Avoid These Common Midwinter Furnace Repair Needs!

January 14th, 2019

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.The fortunate thing about today’s gas furnaces is that they are built to last, and run into very few malfunctions during their lifetime. Well, at least, this is true if you have your gas furnace professionally installed and regularly maintained on a routine basis. This will help ensure you can relax during the winter, knowing there’s little chance you’ll have furnace trouble.

If you skipped maintenance, on the other hand, or even if you have an aging furnace, there’s a bigger chance you’ll run into a midwinter furnace repair need. You can call on us if this occurs. In the meantime, we want to go over a few common midwinter furnace repair needs so you can be more prepared if you, in fact, face one. (more…)

The Importance of Hiring Professional Plumbers

December 31st, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWe’ve met many a homeowner who loves DIY projects. If you are one of them, we admire your ingenuity! However, your plumbing system really isn’t eligible for a do-it-yourself experiment. It needs a professional team to keep it running as it should. Any plumbing issue, no matter how mild you think it is, needs to receive expert service.

The plumbers here at Roadrunner are licensed, highly trained, and appropriately experienced. We’re serious about the quality of our service, and that shows in the work that we do. This is something that you simply cannot get with an amateur or a general handyman. What does a pro bring that an amateur can’t? Read on to learn. (more…)

Heed These Signs You Need Plumbing Repair

December 17th, 2018

bursted copper pipe with water leaking out, 3d illustrationIn many cases, plumbing issues can be hard to detect without professional equipment and experience. Obviously, if you have a burst pipe spewing water across your kitchen floor, you’ll know there’s a problem—but then you probably wouldn’t be reading this post!

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with more subtle signs that you’re, indeed, in need of professional plumbing repair in Santa Fe, NM as most of your system is hidden from sight. Maintenance will help prevent the worst of your plumbing problems, but if a problem happens between maintenance appointments, knowing these signs will allow you detect it quickly and call for repairs before it does turn into a much bigger emergency. (more…)

What Should Your Water Be Tested For?

December 3rd, 2018

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapThe short, easy answer to this is going to be “contaminants.”

“But wait,” you may wonder, “doesn’t my city filter out any contaminants that may exist in my drinking water?”

Yes, they do. But it’s important to realize that the water in your pipes still has a long way to go before it reaches your plumbing fixtures. As a result, it can pick up pollutants along the way, or even minerals like calcium and magnesium. We’ll get more into the latter below, but what’s important to know is that these minerals aren’t harmful to you, but are harmful to your plumbing. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

What to Do About a Running Toilet

July 2nd, 2018

toilet in bathroomWe’d say, “you better go catch it,” but clearly that is not a helpful tip.

Rather, a running toilet is an annoying problem. While it’s not necessarily a catastrophe, it is a nuisance to listen to and impedes the power of your toilet’s flush. Additionally, it will reflect on your monthly water bill that you are using more water—even though you aren’t.

As soon as you notice your toilet won’t stop running, it’s time to call for a plumber in Santa Fe, NM. In the meantime, we’ve shared a few reasons why this might be happening, below. (more…)

Got an Evaporative Cooler? Consider Going Ductless!

May 7th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.It’s that time of year again—summer is just on the horizon and we’re all ready to leave winter behind. Consider how hot our temperatures already are, that’s going to be pretty simple. If this is the year to replace your air conditioner, you have a number of factors to consider. First off, you don’t have to stick with the same system you already have. For instance, if you’re using an evaporative cooler, you could benefit from upgrading to a ductless system!

One of the biggest complaints about evaporative coolers is that when outdoor air quality is bad (for instance, after a bout of brush fires), the system sucks in the smoky, dirty air. This can lead you to avoid using your air conditioner, which as we know is a pretty unbearable solution in our parts. That’s not to say there aren’t benefits to evaporative coolers. In fact, there are benefits to just about any cooling solution you choose for your home.

Our trained professionals can assess your home for the right products and services that are right for your situation. In the meantime though, we encourage you to consider going ductless. (more…)