DC Cheek Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Johns Creek’

The Importance of Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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When you have a drain clog in your home, what’s the easiest way to deal with it? If you’re like most people, your answer might be, “with store-bought liquid drain cleaner that I keep under the sink.”

This is a “quick fix” and we understand the temptation to use it. Buuuut, we have to urge against it. There are a lot of problems with these store-bought “solutions,” which we’re going to get into below. The fact of the matter is, if you have a drain clog then the best thing you can do is call in the professionals for a fix. It won’t be as “quick” but it will be effective. Read on to learn why this is the better option.

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Furnace Installation: Why Size Matters

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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If you’re in the market for a new heating system, the chances are you’re feeling a little pressed for time. It is winter after all, and temperatures are only getting chillier. But before you rush out for the biggest furnace you can afford, remember, bigger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, in the case of this heating system, bigger might not mean better at all. It may be worse.

The fact of the matter is, the size of your furnace can have a huge impact on its functionality. It’s important that your furnace is carefully sized for your specific home.

And remember, proper sizing is just half the battle! Installing a furnace isn’t a small job—it requires specific experience, skills, and even licensing (especially in the case of a gas-powered furnace that has to be hooked up to a main gas line). Trust us, you don’t want an undersized or an oversized system. Read on to learn why!

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Heater Noises You Don’t Want Haunting You

Monday, October 19th, 2020
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It’s that time of year—spooky ghost stories and jack-o-lanterns abound have us feeling festive for Halloween. Still though, even if you believe in ghosts, it’s important that you’re aware that most times, those strange and unfamiliar noises you hear in your home are not caused by poltergeists. Rather, they are typically created by something going amiss with your plumbing system, or in many cases your HVAC system.

Sure, there are some noises your heater is going to make this winter that you’ll be familiar with. For instance, you may hear the ductwork crackling a bit when your furnace first comes on, as the temperature fluctuates. You will also of course hear the whoosh of air through the vents. Below, however, we’ve uncovered some heater noises you don’t want to hear. Don’t let them haunt you! Call our team to exorcise them.

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Should You Sign up for a Maintenance Program This Year?

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Temperatures are starting to cool! True, it’s not going to start snowing tomorrow or anything, but this does mean that it’s almost time to give our air conditioners some reprieve in favor of our heating systems.

We have a question for you though–did you have your air conditioner maintained last spring? Make that two questions–have you scheduled your heating maintenance yet?

Routine maintenance is essential if you want HVAC systems that operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. This means getting a tune-up at least once a year each for your air conditioner and heater. And if you have a heat pump system? You should get a tune up every 6 months.

If you’re worried about remembering to actually schedule these maintenance sessions? Worry no more! Enroll in a maintenance program and we’ll do the remembering for you.

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Is Ice Ever Normal to See on Your Cooling System?

Monday, August 26th, 2019
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In a word, no.

While it may seem like ice should be a normal part of the cooling process, it simply is not. If you’ve discovered ice on the indoor unit of your air conditioner, then it’s time to figure out why. The good news is, this isn’t necessarily a major repair in all cases.

But it is one you should leave to the pros—trying to scrape off or thaw ice on your own could further damage the system, and it doesn’t resolve the problem that caused the ice to begin with.

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A Noisy AC is a Suffering AC: What to Know

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Summer is progressing right along, and we’re all using our air conditioners on a regular basis. That said, your air conditioning system goes through a lot this season and beyond, accumulating wear and tear faster than air conditioners in other parts of the country. This means it could potentially require more repairs.

To avoid the biggest, most sudden, and costliest of these AC repair needs, we implore you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your air conditioner. During this service, our professionals will fully inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure its efficient performance. With or without maintenance, however, if your cooling system is making noises you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a pro. What noises, in particular, should you pay attention to?

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Why You Should Never Rush Into an AC Purchase

Monday, July 29th, 2019
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At DC Cheek, we value honesty—even when it’s not popular for other HVAC companies to give customers the power over their decisions. We believe in doing the right thing.

So, when we say you shouldn’t rush into an air conditioning purchase, we really mean it. We understand, it’s nearly the middle of summer and it is hot. If your air conditioner has broken down or stopped cooling your home as effectively as it once did, there is absolutely a sense of urgency.

But rushing into an air conditioning purchase can leave you with an improperly installed system, or one that is not sized correctly or matched to your home.

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Beware These Signs of AC Repair Needs

Monday, July 15th, 2019
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If there’s anything we dislike as homeowners, it’s the prospect of air conditioning repairs. However, they’re a fact of life! Considering how much we use our cooling systems on a daily basis during the summer, it’s only inevitable that at some point, you’ll need repairs.

Now, we can definitely help you fend off the worst of these repairs, with professional maintenance once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). The last thing you need, after all, is a sudden breakdown and repair call when temperatures heat their peak.

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Yes, You Can Boost AC Efficiency Yourself!

Monday, June 17th, 2019

There aren’t a lot of things HVAC pros will tell you that you can do yourself when it comes to servicing your comfort control system. And the fact of the matter is that for big repairs, this is mostly true—particularly since there are some components of HVAC systems that professionals need special training and licensing for. This includes substances like refrigerant and natural gas, in the case of a furnace.

That said, professional maintenance is important. In fact, it is vital to the overall performance and efficiency of your air conditioner. It allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect your air conditioner for problems, anything that needs adjusting, and anything that needs to be cleaned. It also allows you to get repairs on your schedule right away so they don’t turn into bigger emergencies later on down the line. But, back to how you can boost efficiency by yourself…

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“Is It Too Late to Tune-Up my AC for Summer?”

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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Temperatures are already soaring, and you just noticed that you forgot to arrange for your next air conditioning maintenance appointment. But maybe you can skip it, just this one year? It’s probably too late to have it done now anyway, right?

Not quite! In the absence of a total system breakdown, it’s never actually too late to get your air conditioner tuned-up. This is truly a case of “it’s better late than never.” Plus, there are benefits to joining our maintenance plan, which we’ll elaborate on below.

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