Essential A/C Maintenance Checklist for Homeowners


You wouldn’t let your car go multiple years without an oil change, right? So why would you let your home’s cooling system go years without maintenance? After all, proper maintenance is essential for efficient operation and a longer lifespan so here’s what you need to do now that warmer weather is making its way into town.

Step 1: Turn off the main power source to your cooling system. There should be an exterior shutoff box near the condenser unit outside and you can turn the power off at the breaker inside.

Step 2: Remove the fan cage and get rid of any debris that may have fallen into the system. We recommend using a garden hose to clean off the fan blades and to get rid of dust and dirt that has collected.

Step 3: Make sure the area around the exterior unit is clean (you’ll want to make sure there is at least 3 feet of open space). Then make sure the unit is level.

Step 4: Head inside and clean or replace the air filter. Keep in mind that most of the air you’ll be breathing in passes through this filter so the cleaner, the better.

For the remainder of the maintenance that needs to be performed on the interior parts of your air conditioning system, it’s best to call in a professional. That’s where we come in!

For the best in service, advice and expert installations for your air conditioning system in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, call and speak with the air conditioning professionals at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

3 Ways To Unclog A Toilet When A Plunger Is Nowhere To Be Found


There’s probably no worse feeling than clogging a toilet - that is, unless there isn’t a plunger in sight. Most of us have been there before, we tend to use lots of toilet paper and sometimes the toilet just can’t handle the load. So, is there actually a way to unclog a toilet without a plunger? Find out below.

Method 1: Dish Soap & Warm Water

It’s important to note this method only works if the toilet isn’t already overflowing. Chances are you have some dish soap in the kitchen. Contrary to popular belief, you can use dish soap for more things than simply getting your dishes clean. In the event of a clogged toilet, squirt a generous amount into the bowl. Then add a gallon of very warm, but not boiling, water. Wait a few minutes and watch the combination of soap and water break up the toilet paper. If you don't have liquid soap on hand, you can cut a bar of soap into pieces instead.

Method 2: Coat Hanger

Have a wire coat hanger in the closet? Unravel it and use it to poke through the clog. Push the obstruction until it frees up and flows down the drain. Just be careful not to be too rough or you could damage the pipes.


Method 3: Baking Soda & Vinegar

Two more common household items come into play with this method. Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl, followed by 1 cup of white vinegar. Wait a few minutes for the mixture to work its magic and then pour a gallon of warm water in.

Still can’t seem to unclog the toilet after trying all of these methods? It could be something more serious. Call on the plumbing experts at Uptown and we’ll be over right away to get things flowing again.

5 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Smarter This Spring



Wouldn’t it be nice if you could incorporate some of the features your smart thermostat or smart security system brings to your life in your bathroom, too? Let’s face it, they make things much easier around the house so you can focus on other aspects. Well, the time has come where smart bathroom gadgets have come to fruition and we’ve picked out 5 of the best tech products, below:


  1. Shower Power: if you consider yourself Beyonce when it comes to singing in the shower, you’re going to love Kohler’s Shower Speaker. It’s small and sleek but it packs a punch when it comes to sound so your music will sound as clean and crisp as you feel.

  1. Touch-Free Flushing: does the thought of reaching your hands anywhere near the toilet bowl gross you out? Well, with Delta’s FlushIQ toilet, all you need to do is wave your hand past the sensor to activate the flush. And the engineers over at Delta have placed the sensor so that it won’t flush unless you want it to!

  1. Touch-Free Soap Dispenser: save yourself from having to touch a soap dispenser handle after you’ve used the bathroom. The Touchless Foaming Soap Dispenser from Kohler will dispense soap into your hand as you place it underneath the sensor.

  1. Towel Spa: love the sound of warm towels to wrap yourself in after a shower? The Towel Spa gently heats your towels for a spa-like feeling in your very own home.

  1. Digital Shower Controls: want your shower to remember your preferences each time you get in? Although it might make you feel a little bit like James Bond, and LED-illuminated digital interface will help you set the temperature and spray intensity.

For expert bath and shower installations, repairs and maintenance in Minneapolis–St Paul, call and speak with the helpful and friendly team at Uptown Plumbing today.

What To Do In The Twin Cities This Weekend


With the weather warming up in the Twin Cities and no holidays to celebrate, this is the perfect weekend to get out and explore with your family! You might be thrill seekers and want to head to an amusement park, or go for a hike to take advantage of the weather. Maybe you have some young animal lovers to look after and the zoo is just calling your name. No matter what adventure you seek, Minneapolis can provide you with a great time. Here are some family-friendly places to check out this weekend:

Saturday & Sunday Forecast

One thing is for sure, you can’t make weather your excuse to stay in this weekend! Saturday looks like it is going to be in the high 60’s and sunny with a lot of the same coming Sunday. We don’t want to jinx it, but you might not even see a cloud in the sky!

