Planned Maintenance Archives - PECO Heating & Cooling

Save the Day (and Lives!) with an Emergency or Whole House Generator

We all know why it is good to have a generator when the power goes out.  A generator can keep your refrigerator, lighting, and (if you live rurally) water running. It can also be a lifesaver, literally, for those with certain medical conditions where electricity is required for home healthcare. In addition, the young and elderly are more at risk of heatstroke and a generator can help keep indoor temps down during a long-term outage.

Unfortunately, generators can also take lives when used improperly. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, generators caused more than 50 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. We urge you to keep your unit at least ten feet from your house to make sure that carbon monoxide gas doesn’t give you a headache, knock you out, or even kill you!

Gasoline vs. Propane/Natural Gas

We also recommend that you go with propane or natural gas versus gasoline. Though gasoline is a handy fuel, it has a definite shelf-life and must be stabilized when stored for long periods. Old gasoline can gum up the carburetor of a gas-powered generator, requiring attention over time. Propane, on the other hand, is safe and simple—no messy spills as you try to fill it. Just hook up a filled tank or natural gas line and go! Natural gas and LP is stable indefinitely requires less maintenance and you can get whole house service vs enough to run your refrigerator and a few lights. 

Wire it Right!

You can use extension cords to power up individual devices with plugs, but hooking up essentials such as your furnace, air conditioner, well pump and pressure tank requires a transfer switch. A manual transfer switch is essentially a small circuit breaker box that you mount next to your main electrical panel. For most homeowners, it is best to use professionals for these types of installations. We can match the capacity of the transfer switch with the wattage of your generator. This is the only safe way to connect your generator to your house wiring. We ensure you house is disconnected from incoming power lines when you switch on the generator. This prevents back-feeding powerlines which can be a lethal hazard for utility workers attempting to get your electricity up and running. 

Call the Professionals!

At PECO Heating and Cooling, we make professional installation of a manual transfer switch for your generator safe and affordable! We also provide a wide range of other electrical and plumbing and home maintenance and repair services. Did we mention that we’re the go-to HVAC experts for upstate South Carolina? To make sure you are ready for the next power outage, visit us online or call 864-639-2424 today to schedule an appointment.

Spring Into Maintenance Season

Spring is the perfect time of year to perform any home maintenance that has been on hold over the winter. The wintertime brings harsh weather that adds wear and tear to your home, most of which isn’t obvious at first glance. To keep your home in excellent condition all year round and prevent expensive repairs, we recommend checking your house from top to bottom to catch up on any maintenance issues. While it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start with spring cleaning and maintenance, we’ve made this handy checklist outlining some of the areas that are hit hardest by the wintery elements.

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  • Inspection – Start by taking a good look around the outside of your home; do you notice any signs of wear and tear? Are there shingles that have shifted on your roof? Gutters that need repair? Check the siding on your house, your door and window seals – are there any areas that look worn or damaged? By giving your house a thorough once-over, you’ll be able to catch any problems before they have the chance to worsen and cause costly repairs. Head inside and check the window and door seals again, noting any cracks or moisture trapped between the panes. Now is also a great time to check your carbon monoxide and fire detectors and change the batteries if needed.
  • Windows – After winter weather it’s likely your windows can use a little attention! If you feel comfortable cleaning them yourself, use a squeegee or soft cloth with a mixture of equal parts hot water and white vinegar to clean that wintertime grime away. Don’t forget the screens; clean them using a mild detergent and allow them to completely dry before hanging them back on your windows. Note any holes in the screens- these should be fixed or replaced prior to summer to prevent any insects from coming into the house.
  • Gutters – Gutters take a particular beating during the winter! Spring is the perfect time to clean any leaves, twigs, or other debris that may have accumulated in them during winter storms. Safely climb a ladder and remove any debris, then run a hose up to your roof and make sure your gutters and have proper drainage and that the downspouts send the water flowing away from your home’s foundation. Also, be sure to check that all the downspouts are securely attached to your home.
  • Hardscaping – Wintertime temperatures can be hard on your driveways and walkways; check all the hardscaping for cracks, chips or other damage. Small cracks can often be repaired on your own, but larger areas may require a professional’s touch.
  • Woodwork – Winter moisture can be tough on woodwork around your home, such as decks, siding, and railings. Spring is the perfect time to power wash and reseal any wood prior to warm summer weather. Note any signs of wood damage that may need to be replaced.
  • Grills – Summertime means barbecuing, making spring the perfect season to prep your grill. For charcoal grills, it’s pretty straightforward- clean out ant ash or grease that may have accumulated. If you have a gas grill, it’s a good idea to check the lines to make sure there are no leaks. Coat the lines with soapy water and turn on the gas. If there are any leaks, you’ll see soap bubbles form at the leak site. Always be sure to keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house and at least 5 feet away from anything combustible.
  • HVAC – Your HVAC system has likely been used a lot over the winter; servicing it in the spring ensures that your system is clean and ready to go for the summer months. This year the pollen count has been extremely high, and pollen is sticky gets into the outdoor and indoor coils.  The last thing you want is to discover you have an issue that needs to be fixed in the middle of a heat wave! The skilled technicians at PECO can quickly help you with all your HVAC maintenance, including cleaning and replacing air filters.  Ask our Service Expert about whole house filtration options.
  • Irrigation – Before you begin watering your garden or yard this spring turn on all your irrigation, checking for any leaks, off-kilter sprinkler heads, or other malfunctions. Doing this will prevent significant water waste and potential water damage to your foundation, woodwork, or other parts of your home.

