bills. In addition, the extra effort necessary to heat your water could cause more damage to your system, leading to cracks and leaks.

Water is Too Hot or Too Cold

If your running water is either too hot or too cold, there is a strong chance that you have the incorrect size water heater to accommodate your living space and the number of people using hot water in your home. If a gas water heater is undersized, the system will break down in a shorter period of time.

Age of Your Water Heater

The average lifespan of residential water heaters that have had proper maintenance is between ten and fifteen years. Even if there are no visible signs of an issue, a water heater that is ten years or older is at greater risk of producing a leak resulting in water damage to your home. Maturing water heaters are nothing to brush aside. If you are unsure of the age of your water heater, check the identification sticker on the unit, where the manufactured date should be listed with the serial number.

The Service Experts Plumbing Team can help by fixing leaks, installing low-flow fixtures and consulting with you on possible energy-efficient upgrades. And if you find it isn’t cost-effective to have a repair done, Service Experts can recommend a new water heater that will meet your household demands and work within your budget. Options include ENERGY STAR®-rated traditional tank water heaters or energy-efficient tankless water heater units. No matter the type of system you have, if you’ve neglected your water heater, call the experts at 866-397-3787 or request an appointment online.

RDHVAC Experts

Whether it’s traditional tank systems or newer tankless models, R&D HVAC offers top models in both hot water heating systems, as well as budget solutions for any client need. We offer preventative maintenance plans that provide your hot water heater system with year-round maintenance service to ensure it is always working at maximum efficiency. When it comes to hot water heaters, all of the systems that we work with at R&D HVAC are supported, and Unless the damage cannot be undone, we can fix anything. We offer clients full-scale service, including system and individual parts replacements for hot water heaters.

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Commercial HVAC

Major winter storms are still months away, but as the weather changes, it’s important to pay attention to your property’s HVAC units, furnaces, and related systems. Inspecting them now will pay off later, when it’s too cold to check it. Pre-season maintenance is also important as it can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control. Hiring an HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring to keep your systems running efficiently will keep costs down in the long run, especially if it’s a larger commercial building. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average businessowner.But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this maintenance plan:

Check and replace your air filters often

The most important thing you can do at home is inspect your air filter. Dirty air filters make your HVAC system less efficient and cause undue strain on its working parts. Set a reminder each month to check your air filter and replace it if it is dirty or clogged. We recommend changing your filters every 30 to 90 days, although depending on the environment, they may need to replaced sooner.

Listen for unusual noises

One more passive things you can do is to keep an ear open for odd noises when your system is running. Often times, noises in your system are created by register blockages, debris in the vents, or loose bolts on the furnace or registers. If you hear any odd noises, try to locate the source. If you can’t find the source, check out this list of common HVAC system noises, what they mean and how to fix them. If this does not solve the problem, go to tip seven.

Keep your heating systems free of debris

If you have an outdoor unit, it is important to keep the system free of debris. Check your unit every week or so for leaves, pollen, dirt, sticks or other debris. Clear the debris from the top and sides of the system using gloves and, if necessary, a hose. This allows for maximum airflow to the fan and increases your unit’s efficiency and lifespan. In order to ensure the cleanest system possible, try to remove anything that blocks air flow to the system, leaving about two feet of space around the unit.

Use fans to give your system a break

Another passive way to keep your system healthy is to use fans when possible to give your system a break. On hot summer days, use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air through the house and help your HVAC system bring the temperature in your home down quicker. On cooler days, instead of programming your thermostat, open your windows and turn on your fans to circulate the cool air into the house and keep temperatures comfortable. Giving your system a break when you can will lengthen the life of equipment and save you money on your energy bills.

Know when to call a professional

Though often times unseen, a lot rides on your business’s heating and air conditioning system. Chief among them is operating expenditures that impact your business’s bottom line. With a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance program we can proactively catch minor problems before they escalate into costly major issues. In fact, a preventative maintenance program can pay for itself, if not save your business money every year. We have found that on average for every $1 spent on a preventative maintenance program a business will save $3 on excessive energy consumption and repair costs yielding a potential savings of 33% in your HVAC system operating expenses. We will check your system for problems, adjust loose bolts and wires, and address any other issues you may have. Heating systems are composed of sensitive equipment which requires maintenance to improve performance and efficiency. This fall, make it a priority to schedule professional fall HVAC maintenance. Our trusted HVAC professionals will provide essential cleaning, care, and inspection to ensure your heating system can handle the important job of keeping your systems in perfect order for the cold months.

Have a question about fall HVAC maintenance? Check out our commercial HVAC maintenance programs here.


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