Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

Temperatures are dropping, and if they get low enough your pipes could be at risk for freezing and bursting. When water freezes, it expands and will put pressure on whatever is containing it, this includes metal and plastic pipes. In fact, one of the most common causes of property damage during bitter winter weather is burst pipes. Pipes most likely to freeze are ones that run against exterior walls with little to no insulation, pipes exposed to extremely cold temperatures such as outdoor hose bibs, or water sprinkler lines, and pipes in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages. Burst pipes can end up causing thousands of dollars in damage, so we are here to let you know how you can prevent this from happening.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the extremely cold weather arrives there are some things you can do to protect your pipes and keep them from freezing.

  • Follow the manufacture’s/installer’s directions to drain water from water sprinkler supply lines and other similar types of lines. You can either use directions to do it yourself or call a professional to do it for you, either way, this is an important task.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses. Make sure to close the valves supplying the outdoor hose bibs, and then open the outside hose bibs allowing water to drain. You’ll want to keep the outside valve open allowing any remaining water to expand without the pipe breaking.
  • We talked about pipes in areas such as basements, attics, crawl spaces, and garages being more prone to feezing, to prevent these pipes from freezing make sure to add some insulation to these areas in order to maintain a higher temperature.
  • Install specific products made to help insulate water pipes. There are many different products you can use for this such as a pipe sleeve, heat tap, heat cable, or even newspaper. Believe it or not even 1/4” of newspaper can provide some degree of protection.
  • Keep your thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and at night. If you leave for a period of time during the cold months, make sure to leave the heat on in your home. It is recommended to keep your home no lower than 55 degrees while you’re away.
Thawing Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a small trickle of water comes out, it is safe to suspect a frozen pipe. There are a few things you can do to try and unfreeze them before having to call a professional.

  • Keep the faucet open so that water can flow through the frozen area once you treat it and it begins to melt. Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice in the pipe.
  • After you’ve checked the vulnerable areas for freezing and found where the pipe is frozen you will want to apply heat to that section. You can do this by wrapping an electrical heating pad around the pipe, using an electric hair dryer to apply heat, or by wrapping the pipes with towels that have been soaked in hot water. Do not use open flame devices.
  • Keep applying heat until you have full water pressure. Make sure to check other faucets throughout your house in order to determine if you have any additional frozen pipes. Chances are, if one pipe freezes, others may too.
  • If you suspect a frozen pipe but are not able to locate it, or if the pipe is not accessible, call a professional plumber.

Be prepared and follow the steps to prevent pipe freezing before the freezing temperatures hit. SAM’S Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to come to your service if you have pipes giving you the cold shoulder. Call us today for a free service call.

 

What to Do When the Heat Goes Out

It’s cold outside, but luckily our heating systems allow us to stay nice and warm inside the comfort of our own homes. What happens if your heat stops working in the middle of Winter? Or maybe it doesn’t stop working but it stops working as well, and your home isn’t warming up enough for you to stay comfortable? There are professionals you can call to help with this issue, but there may not be someone available right away, or there may be just a minor problem causing the issue that you are able to fix. Keep reading to learn about the things you can check before having to call a technician.

Do You Have Fuel?

If your unit requires fuel to operate this is a very important factor to think about. Often times your fuel will run out and the way you find out is because your heat has stopped working. If you stay aware of the fuel you have available you can make sure to restock before you run into the issue of having no fuel and no heat.

Check Your Thermostat

Check that your thermostat is working, and is on the correct setting. Most thermostats have the options for ‘heat’, ‘cool’, ‘fan’, ‘auto’, or ‘on’. During the cold months, your thermostat should be on the ‘heat’ and ‘auto’ setting choosing a temperature you would like to be maintained. Your thermostat may either be hard-wired or battery operated. If your thermostat requires batteries, check to make sure those are not dead. If your batteries are dead your thermostat will not send the signal for the heat to kick on.

Is power reaching the heating unit?

First, check your electrical panel to make sure the breaker hasn’t tripped. If that is not the problem check that the boiler/furnace is in the on position. If you have a boiler, reset it or check to make sure the pilot light is on. If you have a furnace make sure your filter is not clogged.

 

If these simple solutions do not get your heat back up and running, there may be a bigger issue. If you run across the problem of having no heat and aren’t able to fix the problem on your own you need to get a professional to look at the problem.


Our team of professionals are available 24/7 for your HVAC needs. We will restore your heat in no time! Contact us today for a free service call.

Make Sure Your HVAC System Is Ready For Winter

Whether there is snow or not, the temperatures are dropping and you along with your HVAC system should be prepared for the cold months ahead. It may be cold outside, but you don’t want inside your home to feel the same. So get out this winter; build a snowman, go sledding, or simply shovel the snow from the sidewalk and driveway, but be able to come back to a warm home. In order to make sure your home stays warm throughout the winter there are some steps you can take to make sure your HVAC system operates efficiently throughout these cold months.

 #1-  Clean vents and clean air filter

You may not realize how much of a difference cleaning your vents can make. If you make the effort to clean your vents, even just once a month, it makes a difference. All you have to do is take the vacuum hose attachment to the vent. Besides, why wouldn’t you want to clean your air vents? Your air vents are responsible for circulating the air from your heating and air system in and out of each room, aka the air you are breathing. Keeping these vents clean can help insure you have adequate airflow and insure stuff doesn’t get caught up in your duct work.

The importance of a clean air filter cannot be stressed enough! Having a clean air filter helps prevent malfunctions and brings benefits to you and your home. Changing your air filter is a simple task and helps the life span of your HVAC system. Allowing build-up on your air filter can cause poor quality for your indoor air, raise the cost for operating your system, or cause damage to your HVAC system . You should change your filter monthly, but never go more than three months without changing it.

#2- Have an up-to-date thermostat 

Having a thermostat that is programmable can have many benefits. A big benefit and money saver of having a thermostat you can program is efficiency. If your programmable thermostat is used right it can save money. Some tips for using your thermostat correctly; have it set to 68 degrees while you are awake, and a bit lower while you are sleeping. This same rule applies to having it set while you are home/when you are away. Like most working people, you are probably out of the house for an average or 8 hours a day. Have your thermostat set lower for the time you are away, and program it to kick on shortly before you to arrive home. This way your house it always comfortable while you are there, and you are saving money because it doesn’t run all day when there is no need for it to.

#3- Get HVAC maintenance

Keeping on top of the maintenance of your system allows you to prevent bigger, more expensive problems from coming up. If you get your HVAC system checked annually a technician can catch small problems, and fix them before they turn into big ones. Paying for a certified technician to do a checkup on your home once a year is a lot cheaper than having major work done on your system, or the whole thing replaced because a small problem turned into a major one. Allow your system to stay up to date and prevent issues by getting a yearly checkup! A good time to do your yearly check up is right before winter in order to get it ready for extended use.


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