SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog

Is it Time for a New Water Heater?

October 9th, 2017

plumber-water-heaterAs we move deeper into the fall season, now is the time to take stock of your home and see what needs to be done to prepare it for the winter. Part of those preparations might include installing a new system in your home, like a water heater. Water heaters are designed to last for quite a long time, especially if they are properly taken care of. No system lasts forever, though. Sooner or later, you’re going to need your replace your system. If you aren’t sure whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced, there are a number of signs to look for.

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Heat Pump Issues to Be Aware of

September 25th, 2017

heat-pump-repairWe’re finally getting to the end of summer, which is great news for people sick of hot days. If you’re using a heat pump as your sole method of climate control, however, you still need to keep an eye out for any issues that might arise with the system.

Since you’re probably going to be using your heat pump throughout the heating season as well, you need to remember to keep an eye out for any issues that may develop. Let’s go over some of the more common heat pump problems you should be aware of as a result of strain put on the system.

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Why It’s a Good Idea to Schedule Pipe Inspections

September 11th, 2017

water-lineOne of the biggest problems with plumbing systems is how difficult it can be to keep them in good condition. When an air conditioner or heater malfunctions, it can become pretty clear early on that you need to call for repairs. If nothing else, you can always give the system a quick look if you’re concerned that it might be malfunctioning in some way.

The plumbing system, though, is hidden throughout the house. You aren’t going to be able to really inspect it without professional equipment, which is why it’s a good idea to schedule a pipe inspection appointment at least once a year.

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Reasons Why Your Air Conditioner Output Might be Low

August 28th, 2017

air-conditioner-blowingSummer is just about the worst possible time to start experiencing air conditioning issues. It’s also the time of year when air conditioners are most likely to have problems. One of the first signs that the air conditioner is in trouble that most homeowners notice is dropping output. Have a look at some of the reasons why your air conditioner output is low, and what to do about it.

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Be Careful of These Symptoms That You Have a Plumbing Problem

August 14th, 2017

burst-pipePlumbing problems can be difficult to detect without professional equipment and experience. Most of the system is hidden from view, and the problems that typically afflict it are subtle to begin with. This is part of the reason why we recommend scheduling preventive maintenance at least once a year. However, you should familiarize yourself with the warning signs that your plumbing system is having some kind of issue. On the off chance that a problem does occur between maintenance appointments, you can detect it quickly and have it repaired. Be aware of the symptoms below, and what they mean.

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If Your Air Conditioner is Making Odd Sounds, Call for Repairs

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioner-repairWe’re going to bet that you are using your air conditioner quite a bit to keep cool these days. That’s all well and good, but as long as you’re going to be using your system that often it’s a good idea to beware of any problems that might develop.

The faster you can detect if your air conditioner needs professional repair, the faster you can have it fixed and the better off it will be. If your air conditioner is making odd noises during operation, it’s a sign that it needs to be repaired. Have a look at some of the more common sounds that indicate a problem, and what they mean.

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Signs Your Water Line is in Trouble

July 17th, 2017

water-lineOf all the various parts of your plumbing system that serve a vital role, the water line is the most integral. All water that passes into your home does so through the water line. If the water line is in good shape, the rest of your plumbing system will benefit. If the water line is in need of repair or replacement, you will see the effects reflected in the rest of your home. It’s a good idea to be aware of the signs that your water line is experiencing issues, so that you can have it repaired or replaced as quickly as possible. The longer the water line is allowed to struggle, the worse off the plumbing system will be.

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How can I Tell if I Need a Water Treatment System?

July 3rd, 2017

water-handsIf you’re getting your water from a city water main, and not a well, then you probably know that your water supply goes through a treatment process before it reaches your home. The efficacy of these water treatment facilities varies from city to city, though most of them are good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from the water supply. It is important to remember, though, that none of these water treatment processes are 100% effective.

There will always be a chance that some trace elements of contaminants like lead or cyanide will make it into your home’s water supply. There is no “safe” level of exposure to these materials. If you want to add an extra layer of protection to your home’s water supply, consider installing a water treatment system. You should especially consider installing a water treatment system if you notice the following symptoms.

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Indications That You Need a New Air Conditioner

June 19th, 2017

air-conditionerSummer is here, and that means it’s time to crank your air conditioner all the way up if you want to keep comfortable during the next few months. Not everyone is going to be able to make it through the entire summer with the air conditioner they have, though. If you’ve had your AC for a while, it might be a good idea to replace it before we get too deep into the summer season. You don’t want the system to die on you in the middle of a hot day, after all. Have a look at the following signs that you should probably install a new air conditioner.

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When to Install a New Heat Pump

June 5th, 2017

heat-pump-cashAs the weather continues to heat up, you’re going to start to rely on your heat pump more often to keep cool during the day. If your system is not up to the task of keeping you cool through another summer, though, it’s a good idea to replace it now. You don’t want your system to die on you in the middle of the hottest season of the year. If you’re not sure whether or not it would be a good idea to replace your heat pump system, have a look at some of the tips below.

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