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7 Reasons to Call Getzschman Heating & Cooling First

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You can’t control when your heating or cooling unit is going to have a problem but you can control which company to call. When your system breaks and it cannot be easily fixed, it’s time to call for help. Who better to call than the experts at Getzschman Heating and Cooling. There are several different companies in the Omaha area but not everyone can guarantee the quality service we can. Below are seven reasons to call Getzschman Heating & Cooling before you can anyone else.

More than 50 Years of Experience

In the 50 years we have been in business, we have practically dealt with all problems whether that be heating or cooling. We’ve seen every problem and know exactly how to fix them. No matter the size of the problem, we’ve got in under control. But the most important thing we have learned in our 50+ years of experience is how to treat our customers. We know customer service and that can be proven with over 5 decades of happy customers.

Same Day Service

Our “on-demand” service is available whenever you need us. Heating and Cooling problems occupy 98% of our “on demand” calls. Whenever you experience a problem, we are ready to help 24/7, 365 days a year.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee

We offer a 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee because we are confident in our work. So confident we include our guarantee in writing. Our way of earning your trust is by giving you no reason to doubt us. We can also custom build your ductwork and offer a lifetime ductwork guarantee. With a company that has been in service for 50+ years, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. We care about your home, your comfort and satisfaction, which is why we don’t consider the job done until you’re 100% satisfied.

Real People Answer Our Phones

No automated phone conversations of us! We believe good customer service starts with real people and real interactions. When you call us, no matter what day or time, you’ll speak to a real person.

2-Year Guarantee on Installations

When it comes to installations, we offer our G-Force Exclusive “Two Year Test Drive”. Meaning, you can have us install a new G-Force system and you can take a “test drive” for two years with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. On the slim chance you are not happy with the system, we will make it right or give you your money back.

Extra Savings Opportunities

Join our G-Force Planned Maintenance Program, and it will save you money. This program prolongs the life of your equipment and will save you money on your energy bills. These members will get priority service, discount on repairs and guaranteed appointments. 

The Best Technicians

Our technicians are trained in furnace repairs, AC repairs, and customer service too. We want you to feel comfortable in your home while our technicians are there. They will never curse or smoke in your home and will wear shoe covers to keep your floors clean.

Bonus Reason: We Care about the Community and Environment

Our technicians are all trained and certified for the reclamation of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) to protect the environment. A few different groups we help in the community include, supporting the Boy Scouts, Care Corps Inc, Homeless Shelters, and Habitat for Humanity.

So, if you have a heating or cooling problem and want hassle-free repairs, installation, and maintenance, there’s only one company to call that will truly put you first – Getzschman Heating & Cooling. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online today!

Top Tips to Help Your Older AC Last Another Season

Do you have an older air conditioner that is limping along? It’s not uncommon for older air conditioners to break down as they age. The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has gathered some AC troubleshooting tips to hopefully help your unit last one more season.

AC Troubleshooting Tips

In our experience there are two main problems our customers encounter with air conditioners:

  1. It won’t turn on 
  2. It runs, but won’t cool

The following troubleshooting tips can help you beat the heat and get back to enjoying cool air in your home.

Your AC Won’t Turn On

If your AC is not kicking on, you have several things to check:

Thermostat – check your thermostat to make sure that it isn’t set to the heat or off position. Don’t forget to check and make sure that the batteries in your thermostat are not dead.

Tripped Breaker – check your electrical panel to make sure that the breaker connected to your AC hasn’t been tripped.

Power Switch – look to see if the power switch on the side of your furnace is turned on. 

The AC Is On, but the Air Isn’t Cool

Dirty Air Filter – A dirty air filter can cause this problem. Check your filter to see how dirty it is and replace it if necessary. We recommend changing your filter once a month to ensure proper airflow and cooling.

Ice Accumulation – Ice in the outdoor unit can also cause your AC to run sluggishly. If you see ice you should turn off the AC and allow it to thaw for a couple of hours.

Clogged Condensate Drain – If you are still having trouble, consider cleaning out the condensate drain. Algae tends to build up in these pipes and will cause your AC to fail.

