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Soderlin Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning: Routine Maintenance Is Crucial

By Lavender July 16, 2008

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For almost 100 years, Soderlin Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning not only has been a fixture in the Twin Cities area, but also has worked on various fixtures. In fact, it’s what the company does best.

Founded in 1914, Soderlin’s expertise encompasses everything from faucets to water heaters to garbage disposals to toilets to heating and air conditioning units.

Customer Service Manager Jason Arendt says, “We feel we give some of the best service in the metro. Our goal every day is to give outstanding service on every call. We try to pride ourselves on taking care of the customer first and foremost, because without the customer, we don’t have a business, period.”

While many customers call only after something has gone wrong or stopped working, Arendt suggests a list of simple things homeowners can do to make their homes cleaner, better maintained, and more energy-efficient.

If you own an air conditioning unit, have it inspected annually, and make sure the area around it is consistently clean and clear of any clutter, such as leaves. Keep the AC unit in a safe, secure spot, so it won’t be dinged up or damaged.

As Arendt explains, “Be careful in how you’re cleaning around it, so that you’re not wrecking the fins. That’s the biggest thing around the outside, because that will ruin an air conditioner faster than anything—getting those fins all bent up, and then it can’t pull the air through, so it’s not going to be as efficient.”

The same goes for those with furnaces. Because many AC units work in conjunction with furnaces, maintain them by changing the filter once a month, and keep the area around them as clean as possible. It’s a good idea to have someone come out to your home once a year to conduct an inspection of the furnace.

“It’s not unlike a car,” Arendt emphasizes. “How many people would ever think of neglecting getting their oil changed every 3,000 to 6,000 miles without expecting something to go wrong? Well, it’s not unlike a heating system in your house. If you don’t get it inspected or checked annually or every other year, and pay a little now, expect to pay a larger chunk later.”

Arendt points out that routine maintenance will help prevent heftier, unexpected out-of-pocket expenses, but many homeowners are either unwilling to do or unaware of what they need to be doing

According to Arendt, “I think people think it’s just something in their house that runs, and they turn it on and off. You would never to do that to your car, but you do that to your house all the time. It’s just kind of an assumption that it works, you turn it on, it runs, just leave it alone, and when it breaks down, call somebody—which is fine for us, but if people want to maintain them to last longer, they need to do the work.”

Soderlin Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning
3612 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 721-4080
www.soderlin.com

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