How Faulty Ductwork Affects Your Air Conditioner

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. (more…)

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

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! (more…)

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

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. (more…)

Duct Tape for Duct Sealing? Think Again!

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. (more…)

Decreased Airflow: What It Means for Your Cooling System

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. (more…)

What Goes Into the Drain Cleaning Process?

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? (more…)

Tackle High Moisture Before It Starts with a Whole-House Dehumidifier

March 27th, 2017

whole-house-dehumidifierIt looks like we may be in for a cooler spring, something that many residents around here will be grateful for, given the soaring temperatures we experience in the summer time. Nonetheless, even though our temperatures are on the mild side for now, it’s no time to neglect your home comfort.

Part of caring for your home in the spring and summer is ensuring that you’re equipped with the right Los Alamos, NM indoor air quality products and services, with a whole-house dehumidifier at the top of the list. If you’ve lived in this area through even just one summer, then you know how much the excess moisture this time of year can affect your comfort, and potentially even your health. (more…)

How to Use Your Ductless Heater as Efficiently as Possible

February 13th, 2017

use-ductless-heater-efficientlyDuctless systems, also referred to as ductless mini-splits, are increasing in popularity due to their reputation for being extremely energy efficient. But that doesn’t mean there’s not more you can do to increase your ductless efficiency. Increasing your home efficiency is good for many reasons: it reduces the negative impact your home has on the environment, plus it saves you money in the long run.

Aside from scheduling Los Alamos, NM ductless installation services, what can you do as a homeowner to increase your home’s efficiency, and how can you use your ductless heating system as efficiently as possible? (more…)

Prevent Your Heater from Wearing Out This Winter!

January 9th, 2017

Another chilly winter is upon us, and as such it’s hard to imagine going through one of these colder days without a fully functional heating system. Nobody wants to deal with a broken down heater this time of the year, which is why maintenance is such an important step to take before the season begins.

Even with the most diligent care, however, your heater can still wear out and run into operational problems. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of this happening. Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

Signs That Your Heater Is in Trouble

December 19th, 2016

One thing that no homeowner wants to face right as winter starts is a malfunctioning heater. Hopefully, you’ve had yours appropriately maintained to prevent some of the biggest problems that heaters can run into. Either way though, no heating system is completely immune to problems. Keep reading to learn some of the signs that your heater is in trouble and requires professional repairs. (more…)