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Heat Pump vs. AC Repair: What’s the Difference?

June 10th, 2024
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Perhaps you got a heat pump to replace your old air conditioner. You know it’s similar to an air conditioner, but obviously it’s not exactly the same. So what do you need to know about the differences between the two? Do heat pumps need maintenance that’s different from what air conditioners need? Do they have different repair needs? We’ve got the information you need below.

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Signs Your Ductless AC System Needs Repair

May 27th, 2024
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When something goes wrong with a complex system, whether it’s your air conditioner, your heating system, or your car, getting it repaired promptly can make a big difference. After all, if you keep driving with a tire that’s getting flatter and flatter, you’ll eventually damage the rim and perhaps more. So when your ductless AC system needs repair, it’s important to notice right away.

However, you might not know what to look for when it comes to an air conditioner at all, let alone a ductless one. We’d like to help you out with that. We’ll tell you the signs to be alert for, so that if you do have a problem with your ductless AC system that requires repair, you’ll know right away.

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How Long Does AC Installation Take?

May 13th, 2024
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Spring is the perfect time of year to schedule the installation of your new AC system. It’ll be in place and up and running right when you need it, and you’ll be able to enjoy the remarkable effectiveness and efficiency of a brand-new air conditioner all summer long. 

If it’s been quite a while since you’ve had an air conditioner installed, or if perhaps you’re a new homeowner and haven’t been through this before, it might be helpful for you to have more information. We can tell you all about the process of AC installation and how long you should expect it to take, and give you some helpful tips.

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Is Your AC Ready for Summer? Professional Maintenance Will Do the Job!

April 15th, 2024
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How gorgeous is springtime in Georgia? It’s pretty spectacular. But don’t get so caught up in enjoying the season that you forget how soon the summer heat is coming! You don’t want to get hit with high temperatures when you’re not ready. How do you prepare for another long, hot Georgia summer? With professional air conditioner maintenance, of course! Here’s what you need to know.

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The Big Pre-Summer Question: Is It Time for a New AC Installation?

April 1st, 2024
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It’s that time of year. The weather is getting gorgeous, the flowers are blooming, and before you know it, we’ll be hit with some serious summer heat. If your air conditioner is in reasonable shape and is not too old, you’ll need to have maintenance done so it’s ready for the hard work ahead. But what if your air conditioner is not in good shape, or is getting really old?

At some point, you’ll need to make the decision to replace your air conditioner. How can you tell whether you need to do that yet? Is there a formula to help you figure it out? We’ll give you our recommendations on how to determine whether it’s time for a new AC installation, or whether you should keep your old one a bit longer.

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Only Look to Certified Professionals for Gas Line Inspections

March 18th, 2024
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There are many things around your home that you can DIY. This can save you money and give you a sense of accomplishment and pride in your home. For example, if you have a hole in your drywall, you can patch it yourself. You can repaint your kitchen cabinets. What’s the worst that could happen? An imperfect finish on your sheetrock or your woodwork? You can learn from your mistakes and do better next time.

But there are some things that need to be done for your home which you simply must not try to do yourself. If they’re done wrong, the outcome could be so bad that there may not be a next time for you to do better. For your safety, gas line inspections absolutely must be done by a certified professional and never by an amateur.

What’s a gas line inspection? We’ll explain.

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What Can End Up in Your Drains That Will Clog Them

March 4th, 2024
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Drain clogs are a huge hassle. They can make necessary parts of your home’s plumbing unusable. They can cause unpleasant smells. They’re no fun to try to clear out. And maybe it’s not exactly true, but doesn’t it seem like they’re more likely to happen at the worst possible times? 

The best way to deal with drain clogs is not to have them in the first place. How can you manage that? We’ll tell you about the most common things that get in drains and cause clogs. If you can prevent them from happening, you won’t have to unclog them. 

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No, You Should Never Try to Fix Your Furnace on Your Own—Here’s Why

February 19th, 2024
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When something goes wrong with your heating system, it often happens just when you need your heat the most. You want it fixed right away, and ideally, you would like that fix to be free. And hey, you’re a handy homeowner, inclined toward DIY projects. Maybe you can fix your furnace yourself!

We’ll stop you right there. Don’t do it. Here are some of the many reasons to trust a professional for furnace repair. 

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How Long You Can Expect Your Furnace to Last

February 5th, 2024
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You might have an aging furnace and be wondering how long it will be before you have to replace it. You might have purchased your home with the furnace already in it, and be curious about what to expect. Or you might be looking at new furnaces, seeing the variety of options, and asking yourself, How long will each of these last?

Regardless of your situation, having more information is always better. The more you know, the more you can prepare for the future. We’ve got the scoop for you: not just how long different types of furnaces last, but also what you can do to help them last as long as possible. 

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How Professionals Handle Leak Detection

January 22nd, 2024
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We’re sure everyone will agree with us that indoor plumbing is useful. You certainly wouldn’t want to do without it! But you’ll also agree that it isn’t exactly beautiful. That’s why most of your pipes are tucked away out of sight. They’re between ceilings and floors, they’re behind walls, and in some cases, they’re underneath the foundation of your house.

Now, while you wouldn’t want to have to look at your home’s plumbing all the time, having it hidden from view does pose a bit of a challenge. What if something goes wrong? If there’s a leak in a pipe somewhere, how can you tell? Detecting leaks and pinpointing their sources requires skilled professionals with high-tech equipment.

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