Aurora Plumbing Company Blog

Preventive Measures You Can Take Against Frozen Pipes

October 12th, 2020

icicles-hanging-from-brown-pipeIf you’ve lived in Centennial or any of the surrounding communities for even just a year, then you’re very well aware that even though we may get some pretty sweltering summers, our winters are nothing to contend with.

Once fall hits, you need to move pretty quickly to prepare and protect your home from winter conditions. There are a lot of things to consider here. Is your heater well maintained and ready to keep you warm? How’s your indoor air quality? Oh and, is your plumbing system prepared for the colder temperatures?

That last question may have taken you by surprise, but it’s important to think about. After all, even just a couple consecutive days of temps below 30°F can result in frozen pipes. And this is a much bigger deal than many homeowners realize. Read on to learn more!

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Is It Time for a Furnace Tune-Up?

September 14th, 2020

Temperatures are pretty variable around here, but the end of summer is going to be here soon and you’ll be needing your heater on a pretty regular basis. That makes right now the perfect time to schedule your furnace maintenance for the season.

Keep reading as we uncover answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about furnace tune-ups and information on why maintenance is so vital. 

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“What Is Water Hammer, and Why Should I Care?”

August 17th, 2020

woman-listening-closely-holding-hand-to-earThe varied systems within your home work hard to bring you comfort, but they don’t always do this as quietly as you’d like. Still, there are some sounds that are relatively normal and others that should alarm you to a problem. Say, for instance, you’re reading a book or engaging in some other quiet activity and you hear a sudden metallic clang! 

Your HVAC system isn’t running, you don’t have the dishwasher going–what could it have been? Well, it could have been water hammer. Read on as we go more in-depth on what this is and why it matters.

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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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