Archive for February, 2018

With technology that promises to “just work” at the flip of a switch, it’s no surprise that people expect their HVAC system to work when they need it, without any worries or concerns. After all, it’s no fun to face a Haverhill winter with a heater that breaks down just when you need it the most.

Just like your car, computer and even your body, air conditioners and furnaces need occasional maintenance to run at peak efficiency. You wouldn’t dream of driving your car without making sure the oil’s been changed every few thousand miles. So why neglect your HVAC?

Without occasional checkups, your system can cost you time, money and comfort. That’s why maintenance agreements from Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone make all the difference in your home’s heating and air conditioning.

When you sign on to a maintenance agreement, you can trust that your system will be well cared for by certified technicians. During routine maintenance checks, they’ll walk through a checklist of inspections, tests and cleanings to ensure your system is in great shape and advise you of any areas that might present concerns down the road.

While there are number of things that you can do on your own to keep your HVAC system working well, a checkup from a professional technician offers not only a deeper look at your system, but the tools, knowledge and skills to identify any trouble areas.

Think of it like a dentist. Sure, you can brush and floss regularly. But a dentist can do a deep cleaning while looking for any coming cavities. A maintenance agreement does the same thing for your HVAC system.

Here is just some of what you can expect to be done during an annual technician visit as part of a maintenance agreement with Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone:

  • Lubricate all moving parts: Friction in your HVAC system can cause it to overheat and break down. Adding lubrication helps parts move smoothly.
  • Tighten electrical connections: A loose connection can lead to problems that can not only shorten your equipment’s lifespan, but also present a danger to your home. Technicians will make sure all connections are correct, and measure voltage and current on equipment motors.
  • Check the thermostat: If your thermostat is not calibrated correctly, it can lead imbalances in your system’s use. A technician will check your thermostat and can even install an updated programmable thermostat on their visit if you don’t already have one.
  • Check system controls: Making sure your system’s start cycle, operation and shut-off sequence happen in the correct way keeps your system running safely and properly. The technician checks the controls and makes any necessary adjustments.
  • Clean and adjust the blower: Issues with your HVAC system’s blower can mean up to a 15 percent drop in energy efficiency. With the proper adjustments, your blower will have better airflow and increase your home’s comfort.
  • Other services, specific to cooling or heating units, will prevent breakdown.

The investment in a maintenance agreement can pay off in lower energy bills, thanks to a more energy-efficient system, and help reduce the number of repairs that might be needed in a neglected system. You’ll get a longer life out of your equipment and it will run much more safely than a system that might otherwise be failing.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone has a great reputation in the Haverhill area for a reason. So don’t hesitate to call and talk about the various maintenance agreements available. Our team is ready to serve, 24/7. Call us at 978-872-1190 or schedule an appointment online.

A leaking pipe? A backed-up drain? No hot water?

Plumbing problems like these are never fun to deal with during any time of year. So imagine having to suffer through plumbing problems in the bitter cold of a Massachusetts winter.

Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone works to make sure that Haverhill homes have pipes and drains that are clear of plumbing issues. Don’t find yourself dealing with broken pipes, a failing water heater or overflowing drains.

Use these 5 Winter Plumbing Tips to keep things flowing this winter, and all year long.

1. Let faucets drip to prevent frozen pipes

High water pressure and freezing temperatures can quickly lead to frozen pipes. This common winter problem, if left undetected, could end in broken pipes.

Noticing sudden light water flow from your shower or sinks? This can be a sign that your pipes are starting to freeze.

Don’t rush to call out a plumber for faucet or pipe replacement just yet. There’s an easy way to stop freezing pipes in their tracks. Leave a faucet on very low, so that the water is trickling out.

This trickle of water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing, especially those on an outside wall. Apply heat to the pipes that might be frozen. A hair dryer can help safely supply the right amount of heat.

If the water continues to flow shorter than normal, or you just want to have your pipes more thoroughly checked, the pros at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can lend a hand.

2. Keep drains clean from grease or other clogs

If water gets stuck in pipes due to clogs, that can increase the chances of freezing and bursting pipes.

A little common sense now will save you from troubles later. Pouring oils, grease, or even coffee grounds down your sink can increase the chances of clogs. The same goes for any drain in your home.

Over time, these clog-makers get caked up in your pipes, coating the sides since their consistency makes it harder for water to wash away the buildup. Before long, a clog is ready to cause problems.

Think you might already be facing clogged pipes? Andrew DiPietro’s Comfort Zone drain cleaning and drainpipe replacement services will keep your pipes clean.

3. Put the outdoor hose away

Unless you think you might need to do some gardening on a Haverhill February weekend, it’s probably best to pack away your garden hose until warmer weather returns.

Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucets and connecting pipes as well.

4. Keep your pipes under wraps

Everyone likes a warm blanket during the winter. Why should your external pipes be any different?

You can protect your pipes with insulation wrapping as early as the fall. But even if you’ve waited until winter, protecting outside pipes will help prevent or reduce the chances of freezing in extreme conditions.

5. Don’t set your water heater too high

If you’re finding it’s taking your water too long to heat up in the winter, it might be because your water heater temperature is set too high.

That might seem backwards, but when you set the temperature gauge too high on the water heater, it can have problems keeping up in the cold weather. Never set the water heater higher than 140 degrees.

Set lower than that, but still suffering from hot water issues? Let the team at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone take a look and help you determine if there are issues in either your pipes or with your water heater.

But what happens if your pipes do freeze?

Followed the checklist and still dealing with frozen pipes? Don’t panic.

Before your pipes burst, follow these steps before a bad situation gets worse:

  • If the faucets are on nothing comes out, DO leave them on and call a plumber.
  • DO use a hair dryer to start warming the pipe. Begin as close to the faucet as possible, and work toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • DON’T use a torch or other open flame to try to thaw a pipe.
  • DON’T use electrical appliances anywhere with standing water. You could be electrocuted.

If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house and leave the water faucets turned on. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it should they need to.

Don’t wait until a pipe or drain emergency leaves you shivering in the cold. The plumbing professionals at Andrew DiPietro’s Climate Zone can offer further ideas to prevent problems this winter. Give them a call at 978-872-1190 to learn more about their services or set up a consultation appointment online.