What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze

January 27th, 2020
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The cold weather is hard on more than the people in your household. It can be brutal for the plumbing pipes, which often don’t have the right insulation or access to heat. Without the right precautions, a frozen pipe can bring a house to a standstill. Worse, the pipe can burst. Not always, but it’s a major risk.

When you detect frozen pipes in your house, it’s important to take action soon. You’ll not only have the water flowing back to your taps, you’ll stop a damaging burst pipe that can lead to flooding in the house and more expensive repairs.

So what should you do in case of a frozen pipe?

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Is It Time to Upgrade an Ancient Heating System?

January 13th, 2020

We have many vintage homes in our area, and most of their owners love them and don’t want to make drastic modifications to them. But older homes are often difficult to heat. It’s not only due to less tight construction that allows for drafts and lower levels of insulation. It’s also the antiquated heating systems that can cost enormous amounts each winter to power. Old heat systems are sometimes Frankenstein monsters constructed of different parts, such as an oil-fired steam heating boiler, cast iron radiators, multiple different units for each floor, and electrical back-up heat.

If your home heating in Acton, MA is an old-fashioned system like a steam boiler or gas-fired oil furnace, or you’re needing to rely on space heaters for extra energy, and all of this is costing a small fortune each winter, we highly recommend an upgrade. The changes don’t have to be as drastic as they may at first appear—at least not if you work with our skilled professionals.

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Why Your Furnace Is Blowing Out Cold Air

December 30th, 2019
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A furnace generates heat. That’s the basic job from when the first central heating furnaces were created hundreds of years ago. So when you turn on your furnace to provide your house with heat during a cold winter and the only air that comes out is cold—yes, you have a problem. There may be a simple solution to this, and we’ll look into that. Or you could have a serious problem that will require furnace repair in Andover, MA from professionals.

We’re going to go through some of the basic reasons for a furnace that isn’t heating and what you can do about them. Please, if in doubt, do not attempt to make any repairs on your own. Especially with a gas furnace, trying to open up the unit and “fixing” it is potentially dangerous. (And you probably wouldn’t be able to fix the problem anyway.)

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A Heat Pump Is a Good Comfort Option Even in Our Winters

December 16th, 2019
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Are you familiar with the heat pump as an option for your home heating in Andover, MA? If you aren’t, that isn’t a major surprise. Heat pumps are common in warmer climates, such as in Florida and the Southwest, where they have little trouble providing warmth to homes during mild winters. In colder climates—and Boston certainly counts as that—heat pumps have a reputation as not making for an efficient heating choice.

But the old conventional wisdom no longer applies. A heat pump may be just right for your home, the option you didn’t know you were looking for.

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How Electric Furnaces Can Go Bad

December 2nd, 2019
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One of the reasons furnaces are so common in homes across the country is their flexibility. Furnaces can run from a range of energy sources. Natural gas, propane, oil, and electricity. There’s a furnace to fit any home with ductwork in it, and when you rely on us as your Concord, MA, HVAC contractor, we’ll make sure you have the ideal furnace when it’s time for an installation.

Electric furnaces are common for houses without any connection to natural gas. They’re inexpensive to install, have a reliable energy source, and encounter few repair issues compared to gas and heating oil furnaces. But electric furnaces still malfunction at times—and if this happens to your electric furnace, you’ll want our technicians on the job fast to have it fixed. We have emergency service for whenever you have one these electric furnace problems strike …

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Don’t Try to DIY These 4 Plumbing Problems!

November 18th, 2019

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a family in possession of a good house, must be in want of amateur plumbing. It’s generally just a bad idea to have amateurs work on your plumbing issues, and even worse to try to do them on your own. Yes, there are a few small fixes you can handle yourself, such as cleaning the aerator in a faucet when it gets jammed up with silt, or using a basic sink plunger to clear out a clog.

So take this as our basic caution against trying any “do-it-yourself” magic on your plumbing. But in particular, leave the four following troubles to a certified plumber in Concord, MA.

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Schedule Fall Heating Maintenance If You Haven’t Yet

November 4th, 2019
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November is here and the Halloween decorations are back in the boxes. The weather is cooling down, and you may already have switched on your home heating system at least once. This means it’s time for your annual fall Andover, MA, HVAC maintenance to inspect and tune-up your heating system.

Was that a groan we heard? Yes, maintenance isn’t a word anyone likes. It implies routine. It implies shutting down something important. But the benefits of maintenance for an appliance as essential as a residential heating system can never be overstated. It’s not even as much of an inconvenience as people often think, either. When you work with our HVAC professionals to maintain your furnace or another type of heater, the job will be done fast—and you can start enjoying the benefits of uninterrupted and reliable winter comfort.

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Water Hammer: What It Is, What to Do About It

October 21st, 2019

Water hammer sounds like a magical weapon an aquatic superhero might wield, but it’s more mundane than that. Mundane doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, however. A flat car tire is mundane, but it’s still bad news and needs to be fixed as soon as possible.

When you notice water hammer in your plumbing—and it’s hard to ignore—it often means issues requiring a licensed plumber in Andover, MA to investigate and discover what repairs the pipes may need.

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A Vital Reason for a Pre-Season Gas Furnace Inspection

October 7th, 2019

In our previous post, we talked about our Ultimate Savings Agreement and how it sets up your home for the best possible winter. Or at least the warmest possible winter with the fewest problems and lowest heating costs. Almost every HVAC contractor offers some type of maintenance program, since it’s the best way to ensure a long and effective service life from a heating system.

In this post, we’re addressing a specific maintenance function for a specific kind of heater. It isn’t a rare type of heating system, but the most common found in homes—the natural gas furnace. If you have a gas furnace in Carlisle, MA to warm your home, a maintenance inspection is vital for safety. Even if there were no other benefits to pre-season maintenance (and there are plenty), it would be worth it alone for how it protects your family.

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The Ultimate Savings Agreement Sets Up Your Home for a Great Winter

September 23rd, 2019
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It’s officially fall, the season of changing colors and changing weather. Although winter may still seem far off enough that you can relax, right now is the best time to prepare for winter. One of the best steps you can take to have a winter that’s as worry-free as possible is to schedule maintenance to inspect and tune-up your home’s furnace or other heating system. The heating maintenance in Westford, MA and throughout MetroWest Boston to best handle this job is through our Ultimate Service Agreement.

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