IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog

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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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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