Under ground water leaks

Underground water leaks can occur at any time of the year.  If you have gray or blue plastic pipe coming up from the slab into your mechanical room you should be concerned.  Pay attention to your water bill and make sure you look at your water consumption every month.

If you have a sprinkler system you obviously will use more water in the summer.  Make sure to have that checked for underground leaks.

Other problems that could raise your water bill would be

  1. toilet problems
  2. dripping shower
  3. dripping faucets
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Furnace repair Loveland,Co

When your furnace quits working or it is not keeping your house up to temp.  Make sure to check your furnace filter before you call us to come out.  It could save you a lot of money.  If you have pets we recommend you change them every 30 days.

WATER HEATER LEAKING AND REPAIR

Is your water heater leaking?  If so, do you know why?  Water heaters leak for many reasons. Sometimes due to age.  If your water heater is over ten years old and you have never had a service tech flush the tank then it will likely start leaking from the bottom of the tank soon . atmospheric vent diagram

Always have a water heater changed out by a licensed plumber.  They have experience,education and skill to recommend and safely install a water heater .

Professionals know the local code.  They also have a wider selection of products and more knowledge of products that are of excellent quality.

It is the safest and smartest thing to do for you and your family.

Why hire a licensed plumber or hvac tech over a handyman?

It has come to my knowledge over time of answering the phones that SOME people are shopping for the lowest bidder and some people will pay what is necessary to get the job done right.

We go to many homes where homeowners have hired handymen or unlicensed contractors to do work .  They call and have a problem with a tankless water heater or boiler .  They start off by saying they thought they were going to save money.  The truth of the matter is most “handymen” want to do it their way .   They do not want to follow manufacture instructions or they want to do the job as fast as possible ,get paid and disappear.  The manufacture of the product and the homeowner and the ones who lose in the end.  The manufacture gets a bad review on line about their product and the homeowner ends up paying a licensed contractor to correct the mistakes.  In the end the homeowner pays twice for the installation that should have been done right in the first place, if they would open the installation guide.

So, if you are a homeowner , please take my advice and use a licensed plumber(plumbing company )  or a licensed hvac tech to do your home maintenance work .  In the end it will cost you less.  Their hourly rate might be less but the mistakes they make will cost you double in the end .

We are knowledgeable about code requirements for the city you reside in.  We want your home and family to be safe this time of year.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer…no amateur should be trusted with your families well being.

 

What is the point in a furnace tune-up?

It’s getting close to that time of year where you start to hear the ads on the radio telling you that you need to get your furnace cleaned or inspected before fall and winter comes, which was usually met with me rolling my eyes and changing the station to some tunes, not giving it a second thought. Come to think about it, we don’t really think about our systems until they break down. What if I told you that getting your system cleaned once a year could have prevented that?

There is numerous things that can happen if you don’t maintain your system and breaking down is one of them. Furnaces tend to break down when we need them the most because that’s when they are working the hardest. If you don’t have your system inspected every year, your furnace runs a much higher risk of breaking down in the middle of winter because it will be operating with issues that would have otherwise been taken care of during your tune-up.

Have you ever wondered why we tend to get more sick in the fall and winter than we do summer time? Or why there is more dust right after you turn on the heat? When you don’t maintain you furnace – it doesn’t take long for the air filter to become clogged with dust, debris, and even mold. Once the air filter can no longer keep particles out, your furnace (and ducts) become blanketed with nasty airborne residue. Now stop to realize that you are breathing that in every time your furnace cycles. People with asthma or other breathing difficulties could be in danger if their system isn’t properly cleaned and cared for.

Often times, furnace problems start small and get much worse over time. If you don’t get a furnace tune-up, you likely won’t notice problems with your system until it starts acting up. By that time, a relatively small repair that could have been taken care of during a tune-up can turn into a much bigger and more expensive repair. One of the most important parts of a furnace is the heat exchanger because it removes the poisonous gases that result from the combustion process and vents them out and away from the residence. The heat exchanger expands and contracts since temps can change in the furnace after each cycle. Over time this can produce cracks, allowing poisonous carbon monoxide gas to escape. Having your furnace annually inspected and cleaned not only elongates the life of your system but it could possibly save you from a deadly situation.

Correctly Charging AC Units

Many people may wonder why HVAC companies will not maintain or recharge your AC unit on a cold day. It is simply not an effective way to test freon levels.

