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How Are You Preventing Frozen Pipes This Year?

September 16th, 2019

frozen-pipeGiven the very warm summer we’ve had so far this year, it’s hard to imagine frozen anything let alone frozen pipes. Still though, this is a very common occurrence during the wintertime, especially in our surrounding communities. Frozen pipes can create a good deal of damage if they’re not dealt with properly. After all, as water in the pipes freeze, it expands and puts pressure on the walls of the pipe—eventually leading to a pipe rupture.

As you might imagine, this is a costly and inconvenient problem. So to protect your pipes from freezing like this, we’ve shared a few steps below that you can take. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to contact our team if you do end up with damaged plumbing or need help preventing damage.

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No, Your AC System Shouldn’t Be Losing Refrigerant

September 2nd, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-ac-unitThis is a fairly common air conditioning myth among homeowners—that the refrigerant in the system “runs out” like gasoline does from a car. Unfortunately, dishonest or well-meaning but ill-informed amateurs have contributed to this myth. They may have told you that refrigerant needs to be “topped off” every now and then, like during your maintenance session.

We understand why you might believe this misconception, too. Refrigerant seems like a “fuel” for your air conditioner, right? Well not quite—it is what enables the cooling process, but it recycles continuously throughout the system rather than depleting like gasoline from a car. In other words, your air conditioner should never lose refrigerant—and if it is, it means you have a leak that needs repair.

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Air Conditioning Repair Needs to be Aware of

August 19th, 2019

animated-checklistSummertime is the most likely time of the year for your air conditioner to break down. This makes sense, since of course summertime is when your air conditioner gets the most use. But, it’s also incredibly inconvenient, right?

After all. the last thing you want to do in the middle of a summer day is deal with getting your AC repaired, and being uncomfortable in your home until an HVAC tech comes. Of course, you can fend off the worst of repair needs with maintenance. Have you scheduled your tune-up yet this summer? But as diligent as you are about AC care, you may still run into trouble.

We’ve shared some AC repair needs to be aware of so you know to call a pro right away, rather than sitting on a small problem until it grows into a major malfunction.

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How to Detect a Refrigerant Leak (And Why It’s a Problem!)

August 5th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-air-conditionerThere are many problems out there that people see as “minor”… and it’s true, some are more relatively minor than others. But when it comes to your air conditioner, there’s no problem you just want to brush off without having a technician at least look at the system. A refrigerant leak is absolutely no exception.

Refrigerant is literally what makes your cooling system’s job possible.

And if you have reason to believe that you have a refrigerant leak in your AC system, then you need to schedule a service call right away. The longer you wait, the greater risk there is of serious damage occurring to your air conditioner—likely to your compressor, which is the heart of your cooling system. But how do you know you have a refrigerant leak?

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Don’t Ignore That Ominous Dripping Sound

July 22nd, 2019

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itYou know the sound—that slow but steady drip-drip-drip right after you’ve gone to bed and the house is quiet. Maybe you can turn over and block out the sound with your pillow until you fall asleep—this time. But what about tomorrow? And the next day?

First off, even if a small drip or leak like this isn’t driving you nuts just from listening to it, it is having an impact on your water use and subsequent bills. You can actually lose gallons of water each year due to small leaks in your plumbing system, even a dripping faucet.

Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden from sight, and since leaks can develop anywhere, not just your faucets, it’s essential that you learn how to spot the signs you have a leak, which we’ve covered below. And once you do spot them, the next best step is to call our plumbing pros so we can accurately locate and repair the leak, restoring full functionality to your plumbing system.

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Bathroom Plumbing Upgrades to Consider This Summer

July 8th, 2019

beautiful-kitchen-designsWhen someone says they’re doing a remodel in their home, the bathroom probably isn’t the first place your mind goes to, but the right bathroom remodel can do a lot to improve not only the aesthetics of your home, but its functionality, too! Any type of remodel can improve a home’s value, plus a refurbishing a bathroom can make the space easier to move around in and use.

It’s important, however, that if you plan on undertaking a bathroom remodel, that you work with a plumbing expert with experience in these types of jobs. A professional plumber will help you come up with the best idea for a retrofit, and help you decide what to prioritize. So, give our team a call! In the meantime, we’ve shared below some of our best ideas for bathroom plumbing upgrades to make during your remodel.

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Why Professional HVAC Service Matters

June 24th, 2019

ac-technician-working-on-systemIf you’re reading this, chances are you are not a professional HVAC contractor. If you are, well, then you’ll agree with our assessment below.

Only skilled and trained professionals can install and service your heating and cooling systems.

Our pros are the ones to call. Put down that toolbox and let professionals handle whatever HVAC service needs you have in your home. This isn’t just because we’re saying so, but rather because we want the best for our customers. Chances are you may end up calling us up anyway to repair something an amateur did while trying to install or repair your HVAC system.

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How to Prep Your AC for Summer

June 10th, 2019

technician-working-on-air-conditionerHave you scheduled your professional air conditioning maintenance appointment yet? With temperatures still relatively cool for now, it’s hard to imagine needing your air conditioner on a daily—if not hourly—basis any time soon. But summer will be here before you know it, and when it hits you want to be able to rely on the comfort provided by your cooling system, right?

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Problems You Don’t Expect from Your Air Conditioner

May 27th, 2019

top-view-of-outdoor-air-conditioning-unitA worn down fan belt, a breach in ductwork, a dirty evaporator coil—these all have something in common. They are typical problems for an air conditioner to experience. And, they’re all issues that you can usually prevent altogether, so long as you stay on top of routine professional maintenance. In fact, professional maintenance can help prevent about 85% of the repair needs your air conditioner would ever need throughout its lifespan!

However, what about unexpected or uncommon AC problems? Issues that you should never have to deal with or that are so rare you don’t hear about them very much? They do happen, and it’s wise to be aware of what they are so that if you are impacted, you won’t be caught off guard, and you’ll know to call our pros for service right away.

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AC Care as Temperatures Warm: What Not to Do!

May 13th, 2019

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Temperatures around our parts have slowly but surely started warming up, to the point that soon enough we’ll need our air conditioners on a daily basis. Think about last summer. What would have done without an air conditioner in June and July? While it might be livable, it’s certainly not comfortable to go without efficient and effective cooling.

Therefore, we urge you to take proper care of your air conditioner. There are many ways to properly care for your cooling system, and there are many ways to improperly care for one—mistakes that can be detrimental to its functionality overall. What are these mistakes? Keep reading to find out!

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