Hopefully, this list made it easier to know where to start with your spring cleaning and maintenance! If you’re unable to do any of your home upkeep due to time constraints, physical constraints, or lack of proper tools, contact us at PECO! We’re your friendly home maintenance experts handling all types of home repair, from gutters to decks and more. We’ll help you get your home in perfect order and ready to weather another year.

Feeling sick and can’t quite figure out why? It may be your AC!

Heating has been around far longer than air conditioning. In the 1960s, only 12% of people had AC in their homes. While heat has been a necessity for those living in cold climates, air conditioner has been more of a luxury turning into something we depend on. However, routine maintenance is crucial for both your health and the life of your AC. If your AC system is badly maintained, old, or poorly designed, it can easily become contaminated and harmful. Essentially, the air you breathe will start to hurt you. Those with asthma and allergies have it worse than others, but they’d be the first to notice the harm of a contaminated AC system. AC System

Have you ever heard of sick-building syndrome? Maybe heard someone say, “being here is making me feel sick, I’ve got to go”. The most likely cause for this is that there are some microorganisms growing in the air conditioning system. Unlike heating systems surrounding you, the air conditioning process creates added moisture and condensation, which must be channeled away. By not partaking in regular scheduled maintenance on your unit, you risk bacteria and fungi growing and causing harm to you and those around you. It can get as scary as risk of pre-mature death to increased hospital admissions due to cardiovascular issues. AC does have its benefits too aside from the comfort of cool air. The AC filters out particles in outdoor pollutants. During intense heat waves, air conditioning systems save lives. You can even use yours to contribute to bettering the environment. Setting your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter benefits the environment and will not affect anyone’s health. It’ll also save you a few bucks on your utility bill. Who doesn’t love to save money?

PECO Heating & Cooling specializes in repair, replacement, and maintenance of residential and commercial AC systems. We offer same day or next day service calls for repairs, and have 24 hours a day answering service and online chat. Our expertise, promptness, and customer service make us the best choice for heating, cooling, and electrical needs. Whether you need a diagnostic, repairs, or installation, you can rely on our experienced team. We stand by our work and offer a 1-year parts and labor warranty on all repairs. Contact us today to set up an appointment at (864)-639-2424.

The Importance of Planned Maintenance

Home-ownership is full of highs and lows, from the joy of making that first offer on your new home to the frustration of having to make yet another repair. It’s a fair amount of work, but it’s also a great joy. For many people, making the shift from apartment renter to homeowner involves a significant learning curve. You no longer have a landlord to call up whenever something goes wrong, and at the end of the day, your property is completely your responsibility. You can’t simply let your lease run out and move somewhere new. You’ve put down roots and you have to make sure those roots continue to get what they need so the tree can grow. The Importance of Planned Maintenance

 

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your home is schedule regular planned maintenance appointments for all your major systems, including heating, cooling, electrical, and appliances, as well as routine maintenance on essential areas of your home like gutter repair and cleaning, drywall repair, and more. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say, and ensuring your home receives regular maintenance is the best way to locate and fix small problems before they get worse and you end up with a massive repair bill.

 

Planned maintenance is pretty simple in theory. A contractor or inspector comes out to your home to look everything over and make any recommendations for repairs as necessary. They may also replace small parts and filters as well as clean a system for better efficiency. It’s always better to schedule recommended repairs sooner rather than later so that you can avoid the problem worsening and causing you more problems later. Efficient systems aren’t only less likely to need major repairs, they’re also more energy-efficient, saving you big on your power bills. Even seemingly minor repairs can make a big difference in how your home operates.

 

At PECO Heating and Cooling, we offer a full range of home repair and planned maintenance services. Our team of expert contractors does HVAC maintenance and repair, plumbing, electrical, and home repair including home inspections, remodels, carpentry, drywall repair, gutter cleaning, painting, window installation, and lots more. If your home needs it, we can do it.

 

Need more of a reason to call now and schedule maintenance for your home’s systems? Consider your family’s safety. A good inspection can uncover potentially dangerous issues like faulty wiring or a water heater that’s rusting through. Avoid a potential disaster like a fire or electrical short by keeping up with your planned maintenance. Any questions? Let us know!