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AC FAQ: What’s Short Cycling?

August 12th, 2019
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It’s not a joke, that’s for sure! Short cycling is most often a symptom of a pretty bad problem with your air conditioner that should be addressed as soon as possible. Just like a rash or fever could be a pretty awful symptom of illness within your body, short cycling could be your air conditioner’s way of telling you it’s not functioning as well as it should be.

Before we discuss what could be causing this symptom, we should be clear that diagnosing a problem with your air conditioner is no simple task. It’s always a better idea to contact one of our trusted technicians for any questions related to air conditioning in Chesapeake, VA since untrained hands can often cause more problems than they solve!

With that being said… what is short cycling?

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Refrigerant Leaks Are Big Problems!

July 29th, 2019
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If you don’t quite understand just how it is that your air conditioning system works, then you may be wondering why the term “refrigerant leak” strikes fear into homeowners around the world. The answer is actually quite simple. Without a proper refrigerant charge, an air conditioning system simply cannot be expected to operate properly. When you have a refrigerant leak, you need the problem to be resolved as quickly as possible to mitigate risks to your comfort and your AC itself.

Of course, before you can be expected to dial our number and schedule professional air conditioning service in Chesapeake, VA, you first need to recognize that there is a problem to begin with. The “good” news is this very unfortunate scenario is that there are a number of different warning signs that can tip you off to a refrigerant leak in your home. Just remember that most AC symptoms can have multiple causes. Our technicians will diagnose issues accurately and resolve them completely.

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Is It Time for AC Repairs?

July 15th, 2019
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Nobody wants to encounter the need for air conditioning repairs, of course. However, you’d better believe that you’ll need them at some point. This is the reality for any mechanical system. Repairs are just part of the experience. The key to minimizing any negative effects on your air conditioner is to schedule any necessary repairs ASAP. That is why we want to help you recognize the need for air conditioning repair in Virginia Beach, VA, early on.

While you obviously don’t want to be paying for air conditioning repairs that you don’t really need, you do want to be proactive about getting out ahead of them. We have yet to come across an air conditioning problem that is going to resolve itself, and trust us—we’ve pretty much seen them all at this point. All that delaying your air conditioning repairs accomplishes is giving the problem more time to damage your system.

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Your AC Needs and Deserves a Fresh Filter!

July 1st, 2019
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We really, really value our customers, which is why we’re always honest with them and remind them that, yes, they’ll need an air conditioning repair in Chesapeake, VA, eventually. We also like to remind them of ways in which they can avoid repair needs as much as possible, though.

Hence, today’s topic.

It may sound surprising, but the fact of the matter is that a very dirty air filter can have some pretty serious repercussions for your air conditioning system. Replacement filters are very cheap and easy to install, so there’s really no reason to overlook them.

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Common Signs of HVAC Problems

June 17th, 2019

If you ever find an HVAC contractor who tells you they have the secret to eliminating HVAC problems entirely, then you’ll know that it’s time to continue your search for a company that you can actually trust. The truth of it is that no one can make your HVAC system reliable. All mechanical systems, heaters and air conditioners included, run into operational problems from time to time. The good news is that you won’t hear such outlandish claims from the pros on our staff.

What you will hear is how you can help to keep any problems with your heating or air conditioning systems to a minimum. While you can’t avoid them entirely, you can limit any damage to your system caused by the problems that you encounter. One way to do this is to schedule your HVAC services in Chesapeake, VA, as soon as you realize they may be necessary. Here are a few red flags to be aware of.

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Has Your Plumbing System Experienced Hydro-Jetting?

June 3rd, 2019

“Out of sight, out of mind.” If ever there was a phrase that we, as professional plumbers, could strike from our language, it would probably be this. Why? Because it’s dangerous to apply that type of thinking to your plumbing in Newport News, that’s why! Unfortunately, too many homeowners adopt that attitude.

Eventually, of course, problems with your plumbing system will become impossible to ignore. By the time those problems get to that point, however, you should have already taken action. One suggestion that we have is to consider hydro-jetting for your plumbing system. It’s truly one of the best preventive measures that you can take.

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Don’t Accidentally Contribute to Clogs!

