At Kellermeier Plumbing and Heating, we know you have a lot of questions about HVAC and plumbing services. We have created a page to answer our most frequently asked question.
What does HVAC stand for?
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
When should I consider HVAC equipment replacement?
You may wish to consider replacing your air conditioning or heating system if it is old, inefficient, or in need of repair. Today's systems often more efficient than systems manufactured more than 10 years ago.
What HVAC equipment requires regular (or preventative) maintenance?
At least twice a year heat pumps and air conditioners require a professional tune-up. Because gas-fired equipment functions with greater efficiency, it only needs to be serviced every other year. Inspections on boiler and furnace systems should include ductwork, pipes, dampers, valves, the chimney, registers, radiators, pumps, blowers, fuel lines, the gas meter, oil tank and every part of the actual furnace and boiler. Meanwhile, heat pump and air conditioning unit inspections should also include inspections of the fan, compressor, indoor coils, outdoor coils, line kits and refrigerant lines.
What type of filter should I use? And how often should I replace it?
Standard filters work to keep your system and its ductwork clean, but they don’t really improve indoor air quality. To do that you need a media filter. The media filter rests between the main return duct and the blower cabinet and will improve dust and particle removal by seven times that of a standard filter. However, upgrading to a pleated media filter will remove everything from insecticide dust to airborne viruses from the air. Always choose a filter that matches your blower’s capacity. For optimum efficiency and filtration, Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating recommends that you replace your disposable filters at least once a month. If you have washable filters, they should be cleaned once a month.
How do I know if I have a sewage backup?
Signs of a sewage problem include: slow draining, toilet gurgling when you flush it, waster rising out of the drains, and more!
Why does my drain get clogged and how do I fix it?
Drain clogs in kitchens are caused by grease that builds up inside pipes. In bathroom drain pipes, blockages are often due to items other than waste and toilet paper that have been flushed. If you have frequent problems with your drains, you could have a problem with your main line outside that runs from the house to the county connection.
How long should my water heater last?
Your water heater should last more than ten years (depending on how well it is maintained, the water quality in your area, and how well it was installed in your home).
Does it matter if my toilet is constantly running?
If your toilet is constantly running, you are wasting water and money. If the toilet continues to run after the toilet is flushed, it indicates that some part of the fixture is out of order and needs to be fixed or replaced.
How can I prevent my pipes from freezing?
When the weather turns very cold, let the cold water drip from your faucets that are served by exposed pipes. Moving water is harder to freeze than water that is not moving (like when your faucets are turned off). Additionally, you should make sure your walls are insulated well and seal up any cracks or spaces where outside air can get into your home. Finally, make sure that your thermostat is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.