Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for June, 2014

Energy Efficient Cooling Tips

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Staying cool during the summer months can often feel like a financial burden, particularly during the dog days when temperature seems to conspire against our comfort. Keeping your system energy efficient is the only way to ensure that your energy bills stay reasonable, and there are a number of ways to approach this issue. In today’s post, we offer up a range of energy efficient cooling tips that are applicable in most homes and for most cooling systems. Whether you own a year-round heat pump or ductless mini split, a central air unit or a swamp cooler, our air conditioning technicians can help you achieve excellent results.

  • Enroll in a routine maintenance program. There’s no better way to keep your system in good working order than by having it regularly maintained by a trained technician. During this cost-effective, annual tune-up, your AC will be thoroughly inspected for any signs of problems. By having a professional on hand, any small issues currently developing can be nipped in the bud. Another aspect of preventive maintenance is the cleaning of your system components, such as the coils. Dust and debris are air conditioning killers. They can cause serious performance and efficiency issues over time. Lastly, any adjustments to your refrigerant levels can also be made at this time.
  • Get a smart thermostat. If you want to improve energy efficiency, you may want to start by installing a new thermostat. Whether you opt for a programmable model that offers you the ability to schedule temperature changes whether you’re at home or not; or you want a smart thermostat for remote control via your tablet or smartphone, we can provide you with one. Improving your energy efficiency has never been easier.
  • Watch out for the sun. If you want to cut down on the amount of thermal energy that enters your home, you’ll want to make sure that you keep your shades drawn during the day, particularly on the side of the home that enjoys plentiful sunlight all summer long. Dress in light clothes and treat yourself to a cool beverage instead of cranking up the AC. Such minor changes in your domestic life can actually lead to improved efficiency.

Call APC Plumbing & Heating today to schedule AC maintenance in Denver or anything else related to your cooling system with our air conditioning technicians.

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What Happens When Refrigerant Leaks in Your Air Conditioner?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Your air conditioner doesn’t just blow cooler air into a space; it removes the warm air, sends it through your air conditioning system, and returns it as cold air. In other words, your air conditioner conditions the air in your home.

Your air conditioning system is able to do this by using a chemical known as refrigerant. Refrigerant converts easily from a liquid to a gas and back again, making it the perfect substance to help cool your home. Due to its important role, any refrigerant leak in your system necessitates air conditioning repair service before the leak can cause other problems, as we’ll talk about below.

An important item to note about the refrigerant in your air conditioner is that is has to be at a specific level for your air conditioner to work properly. This is why, when a leak occurs and the level of refrigerant drops, you will experience problems with your AC.

For 30 years, APC Plumbing & Heating has offered air conditioning repair service in Denver, CO, so we’ve seen a lot of problems that started from refrigerant leaks. The best thing to do when it comes to possible refrigerant problems with your air conditioning system is to be aware of the symptoms:

Marked Decrease in Cool Air

One of the most common signs that there may be a leak in the refrigerant is that tepid or warm air starts blowing into your home. When the refrigerant level in your air conditioner drops, the heat transfer process no longer works properly, causing a lack of cool air.

A Light Hissing or Bubbling Sound

The refrigerant in your air conditioner is under pressure, so you may hear a light hissing or bubbling sound at the point of leakage. It is important not to handle the area yourself; refrigerant leaks are not DIY jobs. If you hear the hissing or see refrigerant bubbling, call your APC Plumbing & Heating specialist for an appointment.

Icing on Coils

It may seem counter-intuitive that ice will form when there is less refrigerant, but the reason this happens is due to the imbalance caused by the leak. What happens is that the delicate balance between heating and cooling is off causing condensation to form; when condensation forms over the parts that are too cold, the condensation moisture turns to ice.

Let a Professional Handle Refrigerant Problems

Finding a refrigerant leak can be tricky business. You also need to be a trained professional to handle the refrigerant, as there are specific environmental regulations that need to be adhered to when working with refrigerant. The bottom line: when it comes to air conditioning repair services in Denver, call the professionals you can trust: APC Plumbing & Heating.

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Signs that You Need a Plumber

Monday, June 16th, 2014

If you’re like most homeowners, you just expect your plumbing system to be there when you need it. Whether you’re taking a hot shower, brushing your teeth, sitting on the toilet or cooking up a feast, you expect the various fixtures, pipes, valves, and plumbed appliances to simply do what they’re supposed to. As it should be. But over time, you may find that your plumbing system has incurred some damage here and there, and that your once reliable plumbing system now fails to work properly at times. While you can count on our plumbers to take care of any problems once we’re on site, you have to let us know in the first place. In order to do that, you need to know what to look for.

  • The Leak. Leaks can occur anywhere water is contained. Your hot and cold water piping endure their fair share of wear and tear over the years, especially considering the shifts in temperature, and the constant water pressure. If you notice any evidence of water leaks anywhere in your plumbing system (including any piping connected to your boiler), then it’s best to get it looked at straightaway. Leaks can also occur in your wastewater system. Leaks do not go away on their own, so having them fixed straightaway is crucial.
  • The Clog. You probably don’t ever want to look down your drains, but if you did, then you would probably find a fair bit of accumulated organic debris therein. Unless you recently had your drainpipes cleaned, then your wastewater system is probably not as effective as it could be.The best way to prevent problems with your wastewater system is to have your sewer line hydro-jetted and your drains professionally cleaned. Nevertheless, sometimes clogs happen no matter what you do. If you have a persistent clog or clogged pipes throughout the home, make sure you hire a local plumber to come have a look.
  • The Smell. If it smells less than pleasant in your home or outside in the yard, you probably have some kind of issue with your drain and sewer system. Only a trained professional can figure out what it is.

That’s where we come in. Reach out to one of our friendly plumbers today if you’re having any trouble with your plumbing system. APC Plumbing & Heating offer quality plumbing services throughout the Denver area. Call us today!

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Common Air Conditioning Repairs

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Does your AC’s performance and efficiency leave much to be desired? Are your energy bills high? Does your AC make a terrible noise? Unfortunately, there will come a time when you need to get in touch with a professional for air conditioning repair services. Just like any other mechanical system or other part of your house, your AC suffers a fair amount of wear and tear over the years. Professional installation and follow-up routine maintenance are the primary ways of keeping your system in good working order, but they will not make your cooling system invincible.

While every home is different and no two setups exactly alike, there are some common problems that befall air conditioning systems. Below, we’ve given you some signs to look out for. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to get in touch with your local HVAC professional before the issue becomes serious. Neglecting problems can also lead to premature replacement.

Loud and/or strange noises

If you find that your air conditioner makes a loud or strange noise, then it may be time to have it checked out. If you hear a banging noise, there could be a loose component within the air handler or somewhere within the ductwork. Grinding noise could be a serious problem related to the breakdown of your fan motor. Any hissing or whistling sounds are related to refrigerant or air leaks in the system.

High energy bills

We’re sure you keep a close watch on your energy bill, but there’s more to it than just making sure that your utility company is honest. If you notice a spike in your energy consumption, then you may have a serious efficiency issue. There are various causes to such issues, and only a hands-on diagnosis can provide a solution.

Bad cooling

If you find that your cooling is uneven or insufficient, then you’ve got yourself a case of bad cooling. Don’t let it ruin your summer. Make sure that you have your entire HVAC system inspected so that the root of the problem can be discovered and eliminated.

Don’t settle for anything less than comfort and convenience from your cooling system. If you suspect that you need air conditioning repairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. APC Plumbing & Heating offers reliable air conditioning repair service in Denver. Call now.

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