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

Why Schedule Maintenance for Your Air Conditioning in Harvard, MA

Monday, July 29th, 2013

This summer, make sure that you take advantage of the warm weather and spend some time outdoors. But you also need to be able to come home to a nice, comfortable and cool home. If you’re like most homeowners, then you want your air conditioning system to operate as efficiently and consistently as possible. So how can you make sure that happens? One of the best ways is with regular maintenance for your air conditioning in Harvard, MA. Ready on below to see some of the benefits of regular maintenance and give us a call here at Basnett Plumbing & Heating for any services that you need.

As your air conditioning system operates, it will develop small problems slowly over time. These small issues will eventually grow larger so that they cause your more costly repairs. When you sign up for a regular maintenance plan, you will receive several visits each year during which the technician will thoroughly inspect your entire system looking for these types of small issues. When they find any, they will repair them, which can have several tremendous benefits for your home.

  • Increased efficiency – When your air conditioning system has small problems or issues with it then those might actually cause your AC to have to work harder to cool your home. By fixing those problems on a regular basis, you could be able to return some of the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Dirty components can also cause your AC work harder to cool your home, and in addition to replacing any worn parts, your technician will also clean your evaporator and condenser coils to help your AC cool as effectively as possible.
  • Extended equipment life – Another terrific benefit of regular maintenance is that you could be able to extend the life of your AC. We often get called to replace air conditioners that were never maintained and they failed permanently because of these many small issues growing larger over time.

If you need any kind of services for your air conditioning in Harvard, MA, just contact the friendly specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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3 Items to Consider When Replacing Your Air Conditioning in Concord, MA

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Replacing your air conditioning is a big investment in your home. A properly installed AC will keep your home cool and comfortable for you and your family. In places like Concord, MA – with its summer heat waves and high humidity levels – it behooves a prudent homeowner to replace an old or faulty air conditioning as promptly as possible. Here are three things you should consider when replacing your air conditioning.

  • Your specific needs: Every person’s living situation is unique, and your air conditioning needs to reflect that. It should be the right size for the space you have, and include features that match your lifestyle. For example, if you spend your days away from home, you may want a programmable thermostat to turn off the AC when you’re gone, then turn it on again shortly before you arrive home. A qualified professional can examine your house to determine the proper size of the unit and advise you on the features you may want to consider.
  • The nature of your home: Concord, MA contains a lot of older houses, which might not support the duct system used by a lot of central air conditioning units. In such cases, a ductless system may make a preferable alternative. In addition, multi-story homes might benefit from a ductless air conditioning system because of its multiple zones.
  • AC efficiency: If you have an older AC, it might not be as efficient as you’d like. A more efficient system can save you a great deal on monthly electric bills. Look for systems that feature a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, especially those that feature the Energy Star label. They adhere to strict EPA standards and can reduce your energy expenditure by up to 50% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

When replacing your air conditioning in Concord, MA, consider calling on the trained technicians at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. With over 25 years of experience, we understand the needs of local customers and can guide you through the options for a new air conditioner. Call our experienced staff today and let us find the right AC unit for you.

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Concord, MA Plumbing Repair Guide: Overflowing Toilets

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you’ve ever had to wash your bath mat or use a wet-vacuum in your bathroom because of an overflowing toilet, then you know how much they can disrupt your daily routine. They can be a serious hassle. But the more you know how to prevent and handle them, the better prepared you will be should they occur in your home. So in today’s post, we’ve devised a brief guide to overflowing toilets so that you can prevent them from happening and deal with them in the present moment. For Concord, MA plumbing repair services, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today.

Preventing the Overflow

Here are some things you can do to prevent overflow from happening in your bathroom:

  • Put only organic waste down the toilet: No toys, non-organic matter, paper towels, or any other materials should go down your toilet. While it’s built to last, your toilet is designed to accommodate organic waste and toilet paper, nothing more.
  • Have your drains cleaned: If you’re concerned about your toilet as well as other drainpipes in your home, then you might want to consider having a professional take a look at your drainpipes. They could need cleaning or repair.

What to Do When Your Toilet Overflows

  • Shut off the supply valve: There should be an emergency shut-off valve located behind, to the side of, or underneath the tank. Tighten that valve if it looks like your toilet is overflowing. This will shut off the supply line to the tank so it can’t refill during overflow.
  • If the water level lowers, you can try the plunger: However, realize that if there is serious problem with your drainpipe, then this may not work.
  • Call a plumber! Make sure you get in touch with a reputable and reliable plumber so he can deal with your overflowing toilet promptly.

Call Basnett Plumbing today for all of your plumbing repair needs in Concord, MA. No job is too big or small for our excellent team. 

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When is Air Conditioning Repair Necessary? A Littleton, MA Air Conditioning Tip

Monday, July 8th, 2013

We see many homeowners that let their air conditioning issues continue on either because they don’t know something is wrong or they just don’t want to have to schedule repair when their AC is not completely broken down. That’s why we wanted to put together a quick list of some of the signs that indicate that you need to call for AC repair.

  • Not enough cooling – If your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cooling for your home you should definitely call for repair. This issue will just keep getting worse until you aren’t getting any cooling at all. Insufficient cooling might be caused by low refrigerant, a broken motor, a bad capacitor or a faulty thermostat.
  • Strange noises – Is your air conditioning system making a squealing, hissing or gurgling noise?  If your fan motor’s belt is bad then it is likely the source of the squealing. Hissing usually indicates that you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. Gurgling likely means you have low refrigerant.
  • AC not turning on – Obviously, if your air conditioner isn’t turning on at all then you have a serious issue with your system. While this could be something simple like bad thermostat wiring it could also be that your fan motors’ capacitors are broken. It could also be the motors themselves that aren’t able to turn on.
  • The air filter – Air conditioning air filters are, by far, the most common cause of AC repair. Its very important that you change your air filters on a regular basis. If they get clogged they can cause many of the issues listed above.

If you need air conditioning repair in Littleton, MA, make sure that you call the professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The 4th of July will forever hold a very special place in the history of the United States of America. On this day in 1776, the second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.

Not only is Independence Day an important day in our nation’s history, but for many people it is a day that is filled with memories from celebrations of years past. Fireworks, barbeques, baseball games, fairs, carnivals, patriotic music and ceremonies are all scattered through our memories as we’ve participated in annual parties, get-togethers, picnics and family gatherings throughout the years. John Adams, our 2nd president, was right when he said that our Independence Day “…ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

The 4th of July is truly a day to enjoy but also to remember and respect the sacrifice that many brave men and women made over 200 years ago to give us the freedom that we cherish today. However you celebrate Independence Day, make sure that you take a moment to remember what this day is really about.

We wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

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