It’s that time of year… AGAIN!!

Winter is on its way! Don’t get left out in the cold. Getting ready for winter does not just mean finding your coat… your house needs protected as well!

Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Make sure all hoses are disconnected from the faucet and outside faucets are turned off. If your outside faucets are not frost free, make sure to insulate properly to help prevent freezing and breaking which could lead to costly repairs.
  • Drain your sprinkler system.
  • Change furnace filters and remove any items you have stored near the furnace, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire.
  • Remove any household items that are sitting on top of or in front of air ducts and return vents throughout the house

A clean, well maintained heating system will save you money and prolong the life of your furnace.
Alpine Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has experienced professionals to ensure everything is working properly. Give us a call to schedule a fall / winter furnace service.

How to get your home ready for winter

Winter is here!  Don’t get left out in the cold, give us a call to schedule a furnace service.

Here are a few other things that you can do yourself:

  • Change the furnace filters regularly. Some suggest every three months; others suggest monthly. At least take a look at the filter after 30 days of operation. You’ll be able to tell if it needs to be changed.
  • Stock up on filters during the warmer months. You often can find a bargain on furnace filters and other winter items during those hot summer months.
  • Remove any items you have stored near the furnace, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire. Also remove any household items that are suddenly sitting on top of or in front of your air ducts and return vents.

*Having carbon monoxide and radon detectors are important for everyone’s safety. You can purchase these detectors at most hardware and big box, do-it-yourself stores.

Get Ready for Summer

As we head into Spring and look forward to Summer, now is the perfect time to think of our good friend the Air Conditioner. Few chores will pay off more than a simple air-conditioner cleaning. The payoff? Summertime comfort and lower cooling bills. As an added bonus you will be prolonging the life of your air conditioner.

Make sure you have your filters changed, have the condenser coils cleaned, the fan motor lubricated and the fan inside the condenser coil cleared of debris. The fan inside the condenser coil sucks air through the fins, and as a result, pulls dirt and debris with it. Dust, leaves, dead grass and anything else that collects on the fins will block airflow and reduce the unit’s efficiency.

So give us a call to take care of your air conditioner and have a “cool” summer!

HVAC and Water Heater Winter Maintenance Tips

With Winter upon us, as well as freezing temperatures, we wanted to share some helpful hints for Winter maintenance.

Home maintenance is vital not only to keep your home looking good but more importantly to keep the various structural, electrical and mechanical components functioning properly. In order to avoid costly breakdowns preventative maintenance is essential.

  1. Maintenance Check of Your Heating System.
    As your furnace has been idle since the previous Winter we suggest you have the system checked by a qualified HVAC technician before firing it up. During this check up all burners are checked for efficiency, filters are changed, and the internal components of the system are checked for function.
  2. Service Hot Water Heater
    Water heaters work hardest during the Winter months, and Fall is a key time for upkeep and repair. Whether your hot water heater is gas or electric, sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank and we recommend a complete drain and flush of the hot water heater twice a year. This will help to extend the water heater’s life.
  3. Check Your Water Heater’s Pressure Valve
    Both gas and electric water heaters feature a safety device known as a pressure valve.  The purpose of this valve is to open and release pressure in the event that the water heater tank becomes over pressurized.  To avoid problems, pressure valves should be checked every six months.
  4. Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater
    Tankless water heaters are a great choice because upkeep and maintenance are simple procedures. In addition, keeping a large reserve of water is unnecessary as the water is heated passing through the piping. As a result heat loss is much less of an issue, and they work more efficiently and save energy.
    As a tankless water heater can last up to 20 years, routine maintenance is key to extending the heater’s life. Most installers recommend that a tankless heater is flushed of impurities every six months to two years. FYI, a flush kit can be obtained from a certified technician.

Hot water heater tanks may vary, so please always read the warnings and instructions accompanying your heating source. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 252-7100. We’re here to help!

Leaking Pipes

How can you determine if you have a leaking pipe?

The first indication of a leaking pipe might be a higher than normal water bill. Or, you might hear the sound of running water even when all your fixtures are turned off.  If you suspect a leak, check the fixtures first to make sure all the faucets are tightly closed. Next, go to the water meter, if you have one. Look to see if the dial is moving, it means you’re losing water somewhere in the system.

Try these tips to locate a leak.

  • The sound of running water helps. If you hear it, follow it to its source. You can buy a listening device that amplifies sounds when it’s held up to a pipe.
  • If water is staining the ceiling or dripping down, the leak is probably directly above.
  • Occasionally, water may travel along a joist and then stain or drip at a point some distance from the leak.
  • If water stains a wall, it means there’s a leak in a section of pipe.
  • Any wall stain is likely to be below the actual location of the leak and you’ll probably need to remove part of the wall to find it.
  • Without the sound of running water and without drips or stains as evidence, leaks are more difficult to find. Using a flashlight, check all the pipes in the basement or in the crawl space.

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We will be posting helpful hints and plumbing tips, plus informative articles, from time to time. Let us know if you have a question, or there’s something you would like us to write about!

All the best from Team Alpine