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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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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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