Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for May, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Every year on the final Monday of May, citizens of America come together to honor those who have served our country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day came to prominence after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen soldiers on either side. Although its origins are somewhat ambiguous, it has always been about bringing people together to recognize our country’s military personnel and history. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the men and women who have served our county.

Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer. We hope that you have a wonderful day off, and that it is a great start to your summer!

If you need air conditioning or plumbing in the MetroWest area this season, we are here to help!


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Littleton, MA Air Conditioning Repair Tip: How To Prevent Repairs

Monday, May 20th, 2013

During the cooling season, your Littleton, MA air conditioning gets a lot of use. And considering the amount of wear and tear it endures season after season, it’s no wonder that it may need to be repaired. Yet, many repairs can be prevented with routine maintenance. Dust and other debris can accumulate within your system and this can lead to system imbalances, and premature component failure, in addition to energy inefficiency. If you’d like to keep your air conditioning repairs to a minimum, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today.

Let’s take at some things you can do to reduce the need for repairs:

  • Preventive maintenance program: Enrolling in a program of routine professional maintenance such as the Ultimate Maintenance Agreement allows you to benefit from inspection, cleaning and precision tune-ups from a qualified technician. This cost-effective plan is by far the best way to ensure that your system runs smoothly. There’s simply no better way to reduce repairs. Your technician will clean and flush condensate lines, clean the indoor evaporator and outdoor condenser coils, measure airflow, and check and tighten electrical connections, among other tasks.
  • Clean air filter: This is one of the maintenance tasks you can actually do without the assistance of a professional. Your air filter is designed to prevent the accumulation of dust and debris on your sensitive components. But if it gets dirty or clogged, it can actually begin to work against your AC, causing airflow issues and contributing to higher energy costs. It can cause frozen evaporator coils and even an overheated compressor.
  • Upgrade: Are you tired of paying for frequent repairs? If it feels like your AC is becoming a liability, then perhaps you should consider upgrading to a new system. Replacing your old and obsolete system with a new energy efficient system may actually make more financial sense. You may also consider a heat pump for year-round comfort, or a ductless air conditioner if want to get away from using ductwork.

Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today if you’re in need of air conditioning repair in Littleton, MA.

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Concord, MA Plumbing Guide: How to Maintain Your Plumbing

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

You probably rely on your plumbing in Concord, MA more than you realize. While we often take for granted the convenience and comfort of modern plumbing, it can’t be overlooked when problems arise. Leaks, clogs, and pipe bursting can all prevent us from getting on with our daily routines. We often speak to customers who want to know more about how they can maintain the health of their plumbing systems, so we’ve compiled a brief guide that we hope you will find useful. If you’re looking for plumbing services in Concord, MA, you can rely on Basnett Plumbing for exceptional service and technical expertise. Call us today.

Let’s take a look at some things you can do to prevent plumbing repairs and encourage the longevity of the piping in your home.

  • Use food and hair stoppers: These small and cost-effective devices are great at prevent clogs caused by food scraps in the kitchen, and hair in the shower. Both these substances can seem inconsequential on their own, but when combined with older drainpipes that have never been cleaned and other accumulations, they may eventually cause a severe clog in your drains or even sewer line. Stoppers are great investments that are available in your local hardware store.
  • Avoid putting grease down your drains: When still hot in the frying pan, grease can appear to be a viscous liquid that does not pose a danger to your drains. But when grease cools, it becomes a sticky paste that can accumulate within all areas of your drains, and also attract other debris. Ensuring that you don’t put grease down your kitchen sink drains is easy and goes a long way towards preventing plumbing problems and maintaining a healthy system.
  • Professionally maintain your drains: Hiring a professional to inspect your drains with video camera technology is a great way to spot any potential problems. Follow that up with pro drain cleaning and you can rest assured that your wastewater disposal system is in good shape.

Call Basnett Plumbing today for comprehensive plumbing services in Concord, MA.  

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Groton, MA Air Conditioning Tip: 3 Common Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Homeowners throughout the Groton, MA area know about the importance of air conditioning during the cooling season. As you enjoy the moderate sunny days of May, make sure that your AC is up and working well. Check your air filter about once a month during this summer and clean it as needed, so that you can avoid the accumulation and dust on your sensitive mechanical equipment. But even with homeowner and even professional maintenance, over time your AC will undergo enough wear and tear to require repair. Let’s take a look at 3 common AC repair services that we called for. For excellent Groton, MA air conditioning repair services, look no further than the technicians at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. Call us today!

  • Overheated compressor: Your compressor is housed in the outdoor unit, typically surrounded by the condenser coils. The compressor does what exactly what its name suggests it does: it compresses the gaseous refrigerant coming from the indoor evaporator coil, making it into a high temperature and high pressure gas, which is then sent to the condenser. If there is something wrong with the airflow, or the refrigerant cycle in general, it can cause the compressor to overheat.
  • Bad capacitor: The capacitor is part of the electrical system of the AC. It stores electrical energy to boost the start-up potential of the outdoor unit. Various things can go wrong with a capacitor, despite its sturdy construction. Moisture, physical damage, and old age can all contribute to a capacitor fault.
  • Frozen evaporator coil: Your evaporator coil is responsible for the cool air. It is housed inside the indoor unit, along with the air handler. As the cool liquid refrigerant enters its coils, it absorbs the heat from your home, causing the refrigerant within to evaporate. This thermal exchange cools the air, which is then sent back indoors by means of the blower motor. If there are any airflow problems, then this can cause cool air to build up inside the air handler, causing the evaporator coil to freeze over.

When you need Groton, MA air conditioning repair services, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today! 

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