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3 Traits to Look for in an HVAC Company

Do you find yourself in need of an HVAC company? Are you ready to call a professional to your home?

If so, you know that making a final decision can be tough. On one side of things, you’re sure you need professional assistance. Conversely, you may be concerned about making the wrong choice.

Here are three traits to look for in an HVAC company:

  • Simply put, you need to consult with an experienced professional who can quickly and efficiently diagnose your problem and provide feedback and a fix.
  • Let’s face it: you may not know the first thing about your HVAC system. This is why you need to hire a company that can provide you with the knowledge you lack.
  • The last thing you want is to wait around, day after day, until a professional can visit your home. A company with availability is one that can take care of your issue without delay.

The next time you find yourself seeking an HVAC company, take these traits into consideration. We’re more than happy to help you out, so don’t hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience. We’re experienced, knowledgeable, and fast!

What Questions Should You Ask Before Hiring a Plumber?

If the time comes to hire a plumber, regardless of the reason, you need to find the right person for the job. While this sounds simple enough, it can be a complicated process if you don’t take the right approach.

Here are a few questions you should ask before hiring a plumber:

  • How much experience do you have?
  • Do you have experience helping people in my position?
  • What is the process for getting started?
  • What are your rates and could this change as the project moves forward?
  • Is there anything you need me to do in order to prep the job site?

These are not the only questions you will ask a plumber before making a hiring decision, but they are definitely among the most important. If for any reason you don’t like the answers, you can always continue your search.

Tip: leave yourself enough time (if possible) to find the right plumber, as this allows you to move forward with confidence.

If you have any questions for a professional plumber, you have come to the right place. Reach out to us at your earliest convenience and we’ll be sure to point you in the right direction. It’s our goal to provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed hiring decision.

Is Your AC Blowing Cold Air?

When you turn your AC on, you hope to find that it’s blowing nothing but cold air.

Unfortunately, there may come a point when this doesn’t happen. If so, you need to find out what’s going on. Here are some of the many reasons why your AC may not be blowing cold air:

  • Low refrigerant level. A refrigerant leak, for example, can lead to a low refrigerant level.
  • Frozen coils. This is typically caused by dirty filters that don’t allow the air to flow properly. Fortunately, a professional can clean the evaporator coil to fix this problem.
  • Malfunctioning thermostat. It doesn’t matter what type of thermostat you have, it’s important that it works as intended. If it doesn’t, your AC may not blow cold air.
  • Outside unit isn’t working. There are many reasons why this may happen, such as if the condenser is bogged down with debris and dirt.

As you can see, there are many reasons why your AC may not be blowing cold air. If this happens to you, don’t wait around and continue to sweat. Instead, contact a professional who can pinpoint and repair the issue once and for all.

Common Concerns with a Neglected HVAC System

When was the last time you inspected your HVAC system? When was the last time you spent some money on preventative maintenance?

If you’re lost and searching for answers, it may be time to take a closer look at every aspect of your HVAC system.

Here are some common concerns associated with a neglected system:

  • Dust and debris. Simply put, a clean HVAC system will operate more efficiently than one that is bogged down by dust and debris. This is why regular maintenance is so important.
  • Refrigerant leaks. Is your AC unit failing you? Is your home warmer than it should be? There is a chance that a refrigerant leak is causing this problem.
  • Thermostat failure. Is your heating or cooling system staying on or off for too long? Is it not coming on at all? These are the types of signs that point toward thermostat failure. Fortunately, once diagnosed, the problem can be remedied in a timely manner.

So, there you have it. These are just a few of the many concerns associated with a neglected HVAC system. If you can’t remember the last time a professional inspected your system, it’s time to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, take a closer look, and make suggestions on how to better maintain your system.

Top Questions for a Plumber Before Starting a Bathroom Addition Project

Are you adding a bathroom to your current home? Are you excited about what this will do for the functionality (and value) of your property?

As you begin to move forward, it’s important to consider the many details associated with the project. It doesn’t matter if you’re completing the job on your own or hiring help along the way, you need to make all the right decisions at the right time.

At some point, typically before starting a bathroom addition project, you need to consult with a plumber. This person can review your plans, answer your questions, and help you decide which steps to take next.

Here are five questions for a plumber before starting your project:

  • What is the best layout, in terms of fixtures, of my new space?
  • Can you provide a basic quote on how much it will cost to complete the plumbing portion of the job?
  • What are some of the things to watch out for during the renovation?
  • Do you have any advice on which fixtures would be best for my new space?
  • When is the best time to take on the plumbing portion of the project?

So, there you have it. These are some (but not all) of the most important questions to ask a plumber before starting a bathroom addition project.

A Plumber can Answer these Questions Before a Bathroom Renovation

Are you planning a bathroom renovation project? Are you concerned about making mistakes in regards to plumbing and other important details?

