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

Why Oil Boilers Are Becoming Popular Heating Options Once More

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The most common types of boilers found in homes in the U.S. today are gas-powered and electric models. The extension of natural gas lines to more and more areas has made these efficient systems available to a larger number of households, and this has caused a decline in oil boilers that use stored heating oil as their fuel source.

But oil boilers are starting to make a comeback. Homes that would normally use an electric-powered boiler when natural gas is unavailable have instead made the choice to have an oil boiler installed. Not all heating companies provide service for oil boilers in Wayland, MA, but you will find the installation, repair, and maintenance services you require at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We have worked on boilers since 1987 in the MetroWest Area.

The advantages of oil boilers

So why this upsurge in popularity for oil boilers, when for many years homeowners without natural gas connection were encouraged to use electrical boilers instead?

One of the main reasons for the return of oil boilers as excellent home heating choices is the development of blends of standard heating oil with renewable biodiesel fuels. This blend lowers two of the principal drawbacks of oil boilers: that they increase dependence on foreign oil and that they create higher levels of pollution. These biodiesel fuels are domestically produced, and they are far much more environmentally friendly than standard oil, making boilers that use them attractive alternatives to electric boilers, which are often expensive to run.

With the effects of these two main problems with oil boilers reduced, homeowners can enjoy many of their benefits. Oil boilers generate powerful heating levels that can overcome the most intense colds we experience in the Northeast. Heating oil is also a safer fuel than natural gas because it is not explosive and does not generate deadly carbon monoxide gas. Compared to electricity, oil is a much less expensive form of energy.

With an oil boiler, you do need to take a few precautions, specifically planning ahead to make sure that you have a sufficient supply of oil to run your heater when you need it. However, it is a simple job to arrange for convenient oil delivery so your home is always prepared for long stretches of cold.

If you live in an area that does not have access to natural gas lines, we recommend that you consider an oil boiler as your home’s heating system. We also handle quality repairs and regular maintenance that you will need to get the most from your new oil boiler.

Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating and arrange an appointment to see if oil boilers in Wayland, MA are the ideal option for your home comfort.

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When is Air Conditioning Repair Necessary? A Littleton, MA Air Conditioning Tip

Monday, July 8th, 2013

We see many homeowners that let their air conditioning issues continue on either because they don’t know something is wrong or they just don’t want to have to schedule repair when their AC is not completely broken down. That’s why we wanted to put together a quick list of some of the signs that indicate that you need to call for AC repair.

  • Not enough cooling – If your air conditioning system isn’t producing enough cooling for your home you should definitely call for repair. This issue will just keep getting worse until you aren’t getting any cooling at all. Insufficient cooling might be caused by low refrigerant, a broken motor, a bad capacitor or a faulty thermostat.
  • Strange noises – Is your air conditioning system making a squealing, hissing or gurgling noise?  If your fan motor’s belt is bad then it is likely the source of the squealing. Hissing usually indicates that you have a refrigerant leak somewhere. Gurgling likely means you have low refrigerant.
  • AC not turning on – Obviously, if your air conditioner isn’t turning on at all then you have a serious issue with your system. While this could be something simple like bad thermostat wiring it could also be that your fan motors’ capacitors are broken. It could also be the motors themselves that aren’t able to turn on.
  • The air filter – Air conditioning air filters are, by far, the most common cause of AC repair. Its very important that you change your air filters on a regular basis. If they get clogged they can cause many of the issues listed above.

If you need air conditioning repair in Littleton, MA, make sure that you call the professionals at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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Littleton Plumbing Tip: Equipment Every Homeowner Should Have

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Are you concerned that you may not be prepared should an emergency arise in your home? While professional service is necessary to handle any major plumbing problems in your home, it can be helpful to know what type of equipment you should keep on hand in the event that something does go wrong with your plumbing. At Basnett Plumbing, we are committed to informing our customers about their plumbing systems, and that includes making sure they know what equipment they should keep on hand. In today’s post, the Littleton plumbing experts here would like to help you assemble a starter plumbing toolkit.

