Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for July, 2015

What Is a Condensate Pump?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Part of the way your air conditioner cools your home is to dehumidify it. Humidity holds heat, so to effectively make your home feel cool and dry, it’s important that any excess humidity be removed. To handle the removal of this excess moisture, your air conditioner has what’s known as a condensate array: the condensate drain line and the condensate tray. It isn’t uncommon for problems to develop with the condensate array, which can leave water to stagnate and/or drip. But with the help of a condensate pump, you can give your condensate array a boost and clear the water more quickly and effectively.

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How Does an Indirect Fired Water Heater Work?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Homeowners have a lot of choices when it comes to water heaters these days, and one of the newer types of hot water heaters to consider is an indirect fired water heater. One of the great things about an indirect fire water heater is that it uses your existing furnace or boiler to heat your home’s water. We certainly use our heating systems for a good part of the year here in Maynard, MA, so keep reading to see if an indirect fired water heater is a good choice for you.

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Ways Leaky Ductwork Adversely Affects Your Air Conditioning

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We are in the full heat of summer and you have probably been using your air conditioner to keep cool and comfortable for a while now. If you are like most homeowners, you got your air conditioner ready to go for the summer with a maintenance appointment. But are you noticing that your AC doesn’t seem to be doing the job it should, regardless of the fact that it is mechanically sound? This means it’s time for the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating to take look at your ductwork.

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How Long Will My Air Conditioning Equipment Last?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

One of the thing top things homeowners want to know about their cooling systems is life expectancy: how long will the system last? It’s a valid and important question, but the truth is, the answer depends in large part on you. Why? Electro-mechanical systems can’t look after themselves. They are made to be durable, but they aren’t infallible, nor are they impervious to the effects of weather, the environment or aging. First, let’s take a look at some average lifespans.

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Why You Should Consider a Low-Flow Toilet

Monday, July 20th, 2015

When most property owners think about conserving energy or conserving resources like water, we tend to think big. This isn’t a bad thing, but small changes can have a big effect, too. If you have been looking for a way to reduce your water usage, you may want to consider replacing your toilet with a low-flow toilet. How much water can a low-flow toilet save over a regular one? Let’s take a look.

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Will My Air Conditioner Run Out of Refrigerant?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

If you are like most homeowners, the most you want to know about your air conditioning system is that it puts out the cool air you need. Whole-home air conditioning systems are complex electro-mechanical systems, which is why it’s so important to hire trained experts to handle any work you may need done to your AC. However, it is never a bad idea to have some basic knowledge about your system, and one piece of information you should be aware of is that your AC doesn’t consume refrigerant the way a combustion heating system will consume gas or oil. Why not? Let’s take a look.

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Why Do I Have to Replace the Air Filter in My Air Conditioner?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

While the purpose of the standard air filter in your AC isn’t to improve your home’s indoor air quality, it does serve a very important purpose: trapping excessive amounts of dust and dirt. At this time of year, your air conditioner runs pretty regularly, so it is capturing a great deal pf particles. Air filters cannot remove these particles on their own; instead, they need to be changed out every three months to ensure they work well and your air flow is good. What can happen when you leave a clogged, dirty air filter in your air conditioning system? Let’s take a look:

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Do I Have to Have My Refrigerant Recharged Each Year?

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Most homeowners understand that refrigerant is the key chemical that makes their air conditioner function, but what many don’t understand is that the refrigerant isn’t used like a fuel. As such, it isn’t consumed and doesn’t require recharging each year. In fact, your refrigerant level should never change, and will only do so if there’s a leak in your system. Understanding how refrigerant works in your system helps explain the nature of refrigerant, so the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating have provided an overview for you.

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