Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for August, 2014

The Very First Labor Day Celebration

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Labor Day as a federal holiday, held on the first Monday of September, has been with us now for 120 years. President Grover Cleveland signed the law that made Labor Day a national holiday in 1894. Ever since then, the three-day weekend has provided people in the U.S. with the opportunity for vacations, time with their families, shopping trips, and a general celebration of the conclusion of summer and the beginning of fall.

However, there were twelve years of Labor Day observations in the U.S. before it became an official holiday. The first Labor Day celebration took place in 1882 in New York City on September 5. According to the accounts from the time, it had a rough start and almost didn’t happen.

The main event planned for that first Labor Day was a parade along Broadway that was to start at City Hall. However, the parade ran into a bit of a snag early on. The marchers started to line up for the procession around 9 a.m., with a police escort to make sure the event went peacefully. However, the problem of the day wasn’t rowdy members of the parade—it was that nobody had remembered to bring a band!

With people ready to march, but no music to march to, it started to look like no parade would happen at all, and the first Labor Day would have ended up a failure. But just in time, Matthew Maguire of the Central Labor Union—one of the two men who first proposed the celebration—ran across the City Hall lawn to the Grand Marshal of the parade, William McCabe, to inform him that 200 men from the Jeweler’s Union of Newark were crossing the ferry to Manhattan… and they had a band!

At 10 a.m., only an hour late, the band from Newark walked down Broadway playing a number from a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera. They passed McCabe and the other 700 marchers, who then fell in line behind them. Soon, the spectators joined in, and an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people marched through Lower Manhattan.

According to the New York Times, “The windows and roofs and even the lamp posts and awning frames were occupied by persons anxious to get a good view of the first parade in New York of workingmen of all trades united in one organization.”

The parade concluded two hours later when the marchers reached Reservoir Park. But the party was only getting started. Until 9 p.m., some 25,000 people celebrated with picnics and speeches and beer kegs. It was an enormous success, and all thanks to the speedy arrival of jewelers carrying band instruments.

If those musicians from Newark hadn’t shown up, perhaps we wouldn’t have the holiday opportunity that we now have every year. However you celebrate your Labor Day, our family at APC Plumbing & Heating wishes your family a happy end of summer.

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3 Common Repairs at the End of Summer

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you will shut down your air conditioner yet. You can expect your cooling system to keep working for you, on and off, for another few months. This means that you cannot ignore any possible repair needs just because you think the AC might not be important. In general, you should never ignore repairs for any home comfort system, no matter the time of year. The sooner you attend to repairs, the easier and less expensive they are.

Here are a number of repairs you may encounter during the last weeks of summer after your AC has gone through a few months of steady work. Entrust your air conditioning in to professionals like those at APC Plumbing & Heating when you need repairs done right.

3 End-of-Summer repairs

  1. Cleaning dirty coils: You should change the air filter in the cooling system once a month throughout the summer. Otherwise you could have contamination enter the cabinet and make the evaporator coil dirty. A grimy coil will have trouble absorbing heat from the air and will start to lower the AC’s performance. It could also lead to ice developing along the coil. The outdoor coil can become dirty as well if dust and dirt manage to infiltrate the cabinet grill. Professionals will detach the coils and clean them so they work effectively once more.
  2. Lubricating motors: The motors that drive the compressor, the outdoor fan, and the blower will perform hard work during the summer, and this can cause them to lose lubrication. Low lubrication means increased friction, which will cause the AC to begin to drain power. Eventually the motor will burn out and need replacement. If you hear mechanical grinding and shrieking noises from the cabinets, call for repairs to look into the motors.
  3. Recharging refrigerant: No matter how diligently an AC works during a summer, it shouldn’t deplete its charge of refrigerant; this chemical blend does not dissipate during regular operation. But small leaks can begin to drain refrigerant over the summer and lead to damage to the system, even overheating the compressor. Always call for repairs when you notice a drop in cooling; this way the technicians have a chance to find out if loss of refrigerant is behind the problem. The technicians will seal the leaks and recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.

