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Which Water Heater Is Best for Your Home?

June 3rd, 2019

tankless-water-heater-being-servicedOne of the easiest appliances to take for granted in homes today is the water heater—even though they’re also one of the appliances we rely on most from day to day (could you imagine never taking a hot shower again?)

When it comes time to replace your water heater, you may think it’s a fairly straightforward process. You already have a storage tank model water heater, so why not stick with that now? And it’s electric powered, so you’ll buy another electric-powered system.

What if we told you there is another option, though, and it could save you considerable money? It’s not right for every home, but it’s the perfect choice for many—the tankless water heater.

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Which Water Heater Is Best for Your Home?

May 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterThere is one system in your home that you use on a daily basis that you might not think about very much, but it’s vital to modern living—your water heater. You may not know much about how the water heating process works or how that water makes its way to the point of use where it’s needed, but you do rely on it!

Water heaters are a standard feature of any home with modern plumbing, and they’re designed to last a very long time. You may likely still have the one that came with your home when you bought it. However, just like any other system in your home, eventually your water heater will wear out, and you’ll need to replace it.

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Are You Suffering from Hard Water?

May 6th, 2019

shower-head-spraying-waterMore importantly, what are the consequences of hard water, and how would your home benefit from a water softener?

These are questions we’ll answer below. In the meantime, it’d be helpful for you to know what exactly hard water is. This term describes water with a high presence of the minerals calcium and magnesium in it. These minerals are not harmful to ingest, so that’s not what you need to worry about. But hard water does impact your quality of life, in more ways than you’d probably imagine.

With hard water, you can suffer from:

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When Is a Good Time to Replace Your Ductwork?

April 22nd, 2019

ductwork-interiorOftentimes, the most overlooked portion of an HVAC system is the “V” part—the ventilation. We’re not talking about the registers you see on the walls throughout your home, but rather the ductwork behind those vents and registers. We understand why it’s not that popular to consider. After all, most of it is hidden behind walls, in your attic, or in a crawlspace.

But when you live as somewhere as warm as Tampa, you really can’t afford to have ductwork problems. Damaged ductwork hurts your system efficiency and therefore, hurts your wallet. Since it is mostly hidden though, how do you tell if it has damage and needs replacement?

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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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