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

Ways to Tell You Need Re-Piping

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Like ductwork, your home’s plumbing is hidden behind walls, ceilings and flooring, making it hard to know if or when a problem has developed. Most people don’t experience spurting leaks as is often depicted in television commercials, and when your pipes need replacement, the signs are considerably less overt. There are signs, though, and to help you decipher them, the plumbing experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating are here to help you understand what they are.

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Has Your Whole Home Generator in Concord, MA Been Maintained?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

In the days just before school starts and regular schedules start again, no one really wants to think of bad weather. But it is the beginning of hurricane season, and with it comes nor’easter season, and we have seen our fair share of some storms over the last few years. If you have a whole home generator, you know how important these units are when a major weather event knocks the power out. But just imagine not having that supplemented power just when you need it – what would you do? You can avoid this scenario by making sure your generator is scheduled for maintenance.

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Need a New AC for Next Summer?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

At this time of year it’s pretty easy to see where your air conditioning system may need some help, mostly because this is the time of year when the system is working its hardest. But what if your AC needs more than help? What if it is actually time to consider replacing it? What kinds of factors make the difference between replacing instead of repairing? Let’s take a look.

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How Does an ERV Help My Cooling and Heating?

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

At this time of year, you may be wondering how you can save more money on your annual cooling costs. What if we told you there was an upgrade you can add to your HVAC system that can help make both your heating and cooling more energy efficient? There is, and the component is an energy recovery ventilator, also known as an ERV.

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Should I Switch to a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

Monday, August 17th, 2015

If it is time to replace your existing hot water heater, you have a number of options when it comes to choosing a replacement hot water heater. One of these options is a tankless hot water heater. You’ve probably heard of this type of water heater due to its growing popularity, but it’s important to understand how these systems work and what kinds of benefits they can offer before you choose to install and use one in your Maynard, MA home.

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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

It’s hot out, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal to have ice anywhere on your whole home air conditioner. You may have heard that scraping the ice off will fix the problem; unfortunately, this isn’t true. Ice build-up is indicative of a problem with the cooling process, namely that there’s an imbalance. This imbalance can develop for a few reasons, as we’ll outline below.

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My Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water – What’s Going On?

Monday, August 10th, 2015

At this time of year, your air conditioning system is pulling a lot of moisture from the air. It does this as part of the cooling process, because your AC removes humidity as well as heat. However, if your air conditioner is leaking, it’s not because of the higher humidity levels; the likely cause is a problem with the condensate array. Anytime you see leaking from your AC it’s important to call for expert help right away. Substantial water damage can occur from a leaky air conditioner, and the professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating can repair the problem quickly and correctly – just give us a call.

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With Very Hot Weather, Remember the 20 Degree Rule

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We’ve been topping out at or just around the 90 degree mark lately, which means you’ve been using your whole-home air conditioning system at its maximum. Pushing your AC during very warm weather can be risky, as the unit, or parts of the unit, can overheat. If you are trying to find that middle ground where you are comfortable but not putting too much stress on your air conditioner, it’s good to use the 20 degree rule.

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What Is the Reversing Valve?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Many homeowners in the Littleton, MA, area enjoy the benefits a heat pump system has to offer. However, not a lot of homeowners understand how a heat pump can offer both heating and cooling. The key component is a device called the reversing valve. However, this isn’t a simple valve like you’d find on a water heater. A reversing valve is more complicated, and as such, always requires the help of a trained expert, like the ones at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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