Aurora Plumbing Company Blog

Need a New AC? Factors to Consider

July 20th, 2020

technician-working-on-ac-unitIf you’re shopping for a new cooling system this time of the year, chances are you’re in a bit of a rush to find it. The problem is, rushing into a purchase likes this leaves the process open to mistakes. What kind of mistakes?

For starters, you may end up with an air conditioner that is not properly sized for your home. Sure, you already know you shouldn’t get one that’s too small for your home, but did you know it could be just as bad to get a system that’s too large for your home? It’s detrimental to system efficiency, in fact. We’ll get into that more below, as well as some other factors you should consider when purchasing a new air conditioner.

Keeping these factors in mind will help you tremendously in the long run. Let’s ensure that your air conditioning installation service goes on without a hitch. 

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Top 5 Methods for Improving AC Efficiency

June 22nd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-clipboard-on-itSummer is officially here! If you’re not already, you’ll be using your air conditioner on a daily basis very soon. So now is a great time to start thinking about how you can save money without sacrificing comfort. During this season, when you need your cooling system the most, it’s vital that you get the most out of it, right?

When your air conditioner is operating as efficiently as possible, you don’t need to worry about costly energy bills. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency. Read on as we uncover our top 5 tips for boosting your air conditioner’s efficiency.

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Bangs, Screeches, and Hissing: AC Noises You Should Never Ignore

May 25th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsImagine you’re sitting in your home, peacefully watching a TV show, or maybe even reading a book, and suddenly you hear a grinding noise that seems to be getting louder and angrier as each minute passes. It seems to be coming from outside—but what is it?

If it’s your air conditioner, it’s cause for concern! Really, any unfamiliar noise that is coming from your air conditioner should be reason enough for you to call air conditioning professionals to inspect the system. No matter the source of the sound, the problem isn’t going to go away by itself. Even if the noise is intermittent, it not only is the sign of a problem, but can cause further issues.

Grinding is just one example of a sound you don’t want to hear your cooling system to make, and typically comes from a motor’s bearings being worn down. This is a natural part of wear and tear, but should still be managed quickly to prevent overheating and subsequent system damage. What are some other noises you should be aware of? Read on!

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Have You Had Your AC Tuned-Up Yet?

April 27th, 2020

outside-air-conditioner-unit-with-clipboard-on-topWith the nice weather we’ve been experiencing lately, it’s easy to forget just how extreme our temperatures can get all of the sudden. We could shut off our heaters for the season only to need our air conditioners the very next day, and vice-versa. So, it’s vital that you ensure your home comfort systems are always ready for whatever is coming their way.

Since it is still early spring, right now is the perfect time to schedule your air conditioning tune-up, if you haven’t already! Save money on repair costs, and utility bills, by helping your system perform more efficiently and reliably by contacting us for maintenance. Not convinced you really need this service? Read on!

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Don’t Ignore These Signs of a Slab Leak

April 13th, 2020

cracked-foundationAny plumbing leak is inconvenient—there’s no denying that, right? But a slab leak is particularly formidable. What makes this type of leak so much worse?

It’s not the leak itself—the actual leak might be coming from a very small pinhole in a pipe. It’s the damage that occurs because of the leak that’s the problem. A slab leak is one that exists beneath the concrete foundation (the slab) of your home. The problem is that it’s literally hidden from view, so it could take months for you to even realize you have one—when it’s already done loads of damage beneath your home. This damage can include a cracked foundation, mold growth, dry rot of your flooring and drywall, and more.

Fortunately, there’s a bit of good news. There are actually some signs you can watch out for that indicate you have this type of leak. If you detect any of these symptoms, give us a call right away so we can accurately detect and locate the leak, then fix it for you!

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The 3 Steps of a Successful AC Installation

March 30th, 2020

technician-working-on-air-conditionerIf you’ve come upon this blog post when you’re in dire need of a new air conditioner, then we understand the sense of urgency involved. The thing about it is, however, that many homeowners are in a rush to quickly get a new system in their home, so they opt for whatever system they can afford and try to install it themselves. Or, outside circumstances lead them to think it’ll just be more convenient to do it all themselves.

We really have to encourage you to reconsider this approach. There is a lot of work that goes into every air conditioning installation job we do, and plenty of reasons to trust a professional for the job. Keep reading as we uncover the 3 steps our technicians take in order to achieve a successful AC installation.

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Dripping Sounds and Other Signs of Plumbing Woes

March 16th, 2020

sink-faucet-dripping-waterOne of the most obvious signs of a plumbing issue is a drippy faucet. Fortunately, this is a pretty minor one and easily remedied. The real problem is when signs are more subtle. Plumbing problems that don’t show symptoms right away can do a lot of damage over time.

This is part of the reason we suggest that you scheduling preventive plumbing maintenance at least once a year! Maintenance allows our plumbers to take close look at your system and determine if there are any signs of corrosion, clogs that could grow bigger, or leak risks.

Even with maintenance, of course, it’s a good idea to be aware of some of the subtler signs of a plumbing problem, so you can give us a call right away. Read on for some of the most common signs of plumbing woes.

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Have a Bathroom Remodel Planned? Consider This!

March 2nd, 2020

beautifully-designed-bathroomIf you’re reading this blog post, then chances are your bathroom doesn’t quite look the way you want it to. Either that, or it is not as functional as it could be. For instance, maybe components are too tightly packed in, or you never use your bathtub so you want to make more room by eliminating it and putting in a shower that takes up less space.

Depending on your specific goals, a bathroom remodel can be a great investment! After all, other than the kitchen, the bathrooms are typically the most used rooms in the home.

For a job of this caliber, it will benefit you to work closely with a qualified plumber. Why’s that? Because planning and preparation make a world of difference in the results you’ll accomplish from the remodeling job. Besides, there might be facts you haven’t even considered yet that can greatly improve results.

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Does Your Water Heater Anode Rod Matter?

February 17th, 2020

grey-tank-water-heaterThe short answer to this question is, “yes.” But perhaps a better question to ask is, “Why does the anode rod inside my water heater matter? And why should I care?”

Let’s face it, your water heater is pretty much the most important appliance in your home. At least it’s the one we all rely on most heavily in our living spaces. It’s a true workhorse, providing us with all the heated water we need to shower, bathe, wash dishes, do the laundry, etc. And if you’re using a tank water heater to do all this, then you’re utilizing an anode rod, perhaps without even knowing it.

The anode rod isn’t exactly a household name, but considering it needs to be replaced every 3-5 years, long before the water heater itself would otherwise need to be replaced, it’s an important component to understand. Keep reading to learn more about this water heater component, and why you should care about the condition of yours.

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“My Heat Pump is Leaking Refrigerant, Is That Bad?”

February 3rd, 2020

insulated-refrigerant-lineSimply put, you don’t want to be losing refrigerant from your heat pump. Heat pumps and other air conditioning systems are installed with a set amount of refrigerant in them, and it’s designed to last the entire lifespan of your system. So if you’re losing any, it means you have a leak that needs to be repaired.

For us, not only are heat pumps vital in the summer, but they’re essential in the winter. The refrigerant process is reversed this time of year to provide us with heat in our homes. If you have a refrigerant leak, you’re about to be unpleasantly surprised by an inoperable heating system.

“Should I really be that concerned? Can a refrigerant leak wait?” These are common questions we get, and we want to stress just why refrigerant leaks are such a big deal. So, read on as we uncover some refrigerant facts.

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