3 Odors in Your Furnace to Beware of

February 15th, 2016

Furnaces have a lot of ways of signaling a problem, from clanging noises to a sudden, unexpected spike in your monthly bills. But those signs are not just limited to what you can see or hear. Smells can be a good indication of a serious problem, and since air is distributed throughout your home via the duct s when your furnace is running, you can usually pick up on a bad smell right away. Our furnaces have already seen a lot of use here in Huntsville, TX this winter. Now is the time to watch for signs of trouble, including those when you can smell but not see. Here are 3 odors in your furnace to beware of. Continue Reading

What is a Backflow Prevention Device?

February 8th, 2016

The sewer system here in Huntsville, TX is first rate, and when linked to your home plumbing system can easily transport contaminated water out of your toilets and sinks to be safely processed and disposed of. There’s just one problem. For all of our technological advances, water still can flow both ways, which means that non-potable water can come up your pipes in the right (or wrong) circumstances. The solution is a backflow prevention device, installed at the apex of your home plumbing system and protecting you from the issue of backflow. Here’s how it works. Continue Reading

How to Detect a Cracked Heat Exchanger in Your Furnace

February 1st, 2016

Between the burners in your furnace that create the heat and that air that needs to be warmed before being blown into your home, sit the heat exchangers: shaped metal designed to transfer the heat into the air while removing the toxic exhaust from the burning gas in the process. It’s an effective system that makes forced-air furnaces one of the staples for heating in Huntsville, TX. Heat exchangers don’t normally have moving parts, but the shifts in temperature that come with running the furnace can cause stress on the metal, and over time it could result in cracks or similar damage. A cracked heat exchanger is a big problem because it reduces efficiency in your furnace, and in some cases may leak dangerous exhaust gasses into your home. Here’s a few ways to detect a cracked heat exchanger in your furnace. If you notice these signs, shut off the furnace and call a repair service right away. Continue Reading

How to Prevent Clogs in Your Kitchen Sink

January 25th, 2016

Your kitchen sink is one of the most heavily trafficked areas in your home, where you prepare meals each day and get water for keeping the kitchen (and your hands) clean. Kitchen clogs are among the most common plumbing calls here in Huntsville, TX, and if you experience one, we’d strongly advise calling in a professional instead of trying to fix the problem yourself. But better than calling a repair session is preventing the clog in your kitchen sink to begin with, which you can accomplish with a little judicious attention and some timely preparedness. Continue Reading

Professional Tools Used to Treat Plumbing Clogs

January 18th, 2016

Few plumbing problems are as pervasive as the clog: created when food, hair and other particles gets tossed down the drain and blocking the flow of water through your pipes until your system can’t handle anymore. There are countless store-bought solutions you can pick up in any Huntsville, TX hardware stores, such as plumbing snakes and chemical cleansers. They tend to adopt a one-size-fits all approach, however, and rarely do the job the way you need them to. Professional plumbers, on the other hand, have access to high-end equipment: the sort of things that are too expensive for laymen (who would only use them a handful of times), but which professionals use on a regular basis. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of them, to give you an idea of what you’re paying for with a professional call. Continue Reading

Always Call a Professional for Electrical Repairs

January 11th, 2016

Here in Huntsville, TX, we pride ourselves on self-sufficiency, especially homeowners who often parlay do-it-yourself skills into money saving repairs around the home. If you’re such a homeowner, then more power to you. When it comes to your electrical system, however, you’d be well advised to avoid conducting repairs or replacement operations yourself. Electricity is dangerous and even the most skilled do-it-yourselfer needs to turn to a qualified professional to do the job right. Why? Here are some very good reasons. Continue Reading

Distinct Features of Commercial HVAC Systems

January 4th, 2016

Huntsville, TX sees both cold winters and hot summers, which means you need a reliable HVAC system to handle all of them. This is doubly true of commercial spaces, which many of us spend our days in as employees, customers or both. The heating and cooling needs of commercial spaces are much different than those of residences, so even though the way these systems generate and distribute conditioned air (either hot or cold), the specifics are vastly different. When it comes to installing, maintaining and repairing commercial HVAC systems, you need someone who understands their distinct features, and more importantly, how they can impact your bottom line. Here’s a basic breakdown for you, to understand why your company’s commercial HVAC system works the way it does. Continue Reading

Make Your HVAC System Happy in 2016

December 28th, 2015

The new year is here, and with it comes the chance to reflect and make new resolutions for the next twelve months. Most of us think in terms of personal improvement, such as exercising more or watching what we eat. But the same principles can apply to your home, and your HVAC system in particular, which is seeing a lot of use here in Huntsville, TX this winter. A few new habits starting this January 1 can make a huge difference in your system and your household in general. Continue Reading

Common Repairs in a Radiant Heating System

December 21st, 2015

Radiant heating systems are becoming increasingly popular in the Huntsville, TX area owing to their efficiency and generally lower costs. They involve coils or tubes installed beneath the floorboards of your home, which send heat upward through your feet or furnishings to warm the home. The principle has been around since the Roman Empire, and with modern technology, radiant heating systems can avoid problems such as drafts or cold spots while providing consistent savings on monthly bills. Like any other system, however, problems are inevitable, and the sooner you can spot them, the easier the ensuing repairs will be. Here are a few common repairs in a radiant heating system you should watch out for. Continue Reading

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

December 14th, 2015

Our winters tend to be comparatively mild here in Huntsville, TX, which can often blind us to the very real dangers to our household systems that a cold winter entails. Among the worst is frozen pipes, which can cause your pipes to burst and create a huge (and very expensive) mess for you to deal with. The good news is that there’s a reliable plumbing service that can handle such issues. The better news is that you can take steps to prevent frozen pipes from appearing in the first place. Here’s a quick look at how. Continue Reading