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Bigger Is Definitely NOT Better!

May 4th, 2020

Many companies might use the slogan “bigger is better,” but this seems to be something highly discouraged in the HVAC industry. That’s because a heater or air conditioner that’s poorly sized for your home will often lead to more problems than comfortable solutions, and that inevitably leads to higher bills for you.

In the interest of lowering the expensive amount of repairs and replacements you’ll have to deal with, we’d like to discuss why the phenomenon of “bigger is better” definitely doesn’t work with air conditioners, and how this ideology can hurt you in the long run. We’re going to have to discuss exactly what constitutes AC sizing, and how that can impact your home’s temperature and your energy bills.

AC repair in Chesapeake, VA doesn’t have to be complicated. We’re here to make sure your system lasts for a long time and functions effectively, and that means making sure it’s sized appropriately for your home.

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4 Ways to Steer Clear of Toilet Toils

April 20th, 2020

Taking care of a toilet can be hard work when trying to make sure it doesn’t break down. Your toilet performs hard work every day, and without the proper attention it deserves, it could start clogging, overflowing, and breaking down more often than anyone would like.

That’s why we’ve got 4 toilet tips to give homeowners in our area, so they too can be attentive and vigilant towards the issues arising in their toilets. From detailing the right way to clean your toilet, to proper flushing techniques, to even pinpointing when to call a professional for plumbing in Chesapeake, VA, we’d like to provide you with all the toilet information you might need.

We might be plumbers, but we’re also neighbors and friends, and as any friend would do, we’d like to help you avoid paying avoidable amounts of money for toilet repair. So, let’s get to work!

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The Benefits of HVAC Maintenance

April 6th, 2020

While our name might imply that we’re the masters of “house calls,” would you believe us if we told you that our whole goal is to ensure you have to make as few house calls as possible? Especially now, while we’re all living through a global pandemic, the less you can interact with other people the better.

Unfortunately, when it comes to HVAC in Chesapeake, VA like air conditioning or heating, what you’ve done in the past is really going to decide whether or not you’re going to be okay for another season. Routine maintenance is vital to keeping your systems running accordingly, and if you’d like to limit the number of house calls you make in the future, then scheduling routine maintenance now is the best course of action.

Ultimately, it’s up to you. But trust us when we say that we’re professionals, and maintenance can make all the difference in a time like this.

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Are You Losing Money from a Failing Heater?

March 23rd, 2020

Heaters aren’t built to fail, in fact, quite the opposite is true. Heaters like gas furnaces, especially the models that we offer, are built to sustain extremely cold temperatures while providing enough hot air to keep your home warm for years to come. The problem we see with failing heaters is not because they were built in a faulty way, but because they were subsequently neglected.

Heating in Chesapeake, VA shouldn’t be a difficult subject to approach. Either your heater works and it works well, or it doesn’t and needs to be serviced by a professional. This holds especially true if you’re finding your heating bill slowly rising as we’ll get into down below.

It’s imperative that if anything doesn’t seem right with your heater, that you let our team know immediately. We’ve got the equipment and technical expertise with such systems to make sure you don’t have to deal with a lack of heat for the foreseeable future.

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How to Notice Circuit Breaker Failure

March 9th, 2020

Circuit breakers are like the circulatory system of your home. Without the blood of electricity pumping through the veins of your home, none of your devices or electronic appliances would work. We’ve come a long way in being able to power so many electrical devices by using as little energy as possible. However, we still deal with the problem of overloaded circuit breakers, unsafe circuitry, and other problems that can cause disaster in homes like ours.

We’re not here to talk about the nightmare scenarios of electrical circuitry in your home. Rather, we’re here to talk about the benefits of proactive electrical service in Chesapeake, VA. This type of service, calling a certified electrician to come repair or maintain your electrical system, can be vital to ensuring it doesn’t overload when you need it the most.

How exactly can proactive electrical work be beneficial? Well, let’s take a look.