Check Your Condenser Unit Outside

Don’t forget your air conditioner has another piece – outside. The condenser unit outside can sometimes be the problem. Look for these three issues:

A safety precaution first – The condenser is a 240-volt box and we don’t want anyone getting hurt, so turn off the power to it at the electrical panel before working on it. Also turn off the disconnect box located outside, near your unit. It will either be a lever, fuses, or a circuit breaker to shut off the condenser. Then, allow about 30 minutes for the electrical charge that’s stored in the condenser’s capacitor to dissipate. Okay, now it’s safe to check the unit. We recommend letting one of our qualified technicians look over these items.

Clear Debris – Make sure the unit is clean and clear of debris. Clear away dirt, leaves, etc. Check the fan to make sure it is clear of debris as well.

Clogged Drain – Check the drain and make sure it is clear.

Broken Coolant Lines – Check the coolant lines (pipes that connect the condenser unit outside to the evaporator on the inside unit). They can get bumped around being outside.

Turn the unit back on. First, turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Then turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL. Give it some time and see if you feel cool air blowing from the ducts. You can also check your outdoor unit to see if the air blowing out the top is warmer than the surrounding air.

How to Know When Your AC Repairs Aren’t Worth It 

Homeowners struggle with knowing when it makes more sense to replace their unit than repair it again. Look for these signs. If your unit is 10-12 years old, you’ve paid for three or more repairs over the last two years, your energy bills seem excessive and/or you are experiencing uneven cooling or certain rooms feel uncomfortable, then it’s time for you to consider replacing your limping unit. Good news – we have a simple formula to help you calculate when it’s time.

NOTE: Sometimes hot spots can be due to poor ductwork. We can inspect your ducts and make adjustments if that is the case.

How to Use Our $5,000 Rule Formula

Multiply the age of your AC unit by the repair cost, and if that exceeds $5,000, then replace the unit. If it’s less, go ahead and repair it.

Here is an example, if your unit is 10 years old and the repair will cost $250, multiply 10 x 250 to equal $2,500. It is less than $5,000, so it’s okay to have it repaired.

The Cost of Freon Is Rising 

If your repair involves adding Freon (coolant used in most older systems) because of a leak, you will have to add more every year. That can be costly because the price for Freon is rising each year because of the EPA ordering the phasing out of Freon as part of an international treaty focused on protecting the ozone layer around 25 years ago. Production ended in 2010 for new air conditioning units. Production has also been reduced in subsequent years. By 2020, production of Freon will end completely, so the price will only continue to rise.

Try these tips. If they don’t work, let Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning help with your AC needs. Call us today at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

3 Tips to Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Summer

Tips to keep your AC condenser working

With a hot Omaha summer right around the corner, you know your air conditioner will be working hard. Hiring a dedicated professional to inspect and maintain your unit remains the best way to get your AC in shape. But there are several things you can do on your own to ready your air conditioning unit for the brutal heat of summer.

Make Sure Your Condenser Unit Is Unobstructed

The condenser unit (that large box that sits outside) is the heart of a central air conditioning system. It is responsible for refreshing and circulating the refrigerant used to cool your home. Because it is outdoors, the unit is vulnerable to dirt and debris that can impede its performance.

One of the most basic things you can do for your AC is to ensure that the condenser unit remains clean and unobstructed. Remove any leaves, plants, or bushes that touch the unit. Ideally, there should be at least two feet of space around the condenser on all sides. This space guarantees that the unit can enjoy the necessary degree of airflow.

Clean Your Condenser Unit

One of the responsibilities of the condenser unit is to pass unwanted heat from the refrigerant to the air around the condenser. This transfer happens thanks to a dense network of thin metal fins. Over time, these fins often accumulate a layer of dirt and debris that can slow down the rate of heat transfer. You can ensure proper functioning by spraying down your condenser fins with a hose.

Straighten Your Condenser Fins

In order to work at peak efficiency, your condenser fins should remain perfectly parallel to one another. Unfortunately, the delicate metal fins often end up getting bent or crushed by accidental contact. Bent fins reduce the overall efficiency of your unit, causing it to work harder to accomplish its cooling task.

Fortunately, you can often repair bent fins using a tool known as a condenser fin comb. Running this comb over the surface of the fins will straighten out the fins and allow them to transfer heat with the desired level of efficiency. You can pick up a fin comb at your local home improvement store for under ten dollars.

If you’re not the DIY type, call us at (402) 554-1110 to schedule a tune-up and we’ll send a skilled Getzschman technician to make sure everything about your AC is in tip-top shape!

