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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 00:11

Central Air Conditioner Noises

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Central air conditioners have a lot of moving parts working to keep your home cool and comfortable. Over time, the parts will wear out and lead to a variety of sounds you may not have heard before. Some of these sounds can be easy to identify and fix, like a loose panel cover, or could be a sign of a bigger problem like a worn out condenser motor.

Air Conditioner Noises

Air Conditioner Rattling Sounds

Rattling sounds are a fairly common with air conditioners. Over time the various fasteners attaching components to the unit can become loose. If you hear a rattling sound, check the screws or bolts on the cover plates. If the rattling noises is still heard after tightening the panels, remove the cover and check inside the unit for the loose panels. After listening for rattles, always turn the power to the unit off at the breaker.

Central AC Whistling Sounds

Whistling sounds are usually a result of faulty seals. Check for cracks and gaps in the seams of ducts near the AC unit and in the duct work that carries the air throughout the home. Examine the seams around these areas for loose connections and re-tighten any loose screws or bolts. If tape was used to cover the seals, make sure the tape is  adhering well to the duct seams.

Screeching Sounds

Like a car, an air conditioner motor uses belts to turn a fan. Over time the belt can stretch and wear out. If there is periodic screeching that only occurs when the unit turns on to blow air or cool the air down, it is likely a worn-out belt that needs to be replaced. A qualified HVAC technician should check the belt and replace it if needed.

Clunking Sounds

Clunking sounds can mean a part has come loose inside the AC unit. A loose fan blade on a motor will often make sounds as it turns. It may also be that a plastic component or cover plate is coming into contact with the fan. A qualified HVAC technician should inspect the unit to ensure it is operating safely.
Saturday, 20 April 2019 22:54

Is Your Sump Pump Ready For Spring?

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Sump pumpWith the spring thaw and rain showers, water can begin to seep into foundations, causing basement flooding. Many homes in the Chicago area will experience some amount of ground water seepage inside. Even a little bit water seepage into the home can cause damage by creating an environment for mold and mildew to grow inside walls, causing health concerns. In severe cases, water can cause damage to your home and property. The first line of defense from basement flooding is a sump pump.

Sump pumps are small electric pumps installed in the basement or crawlspace of a home. It is often placed in a sump pump pit to allow water to drain below the floor level.  As the pit fills with water, the pump turns on automatically to move the water out of the pit through a drain pipe that exits the home. The drain pipe has a check valve near the pump to keep the water from flowing backwards and returning into the home.

Because flooding is most likely to occur during severe weather and electrical storms, power to the pump could be unavailable. For peace of mind, consider a battery back-up sump pump, which can operate for hours, even when the home's electricity is off.

Testing Your Home's Sump Pump

Most homeowners don't think about their sump pump until a problem arises. But by testing your sump pump regularly you can ensure that it will be there when you need it most. Here's how to test your home's sump pump.

1. Fill a large bucket with water.
2. Slowly pour the water into the sump pump pit.
3. The pump should turn on and remove the water.

If the sump pump does not turn on, ensure that the pump is plugged into an operable power supply. If the pump still doesn't work, call M/R Plumbing to have the sump pump unit unit tested and repaired replaced if necessary.
Home buyer's plumbing inspection

Spring time is the peak time for buying and selling a home. If you're planning on moving into a new home it's important to include the plumbing system as part of a detailed home inspection. Here are the main plumbing systems you can check to ensure there are no major plumbing problems

1. Hot Water

Ask the realtor or homeowner about the age of the water heater. A conventional tank water heater will last around 10-15 years. A tankless water heater will last around 20 years. Inspect the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of age and deterioration. Turn on the hot water near the tank to check the temperature.

2. Water Leaks

Check faucets, pipes, appliances – including dishwashers, clothes washers and ice makers – for signs of leaks. Check for stains or signs of mildew that could indicate a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and can get worse over time, have a plumber check the system and repair any leaks prior to closing.

3. Check the Sump Pump

A broken sump pump can lead to serious water damage. Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Does it turn on and remove the water? If not, check that their is power to the unit and that the float mechanism is not obstructed.

4. Water Saving Toilets

Check toilets to see if they are newer, low-flow models. Toilets manufactured since the last 90's are mandated to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush.

5. Sewer and Drain Lines

Ask about the age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection can help find potential trouble like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems.

6. Water Pressure

Turn on the shower and run a faucet at the same time. Is there a noticable drop in water pressure? If so, have your plumber inspect the system to ensure there is enough water pressure throughout the home. If you would like to schedule a plumbing inspection before your next home purchase, givel MR Plumbing a call. We can help ensure that all systems are in good working condition.
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