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Is It Time to Replace Your Boiler?

November 18th, 2019

Boilers last for an incredibly long time when maintained correctly. We’ve seen boilers that are old enough to be getting their Ph.D. degree, while still being able to effectively heat a home. That being said, not every boiler is going to last this long and we’re here to give you some tips to help you see if it’s time to replace your old faithful.

Think of heating in Sewell, NJ like you would an older car. Sure, a 20 or 30-year-old car might have its problems, but if it’s lasted this long, it shouldn’t be too hard to keep it up to snuff right? Well, when it comes to boilers, you’re going to want to make sure it works and that it works as efficiently as possible. Otherwise, you’re basically burning money every month for energy costs that you’d rather not pay.

Interested? Let’s see if your boiler could use a replacement.

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Signs You Might Need a Heater Replacement

November 4th, 2019

Heaters don’t last forever. Anyone who has ever owned a house for longer than 15 years should know that. However, sometimes that line between repair and replacement can be blurry and hard to decipher. For homeowners, it’s usually a case of not really wanting to think about a heater system, since the best work a heater can do is leave you comfortable enough where your HVAC worries are far and out of your mind.

The bad news is, there will be repairs and replacements in your future. The silver lining to that bad news is that there are some signs that could point you in the right direction if you’re confused as to which is better.

So, let’s get to the bottom of it. How can we figure out if you need a few simple repairs on your system or a whole new heater replacement in Sewell, NJ?

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Don’t Ruin Your Pipes with Chemical Drain Cleaner

October 21st, 2019

Your pipes are important to your home. Whether you think about them as much as we do or not, your life would be a lot different, a lot worse, without your plumbing system. We wanted to get that out of the way because a lot of homeowners who don’t think about their plumbing in Glassboro, NJ tend to treat their pipes poorly, inevitably leading to some pretty surprising and expensive repair work.

That’s why we’d like to offer a public service announcement about chemical drain cleaners. You see them everywhere on shelves across America, promising an easy process of pouring a liquid into your drain for a clear and convenient finish. However, the process is not that simple and the effects of chemical drain cleaners can be way more devastating than advertisements would like you to think. These chemicals are volatile and highly corrosive, leading to harmful effects on your health, pipes, and the environment.

Not convinced? Keep reading and we’re confident your mind will change.

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Everything You Need to Know about Frozen Pipes

October 7th, 2019

You don’t need us to tell you that pipe freezing is a problem. In fact, it’s usually homeowners who tell us how bad of a problem it is. We see these problems every winter and if we can help just one family avoid having their pipes freeze, then that’s enough for us.

For any new homeowners or those who don’t understand the gravity of a pipe freezing problem, we’d like to give you the lowdown. In this post, we’ll go into the specifics about why pipes freeze, why a frozen pipe is a major problem, and some solutions that can help keep your home from experiencing this disaster during the coming winter. We promise that after reading some of this information, you’ll be more confident about how you can deal with winter plumbing problems.

If you’re still anxious about your pipes, you can always call us for plumbing in Sewell, NJ. That being said, let’s get into it.

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FAQ: Everything You Need to Know About a Backflow Preventer

September 23rd, 2019

Let’s take a step back for a second. If you’re like any normal homeowner, you’re probably just wondering why you should even know what a backflow preventer is! Before you click the “x” on your browser window, let us at least tell you what a backflow preventer is and how it can help you. Once we’ve mentioned that, perhaps you’ll be inclined to read more and consider the implications of a backflow preventer in your own home.

To put it simply, a backflow preventer just allows water in your pipes to flow in one direction and never in another. That’s a pretty nifty function, especially because without a backflow preventer, some terrible circumstances could lead your drinking water to be contaminated with the sewage that gets affected by backflow. Water should only travel through your pipe system in one direction. You’ve got pipes that go inward and pipes that go outward. If you’re constantly calling for an emergency plumber in Sewell, NJ because you’re experiencing backflow problems, consider picking up a backflow preventer for the following good reasons.

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Everything You Need to Know About Short-Cycling

September 9th, 2019

As summer winds down to a close, its easy to forget about your air conditioner while you start to get your heater ready for winter. However, there are still a few hot and muggy days to come, and if you’re not careful, your AC could still be showing signs of a major problem that you haven’t noticed yet. This isn’t just a bad sign for your system this year, but could become prominent when you get your AC system ready for next year!

Short-cycling is one of those problems that you should always be on the lookout for. There are many things that can cause short-cycling but believe us when we say, it’s never good. That’s why vigilant homeowners with a good ear can catch short-cycling early and can get proper service for HVAC in Sewell, NJ as fast as possible.

But, as with all AC problems, the devil is in the details.

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Choosing the Right Technician for Your AC Work

August 26th, 2019

So, if you’re wondering about finding a thorough contractor for work on your AC, chances are your system is already broken. Don’t worry, it happens. Air conditioners don’t last forever. In fact that only usually last 10-15 years. Finding a technician that can help you out of this situation is just a part of life- and we can help you parse out what you should be looking for.

Well, depending on your home comfort needs, there are some ideal characteristics you should be zeroing in on while you try to find the right person to fix or replace your broken air conditioner. Do you want to be sold the most expensive AC unit up for sale? Do you want an AC to be installed only for it to be broken down within a month with no warranty or repair process in place? Absolutely not. When it comes to air conditioning service in Sewell, NJ, you deserve a technician who meets your needs.

Let’s talk about what those needs are.

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Is Your AC Working with a Fresh Filter?

August 12th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterWhat do pools, air conditioners, and your coffee machine all have in common? They all use filters! When it comes to pools and coffee machines, the problems with a clogged filter can be more obvious. A pool without a filter can be a huge safety hazard, and coffee brewed with a bad filter can taste pretty disgusting. However, less people know about the problems with a clogged AC filter- which makes it all the more frustrating when those same people don’t replace their filters when they should.

Don’t be one of those people. A clogged filter can cause a multitude of problems that just compound and get worse as time goes on, leading to the need for costly air conditioning repair in Sewell, NJ.

Not convinced? Wait until you hear what could go wrong.

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Do Heat Pumps Need More Repairs?

July 29th, 2019

stopwatchWe are big proponents of heat pumps around here. These systems really are incredible, providing homeowners with the ability to heat and cool their homes with just one effective, efficient system. These systems are also quite reliable, provided that they are installed and serviced by skilled, trained professionals. They are the same as any other heating or cooling system in this regard. Where they differ, of course, is that heat pumps don’t just operate during one season of the year.

Because of this, some homeowners worry that the wear and tear on the system is going to result in more frequent repairs than you would need with designated heating or air conditioning system. The real question shouldn’t be whether heat pumps need more repairs, though. It’s if they need more maintenance. And the answer to that is yes. Because one system is doing the heating and cooling, you’ll need a tune-up twice a year. 

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3 Signs Your Plumbing Leak is Actually An Emergency

July 15th, 2019

24-hour-serviceDo you think that the only type of plumbing leak that qualifies as an “emergency” is the type of leak that leaves you standing in 6″ of water? Think again. Sure, that is obviously an emergency situation requiring emergency plumbing services in Sewell, NJ, but it’s not the only one. In fact, there are quite a few scenarios in which we’d say that emergency plumbing services are justified and necessary. We’ll look at a few of them in today’s post.

We want to say first that assuming a problem can wait is one of the major causes of serious damages to plumbing systems and the property surrounding them. When in doubt, just reach out! Even if you don’t actually need an emergency plumber right then and there, you may need some answers right then and there. Our team can help you to determine what type of situation you’re dealing with. That way, you can take the guesswork out of your decision-making process.

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