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Do you have a plumbing repair kit in your home to make emergency repairs quickly? Having everything you need in one bucket or box can help you eliminate some of the stress that comes with plumbing emergencies. On this blog, you will find out what you should have in your kit and some basic tips about making these repairs to avoid further damage to your home. It is my hope that you will find more than enough information to keep your home dry, your drains draining, and a peace of mind and lack of stress to tackle these dreaded household occurrences.

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Your Essential Guide To What Happens During Inspections Of Your Home's HVAC System

Veronica Torres

When you become a homeowner, there are many tasks you need to complete on a continual basis, such as annual inspections of major house structures and appliances. This includes checkups of your heating and air conditioning system. While you may know that you should get your air conditioning system checked in the spring and your heating system inspected in early fall, you may be curious as to exactly what HVAC professionals do during these inspections.

The following guide explains in-depth what goes on during system checkups so you can have a better understanding of the process and how your HVAC units work.

Inspecting Components

One of the main tasks that an HVAC technician performs during an inspection is examining the internal parts of your air conditioner and heating appliances. The technician will look for signs of corrosion, debris buildup and damage to components. A thorough inspection will also include an examination of your home's ductwork as well as chimney and furnace flues.

During the spring checkup, the HVAC tech will check the condenser coils, condensate drains, coil fins, refrigerant levels, seals and belts of your air conditioner. The inspection will also include examining the thermostat.

During the fall checkup, the HVAC technician will look at the combustion chamber, ignition components, vent pipes, safety controls and other components of your heating system.


An inspection should also include cleaning your HVAC components. You do not want dirt, mold and debris sitting inside of your AC and furnace or blowing into your home, lowering the indoor air quality and causing unpleasant smells. Dirty components will cause your HVAC system to work harder and be less energy efficient. This leads to higher utility bills.

If necessary, the HVAC technician will also clean your pilot light burners. If the flame of the pilot light is not a clear blue, the burner is probably dirty. Cleaning it involves turning off the thermostat and gas flow to your home. If you have a radiator in your heating system and it is dirty, the HVAC tech may flush the system to rid it of debris.

System Recommendations

After each inspection, your HVAC contractor should provide you with a detailed report of the tasks they performed and discuss with you any recommendations to improve the performance of your AC and heating components. If your HVAC system is relatively new, you may not need to perform any repairs or maintenance. For older units, expect to get recommendations for minor repairs at the very least.

The lifespan of an HVAC system is approximately 12 to 15 years. If your AC or heating equipment is over 10 years old and in need of frequent repairs, you should consider replacing the entire system.

A reputable HVAC technician will not make any repairs without your explicit authorization first. They should sit down with you and review all recommendations and provide you with an estimate so you can make an educated decision on how you want to proceed.

How You Can Assist

While the main inspection tasks should be left to professionals, there are things you can do to help extend the lifespan of your HVAC system. Make sure that you replace filters for your furnace and AC at least once a month. Filters are really inexpensive, and you can buy multi-packs of the items from hardware stores. If you do not know where your filters are located, ask your HVAC contractor for assistance and have them show you how to replace them.

In general, you should not brush off the need for inspections of your HVAC system. The fee you spend for inspections will pale in comparison to major repairs you will have to contend with as a result of neglecting regular maintenance of your AC and heating components. For more information, contact a company like Abbey Plumbing & Heating Co.