May 21st, 2018
Is your home’s cooling system all set to handle the summer weather? You might think it is—but unless it has a spring visit from an HVAC technician to give it a complete inspection, cleaning, and tune-up, it will head into the hottest months of the year with some big disadvantages. This can mean extra repairs, unreliable performance, higher operating costs, and shortening the system life.
We’ve often written about the major benefits of keeping up with annual spring air conditioning maintenance and why signing up for one of our maintenance plans is the best way to care for your cooling system year after year. (As well as your heating system!) Today, we’re going to spotlight a few of the benefits of doing routine inspections and tune-ups for an air conditioning that aren’t as well known. Call us to find out more details and to sign up for one of our plans.
May 7th, 2018
A water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs when necessary can last for many years. You’ve probably already had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.
All good things must come to an end, and you will need to replace the water heater at some point in the future when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. At first, you’ll think of arranging to have the water heater repaired, but there are signs to watch for that will tell you the best option isn’t to continue with having it fixed but to replace it entirely.
May 7th, 2018
The thermostat in your home is a device that’s easy to abuse. When it gets hot outdoors, it’s tempting to turn the thermostat down as low as it can go to combat the heat. When it gets too cold, you can just turn the thermostat back up. But this is an energy-wasting approach to handling the thermostat settings, and half the time you’ll either be too hot or too cold. Is there an ideal thermostat setting that will save money and not sacrifice comfort?
April 23rd, 2018
Spring can be a rough season with snowmelt and rains, making it one of the most hazardous times of the year for possible basement flooding. We hope that you have a sump pump to help you deal with flooding in your basement if it happens. If you don’t have one, our plumbers can install one for you.
However, if you do run into a flooded basement, please don’t panic. There are some steps you can take to deal with the problem. In cases where the flooding is due to burst pipes or other problems with your plumbing system, you’re definitely going to need an emergency plumber to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call us.
April 10th, 2018
On our blog posts, we like to address the more common issues our consumers may run into with their plumbing systems. Drain and toilet clogs are one of the most common problem—quite possibly the most common—type of plumbing issue. But on this post, we want to do a little something different: list a few of strange and more uncommon reasons for drains to clog. You’ll need a professional plumber to handle these problems.
April 9th, 2018
A home generator that provides electricity during a power outage. It is connected to a propane gas supply.
You may need to have your generator working for you at any time of the year. Most people think of generators leaping in to help because stormy weather has caused a disruption in power. However, even summer can present grid failures when the demand for power (usually from air conditioners) rises too high. You can never be too careful when it comes to a generator, because you want to be able to place your trust in it. Peace of mind is one of the great benefits of a whole-house generator, and that’s all spoiled if you don’t think you can trust it to work when you actually need it to.
March 26th, 2018
April is just about here, and that means rain. Sometimes too much rain—the kind of rain that can end up flooding basements. That’s why we recommend homes have a sump pump installed by a plumber with the professional skill to do the job right. A sump pump automatically removes excess water from a basement by collecting the water in a pit (the sump) and then using the pump action to force the water out and into the drainage system. A well-working sump pump can stop tremendous water damage to your home and prevent the build-up of moisture leading to mold and mildew.
If you already have a sump pump set-up in your home, now is the time to check it and see if it’s ready to work. A sump pump isn’t a device that undergoes a routine amount of use each year like a water heater or an air conditioner. It only works in emergency situations. Testing it is important to ensure that something hasn’t gone wrong during a long stretch of inactivity.
March 13th, 2018
Are you ready to welcome spring and its warmer weather? We can’t imagine why you wouldn’t be! However, it’s still officially winter, and the weather is cold and rainy. If you have a furnace warming your home, it still has a bit more work to put in before it can go on its mid-year vacation (i.e. turn off).
It’s important during the end of winter to act fast whenever you notice a problem with your furnace’s performance. Yes, we know it’s tempting to shrug at a small issue like a drop in heating power or a strange sound from the furnace cabinet. “Oh well, the warm weather’s almost here and I won’t need the furnace. I’ll get to it in fall.”
Procrastinating about scheduling furnace repair or repair for any heating system is a bad idea! Here are some reasons why we recommend you call us ASAP when you believe you have a furnace in need of fixing.
March 12th, 2018
The end of winter doesn’t give a home’s furnace any relief. In fact, after all the work the furnace has done through the previous few months, it’s at a higher risk of a malfunction during this time of year. If you notice something wrong—like low airflow coming from the vents around the house—please take it seriously and call for furnace service from our trained and licensed technicians.
February 26th, 2018
Hard water is the most common water quality issue in homes across the country, and it’s especially prevalent in and around cities. Hard water refers to water that has too high a concentration of minerals dissolved in it, mostly magnesium and calcium. It’s not harmful to drink (these minerals occur naturally in many foods), but it does pose serious problems for plumbing and appliances. It can also create inconveniences around a house. A water softener can solve the problem—but how will you know you need a water softener in the first place?