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

Is This the Winter You Should Go Ductless?

Saturday, 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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Have You Tuned-Up Your Heater Yet?

Monday, October 12th, 2020

technician-inspecting-furnaceIt’s October! It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, apple-picking, and Halloween festivities. Granted, all of these things are going to look much different this year than they have in previous years. But one thing is staying the same: you’ll need a fully functional and efficiently operating heater to get you through chilly days and nights soon.

And not to worry! Now is the perfect time to make sure your heater is fully functional by scheduling routine heater maintenance. Also known as a tune-up, maintenance helps to ensure that your furnace, heat pump system, or boiler works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

During this service, our technicians look through your entire heating system, checking for any components that need adjusting, parts that need cleaning, and signs of repair needs. This benefits you and your home by:

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Time to Test Your Sump Pump: Here’s How!

Monday, September 28th, 2020

sump-pumpSump pumps are a staple item in our area during the stormy season. They help prevent water infiltration into homes due to flooding or a plumbing pipe burst, working automatically as they gather excess water in a pit (the sump) and pump it out into either your wastewater system or a well.

Homes throughout Ashburn and beyond often have crawlspaces and basements. And when these areas suffer from flooding, it can lead to severe property damage and unhealthy mold and bacteria growth. The last thing you need to worry about is replacing drywall and wood support beams or even replacing appliances you keep down in the basement when you have poor weather. We recommend not only having a sump pump, but keeping it in good shape, too. How? By testing it to make sure it works.

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Is It Ever Too Late for an AC Tune-Up?

Monday, September 14th, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-outdoor-ac-unitWith the official end of summer just a week away, you may have realized you never had your air conditioner maintained for the season. It got through summer “just fine” so you may as well just wait until next year right? It’s too late to schedule an AC tune-up now, isn’t it?

Well, no, it’s never too late to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner. Unless of course it’s completely broken down to the point that there is no bringing it back no matter what type of repairs are done on it. But we’re going to guess if you’ve found yourself asking the question this blog proposes, you’re not quite there yet, right? So read on as we uncover why AC maintenance is so important, no matter what time of the year you have it done.

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Is Your Toilet Continually Running?

Monday, August 31st, 2020

resolving-toilet-troublesWe have a question for you: Has your toilet been running nonstop lately? No, this isn’t the beginning of a bad joke, we promise. We are asking you this question because if your toilet is running for hours after it is flushed, or seems to be running all the time of its own volition, it is the sign of a problem. Always-running toilets are ones that will require professional toilet repair in Ashburn ASAP.

A toilet that is always running is a toilet that is leaking. This is not good for your home’s operation for one and your monthly water bills for another. If you are noticing that your toilet never quite seems to stop running, make sure you reach out to AllTech Services, Inc. for assistance sooner than later.

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Follow These Tips for Better AC Efficiency

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

top corner view of an outside air conditioning unitNo matter what type of cooling system you’re using to keep your home comfortable, there’s a good chance that you’d like to pay less to use it. But as we progress into August, there’s no doubt that your energy bills are going to rise. After all, our air conditioners get a lot of use during this time of the year, and go through a lot of stress as a result.

If your air conditioner isn’t working as efficiently as possible, this exacerbates the problem. If you find yourself paying too much to cool your home and are unsure if there’s any way to change that, we have good news! There are a few ways to change this. Read on to learn more. 

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“Why Is My Air Conditioner Hissing?”

Monday, July 20th, 2020

close-up-view-of-refrigerant-lineDon’t worry, you probably don’t have a snake hiding anywhere in your system. Besides, the “hissing” we’re referring to sounds more like air being let out of a tire. Alternatively, you may hear bubbling if this particular air conditioner problem is occurring. What problem is that, you ask?

Refrigerant, leaving then AC system.

Before we go any further, we need to clear up a common misconception. Refrigerant is not meant to leave an AC’s system. Ideally, upon manufacturing your air conditioner has enough refrigerant to last its entire lifespan. It’s in a closed-loop system and is the fluid necessary to transfer heat. It’s quite literally the component that allows your air conditioner to actually cool your living space. So, if it is leaving the system, what does that mean, and why does it matter? Read on to find out! 

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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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