No matter the season, if your air conditioner starts to act oddly or fails to keep your home cool, you must call on experienced technicians to handle the repair work. Since 1984, APC Plumbing & Heating as helped homeowners with their air conditioning, and we are more than happy to answer your call when you need repairs to stay cool for the end of summer. Call us when you need air conditioning service in Denver.

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How Does Maintenance Help Prevent Repairs?

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Your air conditioner plays an important part in helping you relax after a long day. So if you’re ever without air conditioning because your system needs repair, it may not only affect your budget but also your comfort.

One way to prevent the need for future repairs is by scheduling AC maintenance today. Air conditioning maintenance is a service that can help improve the efficiency of a system, extend its lifespan, and prevent the need for repairs. To prevent the need for AC repair, you should schedule maintenance at least once a year. During maintenance, a technician visits your home to inspect the entire system, make any adjustments necessary, and clean dirty components. In this guide, we’ll take a look at how each of these steps helps prevent repairs.


The evaporator and condenser coil are two parts that are commonly cleaned with air conditioning maintenance. These two coils help with the heat exchange process that provides cool air to your home. Inside, the evaporator coil allows refrigerant to absorb heat from the air in your home. Outside, the condenser coil helps heat to dissipate into the air. If either coil is blocked by dirt or debris, it may not be able to complete this process. The air conditioner may run for longer, causing wear and tear to your system that may lead to damages.


A technician may be unable to perform major repairs at the time of a maintenance visit. However, some parts may need a slight adjustment or minor repair that can be taken care of during maintenance. For example, the outdoor coil has metal fins that help heat to dissipate. These occasionally become bent and must be straightened out for optimum performance. Alternatively, the motor may need lubrication to prevent the need for replacement.


The technician will also inspect your entire system and check for any components that may need repair. It’s better to schedule AC repair now to prevent a broken part from damaging other components.

APC Plumbing & Heating can help prevent AC repairs when you schedule maintenance once or twice a year. If you need AC Repair service in Denver, call APC Plumbing & Heating today!


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What is a Swamp Cooler?

Friday, August 8th, 2014

We enjoy pretty low humidity in Denver, and having low humidity gives us the option of cooling our home with a system known as a “swamp cooler”. The simplicity of swamp cooling dates back to the days of the Egyptians. Today’s swamp coolers are more sophisticated than the cooling Cleopatra enjoyed, and  with their specific advantages, may be a possible option for your air conditioning in Denver. If you are considering the installation of a swamp cooler, it’s always best to use trained technicians, like the ones at APC Plumbing & Heating.

How Does a Swamp Cooler Work?

Swamp coolers take advantage of a simple law of physics: when you add water vapor into warm, dry air, it lowers the temperature of the air. This is because it takes energy to evaporate the water, and the energy used is the heat energy in the air. Using this energy dissipates the heat, and lowers the temperature.

The actual mechanics of a swamp cooler are pretty simple. A pump circulates water from the cooler’s reservoir onto a cooling pad that becomes saturated. A fan draws air from the outside through the wet pad; as the air is pulled through the pad, it cools and is blown into your home.

Advantages of a Swamp Cooler

Swamp coolers have a few advantages other cooling products may not:

  • Very energy efficient – swamp coolers use approximately 75% less electricity than a central air conditioning system. This can lead to big savings in monthly energy bills.
  • Adds humidity to the air –low humidity can be a problem, so having an appliance that adds moisture to the air may be a good thing for your home.
  • Very “green” – swamp coolers do no use any kind of refrigerant to cool, making them very green when it comes to the environment.
  • Consistent fresh air – swamp coolers cool the air from the outside, so using one ensures that a constant stream of fresh air is part of your indoors.

Is a Swamp Cooler A Good Choice?

The best way to determine if a swamp cooler is a good fit for your air conditioning is to consult with an expert. Since 1984, APC Plumbing & Heating has helped Denver customers with their air conditioning, and we can help you, too. Call today and schedule professional air conditioning service in Denver with APC Plumbing & Heating.

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