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Signs of Pending Water Heater Failure

November 20th, 2017

water heater being repairedAs we move deeper into fall, many homeowners throughout the country are taking preventive steps to winterize their home—from insulating pipes against freezing temperatures to ensuring that their heaters are ready for the long winter ahead.

Of course, in Tampa we don’t have to worry about all this (although, heater maintenance is still important for the cooler temps we do experience on some winter nights)—but there is one system that no matter where you live, you must pay attention to. And that’s your Tampa, FL water heater. Used every day and yet taken for granted, water heaters are designed to last for quite a long time. But no system lasts forever, and it’s vital that you be aware of signs that yours may be ready for replacement.

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Easy Ways to Prevent Plumbing Problems this Holiday Season

November 6th, 2017

mom and young daughter washing vegetables in kitchen sinkThe holidays are right around the corner, which means now is the time to prep your home, start planning parties, and oh, have your plumbing system maintained. Think about it—when you have increased guests in your home due to the holidays, there is an increased use of your plumbing system. We want to help you prepare for common plumbing issues before it’s too late.

In addition to hiring a professional plumber in Tampa, FL to conduct appropriate maintenance, you should take the proper precautions this holiday season to prevent common plumbing issues, such as:

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Are You in Need of a Thorough Drain Cleaning?

October 23rd, 2017

Tapwater flowing into a kitchen sink and down the plughole.One of the most important, yet often forgotten about, parts of your plumbing system is the drain and sewer system. If this section of plumbing isn’t working right or isn’t properly maintained, then you could find yourself facing serious issues.

Fortunately, though, it’s pretty simple to keep your drain system in good shape. All you need to do is make sure that you schedule Riverview, FL plumbing services on a regular basis—in particular, drain cleaning services. But how do you know if you actually need a thorough drain cleaning?

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What to Consider with New Construction Plumbing

October 9th, 2017

plumber hands fixing water tap with spannerOne of the most complex systems in any given home is that of the plumbing system—consisting of different pipes, components, and fixtures. So when it comes to Trinity, FL new construction plumbing, it’s vital that you choose reliable and qualified professional plumber to do the job. We understand what it takes to complete your specific job and will ensure that our work meets your expectations.

The most important thing to remember when hiring a contractor to complete this work for you is that an amateur is much more likely to make mistakes and leave you with an unreliable plumbing system. But how can you tell the difference between an inexperienced plumber and a pro?

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Noises You Never Want Your AC to Make

September 25th, 2017

top view of an outside unit of an air conditionerWhen you live in our area, using your air conditioner to keep cool on a daily basis is pretty much a year-round necessity. Therefore, you should always be keeping a close eye out in case any problems develop. Issues are most likely to develop with AC systems during the summer season—particularly near the end of it—when demand on the system is at its greatest.

This means that right now should be when you are the most watchful for any signs that your system needs professional air conditioning repair in Riverview, FL. One of the most common indicators that something is, in fact, wrong with your cooling system is if odd noises are coming from it during its daily operation. Keep reading to learn some of the more common AC noises that should be cause for concern.

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Tank vs. Tankless: Finding the Right Water Heater for You

September 11th, 2017

tankless water heater unit on floor inside homeWhen it comes to finding the right Trinity, FL water heater, many homeowners opt to go with the traditional storage tank water heater. This is suitable for many homes, and might be the best fit for yours. However, we urge you to consider a tankless system when the time comes. The reason for this is that tankless systems offer a number of benefits to household, including an unlimited supply of hot water, a longer lifespan, and a reduction in energy bills.

With any new technology, however, come some misconceptions. Unfortunately, these misconceptions can lead you to make the wrong choice for your home. While forgoing the more recent tankless system for a conventional storage tank water heater isn’t a bad idea, you could be paying more than necessary to heat your water. Keep reading for additional benefits to tankless water heaters, and see how we bust some common myths about these systems.

