The PNW Post Rainy Season Home Maintenance Checklist

To say that it rains in Seattle, is a bit of understatement. If you didn’t batten down the hatches in the fall, you could be dealing with some serious issues on the exterior of your home. With our busy lives it can easy to put off inspecting your property after a harsh rainy season, but to save you some time, we put together this helpful home maintenance checklist of things you won’t want to neglect after a long rainy season.

  • Schedule routine AC maintenance

Not only is it great to inspect your unit for rust and debris damage, but checking your unit
after spring will ensure that it is ready to keep your home cool throughout the summer.
Have a local Seattle HVAC specialist inspect your unit to see if the rain caused any
underlying damage that may be missed by homeowners.

  • Make sure nothing is gumming up your gutters

Quality gutters are a must, even in the summer in Seattle. Make sure that your gutters
are flowing properly to keep the rain away from your home’s foundation.

  • Reinforce your roof

Even if the ocean winds and rain haven’t loosened any shingles, mold is a common
issue that can slowly erode your roof. Power wash and replace any shingles to avoid the
costly replacement of a new roof.

  • Take a close look at sheds and outbuildings

If you have any extra fixtures on your land, you will want to treat them as you treat your
home. Inspect all elements that could have been damaged by the rain and tend to each
issue to ensure that these buildings retain their important function.

  • Inspect your crawl space

If you have a crawl space underneath your home, make sure that it isn’t flooded. This
can impact your home’s foundation, attract pests or prevent certain services that require
access to the home’s crawl space such as cable or plumbing.

  • Solidify your siding

Ideally your home’s siding is built to withstand the rain, but if it isn’t, take a close look at
your siding to identify any rot or mold before it causes further issues to the exterior of
your home.

  • Check your deck

If you didn’t power wash and seal your deck before the winter, do it now! The rain won’t
cease throughout the year, so minimize the damage that the rain can have on your wood
deck.

 

Our mild weather out in the Pacific Northwest don’t relieve us of post winter and spring outdoor maintenance. The rain can take its toll on the outside of your property and if you neglected to prepare for the rainy season in the fall, you’ll want to be extra diligent in your inspection this summer. Following this checklist will ensure that your home isn’t sitting with an issue that goes unnoticed in the nicer weather and certainly won’t go unnoticed again when the rain comes back around. If you find that the rain created issues that are beyond your repair, contact the appropriate contractor in Seattle to fix the issue before it worsens. If your issue is with your HVAC system, we would be happy to provide exceptional AC repair services as well as maintenance to prepare your system for another year of wear and tear.

3 Benefits of an HVAC Maintenance Service Plan

Much like your vehicle, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance to continue running smoothly and efficiently. This routine maintenance can also help Seattle homeowners prevent costly repairs. Regular maintenance requires more than just changing the air filter once a month. Routine maintenance service visits allow homeowners to benefit from the expertise of a trained HVAC technician who not only cleans the system, but also checks for any repair needs or issues. This helps ensure that your system is running smoothly and efficiently for the long haul.

Main Benefits of HVAC Service Plans

Here are 3 of the biggest benefits an HVAC maintenance service plan can offer Seattle homeowners:

  1. HVAC maintenance plans allow you to set up a schedule of regular maintenance services, which can often extend the life of your heating and cooling units.

HVAC units that are maintained on a regular schedule after their initial installation often last longer and run more efficiently than those that are not regularly maintained. This is because your HVAC technician is trained to recognize repair needs before they cause damage to your system. They also know how to keep your entire system cleaned and lubricated so that it continues to run efficiently. By keeping your unit in the best shape possible, you can get more out of your initial investment while also working to prevent costly repairs and delay the need for a whole system replacement.

  1. Heating and air conditioning service plans can often save you more money in the long run.

Your HVAC technician can recognize signs of wear and tear during your maintenance visits and often identify problem areas before they become worse. This allows him or her to make minor fixes on your heating or cooling unit before these problems can lead to more costly repair needs. Not only does this help prolong the life of your unit, helping you get more for your money, but it also helps ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible, which can save you money on energy costs.

  1. With our maintenance service plan, you can ensure that HVAC repairs are performed promptly, effectively, and efficiently.

Unfortunately, no matter how well you keep your HVAC system maintained, you may need to have some repairs done on occasion. An HVAC service plan from All Climate provides for repair contingencies, meaning that you won’t have to wait for the necessary repairs to your system. Our team of technicians will work to make any necessary repairs on your HVAC unit quickly to restore home comfort and keep your system running smoothly.

