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Keep These Things Out of Your Garbage Disposal!

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

PlumberGarbage disposals can cope with a lot, because they need to. The amount of food waste generated by the average meal can be pretty gruesome at times. Unfortunately, even the best disposal has its limits. If you want to avoid having to repair or replace your garbage disposal before tis time, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. One of those categories of things is which materials you should never put into your garbage disposal.

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Why is My Heat Pump Not Heating?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Air-FilterIf there’s one time that you don’t want your heat pump to fail on the job, it’s in the middle of record low temperatures. Still, for some of us that’s exactly what has or will happen this winter. If your heat pump isn’t actually heating your home properly, it might be for a number of different reasons.

All of them are going to require professional services to fix, so you should probably call for repairs right now if you suspect that there is something wrong with the system. While you’re waiting for your technician to arrive, though, let’s have a look at some of the specific reasons why your heat pump might be malfunctioning.

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Tank or Tankless: Which Type of Water Heater Is Better?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

If you need to replace your older water heater, you may have considered upgrading your older unit to a more effective and efficient system. And if you currently own a storage tank water heater, you may have heard that tankless water heaters could offer greater performance and efficiency. But is this really true?

For the most part, choosing the right water heater depends on your budgetary needs and how much hot water you use. For some homeowners, a tankless water heater may be the most efficient way to heat the water in their home. For others, however, a traditional storage tank water heater is still a great choice.

To talk to an expert about a new water heater installation in Glassboro, be sure to call an expert at SPS Mechanical Inc. But if you want to know more about the benefits of each of these systems, we’ve provided this quick guide.

Storage Tank Water Heaters

Even with all of the talk about tankless water heaters, conventional storage tank water heaters remain the most common type of unit found in homes. These units heat water through a natural heat rising process. Water enters the top of the tank through a dip tube that leads to the bottom. At the bottom of the tank, there is a gas or electric heating element that heats water, which then rises to the top where it leaves through another pipe. Most homeowners choose storage tank water heaters because of the relatively low cost of installation.

Tankless Water Heater

However, many storage tank water heater users complain that it cannot heat water fast enough to meet high demands in some homes. Plus, there is a lot of standby energy loss because water is heated throughout the day. Tankless water heaters do not need a tank because water is heated instantly when a hot water tap is turned on, which means they use a lot less energy. However, tankless units cannot operate as effectively if multiple hot water taps are used at once. If this is the case in your house, you may need to install multiple units.

A tankless water heater may be a better option for some homeowners. However, if you haven’t had problems with energy efficiency with your current tank, you may choose to replace it with a similar system. For installation or more information about any type of water heater in Glassboro, contact an expert at SPS Mechanical Inc. today!

 

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What Are Blower Doors and What Are They Used For?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

How energy-efficient is your home? You may not know it, but your home might contain numerous air leaks where heat escapes during cold weather and enters during warm weather. This places a strain on your HVAC system and leads to discomfort. Those same air leaks can also bring in moisture and lower your indoor air quality.

The best way to evaluate your home’s airtightness is to schedule an energy audit. An audit, also called a home performance evaluation, will systematically locate where your home is losing energy and find the best ways to seal and insulate it so you’ll save money and protect your indoor environment.

To find professionals who handle energy audits in Glassboro, NJ, contact the team at SPS Mechanical Inc. We specialize in energy-saving solutions for homes.

The key tool for an energy audit: the blower door

To evaluate the airtightness of a home, auditors use a device called a blower door. The standard blower door mounts within the frame of an open door, sealing completely across the aperture so there are no leaks around it. Within the blower door is a large variable speed fan and a pressure monitor called a manometer. During an energy audit, the technicians attach a blower door to the front door of a house. They then make sure that all other doors and windows throughout the house are shut. The blower door fan activates, and it draws air from inside the home to depressurize it; the manometer measures the difference in pressure.

Once the blower door has lowered the pressure inside the house, outside air will rush in through any opening, such as gaps in building material or insulation, and around poorly sealing windows and doors. The auditors move throughout the house and use smoke pencils to detect where air is rushing to enter air leaks. After a blower door test, the auditors will have a good idea of where a home lacks integrity in its heat sealing, and they can start to investigate specific areas.

