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

AC Maintenance Can Help You Settle the “Repair or Replace?” Question

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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When spring starts, we recommend you evaluate the performance of your home air conditioning system over the previous year. Any type of central air conditioning system has a limited service life. No matter how well the AC is cared for, a time will come when continuing with repairs isn’t the best idea and the AC needs to be replaced.

Sometimes it’s easy to decide when to replace an air conditioner. If a central cooling system fails entirely and is beyond what any repair could reasonably fix, that’s a clear-cut sign it’s time for new system. But this extreme situation is rare, and you want to avoid it if at all possible by replacing the air conditioner before reaching this point. On the other hand, you don’t want to choose to pay for a replacement if less expensive repairs will keep the AC going effectively for a few more years.

If you’re currently in a bind about “repair vs. replace” for your air conditioner, we recommend calling professionals for spring AC maintenance. You should always schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system before the summer weather—and in this case you can ask your maintenance tech important questions about replacement.

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How We Clean Your Drains—And Why You Want Us To

Monday, February 11th, 2019

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramDrain cleaning is a term that often gets lumped together with the so-called “drain cleaners” people can purchase off store shelves. We wish this connection didn’t exist! Pouring these acidic chemicals down drains can do more harm than good, and they’re highly toxic. They certainly don’t “clean” drains, but instead only chew through obstructions just enough to allow water to flow through.

Genuine professional drain cleaning is actual drain cleaning. Our plumbers use special tools to do the job so that the interiors of your drain pipes are scoured clean of debris like food deposits, fat and grease buildup, soap scum, and mineral deposits.

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Time for Some Winter Plumbing Planning

Monday, November 5th, 2018

frozen-glassNot all cities need to worry about winterizing residential plumbing, but the MetroWest Area definitely does! Frozen pipes in the winter are bad news and can lead to burst pipes and damaged appliances. We advise you take some steps to winterize your home plumbing before the coldest weather of the year arrives. The amount you’ll need to do varies: older homes or homes that will be empty for part of the winter need more work. You can rely on our plumbers for the assistance you need to ensure proper winterization if you are unsure about the amount your house requires.

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The Overcharged or Undercharged AC: Why You Don’t Want Either!

Monday, July 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantWhat does an overcharged or undercharged air conditioning system mean?

It doesn’t have anything to do with price, and it isn’t electrically charged the way a cell phone or other mobile device is charged. The “charge” in this case refers to the amount of chemical refrigerant circulating inside an AC system.

  • Too much refrigerant: overcharged.
  • Too little refrigerant: undercharged.

To understand why either situation is a serious problem, we have to explain a bit about refrigerant.

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Pinhole Leaks: A Sinister, Sneaky Plumbing Problem

Monday, June 4th, 2018

two-copper-pipesOne of the big advantages of using copper piping in a house rather than older pipe materials like galvanized steel and cast iron is that copper is corrosion-resistant. Steel and iron tend to rust away over time, while copper has a much longer life and won’t allow toxins to get into the freshwater.

But people often get the idea that copper doesn’t corrode at all, which isn’t true. A corrosion-resistant metal isn’t a corrosion-proof metal. There is a type of corrosion that affects copper, and it can lead to one of the most insidious of all plumbing problems: pinhole leaks.

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3 Things to Know about Your Home’s Furnace

Monday, October 9th, 2017

furnace-open-oldThe first thing we think any homeowner should know is that a furnace is far different from a boiler. While they may both burn fuel to generate heat, the way they heat a room is different. While boilers heat water to send it out to rooms of the home for radiant heating, furnaces heat the air, and push that heated air out into the rooms.

Most people in the U.S. have a furnace in the home for their whole-house heating, and it typically runs on natural gas from the municipal supply. Today, we’re focused on these forced-air heaters, as we think there are a few more things any furnace owner should know. Read on, and call in our professionals when you decide you need professional service.

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Leaky Ductwork Is Costing You Money

Monday, May 8th, 2017

HVAC-ductwork-renderingIt’s the perfect time of year to seal your ductwork. The problem is that most people have no idea the ducts in their home are leaky to begin with. Of course, you cannot see ductwork if you have a central heating and cooling system. It is hidden in the crawlspaces, attic, and elsewhere in the nooks and crannies of your home.

When air is leaking from the ducts, it’s not as if you’ll be able to hold a hand up to the vents and feel it. Still, it can greatly reduce airflow, which raises your energy bills.

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Save Up to $150 on a New Water Heater

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Are you ready to replace that older, run-down water heater? If your water heater is over 6 years old, it may be time to trade it out. Chances are high that it’s working inefficiently, for one thing. In addition, although today’s water heaters are quite safe, the chances of a problem become higher with each passing year. In some rare cases, old, poorly-maintained water heaters could even explode!

If you’ve got an older or broken-down water heater, we’ve got a deal for you. Through the end of January, we are offering a special. Get up to $150 off when you get a new water heater from us!

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Cold and Snow

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Are you ready for another cold winter? It’s easy to let some routine maintenance tasks for your home fall by the wayside. But that means there’s a higher chance you’ll have to deal with a heating system breakdown when you really need it, or a major leak within your home.

Prepare your house for the cold and snow with our 6 tips, and feel confident that your home is safe and efficient this winter.

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Schedule Heating Maintenance for Safety and Efficiency

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

There are two main concerns homeowners often have as the weather starts to cool down and they realize they need to turn on their heating systems. The first concern is that it’s difficult to know whether or not a heating system is working safely. And secondly, is it possible to save money on heating this year?

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