Earthwise Home Services Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Richardson’

Tips for Detecting Plumbing Problems

Monday, December 9th, 2019

pipe-with-blue-cloth-tied-around-itOne of the biggest problems with plumbing mishaps is that they’re often hard to detect until their results are obvious. After all, most of your plumbing system is hidden from view, and the problems that affect faucets and pipes are typically subtle to begin with. This is part of the reason we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year.

However, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the warning signs your plumbing system is having some type of issue. On the rare chance that a problem occurs between plumbing maintenance appointments, you can spot it fast and have it repaired ASAP. Keep reading to learn some of the common symptoms you should watch out for.

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Is a Dual Fuel System Worth Your Investment?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Does Your Ductless System Need Repair?

Monday, 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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3 Reasons to Keep (or Ditch) Your Duct System

Monday, April 29th, 2019

ductless-heat-pumpHistorically and statistically speaking, most people have central air conditioners. But lately, you hear a lot of talk about people opting for ductless air conditioning. Japan and several countries in Europe have been using ductless systems for years already, and many Americans are starting to see the benefits.

So the question on everyone’s mind is whether they should stick with their central ACs, which use duct systems to transport air through the home, or switch to a ductless system and ditch those ducts entirely?

While we could give you a straightforward answer, we don’t actually believe that one system is best for everyone. Instead, we’ll give you three reasons to keep or ditch your ducted system to ensure that you’re giving this decision plenty of consideration.

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Is Your AC Trying to Tell You Something?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

ac-technicianWhen your air conditioner is having problems, it can’t just call you in the room and tell you what’s wrong. If it could, we would suggest calling an exorcist. Instead, you’ll just have to figure out what your AC is trying to tell you. You can do that by learning the warning signs of some of the most common air conditioning problems.

We would recommend scheduling regular, annual maintenance for your AC, partly to prevent these warning signs from appearing in the first place. That being said, maintenance isn’t flawless, so don’t wait to call up an HVAC contractor in Richardson, TX if you’re encountering these warning signs.

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4 Preventive Plumbing Services and Products

Monday, January 7th, 2019

wrenchesYou may have been told that leaks and clogs are inevitable. That at some point, you’ll have to deal with them. Yes, this is true, but it doesn’t mean you can’t fight them off for as long as possible!

Along with following good practices (like not putting fats and oils down the drain), we can think of a few plumbing services that can go a long way in assuring your safety and home plumbing performance.

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Here’s How You Can Use a Maintenance Program

Monday, December 24th, 2018

checklistWhen we explain what a maintenance program is, people often get the wrong idea. They think that it’s nothing more than a service where we schedule your maintenance appointment for you. “What’s stopping me from scheduling my own maintenance?” is the usual response.

We understand this as well, so that’s why you’ll find that a good maintenance program has more to it than simply alleviating the burden of scheduling an appointment. The benefits will vary from contractor to contractor, but you’ll find the ones worth using will give you value that goes well beyond the maintenance check itself.

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How to Spot a Slab Leak

Monday, June 25th, 2018

water-leakingNormally, when you experience a leak, you’re not looking at a catastrophe. If you call a plumber in time, the most you’ll have to deal with is an annoying “drip drop” and a little bit of clean up.

However, a leak underneath the foundation of your home is called a slab leak, and it won’t clean up as easily as a normal leak. Slab leaks are serious problems that need the immediate attention of a professional plumber.

Below are just a few signs that you’ve got a slab leak problem.

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