Why a Higher Setting on the Thermostat in Summer Is Better

August 13th, 2018

thermostat-settingYou may look at the title of this post and think that we’re a bit batty. “It’s summer, it’s hot outside! Why would I want to turn my thermostat up and make it hotter?”

Well, we aren’t encouraging you to heat your house. We’re encouraging you (something the Department of Energy does as well) to put your thermostat at a higher setting than you normally have it when you’re trying to keep cool. It’s likely that you have the thermostat pushed down to a setting that’s too low for ideal comfort and energy conservation.

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What Is Hot Water Recirculation? Is It Worthwhile?

July 30th, 2018

young-woman-cold-shower-screamYour household uses hot water in many different ways throughout the day, and this makes the water heater one of the essential home appliances. You always want your water heater to work at its best, and if at any point you think you need a professional plumber in Sudbury, MA to fix your water heater, never hesitate to give us a call. We’ll see that you receive the hot water you need.

You can also call a plumber to help you improve your hot water system. For example, you may have heard about something called a hot water recirculation system. This is a great way to make hot water use easier in a home. But what is it, exactly?

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The Overcharged or Undercharged AC: Why You Don’t Want Either!

July 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWhat does an overcharged or undercharged air conditioning system mean?

It doesn’t have anything to do with price, and it isn’t electrically charged the way a cell phone or other mobile device is charged. The “charge” in this case refers to the amount of chemical refrigerant circulating inside an AC system.

  • Too much refrigerant: overcharged.
  • Too little refrigerant: undercharged.

To understand why either situation is a serious problem, we have to explain a bit about refrigerant.

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Are Old Steel Pipes Dangerous for My Family’s Health?

July 2nd, 2018

rusty-burst-pipeMiddlesex County has a long history of homes stretching back to the seventeenth century. There are still many vintage homes in the area with families living happily in them. But parts of any home need to be upgraded for safety and health—the electrical grid, for example.

Plumbing is also a part of older homes that concerns people. You may have remodeled parts of your house but haven’t touched the piping. And if your home is as “new” as even 40 years old, it probably has galvanized steel pipes in it. These were the main types of pipes used for construction until the 1960s. Do these pipes pose a danger to your family or your home?

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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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