Even though summer is just around the corner, it’s not too early to start thinking about your furnace. Seattle regularly sees below-freezing temperatures during the fall and winter, so a properly functioning heating system is crucial for your comfort and even safety. To make sure your furnace is ready for winter, be sure to follow these furnace maintenance tips all year round.
Inspect and Replace Furnace Filters
Dirt is the biggest enemy of your furnace. Not only can dirt waste fuel and lower your furnace’s efficiency, but it can also place additional strain on your heating system, reducing its operational life. To keep dirt out of your furnace, inspect the furnace filter at the beginning of the heating season and about once a month during periods of continuous use. If the filter looks dirty, replace it with a new filter of the same type and size.
Clean the Inside of the Furnace
As a part of your seasonal furnace maintenance, thoroughly clean your furnace’s blower assembly, belts, pulleys, and motor housing. If your furnace has a squirrel-cage fan, check the blower each month and clean as necessary. Before you’re ready to turn on the furnace for good, use a toothbrush to clean each fan blade and the spaces between the blades.
Have Your Furnace Serviced
To keep your furnace in top shape, have it professionally serviced at least once a year. Now is the best time to schedule a furnace inspection, as you likely won’t have to wait to have a technician come to your home. Annual inspections and tune-ups will also help keep your furnace running efficiently throughout periods of continuous use.
Beacon Plumbing has been a leading furnace repair and maintenance company in Seattle since 1999. We pride ourselves in recruiting the best-educated, most knowledgeable, and most professional furnace repair technicians in the industry. Call us today at (206) 452-4363 to schedule a furnace tune-up or inspection today.
If your home is more than 20 years old, a complete home re-piping may be needed to get your home’s plumbing system in tip-top shape. Re-piping may also be needed for gas piping, depending on the age and condition of your home’s gas pipe lines. If you are on a tight budget, you can re-pipe one room at a time, starting with the kitchen or bathroom. The following signs will help you decide whether it’s time to re-pipe your home.
Constant Water Leaks
If there are constant leaks in your plumbing system, your home may be in need of complete re-piping. Old galvanized steel pipes have weak seals that create multiple breaks along the plumbing network, causing leaks throughout the home. Re-piping isn’t cheap, but it can be more affordable than repairing an entire home’s worth of water damage.
Strange Water Color
The next time you pour yourself a glass of water, have a close look at the contents inside the glass. If the water is murky, cloudy, or has an orange tinge to it, your home may be in need of re-piping. Old, rusty pipes can add a strange color, foul odor, and bad taste to your home’s drinking water. Contact a plumber to determine the cause of the discoloration of whether re-piping will help.
Clogged Sinks and Backed-Up Drains
Sewer and septic lines need to be clear to move raw sewage away from your home. When sewer lines and septic lines become clogged, raw sewage can back up into your home, causing a health hazard to you and your family. If your sinks and drains are constantly clogged or backed up, contact a plumber to discuss your re-piping options.
Beacon Plumbing is your residential and commercial re-piping specialist serving the entire Puget Sound area. If you think your steel pipes are rusted, or if your drains and sinks are constantly clogged, schedule an in-home appointment with one of our plumbing professionals. To learn more about our plumbing services, call us at (206) 720-2040.
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A furnace filter may be small, but it has a big impact on your furnace’s performance and efficiency. To keep your furnace in top shape, inspect the filter at the beginning of the heating season and once per month during periods of continuous use. If you use reusable furnace filters, wash the filter with a hose until the water coming out the other side is clear. Let the filter air dry completely before inserting back into your furnace.
As part of your furnace maintenance program, have it serviced at least once per year by a furnace repair and maintenance professional. For quality furnace maintenance, repair, and tune-up services in Seattle, contact Beacon Plumbing. To schedule a furnace inspection today, contact us online or call us at (206) 720-2040.
Most kitchen garbage disposals receive daily use, making cleanup after cooking and meals much easier. However, garbage disposals need regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure the mechanism and drain line remain clear. Maintaining your disposal is easy and requires only a few minutes each month to prevent clogs and other serious plumbing issues.
Clearing the Drain Line
Everything that goes down your disposal is transported away from your home through the sink’s drain line. Because food debris can easily build up inside the line and cause clogs, you should clear it periodically to prevent backups. To clear the drain line, plug the sink and fill it with two to four inches of cold water. Remove the plug and run your disposal until all the water has drained from the sink. If you do experience a slowdown in your drain’s performance, address the issue immediately. Use a plunger or a homemade natural drain cleaning solution to clear the clog.
Cleaning the Disposal
Your disposal uses a set of blades to chop up food into small pieces before it is flushed down the drain. Keeping these blades sharp and free of buildup will maintain your disposal and prevent clogs. To clean your disposal, fill the disposal drain with approximately two cups of ice cubes. Follow the ice with one cup of rock salt or white vinegar. Run the cold water, then turn on your disposal for ten to fifteen seconds until all the ice and salt have been cleared away. The ice and salt will remove debris from the blades and sharpen them as your disposal grinds them up.
If you need plumbing or heating services in Seattle, Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical is at your service. You can reach us at any time by calling (206) 720-2040 to schedule plumbing, sewer, or furnace repairs for your home or business. Check us out on the web for information about our full range of services and special offers.