House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Chesapeake’

Do You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector?

Monday, October 7th, 2019
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The carbon monoxide detector is one of the most underrated electrical appliances in our industry. So many homes in our area use gas furnaces because they’re the most reliable and affordable heater in America, that it goes without saying a carbon monoxide detector should be in every home with a furnace.

The truth of the matter is, however, not nearly enough carbon monoxide detectors are in homes that use natural gas. Unfortunately, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that 430 people die in the US each year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and a more staggering 50,000 people visit the emergency room due to the same symptoms. Since our industry sees many gas-powered heating devices, it’s not surprising that most electricians in Chesapeake, VA will tell you just how important these devices can be.

So, if you didn’t think you needed a carbon monoxide detector before, we hope you reconsider and keep reading.

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4 Things to Keep in Mind When Hiring an Electrician

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

To homeowners outside of the business, an amateur and professional electrician can look fairly identical. However, there are some absolutely crucial differences that can completely change your perspective on electrical maintenance for your home. For instance, professional electricians can have a multitude of online reviews that can make it easier to see their handiwork in the past. From insurance, to proper licensing and training, to even disclosing warranty information, professional technicians will always give you quality service.

Amateur handymen don’t give you the same experience that proper service professionals do, that’s just a fact. Do you want your electrical system to be in jeopardy because of some information that your amateur electrician forgot to tell you about? Of course not! When it comes to choosing from electricians in Chesapeake, VA, we should discuss four major concerns that can help differentiate the professionals from the amateurs.

So, what are you waiting for? Keep reading!

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AC FAQ: What’s Short Cycling?

Monday, 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!

Monday, 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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Your AC Needs and Deserves a Fresh Filter!

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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AC Maintenance: The Time Has Come!

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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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Why Might a Furnace Blow Out Cool Air?

Monday, March 25th, 2019
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We may be closing out the heating season now that April is nearly upon us, but that doesn’t mean that it is time to push your heater out of your mind entirely. Particularly not if that heater failed to live up to your high expectations this past heating season. It may be late in the game, but you don’t want to put any necessary furnace repairs in Chesapeake, VA, on the backburner.

A relatively common issue that some homeowners encounter with their furnaces is the blowing out of cool air. This air does not have to be as cold as the air outside to indicate that there is a problem. It just has to be cooler than the air that should be coming out of the furnace. If you’ve identified this problem in your home, then the obvious next question is—what gives? Today, we’ll explore some potential causes.

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The Sewer Line: Little Leaks, Big Problems

Monday, March 11th, 2019
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Why is it so important that you schedule prompt, professional drain and sewer services in Chesapeake, VA, when any signs of problems manifest? Because there is no such thing as a “minor” sewer leak. Worse yet, those symptoms that do seem relatively minor may be masking a problem that is, in actuality, anything but. Throw in that your sewer line is hidden from view beneath the ground on your property, and you’ll really start to understand the issue.

There is some good news here, though. Sure, sewer line problems can get serious very quickly. However, they can also be resolved with the skill and expertise the problem demands just as quickly—provided that you’re working with plumbers of the highest caliber. That is certain to be the case when you schedule service with the pros on our team. So let’s take a closer look at the situation, some signs that it’s time to schedule drain and sewer services, and what may need to be done to alleviate the situation.

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