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Call Schaal If Your Home or Office Floods!

August 13th, 2018

teamThere are a lot of factors that we can control in our homes and around the office. The temperature, for instance, provided that we have good HVAC systems installed. There are also those events that are out of our control, though. These include flooding. Sure, professional plumbing services and even basement waterproofing will help to prevent and protect against flooding. However, even this is no guarantee.

Now, you are going to have a lot to deal with if your home or office should flood. From old family photos that you may have stored to important documents that have not been digitized, you’ll likely wind up scurrying around trying to mitigate damages on and to your property. But what about your HVAC system?

Today, we are going to look at what you should do regarding your HVAC system in the event of a flood. We know that you’ll have a lot on your plate, but trust us—you want to be prepared. Fortunately, that all really comes down to getting in touch with us, your trusted HVAC company in Des Moines!

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When Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

July 30th, 2018

sink-drainWell, when they back up and I can’t drain my sink or tub—duh!

Survey Says: Wrong Answer!

Okay, we suppose that we will give you partial credit there. Sure, you should obviously schedule professional drain cleaning services in Des Moines, IA when your drains back up completely. However, you really should not let your drains get to that point to begin with.

Is preventing that level of clogging always feasible?  No. Can early intervention often prevent that level of clogging? You bet.

Today, we are going to give you some tips on when you should be calling in a professional plumber to clean your drains. Not only that, but we’ll also give you a few tips on preventing clogs to begin with. Heck, we’ll even throw in a couple of practices that you’ll want to avoid, even if you think that you can handle the removal of a clog on your own. So strap in and keep the following information in mind.

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How AC Tune-Ups Prevent Repairs

July 16th, 2018

man-with-fanIf you are checking in on this blog hoping to see us present some tips for getting a 100% reliable performance from your air conditioner, save yourself some time and stop doing so. There is no such post forthcoming, because there is no tip that we or anyone else can offer that will allow you to enjoy 100% reliability. All air conditioners, even those that are built by the best manufacturers in the industry, are going to suffer from occasional operational problems. That doesn’t mean that you need to accept an unreliable performance, however.

There is a big difference between 100% reliable and as reliable as possible—chiefly the fact that the latter is actually possible! How do you get the most reliable performance that your AC can offer? The answer is simple. Pick up the phone, dial our number, and schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. No, this doesn’t mean that you’ll never need air conditioning repair in Urbandale, IA. It does mean, however, that you’ll need repairs as infrequently as possible.

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Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

July 2nd, 2018

AC-toolsWhat would you do if you were passing by your indoor AC unit and wound up with soaking wet feet? You’d probably be pretty confused, right? After all, air conditioners (with the exception of evaporative coolers, which are not really used around here) don’t have a water supply piped into them. Why would they, when they don’t require the use of water at any point in their operation? So does that mean that you’re imagining things?

Well, no. The fact is that you may well have water spilling out of your air conditioner. It is not really a leak in the sense that you may expect, though. There is no storage tank or supply line holding or bringing water into your system. However, moisture does have a role in the air conditioning process. Confused yet? Just keep reading, and learn more about why your air conditioner may (appear to) be leaking water. Let us know if you notice any such problems in your home.

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Problems Caused By Dirty AC Filters

June 18th, 2018

changing-air-filterWe discussed how important it is to keep a fresh air filter in a forced air heating system a few months back. Because changing the air filter in a forced air system is one of the most important steps that homeowners can handle themselves in terms of system maintenance, we want to use today’s post to discuss how doing so can benefit your central AC system, too. Summer is upon us, and you should take any available measures to get the most from your AC.

Changing the air filter is quite simple—in most systems, there will even be arrows or other markings to match up with the filter which will show you how to face it! Just because it is simple and just because replacement filters of this kind are cheap does not mean that changing the air filter is any less vital, though. Sometimes, those “minor” steps can really be deceiving in terms of importance. So here’s how a dirty filter can compromise your air conditioning in Ankeny, IA.

