Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Des Moines’

Our Tips for Proactive Water Heater Owners

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Being proactive feels good. You’ve paid all your bills ahead of time, gotten your car’s oil changed, and you even had enough time to mow the lawn and get ready for spring gardening. While you’re in this productive mood, why not look at some other ways to help your systems at home?

Unfortunately, no matter how proactive you might be, our water heaters end up getting neglected more often than not. They’re not the star of the show (even though they might as well be) and they work behind the scenes to the point where we even forget they exist! Well, now that you’ve gotten to this blog post, why not do a few things to help improve the condition of your water heater in Des Moines, IA?

We promise that these tips are easy enough for any homeowner to do. If you need more extensive work or maintenance for your system, make sure you call our team of pros.

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Those Sounds Are Bad News!

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Your home might be noisy. From the kids running around screaming, to the dogs barking, to your dishwasher churning on and off, noises should be nothing new. We’d understand if you scoff at the idea of your heater making some strange noise and our advice to drop everything and call for repairs.

While you might not need to drop everything at once and address a bad sound that comes from your heater, we believe it is important for you to know what some of these bad sounds represent. If you neglect your heater and allow these noises to go on for a long time without furnace service in Des Moines, IA, you could see your home without heat on one of the coldest days of the year.

Let’s avoid that and keep your family comfortable by learning about what some of these furnace noises might be.

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3 Things Your Heating Contractor Should Always Do

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

How often do we talk about “should” and “should nots” on this blog? We can sound a little high on our horse sometimes and we understand that can be frustrating. But today we’re not going to focus on what you should be doing as a homeowner, but rather what an HVAC professional should be doing for you!

It’s hard owning a heater, not just because you need to be vigilant of problems happening within it, but you also need to have the right technician on standby to help you out. One wrong call and you could be set up with a bill that’s too high for work that just wasn’t worth it. Heater service in Des Moines, IA should be professional, fast, affordable, and effective.

How can you tell that your heater professional is doing the right thing? Well, follow along so we can show you three things a heating pro should always do.

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How to Tell You Need Drain Cleaning Services

Monday, January 11th, 2021
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When your kitchen sink clogs, what should you do?

Drains that seriously need to be cleaned aren’t always obvious. Your bathroom drains, for instance, can go from perfectly functional to clogged in the blink of an eye, and you’ll be frustrated when you didn’t see it coming. Don’t worry, we’re not here to naysay you and say you “We told you so.” In fact, we’re here to tell you the opposite, because it can be almost impossible to notice a drain clog forming sometimes.

We’re going to give you a few pointers when it comes to noticing whether or not you’re suffering from a drain clog. Even if you’re not, drain cleaning in Des Moines, IA can be an important investment to consider if you care about your plumbing system and the comfortable nature of your life. Avoid clogs, keep your drains clear, and remain stress-free by following these few tips!

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What’s Wrong With Your Heater?

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Ah, this is probably the question you were looking to avoid today. When homeowners are dealing with a heater problem, every day becomes “Let’s try not to talk about the heater—day.” Well, how would it feel to finally nip this one in the bud and deal with your heater problem once and for all?

We’re not saying that it’s something you can do with tools at home. In fact, you’re going to definitely need the help of a professional HVAC contractor in Des Moines, IA. What we are saying, though, is that heater repair is a combined effort of diligent work from a professional and attentive vigilance from a homeowner. Together, we can assess the problem with your heater, get to the bottom of it, repair it, and keep you comfortable.

Does that sound like a good plan? Great! Then follow along as we talk about what could be going wrong with your heater.

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Why Do We Still Insist Homeowners Use Furnaces?

Monday, November 16th, 2020

That might be a bit of an overstatement. We don’t insist anyone use a particular type of system, all we do is reassure homeowners that furnaces are still great systems to use. Too many people fall into the trap of assuming that with the advent of heat pumps and other electrical technology that gas furnaces are on their way out. However, gas furnaces, and even electrical furnaces, are becoming more and more efficient with each new model on the market.

Don’t assume that a furnace isn’t right for you just because it sounds like an old-fashioned way of heating a home. Furnaces still are, and probably will be for the foreseeable future, the most common heating system in use. Let’s talk about some of the great reasons to invest in a furnace, including the easy access to furnace repair in Des Moines, IA.

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Heat Your Home with a Ductless Mini Split

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Ductless mini splits, at least in our neck of the woods, are the future of heating and cooling. They can affordably and efficiently keep homes comfortable throughout the year by using electricity and moving heat instead of creating it. For most homeowners that already own them, this is just obvious. For everyone else, keep reading.

We want to talk to all the prospective heat pump homeowners. From homeowners who are tired of their hiccupping furnace, to others who are looking to replace both their air conditioners and heaters with a one-size-fits-all system. Not only can a heat pump be the best decision for you, but getting your heat pump installed by our team can be the second best decision as well.

Let’s talk about heat pumps, one of the best reasons to call us for HVAC in Des Moines, IA.

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Your Drain Clog Checklist

Monday, October 19th, 2020

If you’ve been quickly pacing through the kitchen, cursing under your breath, constantly hoping that your sink would finally let go of all that dirty water, then listen up. This is the blog post for you.

Drain clogs are an everyday occurrence for us. They don’t have to happen all the time, but when they do, it’s important that you’re prepared for them. We’ve got a few quick tips to mitigate the problem of a clogged drain for homeowners in our area, and we promise that by the end of this blog post you’ll have everything you need to remove a clog. From drain snakes to plungers and the other tools a plumber in Des Moines, IA might have, there are great solutions out there to take advantage of.

Keep reading and don’t lose this checklist. You’ll be referring to this in a couple of years when your drains clog again.

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Victim of a Refrigerant Leak? Listen Up

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Refrigerant leaks are as common as they come. It doesn’t matter if your air conditioner has lost its ability to cool your home properly, causes your energy bills to skyrocket, or provokes some other issue that causes you discomfort—it could be from a refrigerant leak.

Before you grab the duct tape and get ready to patch the leak yourself, we’d like to steer you away from a DIY solution in this instance. DIY fixes for air conditioning in Des Moines, IA can be a bad idea for a number of reasons. You can void the warranty on your air conditioner, cause compounding problems inside your system, and refrigerant is a material that’s harmful to work with improperly.

Basically, the gist of this blog post is that you should call us for help with your refrigerant leak. We’ll get into the details about how you can tell if you’re suffering from a refrigerant leak and what that means for your home comfort.

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Take Advantage of the Private Property Protection Program

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Are you a homeowner in Des Moines? Have you been waiting for a good opportunity to invest in a sump pump, plumbing backwater valve, or another type of weather protection system? Well, today is your lucky day!

Until June 30, 2023, homeowners in the Des Moines area can qualify for up to $1,500 towards an investment in sump pump technology. This subsidy can be used for the following type of work we offer:

  • The addition of a sump pit and pump.
  • Water treatment and sewer redirection system work.
  • Upgrading to a battery back-up sump pump.
  • The installation of a back water valve of any fixture below grade.

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