Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for January, 2016

How Long Will My New Heater Last?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

It’s one of the questions we get asked the most when we’re installing a new heating system: “How long will this one last?” Understandably, homeowners are frustrated when their older system breaks down far sooner than they were expecting, and they hope that we can promise them a long lifespan for a new heater.

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Repairing a Furnace: Can You Do It on Your Own?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

We know that do-it-yourselfers love a challenge. Building a shelf, fixing a broken dresser drawer, or making a quilt are all impressive acts that make it seem as if you can handle anything that comes your way. And while we support DIY projects like these, we want to warn against trying to tackle a heating system repair without the help of a professional.

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3 Ways to Tell It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater ASAP

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Your water heater is hidden away in a closet, a garage, a basement or a crawlspace. You don’t really notice any problems with your water heater unless you’re not getting any hot water. But you don’t want to wait until you’re rushing to replace an older, broken-down unit with only a moment’s notice. Take a look at your system and your bills from time to time, and call a technician for replacement if you experience any of the signs that your older system is done for.

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Worried about Frozen Pipes? Try These Tips

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Our customers are understandably frustrated when their pipes freeze, but some may not know just how big of a deal this problem really is. Sure, it stops you from being able to use the kitchen sink or another isolated fixture, but you still have other faucets available to you, right?

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Could Your Ducts Be Full of Air Leaks?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

It’s not just possible; it’s probable! The EPA estimates that the typical home duct system loses about 30% of the air that moves through it. That means that 30 cents of every $1 you spend on heating and cooling costs is wasted on cooling or heating a part of your home you don’t even use, like a crawlspace.

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Is Your Toilet Leaking? Find Out with this Easy Method

Monday, January 11th, 2016

It’s actually not always simple to tell when a toilet is leaking. Leaks underneath the wax seal or at the pipe behind the toilet should be obvious, but leaks between the bowl and the tank may be more discreet. Your toilet is wasting a lot of water if it’s able to move freely into the bowl from your tank, and sometimes you can tell. Your toilet might make a running sound when it is not in use or it might be difficult to use the flusher. But when these signs are not present, it’s time to try the dye test.

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Replace Your Furnace after 15 Years

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

The average lifespan for a furnace is about 15 years. Some furnaces last for much longer and some fail much sooner (especially those that do not receive annual maintenance visits from qualified heating professionals). You may try to hold on to your furnace for as long as possible in order to save some money on replacement costs. But the longer you have your furnace, the more likely it is to experience problems, fail suddenly on a cold day, or become a safety hazard.

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Don’t Forget to Change the Furnace Air Filter this Month!

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The air filter in your furnace or the return air grille on the wall of your home may seem like just a small part of your system, but keeping it clean is vital to the way your furnace works. In fact, changing the filter every 1-3 months may result in all of the following benefits:

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