How an HVAC Contractor Knows How Powerful an AC You Need

May 20th, 2019
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Installing a new central air conditioning system into a house is a more complex process than many people realize. It isn’t as simple as picking a unit that fits inside the HVAC cabinet and sliding it into place. One of the most important decisions in an AC installation is choosing how powerful a unit the house needs for comfort.

An HVAC contractor in Harvard, MA knows how powerful an air conditioner to install through a process called “sizing.” It isn’t about the physical size of the air conditioner, but how much cooling in BTUs (British Thermal Units) it must put out in order to supply the household with sufficient cooling.

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How a Plumber Can Help You Save Water

May 6th, 2019
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Almost any home can improve its water use to lower monthly bills and benefit the environment. You’ve probably seen lists of tips for lowering how much water your household consumes: shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing, only running the dishwasher on a full load, restricting watering the lawn, etc. These are all helpful ways to reduce water use.

But a plumber in Acton, MA can provide you excellent water-conserving solutions as well. Your household plumbing may be wasting water in ways you never considered, and a professional plumber can take care of jobs that will help you save water every day. Below are some of the services our plumbers offer that can make changes in your water bills:

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You’ve Decided to Get a New AC—Now What?

April 22nd, 2019
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The choice has been made: you can no longer trust your air conditioner to provide dependable, energy-efficient cooling for your house. With summer coming up, now is the right time to have HVAC professionals install a new air conditioner to provide you with many years of the comfort your family needs.

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Toilet Leaking From the Base? Here Are Some Reasons Why

April 8th, 2019
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Few plumbing appliances cause people to panic as fast when they start to malfunction as the bathroom toilet. A leaking toilet, an overflowing toilet, a clogged toilet—these are serious problems you’ll want fixed as soon as you can. Some you might be able to handle on your own, such as using a toilet plunger to clear out a simple clog. Most other toilet repairs will require the assistance of a professional plumber.

Today we’re going to look at a problem that often affects bathroom toilets, which is water that appears to be leaking from around the base.

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AC Maintenance Can Help You Settle the “Repair or Replace?” Question

March 25th, 2019
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When spring starts, we recommend you evaluate the performance of your home air conditioning system over the previous year. Any type of central air conditioning system has a limited service life. No matter how well the AC is cared for, a time will come when continuing with repairs isn’t the best idea and the AC needs to be replaced.

Sometimes it’s easy to decide when to replace an air conditioner. If a central cooling system fails entirely and is beyond what any repair could reasonably fix, that’s a clear-cut sign it’s time for new system. But this extreme situation is rare, and you want to avoid it if at all possible by replacing the air conditioner before reaching this point. On the other hand, you don’t want to choose to pay for a replacement if less expensive repairs will keep the AC going effectively for a few more years.

If you’re currently in a bind about “repair vs. replace” for your air conditioner, we recommend calling professionals for spring AC maintenance. You should always schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system before the summer weather—and in this case you can ask your maintenance tech important questions about replacement.

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It’s Time to Service Your Sump Pump

March 11th, 2019

sump-pumpThe sump pump is one of those devices in your home that you hope you don’t have to use. It’s an emergency appliance to handle flooding or excess water getting into your basement. But, like any preventive device, you must make sure it’s in working shape year after year. You don’t want it to fail the first time you actually need it!

Spring is about to begin, and this is one of the periods when you may need the services of your sump pump. There is the issue of snowmelt and more rain. The ground around your house will absorb more water, and this can lead to water seeping into the basement through the walls. If your sump pump is working correctly, it will remove the excessive moisture and stop extreme water damage from flooding.

How do you tell if your sump pump is ready to go to work?

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Why Many Homeowners Love Radiant Heating

February 25th, 2019

white-heating-radiatorThe term radiant heating has a few different meanings when it comes to central HVAC for homes. The general meaning of radiant heating is a way that heat moves: waves of heat radiate off a hot object, and those move through space without heating the air until the waves meet another object and heat it. It’s the feeling you get from the pavement on a sunny day, or when you place your hand near a hot plate.

Radiant heating also refers to types of home heating systems that use this method of heating. Most radiant heating systems use a boiler to circulate water to points in the house, raise the temperature of those objects, and send heat into the rooms. Radiant heating systems can use radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor pipes at the terminal points that radiate heat into the room.

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How We Clean Your Drains—And Why You Want Us To

February 11th, 2019

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramDrain cleaning is a term that often gets lumped together with the so-called “drain cleaners” people can purchase off store shelves. We wish this connection didn’t exist! Pouring these acidic chemicals down drains can do more harm than good, and they’re highly toxic. They certainly don’t “clean” drains, but instead only chew through obstructions just enough to allow water to flow through.

Genuine professional drain cleaning is actual drain cleaning. Our plumbers use special tools to do the job so that the interiors of your drain pipes are scoured clean of debris like food deposits, fat and grease buildup, soap scum, and mineral deposits.

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What Can Go Wrong With a Clogged Furnace Filter

January 28th, 2019

air-fliter-cuIf there was one fact about furnaces we’d love to permanently secure in everyone’s minds, it would be that the furnace’s filter needs to be changed for a clean filter every 1 to 3 months.

There is plenty of info about furnaces we’d like our customers to know, but this single fact can make an enormous difference in how often someone needs to call for heating repair in Andover, MA and how much they pay each winter for heating. It can even prevent a furnace from needing an early replacement. In this post, we’ll go over what can go wrong with a furnace due to a filter that’s become clogged because it hasn’t received a regular change.

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Why Are There Bad Odors From My Garbage Disposal?

January 14th, 2019

girl-pinching-noseYou never want any bad smells to come from sections of the house, such as moldy odors from the air vents. (This is a common problem called “dirty sock syndrome,” and our HVAC technicians can help you out if it occurs.) But few odors are more distressing and downright unpleasant than foul smells coming from a stinky garbage disposal.

What is the cause of these terrible odors? There are a couple of possibilities we’ll look over, and we’ll also tell you how we can help. We have the professional plumbing in Acton, MA to fix any disposal, drain, or other home plumbing trouble you’ve got.

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