March 15th, 2017
It’s pretty difficult to detect issues with your plumbing system, especially leaks. A leak in the system oftentimes will be in an area where it cannot be seen, since most of the pipes in the system are hidden. If finding plumbing leaks early is the key to limiting damage to the system as much as possible, this difficulty in detecting them is more than a little problematic. Ideally, you should use professional inspection services to identify plumbing leaks. If you’re in-between appointments, though, you can rely on these tips to help confirm whether or not you have a plumbing leak.
March 13th, 2017
We still have a few weeks of cold weather left, but summer will be here before you know it. You should schedule preventive maintenance for your system within the next couple of months, but you should also keep a careful eye on it once you start using it on a regular basis. Air conditioner issues are typically the result of increased stress on the system, and while they do not necessarily give off warning signs all the time, much of the time they will. You need to be able to identify the signs that your system is in trouble, so that you can properly address them if and when they show up.
February 27th, 2017
Spring is almost here, and that means that it’s time for heat pump maintenance. Now, you may be thinking: “wait, didn’t I have heat pump maintenance done 6 months ago?” Even if you did, you still should do it now. Heat pumps have slightly different requirements from other climate control systems in order to stay in good condition. You’re going to want to schedule maintenance for the spring season, if you want the system to be ready for the added stress of summer. Bi-annual maintenance is necessary to make sure that your heat pump stays in good shape.
February 13th, 2017
Many people mistakenly think that the only kind of flooding to worry about is the kind that submerges a home in several feet of water. While that is certainly catastrophic, there are far more common and forms of flooding to worry about. The most common type of flooding, and the kind you’re most likely to run into, is when a basement or crawlspace floods during heavy rain. If you have an area of your home that you know to be more vulnerable to flooding, don’t just leave it be! Consider installing a sump pump to protect it.
January 30th, 2017
If you’re currently looking for a new heating system, you might be more than a little overwhelmed by the choices you have available. Amid the sea of different models, fuel types, and other configurations, it can be all too easy to gloss over things that should really not be ignored. One of those things is efficiency ratings. Before you settle on a new heating system, whether it’s a furnace or a heat pump, you need to know the efficiency ratings and what they mean. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a system that doesn’t meet your heating needs properly.
January 18th, 2017
Hopefully, you’ve been taking good care of your heat pump over the years. The better you look after it, the longer it will last and the better the return on your investment will be. No matter how well you take care of your system, though, you will eventually need to replace it. You probably don’t want to have to replace your heating system in the middle of winter, so it’s a good idea to be able to tell when your system is about to give out. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need to replace your heat pump this winter.
January 16th, 2017
We’ve written a fair bit about the benefits of water heater maintenance, but we rarely go into detail about it on the blog. However, we believe that it’s important for homeowners to know exactly why water heater maintenance is so beneficial for their systems. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just a few of the more important procedures that happen during water heater maintenance.
January 9th, 2017
Boilers have a well-earned reputation for being resistant to problems. This is because they have fewer moving parts than the standard heating system, presenting fewer opportunities for things to break down. However, that doesn’t mean that boilers are completely immune to issues. They do develop problems, even if it doesn’t happen as often. It’s important that you be able to recognize that your boiler is having issues, so that you call for repairs as soon as possible.
January 2nd, 2017
Ice and snow are not exactly out of place this time of year, and most of the time their little more than a minor annoyance. However, ice on your heat pump can be quite a problem under the wrong circumstances. If you notice ice forming on your heat pump during the winter, read on to determine whether or not it’s actually a problem.
December 27th, 2016
Flooding can become quite the problem during winter, especially for more vulnerable areas like basements and crawlspaces. Chances are you have a sump pump installed in those areas that are liable to flood during the winter. A sump pump isn’t much good if it doesn’t work, though. Read on to find out why sump pump maintenance is so important for this time of year.