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AC FAQ: How Do I Add Refrigerant?

June 4th, 2018

ac-toolsThe short answer is that you don’t. Your air conditioner needs refrigerant if it is going to do its one and only job—cooling your home. That is due to the fact that refrigerant is the heat transfer fluid in your central air conditioning system. Remember that your air conditioner is not creating new, cool air when it cools your home. Instead, it is siphoning heat out of the air, resulting in a cooler feeling, and redistributing that cooled air throughout your home.

As you can imagine, that heat has to go somewhere. It cannot just sit in the refrigerant that has absorbed it via the evaporation process, because then the refrigerant would be too hot to draw more heat out of the air.  That is why the refrigerant goes out to the condenser coil outside. There, it releases its heat as it is compressed, before starting the cycle all over again in order to maintain comfortable temperatures. So when is refrigerant consumed?

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Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

May 21st, 2018

pipe-wrenchWhen plumbing problems strike, they can really strike anywhere in your home. In fact, issues like leaks can even lead to symptoms in areas of the house that don’t have any actual plumbing fixtures in them or pipes running through them. All of that being said, it is a law of averages, so the bathroom, an area of your home with quite extensive plumbing, is always a likely target.

As you can imagine, with your bathtub, shower, sink, toilet, and any other fixtures that your bathroom may house, there are plenty of opportunities for plumbing problems of many different varieties to strike. When they do, it is almost always going to be in your best interest to schedule service with a professional plumbing in Des Moines, IA right away. Let’s take a look at a few possible problems, some possible causes of those problems, and some potential courses of action.

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Can’t I Just Clean My Own Drains?

May 7th, 2018

drain-bubblingIf you ask us, most if not all plumbing services really should be completed by skilled, trained professionals. Of course, we are skilled, trained, professional plumbers, so that is just what you’d expect us to say, isn’t it? Well, we’re not just trying to line our pockets. The fact is that most plumbing services really are beyond the scope of what even a handy homeowner is capable of handling his or herself. Does that cover everything?

No, not necessarily. But you know what it does cover? Effective drain cleaning. And that comes as quite a surprise to a lot of homeowners.  After all, you need only run out to the hardware store to purchase a bottle of drain cleaner, right? And you can even grab a snake while you’re there, if you’re really feeling ambitious. That may be true, but that does not mean that such options can even hold a candle to the results that you’ll enjoy with professional drain cleaning in Des Moines, IA.

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Why Spend the Money on a Tankless Water Heater?

April 23rd, 2018

tankless-water-heaterWhen you need to use hot water in your home, as you undoubtedly do at many points throughout the day, you probably don’t really give all that much thought to how that hot water comes to be hot, or how it makes its way to the point of use where it is needed. Water heaters are a standard feature of homes today, after all. If and when the time comes to invest in a new water heater, though, you are wise to give a whole lot of thought to how you’ll heat water in your home.

There are more options available than you may realize,  and choosing your new water heater is not a decision that you can rush through. If you do, you may wind up overlooking a system that is a great fit for you, such as the tankless water heater.  We install and service these water heaters in Des Moines, IA, and we have seen them grow more and more popular as more and more homeowners discover the benefits that they have to offer.

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AC Replacement: 3 Factors to Consider

April 9th, 2018

AC-technicianYou don’t need us to remind you that the heat of summer is still off in the distance. Much as you may be done with winter weather at this point, it will be a while yet before warm, sunny days are the norm once more. So why are we going to be talking about air conditioning systems today? Because we’re not just talking about AC systems, but AC replacements. More specifically, we are going to give you some tips that will help you to determine if this is the year for replacing your air conditioner.

If so, then now truly is the time to start thinking about it. After all, it does not really make sense to put your air conditioning replacement on hold until you actually need your air conditioning in Altoona, IA regularly, does it? By scheduling your AC replacement ahead of time, you get access to AC technicians before the busiest time of their year arrives, and you ensure that you’ll have a great system up and running by the time the temperature starts to soar.

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