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You Need a Professional Plumber to Find Those Leaks

May 14th, 2018

leaking-pipeLeaking pipes are among the most common type of home plumbing trouble that plumbers deal with. (Only clogged drains occur more frequently.) If an exposed pipe, such as a drainpipe, starts to leak, it’s easy for a homeowner to see something is wrong and know that it’s time to call on a professional plumber.

But think about the extent of the piping in the average home. Where is most of it located? That’s right, it’s behind walls and down in the floors or up in the ceiling. It’s this fact that explains why you need to have licensed plumbers handle all types of leaks—because simply finding the leaks is a huge part of the job.

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5 Ways to Cut Down on Cooling Costs This Year

April 30th, 2018

thermometer-going-redAnother hot summer in New York is on the way. Are you already worried about the first electrical bills of the season because you know how much it costs to run the AC? We understand, but we also know ways you can lower that summer utility bill sticker shock. Below are five ways you can make those cooling bills much more manageable this summer.

ONE: Install a new air conditioner

We’ll start with the most drastic step, but the one that can potentially save you the most—scrapping an old, inefficient AC for a new one. If your cooling system is more than 15 years old, or it was in your house when you moved in and you have no idea how long it’s been working away, you’re probably ready for an upgrade. Let an HVAC expert take a look at the system during maintenance (see below) and give you an informed opinion on whether it’s time to replace the cooling system. The pro can also give you advice for a new system.

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Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance and How It Helps Each Summer

April 16th, 2018

technician-examines-gas-furnaceWe recommend you make air conditioning maintenance a regular part of your spring cleaning routine. In fact, it may be the most important springtime job to get done for your house. It isn’t something you can do on your own, however. It’s a job for HVAC professionals with special tools who will inspect your AC and provide it the cleaning, adjustments, and tune-ups necessary for the best performance in the summer.

But we’d like to break down the benefits of how spring maintenance helps your air conditioner beyond JUST “it makes it run better.” There are many ways the investment in annual AC maintenance pays you back each summer.

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Now Is the Time to Check Your Sump Pump

April 2nd, 2018

flooded-houseWhen you think of spring, what comes to mind first? Warmer weather is one, but you probably think of rain as well. Spring is the rainiest of the seasons, and this can sometimes mean flooding danger that can create damage to homes. Having a sump pump installed in the basement of a house is one of the best ways to stop flooding damage.

If your home has a sump pump, the start of spring is the right time to check on it to make sure it will work. Because a sump pump only comes on occasionally during an emergency, it’s important to know if it can do its job. We’re going to help you give your sump pump a short inspection and test. You’ll find out ahead of time if you need repairs for the sump pump or if it’s time to replace an old one.

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Is Your Home Still Too Cold? Here Are 4 Possible Reasons

March 19th, 2018

man-keping-warmWe may be in for a wet and cold stretch here at the beginning of spring—although that’s not much of a surprise in Staten Island. Even though this is the time of year when we recommend customers arrange for a professional inspection and tune-up for their air conditioning system (prep early, you never know what’s around the corner), staying warm is still going to be the first priority for the next few weeks.

But has staying warm in your home been difficult this year? If you’re experiencing cold spots in your house and find more often the family congregating in only certain areas because of the poor heating, there are things you can do about it. But first, let’s find out why it’s happening.

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How a Malfunctioning Thermostat Affects Your Heating

March 5th, 2018

setting-thermostatThe thermostat appears to be a simple device. You adjust it and program it so you have the indoor climate you want, and probably don’t give much more thought to it than that. (Unless, of course, you’ve got family members arguing over what temperature to set it!)

But many common problems homeowners encounter with their heating systems can be traced to thermostat malfunctions. These problems can be mistaken for issues in the heater itself, and this is one of the reasons you always want to call on professionals for any service for your heating in Staten Island, NY that you might need. The experts can detect if the trouble is in the heater or if the thermostat is at fault.

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Thinking About a New Water Heater? Go Tankless!

February 19th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterThe water heater is a heating system in your home that goes to work every day of the year. It doesn’t matter if its 10°F outside or 100°F or any range between—you need hot water for daily chores. Cooking, cleaning, showering. Your water heater consumes the most energy of any heating system in your house, and it does it year-round.

That’s why we recommend you give careful consideration to your next water heater installation in Woodbridge, NY. No water heater lasts forever, and if your current one is over 15 years old or has started to fail to deliver the amount of hot water you expect, it’s time to plan for a new one. And why not make a big change from a standard storage tank water heater to a tankless water heater?

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Benefits of Having a Ductless Heating and Cooling System

February 5th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-on-wallDuctless heat and cooling systems, a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps, are popular in Europe and Japan and have also become common in businesses in the U.S. Only recently have they started to enter residential buildings, but homeowners are finding they’re a great option to standard central air.

A ductless mini split is a heat pump that doesn’t attach to a single indoor unit, but instead links to multiple indoor air handlers. These units are small and mounted up on walls. They send conditioned air straight into rooms without the need for an inch of ductwork.

What are the benefit of having a heating and cooling system like that? Quite a few!

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When Are Repairs No Longer Enough for a Heating System?

January 22nd, 2018

question-mark-badgeWhat’s the average lifespan of a central heating system in a home? There’s no single right answer, because it depends on the type of heater, how much it works, and how regularly it receives professional maintenance. (The correct regularity for maintenance, by the way, is every fall.) What’s important about a heater’s lifespan is to recognize when it’s coming to the point where repairs are no longer enough—it’s time to have the heater replaced with a new unit.

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Why Your Heat Pump May Not Be Heating Your House

January 8th, 2018

heating-cooling-homesOne of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is that it can work as two different types of comfort systems. During hot weather, it works just like a standard air conditioning system. When the weather turns colder, the heat pump can switch over to working as a heater. Essentially, the function of the two coils switches so the heat pump draws heat from outside and brings it inside.

But what if your heat pump is turned to heating mode, but your home is either not getting warm enough, or it’s not getting warm at all. Let’s take a look at what might be happening, because there are a number of different possibilities. In many cases, you may need to schedule heating repair in Edison, NJ for the heat pump.

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