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When Is Repiping My Home Necessary?

September 17th, 2018

corroded-pipesThere’s actually not going to be very many scenarios where you can avoid repiping if it’s truly necessary. A water softener can prevent hard water from destroying your plumbing, making it one of the best methods of preventing a large repiping job.

Repiping, especially whole-house repiping, may sound like a huge undertaking. But with the help of a professional plumber in Phoenix, AZ, though, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Whole-house repiping is like a last-resort method, so most jobs that do call for repiping are for good reason that’s hard to dispute. Luckily, a repiping will prevent these problems from happening for a long time. Problems such as:

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3 Reasons You Should Call a Plumber and Not Go DIY

September 3rd, 2018

woman-struggling-to-do-diy-plumbing-repairAs plumbers ourselves, we understand the satisfaction you get from completing a job. We think it’s part of the reason people have so much fun posting and performing their own DIY projects. However, DIY projects aren’t the same as DIY repairs. When it comes to repairs, you want the job to be done at the highest standard of quality, otherwise, you’ll be stuck trying to fix it again.

We can think of at least three reasons that trying to do DIY plumbing repairs just isn’t worth it.

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Frozen?

August 20th, 2018

frozen-pipeLet’s say one day your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing cool air into your home. It certainly sounds like its working, but your home is still hot. You open the indoor AC unit’s cabinet to see if you can spot any problems. What you find is a steel block and copper tubes caked in frost.

The air conditioner makes cold air, so logically, a little ice on the components isn’t a big deal, right? Unfortunately, this is where some AC owners go wrong. A frozen air conditioner is not something to be happy about, but we’ll help you figure out where things went wrong.

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How to Make Common Plumbing Problems Worse

August 6th, 2018

homeowner-stressing-over-disconnected-sink-pipeWe all know the signs of plumbing problems. The leaky pipe, the clogged sink… They’re so common that you’d think they have easy solutions. However, we urge you not to go online trying to find some answers. After all, you could make these simple problems even worse by doing something like…

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What Pinhole Leaks Mean for Your AC

July 23rd, 2018

ac-coil-copper-bends-through-sheet-metalPinhole leaks in an air conditioner have to be in the top running for “most irritating AC problems.” When they happen, there’s not much you can do except to have them fixed by a professional air conditioning repair service in Phoenix, AZ. Luckily, understanding how they happen and their warning signs can significantly reduce the damage they might bring.

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What Do You Need in a Commercial HVAC Company?

July 9th, 2018

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When you choose an HVAC service for your commercial needs, you’ll find that a lot of HVAC companies do offer commercial services. But you don’t want an HVAC company that just offers—you need one that truly understands the needs of businesses and commercial building owners.

How can they prove this? By providing any number of services and perks that truly make the difference for commercial needs. In this post, we’ll go over just a few things that you need from a commercial HVAC company.

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R22 Refrigerant Phase-Out: Know Your Options

June 25th, 2018

Close-up photo of the insulated refrigerant pipelines connected to the air handling unitRefrigerant. It’s one of those terms you’ve likely heard before. You probably have an idea of what it is, and maybe even a very basic understanding of how it works, but that’s probably where your knowledge ends.

You may have even had a handyman or misleading professional tell you at some point that refrigerant needs to be refilled (what we in the HVAC industry call recharged) once a year—this isn’t true. If your system is losing refrigerant, it means you have a leak that must be repaired before being recharged. Ideally, your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant upon installation to last its entire lifespan.

If you have an older system (10 years +) chances are very likely that it has refrigerant in it called R22. This type of refrigerant is being phased out due to its harmful effects on the environment, particularly its ozone-depleting properties.

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What Is a Slab Leak?

June 11th, 2018

pretty home interiorAs the saying goes, we all need a solid foundation for our lives. In the case of your home, that metaphor becomes reality as you want its foundation to last for the lifetime of your house. One potentially serious issue is a plumbing leak under your home’s slab.

These leaks can be difficult to detect and be present for an extended period before you realize there is a problem. The damage caused, though, can be significant. We’ve detailed below the signs of a leak you should always be on the lookout for.    

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3 Ways Plumbers Can Clear Clogged Drains

May 28th, 2018

drain-clearingWhen you have a clogged drain, your first impulse may be the nuclear option: Pour as much of the most caustic cleaner you can find down the drain. Not only are there other options, every other option is better than this one.

Caustic cleaners may provide some relief in the short run, but their use – especially repeated use – will corrode pipes to the point you’ll have bigger problems than a stopped-up drain. Plumbing professionals have access to powerful equipment with specialized capabilities to unclog drains without creating more trouble in the future. 

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How to Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

May 15th, 2018

air-conditioner-outdoor-unitHow do you keep cool during the summer? Most of us move from one air-conditioned space to the next, and with all that wear and tear on your AC, your system may start to misbehave. Perhaps, it’s already starting getting a bit louder than normal. Or perhaps you’ve noticed a sudden, unexpected rise in your energy bills. You may even be concerned as your AC moves past the 10-year mark.

The first call should be to a pro technician, like those on our team. That’s the quickest way to a resolution. There are some powerful ways to improve your air conditioner’s performance.

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