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Is a Dual Fuel System Worth Your Investment?

November 25th, 2019

HVAC-return-air-ventIf you’re a homeowner, it’s likely that you’re always looking for a way to improve your house and save money in the meantime. Whether you’re in the market for a new heating system this winter or you have a feeling your air conditioner won’t make it through next summer, you’d do well to consider a dual fuel system—also known as a dual fuel heat pump.

The dual fuel system—a combination of a heat pump and furnace—can be integrated from a heat pump system you already have in place or it can be installed as a brand new system. The heat pump portion, in the winter, works by pulling in warm air from the outside and expelling cold air outdoors through a refrigerant process. The obstacle is, when temperatures get too cold, a heat pump can struggle—which is where the furnace part of this equation comes in.

But is this right solution for your home? Read on, and then you can decide.

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Hosting Guests This Holiday Season? Protect Your Plumbing

November 11th, 2019

friends-cooking-togetherIt may still seem far away, but the holiday season is truly right around the corner. It’s a time to enjoy with friends and family. But it’s also one of the most common times when homeowners run into costly, embarrassing, and even sometimes unhygienic plumbing situation—and this isn’t reserved to just one part of the house, either.

But with a little planning, and expertise from industry experts, you can protect your Richardson, TX plumbing and avoid any catastrophes that might occur.

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What to Know About the Refrigerant Phaseout

October 28th, 2019

refrigerant-line-behind-hvac-systemHave you heard of R-22? If not, you’ve likely heard the word refrigerant, and you know that it’s the fluid within your air conditioning system that enables it to function. You might even have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and at some point you may have needed your refrigerant to be refilled (this is called recharged in the HVAC industry).

First off, the only reason you should ever need your refrigerant to be recharged is in the case of damage and leaking refrigerant. Ideally, air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifecycle.

So let’s refer back to R-22. This is a type of refrigerant—an ancient chemical blend no longer used in modern air conditioners. R-22 is being phased out. That’s right, it won’t be available anymore to our clients. So, what should you do if you have a refrigerant leak?

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Why Does Hard Water Matter?

October 14th, 2019

hand-opening-sink-faucetHard water is likely a term you’ve heard before. But do you understand exactly what it is? Hard water happens when there is a high level of minerals present in your water—namely, magnesium, calcium, and even iron. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but not so harmless for your plumbing system. In fact, hard water can create a number of problems for your pipes, impacting your quality of life.

But with the right water treatment system, a whole-house water softener, in this case, you can combat this problem. Keep reading to learn about why hard water matters—or rather, what negative effects hard water can have on your plumbing system.

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How to Spot a Reliable Professional Plumber

September 30th, 2019

plumbing-technician-with-homeownerYou wouldn’t hire just anyone to work on your vehicle, right? Or to provide you with home security? Then why would you hire just anyone to work on your expansive and important plumbing system? You want to make sure the plumber you call will get the job done quickly, correctly, and reliably.

You may go online and find a number of professional plumbers that fit the bill. But  do you know the qualities that are most important to look at before you hire one? We’ll share some guidelines to help you choose the right professional plumbing contractor for your home.

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3 Bathroom Plumbing Problems to Watch Out for When Remodeling

September 16th, 2019

beautiful-bathroomIf you’re reading this blog post, chances are your bathroom doesn’t look the way you want it to. Either that, or it’s not as functional as it could be. Whatever the case, you are considering or have started a bathroom remodel. We don’t blame you—your bathrooms are the most used rooms in your household, and a remodeling job can give you a brand new space.

Of course, when it comes to the plumbing fixtures in your bathroom, it pays to work closely with qualified and experienced plumbing professionals. The level of care you take in planning and preparing for your remodeling job is going to make a huge difference in the results you’ll see from it. In fact, there may even be factors you haven’t considered yet, such as potential problems.

Below are 3 common bathroom plumbing mistakes that happen when homeowners try to “DIY” the job instead of contacting a plumbing professional.

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When to Call It Quits with Your Water Heater

September 2nd, 2019

water-heaterDoes your water heater receive routine maintenance and prompt repairs as needed? Then it can last for many years! In fact, you likely have the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.

But, like any other home comfort system, water heaters don’t last forever. Eventually, you’ll need to replace yours when it can no longer do the job it’s meant to. You may consider repairs, but there are some indicators to watch out for that signal that it’s more economically feasible to upgrade the water heater altogether. What are these indicators?

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How to Keep Your Plumbing in Great Shape

August 19th, 2019

plumberIf you’ve ever run into a plumbing problem in your home, you know it can really mess up your daily routine. You never realize how much an impact your plumbing system has until you have an issue with it. When you have a plumbing problem, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible. We want to encourage you to take a moment after getting your plumbing system together to do a little research. We want to take the time today to help you get to know your plumbing system and understand how problems arise.

You can trust our plumbers in Plano, TX. We’re the best plumbers in the area. We understand how to get the most from your plumbing system and we can ensure that you know how to treat your plumbing system the right way.

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Does Your Ductless System Need Repair?

August 5th, 2019

repairing-air-conditioner-standing-on-stepladderYou’ve chosen a ductless system because it’s convenient, adaptable, energy efficient, and everything has been smooth sailing with this system … until now. Don’t beat yourself up over it—every single air conditioning system goes through a bit of trouble here and again. You don’t have to run to the internet and scour it for DIY articles or dredge up the number of a handyperson. Instead, you can contact the professionals at our team.

We’re professionals who understand ductless systems in Richardson, TX. If you need repair services we can be out to your home and by your side in a flash. Make sure that you choose us. We care about the work we do.

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All About Drains

July 22nd, 2019

sink-drainDo you understand your drain system? This isn’t a judgment call—so many homeowners answer “no” and we understand why. Your drains aren’t something that you encounter every day. It’s probably rare that you encounter them at all unless something goes awry. We’re sure that you don’t spend your free time lounging around reading about the latest advancements in plumbing either. We’re not saying that you should. We just want you to know the basics of your plumbing system.

It’s always good to remain educated about the various systems in your home so that they stay in good shape. We’ll give you a crash course here today. If you need great McKinney plumbing services, you can contact the professionals on our team.

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