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With the change in season it is important to check out your appliances and heating systems now in order to help prevent unnecessary repairs when you need those systems.

Plumbing and heating systems are like any other machinery; they require some basic maintenance to keep them functioning properly.

Cloverleaf Insurance 1-800-530-5822, offers some tips to help you maintain your heating unit and plumbing system to ensure they're ready before the temperatures drop:

To prepare the heating system:

•Have your furnace cleaned and inspected.
•Move anything that has been placed over floor vents to clear the air flow.
•To ensure efficient operation, replace your air filters regularly.
•It's important to check out the manufacturer's maintenance recommendations for your furnace. This information is typically available online and in your owner's guide.
•Have a test run. Don't wait until it is freezing cold outside to turn on your heat. Turn it on and let it run for at least a half-hour, so you can make sure it is working properly.

To prepare the plumbing system: •Insulate pipes prone to freezing, such as those near an outside wall; those in unheated areas of your home; or any outside faucets.
•Keep your water meter box covered with its lid to prevent the meter from freezing during cold periods.
•Be sure you know where your master valve is located so you can quickly turn your water off if a line does break. In most homes, this valve will be located where the water service line enters your home.
•Wrap outdoor or crawl space pipes with electric heat tape or insulation to prevent freezing.

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