HVAC and Plumbing Frequently Asked Questions

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We understand that there’s a learning curve when it comes to the various systems in your home. From your heater or air conditioning to your plumbing system, it takes time to learn the ins and outs, as well as how best to maintain the system and when to call for repairs.

Our team of Indianapolis HVAC and plumbing experts are here to answer some of your most commonly asked questions.


What Is the Typical Lifespan of an HVAC System?

Heating and cooling systems last around 15 to 20 years depending on a couple of factors. This includes quality installation and routine, preventive maintenance.

Chapman offers professional HVAC installation services in Indianapolis and the surrounding area to get your unit off to a strong start.

What Is the Right Size HVAC System for My Indianapolis Home?

There is no “one size fits all” answer here. To help you find the best unit possible, our HVAC experts will examine your home and take into consideration factors such as size, insulation, and windows to determine the appropriate systems.

How Often Do I Need to Change My Air Filters?

This is one of the most common questions we get! For most people, once a month is a good rule of thumb. Where you live and how much dirt, pet dander, and other contaminants are present might mean you need to change it more or less often. Our Indianapolis HVAC team recommends checking the filter regularly.

How Often Should I Have My System Tuned Up?

We recommend at least once a year having professional maintenance done on your heating and AC units. Maintenance ensures your HVAC systems operate efficiently, properly, and safely when they are needed most.

Part of our HVAC maintenance services in Indianapolis include maintenance plans. This is an investment to help you stay comfortable year round and reduce the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns.

How Do I Know If My AC or Heater Needs Repaired?

Whether you’re worried about your central AC unit or gas furnace, some of the most common warning signs of an issue include inconsistent temperature, poor airflow, strange odors, and unexplained increases in your utility bill.

If you notice any of these, give our Indianapolis AC repair or heating repair team a call.

Plumbing FAQs

How Do I Unclog My Drain?

This is on the most common plumbing issues a homeowner will encounter. Clogs are easily created by grease, fat, or hair in the drain, among other things.

There are a few at-home remedies you can try, including a short plumbing snake or liquid degreaser. However, if problems persist, we recommend seeking the advice of a professional Indianapolis plumber to clear your drain.

How Do I Keep My Pipes From Freezing?

The frigid winters in Indiana put your pipes at risk for freezing, which can result in a burst pipe and extensive water damage in your home. Be proactive and be sure to:

  • Winterize outside spigots, such as your hose.
  • Keep your heater set to at least 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, even if you are away.
  • Open up the cabinet doors under your sinks.
  • Do your best to seal up any drafts or openings throughout the house.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our Indianapolis plumbing experts for help.

Should I Install a Gas or electric Water Heater?

When it comes to choosing between a gas vs. electric water heater, both options come with pros and cons. The decision can also come down to what connections you have available and their relative cost.

Part of Chapman’s water heater services in Indianapolis involves helping you make the right decision for your home.

How Do I Fix My Garbage Disposal?

When it comes to issues with your garbage disposal, the most common culprit is a jammed plate. This happens when an object gets stuck inside, or if you haven’t used it in a long time, the plate can rust in place.

We recommend turning off the power before examining your disposal. Use a flashlight to identify what may be stuck, and then use a metal tool like a screwdriver or wrench to try and remove the lodged object. NEVER put your hands on the disposal.

If you’re still experiencing issues, Chapman offers fast and reliable garbage disposal repair services in the Indianapolis area.

Do I Need a Water Treatment System in My Indianapolis Home?

We believe that you should always be able to drink and use the water coming into your home without worry, and a water treatment system can help you do just that. The team at Chapman is skilled at installing whole-house filtration systems, water softeners, and reverse osmosis systems.

Indoor Air Quality FAQ

How Can I Tell If My Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?

If there is a buildup of pollutants in your ducts, you might notice an increase in allergies and respiratory issues. Some of the most common signs it’s time for HVAC sanitizing include air filters that get dirty too quickly, insect or rodent infestations, dirt collecting around registers or vents, noisy ductwork, visible mold, and inconsistent air flow.

If you notice any of these, give Chapman a call, and one of our trusted Indianapolis indoor air quality specialists will come check it out.

What Are Germicidal UV Lights?

These special lights work by making the air in your home clean. By installing a germicidal UV light in your Indianapolis home, you can decrease odors and airborne contaminants like pollen or pet dander. This will help improve the overall quality of your indoor air and ensure you and your loved ones are breathing in healthy air.

How Do I Know If My Indoor Air Quality Is Poor?

Airborne contaminants are an unseen danger in every home. They can cause serious, yet often overlooked, issues such as an increase in allergies, irritations, respiratory problems, frequent headaches, unpleasant odors, and mold or mildew growth.

Part of Chapman’s indoor air quality services in Indianapolis involve comprehensive testing to identify sources of low indoor air quality and improve energy efficiency.

For any additional questions about your HVAC system, plumbing, or indoor air quality, reach out to Chapman online or call (317) 743-9234 today.

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