Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Los Alamos’

How to Not Clean Your Drains

Monday, April 20th, 2020
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If you’re like most homeowners, we can probably guess what you do when you encounter a clogged drain in your home—reach for that bottle of store-bought drain cleaner under your sink, right?

Well, unfortunately, this is exactly how not to clean your drains. In fact, it’s the worst thing you can do for the health of your plumbing system. Sure, it may solve the problem temporarily, but it will actually magnify the problems that you’ll face later that lead to repiping and other costly plumbing repairs.

Reach on to learn more, and when you’re ready, give us a call for professional drain cleaning!

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Beware These Signs You Have a Plumbing Problem

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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The tricky thing about plumbing problems is that they hide really well. Often occurring behind walls, and sometimes even under the foundation of your home, they’re pretty undetectable. Some plumbing problems, like a clogged drain or a leaking faucet, are pretty obvious, and you don’t necessarily need to know the signs since you can see them at face value.

But for your hidden pipes, a problem can happen and go unnoticed for a significant amount of time, and do a lot of damage to your property in the meantime, if you’re not attentive to your plumbing system. Like we said, plumbing problems can be hard to detect. There are signs to look for, though! Read on to learn about some.

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With 1 Month of Winter Left, Don’t Ignore These Heating Needs

Monday, February 24th, 2020

You could say our weather is relatively predictable, right? Chilly winters and sweltering summers. As we transition into spring here soon, it’s easy to forget about our heaters as we get ready for that aforementioned sweltering weather. You’re probably ready to get AC maintenance done—when our technicians come out and thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner to ensure top performance.

But before you do all that, don’t forget about your heater! Ignoring any type of heating issue, no matter how small, can cause it to turn into a emergency repair situation, or possibly even a heater that won’t turn on at all when you need it again next fall.

But how do you know when you have a heater problem that needs addressing? Read on as we uncover some of the symptoms of common heating related problems.

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Is Your Plumbing Protected Against Freezing Temps?

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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The holiday season is upon us, and as we all know, this can be a hectic time of the year. However, that doesn’t give you an excuse to forget about caring for your home. In fact, you may regret doing so! We’ve shared a lot of advice over the years in regards to protecting your plumbing and making sure it’s maintained properly, and we’re going to share one more—take the proper steps to prevent frozen pipes this winter!

Pipe freeze isn’t just a problem in and of itself, it’s the cause of another problem—burst pipes. The thawing process that pipes go through leads to this. Thawing creates a negative pressure buildup in the plumbing system, and that’s when they crack. As a result, you can find yourself facing property damage and potential flooding. So, what are these steps to follow to avoid pipe freeze?

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How Faulty Ductwork Affects Your Air Conditioner

Monday, June 4th, 2018

technician's hand professionally sealing ductworkWhen you live in a climate such as ours, chances are high that you think about your air conditioner a good amount. Naturally, you want it to function effectively and efficiently. What most homeowners don’t think about, however, is the “V” part of HVAC—the ventilation system that connects your AC system to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible. This makes sense—after all, this ventilation system is mostly out of sight, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic and crawlspace.

Unfortunately, this ventilation system can accumulate damage, particularly if it was installed by an amateur or if it’s decades old. And if your ductwork is affected by leaks, poor connections, or bad construction, then you may be experiencing issues that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and repair needs. One of the most common problems that leads to ductwork damage is a ventilation system that wasn’t properly sized for the home in which it’s installed. This is why it’s so important to hire a professional HVAC contractor in Los Alamos, NM for any of your AC and ductwork needs.

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“What’s the Best Way to Clean My Drains?”

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to drain cleaning, most homeowners, or even renters, are tempted to run out to the store for some of that cheap chemical liquid drain cleaner whenever they have a clog. But this has multiple problems. You know that phrase, “you get what you pay for”? That’s definitely true in this case!

These store-bought solutions are no solution at all. First off, they eat through a clog all right, but consistent use of these products also eats through your pipes, eventually leading to corrosion and leaks that make repiping necessary. Additionally, and relative to our prior point, this drain cleaning method is temporary at best, leaving you going out to buy another bottle in just a few months as the clog that never left builds back up.

For a truly effective resolution to drain cleaning, you want to hire a company that excels in professional plumbing in Los Alamos, NM. You have that with us. Ask us about our hydro-jetting service, and then give us a call to schedule your next drain cleaning appointment!

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Plumbing Trouble: Signs That It Is Time to Call in a Pro

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water running down into a drainSome plumbing problems are obvious. For instance, maybe you have a clogged drain in the bathroom and water is backing up. In the best case scenario, you can fix it on your own with nothing more than a plunger and a little bit of “elbow grease.”

Other plumbing issues, however, are not so obvious and require a professional plumber in Los Alamos, NM with the right tools and equipment in order to detect. That’s not to say you can’t watch out for signs that something is amiss with your plumbing system. Keep reading to learn more about these signs.

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Duct Tape for Duct Sealing? Think Again!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Although temperatures have been a little milder than typical in the last week or so, the humidity almost makes up for it, leaving us feeling pretty hot and uncomfortable when outdoors, and craving the sweet cooling comfort that comes from our air conditioning systems.

But what if yours isn’t quite working up to par? If you’ve just recently had your air conditioner maintained and/or it is a newer air conditioner, your first reaction might be to assume something is wrong with the unit itself. But, it could actually be an issue with your ductwork—that is, the ductwork it’s breached or is leaking.

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Decreased Airflow: What It Means for Your Cooling System

Monday, June 19th, 2017

decreased-airflow-cooling-systemAir conditioning systems are that one appliance in every home that truly gets put to the test—especially during the sweltering summers we experience in our area. Temperatures are already higher than in most other parts of the country, and will likely remain so for a good portion of autumn. Since we rely on these systems so much for our comfort, it’s important to schedule air conditioning repairs in Los Alamos, NM as soon as we discover a problem.

Among the most common operational problems our professionals get called out for is reduced airflow. That is, the air coming out of the vents in your home isn’t as powerful as it once was, or as powerful as you think it should be. This may not seem like a huge deal as long as you’re still able to remain comfortable, but it puts tremendous stress on your air conditioner. Plus, ignoring the issue means that whatever is causing the decreased airflow will only worsen.

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What Goes Into the Drain Cleaning Process?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

drain-cleaning-processUsually, homeowners don’t tend to schedule drain cleaning services until something obvious occurs to require it, such as a clogged bathtub or sink drain that’s causing water to back up. Many times, however, problems that could warrant drain cleaning aren’t as apparent as you may think.

Therefore, scheduling Los Alamos, NM plumbing services on a regular basis is important to maintain the effectiveness and efficiency of your pipes. But what exactly goes into this process?

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