Snellville Heating, Air and Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘athens’

What the Weird Smells From Your AC Might Mean

Monday, April 18th, 2022

vent-cover-in-ceilingWhen you turn on your air conditioner during a hot and humid day in Georgia, you expect to receive cool air from it. You don’t expect to have weird or unpleasant odors emerge from your AC as well! Unfortunately, this does sometimes happen. When you’ve got an odd-smelling air conditioner, you may need to call our expert technicians for air conditioning repair in Athens, GA, since these smells often warn of a malfunction. 

What do these odd smells mean? We’ll look at some of the more common below.

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What’s Clogging Up My Drain?

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

Monday, 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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What’s Clogging My Drain? (It Might Be This…)

Monday, October 4th, 2021

bubbling-drainNo plumbing problem is more common and annoying than the clogged drain or the slow drain. Everybody has had to deal with one at some point, and you’ll probably deal with them in your home in the future. 

Thankfully, clogs are usually easy to solve. The most basic ones you can safely remove with a plunger. For tougher clogs, you can call a plumber in Athens, GA who can rapidly clean the drain and take care of the clog. (Please don’t use chemical drain cleaners! These are potentially harmful for the drainpipes and don’t “clean” the drain at all.) 

In this post, we’re going to explore what might cause that clog in your drain. Knowing this will help you to understand what kind of assistance you’ll need to get the drain, well, draining again.

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Your AC’s Cooling Capacity: How Much Does Your Home Need?

Monday, August 9th, 2021

cold-man-and-woman-in-parkasWe’ve written before about how much an air conditioner can lower the temperature in a house. This is known as an AC’s temperature differential: the maximum amount it can lower the temperature inside compared to the temperature outside. 

Today we’re going to look at the cooling capacity of your air conditioner. This may sound like it’s the same as the temperature differential, but it isn’t. Where temperature differential is the same for all ACs, cooling capacity has a large range. Ensuring the AC for your home has the correct cooling capacity is vital for having an effective and energy-efficient cooling system.

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Top Reason to Call Professional Plumbers

Monday, July 12th, 2021

hand-holding-wrenchYou have three options for taking care of plumbing jobs in your house, such as repairs or new installations:

  1. Try to do the job yourself with available tools and maybe some online tutorials.
  2. Look around for somebody who’ll do the job for cheap, but isn’t a professional (some guy who knows a guy…).
  3. Call licensed professional plumbers.

The correct choice is #3. We understand you might feel tempted to go for the first option if you think of yourself as handy around the house and you have a good set of wrenches. The second option may lure you with the promise the job can be done inexpensively. But both can lead to much more trouble—expensive, even dangerous trouble! Below are the reasons to always rely on a professional plumber in Athens, GA for any service you need in your home.

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Your AC Has Cooling Limits—Let’s Talk About That

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

thermostat-and-woman-72-degreesThe modern electro-mechanical air conditioner is a marvel of technology: a device that provides cool comfort to a building on a hot day just by circulating refrigerant to move heat from the indoor air, then distributing that air around the rooms. 

Of course, the word just is doing the heavy lifting in that sentence, since air conditioning systems are complex and precise devices where many components must work in conjunction to create the cooling a house enjoys.

And that cooling has limits. You probably know that the AC keeping your home an oasis of relaxation doesn’t have infinite cooling power—it can’t make the house as cold as a freezer, even if you did want that. We’re going to use this post to look at what the cooling limits of your air conditioning in Athens, GA actually are.

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Reasons Your Ductless System Isn’t Heating Well

Monday, 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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Grading Your AC at the End of the Season

Monday, 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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Water Heaters Need to Have Regular Flushes

Monday, 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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