  • Plunger: Make sure that you have a good plunger at your disposal. It’s best to pay slightly more at a good hardware store, than to be frustrated at a cheap model’s inability to handle even the most minor of clogs. These can often be used to unclog drains as well as the toilet.
  • Auger: An auger is a flexible hose that has a variety of attachments on its end. It is inserted into the sink or toilet to dislodge stubborn clogs and blockages that are preventing normal operation. But be careful with the use of your auger. There are different augers for different applications, and using the wrong attachment can actually cause significant damage to your plumbing system that can result in high repair costs.
  • The phone number of a good plumber: While some homeowners are more enthusiastic about approaching their plumbing system, everyone needs the phone number of a good plumber. Make sure you keep yours in a place within easy reach in case something goes wrong with you plumbing. This is an essential part of your plumbing equipment.

Call Basnett Plumbing today for comprehensive Littleton plumbing services

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Why is My AC Blowing Warm Air? An Air Conditioning Question from Westford MA

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

We all rely on our air conditioning systems to keep us comfortable during the hottest months of the summer. However, a very common Westford, MA air conditioning repair that we see is an AC that is blowing warm air. Make sure that you call the professionals at Basnett Plumbing and Heating if you’re having any problems with your air conditioning system. We can fix any issue that you might be having no matter what make or model of AC unit that you have. Here are a few of the most common causes of warm air coming out of your AC.

  • Thermostat – Your thermostats are one of the most important and most overlooked components of your air conditioning system. If your thermostat is mis-calibrated or malfunctioning, it could be telling your air conditioning system to blow warm air into your home.
  • Compressor: The refrigerant goes into the compressor as a gas, where it is compressed which causes its temperature and energy to rise. Then it goes to the condenser coils, which dissipates the heat. If your condenser coils are dirty or your compressor is malfunctioning, your AC will not be able to cool the air properly.
  • Fan motor – The fan motor in your air conditioning system is critical to its operation. If the fan motor isn’t working well then it could meant that you aren’t getting enough cool air into your home. As the air moves slowly through your ducts it could absorb quite a bit of heat and cause it to be warm once it actually gets to the registers in your home.

Call the Westford, MA air conditioning repair, replacement and installation experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating today. If your air conditioning system needs to be replaced we will work with you to find a good system that matches your home’s needs and your budget.

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Concord, MA Plumbing Repair Tip: Why Drain Clogs Are Serious Business

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

For most homeowners, the word “plumbing” makes us think of the kitchen sink, of showerheads, faucets, and hot water. But the pipes in your plumbing system are a complex and integral part of your home that needs professional attention just like any other part. In particular, most non-professionals are apt to take the wastewater disposal system for granted.  By swiftly removing organic waste from your home and disposing of it in the septic tank or municipal waste management system, your plumbing allows you to flush the toilet, take a hot shower, and wash your clothes and dishware. That’s why drain clogs are serious business, and should not be taken lightly. Call Basnett Plumbing for comprehensive Concord, MA plumbing repair services.

There are numerous potential causes of drain clogs. Considering how much wear and tear they endure, it’s no wonder that hair, grease, food, and other organic waste may begin to accumulate on the interior surface of the piping. While you’re probably familiar with having to plunge the toilet or remove an unsightly clump of hair at your shower drain, clogs can also occur deep within your plumbing system, which makes them difficult to fix without professional equipment and skill.

Another problem arises when mineral deposits attach themselves to the interior of your drainpipes, having been left behind by hard water. Such blockages are much more difficult to remove than other types of clogs, but can be removed by hydrojetting. Another potential cause of a clog occurs if your sewer main fails. If it has collapsed or it becomes blocked by penetrating tree roots, then your plumbing system simply can’t work properly.

Fortunately, you have options. Professional plumbing technicians can repair such issues by using video camera inspection and other tests to determine the location and type of problem. Once it is diagnosed, then he can offer a solution that works for you. It’s best to call immediately for professional Concord, MA plumbing repair, to ensure that it doesn’t worsen. Call Basnett Plumbing today!

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Littleton, MA Plumbing Guide: Causes of a Running Toilet

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Minor plumbing problems can often be the most irritating. If your basement floods or your drains become blocked, it seems clear what’s going on. But when the problem is small, and dependent on numerous intricate details, it can be frustrating, especially when it’s the sound of running water. In this post, we’d like to explain some potential causes of a running toilet. When you need professional Littleton, MA plumbing services, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today!