Like Saving Money? Join the G-Force Maintenance Club

G-Force Maintenance ClubAt Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we want every one of our customers to have a perfectly working furnace and air conditioner. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and machines wear out. However, if you get a furnace and AC tune-up every season, it will go a long way in preventing surprise breakdowns. One way to ensure you get your tune-ups every season is to join our G-Force Maintenance Club. Not only will you save on those tune-ups, but you’ll also get discounts on repairs year round.

Become a member of our G-Force Team and Save

There’s no good reason not to join our G-Force Maintenance Club. There are three levels you can choose from – Basic, Silver, and Gold membership. Even with the Basic, you’ll get savings on tune-ups and discounts on any repairs you may need all year long.

Silver and Gold Members Save Even More

With our G-Force Club Membership, the higher you go, the more benefits you receive.

Silver Club members get two free tune-ups every year, plus a 10% discount on new furnaces and ACs, a 10% discount on indoor air quality products, and a 15% discount on all repairs. You’ll also save $50 on our diagnostic fee and get guaranteed appointments in 24 hours.

Gold Club members receive 25% discounts on repairs, plus free diagnostics and guaranteed same-day appointments.

The G-Force Club Membership really is worth it. Never worry about your heating and cooling system again. Become a G-Force Club member and relax!

G-Force Maintenance Club Benefits

  • Energy Savings – Proper adjustment, lubrication, and servicing your furnace and AC systems keep it running at peak efficiency.
  • Reduced Repairs – Many times our servicemen will spot minor problems before they become major problems.
  • Preferred Customer – Get priority scheduling when you have a service call. Our dispatcher will work with your schedule for convenience.
  • Discount on Repairs – Receive a 15% discount on all labor and parts when repairs are required.
  • Competent Experts – A competent, factory-trained expert looks after your equipment to give you peace of mind.
  • 24-Hour Service – Our service department never closes. We are available 24 hours per day.
  • Automatic Renewal – We will automatically extend your service agreement upon expiration. You are always free to cancel our service at any time with no penalty.

Silver Club Membership

  • $50.00 savings on our normal diagnostic fee
  • Guaranteed appointments in 24 hours
  • Two free precision tune-ups included
  • 15% discount on all repairs
  • 10% discount on Indoor Air Quality Products
  • 10% discount on new heating & cooling equipment

Gold Club Membership

  • Free Diagnostic
  • Guaranteed same day appointments
  • Two free precision tune-ups included
  • 25% off on all repairs
  • 15% discount on Indoor Air Quality Products
  • 10% discount on new heating & cooling equipment

Ask our representative for a G-Force Membership Agreement. He has the prices and the simple one-page form or give us a call at (402) 554-1110 and we’ll get you signed up and saving money fast. Join our hundreds of G-Force Maintenance Club members today!

5 Clever Ways to Camouflage Your Ugly Outdoor Air Conditioner

Fall is the best time of year to landscape. The cooler temperatures make it easy for the new plants to become established. By the time next spring rolls along, they are comfortable and ready to spread their roots. One of the best places to landscape is around your ugly air conditioner. It’s big, square and unsightly, and you don’t have to look at it anymore. The team at Getzschman took to Pinterest to inspire you with some beautiful ways to hide your ugly AC. But first things first. Let’s talk about safety.

Safety Tips for Landscaping around Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner has a job to do and it needs space to do it. Your condenser unit has to be able to suck in air to work properly. To be sure you give it enough room, make sure you don’t plant anything within two feet of the unit. This also makes sense because you want to have access to it when any repairs need to be done. Okay, now onto the fun part!

Fenced Facade

Fenced FacadeA couple of wooden fence pieces with a gate for access provide the perfect backdrop for some potted plants. Now the air conditioner is invisible, yet accessible when needed.

 

Attractive Trellis

Attractive TrellisThis metal trellis provides just enough of a visual disturbance to become the focal point, making the air conditioner behind all but disappear from view. The curved edge also offers an artistic flair that plays nicely with the soft edges of the surrounding flowers and trees.

 

Vertical Garden

Vertical GardenThis vertical garden is a great way to add some greenery while hiding an ugly metal box. Now, not only is the ugly gone, but some extra color and texture make your view even better!

