Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing Blog

Does Corrosion on My Water Heater Mean Its Done?

February 22nd, 2021

water-heater-leakingAlthough we’ll need to provide some context and extra information about this answer, the answer is “yes.” Corrosion is one of the worst things that can happen to a water heater, and when it sets in on your water heater, it’s likely time to call our technicians and arrange to have a new one installed. 

This isn’t an absolute, as we’ll discuss below, but rust and other types of corrosion are more than just spots of trouble in a water heater. They indicate larger problems and likely a water heater that is too old to keep.

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Reasons Your Ductless System Isn’t Heating Well

February 8th, 2021

ductless-wall-unitUsing a ductless mini split heat pump for your central heating and cooling is a great way to solve uneven temperatures in a house or provide central comfort in a house that doesn’t have space for ducts. Ductless systems also have fewer repair issues because they use smaller motors and don’t suffer from problems connected to ductwork wearing down.

But a ductless mini split can still need heating repair in Athens, GA if it isn’t delivering the comfort you want during this winter. There are several possible reasons for poorer heating from a ductless system, and we’re going to look at several sources. You’ll likely need our professional help to fix the problem, so unless the issue ends up extremely simple, rely on our team to diagnose and fix the malfunction.

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What to Do When Your Toilet Overflows

January 25th, 2021

toilet-with-sprayer-and-phoneWe know that an overflowing toilet is one of those plumbing problems that can cause a sudden burst of panic when it strikes. You might immediately have images of large parts of your house flooding as you desperately try to get somebody to fix the problem.

We have good news. First, you have somebody on your side who can fix the problem—you’re already on our website and we’re only a phone call away for the toilet repair in Snellville, GA that will take care of your malfunctioning throne. Second, with the proper steps, you can quickly stop serious trouble from the overflowing toilet and have your immediate fears calmed down so you can wait for our arrival in relative peace. 

We’ll go through the basic steps of what to do when you’ve got an overflowing toilet.

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Can a Gas Furnace Become Dangerous?

January 11th, 2021

furnace-oldIf you use a gas furnace to warm your house, you may have wondered if there’s a chance the furnace could become a hazard. The simple answer is “yes,” because that’s true for any use of natural gas.

However, this isn’t a reason to panic or immediately think of switching to a different type of heater. The chance of your furnace becoming dangerous is small, and with precautions you can keep it to almost nothing. The modern gas furnace is built with safety features and made to high standards to make them safe for homes—they wouldn’t be allowed in homes at all if they were routinely dangerous.

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Why You Have Uneven Heating on Different Floors

December 28th, 2020

red-arrow-heat-flow-diagramHeat rises. That’s a basic fact of physics, nothing will change that. It’s the reason that the second floor of a house tends to get hotter than the ground floor. It can be a problem in both summer and winter, trying to cool down the house or avoid the upper floor from overheating. 

However, an effective HVAC system for a home, particularly a newer home with good insulation, can strike the right balance and keep the second floor from getting too hot and create a good, even distribution of comfort through the house. 

You, however, aren’t currently enjoying this situation. At least not if you’re reading this intently. Your house has previously not had a serious problem in winter with a boiling second floor. But now it’s become such a sauna where going outside in the cold seems like a better option. Why is this happening?

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The Common Materials of Modern Plumbing Pipes

December 14th, 2020

Cut-PVC-pipesIndoor plumbing has a long history, and through it all the materials used for pipes have changed. If you live in an older home, your plumbing system may have outdated pipe material that needs to be replaced. 

In this post, we’ve put together a list of the pipe materials commonly found in modern homes as well as the current materials plumbers use when doing jobs. We hope this will give you a better understanding of the work our plumbers may need to provide you when it’s time for repairs or repiping. If you have doubts about the type of pipes you have in your house, call us and we can find out what work may need to be done.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Start Heating?

November 30th, 2020

vent-cover-in-ceilingThe greatest advantage of heat pumps (or one of the greatest; they have several advantages) is that they can work as both cooling and heating systems. As the colder weather settles in for winter, you’ll turn your heat pump over to heating mode for the first time in many months. It’s not difficult to do: you simply adjust the thermostat so the temperature setting is higher than the temperature in the house and the heat pump will automatically switch over to provide heat.

But … what if it doesn’t? That’s why we have this blog post: for those times when something isn’t right and the heat pump either stays in cooling mode or it’s only sending out room temperature air.

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Already Worried Your Heater Won’t Make It Through the Winter?

November 16th, 2020

furnace-oldYou arrived at this blog post because you’re fretting. It’s almost winter, outdoor temperatures are falling, and you feel uncertain that your home’s heating system is up to the job of keeping your family warm until spring.

We can understand this worry. But we also can say with confidence that you don’t need to worry. You have our excellent team for any heating repair in Buford, GA you might need during the coming winter, and we also handle the maintenance service to prevent most repairs. 

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Ways We Can Help You Save Water With Your Plumbing

November 2nd, 2020

showerhead-dripping-close-upDo you find that your regular water bills are far too high? Higher than you think they should be? You can search out online lists of ways to change your water-using habits, and everyone knows that taking shorter showers is a basic part of cutting down on household water consumption. 

However, there are ways that a Conyers, GA plumber can help you save water that go beyond basic steps like “don’t run the bathroom sink faucet while you brush your teeth.” Plumbers are some of the best people for pinpointing where your house is wasting water. There are places in your home where updating fixtures and making repairs will make a huge difference in your monthly water bills. 

Below are some ways our plumbers can lower water use in your household.

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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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