Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing Blog

Drain Unclogging Methods You Can (And Cannot) Use

October 19th, 2020

bubbling-drainNo one can escape a drain clog in their house forever. This is one of those routine irritants that pop up from time to time, no matter how well you take care of your household plumbing.

When you face a clogged drain or a slow drain—so slow it might as well be a complete clog—what can you do? There are several methods to unclog a drain you can attempt. And some you shouldn’t. We’ll go through them as steps. Follow along, and we’ll see if we can open up that drain again.

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October Is (Unofficial) Maintain Your Heating System Month!

October 5th, 2020

service-marker-blueWe are making the special announcement on the first week of October 2020 that this month is now “Maintain Your Heating System Month”! This is the month when we spread awareness of how important regular fall heating maintenance is for your Conyers, GA, HVAC system and encourage you to sign up for our maintenance program, the Comfort Club. There is no better way to make October useful and the coming winter comfortable and relaxing than to have our technicians come out to your house and inspect and tune-up your heating system.

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Grading Your AC at the End of the Season

September 21st, 2020

service-checkmarkYour air conditioning system attends a type of summer school. You want to make sure your air conditioner performs the best work during each summer, otherwise it’s time to either have the AC repaired or maybe replaced.

We recommend you give your air conditioning system a report card during the fall. A simple grade for how well it did over the previous summer. This will help you choose what to do about it during the cooler season and if you need the assistance of an Athens, GA HVAC contractor to help with the future of cooling in your house.

Think about the cooling in your house during the summer, and then give your air conditioning system a grade, from “A” to “F.”

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No, You Don’t Need to “Top Off” the AC’s Refrigerant in Late Summer

September 7th, 2020

Your air conditioning system has gone through plenty this summer. The hot weather isn’t done yet, so you might have concerns about the AC’s continuing performance with all the stress it’s accumulated. It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking your air conditioner needs more refrigerant, at least “topped-off,” so it can get through the rest of the hot weather.

This is not true, and if you hear someone who claims to be an HVAC technician tell you it’s time for more refrigerant, run the opposite direction! There’s only one situation where you’ll need more refrigerant put into an AC, and it’s a repair job, not routine maintenance.

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Hot Spots in Your House? Here Are 5 Reasons Why

August 24th, 2020

woman-and-fanA central air conditioning system is designed to send air around the living spaces in a house to create an even spread of cooling. It won’t be perfect, as some rooms are harder to cool than others because of conditions like sun-exposure. But you’ll have a good idea of what your house feels like when the AC is on and working the way it should.

When the cooling turns uneven and you start noticing true “hot spots” in the house, it may mean you need air conditioning repair in Lawrenceville, GA. You will at least want an HVAC pro to take a look at the system to see why your cooling isn’t at the peak of its summer game. Below we’ve listed five common causes for hot spots in homes:

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Water Heaters Need to Have Regular Flushes

August 10th, 2020

water-heater-tankIt’s easy to take the water heater in your home for granted. But consider how essential hot water is to your daily routines. Losing access to hot water isn’t something you want to deal with—so it’s vital to give some occasional consideration to routine care for the water heater. Like other parts of your plumbing, as well as your heating and air conditioning systems, the water heater requires routine maintenance to ensure it works at its best for as long as possible.

One of the most important routine maintenance tasks for water heaters is flushing the tank.

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What You Can Do If Your Air Conditioner Suddenly Fails

July 17th, 2020

flushed-man-in-front-of-fanAn air conditioning system that either stops sending around cool air or stops sending around any air at all is a serious problem during a hot Georgia summer. You may be enjoying the day indoors, and then abruptly your home’s temperature is rising toward tropical heatwave levels.

What can you do? First, don’t get panicked—there is help available, and it’s not far away. You can call us for AC repair in Lawrenceville, GA and elsewhere in the Snellville, GA area and we’ll see you receive prompt service to have the trouble fixed. However, before you make the call, you can take a number of steps to see if you actually have a repair issue. Troubleshooting the AC may reveal a small error you can correct on your own.

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Why Air Quality is Often Bad in Homes Like Yours

July 13th, 2020

microbes-floating-due-to-low-indoor-air-qualitySo you’ve realized that you have poor indoor air quality in your home and you’re just not getting it—what in the world is going on? You take good care of your home, you take the extra effort to make it look nice on top of keeping it clean, and you feel like your indoor air quality should be good because of this, right?

Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Indoor air quality is a tricky thing and it has some often unexpected variables that contribute to it. If you need to improve your indoor air quality, we’d like to recommend an air purifier in Lawrenceville, GA. We’ll unpack this more below, but an air purifier can meet the needs of almost any resident here.

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Clogged Drain? Don’t Use Chemical Cleaners and Here’s Why

June 29th, 2020

drain-cleaning-illustrationThe clogged drain—wow, what a nuisance. What a pain. And no matter how well you care for your plumbing, or how much you watch what goes down your drains, one day you’ll have to face clogs. So what can you do when you’ve got one?

There’s the handy ol’ plunger. Either the sink or the toilet plunger can often take care of extremely basic clogs. You might try a hand-cranked drain snake, which can sometimes be effective with hair clogs in shower and bathroom sink drains. Or you can use a chemical drain cleaner …

No, wait! Don’t use chemical drain cleaners! If the plunger or the simple drain snake doesn’t solve the problem, the next step is to call a Lawrenceville, GA, plumber to use professional tools to open up the drain. No plumber recommends using store-bought chemical drain cleaners for drains—and for some excellent reasons:

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Signs the AC’s Compressor Is in Trouble

June 15th, 2020

compressor-in-ac-unitThe compressor is the part of your air conditioner that puts in the most work over the summer. It’s basically the “heart” of the AC, the part where refrigerant is placed under pressure so it will circulate through the heat exchange process. The compressor is in danger of failing the older the air conditioner gets, and a failed compressor often means it’s more cost-effective to replace the AC than to replace only the compressor.

You can catch early signs of compressor trouble and call for AC repair in Athens, GA from our technicians. Reacting quickly to compressor issues can sometimes prevent a far more serious breakdown. Of course, you need to know what signs to watch for. Here are some of the main ones:

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