Design Comfort Blog

Consider a Water Heater Upgrade This Year

June 11th, 2018

repair-of-gas-water-heaterWater heaters are designed to last a very long time, particularly if you give them the right level of care and maintenance. However, no matter how well you take care of your water heater, eventually it will need to be replaced. The trick is being able to identify when that time has come, so you can invest in an upgrade before it breaks down on you altogether.

The last thing you want is to find out your water heater has failed after jumping into what you think is going to be a hot shower. But how do you know if it’s almost time for replacement, or you just need another water heater repair in Salt Lake City? Keep reading and we’ll help you determine just that.

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Are You in Need of Air Conditioning Repairs?

May 28th, 2018

An air conditioning technician welds a connection prior to installing AC unit.As the weather warms and we start to use our air conditioners, the time to schedule maintenance (if you haven’t already done so) is now. This is the only way to ensure that you’ll be going into summer with a fully functional and efficiently operating air conditioner. Additionally, it will give you the chance to take care of any need for AC repair in Salt Lake City that might come up during your tune-up. Regardless of whether you’ve had maintenance done or not, though, it’s a good idea to be aware of any signs of trouble.

But how do you know what to look for? Well, we’ve put together a brief description below of some common warning signs that can indicate something is amiss with your air conditioner. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to call our team right away. After all, the sooner you tackle problems, the better!

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Why You Need a Sump Pump

May 14th, 2018

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.We are right smack in the middle of what is historically the rainiest month of the year in our area, which is a good reminder that when we have heavy downpours, we also have a risk for flooding. This is especially true for homes that have basements—which is most of the homes in our area!

If you have areas of your home that are prone to flooding, it’s a good idea to protect them by having a sump pump system installed by a professional plumber in Salt Lake City. Otherwise, you could find yourself paying a lot of money for water damage restoration. Keep reading to learn more about these systems and how one will benefit you if you don’t already have it in place.

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The Time to Schedule AC Maintenance Is Now!

April 30th, 2018

technician working on air conditioning unitTemperatures may still be on the cooler side in our part of the country. In fact, we saw snow again just a short time ago. But given how warm it does and can get during the spring and summer, a fully effective air conditioner is vital for the seasonal change. And now is the best time to arrange for an AC tune-up with a HVAC contractor in Salt Lake City, UT.

Maintenance tune-ups should be scheduled twice a year—once for your cooling system and once for your heater. There are a couple small maintenance tasks you can do yourself. For example, you’ll need to change your air filter every 1-3 months depending on the level of contaminants in your home, and depending on the air filter type. But truly thorough and effective maintenance requires the services of a trained HVAC professional.

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Can Plumbing Emergencies Be Prevented?

April 16th, 2018

hand gripping p-trap pipe underneath sinkHave you ever been in a situation where you’ve needed to call an emergency plumber in Salt Lake City? Chances are, the timing and the money you spent were both pretty inconvenient. But, could that emergency have been prevented? It’s not possible to avoid any and all plumbing problems you might ever run into, but plumbing maintenance will significantly help you reduce your risk!

In addition to scheduling maintenance, however, it’s important to be aware of signs that you have a small plumbing problem before it does turn into a much bigger, emergency situation. This can be hard, since most of your plumbing system is likely hidden from view, and the problems that generally impact it are subtle to start out with.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following warning signs that your plumbing system is struggling. The sooner you notice the signs, the sooner you can call us and potentially even avoid an emergency.

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Upgrade Your Drinking Water with Reverse Osmosis!

April 2nd, 2018

shot of a boy drinking a glass of waterThere are a number of Salt Lake City, UT water treatment systems on the market today that help homeowners achieve cleaner, fresher, and healthier water in their living spaces. Filtration systems help remove larger pollutants, while water softeners can be used to combat the problems with hard water.

Another water treatment product that’s been growing in popularity in recent years is the reverse osmosis system. This system creates two different areas of pressure inside your plumbing in order to force the incoming water through a semi-permeable membrane. The membrane removes much smaller particles than a standard filtration system is able to, making reverse osmosis filters one of the most powerful ways to treat your water.

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UV Rays Are Good for Your Home, and for You

March 19th, 2018

UV Rays Are Good for Your Home, and for YouYou may be wondering how UV rays can possibly be good for you. After all, when you go out in the sun for long periods of time, you wear sunscreen to protect yourself from these rays. But these aren’t the UV rays we’re talking about—we’re talking about UV lights, which serve as a way to improve your Salt Lake City, UT indoor air quality.

UV lights, also referred to as a UV air purifier, serve as a way to fight back against harmful bacteria that may exist in your ductwork, as well as the influx of germs and viruses that can make you ill—especially this time of the year when the air quality is relatively dry.

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The Dangers of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

March 5th, 2018

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.With winter winding down but temperatures still keeping our furnaces on full-force for now, it’s the perfect time to take care of any small repair needs that might have cropped up, so that you’ll know your heater is fully functional for next year. Functionality is just part of the equation, however. You want to ensure your furnace is safe, too.

The only way to guarantee this is the case is to stay on top of any Salt Lake City, UT furnace repair needs that come up. Hopefully, you had maintenance done before this winter began, and if you were alerted to any service needs you took care of them right away. There is one in particular that should definitely never be delayed—and that is fixing a cracked heat exchanger.

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When One More Heating Repair Just Isn’t Enough

February 19th, 2018

return air vent on wallWe hope that you scheduled your heating maintenance before the heating season began, just like you should be doing each and every year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). We also hope that when a professional recommends heating repair in Salt Lake City, UT, that you take care of it right away. After all, this is the only way to properly care for your heater, no matter what type you have.

Eventually though, you will have to replace your heater. No amount of maintenance or timely repairs will prevent a heating system from aging—eventually “just one more repair” just won’t cut it. But how do you know whether or not the time has come to start considering a heater replacement or upgrade? It’s not always easy to tell, but we do have some common signs that you can watch for. If any of the three scenarios describe what you’re going through, be sure to give our pros a call.

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Have You Checked Your Sump Pump Lately?

February 5th, 2018

A sump pump installed in a basement of a home with a water powered backup system.You may be wondering why we ask. After all, you haven’t had any severe rains lately, right? Why would be so concerned about your basement flooding this time of year? Well, as the weather warms and the snow subsequently melts, many home and businesses face an increased risk of water flooding into their basements and crawlspaces.

Besides, weather is just as predictable as, well, the weather—meaning it’s not predictable at all! Storms can happen at any time, and even unexpected plumbing accidents can cause water to gush down into the lower parts of your home. In other words, you need a line of defense, and that defense system—your sump pump—better be in good shape!

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