Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Acton’

Mistakes You May Have Been Making With Your Heater This Winter

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Now that we’re in the second half of winter, you might be more aware of troubles with your home heating. We don’t just mean repair problems, which you need to deal with as soon as possible with a call for Acton, MA, HVAC services from our professionals. We mean troubles that don’t seem as obvious because they’ve come from some basic misunderstanding and errors made with the heater.

We’re going to go through some common mistakes homeowners make with their heating systems and their consequences. It doesn’t take much to change course or arrange for the heating service you may need to put your heater back on track.

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What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze

Monday, January 27th, 2020
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The cold weather is hard on more than the people in your household. It can be brutal for the plumbing pipes, which often don’t have the right insulation or access to heat. Without the right precautions, a frozen pipe can bring a house to a standstill. Worse, the pipe can burst. Not always, but it’s a major risk.

When you detect frozen pipes in your house, it’s important to take action soon. You’ll not only have the water flowing back to your taps, you’ll stop a damaging burst pipe that can lead to flooding in the house and more expensive repairs.

So what should you do in case of a frozen pipe?

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Is It Time to Upgrade an Ancient Heating System?

Monday, January 13th, 2020

We have many vintage homes in our area, and most of their owners love them and don’t want to make drastic modifications to them. But older homes are often difficult to heat. It’s not only due to less tight construction that allows for drafts and lower levels of insulation. It’s also the antiquated heating systems that can cost enormous amounts each winter to power. Old heat systems are sometimes Frankenstein monsters constructed of different parts, such as an oil-fired steam heating boiler, cast iron radiators, multiple different units for each floor, and electrical back-up heat.

If your home heating in Acton, MA is an old-fashioned system like a steam boiler or gas-fired oil furnace, or you’re needing to rely on space heaters for extra energy, and all of this is costing a small fortune each winter, we highly recommend an upgrade. The changes don’t have to be as drastic as they may at first appear—at least not if you work with our skilled professionals.

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The Benefits of a High Velocity AC System

Monday, July 29th, 2019

At Basnett, we take pride in staying current with the finest in air conditioning and other home comfort technology. It’s an important part of our job to make sure our customers can choose from the best in equipment to keep their homes cooled through the summer weather.

When it comes to great technology in air conditioning in Acton, MA, high velocity systems are among the most advanced—and a Unico high velocity system may be the perfect new system you’ve been searching for!

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Protect Your Pets From Your Plumbing (And Vice Versa)

Monday, July 15th, 2019

If you are a pet owner, you’ve probably read a good number of online articles about how best to make your home safe for your furry and feathered companions. Electrical safety is especially important, as well as knowing what food items to keep out of reach.

But have you ever thought of your pets and your plumbing? You may need to take a few precautions to keep your pets safe from possible mishaps with the plumbing. It works the other way as well—your pets may accidentally cause problems with pipes and drains!

Our plumbers have a few tips on ways to make your pets and your plumbing get along better so they both stay in good health.

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How to Fix a Slab Leak

Monday, July 1st, 2019
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We can finish this post in record time: you fix a slab leak by calling a professional plumber. You cannot fix a slab leak if you aren’t a trained plumber with the right equipment.

But we like to provide education to our customers about their plumbing in Acton, MA, since even a bit of knowledge can make a difference in knowing when it’s time to call a plumber and what sort of situation you have on your hands. And with that, let’s talk about …

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How a Plumber Can Help You Save Water

Monday, May 6th, 2019
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Almost any home can improve its water use to lower monthly bills and benefit the environment. You’ve probably seen lists of tips for lowering how much water your household consumes: shorter showers, turning off the faucet while brushing, only running the dishwasher on a full load, restricting watering the lawn, etc. These are all helpful ways to reduce water use.

But a plumber in Acton, MA can provide you excellent water-conserving solutions as well. Your household plumbing may be wasting water in ways you never considered, and a professional plumber can take care of jobs that will help you save water every day. Below are some of the services our plumbers offer that can make changes in your water bills:

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Toilet Leaking From the Base? Here Are Some Reasons Why

Monday, April 8th, 2019
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Few plumbing appliances cause people to panic as fast when they start to malfunction as the bathroom toilet. A leaking toilet, an overflowing toilet, a clogged toilet—these are serious problems you’ll want fixed as soon as you can. Some you might be able to handle on your own, such as using a toilet plunger to clear out a simple clog. Most other toilet repairs will require the assistance of a professional plumber.

Today we’re going to look at a problem that often affects bathroom toilets, which is water that appears to be leaking from around the base.

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Why Many Homeowners Love Radiant Heating

Monday, February 25th, 2019

white-heating-radiatorThe term radiant heating has a few different meanings when it comes to central HVAC for homes. The general meaning of radiant heating is a way that heat moves: waves of heat radiate off a hot object, and those move through space without heating the air until the waves meet another object and heat it. It’s the feeling you get from the pavement on a sunny day, or when you place your hand near a hot plate.

Radiant heating also refers to types of home heating systems that use this method of heating. Most radiant heating systems use a boiler to circulate water to points in the house, raise the temperature of those objects, and send heat into the rooms. Radiant heating systems can use radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor pipes at the terminal points that radiate heat into the room.

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Why Are There Bad Odors From My Garbage Disposal?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

girl-pinching-noseYou never want any bad smells to come from sections of the house, such as moldy odors from the air vents. (This is a common problem called “dirty sock syndrome,” and our HVAC technicians can help you out if it occurs.) But few odors are more distressing and downright unpleasant than foul smells coming from a stinky garbage disposal.

What is the cause of these terrible odors? There are a couple of possibilities we’ll look over, and we’ll also tell you how we can help. We have the professional plumbing in Acton, MA to fix any disposal, drain, or other home plumbing trouble you’ve got.

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