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Spring Cleaning and a Home's Air Conditioning

Can HVAC Maintenance Make Spring Cleaning Easier?

Spring is finally here, and everyone is getting into the season's spirit with bright colors and all the organization tips that a person can handle. When people are considering the next step in their spring cleaning process, they should think about air conditioner maintenance. One should add the cleaning and upkeep of this important home appliance to the list of spring chores.  

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For an air conditioner to work at its best, it needs to be clean. Professional AC maintenance is a part of that, but a professional HVAC technician will go far beyond just cleaning. They will make sure that a home's air conditioning system is fully functional and at its most efficient level possible. Here are a few of the tasks that a technician might perform:
  • Cleaning the exterior AC unit
  • Cleaning condenser coils
  • Changing the air filter
  • Inspecting ducts
  • Inspecting electrical connections
  • Tightening or adjusting electrical connections
  •  Combing vents
  • Checking compressor
  • Checking for coolant leaks
  • Replacing worn-out or damaged parts

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If the AC unit is cleaned, it will still not be completely cleaned without the ducts also being cleaned. If there is still dust and other detritus in the ducts, it can still be affecting indoor air quality even if the air filter is new and AC maintenance has been performed. Since ducts are the corridors through which the cooled air travels, they should be kept clean to safeguard the respiratory health of the household. A few reasons for getting a professional air duct cleaning are listed below:

  • Consistency: Dirty or clogged ducts can prevent the AC from getting the air everywhere that it needs to go. Some rooms will then not reach the appropriate temperature.
  • Efficiency: Open, clean ducts allow the air to pass through without hindrance and allow the AC to do its job more efficiently.
  • Air Quality: There is no getting around the fact that stuff in the ducts can be blown out into the air people breathe in the home.
  • Peace of Mind: Clean ducts free a person from worrying about pest infestations, mildew, and harmful mold. 

Clean Home Leads to Clean AC Which Leads to Clean Home

Though the air is pulled from the outside in a typical HVAC system, there are also air uptake vents that recirculate air that is already in the home. This can create a continuous cycle of cleaner air or can spread dust and allergens even more completely. 

If a homeowner keeps their home clean by dusting and vacuuming, this can help keep the air cleaner which keeps the AC filter cleaner, which leads to a more efficient and cleaner system. The intake vents are an area where one should give special attention to dusting, and filters can also be placed in these.

About Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning

Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning has been proudly serving Sun Prairie, WI, and the surrounding areas since 1984. They offer energy-efficient and easy-on-the-wallet solutions to modern home comfort problems. Call today for prompt and friendly AC service.

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Do You Know How Spring Plumbing Services Prevent Disasters?

Plumbing Services for the Spring

When “springing” into the new season, it is time to talk about plumbing issues that arise in the springtime. Many people do not know that spring is a common time for certain plumbing issues. Increased rainfall in the spring is a big reason for the increased need for plumbing services.

Pressure on the pipes from all of the water falling from rainstorms can cause pipes to burst or leak, and fixing them is a job for an expert. That is just one example of a spring specific plumbing problem that can happen. For more information on how to take care of plumbing services in the spring and common plumbing issues in the spring, keep reading.

How to Fix Leaking Pipes

leaking pipesDuring the spring, pipe leaks become more common. Water pressure in the soil can cause the pipes to literally crack under the pressure. As plants grow in the spring their roots can also penetrate into the plumbing and cause cracks and leaks.

Fixing a leak may be simple, which is why regular maintenance is required to stay on top of leaks. If maintenance is not done on the plumbing a leak can go unnoticed until it has caused significant amounts of water damage already.

Professional plumbers go about fixing a leak by using plumbers putty or tape to first try to patch the leak. Sometimes the leak can be caused in the spring by the land around the pipes shifting around. If the ground is too wet, the pipes can shift and this causes leaks around the connections.

Fixing leaking pipes is best left up to a professional plumber because at-home repairs can often lead to a burst pipe which is dangerous and costly in terms of the water damage they can cause.

Flooding Is Common in the Spring


Flooding can occur more often in the home during the spring months. The main cause for the increased chance of flooding is how much more it rains during the spring months in particular in April. If flooding and water pressure problems are common for a house, it may be recommended to install a sump collector and use a sump pump.

A sump pump works by pumping water out of the house in the case of a flood. A sump pit works by giving the water runoff from heavy rainfall somewhere to go so that it does not have a negative impact on the pipes and plumbing system. Using a sump pump helps to keep the basement dry and keep water from gathering under the house.

Fixing Your Clogged Drains

clogged drainsClogged drains can occur more often in the spring especially due to heavy rainfall, runoff, and shifts in the dirt. If the drains are clogged often it could indicate that there is a bigger problem.

Some drains can be handled at home, but for the best results and to prevent future clogs a professional plumber should be consulted.

The professionals can clean out clogged drains effectively. One drain cleaning service that can only be done by a professional is hydrojetting services which involve using high-pressure water to clean out the insides of the plumbing and remove blockages with force.

About Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning

In addition to best-class plumbing services, Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning also provides HVAC, air conditioning, and heating services. They have technicians for all kinds of home care that are trained in installation, maintenance, and repair services. Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to serve the Sun Prairie, WI community with affordable and expert plumbing and home care services.