How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Properly

When it comes to being comfortable in your own home, toasty warm or cool, you’re at the mercy of your heating and cooling system. You can do more to keep your HVAC system running smoothly than you think. Every homeowner dreads a malfunction, but the reality is that many air conditioner and furnace issues are preventable with routine maintenance and a careful eye for small issues. A small problem can quickly escalate into a very expensive or a safety issue. Count on United to conduct an inspection and give you peace of mind.


How Lead Gets Into Drinking Water

• Lead can enter drinking water when service pipes that contain lead corrode.

• The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, from which significant amounts of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.

• The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) has reduced the maximum allowable lead content.

• The SDWA was implemented in 1974 with the most recent amendments, including the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), implemented in 2015.


Doing Your Own Furnace and AC Maintenance Can Cost You

There are those of us who know how to perform furnace and AC preventive maintenance. And then there is everyone else – those who understand the importance of maintaining furnaces and air conditioners and those whose involvement ends at the thermostat. While there are YouTube tutorials and do-it-yourself guides for virtually every home improvement issue under the sun, there are some things best left to professionals.

HVAC systems are complex, sophisticated machines that require specialized maintenance. Instead of risking damage or your personal safety, it’s best to know what you should and should not do as a homeowner in terms of maintenance.