May 20th, 2019

One of the most common of all plumbing problems at home is the clogged drain. It is also one of those problems that is most commonly contributed to by homeowners themselves. We get it—you’re not always super aware of your drains even when you are using them. You should give them a bit more thought if you really want to avoid clogs in your plumbing system, though.

That’s why we’re going to cover some simple ways in which you can help to cut down on instances of clogged drains in your home. Keep these tips in mind, and enjoy the best performance possible from your plumbing in Hampton, VA. Don’t take for granted a system that works so hard for you day in and day out!

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What Is Your Toilet Telling You?

May 6th, 2019
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The toilet in your home is not the most complex piece of equipment that you own. You use it, you flush it, occasionally—maybe not as frequently as you should, but occasionally—you clean it. That’s about it, right? Well, sure. Until you run into problems with your toilet. Then it becomes quite clear, quite quickly, that this whole toilet situation can be a bit more complicated than you realized. Don’t worry, we’ve got some information to share with you.

While it is true that most scenarios will require professional plumbing services in Williamsburg, VA, there are actually a few toilet issues that you can handle on your own. At least, there are a few fixes you can investigate before you call in the professional plumbers on our team. The moment you suspect that there is no quick fix, however, you should pick up the phone. Don’t cause serious problems with your toilet or your plumbing system in general.

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AC Maintenance: The Time Has Come!

April 22nd, 2019

Let’s get the short version of this post out of the way, right off the bat. You need to schedule air conditioning maintenance. There is no getting around this. If you do not have your air conditioner tuned up each and every year, by trained professionals, then you are doing yourself and your system a major disservice. We mean it when we say that it will set you back, in a variety of ways.

Now, we have got some good news for you, too. You are reading this right now, and that means that you have already found the professionals that you can trust to do the job right when it comes to your AC maintenance in Chesapeake, VA. Remember, air conditioning maintenance is definitely not a DIY appropriate service. There are a few steps that you can take to protect your system and its performance, but the fact remains that most of the job requires professional skill and expertise.

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When Is It Time for Professional Plumbing Repair?

April 8th, 2019
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Are you one of those people with an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality? Well, we understand the logic there, but let us ask you this—what if you don’t really realize that “it” is “broke”? Then what do you do? Because a lot of problems won’t cause immediately obvious issues, but can still pose a threat.

That is why we are going to talk about when you should schedule professional plumbing repair in Chesapeake, VA, in today’s post. If you ask us, it always pays to play it safe when it comes to your plumbing system. Remember, delaying to schedule plumbing repairs does not only put your plumbing system at risk. It puts your property at risk.

Are You Having Trouble with Water Pressure?

There are a lot of different signs that you may have a leak in your plumbing system. The most obvious, of course, is a visible leak. You don’t have to actually see water spilling out of pipes to realize that there is a problem, though. Nor do you have to step onto a soggy carpet to realize that there is an issue.

If you have low water pressure in your home, despite the fact that your water pressure used to be perfectly respectable, then it is definitely possible that you are dealing with a leak somewhere in the system. If it’s local to one area or fixture, then it may be in a single supply line. If it’s throughout the house, however, it could be a leak in your main water line. We’ll figure out what the situation is.

Do You Smell Strange or Unpleasant Odors?

What the heck would a bad smell have to do with a water leak? Well, damp conditions can lead to musty odors and mildew throughout the house. Mold may begin to develop and wood can rot, too. This can all lead to strange and unpleasant odors in the house. Then, of course, there is the fact that it may not be a water leak that you’re dealing with.

If you have a leak in a sewer line, or if you have backed up drains, then you’ll definitely be counting on your nose to alert you to problems. The, um, “good” news here is that at least the warning signs aren’t subtle. They’re also nothing you’ll want to just put up with, so give us a call if your nose gives it away!

What’s. That. Sound?!?

It’s maddening, isn’t it? You’re not using water. You’re not running the dishwasher or cleaning the linens. But still—still—you hear water running. What gives?!?

Don’t worry. This is not some Edgar Allan Poe tale of terror. You aren’t going mad. You may well be hearing water. However, it doesn’t mean it’s coming from a faucet you left on. You could have a leak in the system somewhere, even a slab leak (a terror in its own right!), that is sounding the alarm. We’re the pros that you want on the case to diagnose the problem accurately.

Make House Call Company your plumber of choice. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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