It’s that time of year, yet again, where nature is turning colors and temps are cooling as we usher in a new season. What does this mean for the comforts of home? It might be time for maintenance checks! Our HVAC and plumbing specialists’ schedules are filling quickly, so we wanted to give you heads up as to what to prepare for and what you can expect from our seasonal service calls.
When was the last time your furnace filters were changed? Do you know if your system is starting up correctly? When you call us in to green light your home’s heating for the winter, here is short list of just some of what you can expect will be on our checklist in making sure you are not collecting Frequent Flier Miles with us. (Our FFM have no trade in or monetary value – just smiles and a friendly invoice charge.)
- Replacing filters
- Making sure condenser unit & lines are clean
- Checking on refrigerant levels (In cases of repairing leaks, we may perform dye test with a return appointment to ensure proper sealants.)
- Testing all controls and thermostats to verify proper function
- Lubricating any moving parts
- Winterizing A/C units: this may include turning power off, cleaning the unit, covering the unit properly, and possibly insulating any uncovered or exposed pipes
With water being one of the most powerful and destructive forces running through your household, with the exception of toddlers and/or teenagers, we strongly recommend not skipping over winter prep! Having a licensed and trusted plumber perform your home’s winter preparation will save you a potential world of trouble in the long run! Our winterizing calls may include:
- Sealing off any cracks or open spaces in venting, crawl spaces, and home exterior
- Covering hose bibbs that are not frost-free: this may include closing the valve completely, draining any remaining water, and installing a cover
- Opening all drain valves & taps: A closed tap could create a vacuum of water held inside pipes
- Insulating exposed pipes with insulations sleeves (either wrapping or using slip-on foam insulation)
- Verifying proper function of existing water heater(s)
A phone call to our office at (406) 252-7100 could be the very thing standing between you and utter disaster this winter! We would love to help guarantee your home is at its best and ready to take on whatever this season may throw. Again, schedules are filling up fast, so do yourself a favor by calling today to lock in your service!