With some exceptions, HVAC systems are usually covered by home warranties that include home systems. The HVAC systems covered under the warranty depends on the type of warranty purchased. Appliance coverage typically includes appliances only (including kitchen and laundry appliances), systems only (including whole home systems like electrical, plumbing, and HVAC), or combination policies that cover both appliances and whole home systems. The home warranty policy will specify which HVAC components are covered, which typically include central air conditioning units, heating systems, some wall heaters, and water heaters. Some home warranties for HVAC will cover ductwork, pipes, and controls such as thermostats. Typical exclusions include portable appliances such as window units. Learn more about home warranty coverage for HVAC systems.
HVAC systems are manufactured to withstand high use and last an average of 15-25 years. Climate and frequency of use impact an HVAC system’s longevity and while improvements in insulation and sealing a home reduces heat and cooling, it traps chemicals, dust, and other particles which can have a negative impact on HVAC appliances and controls. HVAC maintenance, including annual cleanings and tune-ups, can extend system life. Air conditioner maintenance is best performed in early spring while furnace maintenance is best performed in early fall. Typical HVAC system service includes cleaning condensers and coils, checking overflow valves, tightening connections, and a general inspection. Learn about HVAC system longevity and maintenance that could extended HVAC system life.
A concrete septic tank, the most common tank type, can last as long as 40 years. To maximize a septic tank’s lifespan, is it recommended to pump a septic tank every 2 to 3 years. As part of the service call, the septic service company should inspect the complete system for potential issues that could require repairs. Identifying and repairing issues quickly can extend the septic tank and system life. It is also recommended to avoid flushing items down the toilet that could harm the septic system and lead to failure, including hazardous waste, disposable diapers, coffee grounds, paper towels, paint thinner, and other household and personal care items. Learn about septic system lifespan, identifying possible septic tank and septic field failures, and how to extend the life of a septic system.
When planning a finished basement project, be sure to consider that basements can be chilly in winter. There are several options for keeping a finished basement comfortable without major renovations. Low cost ideas for creating a warm and inviting space in a basement include a space heater, portable baseboard heater, an area rug, a throw blanket, and a ceiling fan that can run in reverse. Options for increasing the temperature of a large space in a basement include an electric fireplace, radiant floor heating, and radiant wall heaters. Learn about options for keeping your finished basement warm during colder periods.
It is important to resolve sewer smells in your bathroom quickly. Inhaling high levels of sewer gases can cause health problems, including nausea, dizziness, and, in the case of hydrogen sulfide poisoning, even fatality. Airborne pathogens can also be present in your home exposing you to sewer-dwelling germs. And, extremely high levels of sewer gases can even trigger an explosion.
Common causes of sewer smells in a home include clogged sink and shower drains, leaking pipes and p-traps for sink and shower drains, empty p-traps for unused sink and shower drains, a broken wax ring for a toilet, and incorrectly installed vent pipes in a bathroom. Learn about causes of sewer smells in a bathroom and how to resolve them.