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

Join Us for the Bare Hill Triathlon in Harvard, MA on June 28, 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Each year the Harvard Lions Club organizes the Bare Hill Triathlon in Harvard, MA at the end of June. Competitors from all over the state and beyond compete in a ½ mile swim in Bare Hill Pond, followed by a scenic 10.5 mile bike ride and a 3.2 mile run  through the Nashua River Valley. Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC has had the pleasure of being a sponsor of the triathlon since its inception. We love contributing to the local community and can’t thank past and future participants enough. It’s a lovely event and each year we are proud to be a part of it. Come on down and support the local community as a competitor, a volunteer or as a spectator! Good luck to all who contribute and thank you to the Harvard Lions Club for their partnership in this event. See you all at the end of June!

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How Do Ductless Heat Pumps Heat a Home?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The technology of home comfort advances each year. Although the older methods of home heating, furnaces and boilers, are still around and still delivering cozy indoor environments through the winter, the more recent heat pumps have become common choices for many homeowners. Going one step further from the advances of the heat pump is the ductless mini split heat pump, which permits a home to receive central heating (and cooling) through forced air, but without requiring a single foot of ductwork anywhere in the house.

Our team at Basnett Plumbing & Heating installs ductless heat pumps in Southborough, MA and throughout the MetroWest area. If you are interested in having a ductless heating system for your home, call our technicians today and they can give you all the information you need to help make a decision about the best option for your family’s comfort.

How ductless heat pumps work

The way that heat pumps operate without using a network of ducts installed in the walls and ceilings is to combine some of the functions of window air conditioning units with central heating and air. Window ACs provide spot cooling for rooms by blowing air directly from their cabinet: the blower is installed in the unit along with the evaporator coil. What a ductless heat pump does is use multiple smaller blower units containing fans and coils placed throughout the house to send conditioned air directly into rooms: no ducts necessary.

But how is this a “centralized” heating and cooling system? Each of the blowers connects to an outdoor unit through refrigerant, condensate, and power lines. The outdoor unit works as a condenser when the heat pump is in cooling mode, and as an evaporator when the heat pump is in heating mode.

Otherwise, a ductless mini split heat pump works in the same fashion as a standard heat pump: the system moves refrigerant in a cycle that transports heat from one location and deposits it in another. When you need to warm up your house, the heat pump moves refrigerant from the compressor in the outdoor unit to each of the indoor blowers, where they release heat along the coils and fans sends the warm air into the rooms. The refrigerant from each blower then returns to the outdoor unit where it absorbs heat from the outside. (Yes, even in cold weather, there is heat available in the air for the heat pump to absorb.)

Is a ductless heat pump right for my home?

To answer this question, you should call our specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. They can look over your home and determine if it will benefit from a ductless mini split heat pump or not. For Southborough, MA, ductless heat pumps are especially helpful for older and historic homes that do not have space for ductwork. But they are also excellent if you planning remodeling or a new home construction.

Let us help you make the best choice for your family’s comfort.

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Don’t Get Left in the Cold, Utility Rebates are Available to Help You Replace Your Old Heating Equipment

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

When was the last time you checked your heating system to ensure it was running properly and efficiently? Have you been putting off replacing your old equipment due to cost? It’s time to take a look at what’s available to you in the form of rebates for some of the newest high-efficiency heating equipment.

Heating equipment is typically the largest energy user in your home. If you have a system that is more than 20 years old, it’s probably running very inefficiently compared to today’s models. One way to help offset the rising cost of energy and significantly reduce heating costs is to replace an old furnace or boiler with new high-efficiency heating equipment.  The newest ENERGY STAR rated furnaces  have an AFUE rating of 90% or higher, and the most efficient boilers now have an AFUE rating of 95% or higher.  This efficiency translates into savings on your heating bill and a more comfortable home.  In fact, a new furnace or boiler can save up to 30% of your heating energy use.

If you’re wondering about how you can take advantage of the rebates available through your local utilities then look no further.   Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help guide you in your purchase and customize a system that best fits your needs.

Call us today at 978-486-3767 and find out more about what makes this new high efficiency equipment so great and how you can save on installation!

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What to Do About Leaky Plumbing in Westford, MA

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Leaky plumbing can be a frustrating problem for many homeowners in the Westford, MA area. After all, unless your basement floods, leaks can be difficult to detect, much less determine where they actually are. There are some common signs of leaky plumbing: spike in your water bills, discoloration of walls and flooring, decreased water pressure. But even if you know you have a leak, you might not know what to do next. In this post, the team at Basnett Plumbing has compiled a list of things to do when you suspect you might have leaky plumbing in Westford, MA. Call us today for comprehensive leak repair.

