Problems that Commonly Plague Homeowners

BEAUTIFUL HEAT - Room with tubesThere are few things more exciting in life than starting a family and becoming a homeowner. Unfortunately, becoming a homeowner is not a cake walk. There are a number of new bills and a lot of new responsibilities. Kitchen renovations Winnipeg for example can take on a life of their own and quickly add all kinds of new and unexpected bills on to your plate. It does not take long before you start to have a great deal of respect for some of the homeowners in your life because you never realized how much they do and worry about on a daily basis. When you lived with your parents, for example, you did not have to think about what to do when there was a cooling problem in the house. Even when you had an apartment, you still just called the maintenance staff to come and fix plumbing problems, too. Things get a little more stressful when you are the one who has to find a solution to the heating problems in your home. Here are some tips on how to deal with some of the more common problems you will face as a homeowner.

Dirty Air Filter

A dirty air filter is a problem you will face on a regular basis. Fortunately, it is not a problem that requires you to call in an expert. You just need to figure out what size air filter your HVAC system uses and you need to buy a replacement. The upside to this fix is the fact that air filters are inexpensive. You could opt for a more expensive one if you have allergies or asthma, but the cheap ones do the job just fine.

Leaks

Leaks can be a problem all over the house. Your AC unit could be leaking or you could have leaking pipes under the sink. Unfortunately, a leak is not an easy problem to fix without calling an expert. It is also something you should never put off or wait to have fixed.

You need to call an expert as soon as possible when you discover a leak because a noticeable leak means you have standing water. Standing water can very quickly turn into mold. Once you have mold, you are going to need more than someone to fix the leak, you’ll need someone to eradicate the mold too, as it is hazardous to your health.

Inspecting and Cleaning the Systems of Your Home

Inspecting and Cleaning the Systems of Your Home

Most homeowners would agree that there is never really a down time where something around your home does not need to be fixed or repaired. Just as fast as you fix one problem, two or three more manage to surface. Your plumbing system, for example, is one area of your home where you can spend a lot of time repairing, replacing, and upgrading. Just when you finish installing that new shower head, a heating problem surfaces when you realize your furnace is not producing heat. Summer rolls around and you realize your cooling system is not working as well as it could be.

AC Unit Inspection and Cleaning

Start with your air conditioning unit. You need to have a reliable and safe AC unit if you want your home to be cool and comfortable during the warm summer months. While it is true that there are all sorts of problems your AC unit could have, a lot of them just require a small fix or a little part to be replaced.

It is very possible that your AC unit just does not have enough power to push the air through your home like it did when you first had it installed. You can replace the filter, clean out the ducts, and fix any seals. If this fixes the problem, now you know you do not need a new system.

Furnace Inspection and Cleaning

Once you have the air under control, you will move on to the heater. The last thing any homeowner wants to do is come into their home during the brisk winter months and be just as cold inside as they were outside. What is the point of even having a furnace in that situation? You would follow all of the same steps with your furnace that you took to inspect and clean your AC unit.

In general, it is a better idea to leave inspecting and cleaning your water and sewage pipes to a professional. This is unless you happen to have experience as a plumber. The unfortunate truth is that some of the more expensive plumbing bills end up being the result of a homeowner trying to fix the problem on their own because they did not want to call a professional.