Energy audits consist of more than the blower door test: excellent auditors will perform an extensive walk-through of the building to note specific points of energy loss and gain. They’ll test the HVAC system and the sealing along the ventilation. They’ll see if all your major appliances (laundry machines, refrigerator) are working at their most efficient. Once they’re done, they will report to you with a list of where your home could improve its efficiency and suggestions on what you can do.

We suggest that everyone have an energy audit done for their home at some point. If you feel that you are paying more on your utility bills than you should, call SPS Mechanical Inc. and ask about our services for energy audits in Glassboro, NJ. We use blower doors and other advanced technology to give homes thorough performance evaluations.

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Signs You Need Commercial HVAC Repairs

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

An air conditioning and heating system working at its best is an asset for a company. However, it’s easy to take the comfort for granted and assume the system will continue to operate at the height of efficiency without interruption. Considering the amount of work that a commercial HVAC system must perform year-round for a busy company, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that eventually it will encounter malfunctions that will require professional attention.

Here are a few signs to look for that will alert you to an HVAC system that is struggling because of a repair need. Call SPS Mechanical Inc. for professional technicians who can handle the work to restore your commercial HVAC in Glassboro, NJ. We also offer regular maintenance which will make sure that your business’ heating and cooling is never taken for granted and always receives the care it needs to keep running.

Indications of Repair Needs for Commercial Systems

  • Uneven heating or cooling: Always pay close attention to employees who have noticed hot or cold spots in the building. Your employees will be accustomed to steady temperatures, and they will quickly notice changes that lead to discomfort. Uneven heating/cooling is usually a sign that something has gone wrong with the thermostats or the dampers in the ventilation system, but it could also indicate that the actual air conditioner or heater is beginning to struggle and cannot send out conditioned air to all parts of the work space.
  • Skyrocketing power bills: As a business owner, you will keep close track of expenses. Should you notice an increase in your power bills that you cannot account for due to changes in work schedules, the issue may lie with an HVAC system that has started to work inefficiently due to malfunctions. It could be loss of refrigerant, strained motors, dust and dirt in the system, clogged filters, or general wear and tear due to lack of maintenance. Call for technicians to investigate.
  • Odd smells from the vents: Acrid and musty smells that start to permeate a building often come from the vents. This could indicate breaks in the ventilation system, or it could come from overheating engines or a compressor inside the heater or air conditioner. Don’t hesitate when these odors start, since a burnt-out compressor is one of the most expensive repairs an air conditioner or heat pump can need.

Only Hire Commercial Repair Specialists

Repairs for commercial systems require technicians trained specifically to handle them. You cannot call up any commercial HVAC repair company and expect quality results. When your Glassboro, NJ commercial HVAC starts to encounter trouble, look to the services at SPS Mechanical Inc. If you sign up for our commercial maintenance plan to help prevent future repairs, you’ll receive priority service, discounts, no overtime charges for 24-hour repairs, and zero trip charges.

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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.

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Sicklerville, NJ Plumbing Question: How Does Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work?

Monday, May 13th, 2013

When you tell a homeowner that they need to have their sewer line replaced it can cause them to cringe. Replacing a sewer line is normally a very intrusive and intensive process. It involves digging up your whole yard to get access to your sewer line. But with trenchless sewer line replacement that whole process can be avoided. SPS Mechanical provides fast and reliable trenchless sewer line replacement in Sicklerville, NJ. We wanted to help our customers understand the benefits of trenchless sewer line replacement.

Causes of Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

When you have a home in Sicklerville, NJ, sewer line replacement isn’t something that you want to have happen. Here are some of the common causes of sewer line replacement that we see.

  • Leaks – If you start to notice soggy patches in your yard or the smell of sewage, it could indicate that you need to have your sewer line replaced because of a leak.
  • Tree roots – Tree roots are a very common cause of trenchless sewer line replacement. They can grow into your sewer line looking for water.

How Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Works

While normal sewer line replacement requires extensive work and is inconvenient, trenchless sewer line replacement can normally done in a day. Instead of digging up your whole yard, only two holes need to be dug at either ends of your sewer line.