 

Portable Planters

Portable PlantersTalk about convenient, these trellises on wheels are portable so you can simply move them outside in the spring to plant and grow and store them inside in the winter. They’re tall enough to hide your air conditioner, trash bins, lawn mowers and more. Or just use them to create a privacy fence on your patio!

 

Outstanding Obelisk

Outstanding ObeliskThis little number does double duty as camouflage for your air conditioner and as a storage closet for lawn tools. While this is not a purchase-and-place item, it sure is a classy way to hide you condenser unit! If you’re the handy sort, this project may be right up your alley.

We know air conditioners aren’t the prettiest things in your yard, but they sure are necessary when dealing with the Omaha heat! We hope this blog provided some great ideas for hiding your air conditioner. Just remember, if you do hide it, give it a few feet to breathe. If you’ve found a clever way to hide your AC, we’d love to see it! Send your photos to us and we may feature it in a blog post or on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions about your air conditioner, or you need AC repairs, please give us a call at Getzschman Heating & Cooling at (402) 554-1110. We’re here to help!

5 Signs Your AC Has a Refrigerant Leak

AC Refrigerant LeakHave you noticed your AC is not working quite the way it used to? Is it taking longer to cool down or feeling like it’s not really getting cool at all? If this is the case, you might have a refrigerant leak. A leaking system can cost a lot of money over time if it is not repaired, so if you suspect you might have a leak, it is important to have it checked by a professional. The team at Getzschman Heating and AIr Conditioning has put together a list of signs that you may have a refrigerant leak. Look for these symptoms:

  1. Your House Is Not Getting Cold Enough

This will likely be your first sign that something is wrong. If you walk into your house and the cool air is not as refreshing as it once was, even after dropping the temperature a few extra degrees, there may be a leak.

  1. Cold Air Is Not Coming from Your Vents

The air coming out of your vents should be cold. The refrigerant absorbs the warm air from your house and moves it outside. If you notice warm air coming from your vents, it’s a sign that your refrigerant is not doing what it is supposed to do.

  1. Your Utility Bill Is Higher Than Normal

Air conditioning systems that are low in refrigerant utilize longer cooling cycles to get your house cool. This means your AC runs almost nonstop to meet the demand. This will result in a higher electric bill. If you notice a sudden change in your monthly bill, it’s a good idea to take a look at your AC system.

  1. You Hear a Hissing Sound Coming from Your AC

Because your AC condenser unit is outside, a hissing sound coming from your unit may not be the first symptom you notice. However, if you find that your system is not cooling or you have an increased bill, you should step outside and listen to your unit. If you hear an abnormal hissing sound, it’s time to call a technician.

  1. The Evaporator Coils Are Frozen

Again, this will likely not be the first sign you notice. If your AC is acting funny, take a peek inside. If you see ice inside your unit, it’s a good sign you are leaking refrigerant. Turn off your air conditioner so it will thaw and call a professional.

It is important to note that If you have a refrigerant leak, adding more refrigerant will not solve the problem. You will only end up replenishing the system every year. Instead, you need a qualified HVAC technician to repair or replace your unit.

If you think your system might have a leak, call us toll-free at 800-657-2158 or visit us online.

How to Get Through Summer with a Struggling AC

Getting Through SummerYou know your air conditioner is old. You know it’s time to replace it. But you’d really like to make it through one more summer before buying a new one. At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we understand. A new air conditioner is a big purchase and it may not be in the budget yet. To help you eek out one more season, here are five tips from the AC pros at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning to make it through the summer with a struggling air conditioner.

1. Expect to Pay More in Electric Bills

Older systems are less efficient than newer systems just because they were built 10 to 15 years ago before some of the newer technology was even available. Add to that the fact that an older system has wear and tear from running for more than a decade (think dirt and dust, worn parts, loose connections, etc.) and you can imagine how inefficient your old AC is. The harder your AC has to work, the longer it will have to run to reach the temperature on the thermostat and the higher your electric bills will be.

2. Change the Filter Monthly

One of the biggest things you can do to help your old system is to change the air filter monthly. A dirty filter will impede your system’s ability to push air through it, making it work harder and cost more.

