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Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Maintenance?

March 1st, 2021

tankless-water-heaterThe short answer to this is “yes,” but don’t worry, we’re going to explain below.

The conventional storage tank water heater is large, always pretty noticeable, and can even be a bit noisy, right? In other words, the average homeowner who has one of these systems probably knows that it needs attention and care by way of professional maintenance. After all, scaling can have a big impact on the water heater. It allows mineral buildup (calcium and magnesium mainly, but also iron in some cases), that creates problems with water pressure, temperature, and even eventual corrosion. As part of professional maintenance, tank water heaters require occasional flushing.

But a tankless system is different, right? So why does it need maintenance? Well, for the same reasons a conventional storage tank water heater does, actually. Read on as we uncover the impact of scaling on a tankless system, and therefore why tankless water heaters need maintenance.

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“Can I Schedule My HVAC Maintenance Midseason?”

February 15th, 2021

technician-working-on-furnaceWith chillier temperatures for at least the next couple of months, you may be wondering if your aging or struggling heater has what it takes to see it through the rest of winter and early spring. If you skipped fall maintenance, this can be a big concern.

Will you have a heater breakdown on one of the coldest days of the year? Should you have your system inspected? Is maintenance worth it this late in the season?

The answers are: Maybe, Yes, and Absolutely!

Read on as we uncover the importance of consistent heating maintenance, no matter the time of year.

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How to Give Your Home the Extra Efficiency Boost It Needs

February 1st, 2021

girl-huddled-in-blanket-drinking-out-of-mugWe could have also titled this post “How to Give Your Heater the Extra Efficiency Boost It Needs.” How you use your heater and how efficient your home is go hand-in-hand.

Sure, having a great heater starts with selecting the right one for your home (size matters), and having it professionally installed by trained professionals. But there are additional steps you can take to improve the cost-effectiveness of this system.

First, did you have professional maintenance done before this heating season began? If not, it’s not too late! Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components of your furnace or heating system so it performs as it should, and as safely as it should. Maintenance also extends the lifespan of your heater. A well-cared for heater has the ability to last 10–15 years whereas one that skips maintenance may only last half of that.

In addition to regular tune-ups, here’s what else you can do!

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What Grade Would You Give Your Furnace?

January 18th, 2021

gas-furnace-stock-image-on-white-backgroundWinter has officially begun as of just a few short weeks ago, though around here we’ve been experiencing chillier temperatures for a few months already. Hopefully, your furnace has been behaving itself and giving you powerful, efficient heat. But what if it’s not? What needs to happen to get better results?

Read on to learn how to rate your system, and what to do if your furnace is getting a failing grade.

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Why Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger a Big Deal?

January 1st, 2021

three-natural-gas-burners-with-blue-flameGas-powered furnaces are not inherently dangerous appliances. That’s something we want to clear up before we go any further. This post is not meant to incite panic—but it is meant to show you the importance that taking care of your furnace has on home safety.

Like any powerful appliance, or any appliance that creates combustion gas, a furnace does have the potential to create health issues if it’s not properly cared for, or if symptoms of malfunctions are ignored. This is particularly true with a gas furnace.

What’s the most common cause for gas furnace hazards? Cracked heat exchangers!

This is most likely to occur in an aging furnace (a heating system 15+ years old). That doesn’t mean you automatically won’t have this problem if you have a newer system, but it’s something to keep in mind. But if your gas furnace is over a decade old, it’s definitely time to assess its potential risks, including a cracked heat exchanger. Read on to learn more about why this is such a big deal.

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Do You Have a Plumbing Leak? Here’s How to Check

December 21st, 2020

blue-cloth-tied-around-white-pipeIt kind of goes without saying that if you have a leaky pipe in your home that’s in a spot you can’t see or access, it’s a problem. Some plumbing issues do make themselves known fairly quickly, such as a clogged toilet or a dripping faucet. But the pipes tucked away in your home—in your basement, under the sinks, behind the walls—are far less noticeable.

A problem can occur with these pipes and go unnoticed for quite a while, causing problems all that time. If you aren’t attentive, then you could wind up wasting a lot of water, spending extra money, and winding up with property damage. So, how can you tell if you do have a hidden plumbing leak like this? By looking for the following signs:

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How to Stay Warm If Your Furnace Goes Out

December 7th, 2020

Young woman shivering during the winter seasonMornings can be brisk, but this is ridiculous. You’re standing at your thermostat shivering when it dawns on you that your furnace isn’t operating right. Uh-oh! You are quick to make the call to Alltech Services, Inc. for a furnace repair in Ashburn, but you aren’t the only one who made that call. It is going to be a while before your technician can reach you and get that repair done. So, now the question is, how do you stay warm?

Furnaces rarely break down when it is convenient for us. That is why it is a good idea to have some, well, ideas on how you can stay warm until your heater is back to normal. We can help with those furnace repairs and some great ideas to help you keep warm until the job is done.

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Signs That Your Heater Is in Trouble

November 23rd, 2020

animated-checklistLook, there is no good time to be in need of heating repairs. It’s almost never in the budget and almost always right when you need your heater the most. Heating repair needs tend to crop up the most when you are actually using your heating system frequently.

Of course, the best way to fend off the worst heating repair needs is with routine heating maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled a fall tune-up yet, now is the time! During maintenance, our team will thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust any components that need it. This allows us to catch any small repair needs before they grow into bigger ones.

One thing to keep in mind though, is that even with diligent heating system care, you may still run into heater trouble. Read on as we uncover some of the most common signs that it may be time to give us a call.

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The Holidays + Your Plumbing = Disaster?

November 9th, 2020

two-small-children-flushing-items-down-toiletThat’s a scary looking equation, right? Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be your reality.

Look, the holidays are going to be different this year. Whether you are enjoying festivities with just your immediate family or having folks that are part of your “quaranbubble” over for small holiday parties, there are some factors to consider you might not think about. With everything going on this year and everything that’s probably on your mind, your plumbing system is likely low on the list of priorities.

That’s why we’re making it our job to bring it to the forefront of your mind. If you haven’t had plumbing maintenance done in a while, it might be a good idea to give us a call! But we’d also like to share some tips with you on how to make this a hassle-free holiday season—at least, when it comes to your pipes.

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Is This the Winter You Should Go Ductless?

October 24th, 2020

hand-with-ductless-remoteAre you considering the addition of a new heating system to your home before winter arrives? Do you also happen to be thinking about your air conditioning options for next spring? If both of these systems are near the ends of their lifespans in your house, then it may be time to consider going ductless.

Also referred to as ductless mini-splits, ductless systems are becoming more and more popular for homeowners. They’re great for keeping households efficiently warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summertime.

Of course, choosing the right HVAC system for your living space can be overwhelming. After all, there are many options out there. We advise that you speak with a trained professional before making any final decisions. Not all homes are candidates for ductless systems, so it’s important to be aware of your individual circumstances before buying a new system. Read on as we delve into this a bit more.

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