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Thanksgiving Gravy: It’s Great on Mashed Potatoes, but Terrible on Pipes

November 23rd, 2015

Your Thanksgiving meal just isn’t complete without a heaping ladleful of gravy to top off your turkey and many of your favorite side dishes. But you wouldn’t guess that something so delicious could be so detrimental to your drainpipes. We have some info on what makes gravy and other common food items so harmful to your pipes, and we offer our best advice on preventing drain clogs and garbage disposal issues this Thanksgiving so you can enjoy the holiday with little hassle. Continue Reading

5 Ways to Tell You Have Hard Water

November 16th, 2015

“Hard water” might sound like an ominous water quality issue to have, but it usually has no bearing on one’s health. However, it could wreak havoc for your plumbing system if you let it go on for too long. Hard water just means there are extra minerals in your water, like calcium and magnesium, that can get left behind in pipes and plumbing fixtures over time. This can lead to unexpected plumbing replacements, at a cost of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Get hard water under control by paying attention to the signs and calling a plumber for water softener installation. Continue Reading

Don’t Wait to Repair Your Heating System

November 9th, 2015

Don’t wait until your heating system breaks down completely before scheduling heating services with a trained HVAC technician. Any problem with your furnace, no matter how big or small it may seem, deserves to get checked by an HVAC professional ASAP. And many companies offer 24-hour emergency services should your heater break down at an inconvenient hour. Continue Reading

Is It the Right Time to Replace Your Heater?

November 2nd, 2015

Choosing a quality heating system to replace an outdated unit can make a huge difference in your monthly bills and in your home comfort. But it is a big investment, and few homeowners would choose to replace an older heater without good reason. How can you tell it’s time to replace your heater if your older heating system has not yet broken down? We offer some advice in today’s post that’s all about how to tell it may be time to give your older heating system the boot. Continue Reading

Preventing Freeze Breaks at Your Outside Faucets this Fall

October 26th, 2015

One of the most common repairs we make at the beginning of spring involves repairing outdoor faucets. Outdoor faucets can easily crack or break away from the wall in the wintertime as temperatures fall, but this is largely preventable in many cases. Are your faucets protected from freezing temperatures? Take the time in the fall to protect your faucets from wintertime damages and save yourself a lot of hassle for the following year. Continue Reading

You Haven’t Scheduled a Heater Tune Up Yet?

October 19th, 2015

A heater tune up is a routine task that we recommend all customers schedule at some point before the heating season begins. Professional heater maintenance involves an inspection of your heating system, a quick cleaning of some of the parts, and a few adjustments to the system as needed. So why schedule this service when there does not appear to be anything wrong with your heater? Continue Reading

Don’t Forget to Tune Up Your Heat Pump this Fall

October 12th, 2015

Have you scheduled heat pump maintenance this year? Even if you had a technician examine your system in the spring or summer, a second tune up in the fall is ideal if you want your system to run efficiently when temperatures drop. Usually, we recommend that each of your home comfort systems gets professional maintenance at least one every year. But since heat pumps are cooling and heating systems in one, they do double the work, and deserve twice the attention! Continue Reading

Need a Heating System for the Fall? Here Are Some Excellent Options!

October 5th, 2015

The cooler weather has finally arrived, and temperatures are only going down from here. If you’re in the market for a new heating system, it’s time to take action today. Take a look at some of our recommendations for new heating installation, and call a technician to get an appointment today! Continue Reading

A Guide to Choosing a New Furnace for the Fall

September 28th, 2015

When you’re in the market for a new heating system, you have to weed through a lot of options to find the system you want. For a lot of homeowners, the primary concern is the cost of a new furnace. Homeowners want a unit that fits into their budget but still performs as needed throughout the winter. The brand name of the unit is also probably high on your list of priorities, since customers tend to trust manufacturers who have been in the industry for many years.  Continue Reading

How Heat Pumps Heat and Cool a Home

September 21st, 2015

One of the most innovative technologies in home comfort is the heat pump. That’s because a heat pump is both a heating system and a cooling system. In our area, this type of system can be very effective for most of the year—and extremely efficient as a heating system in the fall. Read a little about how these systems work, what makes them so efficient, and whether you should consider installing one in today’s post. Continue Reading