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Do-It-Yourself Maintenance Tips

Air Quality

Check Filter

Check the air filter in your furnace or fan coil each month. A dirty filter will cause excessive wear on your furnace,...

Clean Air Cleaner

The pre-filter and collection cells of an electronic air cleaner should be cleaned at least two or three times per...

Clean Humidifier

Clean your humidifier at the beginning of every heating season. Review your owner’s manual for the proper procedure...

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality with Parker’s Help

There are probably many things that you do in order to lead a healthy life. Perhaps you try to get in some exercise now...

Mildew

You can help to avoid mildew problems with these preventative actions. Ventilate basements or run dehumidifiers to dry...

Heating & Cooling

Brush Exterior

If the exterior of your outdoor coil becomes dirty, use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to...

Check Level

Make sure your outdoor coil stays in a level position. If the support for your outdoor coil shifts or settles and the...

Inspect Ventilation

Inspect your furnace’s combustion area and vent system before each heating season. If you find dirt, soot or rust,...

Remove Debris

Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris away from...

Plumbing

11 Plumbing Problems Every Homeowner Should Be Aware Of

With all the different pipes running through your home, it’s not unusual to get a few plumbing problems. When it’s...

Garbage Disposal

Use cold water when the disposal is operating. You can clean your disposal by grinding ice cubes. When your disposal...

Pipe Insulation

Insulate those pipes before it gets cold! When temperatures are at or below freezing, running a steady drop of hot and...

Preventing Kitchen Drain Clogs

A clogged drain can be so frustrating; and, of course, it happens more often than we care to think about! Usually,...

Roots

Roots can be a big problem. They can grow into the joints of the pipes. A little “root-x” flushed down the...

Scalding Tap Water

Thousands of people are scalded by tap water every year. The Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association recommends that...

Showerheads

Weak or changing water pressure usually points to a mineral buildup in the showerhead. Clean the outlet holes with a...

Water Moisture In The Home

Make sure that vents (with a ventilating fan) are installed in your kitchen and baths. These rooms can produce a lot of...

Winterize a Vacant Home

Preparing your plumbing for the winter is a wise alternative to frozen pipes. Turn off the water to your home using the...
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