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AC schedule service iStock 978892726 1200pxNow that spring is here and the weather is starting to turn, you’re probably thinking about turning on your air conditioning. But what happens if your air conditioner isn’t working? This is where regular HVAC maintenance comes in handy.

Typically, you should have your HVAC system serviced at least once a year to check for any issues. It’s best to do this during the spring time before you need to use your air conditioning. Regular service can help prolong the life of your system by addressing any issues before they get worse. You’re also more likely to avoid any sudden (and costly) repairs, which saves you money in the long-term.

It can be easy to forget about servicing your HVAC system every year – but our Comfort Plan program can take care of that for you. We’ll perform maintenance on both your heating and air conditioning systems in one visit. We also offer discounts on repairs to all Comfort Plan members. If your system needs servicing or you’d like to sign up for our Comfort Plan, give us a call at 804-329-1800 or schedule an appointment online!

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Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year? With every drip, your money is slowly going down the drain. Here are a few common problems that can cause a leaky faucet:

  1. Worn out O-Ring or Washer: Compression faucets have an O-Ring, or a small rubber ring that prevents water from spilling out of the spout. If your O-Ring is worn down or damaged, it can cause your faucet to leak. A worn-out washer in a compression faucet can also cause leakage.
  2. High water pressure: If your water pressure is too high, the water can back up and result in a leaky faucet. Try turning down the water pressure to see if your faucet stops leaking.
  3. Damaged piping: If you’ve checked your faucet’s O-Ring and washer and lowered your water pressure, your faucet could be dripping because of damaged piping – and that’s not an easy fix. If you suspect that your water pipes are damaged, call Gilman Heating and Cooling at 804-329-1800 or use our online scheduling tool today!

We typically spend Valentine’s Day lavishing our loved ones with flowers, chocolate and expensive gifts. However, it’s important to remember that yourValentines Day iStock 888812768 800px HVAC system needs a little love, too. Here are three tips to help keep you warm and cozy this Valentine’s Day:

1. Close outside door gaps: If you have any gaps underneath your doors, your furnace could be working double-time to heat your home. Installing a door sweep should help solve this issue. Alternatively, you can fold a towel into the gap to seal the door.

2. Maintain the temperature of your water heater: Wrapping your water heater and any exposed pipes with insulating blankets is a great protective measure against heat loss. While you’re at it, make sure your water heater is at 120 F to save on costs.

3. Check your attic: Speaking of insulation, your attic might be the root cause of high utility bills. As hot air rises, it can escape through your roof and cause major heat loss without proper insulation.

As always, we’re here to help if you have more urgent needs regarding your heating system. Give us a call at (804) 329-1800 or use our online scheduling tool to get started!

Gilman Blog January 2022It’s a new year which means it’s time to fulfill your new year's resolutions! Here are a few easy tips to help you take better care and save money on your heating and air conditioning system in 2022!

Change your HVAC filter

Check your HVAC’s manual to see how frequently the filters need to be replaced. Typically, the filter is changed once every three months. This will help increase your indoor air quality and reduce wear and tear on your system.

Turn down your heat at night

Luckily in Virginia, temperatures haven’t been too cold yet. Still, you don’t need to keep your heating the same temperature it is during the day. Consider turning your thermostat to below 68 degrees Fahrenheit before you go to bed. This can help you save greatly on your winter heating costs! This can be done much easier with a programmable thermostat.

Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats are one of the easiest ways of saving money. You don’t need to keep the heat on in rooms that aren't in use, and while you can change these settings manually every time, a programmable thermostat will never forget. Call us today to see when you can have yours installed!

Schedule regular maintenance

This winter, have one of our qualified technicians make sure everything is working and running up to speed in your home. You won’t want your heating system to break during any upcoming snowstorms or other cold weather!

Call us today at 804-329-1800 or use our online scheduling tool to have your home inspected!

Gilman Blog Dec21 HeatingIt’s the most wonderful time of the year and we want to help keep it that way! With colder weather hitting Virginia, it’s important to make sure that we are practicing safe heating methods.

  1. Indoor space heaters are great, but it’s important to remember to turn them off when you leave the room. If you are purchasing a new one this year, find one with a tip-over switch to be sure it turns off if it falls over.
  2. A wood-burning fire is also nice this time of year, but make sure to follow a few best practices. Make sure the flue is open before starting your fire. Make sure you are using dry wood. Using smaller pieces will also produce less smoke. Make sure you always use your safety screen as well. And, of course, never leave a fire unattended.
  3. It is also important to have your heating unit checked annually. This will make ensure it is running efficiently and will save you money on your energy bill.

If you are in need of a heating tune-up, give us a call today!