Operation and care for the central heating and air
conditioning (HVAC) system
This information will help you save money and keep the system in good working
- If you're living in a single family home, please remember
to change the air filter at least once a
month, depending on how hot or cold it's been that month. If you're in one of our
apartments, the management will take care of such detail.
- During the hot summer months, your air
conditioner works very hard. In order for it to give you good service, when you go away
from your permisses for more than one day, shut the system off or raise the selected
- Make sure thermostat settings are where they need to be
(Heat or Cold) and fan switch is in AUTO. See typical controls (digital and non-digital)
- Ensure battery(ies) of temperature control unit (for
digital thermostat) are fresh or replaced as required (if applicable) before calling.
- WARNING: If you see ice forming on lines
(inside or outside) shut system
off immediatelly and DO NOT operate until fixed. This will
prevent time consuming repairs and furhter damage to system.
- Should the system fail while in use, please note the
following right away before calling landlord:
Note if exterior unit (compressor/heat
exchager) is operating (fan turning, hot or cold air eminating over fan). Ensure
there's no blockage to unit or drip line.
Note if interior fan (blower motor) is
operating (feel air out of vent - cold or
- During winter months if you're not
getting heat, please check following before calling:
Ensure you have natural gas service being provided (for gas furnaces). Check that exterior
meter to your premisses is not locked out or closed. If it is, call a natural gas provider to get service.
Note if system is cycling (on/off) and if internal fan (blower) operates (vent air comes
Exterior unit should not operate unless you have a heat pump.
Note if the pilot flame is on (non-electric
Note if the hot surface ignitor (located inside furnace) glows red when system
turned on (no pilot flame, electric gas valves).
- CAUTION: If you've opened furnace / blower fan door(s) for what ever
reason, ensure they are back on properlly for system to operate.
- Note if circuit breaker(s) are open or popped (in circuit breaker box).
- Ensure there's no blockage to Return Vent. Keep all vents clear and clean at all times, this will
help the system work efficiently and $ave you money!
- CALL management/landlord at 770-304-1954 or email for a
repair order and give all information gathered.
WARNING: FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THOSE OF OTHERS: Electric Ovens use high
voltage to operate, please be very carefull and take all precautions when handling.
- Keep all surface burners clean at all times (clean when cold). If you have a spill
(specially cooking oil) turn burner(s) OFF immediatelly and do not use
until after proper cleaning by removing burner (wait tiill it cools down so you can handle
it) and cleaning recepticles
- DO NOT use stove/oven to heat your unit
up during winter. Burners will get damaged when pro-long use is given. It will be your
responsability to replace them or the whole oven at your cost.
- If burners short, circuit breaker will open. DO
NOT reset cicuit breaker unless you know what you're doing.
- At least once per month, make it a habbit to turn off the
oven, open the circuit breaker
and pull oven away from it's location (disconnect if necessary) so that you can clean the
area where it sits.
- If you have a digital controlled oven and you get
"F" codes, please note them for landlord.
- Giving your oven proper care will ensure that it will be
there when you need it.
Gas Oven / Gas
water heater / Gas Fireplace
WARNING: Natural Gas is an odorless and invisble harmfull gas!
Gas providers add a rotten egg type of smell for your protection.
- If you smell gas (a rotten egg
smell), immediately evacuate the building and call Atlanta Gas Light Company:
(770) 907-4231 in Metro Atlanta or
(877) 427-4321 outside Metro Atlanta
or the fire department from a neighbor's phone.
If you do smell gas, DO NOT:
1) Remain in the building
2) Use light switches
3) Try to find the source of the leak
4) Smoke or strike matches
5) Use a telephone or any electrical equipment that might create a spark
- Have at least one working carbon carbon monoxide detector for each level of your home.
- Gas appliances should have a clear, steady blue flame. Small occasional amounts of
yellow and orange are normal. The only exception is a natural gas fireplace designed to
have yellow flames.
- Never use a gas oven or range top as a space heater.
- Never cover the temperature controls, air openings or
vents of an appliance.
- Never line the oven completely with foil.
- Never try to repair or install a gas appliance yourself.
Never let a home handy-person try to do the job for you.
- Water can damage the internal safety mechanism in gas
controls of an appliance. If you suspect water damage, have a trained technician replace
- Turn off gas fireplaces and space heaters before going to
bed or leaving home. They're not intended as a main source of heat.
- Gas appliance connectors (the flexible, corrugated metal gas tubing) should be checked by a
qualified appliance service contractor periodically. They can be hazardous due to
deterioration, excessive movement, bending, or corrosion. Connectors made 30-40 years ago
may be risky.
- Never attach electrical grounding wires to gas piping.
- Set water heater thermostat to 125 degrees or
lower to prevent scalding.
- Keep the space around furnaces and water heaters clean and
clear of build-up, rags, newspapers and other debris.
- Never store combustibles such as gasoline, aerosol can,
paints, solvents, household cleaners, pool chemical or similar products near any fuel
- Be cautious using products such as paint strippers, glues,
rubber cement, varnishes, turpentine, cleaning fluid, and floor finishing products. They
give off vapors that can be ignited by any flame source such as a burner pilot light.
Vapors can also corrode metal vents and appliance combustion chambers. Turn off all gas
appliances when using these products and keep the space well ventilated with exhaust fans
or introduction of plenty of fresh air.
- Be aware of where gas (and other utilities) lines are
buried, especially when working in your yard. Always call before you dig, 770/623-4344 in
Metro Atlanta or 800/282-7411 toll free.