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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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Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

January 22nd, 2018

frozen-pipes-winterWinters tend to be fairly mild in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but we still get our share of chilly days and freezing cold nights. That can catch a number of homeowners by surprise, especially when it comes to frozen pipes. They’re not as common here as they are further north, but they do happen. And because we don’t use as much insulation in our homes as communities to the north do, pipes in our homes tend to be more vulnerable. When it comes to frozen pipes, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, and the more you can do to avoid the issue, the better off you’ll be.

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Why Are Power Levels So Important in a New Heater?

January 15th, 2018

heater-maintenance-serviceNo one likes to think about having to install a new heating system in the middle of the winter, but it does happen sometimes. When it does, you need to move quickly and get the new system installed before the cold weather turns your home into an icebox. Having said that, there are still some very important steps you need to take, most notably the power levels of the new system. Believe it or not, they can play a huge role in how effective your heater can be.

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Signs of a Slab Leak in Your Home

January 9th, 2018

slab-leak-detectionSlab leaks rank among the most serious plumbing issues that a homeowner may face. In and of themselves, they’re not that extraordinary: just a leak in a pipe similar to the kind that plumbers deal with every day. The only problem is that the leak takes place in a pipe located beneath the foundation of your home, or sometimes buried in the concrete itself. (Slab leaks can also take place under cement porches, pools, and the like.)

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What to Do in the Event of a Cracked Furnace Heat Exchanger

December 25th, 2017

heater-maintenance-serviceWinter is officially here, and our heating systems will be put to use daily: increasing the stress and strain on them considerably. A problem of any kind should be grounds for turning the system off and calling in a repair service, but few furnace problems are graver than a cracked furnace heat exchanger. If you suspect you have one, summon a professional technician immediately.

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Low Airflow Could Be a Sign of Furnace Trouble

December 19th, 2017

low-air-flowWinter will be here this week, and chances are you’re already running your furnace on a daily basis. You need to keep a close eye on the system for signs of trouble. In most cases, there are usually telltale symptoms letting you know that a problem is getting bigger. By taking notice, you can call in a repair technician and get the issue fixed before it causes a sudden breakdown in the middle of a cold spell. And it’s simple enough to pay attention to anything that may be amiss.

Among the most common signs of a problem with your heater is a lack of airflow from the vents: either gone entirely or moving much more slowly than you are accustomed to. It may not sound like much, but low air flow is usually a sign of big trouble if you don’t get the issue addressed. If you spot it, shut the system down and call in a repair service immediately.

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