IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Tampa’

How Can You Avoid Plumbing Clogs?

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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?”

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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