  • Flush valve: The flush valve controls the flushing of water from the tank into the toilet bowl. If this valve is sticky, then you may find that your flush lever (the one that you use to flush the toilet) may need to be jiggled a few times to stop the running water. In order for your tank to refill, the flush valve needs to cover the drain hole. This is one of the most common reasons for a running toilet, and it means that the connection between the lever and the valve is malfunctioning, probably due to some loose component.
  • Overflow tube: The overflow tube controls the balance of water in your tank and bowl after the flush. If it malfunctions, then water will constantly be moving between your tank and bowl.
  • Filler valve: Also known as the ballcock, if this valve doesn’t close completely, it can result in a running toilet.
  • Float ball problem: The float ball is connected to the float arm. As the water rises in the tank during refilling, the floatball moves upward. Once it reaches a certain point, it activates the flapper valve in order to stop the water from entering the tank. But if it’s hitting the sides of the tank, then the entire refilling process is disrupted.

A running toilet can keep you up at night and increase your water bill. Make sure you take care of it by calling a professional plumber. When you need Littleton, MA plumbing service, call the experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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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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Acton, MA Heating Question: What Causes Boiler Leaks?

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Boilers are efficient heating and hot water systems that operate by sending hot water or steam throughout your home by means of copper baseboard or radiators. They are versatile systems that heat your home effectively during the coldest temperatures. Like any home heating and cooling system, however, boilers can develop leaks for a variety of reasons, from general wear and tear to the seals and piping to pressure issues. No matter what the problem is, it should be handled immediately and professionally by a boiler technician. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating for any heating repairs you need in Acton, MA.

While determining that you have a leak is not always straightforward, determining its cause is even less so. There are a few common causes for boiler leaks:

  • Cracks. While your boiler may appear indestructible, anything made out of metal can begin to show stress and strain during cycles of repeated heating and cooling. Metal is not inert: it expands and contracts according to its temperature, and over time, this fluctuation may lead to a crack. While this can often require repair, if it happens to an older boiler, it may be an indication that it’s time for replacement.
  • Loose connections. This expansion and contraction of the mechanical structure of your boiler can also cause connections surrounding the boiler to loosen over time. It might be a pipe, fitting, tube, or valve that’s damaged.
  • Damaged seals. As with any highly pressurized system, your boiler has seals that ensure your connections are tight, and that the water passing through them doesn’t leak. The pump of your boiler may be pushing water out through the seals, for example. Deteriorating seals should be replaced.
  • Pressure problem. There is a pressure outlet pipe attached to your boiler, which allows excess water to drip outside of the boiler. This isn’t a leak, and it has the critical function of allowing pressure to escape from the boiler. If too much is coming out, you may have too much pressure in the tank itself.

Don’t wait to have your boiler leak checked. For heating repair in Acton, MA, call Basnett Plumbing today! 

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Littleton, MA Heating Guide: Why You Need a Load Calculation for Your New Heating System

Monday, March 11th, 2013

A load calculation should be performed by a heating professional before selecting your new heating system in your Littleton, MA home. Only a comprehensive evaluation of your home and property, including house layout, orientation, and size, will be able to indicate what type and what size your heating system should be. For professional advice and installation of your new heating system, you can rely on the Littleton, MA heating experts at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. As one of the leading providers in the area, we can perform a comprehensive load calculation of your home so that we can make sure your new heating system works effectively and efficiently. Call us today!

A load calculation seeks to measure the potential for heat gain and heat loss of your home. There are a variety of measurements and factors to take into consideration. Heat gain is how much your heating system can produce, which is typically measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units). If your heater is too small or large, it won’t be able to create the appropriate amount of heat, which can cause all sorts of problems, from overheating your system to unpleasant indoor temperatures.

Heat loss is just as important. It is the measurement of how much heat your home will lose and how fast the temperature will fluctuate. The size and thickness of your walls, windows, floors, basement, ductwork, roof, doors, as well as the quality of your ventilation, and the slab grade all determine how much heat loss your system will undergo during the heating season. It depends not only upon the durability of these parts of your home, but also upon their installation. Like all mathematical calculations, however, it is only an estimate, and it has to make certain assumptions in the process. For example, a typical heating load calculation will assume, for the purpose of measurement, that heat transfer occurs instantaneously, and that all materials are the same.

That’s why you need a heating contractor with real-world experience. If you’re considering a new heating system for your home in Littleton, MA, call Basnett Plumbing & Heating. We can perform an accurate load calculation for your home, in order to ensure that your new heater provides lasting comfort and energy-efficiency. Call us today!

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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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