Why Is My House Not Getting Cool Enough?

June 18th, 2018

air-conditioning-grateAs the summer weather starts, you may find that you’re not getting the comfort you expect in your home. You turn down the thermostat, hear the AC turn on, feel cool air coming out of the vents—but the house still feels too hot, or perhaps some parts are staying cool while others aren’t. What’s going on? Is your air conditioner shot and needs to be replaced?

It might be. Or there might be another problem affecting the HVAC system that’s limiting its power or creating an uneven spread of cooling throughout the house. Below are some of the reasons you may find that your house is too hot and stuffy this summer.

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Pinhole Leaks: A Sinister, Sneaky Plumbing Problem

June 4th, 2018

two-copper-pipesOne of the big advantages of using copper piping in a house rather than older pipe materials like galvanized steel and cast iron is that copper is corrosion-resistant. Steel and iron tend to rust away over time, while copper has a much longer life and won’t allow toxins to get into the freshwater.

But people often get the idea that copper doesn’t corrode at all, which isn’t true. A corrosion-resistant metal isn’t a corrosion-proof metal. There is a type of corrosion that affects copper, and it can lead to one of the most insidious of all plumbing problems: pinhole leaks.

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Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

May 21st, 2018

toilet-with-button-flushThe title feels like the start of a bad prank phone call (back in days before the existence of caller ID), but it’s a plumbing issue homeowners run into frequently. A toilet is flushed, but instead of running for a minute afterward to fill up the tank through the feed line, it continues to run without stopping. This can be a minor problem or a serious one. You might be able to fix it yourself in a minute or so, or you may need to have a professional plumber see what the trouble is and repair it.

We’ll take a look at why a toilet might be running continuously and how a plumber in Andover, MA can put a stop to this major waste of water. Before checking for a problem or calling a plumber, shut off the valve on the feed line so the running water will stop.

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Sump Pump Not Working? Call to Get It Repaired!

May 7th, 2018

sump-pumpWhen spring arrives, the weather starts to turn warmer. But warmer weather isn’t always good news. Nor are heavy spring rains. Both of them can mean water flooding into the basements of homes. Water damage is expensive to remediate, and this is why many houses have sump pumps installed to automatically remove excess water from a basement or crawlspace. If your home doesn’t have a sump pump already installed, call us today and we can arrange to have one put in.

If you already have a sump pump, we hope you tested it early in the summer. This is easy to do. First turn on the pump and let it run briefly to make sure the motor works. (Don’t let it run too long without water in the sump, since this can cause the pump to overheat.) Then pour water down into the sump and make sure that the pump activates automatically and removes the water from the sump.

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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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