Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog

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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How to Keep Heating Repairs Away

March 26th, 2018

comfortable-womanWe may be approaching the finish line of the heating season, but that doesn’t mean that we are out of the chilly woods just yet. The fact of the matter is that you will still need your heater for a while longer. Because we are moving out of the heating system, though, it does make sense to start reflecting on how your heater handled this past winter. Were you 100% satisfied with the overall operation of your system? Or did repair needs really bog down your comfort this season?

If you answered yes to the latter, then today’s post is definitely for you. We want to share with you some information that you should keep in mind regarding the ways in which you can keep heating repairs to a minimum. No, there is no way in which you can hope to make your heater 100% reliable. That being said, you can definitely help to keep your system as reliable as possible. Here is how to do so.

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Does My Heat Pump Have a Refrigerant Leak?

March 12th, 2018

temperature-guageThe heat pump really is a great HVAC system, which you are obviously aware of if you use one on your property. The ability to both cool your home and very efficiently heat it is a great benefit. Of course, as unique as the heat pump and its operation may be, there is one way in which it is just like any other HVAC system. It will eventually require repairs! Routine maintenance will keep them to a minimum, but you’ll run into trouble eventually.

If and when you do, you need to contact the professionals on our team right away. Prompt AC and/or heating repair in Ankeny, IA is always going to be in your best interest. The longer that you put off any necessary heat pump repairs, the worse off your system is likely to be. One problem that you may encounter is a refrigerant leak, and this is quite a doozy. If you do have a refrigerant leak, you could do serious damage to your heat pump by continuing to force it to run.

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Can I Handle My Own Heating Maintenance?

February 26th, 2018

furnace-technicianThere is no denying it—the single best thing that you can do for your home heating system is to schedule professional heating maintenance in Des Moines, IA. If you are not diligent in scheduling professional heating maintenance on an annual basis, then you are doing your home heating system a serious disservice. However, it is not really any more of a disservice than attempting to tune your home heating system up on your own is. This is not a DIY job.

We know that there are a lot of very capable homeowners out there, and there is certainly a lot to be said for self-sufficiency. That being said, however, the most responsible homeowners are those that know when to pass over the toolbox and to pick up the telephone instead. Handy as you may be, a thorough heating tune-up is simply a job requiring the skill and expertise that only trained professionals can possess. Work with us to reap the full benefits of routine heating maintenance.  

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