If so, you need to take a step back and realize that there is help to be had. For example, you can consult with a plumber before you do anything else. With a professional on your side, you’ll feel better about the steps you take in the near future.

Here are some of the more important questions a plumber can address before beginning a bathroom renovation project:

  • What is the best layout of the space in terms of the plumbing?
  • Do any of the pipes need to be replaced, such as because they are old or damaged?
  • What type of toilet and faucet is best from an efficiency point of view?
  • Is there anything to avoid during the renovation process?
  • When is the ideal time to complete all the plumbing related updates?

As you can see, there are many questions a plumber can address. All of these questions, among others, should be discussed as soon as possible.

If you’re in the process of planning a bathroom renovation, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, review your space, answer your questions, and help you plan the plumbing portion of your project.

Consult with a Plumber Before Finishing Your Basement

Have you come to the conclusion that now is the time to finish your basement? If so, you realize that this will add quite a bit of livable space (and value) to your home.

As excited as you may be, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself. Instead, just the same as any remodeling project, you need to carefully plan every last step. This means consulting with a plumber before making your first move.

Here are some of the many reasons to bring a professional plumber into your home:

  • To better understand your options in regards to the layout. Where will you put the bathroom? How about the sink for your bar? A plumber can tell you what’s possible and what’s not.
  • To avoid a mistake. The last thing you want to do is overlook an important detail, such as the need to move a pipe. If this happens, you may have to redo some of your remodel in the future.
  • To get the job done right. Some people try to do their own plumbing. Others rely on somebody who is not nearly as qualified as a professional. Don’t go down this path, as you don’t want to take a risk when tackling this type of project.

So, there you have it. These are just a few of the many reasons to consult with a plumber before finishing your basement. Can you think of any other reasons to get in touch with a professional?

Times When You May Need to Move an HVAC Vent

As a homeowner, there’s a good chance that you know where every HVAC vent is located in your home. After all, this is what circulates warm and cool air through your property.

Did you ever consider the fact that you may need to move an HVAC vent? While this sounds like an impossible task, it can be simple and straightforward if you hire a professional.

Here are a few situations in which you may need to move an HVAC vent:

  • Changing the layout of a particular room. For example, this may be necessary during a kitchen remodel.
  • Adding an addition to your home. If this happens, you don’t want to forget to run ductwork to your new space. Neglecting to do so will cause you future problems in regards to regulating the temperature in the room.
  • Finishing a space. Do you have an unfinished basement? In this case, as construction moves forward, you may find that you need to move a vent to accommodate your design.

The type of project and current layout of your home’s ductwork will determine how much time and effort this will take. For example, if there is no drywall, such as in an unfinished basement, you don’t have to worry about knocking down walls to gain access.

If you have any reason to believe that moving an HVAC vent is something you need to do, don’t shy away. Instead, contact a professional and let them complete the project for you.

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

When was the last time you inspected your home’s air conditioner? If you don’t know the answer, there is no better time than now to take on this task.

With warm weather moving into the area, you may find yourself turning on your AC in the near future. Before doing so, follow these simple maintenance tips:

  • Replace your air conditioner air filter. This is a relatively cheap and simple task that will keep your HVAC unit working at peak performance.
  • Inspect all wiring. Tip: make sure the power to the unit is turned off before doing this.
  • Inspect the thermostat. Is your thermostat working properly? Is it failing to keep your home at the right temperature? If you have an older thermostat, such as one that is mechanical, it may be time for a change.
  • Clean the outside unit. Many people neglect to keep their outside unit clean. Instead, they don’t think twice about the weeds and shrubs (and other debris) that have overtaken their unit. The spring season is the best time to take on this task.

As you can see, there are some simple steps you can take to maintain your air conditioner.

If you’re unsure of what you’re doing, if you require any assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to visit your home, inspect all aspects of your air conditioner, and ensure that it’s ready for the warm spring and summer months.

Why DIY Plumbing is a Bad Idea

Are you facing a plumbing problem in your home? Are you thinking that now is the best time to tackle the project on your own?

While many homeowners consider the idea of DIY plumbing, most realize that this is a mistake. There are many reasons why this is a bad idea, including the following:

·      Potential water damage. Simply put, water can cause quite a bit of damage to your home. So, if you don’t do the project right, you could face a leak in the future. As a result, there’s a good chance this will cause damage to your home.

·      Wasted time. Since you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, there’s a good chance you’ll waste quite a bit of time trying to figure out which steps to take. Is this something that you want to do?

·      Wasted money. Many people think it costs more money to hire a plumber than to do the job themselves. This is not always the case, as amateurs often waste a lot of money before they find a solution to their problem.

As you can see, tackling a DIY plumbing project is not typically a good idea. Once you realize that professional help is required, reach out to us at your earliest convenience. We’re more than happy to stop by your home and provide you with the assistance you require.