April 12th, 2017
Now is the time of year when many people start to replace their old air conditioning systems, before the weather really starts to heat up. If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner this year, you may be tempted to just go with whatever kind of system you had installed before. Before you do that, though, you should really have a look at some of the other options available on the market. Geothermal cooling is one of those systems.
April 10th, 2017
There are two main pipes that serve your home, which are more important than any other part of the plumbing system. Those are the water line and the sewer line. All fresh water that enters your home, whether form a city water main or from a well, comes through the water line. So, you can probably imagine the kinds of problems you would start to see if your water line was in poor shape. Water lines can last many decades under ideal circumstances, but only if you take certain steps to help them. Have a look at some of the ways you can make sure that your water line lasts as long as possible.
March 27th, 2017
Water heaters are built to last, even with the massive amount of demand that they have to deal with on a regular basis. Regular maintenance and prompt repairs can extend the life of a water heater by quite a few years, but sooner or later the system won’t be able to cope anymore. If your water heater is on its last legs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you know about it beforehand. Otherwise, you may just find yourself without hot water one morning. Nobody wants to experience that. It’s a good idea to know the signs that your water heater is about to fail, so that you can replace it before that happens.
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.