It’s Not Too Late to Schedule Heating Maintenance!

November 18th, 2019
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Daytime temperatures may still be relatively mild, but with temps already dropping to below zero already, the time to think about heating maintenance is now, if you haven’t scheduled it yet. HVAC maintenance is something that requires professional HVAC technicians—it’s not as simple as homeowners running through a checklist. The only maintenance task you can, and should, do on your own is swapping out the air filter when it gets too dirty and clogged.

Don’t delay calling to schedule your heating maintenance appointment. You want your heating system ready to go when winter hits in earnest. And we really want to stress why it’s important you have this service done regularly—once a year. This is the only way for you to enjoy the full benefits of such a service, which we’ll get into below. Contact us for your heating maintenance appointment today and enjoy:

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Avoid These Holiday Plumbing Woes

November 4th, 2019
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It may be hard to believe, but the holiday season is right around the corner. With that, you have lots to consider. Will you be vacationing this year? Is your heating system ready to keep you warm all winter long? Are you hosting Thanksgiving or other holiday parties this year?

This last one is what we’re going to focus on today. Hosting parties can be fun, but they can also be disastrous if you’re ill-prepared. Part of that preparation is making sure you avoid certain plumbing problems that are prevalent this time of the year. Read on to learn more about this!

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Caring for Your Tankless Water Heater

October 21st, 2019
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If you don’t already have a tankless water heater in your home, you may be wondering what all the hype is about. You’re also probably pretty used to seeing the standard, large, storage tank water heaters in most homes today. Tank water heaters need special care and maintenance, as scaling can have a negative impact on the water heater and allow for mineral buildup that clangs around noisily in the tank and causes problems with pressure, temperature, and potential corrosion.

What many people don’t realize is that as much as a tank water heater needs proper maintenance and care to fend off scaling, so too does a tankless water heater. And much of that maintenance is similar. Keep reading to learn more!

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How to Prep Your Plumbing for Winter

October 7th, 2019
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It may only be fall, but soon enough we’ll be dealing with below-freezing nights, and the need to prepare you home. More specifically, you need to prepare your plumbing.

Once our temperatures drop to 30°F and below, your pipes are in danger of freezing. This might not seem like an urgent need, however, if you’ve reached the middle of January to suddenly find yourself with a frozen or even burst pipe, you’ll wish you had taken precautionary steps.

That’s what we’re going to discuss today. We want to help you take the steps to ensure that frozen or burst pipes don’t impact your home. Taking warning now means it won’t be a concern later. The thing is, it’s not so much the frozen pipe itself that’s the problem, but what happens when that frozen pipe starts to thaw—it creates negative pressure in the pipes, and that’s what leads to burst plumbing. So, what can you do to avoid this?

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Have You Had Your Water Tested Recently?

September 23rd, 2019
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Does the water you drink and bathe with come from a city water main? If it does, and doesn’t come from a well, then you likely know that water supply goes through a treatment process before it reaches your home. The efficacy of these water treatment plans vary from city-to-city, though most are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from the water supply. It’s vital that you remember, however, that this water treatment process can never be 100% effective.

Your water has a long way to travel before it reaches your home. That said, there’s always a chance that some trace elements of contaminants such as lead or cyanide will make it into your home’s water supply. There is no “safe” level of exposure to these materials. If you want to add an extra layer of protection, you should consider the installation of a whole-house water treatment system.

To determine which system or which combination of systems will benefit you most, you’ll first want to have your water tested. And below, we’ve shared some signs that it’s time to call and make that water testing appointment.

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Signs You’re in Need of Plumbing Repair

September 9th, 2019

Plumbing issues can be hard to detect without the right equipment and know-how. Most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, after all, and the problems that might affect it are usually subtle to start off. This is a big part of the reason we suggest scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having a problem. On the off chance that a problem does occur between maintenance sessions, you’ll be able to detect it quickly so you can call for professional repairs. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of plumbing problems.

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Don’t Let your Ductless Cooling Efforts be Thwarted by Poor Installation!

August 26th, 2019

Do you know what happens when a ductless system is poorly installed? Hopefully you’ve never found out the hard way—but it’s important to be aware that ductless systems have unique needs, and if not properly installed and followed up with routine professional maintenance, your new ductless cooling and heating system can suffer. This means your overall comfort can suffer.

Ductless cooling systems are fantastic for efficiency—they allow you to have zone-controlled cooling and afford you many other benefits. They’re particularly great for homes that don’t have the space for a ducted system, or households that experience indoor air quality problems due to their ducted HVAC system. But as we said, ductless systems have unique needs—what can happen to yours if not properly installed?

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Is Refrigerant Loss Ever Normal?

August 12th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerThe short answer to this is “no,” but don’t worry—we’ll elaborate below.

Your home’s air conditioning system—whether it is a standard central cooling unit or a heat pump—is a refrigeration system, just like your freezer or your fridge. It cools down air by not generating cooled air but by removing heat from the air in a heat transference process.

Refrigerant is circulated through a set of outdoor and indoor coils, evaporating in the indoor coils to draw heat from the air, and condensing in the outdoor coils to release heat. This refrigerant is essential to the operation of your air conditioning system, and any loss means you have a leak that needs to be repaired by a professional.

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Detecting a Plumbing Leak: A How-To Guide

July 29th, 2019

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIn our previous blog post, we talked about how your air conditioner could leak, why this happens, and what to do about it.

But what about the leaks we’re more familiar with—plumbing system leaks? They can happen from literally anywhere within your plumbing system, which can sound pretty ominous. They also aren’t easily noticeable in most cases—they may do a significant amount of damage beneath your slab or behind your walls before you even see that you have a leak.

But wait, there’s good news! There are tell-tale signs you can watch out for that indicate your home is, in fact, experiencing a plumbing leak. Keep reading to learn more.

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“Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?”

July 15th, 2019

water-stream-on-white-backgroundWhen you think about a leak, you think about plumbers, right? There the ones who fix these pesky problems. But, what if that leak is coming from your air conditioner?

There’re not many homeowners who wouldn’t be surprised to hear that water can leak from a cooling system, as they didn’t know their air conditioner used water to operate, unless it’s an evaporative cooler.

So here’s the thing—your air conditioner doesn’t use water in its process.

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