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If You Are Using an Air Conditioner With Freon, Read This!

January 15th, 2018

Freon has been slowly disappearing as a refrigerant in air conditioners over the last couple of decades. Where before it used to be nearly ubiquitous, it now is used in a small fraction of refrigerant-based air conditioners. Now, the EPA has mandated that all Freon R-22 be phased out by 2020. If you are currently using an air conditioner that makes use of Freon R-22, you should replace your system sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about how the Freon phase out affects you, contact us today and we’ll help you out!

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The Benefits of Solar Panel Installation

January 15th, 2018

solar-panelIt used to be that if you installed a solar panel on your property, it meant that you perhaps had a bit more money than sense. Those days are long gone, though. Solar technology has made tremendous strides in terms of both efficiency and affordability over the last couple of decades.

Now, if you want to cut down on your energy costs and help the environment at the same time, installing a solar panel is a great way to do it. Have a look at a couple of the benefits of installing a solar panel on your home property this year.

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Signs That You Have a Plumbing Leak in Your Home

January 1st, 2018

burst-pipeOf all the various problems that can affect your plumbing system, leaks are the most common. They’re also among the most damaging if allowed to develop for long enough. That’s why it’s so important that you be able to identify when there is a leak in your plumbing system. You may not be able to detect every leak without professional training and equipment, but any that you can catch early will help prevent further damage. Have a look at some of the warning signs that you have a plumbing leak in your home.

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The Importance of Tankless Water Heater Maintenance

December 18th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterTankless water heaters are just as prone to developing issues as any other water heater type. And just like any other water heater type, tankless water heaters are liable to suffer quite a bit of damage before whatever problem that’s plaguing them is noticed.

The best way to deal with any tankless water heater problems is to catch them early so that as much damage can be prevented as possible. Have a look at some of the following reasons why it’s a good idea to schedule tankless water heater maintenance at least once a year.

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Why an Automatic Shutoff Valve is a Good Idea

December 4th, 2017

burst-pipeDo you know where your manual water shutoff valve is? If not, you definitely should. The water shutoff valve is designed to cut off all water flowing into the home’s plumbing system. This is most often used when involved plumbing work needs to be done, like installing a new water line. However, it is also commonly used in case of a plumbing emergency that could cause a lot of water damage. Your plumber will take care of the water shutoff valve in the first case. If you have a sudden pipe rupture or other plumbing emergency occur, though, you really want to make sure you can shut the water flow off yourself as quickly as possible.

But that creates a whole new issue. The thing is: the location of the water shutoff valve is not standardized across all homes. Your water valve could be in one of several places, and if you don’t know where it is, you don’t want to go looking for it while a burst pipe is turning the ground floor of your home into a pool. This is one of the main reasons why an automatic shutoff valve is a good idea.

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The Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump

November 20th, 2017

heat-pump-cashWe’re getting deeper into the cold weather, which means that now is the time to make sure that your home heating system is in good shape. Preventive maintenance and prompt repairs will go a long way towards accomplishing that. However, sometimes the best thing you can do is replace your current heating system entirely. If you’re in the market for a new heating system (and air conditioner!), you should have a look at what heat pumps can offer as options.

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How to Respond to an Emergency Plumbing Situation

November 6th, 2017

burst-pipeNot all plumbing problems happen during convenient hours. Of course, it’s almost never convenient to have a pipe burst or a drain backflow. Some problems can at least wait long enough for an appointment to be scheduled with a plumbing contractor, but severe issues cannot. If you have a plumbing emergency that absolutely has to be dealt with right now, there are a number of steps that you should take to manage the situation. Have a look below to find out what to do in the event of a plumbing emergency.

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Get Your Furnace Ready for Fall with Heating Maintenance

October 23rd, 2017

furnaceWe’re moving deeper into the fall season, which means it’s time to get your furnace ready for the increasing demand that’s going to be placed on it. You don’t want to have your system suddenly start to experience issues just when you need it the most. The single best thing that you can do to make sure that your furnace is ready for the added strain of daily use during the winter is to schedule preventive maintenance for it.

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Signs That It’s Time for a New Water Heater

October 9th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are built to last, but they don’t last forever. No matter how well you take care of your water heater, there will eventually come a time when you need to replace it. If your water heater is near the end of its life, you should replace it sooner rather than later. You don’t want to have your home suddenly be without hot water when the system breaks down entirely. If you’re not sure whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced, have a look at some of the warning signs below.

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Heat Pump Problems to Watch for This Fall

September 25th, 2017

heat-pump-repairWe’re finally getting out of summer and into fall, though that doesn’t mean the weather will cool of right away. When you finally do start to use your heating system, though, it’s important to make sure that you keep an eye out for any sign that it’s having problems. If you’re using a heat pump to warm your home through the next few months, there are a few signs you should watch out for that it needs repairs.

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