A Water Heater Acting Odd Could Be a Plumbing Leak

April 23rd, 2018

water-heater-tankThe standard water heater in most homes is what’s called a storage tank water heater. This is the familiar water heater with a large tank that uses either gas jets below the tank or electric heating elements inside it to heat up the water. Because the water in the tank gradually cools down as heat escapes to outside the tank (this is called standby heat loss), the gas jets or heating elements must come on periodically to restore the temperature, even if there’s been no demand for hot water.

You should be accustomed to the pattern of when your water heater turns on. If it starts to cycle on and off frequently when there’s no demand on the hot water, it may be trouble with the water heater. But it’s also possible that it comes from a second, unexpected source: a plumbing leak, maybe even a major slab leak.

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Why Air Conditioning Maintenance Is So Great

April 9th, 2018

service-blue-markerI know it makes us sound like a little kid when we say that air conditioning maintenance is so great—but we know its genuinely great for your air conditioning system, and that means it’s great for your home and family. We strongly recommend you have AC maintenance done each spring, and so does the U.S. Department of Energy.

The great reasons to schedule spring AC maintenance

Why is air conditioning maintenance so great? Here are a few of the reasons:

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Can a Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

March 26th, 2018

gas-furnace-burnersThere are many options for home heating available today, such as boilers that can run from a variety of fuel sources and energy-efficient heat pumps that work as both heaters and air conditioners. But the heater still found in the majority of homes is the gas furnace. A gas furnace offers tremendous heating output to keep back the worst of winter chills, even for a drafty home. Because natural gas is one of the less expensive energy sources, gas furnaces help to save money.

But … people are sometimes wary of using natural gas to heat their homes because of safety concerns. If you’re considering the installation of a gas furnace in Littleton, MA for your home—possibly as a spring install to prepare for next winter—you may feel hesitant because of safety worries. Can a gas furnace actually become dangerous?

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4 Misconceptions about Ductwork

March 12th, 2018

heating/cooling register on wallThe ductwork is as much of a fixture in your home as the plumbing or the drywall, something you don’t give a second thought to most of the time. Hidden behind walls and ceilings, the ductwork quietly allows for the passing of air in order to heat or cool every room in your home. This does not seem like a very complex structure, which is why you may not think your ductwork needs much attention.

However, this is a major issue in the world of HVAC. Ductwork can often be the source of a home’s heating and cooling woes, but we are here to help. We’re clearing up 4 misconceptions you might have about home air ducts. Feel free to call our team when your ducts need service.

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Get Ready to Use that Sump Pump!

February 26th, 2018

flooded-home-waterSpring is coming in less than a month, and that means flowers and sun—when we’re not getting a whole lot of rain. With winter’s thaw and the coming rain, it’s never too soon to think about the home maintenance tasks that will prepare you for these events. And one such task to take on as soon as you can is maintenance for your sump pump unit.

If you don’t own a sump pump, or if yours needs replacement, now is the time to install one. Otherwise, you need to get yours ready. We go into detail below, but reach out to our team sooner rather than later if you need help with your sump pump.

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When Your Heating System Shows Signs of Failure

February 12th, 2018

cold-man-thermostatWe know how easy it can be for life to get in the way of doing things that are important for your home’s maintenance. We’ve all forgotten to clean the gutters in time for winter, or neglected to clean the top of the ceiling fan for several months—but we usually learn from the mistake. Missing out on service for your heating system, though, is one mistake we don’t want you to have to learn from.

A heating repair can cost a lot more when it’s caught too late. Know the signs of heating failure and know what to do when you suspect a problem with our short guide, and call our experts for more information.

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Troubleshooting an Electric Furnace

January 29th, 2018

electrical-wiring-toolsWhile gas furnaces are the most common systems we see in this area, we’re not surprised to service the occasional electric furnace. Electric furnaces, after all, are inexpensive to install and can last for many years, even though electric heat energy may cost quite a bit to produce. That’s made even more frustrating when you run into problems that you can’t pin down.

We want to help you troubleshoot some of those issues in today’s guide. For more information or furnace repair, we strongly recommend reaching out to qualified technicians. However, there may be something you can do on your own.

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Lower Heating Costs without the Discomfort

January 15th, 2018

How can you save on heating a home in the winter? You can, of course, shut off the heater (impossible for most of winter in our area), or you can lower the thermostat to a temperature that still leaves you shivering. We don’t recommend this for your health or wellbeing, or for the pipes in your home. Besides, there are other ways to lower your heating costs—without so much suffering.

Today, our experts show you some ways to save money on heating without watching icicles build up in your home. Follow our tips for a more efficient home, a longer-lasting HVAC system, and comfort throughout the toughest season.

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5 Winter Plumbing Tips

January 1st, 2018

winter-background-snow-treesThere’s no denying that winter can be a pain in terms of home maintenance. You may be too busy shoveling snow or deicing your car to realize that your plumbing system has sprung a leak or a pipe has completely frozen. Plumbing problems that arise during winter can cause major damage to your home, especially as pipes thaw and leaks start to flood your home.

That’s why it’s so important to focus on prevention. It’s not too late to get your home in order and prevent winter plumbing troubles that could be soon to come. Follow our plumbing tips for a safer, healthier home for the winter season.

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4 Things You May Not Know about Your Furnace

December 18th, 2017

new-gas-furnace-in-homeWhen it comes to the heating system in your home, there’s only one component you really interact with on a regular basis—the thermostat. Most people don’t know too much about the ins and outs of their furnaces, which makes sense. That’s what the professionals are here for! Still, there are some facts about your home furnace that may be helpful to know.

We hope that you’ll take away something useful from today’s list!

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