Cold Temperature Charges

You can work on these units in the cold and some technicians use “insulated blankets” to wrap the outside condensing units with to create a head pressure rise. This simulates a hot day, they can then add or remove refrigerant based on that reading. The problem with this technique is the head pressure rise is more of an estimate. With this estimate of head pressure you are not getting an accurate reading therefore it would be easy to overcharge or undercharge the unit.

This results in you as the customer being inconvenienced by your unit still having issues and possibly having to pay for the same service to be done on a hot day. When charging your unit on a hot day you will get a accurate reading therefore resulting in a cheaper repair and peace of mind that your unit will be operating correctly. This is the preferred method to work on AC units because we know we are getting a correct reading and will not have to worry about an unhappy customer or wasted time. The correct temperature for recharges is 70-75° F.

 

R22 Refigerant Phase Out – Environmental Impact

What does the R-22 Refrigerant Phase out mean for your Hvac system?

The current phase of of R-22 Refrigerant in residential and commercial properties leaves home and business owners with unanswered questions. As R-22 is gradually phased out, alternative refrigerants are being introduced. One of these substitutes is R-410A, a blend of hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) that does not contribute to depletion of the ozone layer.

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Service to current HVAC systems

Production of new air conditioning units charged with R-22 ended in 2010, and by 2020, the servicing of R-22 based systems will rely solely on recycled or reclaimed refrigerants.

If your air conditioner was manufactured before 2010, it probably utilizes R-22. The good news is existing units using R-22 can continue to be serviced with R-22 as there is no EPA requirement for change or conversion of these units.

More than likely, your heating and cooling units will have sufficient R-22, unless a leak occurs. Since production is limited, costs to charge existing units leaking R-22 refrigerant have gone up and are expected to rise. We urge our customers to take the necessary steps to protect yourself from the rising cost of refrigerant. The best thing you can do properly maintain your unit to prevent leaks. You can do so by participating in routine tune-ups in the spring and fall. Remember, routine maintenance is far less expensive than emergency repairs.

Retrofits and Converting units

Retrofit units, converted R-22 units utilize a substitute refrigerant, are allowed if the alternative has been found acceptable for that type of use. Substitute refrigerant can work well in R-22 units with a few changes to system components. For example, simply replacing R-22 refrigerant with R-410A in a preexisting R-22 unit is not recommended due to its higher worker pressure. However, a certified professional can replace R-22 condensers with R-410A condensers, as long as the system coil is also updated. This provides consistency in the refrigerant  cycle, as one coil cannot be replaced without the other, and allows the retrofit to get you by for several more years.

The EPA wanrs of potential safety hazards related to the use of unapproved refrigerants in home air conditioning systems as they are not designed to handle flammable refrigerants.

Impact on the environment

Properly installed home comfort systems rarely develop major refrigerant leaks, and with proper servicing, a system using R-22, R-410A, or another refrigerant will reduce its impact on the environment. Remember to always select a reputable dealer to handle refrigerants.

Refrigerant R-22 is used in a number of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. R-22 is the halocarbon compound named monochlorodifluoromethane with chemical formula CHCIF2 and it is the hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). R-22 is one of the most popular refrigerant used in cooling system, but unfortunately, the halocarbons (chlorine and fluorine) present in these compounds have the potential to cause depletion of the ozone layer in the atmosphere leading to greenhouse effect. The ozone layer destroying potential of R-22, which is HCFC is much lesser than the other chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), still in the long-term they do have detrimental effects on the atmosphere.

The depletion of ozone layer from the upper layers of atmosphere results in ultraviolet rays of the sun to reach the surface of the earth. This leads to high temperature on the earth and the ultraviolet ray themselves are very harmful to the skin of humans. To avoid the long-term dangers of the R-22 and other CFCs, it has been decided to phase out the use and production of R-22 completely along with other CFC refrigerants.

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New units

A important thing a homeowner can do for the environment is to purchase a highly energy efficient system. Today’s air conditioners use much less energy, provide cost savings in maintenance an electric costs, and offer a green alternative to R-22 units. Rebates and tax credits also help to offset the cost of new systems.

The best time to switch is before your hit by the high costs of repairing a refrigerant system. Take into account the age of your current unit (as a general rule, systems should be older than 10 years) look for the energy star label to save up to 40 percent on utility bills and consider the minimum seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) specification.

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