Like all home appliances, garbage disposals wear out as they age. If yours is getting long in the tooth, some signs indicate it’s time for a replacement. Here are two of them.
Sign #1: The Clogs Keep on Coming
Frequent clogs are a sure sign that your garbage disposal is on its last leg. If you’re spending more time unclogging the disposal than you spend using it, that’s a sure sign a new one is not far down the road. To keep it chugging along a little longer, you could try breaking things up into smaller pieces before putting them down the drain, running cold water when the disposal is on, and keeping sticky, stringy, and hard food out. If you’re doing all these things and still getting frequent clogs, it’s time to consider replacing it.
Sign #2: Leaks Under the Sink
A leaking garbage disposal is the final peg in its coffin. Once a disposal starts leaking, it’s hard to repair effectively. Things like utensils that drop into it and hard fruit pits are enough to cause damage to the interior, causing the unit to crack and then leak. Water damage is no joke, so if you have even a minor leak from your disposal, it’s time to call a plumber to replace it.
It’s hard to imagine a kitchen sink without a disposal, but if yours is on its way out, don’t wait until it goes completely kaput. A professional plumber can give you an estimate on a new unit and installation to get you back in business. Contact the pros at Hill Plumbing and Air today for all your garbage disposal needs.
Your heating and air conditioning system keeps your home comfortable year-round. But, are you doing your part to keep them humming along? HVAC inspection is critical to keep your system running as it should. Here’s what you need to know about what it includes and how often to schedule it.
What Happens During an HVAC Inspection?
Regular service will help your heating and cooling system run as intended, keeping your home comfortable through the seasons, no matter the temperature. It also helps your equipment last longer by reducing friction. Additionally, it fixes issues that come up between service calls, reduces the potential for breakdowns and costly repairs, and helps it run more efficiently, cutting down on your energy bill expenses. Inspection includes:
- Checking the electrical connections
- Make sure refrigerant levels are where they should be
- Testing controls
- Checking and calibrating the thermostat
- Inspecting the moving parts and critical components
How Many Times a Year for HVAC Inspection?
HVAC inspection and service should happen twice a year. Spring inspection will ensure your air conditioner is in good shape and that it will keep you and your family cool all summer, even on the hottest days. Fall inspection helps your system switch from cooling to heating and makes sure it’s ready for heating your home when the weather cools off.
When was the last time you had your HVAC system inspected? Ideally, it should happen twice a year, in the spring and the fall. But, if you’ve fallen behind on this critical service call that can keep your home comfortable all year, it’s not too late to get it on the calendar. Contact the HVAC pros at Hill Plumbing and Air today.