Is Your Household Suffering from Hard Water?

November 19th, 2018

Pouring water in the kitchenMost municipal water supplies throughout the country go through heavy filtration before they reach the taps in your home, and Santa Fe is no exception. If you’re using ground water instead, you likely have your own water treatment system on-site. Still though, there is often something missing from either of these water treatment systems, and that is protection from hard water.

What is hard water, you ask? This is the description given to water that contains a high level of minerals in it—namely, calcium and magnesium. They are harmless to ingest, but can do more damage to your plumbing system than you may realize. Fortunately, this problem can be easily resolved with a professional Santa Fe, NM water softener installation! Without this system in place, you’ll likely find yourself facing the following issues—and their consequences—in your home. Continue Reading

Can a Tankless Water Heater Malfunction?

November 4th, 2018

tankless water heater on groundThe short answer to this is, “yes.” But, we’re not going to leave you hanging like that, and we definitely don’t want to deter you from purchasing a tankless system!

In fact, we often recommend the installation of a tankless water heater system over the more traditional tank water heater due to its numerous advantages, like lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and perhaps the biggest appeal, an unlimited hot water supply.

Tankless systems do suffer from less repair needs on average than their storage tank counterparts, since they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank, and the continual need to use energy in order to keep that water heated. Tankless systems essentially do less work and don’t wear down as fast, as a result. However, as we alluded to above, they can malfunction, and when they do it is important that you call for professional Santa Fe, NM water heater services as soon as possible. Continue Reading

What Are You Doing to Prevent Frozen Pipes?

October 22nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoIf you’ve lived in the Espanola area for even just a year, then you know we’re notorious for our hot summers, one of which we’re just now coming out of and greeting cooler temperatures with joy. Of course, if you’re an Espanola resident you also know that our mild temperatures don’t last long. We go from one extreme to the other pretty quickly!

This means that you need to move fast in order to protect and prepare your home before winter arrives. Are drafty doors going to allow warm air to escape from your home? How’s your indoor air quality—could you use a dehumidifier this winter? And last but absolutely not least, is your plumbing prepared for the season? Just a couple consecutive days of below 30°F temperatures can result in frozen pipes, which is a much bigger deal than you may realize. Continue Reading

What AC Repairs Might You Face at the End of Summer?

October 8th, 2018

technician taking apart ac to serviceTemperatures are finally cooling down, and with fall officially here, chances are you aren’t thinking too much about your air conditioning in Rio Rancho, NM. In fact, we hope that you’ve had heater maintenance done so you’re prepared for the winter season.

But, what if you need AC repair needs? Can they just wait until next year? Well, we really recommend that you not procrastinate. If you think AC repairs can wait until next spring when you need to worry about cooling again, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Continue Reading

Want More Efficient HVAC Performance? Consider Going Ductless!

September 24th, 2018

When homeowners shop for a new air conditioner or heater for their home, they’re typically looking at two main factors—how affordable the system is, and how efficient it is. If you, too, are serious about boosting the efficiency of your HVAC system, then you would do well to consider a ductless mini split installation as your next air conditioning service in Taos, NM. Continue Reading

Is It Time for You to Call a Plumber?

September 10th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itPlumbing problems are notoriously frustrating, and often difficult to detect without professional experience or professional equipment. Most of your plumbing system is completely hidden from view, and the issues that typically impact it are subtle when they first come about.

This is part of the reason we advise you schedule preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs your plumbing system is having some type of issue, so if something does occur during maintenance appointments, you can be on top of it and know to call a plumber right away.

Read on for signs something is amiss with your Santa Fe, NM plumbing system. Continue Reading

“Can I Seal My Ductwork with Duct Tape?”

August 27th, 2018

Male hands setting up ventilation system indoorsYou could, but you’d regret it!

Don’t worry, we’re going to give you a bit more detail than that.

Look, we get it. If you have a construction worker in your life, or even just a handy person, then you may have at one point heard the phrase, “All you need in life is to have two tools: if it doesn’t move and it’s supposed to, WD-40. If it moves and it’s not supposed to, duct tape!”

And this is good advice—for just about anything except your HVAC system’s ductwork! Continue Reading

If You Want Good Pipes, Don’t Use This Plumbing Product

August 13th, 2018

water droplets on white backgroundLiquid, store-bought drain cleaners, that is.

“But wait,” you may be wondering, “they’re marketed and sold as the go-to solution to clean my drains!”

Well, yes they are. But that doesn’t mean that these chemical drain cleaners are the best solution for your clogged drains. Read on to learn more about the problem with these products and about the drain cleaning methods offered by professional Albuquerque, NM plumbers. Continue Reading

Tips for Detecting a Plumbing Leak

July 30th, 2018

white pipe with blue cloth tied around leakA plumbing leak is, without argument, one of the biggest enemies of pipes everywhere. What is it about a leak that makes it so frustrating? Well, for starters, even a seemingly “minor” leak like dripping faucets can waste a huge amount of water over time, resulting in higher than average water bills for you, for water you aren’t even using. These minor problems can trick you into thinking it’s no big deal, until you notice the cost of wasted water starting to add up.

More severe leaks can waste even more water, naturally, and do extensive damage to your property. And since most leaks develop in walls or beneath floors and above ceilings, they can go on for quite some time before becoming noticeable—after all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view. Professional leak detection from a trained and experienced plumber in Santa Fe, NM is vital to pinpointing the exact location of your leak and repairing it. In the meantime, though, we’ve provided some tips below on how you can spot an issue on your own. Continue Reading

Unique Ductless Cooling Issues You Can’t Ignore

July 16th, 2018

technician-making-repairs-to-ductless-air-handlerWhen it comes to selecting a cooling system, or a heating system for that matter, that performs effectively and efficiently as possible, you could definitely do worse than a ductless system! Ductless heating and cooling systems have gained popularity in recent decades, and for good reason.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t come without problems. Even with routine maintenance, a ductless system can experience problems just like any other system, and there are some issues that are unique to ductless systems, which we’ll get to in a moment. First, we want to stress that when something does go wrong with your ductless system, that you only invest in professional air conditioning service in Albuquerque, NM, versus using a general handyman or attempting a repair on your own. Continue Reading