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

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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Signs the AC’s Compressor Is in Trouble

Monday, 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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Oh-no! No Hot Water? Here’s Why!

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Of course, the last thing you want to do when you wake up on a chilly winter morning is step into an icy cold shower! See, we understand that your water heater is incredibly important for your overall comfort and wellbeing, so when something goes wrong, it can definitely seem like a big deal.

One of the biggest issues we see over the holiday season is a hot water heater that isn’t providing enough hot water. There are a number of reasons why this might be happening, and below, we outlined some of them for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more. Oh, and remember to call our team when you need an Athens, GA plumber!

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