Como Zoo

Free Entry!

The Como area is a great place to take your family this weekend! The kids can play with smaller animals, see their favorites in the exhibits and explore beautiful gardens that are on the grounds. There are also parks to have picnics and play soccer or whatever games your little one's desire.

Como Town

Season Pass: $69.95

Unlimited Rides: $21.95

2 Points per Ride: $1

Como Town is located on the same grounds as the Zoo, so it is a great spot to spend an entire day. Maybe check out the animals in the morning and head to the amusement park in the afternoon for some great fun! This isn’t going to please a roller coaster tycoon, but it is perfect for children ages 2-12. There are more than 18 different rides and attractions and a Zip-Line that zips around the entire facility-- it’s worth checking out!

Chain of Lakes

Park Hours: 6am- Midnight

The beautiful shorelines of Brownie, Cedar, Calhoun and Harriet lakes make for the perfect park to take your family and enjoy the weather. There are multiple athletic fields and boat rental facilities to help you get on the lake and catch some rays. Bring your own food and beverages and come spend the day at one of Minneapolis’s premiere attractions.

If you return home from your day out and realize your plumbing isn’t in tip top shape, there is no need to worry. Your friends at Uptown Plumbing have you covered. We can fix any problem, big or small, and all of our work comes with satisfaction guaranteed!

To schedule an appointment, call 612-284-5789 or click around on our website.

4 Bathroom Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier



How long do you spend cleaning your bathrooms each week? Probably a lot more time than you ever expected, right? Well, whether you’d like to admit it or not, your cleaning method could probably use a new plan and we’ve got a few tricks that will make your life much easier. Let’s get started:

  1. Dirty Mirrors: have water spots or toothpaste particles covering your bathroom mirrors? Use black tea to clean them. Pour room temperature tea into a spray bottle and apply liberally to the mirror. The tannic acid in the tea will help get rid of stubborn water spots.

  2. Cloudy Shower Doors: you probably have a big stack of dryer sheets sitting in the laundry room, right? Well, did you know they work wonders when it comes to cleaning shower doors? They contain ingredients that cut through soap scum with ease and all you need to do is dampen the doors and get wiping!

  3. Rust Rings: metal containers have a tendency to leave rust rings whenever they get wet, but that’s no match for a lemon. The acidity will help get rid of the stains left behind and if you want to prevent your cans from rusting further, coat the bottom ring with clear nail polish.

  4. Dull Faucets: have faucets that are lacking the luster they once had? Believe it or not, toothpaste is great for shining up chrome. Just be sure to use a non-gel type.

For all the plumbing needs in your Minneapolis–St Paul home, Uptown Plumbing will provide you with expert installations, repairs and solutions and provide per-job pricing and satisfaction guaranteed service. Call us today at 612-284-5789 to learn more about our services.

How To Increase The Value Of Your Older Minneapolis Home


Whether you’re planning on selling this year, or see yourself staying put for a while there’s one surefire way to increase the value of your Minneapolis home. Even if your home is much older than your neighbors, which tends to be the case quite often in the Minneapolis area and space comes at a premium, you can drive up the price drastically by having a ductless mini-split system installed. Hear from one of our customers below about how adding air conditioning increased the value of his home:


“One thing that people need to consider when they’re thinking about investing in an air conditioning system, in an older home in Minneapolis.. Is that it’s becoming the norm and the expectation of buyers, that when they’re purchasing a home, the home will have an A/C system.”

It’s one less item on a potential buyer’s checklist and it goes beyond simply enjoying comfort in your own home.

Pair that with the fact that we offer FREE estimates on new air conditioning systems and will help you choose the best new system for your home and you’d be crazy not to consider it!

For the best in service, advice and expert installations for your new air conditioning system in the Minneapolis - St. Paul area, call and speak with the air conditioning professionals at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

The Perfect Bath For Your Dog


Are you a pet owner? If you are, you probably realize what can happen when your dog comes back in from playing outside. Do muddy paw prints on the carpet sound familiar? If you’re tired of Fido tracking in dirt, sticks and other things that make your house look well, like the outdoors, it’s time to consider a dedicated bathing area. Find out more about how to plan a dog cleaning station, below:

Pick a Convenient Area
We recommend creating a washing station near the mudroom or the entrance to the front or back of your house. Why? This is a great spot to clean off your pet before they get too deep inside.