3. Expect to Pay Dearly for Freon

If your AC is older, chances are it runs on Freon. As units age, the chances of a refrigerant leak increase. If your system is leaking Freon, it will cost you a lot of money every time you need to recharge it. Freon was banned by the EPA (because it damaged the ozone layer) and is no longer being manufactured. Because of this, the price has skyrocketed as demand has built and supply has decreased. It will cost you several hundred dollars each time you need to add Freon. Newer systems use R410a, an environmentally safe refrigerant that costs much less. Unfortunately, older units are not designed to use the newer refrigerants.

4. Be Ready to Be a Bit Too Warm

Your old AC may not be able to keep your home comfortable. Even new air conditioners are only designed to keep your home 20 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. If it’s 100 degrees, your home may stay in the upper 70s to 80 degrees. An older, inefficient unit will certainly not be able to do better than that. Expect to be on the warmer side especially when the temperatures soar.

5.Get a Tune-Up

A tune-up on an older system may be what gets your AC through the season. Not only will it help it run more efficiently, it will reduce the number of unwanted breakdowns and emergency service calls. A technician will replace any worn parts, check all electrical connections, lubricate any moving parts, clean your system and repair any broken parts. Simply cleaning your air conditioner will help it run more efficiently too.

Employ the $5,000 Rule with Repairs

If your air conditioner breaks down, the immediate question is: do you repair it again or do you replace it entirely? Thankfully, there’s a simple way to figure out which way to go. It’s called “the $5,000 rule”: It’s simple. Note the age of your AC and multiply the age by the amount of your most recent repair bill. If this results in a number less than $5,000, a repair is likely the best way to go! Of course, this is meant as a first step; a professional consultation from a trusted repair provider is another great data point to gather. But the decision is ultimately yours, and this is a great way to pin down what might be the best way to spend your money in the long run.

3 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your AC

The formula above is a great rule of thumb, but there are a few signs that clearly signal you’d be better off replacing your system than repairing it:

  • If you’ve repaired  your AC more than three times over a three-year period, that implies that there is a larger issue that a fourth repair might not address fully.
  • If you have your AC repaired and energy bills remain exceedingly high, that’s another major warning sign that the overall health of your AC system is ailing.
  • And finally, refilling the Freon after multiple repairs means that patching it up and refilling it yet again will not solve the systemic issues with your AC.

Hopefully, these tips will get you through the summer, but if not, give us a call. We’ve got great credit options to help you afford a new air conditioner. Call us at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online if you need repair or replacement.

4 Costly AC Mistakes Homeowners Make

Costly AC MistakesAs a homeowner, you already know how costly air conditioners can become. Between maintenance and monthly energy costs, you could be paying quite a bit just to keep your home cool. There are a few common mistakes that many homeowners make regarding their AC. By avoiding the following mistakes, you are ensuring your AC is being used in the most efficient way possible.

Not Replacing the Air Filter

The purpose of the air filter is to remove dust and allergens from the air passing through the AC unit. After about six months, that filter is full and unable to do its job. Air will have a harder time getting through, and more dust and allergens will enter your home. By regularly replacing your air filter, you’re greatly increasing the AC unit’s efficiency.

Not Scheduling Regular Tune-Ups

Failing to schedule regular tune-ups is one of the most costly mistakes you can make with your AC. Certain factors, such as leaks and a dirty AC, can cause your air conditioner to perform poorly. Regular tune-ups help ensure your air conditioner is working in the most efficient way possible.

Not Using Ceiling Fans

Never forget about your ceiling fans! Ceiling fans help improve airflow throughout your home, and they are cheaper to use than an AC. They are a great way to keep your entire home cool, especially during the hot summer months. Ceiling fans don’t actually change the temperature inside your home, they create a wind-chill effect that makes it feel cooler. You can turn the thermostat up a couple of degrees and not feel uncomfortable. Ceiling fans should turn counterclockwise in the summer to make the air flow downward and clockwise in the winter to redistribute warm air that has risen to the ceiling. There is a small switch on the body of your ceiling fan to change the direction the blades turn.

Not Using a Programmable Thermostat

With today’s AC technology, a programmable thermostat is beyond necessary. Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures for different times of the day, and you can even set them to lower the temperature during the most expensive hours of the day.

Don’t let these mistakes cost you. If you need assistance with your air conditioner this summer, don’t hesitate to call Getzschman Heating and Cooling a call at (402) 554-1110 or contact us online.

Is Your Air Conditioner Making Your Allergies Worse?

