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How Ductwork and Heating Problems Are Linked

January 28th, 2019

sealing-ductWhen you invest in a good heating system and you schedule routine heating maintenance, you may think that you’re in the clear and that nothing bad can happen in terms of your overall heating experience. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. Even the best heating systems on the market, even when expertly installed and meticulously maintained, can still run into trouble. Things are only complicated further by the fact that different components of the system at large, rather than the heating unit itself, may be to blame.

Case in point? Your ductwork. If you use a heat pump or a furnace to heat your home, then you are using a forced air heating system to distribute heat throughout your living space. That means that air is heated and then circulated throughout the house by air ducts. If those ducts are not in great working condition, then your entire heating system is compromised. Let’s take a look at some signs of trouble with your ductwork in Altoona, IA.

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Is Your Heater Running Properly?

January 14th, 2019

dog-blanketWhat does this mean, you may be wondering? Is my heater starting up? Sure it is. Is it generating heat? Well, yes. That would be a pretty obvious problem, and I don’t really need a blog post to tell me that a heater should be doing so.

That’s not really what this blog is about, though.

In today’s post, we are going to talk about an issue that a lot of homeowners face, and that a lot of homeowners fail to recognize as a serious issue: short cycling. Because your heater will still technically be firing up and producing heat when it is short cycling, you may be tempted to ignore the issue, if you register it as such at all.

Don’t.

We are going to take a look at some of the potential causes of short cycling, as well as some of the ways in which it works against you and your system. If necessary, we can handle your heating repairs in Des Moines, IA.

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Keep Your Heater Working Efficiently

December 31st, 2018

money-savingIf we were able to provide you with free heating, it would be our honor to do so. That’s just not a possibility, however—which is actually good for us, since giving away free heating probably wouldn’t be great for our finances. That being said, you certainly don’t want to be paying more than is necessary in order to heat your home. Too many homeowners write off their high heating costs as the norm, though, even though boost efficiency can be quite simple.

Now, we’re not going to be able to make your heater any more efficient than it is rated for. All systems do have their upper limit. However, we’ can help you to keep your heater working as closely to that upper limit as possible. Sure, replacing your old, inefficient heater with a new, more efficient model is an obvious way to get a more efficient heating performance. We’d like to share some other, less expensive tips with you today, though. 

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Is Your Heater in Trouble Already?

December 17th, 2018

servicing-furnaceIt’s only December, which means that we have a whole lot more winter weather to contend with before things start to warm up once again. That can be a startling realization when you run into problems with your heating system relatively early into the heating season. The best way to protect your comfort, the condition of your heater, and even your safety is to schedule prompt heating repairs in Clive, IA. To do so, however, you need to recognize the signs of trouble.

Not all of them are incredibly obvious. That’s the bad news. The good news, inasmuch as we can use the word “good” in this context, is that not every problem is terribly serious, either. However, most warning signs do point to potentially serious problems, so the right course of action is to treat any such issue as a priority. In doing so, you help to prevent serious damages to your heating system that could have been avoided with more prompt action!

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Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

December 3rd, 2018

tank-water-heaterHot water in your home is not only a convenience, but a necessity. We use hot water every day, and we tend to take it for granted. When your water no longer runs hot, you will notice. When this happens, it is time to call a trusted professional.

We know that many homeowners wait until their hot water heaters break down completely before calling for repair. Homeowners may also not realize how serious a problem really is. We understand that scheduling a repair might be the last thing you want to do today, but trust us, waiting will only make matters worse. Waiting until your water heater breaks down will make for a costlier repair bill.

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Winter Plumbing Challenges Solved!

November 5th, 2018

frozen-pipeWinter brings a lot of challenges. It makes commutes tougher. It makes taking the dogs out for their walks tougher. Heck, it makes getting out of bed in the morning tougher. All that being said, it is easy to overlook some of the worst challenges that winter has to offer, including those affecting your plumbing system. You’d be remiss to do so, though. Why? Because if you wait for problems to take hold, you’re already in a world of trouble!

Today, we are going to be talking about the classic conundrum that plumbing systems face in the winter season. You guessed it: frozen pipes. Is there a way to guarantee that you’ll never run into problems with your plumbing pipes freezing? Unfortunately, no. Is there a way to make that risk as minimal as possible? Fortunately, no.

Wait, what?

There’s not “a” way—there are plenty of them! Read on for tips regarding winter and your plumbing in Des Moines, IA.

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How Filters Affect Furnaces

October 22nd, 2018

hello-winterFurnaces have long ranked among the most popular of all home heating systems, and they are not likely to be unseated from the throne any time soon. They are highly effective, provide prompt heating throughout the house via their use of ductwork, and modern models are quite efficient. At least, this is all true when the furnace is in the best working condition possible. Scheduling routine maintenance can help to ensure that this is the case.

However, there is also one important step that you must take on your own if you really want to get the most from your furnace. That is to change your air filter as needed. Typically, this is every one to three months, though we suggest that you err on the side of caution and do it on the more frequent side of that range. Yes, your technician will change the filter during your tune-up, but once a year is not enough. A fresh filter can help to stave off furnace repair in Ankeny, IA.

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Get Your Heater Tuned Up Today

September 24th, 2018

old-furnaceSummer is in the rearview mirror, for the most part. Yes, there are still some warm days scattered throughout the forecast. Yes, you are probably going to opt to run your AC a bit more this year. No, that does not mean that it is too early to start thinking about heating in Altoona, IA.

Yes, we’re serious, and yes, you need to schedule your heating tune-up soon.

Why?

Well—why wait?

Heating maintenance is a preventative service, after all. It doesn’t make any sense to wait until you need your heater regularly before you schedule your heating maintenance for the year. You want to know that your heating system will be there for you when you need it most, and that means getting it back into great fighting shape before you do!

So reach out to us today, have our technicians fine-tune your heater for the season to come, and enjoy the best performance that this heater has to offer.

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When Should I Repipe My Home?

September 10th, 2018

pipesIt’s a question that no homeowner is going to want to hear “right now” as a response to. The fact of the matter is, however, that your pipes won’t last indefinitely. There will come a time when repiping your home is really going to be in the best interest of your property. There may also come a time when there is really no other option to consider. Whatever the case may be, you want to be well-informed before you take on such a major project.

Now, we know what some homeowners may be thinking. Yeah, right. You’ll never get me to repipe my entire house. I’ll just keep patching up the system here and there as need be. That’s all well and good, but getting the job done all at once, when that really is the best option, is definitely going to save you a lot of time and, though it may be hard to believe at the moment, money in the long run. Just make sure that you hire a great plumbing company in Des Moines, IA to do the job.

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Plumber

August 27th, 2018

calling-plumberFor some reason, it seems like many homeowners are more likely to take a crack at servicing their plumbing systems than they would be at, say, breaking open the furnace to try and resolve a problem with that system. There is no denying that doing so can be very dangerous, and we wouldn’t argure otherwise! That being said, you have to keep in mind the immense amount of trouble that a compromised plumbing system can cause!

From (very costly) water damage to unhygienic backups and incredible inconvenience, problems with your plumbing are very serious business. That is why you always need to hire a professional plumber in Des Moines, IA. There is nothing about DIY plumbing services, beyond a simple plunging, of course, that make such attempts worthwhile. Read on for a few specifics about why you want a professional plumber working on your plumbing system. Then, if and when trouble does arise, dial our number!

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