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Your home’s air conditioner consists of three main parts:
- The compressor: It’s the large outdoor unit which is usually on the side of your house or behind the garage. It compresses the refrigerant, or Freon®, into a liquid that then evaporates, resulting in cooling.
- The blower unit: Pushes the air throughout the system.
- The ductwork: Circulates the air. Cool air is carried into the home; warm air is exhausted.
Anything having to do with refrigerant should be left to professionals. Hire someone to inspect the refrigerant and the compressor lines.
Here are several do-it-yourself tune-up tasks for your home’s air conditioner:
- Change the air conditioner filters: Schedule a day each month to change your filters. It can be the first, the fifteenth or any day you will remember each month, just pick a date so you do not forget. Check the number on the filter that is already in the system, and buy the same size when it needs to be replaced.
- Check for debris: After you change the filter, walk around the outside unit and check for obstructions. Clear any leaves or debris that might be caught in the grate. Cut back bushes that may be preventing airflow to the unit. There should be two feet of clear space around the unit.
- Check the condensate removal system: Condensation occurs when warm air passes through the cooling coil. That condensation drips to a drain or a pan under the unit. If there is a pan, you need to empty it as it gets full.
- Clean the compressor: The outdoor unit will get dirty and need cleaning, at least annually. Make sure you shut off the power to the unit before beginning. You can then hose off the dirt.
The summer heat here in Lodi, Stockton & Central Valley areas can really wreak havoc on your A/C unit. If you’d like a referral to an air conditioning specialist for those times when you need to hire a professional, I’m happy to share my recommendations. Call me at (209) 339-9000 or email me at homes@RandyRealtor.net for more information.
Do you love a good internet hoax? This one is kind of fun and totally harmless. Have you seen it before?
It’s a picture of a mother tiger nursing 6 piglets wearing tiger costumes.
The hoax version says the mother tiger was depressed after the death of her litter, so zoo keepers substituted piglets in hopes of cheering her up. Everybody thought the pictures were fake, but they are real pictures from a real zoo in Thailand.
The whole STORY IS HERE…
On a side note, if you’re feeling depressed about the current real estate market…don’t be. If you’re looking to buy a home, it’s a GREAT TIME! Interest rates are lower than ever!
If you’re looking to sell a home, then making sure that your home gets in front of the most eyes is what I do best.
I won’t put on a tiger costume, but if it feels like it’s a jungle out there, then I’ll be happy to tame whatever beasts you’re encountering while looking for just the right home, or getting your home sold faster and for a higher price. Roar! ;-)
Image via Wikipedia
Here’s an excerpt from one of the paragraphs about the history of what’s happened in the real estate market in Stockton, CA. Detailed information on home sales appreciation rates, etc. It’s an interesting chart of what’s happened year by year…
The highest annual home appreciation rate in the Stockton Real Estate Market was 32% in the twelve months ended with the 2nd Quarter of 2005. The worst annual home appreciation rate in the Stockton Market was -38% in the twelve months ended with the 3rd Quarter of 2008.
“The highest home appreciation in the Stockton Real Estate Market over a three
year period was 75% in the three years ended with the 4th Quarter of 2005.
The worst home appreciation over a three year period in the Stockton Market
was -54% in the three years ended with the 3rd Quarter of 2009.”
You can read the complete information HERE – Stockton Real Estate.
Here’s another link to an article about Why Real Estate Should Be In Your Portfolio.
I recently wrote about the Downtown Lodi Farmers Market as being one of the many draws for Lodi, CA as well as many other cities around the country. Now I’d like to introduce you to our annual Lodi Grape Festival that is running tomorrow, Sept 16, through this coming Sunday, Sept 19.
There will be a carnival, petting zoo, reptile exhibit, many area businesses on display, concerts, fair food, art show, etc., etc..
You’ll want to come early and stay late, and enjoy everything that the Lodi Grape Festival has to offer. Advanced purchase of tickets is recommended if you don’t want to stand in line to enter.
For more information on the Lodi Grape Festival regarding it’s location, hours it’s open, etc. then CLICK HERE.
What will the festival do for the local real estate market? I’m hopeful that the people attending the festival from out of the area will see what a wonderful community we have here in Lodi, CA, and perhaps consider moving to Lodi and maybe even buying one of the many homes for sale here in town. There are great deals on Short Sales and REO foreclosures in Lodi as well as Stockton, Galt, Lockeford, and surrounding areas. The market is all about supply and demand. We have a good supply and some areas are in high demand.
Make it a great day and week!
Can you believe this? I know, I know, it sounds too good to be true. But it’s not.
More and more people have turned to purchasing mobile homes in the last few years, because that was all they could afford. But now that home prices have fallen so much that it’s actually within reach again to purchase a home in the Lodi and Stockton real estate markets without having to give your body organs as collateral.
However, you’ll be steadfast to find a home, especially a FURNISHED home, in this price range unless grandma is selling to you and doesn’t know what her home is really worth.
The sellers of this charming little home are moving away to be closer to family and enjoy a more ‘mobile’ life than what their current residence provides them.
Their home is located in a quiet, cute little park on E. Lockeford St. in Lodi, CA.
Price Too Low To Pass Up!
We have many homes for sale in Lodi, but not too many at this low of a price, and certainly not ones that are fully furnished as well.
There’s also an electric GEM car up for bid too if you’re interested.
Make it a great day!
I was showing a home this morning in the Stockton real estate market to some wonderful clients of mine, and it always amazes me the things some people will leave behind when they move out of their homes.
You don't love me anymore?
This sectional, baby’s playpen, and MANY other items were just left behind at this home and I feel like holding a yard sale and donating all the proceeds to charity. The thing is that it all still belongs to the current homeowner even though they seemingly have abandoned the home and all it’s contents.
Another thing they didn’t take with them was the awful odor that is lingering on throughout the home. Especially in the garage where I believe they housed a cat or two. :-/
It’s difficult sometimes to get clients to look beyond a home in such disarray to picture what it would look like in its cleaned up state.
I really feel for the homeowners that are being forced to make such drastic changes in their lives due to the current situation in the Stockton real estate market. The number of Short Sales in Stockton seem to be increasing, but leaving behind so much furniture, exercise equipment, personal appliances, clothing, toys, etc., when a Short Sale is the option, is still a mystery to me.
First American CoreLogic reports that distressed properties accounted for 29% of all U.S. home sales in January. Also, real estate-owned sales rose to 22% of homes sales from 19% in December, and short sales rose to 8% from 7%.
National average sale prices in January were $161,600 for distressed homes, compared to the average non-distressed sale price of $247,700, $141,900 for REO properties, and $215,300 for short sales.
If you’re thinking of something different to do this coming Saturday the 20th, then think no more.
Heritage Oak Winery Tasting Room Bar
Join other birding enthusiasts for the March edition of the Weekend Bird Walks. The tour will be led by David Yee who will guide the group across the vineyards of the Heritage Oak Winery in Lodi, CA. You’ll be taken along the Mokelumne River and through our riperian woodland. David is among the leading experts at native bird identification in San Joaquin County.
The walk will start at the winery at 9:30am. Sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended. Binoculars and field guides are also helpful. And of course bring your cameras. Dress appropriately for the weather. An optional lunch will be served at 11:30am with wine and must be ordered in advance.
The cost is $20 per person for the bird walk. If lunch is desired afterward, there is an additional $10 charge. Contact David at (209) 329-5490 to make your reservation, or email to the winery at email@example.com and include your telephone number. A credit card will reserve your place and meal.
The weather forecast for this Saturday is a low of 49 and a high of 75 and partly cloudy. So enjoy!