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3 Fall Home Maintenance Practices to Follow

As the leaves begin to change from green to red and orange, life starts to settle in to routine that accompanies the chillier weather of autumn.  To help avoid costly repair problems in the future, use this change of seasons as a trigger to complete some vital fall home maintenance.

The following are just a few of the top fall home maintenance must-dos:

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Fall maintenance tips for your home
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  • Inspect & Repair Your Roof.  Finding a leak in the middle of a snowstorm can mean devastating results in the long run.  Before the weather takes a turn, hire professionals to inspect your roof and take care of any weak areas or places that need replaced.  If a problem is left untreated, you could be leaving your wood, drywall, insulation, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC system susceptible to costly water damage in the future, particularly when freezing temperatures can create ice dams.
  • Get Your Furnace Debris-Free.  It can be easy to forget how important your furnace is when the temperatures are still in short-sleeved numbers, but you don’t want to put your furnace maintenance off to the last minute.  Professional HVAC experts can help you ensure that your thermostat settings are accurate, electrical connections are tight and secure, and the overall health of your furnace passes evaluation.  Taking time to do preventative checks on this vital piece of equipment will help to keep you out of the cold when the snow starts blanketing the hills of Cincinnati.
  • Seal the Gaps.  Normal wear, tear, and time can loosen the seals around windows, doors, and other places that ultimately end up becoming drafty when left unprotected.  Take a thorough inventory of the places in your home that could let the cold air in, and replace or reinforce your home’s weatherization.  Preventing drafts will help you realize a positive impact when your energy bill is kept at bay.  An often-overlooked place that produces drafts is found where electrical wires and plumbing pipes enter the home.

Feeling overwhelmed with your fall home maintenance checklist?  Contact our team at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, and let us help you tick off the boxes!


Home Maintenance Advice: Why you should hire a Handyman

Part of the financial commitment homeownership involves requires keeping it in good shape on an ongoing basis. Some of the best handyman advice many homeowners receive is to stay on top of routine maintenance, whether it’s undertaking easy tasks or tackling more complex projects indoors and out.

Neglecting home maintenance can lead to bigger problems in the future. While painting a room or caulking a window is a fairly easy process, turning to a skilled handyman for the projects where you have less experience, skills, or lack the tools makes sense because:

  • The job will get done faster. Many home improvement projects disrupt daily living. When you have no water, power or heat due to a issue at home, it can be a major inconvenience. But if you hire a handyman, you can avoid the delay in repairs by hiring a professional that will get the job done as quickly as possible.
  • Materials usually cost less. Professional handymen often purchase materials at a discount because they’re able to buy at wholesale costs. You can also trust the handyman advice regarding the materials and products you need because they know the best ones to use for durability and dependability based on their knowledge and experience.
  • They use the right tools. Contractors invest in tools that simplify projects and assure you that you’ll have professional results.
  • Home improvement professionals know the building codes. Two of the most critical components of your home that deal with safety include its wiring and plumbing, both of which are covered under building codes. As part of licensing, contractors must demonstrate their competence with both.Having an unlicensed or inexperienced person make changes to wiring or plumbing can result in serious damage to your home and a risk to your family’s safety. Wiring, especially, poses safety risks. Plumbing problems from do-it-yourself changes or repairs can cost more in the long run than hiring a professional to complete the job.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of handyman advice and find expertise for your next project, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, serving greater Cincinnati homeowners since 1910.


How to Tell if the Boiler in Your Cincinnati Home Is Having Issues

Fall is just around the corner in Cincinnati and you will soon be using your boiler to heat your home again. It’s useful to go over the various signs of boiler malfunction, so you’ll know what you can fix and when to call for boiler repair in Cincinnati.

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Radiators Not Heating

A radiator may feel warm at the bottom but cold on the top. The cause could be rust in the pipes, air in the radiator or the pump is not circulating water as it should

Bleeding the radiator can help with the air blockage: Turn the radiator on till it’s warm, then turn it off. Place a towel under the pressure release valve. Insert a radiator key or screwdriver in the pressure release valve, turning it counterclockwise. When water starts to leak out, quickly turn the valve in the other direction.

No Hot Water

The reasons for this can be many, including a broken airlock or diaphragm, failing motorized valve, low water level or a broken thermostat.

Pilot Light Keeps Going Out

This is probably a faulty thermocouple, and a job best left to a service tech.

Noise From the Boiler

If the boiler is “kettling,” a kind of gurgling sound, there could be trapped air or lime scale buildup. You can try bleeding the radiator and flushing the pipes. If that doesn’t work, call a service tech. Pump failure could also be a cause.

Faulty Thermostat

Thermostats don’t last forever, so if you suspect yours isn’t sending the right signals, it’s time for a replacement.

Drips or Leaks

This is likely caused by worn-out hoses or parts. Call a service tech.

Losing Pressure

Pressurized systems may fail to keep up proper pressure. Water leaks may be the cause, or it might be a faulty pressure relief valve. If your manual tells you how to re-pressurize the system and you feel competent trying it out, then do so. Otherwise, call a professional repair person.

For more on boiler repair in Cincinnati, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving our Greater Cincinnati customers since 1910.


Weatherization Projects With the Help of a Trusted Handyman

How do you keep the weather outside from getting inside your home? The answer is weatherization. With a few simple projects, you can weatherize your home and make it more comfortable year round and a trusted handyman can make this even easier.

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Winter Is the Season for Ice Dams — How to Prevent Them on the Roof of Your Home

ice damsWinter can hit Southwest Ohio pretty hard, even though we don’t usually get a lot of snow. This doesn’t mean that the greater Cincinnati area can’t experience a big snowstorm or weeks of sub-freezing weather. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn what ice dams are and how to prevent them from forming on the roof of your house.

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How Cincinnati Homeowners Can Extend the Life of a Home HVAC System

extend the life of your HVAC systemWhile you can’t put a price on the comfort and safety of your family, it’s nice to save money where you can. Heating and cooling equipment is a major investment, with an average life span of between 12 and 15 years, but that doesn’t mean it can’t last longer. Read on for some great tips on extending the life of an HVAC system and making the most of your investment.  (more…)


Maintenance Plan or Warranty: How Do They Compare?

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Get Chimney Repairs Completed Before the Cooler Ohio Temperatures Arrive

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How to Perform Simple Furnace Maintenance

furnace maintenanceLike anything we use on a regular basis, furnaces benefit greatly from regular maintenance. While furnace maintenance requires the assistance of a professional, there are also things you can do to keep your furnace working at its best. If you’re wondering what can you do to keep your furnace running smoothly during the cold Midwestern winter, here are a few tips to get you started.

Air Filters

Take the time every month to check your HVAC system air filter. (An important safety guideline is to turn off your furnace and fuel supply before inspecting and removing components.) Cleaning or replacing filters can help to reduce stress on your system. Make sure to:

  • Check for excessive dirt or buildup
  • Clean permanent filters by following manufacturer instructions
  • Replace filters as soon as dust has begun accumulating.

Overall Inspection

While you might not be a professional, most homeowners can spot something that doesn’t look quite right. Regularly check simple things such as ducts, seals and joints, and make sure the screws are in place.

Safety

Two great ways to assure safety in your home is to have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector installed in your home. Also make sure to keep the area around your furnace clear of clutter and clean.

For any other routine furnace maintenance, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We proudly serve homeowners throughout greater Cincinnati.


9 Tips for Cincinnati Homeowners Hiring an HVAC Professional

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