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The Best Time to Schedule Heating Services

December 24th, 2018

One question we get every now and then is:

“When’s the best time to get HVAC repairs?”

The answer to that question is simply, “When you need it!”

Sorry, we know that’s not the actual answer you’re looking for—but it’s true. You typically won’t need to schedule a heating service unless the need arises. The only other time would be when it’s time for maintenance (and we do have some advice for when that time comes).

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What to Do About a Short Cycling Furnace

December 7th, 2018

technician-inspecting-furnaceIn the past, HVAC equipment was made with one simple objective in mind: heat or cool your home as fast as possible. Often, that meant installing powerful equipment. It was certainly effective—but at the cost of an extravagant energy bill.

Advances in HVAC technology made it possible to introduce a balance between efficiency and power. This was achieved with cycles. But even so, this balance of efficiency and power must be maintained in accordance with the size of your home. If there’s a problem in the furnace—or even a problem with the furnace’s installation—it can cause short cycling.

We’ll explain what short cycling is and what you can do about it.

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Which to Install: Ductless Heat Pump or Furnace?

November 26th, 2018

question-markAlthough they’re both considered forced-air heaters, ductless heat pumps and furnaces couldn’t be more different. They both have a range of benefits but understanding their differences can make all the difference when it comes time to install a new heater. Keep reading to see how they compare in three different factors.

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3 Problems That a Maintenance Plan Solves

November 12th, 2018

service-timeHere’s how most homeowners handle maintenance:

They install a new HVAC system. If it’s installed by a pro, it runs without issue for a few years. This instills the belief that maintenance is not necessary. They opt to let the system get away with running as long as it possibly can—which is to say, until it falls into disrepair. They pay a repair fee, have the system fixed, and the cycle repeats.

As you can see, maintenance never appears in that equation! And here’s why that’s a problem:

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Common Heat Pump and Furnace Issues

October 29th, 2018

gas-burnerHeat pumps and furnaces are categorized as forced-air heating systems. They heat air and then, using a fan, blow that air through your home.

These heaters have many similarities on the surface, and they even share some of the same heating issues. But when you start looking at their internal components, you’ll quickly learn that these two systems are very different.

In this post, we’ll go over common heating repair issues between forced-air systems while explaining how they’re not quite the same.

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Clearing the Air: How to Improve Indoor Air Quality

October 15th, 2018

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The worst of the summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be running our air conditioning in Phoenix, AZ for at least another month. Through all the time that your air conditioner was running, however, it was inhaling dust and dirt. While some of this gets captured by the air filter, a lot more of it ends up inside your home. Here’s what you can do about it:

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What Are Duct Leaks and What Do I Do About Them?

October 1st, 2018

attic-duct-insulationIf everything with your AC unit looks fine, but you’re still getting higher than usual energy bills, duct leaks are probably the culprit.

Anyone with a central air conditioner or furnace must rely on ducts to transport air through their home. While ducts are a highly effective system for treating your entire home with conditioned air, they do need to be taken care of, just like any other component of your air conditioner.

So, what are duct leaks, how do they form, and what can you do about it? Read on to find out.

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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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