Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for June, 2019

How Do AC Refrigerant Leaks Start?

Monday, June 17th, 2019
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One of the most common troubles that can affect a central air conditioning system is the refrigerant leak. Our technicians often answer repair calls for air conditioners that aren’t working right and discover that the fault comes from refrigerant leaking from the system. The big problem with losing refrigerant is that an air conditioning system is designed to operate at a specific amount of refrigerant (known as its charge). If it declines, the air conditioner will lose cooling power and eventually the compressor will suffer from permanent damage.

Why do these leaks start in the first place? Are there any steps you can take to prevent this?

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Out With the Old, In With the New—Pipes in Your House

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The pipes in any home are subject to wear and aging, same as everything else. However, since the pipes in a home are (for the most part) hidden from people’s eyes, it’s easy to ignore them and passively imagine they’ll last forever. Maybe a few repairs here and there, but otherwise the pipes are solid and don’t need to be upgraded.

But this isn’t the truth. Not at all. In fact, if you live in a home built earlier than 1970, or possibly even later, you probably need to have some amount of the pipes replaced with new material. Our team of experts, who are experienced with plumbing in Westford, MA and throughout the MetroWest, can give you a rundown on the condition of your pipes and what work needs to be done to upgrade the plumbing.

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