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3 Signs You Need AC Service Soon

April 8th, 2019

woman-feeling-hot-in-her-homeWouldn’t it be nice if our most used appliances could last forever? Particularly our air conditioners, considering where we live. But alas, our cooling systems have a limited lifespan. When yours starts nearing the end of that lifespan, it may be a good idea to invest in a replacement. But, replacement isn’t always the answer. Sometimes, your air conditioner can get by another season or two with repairs, depending on how well it’s been taken care of over the years.

One thing is for sure—no matter how diligent you are about scheduling air conditioner maintenance and keeping up on repairs, you never want to ignore any signs of an air conditioner in distress. Nor do you want to try to diagnose an air conditioner problem on your own. That’s what we are here for. Our trained and experienced technicians know what to look for when your air conditioner is acting up, so if any of the 3 following signs describe your cooling system, be sure to give us a call!

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Why You Should Invest in Plumbing Maintenance

March 25th, 2019

family-washing-hands-in-sinkHave you ever skipped maintenance for your car? How about your air conditioner? Chances are, even if you don’t do it as often as you’re supposed to, you do take your vehicle in for maintenance, and have at some point had an HVAC professional inspect your air conditioner—because you know without maintenance that these systems are likely to have problems that you won’t be able to fix on your own.

Well, your plumbing and drain system is no exception to this rule. When is the last time you scheduled plumbing maintenance? We’re guessing if you stumbled across this blog post and you’ve made it this far, you want to know why, exactly, you should invest in such a service. The short answer it, it helps prevent major, costly plumbing issues!

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Have You Scheduled AC Maintenance Yet?

March 11th, 2019

technician working on air conditioning systemUnderstandably, when an HVAC professional recommends maintenance for your air conditioning system, it can be easy for you to dismiss. Unless something is severely wrong with your cooling system—like you noticed a loss of cooling power, you might be tempted to put off maintenance, especially if your air conditioner has been working “just fine.”

The fact of the matter is, however, that just like maintenance for your vehicle, routine AC maintenance is vital to the performance of your cooling system as well as repair prevention. And as a trusted resource for professional Tampa HVAC services, we have the responsibility to share with you why regular maintenance is so vital, and when you should schedule it.

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Tips to Avoid Common Bathroom Plumbing Issues

February 25th, 2019

beautiful-bathroom-with-glass-shower-stallSure, bathroom plumbing is not the most glamorous subject to talk about—okay, it’s not at all glamorous. Still though, your bathrooms are the most used rooms in your home, which means your plumbing in these rooms requires some attention.

There are a plethora of plumbing components within your bathroom—fixtures, pipes, your bathroom sink, your toilet, your bathtub, and your shower. Any or all of the following problems can impact these components, which we’ll go over, and talk about some ways to prevent issues.

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Store-Bought Drain Cleaners are No Solution

February 11th, 2019

drain-bubbling-with-waterWe understand the temptation of going to the store and buying a jug of chemical drain cleaner to clear up a clog in your plumbing system. It’s quick, convenient, and cheap. But although this phrase may be considered clichéd, it’s important to remember that you “get what you pay for.”

Store-bought draining cleaning “solutions” are marketed towards homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain that has slowed or stopped water flow. But any plumber is likely to warn you against using it. Keep reading to learn why!

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Reasons Your Next Water Heater Should Be Tankless

January 28th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterHas your water heater started to show signs of failure? Perhaps your tank water heater isn’t providing you with hot water as long as it used to during the day, or the water isn’t hot enough. Maybe you’re seeing discoloration in your hot water taps, indicative of a system that’s started succumbing to rust. Before you rush off and get a new storage tank water heater, we encourage you to learn more about tankless water heaters, and see if this type of installation would benefit you!

There are still many homeowners out there who don’t realize that they have this option when it comes to water heater installation. There are actually many options when it comes to water heater systems. Tankless models are subject to a bit of scrutiny, as some homeowners are skeptical of a water heater that can work as well “on demand” rather than relying on a tank full of hot water. Will it end up meeting your needs? Read on to learn more and decide for yourself!

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How Can You Avoid Plumbing Clogs?

January 14th, 2019

Clogged drain pipes Smaller pipes. Originally shot for a copper pipe replacing company, but never used. These clogged pipes came out of an old apartment building that was having water drainage issues.There’s no single type of plumbing clog, and therefore there is no one way to prevent one.

And you can trust us when we say that our plumbing professionals have handled them all. In fact when most people think of “plumbers,” the first job they often think of is drain unclogging. Of course, we do a lot more than just unclogging drains—we even offer a lot more than just plumbing services—but yes, drain clogs are the most common plumbing hassle we deal with.

The reason for this is because there are so many different things that can cause a clog to start, depending on the area of the home it occurs in. The best way to avoid plumbing clogs is by knowing what some of the most popular causes are. Read on to learn more!

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“Will My Tankless Water Heater Ever Need Repairs?”

December 31st, 2018

repair of the gas water heaterYes, just like any other home comfort system, a tankless water heater may at some point need a repair of some kind. True, a tankless system has fewer components than a storage tank system, but that does not mean it’s immune to problems. Of course, you can fend off the worse of these problems with appropriate maintenance, but you may still run into a malfunction at some point.

It’s true—one of the main benefits of installing a tankless water heater is that they encounter fewer repairs on average than storage tank systems, since they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank and the continuous need to use energy to keep the water heated. A tankless system simply does less work, and that means it doesn’t wear down as fast. Keep reading for what can go wrong, though.

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“My Drains Are Gurgling, What Does It Mean?”

December 17th, 2018

bubbling drainWhen water goes down any drain of your home, you should reasonably expect it to make a sort of “swish” sound as it goes down the pipe. However, if you instead hear a gurgling noise, or hear one shortly after (like someone blowing air through a straw in their drink), then you may have something wrong with your drains.

A gurgling drain can be a minor issue, however it could also warn of a much larger plumbing problem. To find out for sure, be sure to reach out to our team. Oh, and stay away from that store-bought chemical drain cleaning “solution,” okay? It actually does more harm than good to your drains.

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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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