AllTech Services, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Ashburn’

Clogged Drain? Don’t Do This!

Monday, July 6th, 2020

hands-washing-head-of-lettuce-over-drain-in-kitchen-sinkWe have some bad news and some good news for you. The bad news is, your current drain cleaning method might be hurting your pipes. The good news is, there are better solutions!

If your current drain cleaning method is to use store-bought chemical drain cleaners to remove clogs in your sinks, bathtub, or shower drains, then we’re afraid this is the wrong way to go. And we get it, it’s frustrating to not be able to deal with a clogged or backed-up drain as quickly as possible.

Imagine you’re brushing your teeth and all of the sudden have an overflowing sink, or you’re taking a shower and find yourself standing in a puddle of water—you want a quick fix, right? But quick fixes are rarely fully effective and almost never permanent. You’ll be treating the symptom, not the actual cause!

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What Is Short-Cycling and Why Is It Bad for Your AC?

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

technician-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitOne of the most common and threatening problems for an air conditioner is short-cycling. This issue is both the symptom of a problem and the cause of more problems. Although sometimes there’s a simple fix—like changing the air filter—in other cases it requires a much bigger repair, and contacting an HVAC professional right away is pivotal.

Unless short-cycling is stopped, it will eventually lead to premature AC replacement and waste a lot of energy until then.

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Would Your Home Benefit from a Water Softener?

Monday, June 8th, 2020

water-softenerIf you’re like many homeowners, you’ve likely heard of hard water, but you might not know exactly what it is. Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals in your water supply—namely calcium, magnesium, and even iron. These minerals create deposits in your plumbing system that can cause a number of issues. No, ingesting these minerals is not unhealthy for you or your family—but these minerals are potentially harmful to your plumbing system.

Fortunately, just about any home with hard water will benefit from a whole-house water softener. Read on to learn several ways how.

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5 Tips to Help Your AC Run Better

Monday, May 25th, 2020

air-conditioner-with-clipboard-on-topAny air conditioning system in the Ashburn area is going to get quite the workout each summer. Fortunately, modern cooling systems are very durable and can take the heat!

But, how much do you typically expect to pay for your air conditioner use each year? The costs of staying comfortable indoors can be steep—but you could also be paying more than necessary for your energy bills. There are a number of ways that an AC system can lose energy efficiency over the years and start raising your utility bills as a result.

There are also many ways to boost a cooling system’s efficiency and cut down on your costs. We’ve shared 5 tips below on how to do just that!

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Plumbing Problems vs. Emergencies: When Should You Make the Call?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

plumber-hands-working-on-plumbing-under-sinkIt pretty much goes without saying that a plumbing problem never happens at a convenient time. Does any problem ever happen conveniently, after all? Still, though, there are certainly some problems that are more urgent than others, and taking care of these urgent needs is an essential part of our professional plumbers’ jobs. We’re always ready to come to your rescue and fix your plumbing problem, no matter what it might be, and no matter when it might be.

Read on as we uncover several of the most common plumbing emergencies we get called for. We assure you, if you’re experiencing one of these issues, it counts as an emergency and it’s time to pick up your phone and dial our number!

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How NOT to Treat Your Plumbing

Monday, April 13th, 2020

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-on-itDid you know that the #1 plumbing problem plumbers get called for is drain clogs? Just about every homeowner, at some point, has dealt with a clogged up or slow-moving drain. Our professionals manage to unclog drains in homes all the time!

We know it’s tempting to reach for a bottle of store-bought, chemical drain cleaner when this happens. That’s the easiest and quickest solution after all, right? Well—let us give you a different perspective.

Chemical drain cleaners are caustic! Sure, this means they may eat away at your clog enough to restore water flow. But it will be temporary at best and will eat away at and corrode your plumbing at worst. This is exactly how not to treat your plumbing—and down below we’ve shared some other “don’ts” when it comes to how you’re treating those pipes.

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How to Choose the Right Plumber for the Job

Monday, March 16th, 2020

technician-with-tools-in-pocketLet’s face it, it is cheaper to hire a general handyman to repair a leak or unclog a drain right? Better yet, why can’t you just do it yourself?

We know like these both seem as though they’re appealing options, but you may actually end up regretting this choice. An ineffective or incomplete plumbing repair job can leave you calling a professional plumber anyway, and costing you more than you would have ultimately spent, to begin with.

Our professional plumbers have been on the job for years, and we’ve seen what can happen when homeowners choose to go for the deal rather than the tried and true professionals. However, when you are ready to hire a professional plumber, how do you know what traits to look for? How do you actually choose the right plumber for your repair or even an installation job?

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Why Ductless Heating Installation Requires a Pro

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

technician-installing-ductless-air-handlerIf you’ve come across this blog post and decided to read through it, there’s a good chance you’re looking to accomplish comfort and savings out of your HVAC system. A ductless heating (and cooling) system, is definitely a good choice, then!

This system’s setup is similar to that of a standard central air conditioner in that it involves an outdoor unit and refrigerant lines that transfer heat in order to bring cooling into your home. But wait, we’re talking about heating right?

That’s the difference with the ductless system, right there. The refrigerant process can be reversed to bring in effective heat! And of course, another thing that makes the setup different is that there isn’t one single indoor unit, rather there are up to 4 individual air handlers connected to one outdoor unit.

This is where the unique needs of a ductless system come in—unique needs you might not ever need to face so long as you have your ductless system professionally installed. Read on to learn more!

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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