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The many benefits of maintaining your A/C

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In our last couple blog posts, we’ve discussed cooling systems: why spring is a great time to finally install a cooling system and why the PNW can benefit from ductless air systems. Here are a few benefits of performing regular maintenance on this summer-saving workhorse.

Less repairs mean less cost.

Regular air conditioner maintenance can catch small problems before they become major. This can potentially save hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on future repairs or replacement of your unit. Invest a bit now to save a lot later.

Your unit will last longer.

When you take care of your cooling system, it will take care of you—oftentimes for the long haul. Maintenance, including changing your air filters often, promote longevity for the system. In short, maintain your system and it can last for years to come.

You’ll have peace of mind when you need it most.

We don’t need to remind you—sometimes it gets HOT here in the PNW. Don’t put off maintenance until your unit fails. If this happens in the summer, a busy time for cooling maintenance professionals and installers, you could be trapped in a very warm home. Maintain now to stay cool this summer.

So what does maintenance look like?

Here’s a snapshot of the cooling system maintenance services provided by Washington Energy Services:

Heat Pump or A/C Tune Up: Whether you have a heat pump or air conditioner, a Precision Tune Up is the gold standard when it comes to keeping your system running efficiently. Our NATE certified and factory trained technicians service most makes and models of heat pumps and air conditioners including Bryant, York, and others.

Split System Tune Up: If you have a split system, meaning your heat pump or air conditioner are connected to a furnace air handler inside your home, this tune up services both units to ensure they keep working harmoniously.

Guardian Maintenance Club: As a member of the Guardian Maintenance Club, you’ll receive annual tune ups at discounted membership rates. We’ll remind you and schedule your appointment when you need it.

You know you’re going to use your A/C this summer. Perform maintenance now to protect your investment, prolong the life of your unit, and ensure your summer will be a cool one.

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Tips to prepare your home for freezing temperatures

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Plumbing tips

Leave the water running

dripping faucet

As water freezes it expands which leads to burst pipes and expensive water damage. The best protection is to ensure all lines are insulated. As a reliable fail-safe when temperatures drop below freezing, we recommend leaving one faucet on so that a drip leaves the faucet every second or so. This simple step keeps water moving and will prevent freezing from occurring.

Get an insulated hose bib

insulated hose bib cover

Ensure outdoor hoses are disconnected and install insulated hose bibs over your faucets which you can acquire at your local hardware store.

Mechanical system tips

Condensate lines for high efficiency furnaces, tankless water heaters, boilers, and heat pumps.

unthaw condensate line

One of the most common heating system failures during freezing temperatures is when a condensate line freezes and doesn’t allow water to leave the system. You can tell if your system is high efficiency if the venting material is PVC. If your furnace vents in metal then it does not condensate. During freezing temperatures, periodically check the condensate line (pictured) to ensure it is draining properly and not freezing.

If you notice that it is frozen, take a bowl of hot water and pour it over the exterior termination of condensate line. Another strategy is to use a hair dryer to warm the line. Use caution with an electric appliance around water. Heat until all ice is gone and keep an eye on it until temperatures warm up.

Check your furnace filter.

dirty furnace filter

Your system will be working hard over the next few days. Restricted airflow from dirty filters is a common failure in both freezing and non-freezing weather. If your furnace filter is dirty, change the filter immediately.

Rest assured

During these cold snaps, our service team is working around the clock to keep our homeowners warm and safe. This very high demand can lead to delays in service and long hours for our service team. These simple tips will help you keep your home safe and your family warm.

As your home partner, we hate having to charge a service call for a very preventable issue—so don’t let it happen to you!

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Thinking about DIY’ing your furnace repair? Think again.

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It’s just not safe.

Unsurprisingly, this is the number one reason not to repair your own furnace, as doing so can have major safety and health ramifications. If your furnace is powered by natural gas, improper repair can lead to dangerous leaks that can expose your family to toxic fumes and the risk of explosions. Electric furnaces can shock you during wiring work. Later on, you won’t know if it is working safely, as a gas-powered furnace could slowly leak carbon monoxide and an electric furnace could cause a fire due to faulty wiring.

Washington Energy Services technicians use their years of experience to repair and maintain your furnace, checking and re-checking all possible safety concerns. Put simply, it’s an assurance of safety for your family.

It can void your warranty and cost more in the end.

Warranties are great—when they aren’t voided. One of the ways you can void a warranty is to install or repair a furnace yourself. Many manufacturers require that only trained professionals repair their equipment in order to uphold the warranty. Consider this: to save money, you repair the furnace yourself (despite the safety risks). A month later, the furnace breaks, but you are not covered under warranty because you did not have a professional fix the equipment. You then must pay for a new furnace, installation, and ongoing maintenance. It’s a risky proposition.

It’s complicated and requires specialized tools.

This one is simple—furnace work is complex. Successful repairs require precise measurements and a solid understanding of electrical components, gas lines, ductwork, sheet metal work, and more. Special tools not typically found in the weekend warrior’s tool belt are also required.

Even though DIY furnace repair isn’t a good idea, there is one key maintenance task you can undertake to ensure proper operation of your furnace: changing your air filter on time, every time. Check out last week’s blog article to learn more about the benefits of consistently changing your air filter and our Automatic Filter Replacement Program.

So while we encourage homeowners to learn the inner workings of their home and take on money-saving projects, furnace repair is just something that’s best left to the professionals. It’s a matter of safety, peace of mind, and of course, comfort.

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