Aurora Plumbing Company Blog

Signs Your AC Is Not Ready for the Cooling Season

May 14th, 2018

Flushed man feeling hot in front of a fanWe may have fairly mild summers compared to other parts of the country, but that doesn’t negate the fact that homeowners throughout our fine communities need reliable and efficient cooling. If last week was any indication, warmer temps are already well on their way, and you want to make sure that you have a comfortable home when summer hits.

A sudden breakdown can be detrimental to this comfort, forcing you to scramble to schedule air conditioning repair in Aurora, CO, and hoping that you can get it fixed before you have to spend any amount of time sweltering inside your own home. The sooner you can spot the signs that your AC is not ready for the cooling season (because it needs said repairs), the faster you can get it fixed and the more money you can save.

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Remodeling Your Bathroom? Consider These Tips

April 30th, 2018

Bathroom Interior Home Design PhotoSpring is upon us, and soon enough temperatures will begin to warm up enough to remind us to prep our homes for summer. This means insuring that your AC system is tune-up and that your gutters are cleared for any summer rains we might experience—but it’s also the perfect time for home remodeling projects. Bathroom renovations seem to be among the most popular of these projects, and it’s definitely best not to try a task like this without a pro.

Doing a bathroom model on your own could lead to damaged plumbing in Aurora, CO, and even potentially incorrect installations, which we’ll get to below. What you need is to have a qualified plumber on your side, which is where we come in. We’re happy to share some tips with you to help you make educated choices about your bathroom remodel and what to expect when you set forth to begin the project. Keep reading to learn more!

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Yes, You Can and Should Change Your Own Air Filter!

April 16th, 2018

hand changing air filterIf you’ve read any of our other blog posts, then you know we emphasize the importance of HVAC maintenance. Regular maintenance sessions ensure that your cooling and heating system perform as efficiently and effectively as possible throughout their lifespan. This service is required for a heating or cooling system every year. If you have a year-round heat pump system, you should schedule bi-annual tune-ups.

This type of maintenance should only be performed by a professional HVAC contractor in Parker, CO. However, there is at least one small maintenance task that you can, and should, be doing on your own. That’s changing your air filter. You may be wondering if that’s really necessary, but we urge you to consider what will happen if you don’t.

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Plumbing Tips: Did Your Pipes Freeze This Winter?

April 2nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoHere’s a fairly common winter plumbing problem that homeowners in our area deal with—frozen pipes. We hope that you took some preventive measures to avoid this problem before winter began. For instance, the pipes most vulnerable to freezing are the ones located outside, naturally. So one preventive measure you could have taken was to open any outdoor faucets used for sprinklers or hoses, turning off all water flow to those points. Leaving the faucets open helps water drain from them, preventing the water from freezing and damaging the plumbing.

Of course, there are other pipes in your home that are vulnerable to freezing but have to remain in use throughout the winter—like pipes under your sinks, in crawl spaces, or even in basements. To thoroughly protect these pipes, we recommend insulating them using sleeves you can buy at any hardware store, or even using towels.

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Common AC Myths for You to Forget This Spring

March 19th, 2018

white question mark on a blue backgroundIf you’re anything like the average homeowner, you probably don’t understand the technical details of how your air conditioner works. That’s okay, we don’t expect you to—especially considering the complexity of modern AC systems and the years of training and education required to even become a licensed HVAC technician!

Unfortunately, though, there are some things you should know about your air conditioning in Denver, CO that many people do not. Due to this, you might be using your air conditioner inefficiently and even could be doing more harm than good to the system.

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Is Your AC Prepared for Spring?

March 5th, 2018

top view of an outdoor AC unitIt’s that time of year again. While we are still certainly experiencing cooler temperatures, spring is just around the corner, and it won’t be long before we begin to use our air conditioners. So what time of the year is it? Time to schedule your next Denver, CO AC maintenance appointment!

Getting this on your calendar every year (or every 6 months if you’re utilizing a year-round heat pump system) is the only fool-proof way to get your AC system ready for its heaviest months of use. Maintenance enables our technicians to thoroughly inspect and clean your cooling system, while making any needed adjustments, and checking for potential repair needs. Managing these repairs early on reduces your risk of running into much later cooling system emergencies later on—when you need the system the most.

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Don’t Ignore These End-of-Season Heating System Needs

February 19th, 2018

HVAC return ventTemperatures around here are still cool enough for at least the next few weeks to still be using our heaters on a fairly consistent basis. But with springtime just around the corner, it’s easy to ignore heating repairs, right? Unfortunately, you could be doing a major disservice to your Littleton, CO HVAC and your comfort by ignoring end-of-season heating system needs!

However, how do you know when you have heating system needs? Are there any major red flags, aside from system shut down, that indicate your heater needs a repair? Some symptoms are more subtle than others for sure, but yes, there are signs you can watch for. What are they?

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What Prevents a Water Heater from Rusting?

February 5th, 2018

Pipes of a water heating systemIf we were to ask you what the most important appliance in your home was, what would your answer be? Most homeowners would say their water heater. After all, the water heater in your home is responsible for a lot. It provides you with the hot water you need to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and much more. And if you have a tank water heater you have one more important component to think about—the anode rod.

“Anode rod” isn’t particularly a term most are familiar with, which is understandable. However, if you have a storage tank water heater, we encourage you to become familiar with it. The anode rod plays an essential role in protecting your tank water heater from harm—namely rust and subsequent corrosion. Of course, if this does occur, you can contact our Lakewood, CO plumbing experts for water heater replacement, but we’d like to help you avoid this premature need.

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Heed These Signs of a Furnace in Disrepair

January 22nd, 2018

man looking cold standing in front of thermostatCold weather is here, in case you weren’t already very aware of the chillier temperatures. Sure, our snow levels have been down, but that will be changing very soon and when it does, you’ll be very grateful for an effective and efficient heating system. We hope that you scheduled routine maintenance before the heating season began, to ensure that your furnace is in good shape to get you through this winter.

If not, however, it’s never too late. Now is also the perfect time—whether you’ve had maintenance or not—to keep your eyes and ears out for potential Denver, CO furnace repair needs. True, it’s already winter, but spotting problems now allows you to schedule repairs quickly before we reach the dead of winter.

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How to Adequately Clean Your Drains to Prevent Further Problems

January 8th, 2018

drain with water flowing down itThere probably isn’t a homeowner around that has had to deal with a drain clog at some time or another, even if it was minor. But clogs are one of those things that many people deal with incorrectly. In the average home, when a drain clog develops, someone reaches for some type of store-bought drain cleaning solution.

This is actually the worst way to deal with drain clogs, as surprising as that may seem. Store-bought solutions have a number of side effects that are damaging to your plumbing system, with completely defeats the purpose, right? So what should you do when you have a drain clog?

Call a professional plumber in Littleton, CO.

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