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Tips for Choosing a Plumbing Pro

December 3rd, 2018

Technician servicing an hot-water heaterWhen you hire a plumber, you want to be sure that they can handle any plumbing need. You also want your plumber to be qualified. We understand just how important the convenience of modern indoor plumbing is to you. Homeowners don’t often think about their plumbing system, mostly because it is hidden behind walls and under floors. Keep in mind, your plumbing system needs regular attention too.

Plumbing systems are not simple systems, and their overall function depends on many factors. Scheduling regular maintenance with a qualified plumber significantly reduces the need for repair and prolongs your systems’ lifespan. And, when something does go wrong, you want to work with a plumber that can get the job done correctly. IERNA’s Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing offers excellent plumbing services in Tampa, FL.

We have compiled a list of qualities you should look for in a plumber:

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The Signs of a Failing Water Heater

November 19th, 2018

technician fixing water heaterNo matter where you live, no matter the weather, there is one home comfort system that you’ll absolutely need to work in your home—your water heater! It’s easy to take this system for granted, and the fact that it will supply you with hot water whenever you need it.

When you consider the level of stress your water heater undergoes, however (it works 365 days a year!) you’ll understand that it can’t operate 100% free from problems. At one point or another, you’ll likely need to have your water heater professionally repaired, or potentially even replaced. It helps to know the warning signs that something is amiss with your water heater. Keep reading to learn about some of these indicators.

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Holiday Plumbing Troubles to Avoid

November 5th, 2018

person's hands washing lettuce in the kitchen sinkThe holidays are almost here, as crazy as that may seem! It’s a time for friends, family, and… food! This last part is the one that we want to focus on today. The fact is, if you celebrate these holidays and plan on hosting any parties or family get-togethers in your home that involve food, you need to read this blog post!

We want to help you prevent major issues in your home—especially your plumbing—this holiday season. After all, this time of the year is hectic enough without having to worry about a plumbing emergency. True, plumbing issues are never convenient or fun, but it’s definitely compounded when you have a lot to do.

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Ever Had Your Ducts Cleaned? It’s Probably Time

October 22nd, 2018

technician taking off vent to access ductIn our last blog post, we talked about how important AC cleanliness was to its functionality. In this post, we were talking mainly about the coils of the system and how the air filter is in place to protect these areas from debris. But there’s another component of your air conditioner you might not be considering when it comes to cleanliness, and that’s your ductwork.

We don’t blame you for not thinking your air ducts. After all, they’re typically hidden from sight, traversing through spaces between walls and through your attic. Exposed ducts are not typically something you see in residential buildings, and for good reason—it’s just not aesthetically pleasing, right? But in this post, we want to urge you to think about your ducts, and more importantly, why it may be time for you to invest in professional duct cleaning in Tampa.

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Does AC Cleanliness Matter?

October 8th, 2018

technician taking apart AC to serviceThe short answer to this is, “yes.” Your air conditioner simply cannot function as efficiently and effectively as it is meant to if the internal components are dirty. This starts, of course, with changing your air filter.

“But wait,” you might be wondering, “isn’t my air filter there to protect my indoor air quality?”

No, that air filter—which comes standard with your HVAC system upon installation—is in place to protect the inside components of your system from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can impact AC performance. You should be changing your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of use—the more contaminants in the home the more often it should be changed (for instance, pet dander and cigarette smoke are both considered contaminants).

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Are You Using Your Cooling System As Efficiently As Possible?

September 24th, 2018

Woman feeling hot and trying to refresh in summertime heatThere aren’t many people in the Tampa area who would argue against you that having a fully effective air conditioning system is an absolute must. Not only is this needed to make your home comfortable, but to make it bearable. If your air conditioner doesn’t work the way it’s meant to, however, then you may need repairs, or it could even be time to look into a new Tampa AC installation, depending on how old your unit is.

These are not your only options when it comes to increasing system efficiency, though. You may have a brand new air conditioner that works just fine and has a high-efficiency rating already. That doesn’t mean you can’t improve the efficiency even more, though. And by improving the efficiency, you’re ultimately saving money! So, what’s the trick? Well, there are a few—read on!

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Remodeling a Home? Consider Ductless AC

September 10th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.Chances are you’ve heard of ductless mini splits at some time or another. Ductless cooling (and heating) is very popular in Europe and Japan, where central cooling is less common and is now increasing in popularity here in the U.S. If you are considering adding a new air conditioner to your home, whether due to new construction or to replace your existing, aging, air conditioner, then we highly recommend considering a ductless unit.

But is this the right choice for your home and your specific needs? Only a professional can really determine that, so be sure to give us a call if you’re taking this into consideration. In the meantime, we’ve provided some guidelines below on when ductless air conditioning in Tampa may be a great idea!

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Sounds You Never Want to Hear from Your AC

August 27th, 2018

woman-covering-her-ears-on-white-backgroundAs your AC ages and you spend more days with your system running, you might notice new things arising. Hopefully, these new things are good, like an adjustable fan speed that you never noticed before or a temperature preset feature that you glossed over while reading the manual.

If your realization is less pleasant—for instance, the subtle whooshing noise your AC used to make when it was brand new has progressed into a staccato clunking—then this is the list for you. If your AC is making any of these noises, you should call our amazing team at IERNA’s Heating, Cooling & Plumbing for air conditioning repair in Tampa.

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

August 13th, 2018

technician working on air conditioning systemIf your aging air conditioner has broken down and no repair will get it back up and running, then, yes it probably is too late for AC maintenance. But, unless you’ve never cared for your air conditioner in the 10+ years you’ve had it, that’s very unlikely! That being said, no, it’s not too late for air conditioning maintenance.

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Common Summer AC Repairs to Be Aware of

July 30th, 2018

Downtown Tampa Florida in the afternoonUnfortunately, even though we wish it were true, there is no air conditioner on the market that will perform at 100% efficiency and effectiveness throughout its entire lifespan. Now, you can definitely reduce your chances of needing sudden emergency repairs, and maybe even the most costly of AC repairs, by scheduling routine maintenance. Maintenance should be performed at least once a year for a standard air conditioner and twice a year for heat pump systems.

And when your Tampa, FL air conditioning system does need repair, our team is the one to contact. The sooner you address issues with your air conditioner, the less likely it is that your system will suffer serious problems or damage later on. There is no air conditioner problem that’s small enough to ignore or delay.

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