Because most problems in your piping occur at or near fixtures, connections, and appliances, knowing the basics about your water supply is crucial for handling a water leak effectively. Here are some steps to take:

  • Shut off the nearest valve. Your toilet and major plumbed fixtures have a supply valve, which controls the water flow. Knowing where that it is and how it works can help you stop a potentially damaging leak. If your leak is restricted to a place near this valve, this can help stave off the water.
  • Shut off the water main. There should be a main water valve somewhere in your house that controls the water supply. In cases where you do not know exactly where your leak is or if it’s in the middle of a pipe in the wall, you can always shut off your main valve. While there will still be a small amount of water in your piping system, this can give you some time to sort things out.
  • Call a plumber. Only a certified plumber will know how to accurately and quickly diagnose and fix your leak. Whether it’s a slow leak or a burst pipe, you need to ensure that you minimize the damage to your home by having the emergency number of a professional always close to hand. Make sure other family members know where it is, too, in case you’re not there.

Leaky plumbing can damage your home and hamper your comfort. Knowing where your supply valves are, and how to reach your local certified plumber are necessary steps towards dealing with water leaks effectively. For plumbing repair in Westford, MA, call Basnett Plumbing today! 

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Featured Recipe- Something Green for St. Patty’s!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

St. Patrick's Day RecipeAre you looking for something green to bring to a St. Patrick’s Day Party? Try this traditional Guacamole recipe- with a twist!

Ingredient of the Month:

Avacado

  • Many health benefits and nutrients.
  • Beneficial fats
  • Available year round
  • Use in salads, wraps, dips and stir fry

 

Rob’s Favorite Guacamole:

2 ripe avocados, cubed, not smashed

1 small onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

½ fresh lime, juiced

½ cup pomegranate seeds

Salt to taste (optional)

Corn or pita chips

 

Mix the onion, garlic and lime juice together.  Add salt to taste.  Carefully fold the cubed avocado and half of the pomegranate seeds in to onion mixture.

Top with remaining seeds and serve.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been proudly service the Metrowest area since 1987. For the past 26 years we have been providing plumbing, heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services in Littleton, Lancaster, Arlington and the surrounding Massachusetts areas. As a family-owned business we strive to provide the best customer service and technical expertise available.

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Groton, MA Plumbing Guide: Common Problems with Laundry Pipes

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Laundry pipes feed and drain the washing machine in your Groton, MA home’s laundry room or basement. Like any piece of plumbing, they need to be properly fitted and installed to match your washer’s requirements. They should allow the washer to do its job efficiently and without any problems. Like most plumbing in your house, you hardly notice your laundry pipes until they begin to leak or stop working. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating if you’re having any problems with your laundry pipes.

Below are some common problems that many Groton, MA homeowners have with their laundry pipes.

  • Damp walls or floors. If there is excessive moisture on the walls or floors of your washing room, there may be a leak in your laundry pipes. It could also be an air circulation issue. Dampness in your home can lead to a variety of problems, so call a professional plumber if you suspect a problem with your laundry pipes.
  • Clogged drain. Lint, hair and various debris tend to block drain pipes. Make sure that the waste pipe is properly cleaned so that your washer can drain.
  • No water. This problem can occur for a few different reasons, and may indicate a more general problem with your water heating system. Your water supply valve might be turned off, but if you localize it to your laundry pipe, call a Groton, MA plumbing professional.
  • Not enough water. The flexible inlet pipe might have been kinked by the machine or by something that fell on it. If it is damaged, it may need to be replaced by a laundry pipe professional. There may also be clogged filters preventing water from getting through to your washer.

Always remember to contact a professional plumber for service in Groton, MA. Many of these problems may be considered to be minor repairs, but hiring a professional gives you the confidence that comes in knowing the job was completed properly. The key to avoiding repair, however, is prevention. Scheduling routine preventive maintenance will help you avoid major and potentially disastrous washer leaks in the future. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today to schedule a consultation!

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Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating for a Second Opinion!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Heating and Cooling Repairs | Littleton | Basnett Plumbing & HeatingMake sure you are getting the best deal for any plumbing, heating or AC work by calling Basnett today! We are committed to providing top quality service and fair pricing. We are the reliable choice in the MA areas of Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, and Worcester County.

“We were having problems with our AC and had used another company to evaluate the problem. They said that we needed to replace the entire system at a cost of $7,000.00. That’s when we call Basnett for a second opinion. I spoke with Nancy who was very professional and knowledgeable and set up our appointment.

It took less than an hour for their technician Wayne to discover the problem and fix it without having to replace the entire unit for a fraction of what proposed by the other company. I was totally impressed and will recommend to anyone who is in need of services that they provide.”

-Neil M.

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Call Basnett Plumbing and Heating for Your Cooling Needs!

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Stressed over energy costs? Don’t beat yourself up! Basnett Plumbing and Heating has the solution for all of your plumbing, heating and cooling needs. Basnett has been proudly serving the MetroWest area for 25 years.

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