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Look for Signs You Have a Plumbing Leak

May 14th, 2018

plumbing-repair-servicesPlumbing leaks rank among the most common issues any household can face. Plumbing pipes are sturdy and protected in most cases, since the bulk of them are usually hidden behind walls and under floors. But nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later, a leak is bound to occur in your home.

When that happens, your best bet is always to call in a professional plumber rather than try to fix the problem yourself. Professionals have the tools and experience to treat the problem swiftly, and effectively. When it comes to water leaking into your home, that’s worth its weight in gold.

But before the plumber can come, you need to spot the signs that there’s a problem. And while it’s one thing when water is spilling out across your kitchen floor, many leaks take place in hidden portions of the pipe, such as behind the walls. They can go undetected for weeks or even months before you notice them. By the time you do, the damage can be considerable.

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How to Detect Air Conditioning Repair Issues

May 9th, 2018

air-conditioner-servicingSpring is here, and that means that homes in the area are going to be running their air conditioners with increasing frequency as the weeks and months go on. If your air conditioner is experiencing problems and needs a repair service, now is the ideal time to detect such problems. It gives you an early jump on repairs, which usually means they cost less (since the damage hasn’t had as much time to spread) and you can deal with them at a time of your choosing (since temperatures aren’t as high is they will be in just a few weeks).

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Short Cycling Demands Air Conditioning Repair

April 30th, 2018

short-cycling-acSummers in Texas are as hot as they come, and homes in the area need reliable air conditioners to function day in and day out. In that sense, your AC system is as important to your home as the electricity or the plumbing, and if your air conditioner is having problems, now is the time to spot them. Checking your system as it runs for any unusual signs lets you get an early jump on possible repair issues before you need your system to perform without fail.

Among the symptoms to watch for this spring is a process known as short cycling: turning on and running for a short amount of time, then turning off again, only to start the process anew a few minutes later as the heat of the day warms up the air in your home. It may not sound like anything too terrible—but short cycling can cause a huge amount of damage. Here’s a breakdown of how and why that happens.

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Call in a Plumbing Service for Clogged Drains

April 10th, 2018

plumbing-clogs.repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later, you’re likely going to have to deal with them. Ideally, you should be very careful about what you toss down the drain, and avoid sending down foods such as hot grease or fibrous vegetables, which may result in a clog.

When a clog does emerge, you may be tempted to address if with a store-bought cleanser, or perhaps a snake form the local hardware store. Such measures rarely do the job the right way. Instead, you should always call in a trained plumber to get the measure dealt with properly.

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How Does Refrigerant Work in an Air Conditioner?

April 2nd, 2018

Spring is here, and among the other duties and tasks you need to perform for your home (such as spring cleaning and changing the batteries in the smoke alarms) comes the need to give your air conditioner a close look. You may not be using it often now, but in just a few weeks, it will likely see daily use and more. Now is a good time to schedule a maintenance session for your air conditioner: allowing a trained technician to take a close look and fix any problems before they get out of hand

Among the issues the technician checks for is the refrigerant levels in your system, and whether any refrigerant has leaked out of the system. There are a lot of misconceptions about refrigerant in your air conditioning system, and how it works to keep your home cool. Understanding that is key to understanding just how your system keeps your home cool.

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Check Your AC for Signs of Trouble

March 13th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceWith spring on the way, the time has come to dust off your air conditioner and get it ready for summer. And the last thing you want to happen is to have a breakdown in the middle of one of those 105°F days when the sidewalks themselves seem to be melting. You never want to let problems with air conditioners take you by surprise. The time to check is now, before the weather gets hot.

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How Do Heat Pumps Work?

March 5th, 2018

heat-pump-systemWe live in a part of the country with cool but relatively mild winters. That presents homeowners with an opportunity to change up their heating and air conditioning options if they so wish. Most homes around here use centralized heating and air conditioning systems, which are typically two separate units (an AC and a furnace or similar type of heater). Heat pumps offer a different approach to that equation: combining the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one single unit. That can provide a number of benefits to your home, and if you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, now is the ideal time to consider them.

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Time to Get Your Air Conditioner Serviced

February 19th, 2018

air-conditioner-servicingWinters in the Irving, TX area are usually fairly mild, and warm air seems to return a little sooner every year. That makes now an ideal time to have your system serviced, and get it ready for the spring. You rarely have use for the system now, and the time gives you flexibility to schedule regular maintenance at your convenience. That way, it will be ready to go the first time you need your AC. But what is an air conditioner servicing session, and how does it benefit you specifically? Read on for the answers.

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How to Tell When You Need Emergency Heating Services

February 13th, 2018

furnace-repair-servicesHeaters serve as far more than a luxury during our cold winter nights. You need yours to stay warm and comfortable when the temperatures drop, and if trouble arises, it can turn your home into an icebox in a matter of hours. This is problematic for any home in the area, but especially homes with vulnerable family members, such as infants or the elderly.

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Is It Time for a New Furnace?

February 5th, 2018

heater-maintenance-serviceOur winter temperatures don’t get as low as they do further east, but cold weather is still fairly common this time of year, and most homeowners will still need their furnaces to run on a daily basis in order to keep their homes comfortable. If you have an older heater and it’s on its last legs, a repair call may need to turn into a heating replacement rather than try to push it further. But how can you tell? What’s the best way to determine if a breakdown in the middle of winter is enough to warrant a new furnace, or if it can keep going with a little work?

In the end, only you can make that decision. However, there are a few firm guidelines that can help you on your way. They usually boil down to cost: whether it will cost you more in the long run to pay for a repair on an older system or invest in a new system instead of throwing good money after bad. There are two specific factors you should focus on to help make that decision.

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