Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing Blog

The Dangers of Leaking AC Refrigerant

May 3rd, 2021

resiidential-ac-unitPeople who aren’t in the HVAC industry often have misconceptions about how air conditioning systems work, specifically the role of refrigerant. Homeowners often imagine that refrigerant is a fuel for the air conditioner, something that will eventually run out and need to be refilled. 

Refrigerant is not a fuel source. Air conditioning systems run on one type of energy: electricity. A refrigerant is a heat transfer medium. It’s what allows an air conditioner to pump heat from a house to the outside. The refrigerant works, in some ways, like blood in the human body: a pump circulates it to allow the system to run. But if the human body loses blood, it creates more. If an air conditioning system loses refrigerant, it can’t create more and will be in serious danger until it receives professional AC repair in Lawrenceville, GA.

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Pinhole Leaks—One of the Trickiest Plumbing Problems

April 19th, 2021

copper-tubesThe name pinhole leak sounds like a minor issue. Big, gaping leaks in plumbing, leaks that send water spilling out all over the floor and make you glad you have a sump pump, sound like serious problems. And they are. But pinhole leaks are something those big leaks aren’t: sneaky and hard to find. You may not know you need a Lawrenceville, GA plumber at first to solve your pinhole leaks, and that’s how they can cause plenty of damage.

But, aside from their size, what exactly are pinhole leaks and how do they get started? And how can you notice them?

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The Biggest Ways Air Conditioning Maintenance Benefits You

April 5th, 2021

air-conditioner-condenser-3D-renderEach spring, we recommend our customers arrange for professional maintenance to inspect and tune-up their air conditioning systems. Although it’s a “recommendation,” we don’t think of maintenance as just a beneficial service—it’s a necessary one if you want your air conditioner to have the longest service life with the fewest problems and lowest operating costs possible. 

We’re not the only people making this recommendation. The US Department of Energy urges all homeowners to have annual maintenance for their air conditioner. And there’s no better time for the job than spring, right before the hot weather arrives.

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The 4 Best Reasons You May Want a Tankless Water Heaters

March 22nd, 2021

tankless-water-heater-on-wallYou’ve had your current water heater for 15 years or longer, and it’s no longer up to the job. You know it’s time to have it replaced—and you’re giving serious thought to putting in the best in new technology in its place, a tankless water heater. 

You may feel a bit hesitant about it. New technology is always intimidating, and leaving behind the tried-and-true carries a sense of risk. The truth is that a tankless water heater isn’t necessarily the best choice in all cases for a new water heater. This is why we recommend you work with our professionals when it’s time to replace your water heater. We’re experts when it comes to water heaters in Suwanee, GA, and we’ll help guide you to the best option possible.

But tankless water heaters are worth your consideration, and here are the 4 best reasons you may want to get one:

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Don’t Leave Your Heater With Lingering Repairs at the End of Winter!

March 8th, 2021

furance-checked-by-technicianWe know you’re excited to enjoy the warm weather of spring, and it’s not far away now. In this excitement, you might ignore signs of trouble with your furnace, heat pump, or other central heating system. “So the furnace is making some odd sounds. No big deal. It will soon be warm and I can worry about getting it fixed later.”

Please don’t do this! Heating repair in Braselton, GA is always a service you need to arrange as soon as you detect something amiss with your central heater. We know how tempting it is to procrastinate with warm weather starting to show up, but you shouldn’t leave a repair issue unresolved at the end of the winter. We’ll explain why.

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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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