Choose a Tub

Mop sinks tend to work best. They’re deep enough to keep water inside but are shallow enough so that your dog can easily get in and get out. We also recommend searching for one that is scratch-resistant and will be able to handle some wear and tear.

Shop For Fixtures

It’s a good idea to put the faucet hardware on the wall, but go with a detachable sprayer. This will make cleaning difficult-to-reach areas a breeze. Just remember to place them high enough on the wall so that they’re out of the way.

Don’t Forget About Storage

You may want to add a shelf for shampoo and conditioner and another one for towels. Both of these will come in handy!

Whether it’s a drain, fixtures or the tub you need installed for your new doggy bath, the expert plumbers at Uptown have you covered! Give us a call today at 651-315-7995 and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

Community Gathering Space FAQs


At Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, we’re committed to participating in the lives of our community residents and making our neighborhoods the best possible place to live, work and play. For that reason, we’ve created three unique gathering spaces that are free to use and open to all.

We tend to receive lots of questions regarding our community gathering spaces, so we’ve decided to compile a list of a few of the most frequently asked questions. We hope this clears up some confusion:

Is the pop up blocker on? It needs to be off.

Silverlight is a software plug-in that lets our scheduling system work, you need to use it to make a reservation.

Silverlight and our software work through Internet Explorer and Firefox. It is not compatible booking through Google Chrome or Safari.
Keep in mind – If you are trying to book through a work computer, it may not work. Some companies may block Silverlight because the plug in is used for gaming and video streaming.

If you get through log in and go through nearly all the steps except booking, it means the times you want are partially or fully booked by other people or you are trying to book outside of the available booking windows.

No. All bookings must be done through the website to insure no double bookings and that those making the reservations sign off on the liability waiver. Someone at the office may be able to view the schedule, but they cannot book it.

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact the friendly staff at Uptown by calling 651-315-7995.

Find Out Why Your Home Needs A Dehumidification System


It gets hot in Minneapolis during the summer, plain and simple. And when warm weather strikes, it usually brings high levels of moisture along with it. Not only does high humidity make it more difficult for our bodies to cool down, but it can have negative effects on our homes as well. Find out how a whole-home dehumidification system can keep things under control as we head into the warmer months of the year, below.

What is Humidity?

It’s the measure of the volume of moisture present in the air and it dictates how we perceive temperature. When there’s too much of it, it’s more difficult for our bodies to cool down and can potentially increase the effects of ailments like asthma and other breathing difficulties or headaches.

But there’s more to it than just the effects it has on our bodies. Humidity can peel paint, cause mold to grow and cause floor boards to expand. High humidity also attracts termites, rats and roaches which can all wreak havoc on your home.

Why Consider a Dehumidification Solution?

If your home has damp or musty areas (such as in kitchens and basements) or you've noticed condensation pooling on window sills and walls then you probably have too much humidity in your home. A dehumidification solution will help reduce the levels of humidity and provide greater comfort while allowing you to save money on cooling bills at the same time. Just think, you won’t have to run your air conditioner as frequently if the air inside your home feels dry and more comfortable.

Take control of the humidity levels in your Minneapolis - St. Paul home, and call and speak with the home comfort experts at Uptown Air Conditioning today.

How To Properly Shut Down Your Home's Heating System


If you haven’t stopped using your heat yet, you’ll likely only need it for a few more weeks. Spring has officially sprung and warmer temperatures will be making their way into the Twin Cities in no time. With that said, it’s important to shut down your home’s heating system the right way so there are no surprises when you need it again next fall.


  1. The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off the pilot light. Unless you manually turn it off, the pilot light remains lit all the time and if it’s not fueling another appliance, you don’t need to be wasting money by leaving it on around the clock.

  2. Change over from the “heat” setting to the “cool” setting on the thermostat. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, take this time to input your new temperature settings so that you’re comfortable all spring and summer long.

  3. Clean or replace the filter now and it’ll be one less thing you need to remember when we transition from summer to fall.

  4. Clean up the area around your furnace. Keep in mind there should be at least 3 feet of space around the unit and it’s a good idea to vacuum up dust and debris that may have collected.

  5. Take this as a reminder to schedule HVAC maintenance to make sure your cooling system will be ready when it’s put to work in the upcoming weeks.

Maintain reliability and energy efficiency in your air conditioning system in Minneapolis - St. Paul, and book a system tune-up by calling the team at Uptown Air Conditioning today.