Air Conditioner Make Allergies WorseWhen you think about potential asthma triggers in your home, your home’s air conditioner is usually the last thing to come to mind. But the fact is that the air quality inside your home could be even worse for your asthma than the air outside.

Dirty Air Filters Spread Allergens

This is the case when you have dirty air conditioner filters. The air in your home is contaminated with dust, pollen, dander, mold spores, and other particles. Consequently, about 60% of asthma cases are caused by those particles. A good-quality air conditioner filter can help reduce these air contaminants. However, a dirty air conditioner filter has the opposite effect. Air conditioners filter harmful airborne particles from the air before blowing it around your house, yet when your air conditioner’s filter fills up, its efficiency decreases. Thus, air contaminants and asthma triggers are pushed with the air conditioner’s cooled air throughout your house, causing asthma flare-ups.

How Your Air Conditioner Can Reduce Asthma Symptoms

To prevent asthma attacks caused by particles in the air, there are a few precautions you can take.

Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed

Open doors and windows allow more harmful particles to enter your home. Your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep all the particles out of the air, and it may not be as efficient. Even for those who don’t have asthma, dirty air filters can cause unwanted symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, sneezing, red eyes, and respiratory tract infections.

Change Your Air Conditioner Filter Regularly

The more contaminants that are in the filter, the less efficient your filter becomes. Changing your air conditioner’s filter regularly will reduce the number of particles in your home’s air, reducing asthma flare-ups.

Get a High-Quality Pre-filter and Secondary filter

The pre-filter is the filter you change monthly. For families with a member who suffers from asthma, a secondary filter is usually attached. When looking for an air conditioner filter or a filter replacement, you should look for a filter that removes smaller particles from the air. HEPA filters are best for allergy sufferers as they filter out much smaller particles.

Regular air conditioner maintenance is essential for your family’s health, especially for those with asthma and respiratory problems. By using high-quality filters and changing them regularly, you can reduce symptoms and live healthier.

At Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning, we provide a variety of indoor air solutions, including air filters, air scrubbers, and UV germicidal lamps. Need help? Give us a call at (402) 554-1110 and we’ll be happy to show you your options.

Spring Thunderstorms – Protect Your Home from Water and Wind

Spring ThunderstormsThe weather here in Omaha can be unpredictable in the springtime. Thunderstorms pop up with a very little warning. How do you make sure your home is safe from wind and water damage? The team at Getzschman Heating and Air Conditioning has put together this list of four vital precautions to take before spring storms hit:

1. Sump Pumps Are Critical

Most homeowners think that if they have a sump pump, their homes are safe from flooding. While a sump pump serves as an excellent defense to keep basements dry by pumping out excess water, it relies on electricity to run. Unfortunately, it is common for the power to go out during a thunderstorm which is exactly when you need your sump pump the most. Make sure your home is protected from flooding by checking the following:

  • Be sure that you have a battery backup sump pump. If your power goes out, the battery backup pump will take over for it and keep your basement from flooding.
  • Test your sump pump every month. One quick way to test your sump pump is to take the lid off the sump pit and pour a five-gallon bucket of water into the pit. The motor should kick on and drain the water immediately. If it doesn’t, you may have to call for service.
  • Protect your sump pump system from clogs. Keeping your discharge lines clear and covered will help to protect them from clogging and backing up into your home. Check the line when you test your sump pump to make sure the water has a clear path outside your home.

2. Lock Windows and Doors

Simply checking to make sure windows are closed and storm doors are latched this time of year will save you costly damage caused by water coming into your home or a loose storm door blowing in high winds. Double check them all.

3. Don’t Forget the Patio Furniture

In the event of stormy weather with strong winds, make sure to check outdoors for items that need to be secured or put away. Patio umbrellas, tables, chairs, yard decorations, grills, and stacked firewood can all get broken or cause damage to your home if blown around by high winds.

4. Turn Your AC Off

Cutting power to your unit at the circuit breaker, or turning the unit off at your thermostat can prevent costly damage in the event of a lightning strike. A power surge can cause significant damage to an air conditioning unit during a storm. Sure, your home may get a little stuffy in the few hours it is storming,  but as soon as the storm is over, you can cool it off again safely.

Take these precautions to protect your home and heating and cooling systems in the event of a spring thunderstorm. Call Getzschman if you need any help with your air conditioner this spring at (402) 554-1110 for more information.