Now Might Be a Good Time to Upgrade to a New Thermostat

March 14th, 2018

ThermostatHopefully, you’re already getting your home ready for cooling season. If not, then now would be a good time to start doing things like scheduling preventive maintenance for your air conditioning system. Aside from that, though, now might also be a good time to upgrade your thermostat. Let’s have a look at some of the options for thermostats that you can install in your home, and the advantages that each can offer you.

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2 Surefire Ways to Destroy Your Water Heater

February 26th, 2018

water-heater-repairNormally, we write about ways to protect your various home systems on this blog. We’re in a more whimsical mood today, though. Since it’s a Monday, and you’re reading a plumbing blog, we figured we’d spice things up a bit by telling you the two best ways to make sure that your water heater lives as short and ineffective a life as possible. In short: DON’T DO THESE THINGS! Let’s get started.

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It’s Time for AC Maintenance! (Yes, Already)

February 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-repairWell, it’s that time again everybody. In a few weeks, you’ll be turning off your heater in favor of cranking your air conditioner all the way up. That means that you should be using this time to get your home ready for the coming heat. If you haven’t already scheduled air conditioning maintenance, now is a great time to do it. Let’s have a look at why exactly you should schedule air conditioning maintenance in the first place, and why spring is the best time to do it.

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Should I Replace My Air Conditioner Before Summer?

February 12th, 2018

air-conditioning-replacementWe have just a few more weeks before the weather really starts to heat up. With that in mind, now is the time to make sure that your home is ready for air conditioning season. If your current air conditioner isn’t up to the task of keeping your home cool throughout the next few months, it’s a good idea to replace it with one you can rely on. Have a look at the following signs that you should replace your air conditioner before summer gets underway.

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Careful of These Plumbing Problems

January 29th, 2018

water-handsPlumbing problems can be difficult to spot, since they often occur out of view of the homeowner. Add to that the fact that most plumbing issues start out too small to give off recognizable symptoms, and it’s no wonder that so many people don’t realize that they’re having plumbing issues until something more extreme happens. If you want to keep your plumbing system in the best possible shape, though, it’s a pretty good idea to catch problems as early as you can. How can you do that? Preventive maintenance is the best way, but it’s not the only way to catch problems with your plumbing system. If you know what to look for, you can at least confirm a problem with your system to the point where you know you need a professional to take a look at it for you. Have a look at some of the indications that you have some sort of issue with your plumbing system.

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Signs It’s Time for a New Furnace

January 17th, 2018

FurnaceFurnaces don’t last forever, regardless of how well you treat them. That doesn’t mean that you should just let yours degrade, of course, but it does mean that you should know when to throw in the proverbial towel and install a new one. You don’t want your first warning sign of your furnace getting towards the end of its life to be when it breaks down permanently. Have a look at the following signs that you really should replace your furnace sooner rather than later.

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When to Call for Boiler Repair

January 15th, 2018

Boiler-RepairOne of the reasons that boilers are so popular as heating systems is because they’re actually far less prone to developing repair issues than other heating systems. This is due to them having fewer moving parts than, say, a furnace or a heat pump. Fewer moving parts means fewer ways for things to go wrong, which is great for the system in the long run. However, don’t let that lull you into a false sense of safety. Boilers still have plenty of ways to develop problems over time, which is why if you own a boiler you need to know when to call for repairs for it. Have a look at the list below to help you discern when to call for professional boiler repair.

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Make Sure You Schedule Maintenance for Your Heat Pump This Winter

January 2nd, 2018

Heat-PumpYou’re probably already using your heat pump on a daily basis to keep warm, which is to be expected during the winter. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance for it yet this season, though you really should have that done sooner rather than later. Professional preventive maintenance is a vital part of ensuring that your heat pump is as prepared as possible to handle the added strain of winter usage. Let’s have a look at why heat pump maintenance is so important to schedule during the fall and winter seasons.

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Make Sure You Schedule Drain Cleaning This Winter

December 20th, 2017

drainThere’s a lot to do to get your home ready for the winter season. One of those things, though you may not have thought of it too much, is scheduling drain cleaning. If your drains are in good shape, the rest of your plumbing system will benefit. If the drains are clogged, it will cause problems throughout the system. Have a look at some of the signs that you should call for drain cleaning this winter, and what can happen if you don’t.

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How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

December 18th, 2017

Frozen-PipeMost people become concerned with keeping themselves warm during the winter season. That’s a perfectly valid thing to worry about, but you should also be careful to keep your pipes warm as the temperature starts to drop. If the vulnerable pipes in your home are not properly protected, they might freeze if the weather gets too cold. That can cause all kinds of issues for you as the winter wears on. So, have a look at some of the ways that you can stop your pipes from freezing this winter.

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