The home buying process is far from simple and easy. After signing so many documents, and going back and forth with the bank—you must be exhausted.
But it was all worth it when you get the keys to your brand new place handed to you.
But even though you had to jump through hurdles to get here, the learning doesn’t stop there.
Purchasing your home is one thing, but maintaining it—specifically making sure your heating and cooling systems are working efficiently year round—is another huge responsibility you’re taking on as a homeowner. So to prevent any heating and air conditioning installation related mishaps, here are some tips covering everything from sewer line repair to selecting the right air conditioning unit.
From the professionals to you, the proud new homeowner.
Sewer Line Repair: When You Should Call Someone
Check Indoors And Outdoors
You may need sewer line repair at some point in time. It’s not an uncommon issue.
Be prepared and constantly on the lookout for these telltale signs.
Indoors, you want to take note if you find unexplained mold in your bathroom or kitchen. Also, spotting roaches, rats, and mice in those areas may indicate a larger plumbing issue.
You may start to smell a rotten or unpleasant scent if the sewer line is backed up or ruptured.
Outdoors, keep your eyes peeled for dips in the front yard, sinkholes, or uneven grass growth patterns. You may need to call an expert in sewer line repair if you find one or more of these signs plaguing your home.
Keep in mind how long your sewer line pipes will last
This is a good thing to keep in mind, in case you need to replace the pipes before you move in. Clay pipes have a lifespan of 60 years, while iron pipes last up to 100 years.
Air Conditioning Repair versus Maintenance
To avoid frequent repairs, maintain your unit year round.
There are a few things you can do every month to keep the AC in tiptop shape.
Make sure you are changing and cleaning the filters often. Changing the air filters should be a quick and painless process. But it’s still easy to forget, so set a reminder on your phone until the habit becomes second nature.
Also check the coils on a monthly basis and keep those clean.
Lastly, inspect the condensation drain and check for clogging.
Select The Right Size AC Unit
To save money and energy, you want to make sure the AC your purchase for your home is the proper size.
Bigger is not always better.
To calculate the size, you’ll need to get the square area of the space you need cooled (length x width) and multiply that by the BTU, 25, to get the cooling capacity.
Though a new homeowner may think they have jumped through enough hoops to lock down their home—the work doesn’t stop there.
However, by following a few of these tips regarding AC and sewer line repair, you can be better prepared to take on anything this new home owning life throws at you.