SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for June, 2014

Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A broken water heater is a major inconvenience, and should it happen to you, it will force you realize just how much you depend daily on a supply of hot water. If possible, you want to get a head start on water heater malfunctions and call in repair professionals to solve the problems before they lead to full system failure.

Here are a few warning signs that you should call for professional water heater repair service in Woodbury, NJ. For fast and effective service for all your plumbing issues, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We are ready 24 hours a day to help you with your malfunctioning water heater.

Common Indications You Need Water Heater Repair Services

  • Discolored water: When you turn on a hot water tap and the water that comes out has a brownish-red discoloration—similar to what you expect to see when you turn on the taps after you have been away from home for a week or more—you may have a problem from either excess sediment in the tank or the development of corrosion because of a rusted-through anode rod. Although you may have heard that rust in a water heater is an instant death-sentence for the system, it isn’t necessarily a reason to replace the unit­—provided the water heater isn’t too old and you catch the problem soon enough. If the issue is sediment, repair technicians can flush out the tank to solve the trouble.
  • Loss of hot water supply: If you’ve lived with the same water heater for long enough, you will know how much hot water to expect from it before it runs out and needs to heat up more. If you notice a drop in this supply (i.e. people in your household start to complain about going with lukewarm or cold showers in the morning) it means there is a malfunction in the water heater. A common reason for this problem is a broken dip tube depositing cold water near the top of the tank. Repair technicians will get to the bottom of the problem and fix whatever is necessary.
  • Rumbling tank: In general, any strange sound from a water heater indicates it needs repairs. The rumbling tank is the most common warning sign, and it either means too much mixing of hot and cold water or water that is overheating. These issues need remedy as soon as possible.
  • Leaks: Should you spot water pooling around the water heater’s tank, you have leaking issues that could threaten the operation of the system. Leaking can also point to high water pressure or corrosion problems, so have the leaks looked into immediately.

Don’t attempt to troubleshoot problems with a water heater on your own: this requires trained technicians. The SPS Mechanical Inc. repair specialists will take care of the necessary water heater repair in Woodbury, NJ that will restore your vital hot water supply. Give us a call today and schedule your next appointment with us.

Continue Reading

3 Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Your air ducts are the delivery system for your air conditioner’s cool air. Just as dust and dirt can create problems with the indoor and outdoor units of your air conditioner, they can also create problems with your air ducts. This is one of several reasons why it is so important to have your air ducts cleaned thoroughly by a professional. Do you know the last time your air ducts were thoroughly cleaned? If not, here are 3 reasons to consider having SPS Mechanical handle your duct cleaning service in Glassboro, NJ:

Indoor Air Quality

Your air conditioner cools the air by taking the warm air in your home and returning it as cool, dry air. In order to do this, your air conditioner pulls air from your property into the system. The air in your home can contain dust, dirt, pet dander, and other microbes that are floating around. This debris can deposit in your system, often in the air ducts. If the ducts aren’t cleaned, these items will build up, creating a layer of dust, dirt and other things that get transported back into your home, compromising the air quality.

Equipment Life

Excessive build-up can restrict the airflow in your system, causing it to work harder to achieve the set temperature. Once your air conditioner is stressed, the  premature aging follows, along with the potential for earlier breakdown.

Energy Efficiency

If your air conditioner is struggling because of excessive dust and dirt build-up in the vents, it will need to use more electricity to do its job. By keeping your air conditioning vents clean, you can help increase the airflow, reducing your air conditioner’s use of energy.

Clean Your Ducts for Summer

Summertime is upon us, and your air conditioner is about to run full-time for the season – are your ducts ready, too? Don’t compromise your indoor air quality, your air conditioner or your monthly utility bills because of dirty air ducts. Call SPS Mechanical, Inc., today, and schedule your next duct cleaning with one of our HVAC experts in Glassboro, NJ.

Continue Reading

3 Most Common Plumbing Problems in Cherry Hill

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Considering the extent of the plumbing systems in modern homes and the number of precision appliances attached to them, it’s surprising that they don’t malfunction more often. It’s a great credit to modern engineering that plumbing is so durable.

