September 21st, 2020
If someone were to ask you what the number one plumbing problem homeowners face is, what would you say? We would say clogged drains. That is certainly what we get called for the most!
Of course, you might be wondering why we get called for this—can’t you just use some store-bought chemical drain cleaners and call it a day?
Well, you could, but you will regret it. Sure, it may eat through whatever is clogging your drain, but it doesn’t remove the clog nor is it that great for your plumbing pipes, either! In fact, it will build up on the lining of your pipes and over time, eat through them. But while store-bought drain cleaners aren’t the answer, you can avoid clogged drains to begin with! Read on to learn how.
September 7th, 2020
Have you been told by a general handyperson that the refrigerant in your air conditioner is low, and that it needs to be refilled? Perhaps they told you that it needs to be refilled —what we in the industry call recharged every year during AC maintenance.
Unfortunately, this is a little misleading. Yes, refrigerant leaks and problems are something we check for during your annual maintenance appointment. But refrigerant should not actually be leaving your system on a regular basis. In fact, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant during installation to ideally last its entire lifespan, theoretically.
While refrigerant loss is a relatively common AC problem, that does not make it “normal” or a problem you can delay fixing. Read on as we uncover how you can tell if your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, and why this is such a problem!
August 24th, 2020
The short answer to this is “no,” but don’t worry, we will elaborate.
We do understand, after all, why this misconception exists. Since it is an air conditioner’s job to cool the home, it makes sense that ice may be part of the cooling process. But on the contrary, cooling systems don’t use ice at all, and this isn’t an effective way to cool your home.
So then, why is ice forming on your air conditioner? And what can you do about it? Read on as we dive into this.
August 10th, 2020
There are some pretty common AC myths out there—are you believing them? And does it matter?
As for the latter question, yes, it matters. It matters because believing these myths could lead you to use your air conditioner inefficiently. When you use your cooling system inefficiently, you pay more than you should have to in order to keep cool and comfortable in your own home. You don’t want that, right?
Well then read on as we uncover just a few of the most common AC myths out there.
July 27th, 2020
If there’s anything that’s more frustrating than a drain clog that stops whatever you’re doing–whether it’s taking a shower, cleaning up after cooking, or even trying to use your sprinkler system outside–we’re not sure what it is!
But it’s pretty much inevitable that every homeowner will deal with a drain clog at some point–unless of course, they take preventive measures to avoid them! But what are these measures exactly? Read on to find out!
July 13th, 2020
When you think about everything you have to do to maintain a
clean, comfortable, and efficient home, you probably don’t think much about
your water heater—even though this system is one you use every single day, no
matter the time of year. The fact is, you could potentially waste a lot of
energy by not properly caring for your water heater, no matter what type you
have. The good news is, we’re here with some tips on how to actually save
energy—and subsequently, money—on your water heater use! Read on as we uncover
some of our top tips.
June 29th, 2020
Air conditioners are complex pieces of machinery, and it’s
natural to have questions about them. Probably the most common question HVAC
professionals get about air conditioners is “how much will my AC installation
cost?” The short answer to this question
is “it depends.”
It depends on the type of air conditioner, the conditions of
your home and your current ductwork if you have any, and it depends on your
budget, when it comes down to it. While we can’t give you a clear-cut answer to
this particular question, there are others that we can directly address. Read
June 15th, 2020
The number one tip we will always share when it comes to
drain cleaning is, “don’t use chemical store-bought drain cleaner!” It’s never
a good idea.
Look, we get it, a clogged drain is one of those problems that you expect you can resolve easily. Just pour some liquid down there and voila! The clog is gone. But that’s not quite how it works. Clogs can be insidious in the sense that even though you can get rid of them for a while, they just come back. That is, if you aren’t using the right drain cleaning practices.
When you hear the term “plumbing problem” you probably think
of water flooding the floors, or a persistent drip coming from one of your
faucets that you just can’t seem to repair. These are, of course, certainly
worth a call to a plumber in their own right, but so too is a clogged or backed
June 1st, 2020
With summer right around the corner and temperatures already
considerably warming up, it can be nerve-wracking to be in need of an air
conditioner replacement. But if your AC isn’t performing as it used to or has
broken down completely, you don’t really have a choice.
This is a big investment and we know it’s not one that comes
easy, but we really do have to urge you to consider your options and who you’re
working with for the job, rather than rushing into a purchase that might not be
the best choice for your particular home.
If you’re on the fence about replacing your air conditioner
or not sure what system is even the best for your home, we encourage you to
May 18th, 2020
When you need to replace your HVAC system, or even schedule
a tune-up or small repair, you have a decision to make on who to call. It may
seem like a minor decision, but it can make a major difference to your HVAC
system’s efficiency and longevity!
It’s a good idea to establish a relationship with an HVAC
contractor before you trust them to do work in your home. Fortunately, we’ve
provided a bit of a guideline below on the questions that you may want to ask
your HVAC contractor before inviting them to install or service your climate