Spring Tips from The Covenant Team (Part 2 of a 3 part series)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Tips from The Covenant Team
 (Part 2 of a 3 part series)
 
Some very helpful tips ~ be sure to read all three installments:
•Protect all your electrical appliances from power surges and lightning
•Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer
•Check for damage to your roof
•Run through a severe-weather drill with your family
•Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface
•Protect your home from sewer or drain back-up losses
•Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration

Protect all your electrical appliances from power surges and lightning.

Read more at How to choose surge protection for your home.

 http://learningcenter.statefarm.com/residence/safety-1/protect-your-property-from-power-surges/

Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer.
Maintenance should include:
• Cleaning the evaporator coil
• Lubricating fans and motors
• Tightening or changing the belts
• Checking electrical safeties
• Checking the drain pan for leaks
• Testing the capacitors
• Check the condensate drain
• Test the crankcase heater
• Calibrating the thermostat
• Visually checking the wiring for potential short circuits

These steps can help decrease the chance of fire, save money by making the system run more efficiently and help prevent breakdowns.

Things you can maintain:
•Check the condensate hose to be sure it is not blocked with algae.
•Clean the outside condensing unit screen of leaves.
•Listen for unusual noises.

Check for damage to your roof
Signs include missing, curling, cupping, broken or cracked shingles. Pooling or ponds of water that fail to drain from flat roofs may indicate low areas and inadequate drainage.
 
Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface.
This will help prevent guests and family members from slipping, tripping or falling.

Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration.
These areas can become weathered and worn and may lead to potential water damage.

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