But durable is not the same thing as invulnerable: eventually, you will require repairs for your plumbing in Cherry Hill, NJ that will need experienced plumbers on the job. When you run into any of the 3 common troubles below, or anything else wrong with your home’s plumbing, call on SPS Mechanical Inc. We have expert plumbers ready 24 hours a day to bring you comfort at your service.

  1. Pipes leaking: Pipes can start leaking for a number of reasons, ranging from corrosion due to age (common in many homes built pre-1970) to spikes in water pressure from hard water deposits or build-up of organic material along the pipe interior. Regardless of what causes pipes to begin leaking, the leaks need to be fixed as soon as possible before the water loss causes extensive damage to building material a triggers further leaks. For leak repair, you will need professional plumbers trained in leak detection methods and armed with special leak locating equipment.
  2. Drains clogging: This is perhaps the most common and annoying of all plumbing issues. Drain clogs are sometimes reparable using the power of a basic sink plunger, but if this doesn’t work, you shouldn’t reach for the chemical drain cleaners on the grocery store shelf. The toxic and acidic nature of these chemicals makes them terrible for your pipes, your family, and you. Instead, call on plumbers to use drain snakes and hydro-jetters to remove the bothersome clogs in your plumbing safely and effectively.
  3. Water heaters failing: You depend on the hot water from your water heater much more than you realize. Water heaters aren’t invincible devices, and you might one day face a plunge in your hot water supply due to a malfunctioning water heater. Whether it’s an influx of rust, a broken dip tube, a faulty circulator pump, or failing burner, a plumber will get to the bottom of the issue in your water heater and get it working again.

These are only three of the more common repair issues that we at SPS Mechanical Inc. take care of on a regular basis. No matter the size of the repair you need done for your plumbing in Cherry Hill, NJ, you can count on our experienced team to perform it fast and right the first time. You can also give us a call for preventive maintenance on your plumbing that will help you avoid repair calls in the future.

Continue Reading

Air Conditioning Installation Preparations for Summer

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Getting ready for the summer with a new air conditioning installation can feel a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve lived with your previous AC for many years and this is the first time you’ve had to schedule a replacement job. Even though installation is a large task, most of the responsibility won’t fall on you if you make sure you have the right HVAC contractor handling the work.

When you’re looking for the right team to handle your air conditioning installation in Woodbury, NJ, come to SPS Mechanical Inc. We have a staff of NATE-certified technicians who can deliver the quality, speed, and professionalism that will make the job smooth from the first step to last.

Here are a few ways we suggest you prepare for new AC installation for the summer.

Take the time to choose the best system

You shouldn’t simply settle for any air conditioner that’s in your price range, nor should you pick out the unit with the highest SEER (efficiency rating) and decide that’s all that matters. There are many factors involved in selecting the right unit: it needs to be the right size to cool down your whole house but not waste energy; it should have an efficiency that will deliver you savings without costing too much upfront to install; and it should have features that you need and will use. Your installation professionals will help you with this part of the job: listen to their advice and you will end up with the system that will do what you need it to do.

Consider a heat pump

You might decide to replace the AC with a heat pump, which works much like an air conditioner except it can switch the direction that it moves heat and work as a heater in the winter. Heat pumps have many advantages—but they don’t work for every home, so consult with your installers about whether a heat pump is a good investment or not.

Enroll in a maintenance program

This is a way to grant yourself peace of mind. A maintenance program delivers yearly inspections and tune-ups that will keep away repairs, maintain the system’s efficiency, and extend its lifespan. What better way to secure your initial investment than by joining a program that will help you get the most from it? Maintenance programs often have discounts for repairs as well other perks.

At SPS Mechanical Inc., we have an excellent installation team that will help you select the best system, size it, and then install it so you will have years of problem-free cooling. We also have a maintenance program that delivers two tune-ups a year (the second is for your heater), 15% discounts on our flat-rate services, and you’ll never pay for overtime.

Make your air conditioning service in Woodbury, NJ a pleasure and not a pain: call SPS Mechanical Inc. to get started.

Continue Reading