Once the two holes are dug, our plumbers use specialized equipment to drag a new pipe through your old one. This method is called pipe bursting and leaves you with a brand new pipe in your yard. Another method is called pipe lining. With this one, an inflatable tube is run inside of your old one. A bladder is put inside of the tube and inflated so that it hardens and dries against the inside of your old pipe.

If you need trenchless sewer line replacement, call SPS Mechanical. Our expert plumbers can help you quickly replace your sewer line. Call us today.

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HVAC Tip: Don’t Forget Your Ductwork

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Spring is the season of organizing your closet, cleaning out the garage, and repainting the bathroom. But many homeowners overlook that spring cleaning should also extend to their ductwork. After all, ductwork is responsible for both the efficient transmission of hot and cold air all year long, and can have a major impact on the indoor air quality of your home. Duct cleaning is a great way to improve the quality of your home as you prepare for the cooling season. This is especially true if you have allergies or respiratory issues like asthma. Fortunately, your Sicklerville, NJ duct cleaning experts are here to help you spring clean this year. Call SPS Mechanical today!

Comprehensive duct cleaning has a wide range of benefits, from improving energy efficiency to boosting air quality. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

  • Improved energy efficiency. Making sure that air passes through your ducts quickly and without obstruction is a great way to make your system more efficient. Even small amounts of dust and other debris can cause large reductions in cooling performance.
  • Improved air quality. As the intermediary between you and your heating and cooling systems, your ductwork is the last surface your air touches before it’s blown through the registers. As such, you depend on its cleanliness to delivery not only temperature-controlled air, but also conditioned and filtered air. When your ductwork becomes dirty, it exacerbates pollutants by making them airborne.
  • Reduce microbial growth. If you have high humidity conditions in your home, your ductwork may be prone to microbial growth, such as mold. Mold is a health hazard and tends to spread rapidly given the right conditions. Duct cleaning is a great way to eliminate pollutants and infestations.
  • Increase system life. When dust and debris get into mechanical parts, they tend to impede their effectiveness. Reducing the amount of debris in your ductwork improves the longevity of your entire heating and cooling system.

Along with duct cleaning, duct inspection and testing are excellent ways to make sure that your air is reaching you quickly. For comprehensive duct cleaning in Sicklerville, NJ, call SPS Mechanical today! 

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Ways to Save Energy in Homes This Winter

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Are you looking for ways to save energy in your Woolwich Township area home this winter? We have a few tips and maintenance tasks that you can use to help save energy on heating your home. Even if you have a high-efficiency furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you could still be saving more money with these guidelines:

  • Consider Upgrading to Renewable Energy
    If you heat your home with electricity or gas, you could save a lot of money in the long run by switching to a renewable energy source, such as geothermal or solar. Heating with a geothermal heat pump can also save on the cost of hot water since these systems can be used to work with a water heater. If you live in an area that is not heavily shaded, consider installing solar panels to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills.
  • Install a Programmable Thermostat
    With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust temperatures automatically, and many of them are designed to work with multistage heat pumps and dual fuel systems. They are easy to use, and many come with humidity control settings for your whole-home humidifier. 
  • Schedule an Annual Inspections
    The general consensus among heating experts is that heating inspections should be scheduled once a year. You should also have your heating system tuned by a certified technician who is trained to check for any hidden problems, such as a cracked heat exchanger that could lead to carbon monoxide intrusion in the home. They will also test efficiency levels to ensure that your heating system is working properly. 
  • Switch to a Different Fuel
    If you use electric heat, you may want to think about switching to natural gas if it is available in your area. We can install gas piping for new heating systems, whether it’s a furnace or boiler. For homes with existing fireplaces or wood stoves, consider installing a high-efficiency gas furnace or boiler that can be vented through the chimney or vent pipe. As a professional for advice if you aren’t sure what type of fuel is more cost-effective for your home.

If you have questions about how to save energy or how to properly maintain your heater for better performance, call the Woolwich Township heating and home efficiency experts at SPS Mechanical for professional advice.

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