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HURRICANE TIPS FOR YOUR A/C

September 6th, 2017

 

Getting your home ready for a hurricane is a major undertaking. One of the items you should consider is your home’s central air conditioning system. Here are some things to consider when prepping your home for any major storm.

Before the Storm…

  • Check the hurricane straps which hold the outside condenser unit to the concrete hurricane pad; insure they are in good condition.Hurricane Strap
  • Remove any surrounding objects and debris from around the outdoor units.
    • ex: Patio furniture, yard equipment and lawn ornaments should be moved into a storage shed or inside the house and trim trees or shrubs to avoid damage.
  • Lower the temperature several degrees cooler than your usual preferred indoor temperature. This pre-cools your home and helps to keep your home cooler during and after the storm passes.

As the Storm Arrives…

  • TURN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER OFF both at the thermostat and the circuit breaker.
  • KEEP YOUR SYSTEM OFF DURING THE STORM. Power surges are a concern with any Florida storm. The constant power interruptions associated with major storms can cause your system to suffer serious damage.
  • Cover the outside unit with a heavy tarp or wooden cage, secured to the concrete hurricane slab; this helps to prevent flying debris from puncturing the coil or compressor.

After the Storm Passes…

  • When it is safe to go outside, remove any covering and inspect your air conditioner.
    • Was the A/C unit underwater at any point?
    • Are all refrigerant and electrical lines intact?
    • Is the condenser fan and the coil free of debris?
    • Do you hear a hissing noise like something is leaking air?
  • If anything looks damaged, like it has been submerged or out of the ordinary DO NOT START UP. Call for an Emergency Service Appointment.
  • If all seems ok after your inspection, turn your A/C back on as soon as possible, first at the circuit breaker then at the thermostat.
    • Leaving your a/c off for too long can give mold an opportunity to establish a foothold in your system and ducts.
  • Make sure to continually inspect your A/C system after starting it up. If you detect any evidence of electrical smoke…turn the system off. The storm may have damaged your system and operating it can make things worse.

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Improve Your Quality of Life with the Right Water Treatment

August 28th, 2017

water softener salt tankWhen you think about your Riverview, FL plumbing system and the things that can go wrong with it, you probably envision drain clogs, massive leaks, or maybe even broken sewer lines due to tree roots. But how often do you think about the quality of the water making its way through all of those pipes in your home?

It’s true, the Hillsborough County water & sewer municipality does an effective job of supplying us with clean and reliable drinking and potable water. But even the best municipal supply cannot always prevent the presence of hard water. Hard water is a description given to water that has high levels of minerals in it, namely magnesium and calcium.

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Never Ignore the Need for Air Conditioning Maintenance

August 14th, 2017

two hvac professionals inspecting the outside unit of an air conditionerWhichever type of air conditioning system you use to achieve home comfort—central air conditioner, ductless system, heat pump—you’ll want to make sure that it’s really able to combat the longstanding heat that we are all very well acquainted with.

With temperatures consistently high, and humidity making it worse, your air conditioner will need all the help you can give it. So if you haven’t yet scheduled an air conditioning tune-up in Oldsmar, FL this year, then there is no time like the present to do so.

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4 Common Midsummer AC Repair Needs

July 31st, 2017

outdoor-ac-unitAir conditioning repair needs seem to crop up at the most unexpected times for homeowners—particularly if you skip out on your routine maintenance appointment. Maintenance is the number one way to ensure that your cooling system runs as effectively and efficiently as it should for as long as it should. Otherwise, you could find yourself on one of the hottest days in midsummer with a malfunctioning system.

Of course, even if you do invest in maintenance as often as you should (once a year, or twice a year if you have a heat pump), there is still a chance that you will need air conditioning repairs in Carrollwood, FL. Fortunately, the majority of these are minor, so long as they are taken care of right away! Delaying air conditioner repairs can cause them to turn into emergencies, and potentially even a full system breakdown. So what are 4 common midsummer AC repair needs you may run into?

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