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

How Does a Heat Pump Switch into Heating Mode?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

We have that classic fall New England weather going on: cold in the morning, warm in the afternoons and chilly in the evening. The great news is that your heat pump is perfect for this kind of weather because switching between heating and cooling is very easy thanks to a small component known as the reversing valve.

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Do I Need to Replace My Heater?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

You may not have your heating system in full swing yet, but we know a number of our customers have already fired up their heating systems to get the chill out of the house in the morning. If you turned yours on recently and found that it was very poor shape, or ended last heating season knowing that you weren’t getting another season from your heater, then it’s time to consider replacement.

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Having Cooling Problems at Night? Consider Turning off Your AC

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

We are in that amazing time of year when it’s hot during the day but wonderfully cool at night – perfect sleeping weather, as we call it around here. It’s been hot enough to warrant keeping your AC running during the day – in fact, you’d probably be pretty uncomfortable without it – but at night it is cooling down considerably. If you’ve left your air conditioner system on through the night, you may have noticed that it doesn’t run as it should the next morning, or that there may be ice on the coils. These are signs that it’s time to turn your air conditioner off in the evenings.

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My Heater Needs to Be Replaced – What Are My Options?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

No one wants to think about winter heating, at least not yet, but if you ended last winter knowing that you just had your last season with your existing heater, it’s time to replace it if you haven’t already done so. Replacing your heating system is a great opportunity to do two three things: increase the comfort in your home, increase your energy efficiency and give you the chance to install an entirely different kind of heating system that may suit the needs of your home better.

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Has Your Hot Water Heater Been Maintained?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

There are some very unsung appliances in your home, and your hot water heater is at the top of the list. Your water heater is an “out of sight, out of mind” kind of unit, which is a big reason why so many homeowners forget to have their hot water maintained each year. Unfortunately, needing maintenance can quickly turn into needing repair. Why is maintenance for your hot water heater so important? Let’s take a look.

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Why a Better Air Filter Helps with Allergies

Monday, September 14th, 2015

September brings back to school and the last of our hot days. For many, it also unfortunately brings a new cycle of allergies, some the worst of the season. One of the benefits of owning a central air conditioning or HVAC system is that you can use it to help relieve your allergy symptoms simply by upgrading the air filter. Why does upgrading make a difference? We’ll explain more below.

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Are There Steps I Can Take to Help Maintain My Garbage Disposal?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Your garbage disposal may be small, but it is a powerful little appliance that can do some serious pulverizing. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to hire trained experts for all work your garbage disposal may need, including installation, repair, maintenance and replacement. However, there are a few actions you can undertake routinely that can help keep your garbage disposal in good shape:

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Should I Consider Zone Control?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

A lot of upgrades to an HVAC system are very season-specific. However, there are some upgrades that work for both cooling and heating, giving you more bang for your buck. If you’ve been struggling with uneven cooling or heating, or the usual fight over where the thermostat should be set, we have a solution for you: a zone control system.

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It’s Time to Think About Heater Maintenance

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

We know you are enjoying the end of summer, and don’t even want to think about cold weather, snow and everything that comes with a New England winter. But summer is winding down and there’s no better time of year to get your heating system ready to work than now. Why schedule maintenance for your heating system? Let’s first take a look at what happens during a maintenance appointment with the heating professionals from Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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