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“My Heater Is Making Funny Noises, What’s Up?”

February 3rd, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsThe last thing you need right now is for your heating system to fail on you, right? If it starts making unusual noises, however, it could be a warning sign of trouble brewing.

You likely know what noises to expect from your furnace or heater when it’s operating normally—the whoosh of air through the vents, the sound of the system cycling on and off, and even ductwork fluctuating due to the temperature changes. Anything outside of these sounds is at least cause for investigation.

Below, we’ve covered some of the most common “funny” noises you might hear, and what they mean. Read on!

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A Dirty Air Filter and Its Impact on Your Furnace

January 20th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterTelling our customers to replace their HVAC air filters every 1-3 months isn’t just a suggestion—we’re saying this because it’s the only way you’re going to get the most efficient and effective use out of that HVAC system. And considering how much we use our furnaces during these winter months, chances are you’d like to do whatever you can to avoid high heating bills or potentially even unexpected repair needs.

One way you can do this is by performing one small maintenance task—yes, there is one maintenance task you can do on your own—change your air filter! You might be surprised to find just how important this small component is. Many homeowners think it’s just there to protect their indoor air quality, but this is not its intended purpose. Read on to learn more!

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Stop Suffering from Uneven Heating in Your Home

January 6th, 2020

couple-sitting-on-couch-shivering-in-jacketsIt would be great if we could always count on our home heating systems to work flawlessly, without any problems, throughout its entire lifespan. We can definitely reduce the chances of major problems with maintenance—yearly tune-ups allow our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust your heating systems so they work as effectively and efficiently as possible.

But no system is flawless. And one of the more common problems we get calls for from homeowners in regards to their furnace creating hot or cold spots around their living space.

For instance, your living room may feel like an icebox while the bedrooms are stuffy and almost too warm. This is referred to as uneven heating (or uneven cooling, in the case of an air conditioner experiencing this problem in the summertime), but what causes it and what can you—or rather, we—do about it?

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Do You Need to Worry about Frozen Pipes?

December 23rd, 2019

pipe-with-iciclesTo give a quick answer to this question—yes, you should worry about frozen pipes. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it!

Let’s face it: when winter hits, you get consumed with staying warm during the chilly weather we get in our area. As a result, you likely don’t give much thought to your plumbing or how prepared your pipes are for that chilly weather. Unfortunately, as a result, your pipes can freeze, leading eventually to burst pipes—which is where the real problem lies.

Don’t let your plumbing become victim to the cold. Follow these simple tips to keep your plumbing system in great shape this winter.

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Call Us If Your Furnace Makes These Noises

December 9th, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsWith the holiday season approaching and the hustle and bustle that goes along with it, it’s really easy to ignore subtle noises coming from your furnace. But we really have to urge you to stop and listen. Are those noises anything beyond the normal sounds of the system starting up, ductwork fluctuating, or air rushing through the vents?

If you’re hearing sounds you never have before coming from your heating system, it means there is a problem. Strange or unfamiliar furnace noises should never be ignored—but are there certain noises you should be concerned about more than others? Any unusual noise is cause for concern, but the following are particularly ominous:

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Have You Tested Your Sump Pump This Season?

November 25th, 2019

sump-pump-systemWhen you think of winter, what comes to your mind? Colder weather may be one, but you also probably think of rain, storms, and even snowmelt. Winter is quite the season for us here, and weather events can lead to flooding dangers that can lead to significant damage to homes in our area, including yours. Of course, you can protect your home against flooding with one very important system—the sump pump.

If your home already has a sump pump, you’re in good shape! But, you need to check and make sure it’s actually ready to do its job if needed. Since your sump pump only comes on occasionally, during an emergency, it’s important to know if it’s ready to do its job at any giving moment. Keep reading as we help you give your sump pump a short inspection and a test. You’ll learn ahead of time if you need sump pump repairs, or even if you should start looking into an upgrade.

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“My Heat Pump is Losing Refrigerant, Is That Bad?”

November 11th, 2019

refrigerant-lineIf you discover a leak in a car tire, you go to a mechanic or a tire shop, right? How about a pipe leak? You’d call a plumber. So, what about when you have a refrigerant leak?

The thing is, many homeowners think that it’s okay to lose refrigerant—that it’s something that comes natural with the operation of their heat pump or air conditioning system. But in actuality, losing refrigerant is just as detrimental, if not more so, to your air conditioner as losing air in a car tire is to your vehicle.

If you suspect your air conditioner is losing refrigerant, rather than just ignoring it, we urge you to call our pros right away. We’ve given a rundown of why, below.

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Ductless System Facts You Need to Know

October 28th, 2019

ductless-system-air-handler-with-remotePerhaps you’ve already heard of the many benefits of ductless systems. How they are year-round systems that are highly efficient, saving energy and money. How the reverse flow of refrigerant allows them to be efficient air conditioners as well as very effective heaters, depending on the time of year.

There are many reasons to have a ductless system installed in your home. There are also quite a few reasons you should only ever trust a professional for that installation job. Keep reading to learn about what you should know about these systems—particularly, what type of unique repair needs that can crop up if the ductless system isn’t professionally installed.

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The Telltale Signs of a Plumbing Leak

October 14th, 2019

white pipe with blue cloth tied around itWithout the right equipment and know-how, it can be hard to detect a plumbing problem. Most of your plumbing system, after all, is hidden from view, and the problems that occur start off subtly. This is a huge part of the reason we recommend scheduling preventing maintenance at least once a year.

It’s also a good idea for homeowners to familiarize themselves with the warning signs that their plumbing system is showing signs that something is amiss. This way, if a problem happens between maintenance sessions, you can spot it and call for professional repairs right away. Keep reading to learn more about these signs.

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Winter Is Coming: How Will You Protect Your Pipes?

September 30th, 2019

pipe-with-iciclesOkay, so Fall just started—why are we already talking about winter? Well, because this subject is important, and the further ahead you can plan, the better! Once temperatures drop to a point where they can easily reach below freezing, your pipes are susceptible to problems. Sure, this doesn’t seem like a problem right now, but if you’re in the middle of January and all of the sudden find yourself with a plumbing disaster by way of a burst pipe, it would be unfortunate that you could have taken precautionary measures.

And that’s what are post is for today. To help you take measures to ensure that frozen and subsequently burst pipes won’t become a problem in your home. We’d like to warn you now so that it won’t even be a concern later when winter comes. So, what can you do to protect your pipes?

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