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Does Your Main Water Line Need Replacing?

August 22nd, 2016

There is not a single section of your plumbing system that is not important to you or needed on an almost daily basis. There are, however, two major plumbing lines that especially need to be monitored and fully functional at all times. These lines are your septic—or sewer—line and your main water line.

Without a properly operating main water line, your home has no access to the clean, fresh water that it needs. And in order to properly replace the water line while adhering to local and state codes, you only want to trust professionals. Keep reading to learn more about the common signs that your main water line is in trouble and may very soon need replacing. Continue Reading

Keep Your Air Conditioner Functioning Through the End of Summer

August 15th, 2016

The end of summer is near! Soon instead of using your air conditioner every day, you’ll be enjoying cool fall days and awaiting the time you can start to turn on your heater. But wait, we still have a few hot days to contend with, right? As such, you’ll want to make sure that your air conditioner makes it to the end of the season.

Hopefully, you’ve had regular maintenance done within the last year to prevent any detrimental problems. However, if you haven’t and if your AC system is over a decade old, then the strain that’s been put on your system all summer long could cause a breakdown. In order to best prevent this, follow the tips we’ve shared below. Continue Reading

Why Should You Choose a Tankless Water Heater?

August 8th, 2016

Whether your water heater has broken down entirely or it’s just about ready to replace, you have many options to consider. It’s in your best interest to weight all of these choices carefully to ensure you are getting the most effective and efficient water heater system for your home. You do not have to stick with the same type of system you’ve always used!

A tankless water heater, for example, may be a great option for your home. There are many advantages to using this type of water heater, including the fact that you can get hot water on demand. This means you don’t run the risk of running out of hot water from your storage tank. Keep reading for a few of the largest benefits of tankless water heaters. Continue Reading

The Virtues of Preventive AC Maintenance

August 1st, 2016

One of the most common misconceptions about air conditioning maintenance is that it should only be done during a certain part of the year. While most of the time it is much more convenient for homeowners to have this service done before the cooling season begins, it’s certainly never too late to schedule an appointment.

If anything, you may be able to prevent problems from occurring next year by scheduling a tune-up today, but why should you? Keep reading to learn about a few of the many virtues of preventive AC maintenance. Continue Reading

Make Sure Your AC Installation is Successful

July 25th, 2016

Do you know how to ensure a successful air conditioner installation? That’s okay if not, that’s what we are here for. When you live where we do, summers may be short but they still pack quite the punch, and therefore you want an air conditioning system that you can rely on.

The last thing you want to happen is that you reach the hottest day of the year only to discover that your air conditioner is not capable of providing you with the sort of cooling performance that you need. While maintenance and keeping up on repairs are essential, so is making sure you have a great installation to begin with. So how can you ensure that this is the case? Continue Reading

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

July 18th, 2016

Is your air conditioner showing troubling symptoms? If so, you may be wondering if you need to repair it, or if it’s time to consider an AC replacement. There are a variety of reasons to upgrade to a new air conditioner, however if there’s some life left in your current air conditioner, this choice may not make the most sense.

On the other hand, you don’t want to keep paying for repair after repair if your AC isn’t working as efficiently as it should. If you are unsure of whether or not you should replace your current air condition, then call our professional HVAC technicians to come take a look and give you our educated opinion. Continue Reading

3 Methods to Save Money on Air Conditioning Costs

July 11th, 2016

We understand just as much as any homeowner how important it is to save money, particularly when it comes to energy use. No matter what your financial goals are, chances are you have no desire to spend all your hard earned money on cooling costs. Every little bit helps, and over the course of several years, even that little big can really help. We’ve listed 3 methods below to reduce the cost of running your air conditioner without sacrificing comfort. Continue Reading

5 Steps to Improving Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

July 4th, 2016

Summer is officially here, and with it comes unforgiving heat. As a result, your air conditioner is going to be doing more strenuous work and you’ll be relying on it to do its job well. Naturally, you’ll see a rise in your energy costs during this type of the year. However, your bills don’t have to be astronomical.

If you pay attention to the steps below, you can learn how to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, and thus save money too. Not only that, but by improving your cooling system’s efficiency, you’ll be helping it to achieve a longer lifespan as well. Continue Reading

Signs That Your Air Conditioning System is in Need of Repairs

June 27th, 2016

Summer is officially here, although that’s not something we need to tell you, as recent weeks have already had temperatures creeping up to the 90s. If you live through even one summer in the area, then you know you can’t get through the season with a malfunctioning air conditioning system. If your air conditioner begins to fail or even breaks down completely, then you and your family will be extremely uncomfortable and may even experience ill-health effects.

Regular preventive maintenance from our professionals is essential to guarding your air conditioner from such problems. However, even with the best maintenance plan for an expertly installed system, no air conditioner is immune to problems. Watch for the signs we listed below to understand when it’s time to call for repairs. Continue Reading

Is Your Air Conditioner Making One of These Sounds?

June 20th, 2016

As summer very quickly approaches, your air conditioner is about to enter its most stressful time of year. As it prepares to work hard to keep your home cool on a daily basis, it’s up to you to be watchful about possible AC issues that can crop up due to the added stress.

One of the key indicators that something is likely amiss with your air conditioner is a strange noise coming from the system. Below, we’ve covered a couple sounds that should alert you that something is very wrong with your system, and you should call for repairs.

Hissing

You might hear the sound of hissing along with a bubbling noise. This is typically indicative of air bubbles which have formed in the refrigerant line. This is typically the result of a leak. Refrigerant leaks are nothing to take lightly, as they can cause the health of your entire air conditioner to start failing.

Your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire life cycle, ideally. This refrigerant recycles throughout the system to move heat from one place to the other, and a leak will slowly drain your AC system of the fluid it needs to function correctly. Eventually this can cause your entire system to break down. Continue Reading