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3 Nasty Signs You Need Heater Repair

February 24th, 2020

Heater repair isn’t always obvious. In fact, you’d be surprised by how many homeowners we meet on a daily basis who should have called us months ago for a repair that needed to be made as soon as it became clear. So, we took it among ourselves to help inform any homeowners out there that might be unsure as to the status of their heater and need a nudge in the right direction.

Regardless of how old your unit is or what model it is, these signs of heating repair in Chesapeake, VA are universal. Basically, it doesn’t matter what kind of heater you have. If you’re encountering the following issues, then you should schedule heater repairs as soon as possible because there’s definitely an underlying issue contributing to the problem.

So, buckle up and take a good long look at your heater while we go over whether or not you could use heater repair.

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3 Punk Rock Plumbing Tips

February 10th, 2020

While homeowners in our area might be living semi-charmed lives themselves, their plumbing systems could be in much worse condition than they’re lead to believe. Since our plumbing is hidden behind walls and cabinets, it can be hard to tell when it’s in bad shape or when you’re leaking gallons of water a year!

Since we get to see a lot of plumbing in Chesapeake, VA, we know just how neglected some homes really are. It’s not anyone’s fault, plumbing is a complicated science and whether it’s due to chemical drain cleaners or amateur repairs, many homes have plumbing systems that are seriously mistreated.

So, we’ve got some sweet plumbing tips that could save you money, extend the lifespan of your plumbing, and keep you from needing the inevitable plumbing repairs that homeowners so desperately avoid.

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How a Smart Thermostat Can Help Your Furnace

January 27th, 2020

For those of you out there with an unreliable furnace, it’s true that your heating system can use all the help it can get! While sometimes we might talk about efficiency tips, routine maintenance, or other ways to keep your furnace running smoothly, today we’re going to talk about smart thermostats.

That’s mainly because when it comes to furnace service in Suffolk, VA there are few things that can mitigate inefficiency problems more than a smart thermostat. These posts are all about informing homeowners of the subtle ways that they can help their heating systems on their own, and a smart thermostat is the perfect way to keep your furnace happy without needing technical expertise.

So, if you’re the kind of homeowner that still wants to help your furnace even though you’ve already had a professional perform maintenance and repairs, then consider investing in a smart thermostat.

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Heater FAQ: Know the Major Differences

January 13th, 2020

From furnaces to boilers, there is no shortage of options when it comes to heating systems that can work for your home. The problem isn’t choosing a bad heater, since all of these heaters can work in the roles that are right for them, the issue is more figuring out which heater is right for your particular home.

If you’ve been looking into having a furnace, boiler, or heat pump professionally installed in your home, then we understand the obnoxious amount of work that goes into researching each one. Not only is the research a hassle, but you’re often taking the advice from someone who is trying to sell you that service. A heat pump specialist is going to try and tell you that a heat pump is right for you, and a furnace manufacturer will tell you that a furnace is right for you.

If you’re trying to lower the chances of heating repair in Portsmouth, VA by having the perfect system installed in your home—keep reading and we’ll fill you in without the bias you’re used to.

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Signs You Could Use a Furnace Replacement

December 30th, 2019

No, we’re not just talking about replacing your furnace for fun. Furnaces have a set lifespan that they really aren’t supposed to keep working past. If your system is 20 years old or older, you could be plagued with high fuel bills, inefficiency, poor home heating quality, and even safety concerns.

We like talking about replacements because there’s a constant misconception with heating systems that you should use it until it breaks down on its absolute last day. However, what homeowners don’t like to think about is that furnaces are not people. We don’t want to keep them around as long as we can, because soon they start doing more harm than good. A family that uses a gas furnace, constantly paying for furnace repair in Chesapeake, VA 10 years longer than they should be, means a higher net cost that can sometimes be too much to handle.

Don’t ruin your budget with a heater that’s barely working. Get a replacement today.

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