Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing Blog

Options That Can Make Allergy Season Easier in Your House

April 4th, 2022

woman-with-sinus-troublesAlthough most people welcome the coming of spring and the easing of the winter cold, the season does bring with it a few of its own challenges. One of the biggest is allergies. Spring is prime allergy season because the returning warmth causes plant blooms that release large amounts of pollen into the air. This triggers hay fever in many people, a quite unwelcome condition just when the weather is starting to turn pleasant. 

If you have a household with people who suffer from allergies and asthma, you can employ several strategies to make allergy season easier, such as both prescription and over-the-counter medications. We can’t help you in that area, but we can help you improve the air quality in your home, which can also make a significant difference in the impact of allergy season. In this post, we’ll look at some of the ways our team can help you.

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It’s Officially Spring—Time for Regular AC Maintenance

March 21st, 2022

air-conditioner-with-maintenance-toolsThis week, we officially welcome spring. That doesn’t mean we welcome spring weather permanently since early spring often has temper tantrums with abrupt cold snaps. But spring does mark an important shift in our homes and how we think about them for the coming middle of the year. For HVAC professionals, this is the season when we help our customers with the important job of routine air conditioning maintenance inspections and tune-ups.

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With Spring Approaching, Make Sure Your Sump Pump Is Working

March 7th, 2022

sump-pumpMost people connect springtime with good feelings: warmer weather and blooming plants. But spring has some downsides as well, such as allergies and all that spring cleaning. One concern during spring is potential flooding. Spring can bring with it intense storms, and snowmelt can also lead to flood conditions. 

If your home has had trouble with flooding in the basement or crawl space before, then you probably have a sump pump installed to help out. (If you dont, it’s definitely time to get one!) Before the spring weather arrives and brings the threat of flooding with it, we recommend you do several checks on your sump pump to see that it’s ready to do its job if it needs to. You hope it won’t need to, but a preventive device isn’t much good if it won’t actually work when it’s required.

We’ll go over what you can do to check on your sump pump.

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What’s Clogging Up My Drain?

February 21st, 2022

A clogged or slow drain isn’t the biggest plumbing disaster you might face in your home, but it’s definitely one of the most persistent and annoying. Many of the calls we get as a local Athens, GA plumber are to handle tough drain obstructions. We’ve seen many unusual clogging problems in our time—you won’t believe what can accidentally get down household drains—but there’s a set of common causes at the root of most clogs. 

We’ll go through the most likely sources for your clogged drain. This will help you understand when you need professional plumbers as well as how to prevent clogging later.

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How Long Can You Expect Your Heating System to Last?

February 7th, 2022

Furnace-standardJust as there is no such thing as “the last pair of shoes you’ll ever need to buy,” there’s no such thing as the “last central heating system you’ll ever need to install.” A heater, whether it’s a gas furnace, electric furnace, heat pump, or ductless mini split, wears down over time. Quality professional maintenance done each year will help the system last for as long as possible, but you’ll one day need to have the unit replaced. 

We handle heating system installation and heating repair in Buford, GA, so we know a great deal about the life expectancies of heating systems and the factors that can affect them. We can provide you with some general information about your heater’s estimated service life, but when it comes time to make a decision, we recommend calling us for a professional opinion. 

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When Is a Plumbing Problem a Plumbing EMERGENCY?

January 24th, 2022

burst-pipeWhen you picture a plumbing emergency, you might conjure up a nightmare scenario of water flooding your house from a broken fixture. And, yes, that would definitely count as an emergency plumbing situation! But there are other plumbing problems without such outward flash that also require calling an emergency plumber. 

How can you tell if the plumbing problem you’ve got requires emergency plumbing in Braselton, GA? We can help you with this—and we’re ready to do whatever work you need, 24/7.

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Why Your Electric Furnace Isn’t Turning On

January 10th, 2022

heating-elementMany homes in our area don’t have access to a natural gas line and must rely on electricity to power most of their home appliances. For all-electric houses, an electric furnace is the most common option for winter warmth. Electric furnaces don’t have the same high heating capacity or speed as their natural gas-powered cousins, but they have advantages such as lower installation costs, longer service lives, and no worries about gas combustion or gas leaks.

If your reliable electric furnace and suddenly turned unreliable, not coming on when you need it to, you may need to call us for furnace repair in Lilburn, GA. Although electric furnaces don’t have the same potential safety hazards as gas furnaces, they still need the work of professionals to fix them. 

Below are some of the reasons your electric furnace may be failing to turn on.

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5 Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Giving You Enough Hot Water

December 27th, 2021

Young woman bathingThe lukewarm shower in the morning that never heats up enough to feel comfortable. It may not be as bad as no hot water at all, but it’s not something you want to deal with. And you shouldn’t have to! When you can call up our team of experts in all things water heaters in Braselton, GA, you can have the trouble fixed, whether it takes a repair or a system replacement. 

To help you understand what may be going on with your water heater and what steps our technicians may need to take, we’ll go over a list of five common reasons for a water heater losing its volume of hot water.

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Too Late for Heating Maintenance? Not in Georgia!

December 13th, 2021

girl-welcomes-winterWe have a winter chill in the air and days that are dropping into the 50s. The long-sleeved shirts and jackets are coming out, and in many homes central heating systems are turning on. Yes, it’s almost officially winter… 

So does that mean that if you didn’t already arrange for heater maintenance in Suwanee, GA that it’s too late? Not at all! In fact, you might consider yourself to be just in time. Remembering to get it done at all already puts you ahead of many homeowners who let this vital yearly service slip their minds.

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Don’t Set Your Thermostat Too High This Winter—Here’s Why

November 15th, 2021

advanced-thermostat-on-hot-dayHow high can you set your home’s thermostat? If your thermostat and heating system are like most, the upper setting is 90°F. That means, in theory at least, you could turn your house into a hot day at the beach even during the middle of winter. That probably doesn’t sound appealing to you, but a nice 80°F may sound ideal. You can lounge around in your shorts in perfect comfort. In January!

But … please don’t do this. Our recommendation for winter thermostat settings is to lower the thermostat, not raise it. As the temperature outdoors drops, you’ll feel tempted to push up the thermostat setting higher each time you feel too cold, and then lower it when it gets too hot, but this isn’t the best practice for energy costs and the performance of your heating system. We’ll explain more below.

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