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

How Long Can I Keep My Furnace Around?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We often get questions about how long a furnace is actually supposed to last. Homeowners are frustrated to learn that their older furnaces have finally broken down, and want to find system that stay around for longer. And while there’s a lot you can do to help your heating system stay in good condition, that fact of the matter is that any system such as this does eventually bite the dust.

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Don’t Put These Items Down the Kitchen Sink

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

When the kitchen sink drain clogs, it’s an annoyance that can throw off your whole day. Maybe you had planned to try a new meal to cook for the family that night, or maybe you were just getting around to the sink full of dishes that piled up during today’s dinner party.

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Why You Should Consider a Whole-House Generator

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Think about the last time the power went out in your house. Of course, you probably weren’t expecting it to happen (unless it was a planned maintenance period, in which case it was likely brief). You may have had to light a few candles and started a fire in the fireplace, hoping the power would turn on in just a few short hours.

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Why Is Every Room a Different Temperature?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

When your heater just cannot seem to balance the temperatures among the various rooms, you might assume that it is a problem within the heating system. This is a possibility, if the heating system is unable to deliver the amount of power necessary to keep the whole home comfortable due to an internal problem with the unit. But most of the time, differing temperatures indicate a problem with the actual layout of your HVAC system.

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Is It a Good Time to Replace My Heating System?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

“Should I just replace it?” It’s a question we hear a lot from homeowners frustrated by their older heating systems. And while there are plenty of circumstances in which holding on to the heater makes plenty of sense, there comes a time when any heating system just needs to be replaced. We want to help you decide if it’s the right time to replace your heater with the following list, but you can count on your local heating technicians to give you a better idea.

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4 Ways a Dirty Air Filter Is Costing You

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

If it’s been months since you’ve changed your home’s air filter, chances are high that it’s clogged with dust. That means that the quality of the air flowing through your home may not be very good, and it can also affect the performance of your heating and air conditioning system—resulting in higher costs to you. Here are 4 ways your dirty filter might be costing you right now.

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How to Prevent Your Water Heater from Corroding

Monday, February 8th, 2016

When metal meets water and oxygen, it may begin to rust, a sure sign that corrosion isn’t too far behind. A steel water tank is at risk of rust and corrosion, due to the fact that it is, of course, filled with water. Replacing the water heater becomes necessary as soon as any signs of corrosion appear, but is there a way to prevent this from happening? 

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Remember: Colder Weather Makes Your Heater Work Harder

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

As temperatures drop, your heating system works overtime to keep you warm. The insulation in your home helps to keep heat from moving outdoors, but severe weather makes this a lot more difficult. And when your heater goes through all of that work, you pay a lot more on monthly heating costs, and your system becomes a lot more likely to break down.

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Efficiency Problems? It Could Be Your Air Ducts

Monday, February 1st, 2016

You’re spending too much on your monthly heating bills, and you’re starting to wonder if your heating system is at fault. Rates haven’t changed much, and your usage has not either, so why the gradual increase in your bills?

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