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HVAC and Plumbing Problems in Older Homes

If you live in an older home, it’s likely that your HVAC and plumbing systems will require improvements and repairs over time. Learn more below about the problems most common to old homes, and find out how to update your systems.

Uneven Heating and Cooling
Many older homes present the challenge of keeping the upstairs cool enough in the summer or warm enough in the winter. Because the thermostat is usually located on the first floor, it shuts off when it reaches the desired temperature downstairs — regardless of the temperature upstairs. Consider having your HVAC technician install or retro-fit a zoning system that allows you to control the temperature from a thermostat placed on each floor.

Sewer Line Damage

Most older homes’ sewer lines are made of clay, PVC or cast iron — all of which are susceptible to invading tree roots seeking water. If invading tree roots have damaged your sewer line, your plumber will most likely only need to replace the damaged sections of the sewer line.

Lack of Airflow

While your air ducts typically last longer than the AC unit and heater, they still need to be replaced every 15-20 years. Older air ducts that have not been properly maintained are filled with debris that blocks airflow, preventing rooms from effectively heating and cooling. Get the most out of your existing air ducts by having them cleaned every 5-7 years.

Galvanized Pipes

If your home’s plumbing hasn’t been updated since it was built, it most likely has galvanized pipes (or steel pipes with a zinc protective layer). Over time these materials can rust and corrode, causing clogs, leaks and low water pressure. A repair clamp can fix the resulting leaks temporarily, but eventually, your galvanized pipes should to be replaced.

If it’s time to update your plumbing or HVAC systems, then contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® to diagnose the issue and perform any necessary repairs. Call 1-800-277-9400 today.
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