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Identifying Air Conditioning Problems

Last summer, after carefully planning a family reunion for months, the worst thing in the world happened. My air conditioner died right in the middle of the night--when we had our entire family staying at our house. People were uncomfortable and grumpy because of the heat, and it was really embarrassing. Fortunately, we were able to get an HVAC contractor out to help us, and they did an awesome job fixing things fast. To prevent problems in the future, I decided that it would be smart to learn how to identify air conditioning problems. My website is all about finding the things that are wrong with your HVAC system and preventing issues.

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Fear Frozen Pipes? Try These Measures

Freezing and bursting pipes are a concern for almost everyone during winter. Pipes in this condition can make bathing, washing and laundering clothes impossible; what's worse is that when ice in lines creates a dangerously high pressure that compels them to burst, that results in messes and expensive repairs. What could you do to arrest this possibility?

Wrap Them

Usually, the reason pipes can freeze is their lack of warmth or insulation. If the house is in a beach area and has many exposed pipes running beneath the home in a crawlspace, for example, they're likely to have more open-air exposure that will result in freezing conditions. To protect lines, it's most sensible to warm them with insulation. Whether using foam or rubber insulation, pre-cut pieces can be fit around exposed or very cold pipes.

Use Heating Tape

If pre-cut sleeves don't seem to fit your pipes or you want something more effective, heating tape is also a solution. Heating tape, if you get sufficient amounts, can be taped around all lines and then plugged into an interior or exterior outlet. The tape will be warmed with electricity and so will pipes.

Let Taps Run

Each tap should be left trickling if you're concerned about freezing or bursting. With water escaping the pipe system, pressure will never build to a dangerous point. Leave all the taps open slightly until temperatures rise.

Open Cabinets

Your interior warmth can have a warming effect on pipes too. If your house is comfortable, open bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen cabinets so the pipes can warm closer to interior temperatures. This is not always a solution in itself, but it can be done with other measures.

Leave Heat On

If you're about to go out for the weekend, shutting the heat down is probably your plan. However, that will lower temperatures so drastically freezing is possible. Instead, lower heat slightly.

Drain System

If vacations or work trips will be keeping you away for many weeks, draining out the entire system is likely the best scenario. With very little or no water in the pipes, any freezing won't be enough to increase pressure to the point where bursting occurs.

Your own efforts could be valiant, but if you want full confidence about your pipes, plumbers are needed. They can recommend tactics and ensure that all system lines are in a condition to avoid ever freezing. For more information, contact a company like L.J. KRUSE COMPANY.