Aurora Plumbing Company Blog

Don’t Ignore Late Season AC Repairs

August 6th, 2018

air-conditioner-being-repaired-by-technicianOur temperatures are on a bit of a roller coast ride right now, with summer weather fading but still granting us with a heat wave here and there. As such, your air conditioning system probably still requires use for at least another month. As you look forward to shutting it off for the season, though, it’s important that you not neglect any Parker, CO HVAC services that you may need.

This is particularly true when it comes to repairs. Air conditioner repairs should always be done ASAP, regardless of how many more weeks you’re going to use it this summer. We’ve explained why this is the case, below.

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What You Should Know About Refrigerant

July 23rd, 2018

white-question-mark-on-a-blue-backgroundYou may have heard the term Freon before. This is actually a brand name given to a very important component within your air conditioner, and that’s chemical refrigerant. Without this refrigerant, your cooling system is nothing more than a large house fan. Fans can certainly help out a bit in hot weather, however if you really want to achieve comfort during the summer, then you need a highly effective and efficient air conditioner. And for that, you need refrigerant.

What many homeowners don’t understand is just how refrigerant works in their air conditioner. As such, a common question we get from homeowners is, “how often do I need to refill Freon?” The short answer to how often you should have to replace—what we call recharge—refrigerant is, “hopefully never!” We’ll explain below.

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How to Find a Hidden Plumbing Leak

July 9th, 2018

water-leakLeaks are probably among the most insidious enemies to your plumbing system, and therefore, your home. What is it about leaks that are so terrible? Well, there are a few reasons they are so ominous. First off, even those leaks that you might call relatively “minor,” such as a dripping faucet, can actually waste gallons of water over time. They trick you into thinking they aren’t a big deal, but the costs of wasted water will eventually add up.

And then there are bigger leaks—ones that can waste a lot of water and do extensive damage to your property. These types of leaks often develop behind walls or beneath flooring (and subsequently above ceilings) and can do a considerable amount of damage before you even notice one. Since so much of your plumbing is hidden, and because leaks can form literally anywhere along your pipes, it’s essential that you know how to spot them. Once you do locate (or suspect) a leak, you’ll want to call for professional plumbing in Littleton, CO. So, how do you know when you’re plumbing system has sprung a leak?

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Cooling System Sounds That Should Raise Concerns

June 25th, 2018

woman-covering-earsTemperatures around our parts may not be as consistently high throughout the year as other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get our fair share of long, sweltering summers. As such, the use of an air conditioner on a daily basis is an absolute must, and of course, that air conditioner must work flawlessly.

Of course, the only way to make sure this is the case is to schedule routine maintenance. Maintenance tune-ups should be performed on your air conditioner once a year, or twice a year if you’re utilizing a heat pump. Without this level of care, you can find yourself in frequent need of air conditioning repair in Aurora, CO as well as potential premature system replacement.

But what if you did have maintenance done, and yet you’re hearing strange noises coming from your cooling system? This is less likely to happen following maintenance, but still possible. So what should you listen for, and when should you call in a pro?

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Could Your Plumbing System Use a Few Upgrades?

June 11th, 2018

professional-plumber-doing-reparation-in-kitchen-homeSummertime is a great time to make adjustments and renovations to your home. The weather is nice and warm, and if you have kids, you don’t have to worry about coordinating school schedules with them. You can finally have Denver plumbing service professionals come over to do whatever work you may need. If you’re considering a home remodel of some kind, like perhaps a bathroom remodel or kitchen remodel, we encourage you to think about your plumbing system.

How old are your plumbing fixtures? Could they be hurting the efficiency in which you use your water? If your water bills are unreasonably high or you’d just like a way to save more on your utilities overall, there are a few plumbing upgrades you might want to consider, which we’ve highlighted below.

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The Anode Rod: A Mysterious but Necessary Water Heater Component

May 28th, 2018

water heater tankOne of the most important plumbing components in your home is one that you likely don’t think about very often—your water heater. This system provides safe, hot water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and more. Most water heaters do their jobs reliably and quietly, but when problems do crop up they can do so without you noticing. And by the time you notice something is amiss, the problem can progress to the point that your water heater will need replacement.

This is why maintenance is so important. And there is one part of professional water heater maintenance that is especially vital to the functionality of your water heater—checking the anode rod. Not very many people know about this component. It prevents rust in your water heater’s tank, and to do so effectively it needs to be replaced every two to three years by professional Littleton, CO plumbers. Otherwise, your water heater can absolutely require premature replacement.

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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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