If you are ready to save money while keeping your HVAC system in tip-top shape, it’s time to call the professionals at All Climate and make sure that you are covered by our HVAC Maintenance Service Plan. For more information or to sign up for the service plan, call us today at (425) 746-3077.

HVAC Winter Maintenance Checklist

As winter approaches, the days are starting to get colder. In Seattle, homeowners experience some of the coldest temperatures in January where the average high is 47 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 36 degrees. It is important for homeowners to get ready for the winter by maintaining their HVAC system and having it checked for any problems that might lead to a breakdown during some of the coldest days of the year. Below, we have put together a Puget Sound HVAC winter checklist that will make it easier for homeowners to prepare for the cold days ahead.

HVAC Winter Maintenance Checklist for Puget Sound

Here are some of the HVAC system components that Puget Sound residents should check for before the coldest days of winter arrive:

  • Check your air filter to ensure that it is clean and there are no major blockages. Homeowners should continue to inspect their air filters at least once a month when using their heating system as a dirty or clogged filter can overwork the HVAC system and lower energy efficiency.
  • Check controls on your heating system for safe operation. When turning on your heater for the first time before winter, you should be able to start, operate, and turn off the system without any issues. If you notice any sounds or smells after turning your heating system on for the first time, you should turn off the system immediately and call a trained HVAC technician to inspect the unit.
  • Test the thermostat and check settings to ensure it’s working properly and efficiently. Test your thermostat by setting the temperature about 5 degrees warmer than the current temperature. Then, use a standard thermometer to check the temperature in the room to ensure that the thermostat is working properly. If you have a programmable thermostat, make sure to adjust the settings so that you can maintain efficiency when you are home and when you’re away.
  • Lubricate any moving parts or motors. It is important to keep motors and moving parts well-lubricated to avoid friction, which can increase the amount of electricity your system needs to function. By lubricating motors and moving parts, you can make sure that your HVAC system is running efficiently.
  • Check all gas or oil connections, heat exchanger, gas pressure, and burner combustion. Energy Star recommends checking these elements of your heating system as connections that are not operating properly can become a fire hazard as well as contribute to health problems related to indoor air quality. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger can also cause the system to work less efficiently.

Is your home HVAC system ready for the winter weather? This checklist is just a start for preparing your home before winter arrives. If you notice anything malfunctioning or need help with your pre-winter HVAC maintenance, call the experts at All Climate. Our technicians would be happy to help make sure that you are your family are comfortable this winter season.

Will Your Heating System Last this Winter? Here’s How to Test It

Though winter may still be a few months off, it is important to test your heating system before you need it. Much like your vehicle, your heating system also needs regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently. Checking your system in the fall allows you to identify any problems that you can work to fix before you’re left in the cold.

How to Test Your Heating System Before Winter

Testing your heating unit to make sure that it is working properly is a simple, but important task. Follow these steps to make sure that your heating system is working:

  • Set your thermostat to the heat or on position, and adjust the temperature so that it is at least 10 degrees higher than the temperature of the room.
  • Listen carefully for the heating equipment to turn on. It should start up within a few minutes of adjusting the thermostat.
  • Use a standard thermometer to test the temperature of the room after 15 minutes. Place this thermometer by your thermostat and check that the temperatures are reading the same. If they are not, you may need to replace your thermostat.

If the equipment does not start up, you can press the reset button on the burner’s relay, but make sure to only press it once. If the system still does not start up, you may need to call an HVAC professional to check your heating system.

Heating System Maintenance Checklist

Once you have tested your system to make sure that it runs, you should also complete some basic maintenance tasks to avoid any breakdowns and ensure that your system will run efficiently. Here’s a short checklist to help you make sure you are ready for winter:

  • Check your windows and doors for leaks and cracks. Though they may be harder to notice in the summer, these areas let more cold air in, causing your heating system to work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home warm.
  • Clean or replace air filters. Dirty and clogged air filters can also decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. These should be checked and replaced regularly to keep your system running smoothly.
  • Turn off the power to your furnace, and clean the heater’s fan blades if you are able to access them. Also, check to see if the fan’s motor and blower shafts need lubrication. Keeping your system cleaned and oiled helps prolong the life of the unit.

Checking your heating system before winter is about more than just comfort. A properly maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently and help you keep your energy costs down when you are running your heater often. Checking the system before you use it regularly also helps you to eliminate any potential hazards from a broken or malfunctioning heating system.

If you need help getting your heating system ready for the winter, call us today. An experienced HVAC technician can test your HVAC system and make sure you are ready for the coldest time of the year.