SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Gloucester County’

When Do You Need Plumbing Services?

Monday, March 20th, 2023

Many tough homeowners with their own reliable plungers will tell you that you never need to call a professional plumber for support. While they might strongly feel that way, that’s ultimately their opinion. It can feel like you’ve got a good handle on your plumbing system until that one pesky drain clog makes its way into your home and your plunger feels like it’s not doing anything. This can happen to anyone and a professional plumber is going to be the necessary next step to fixing the problem.

This is where we come in with a compromise. The trouble is figuring out when enough is enough and you need a professional to help. That’s why video pipe inspection in Gloucester County, NJ is going to make a huge difference. It allows you to see what’s going on inside of your plumbing system without investing larger amounts of money for a repair or drain cleaning service.

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When a Furnace Is About to Go

Monday, February 20th, 2023

Furnaces are tricky because they’re so important, but they’re still invaluable parts of our homes. You might feel better calling for a furnace repair when it starts acting up, but if you’re constantly calling for repairs or getting an ancient system fixed up, you might be feeling that stress again soon. This is why there are two separate services for customers, repairs and replacement, designed to address different problems that you might be encountering.

Let’s ask a simple question. Do you need furnace replacement in Gloucester County, NJ? Or would you be better off with just a quick furnace repair? If you can’t confidently answer this question, then you’re not alone. A lot of homeowners struggle to figure out what to do in this kind of situation. Luckily, we’ll go into the details of how you can tell when your system needs replacement.

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Gas Lines Are Not a DIY Project

Monday, January 23rd, 2023

If your gas lines are encountering problems, or you’re noticing a shortage of gas to your appliances like your furnace or stove, then you might feel inclined to repair them. After all, how complicated can this kind of work be, right?

Well, it’s actually very complicated, and the consequences of trying to do DIY gas line work can be catastrophic. We’re not kidding. Not only are gas lines fire hazards when they become disconnected or fall into disrepair, but they can also be insurance liabilities and problems for your home down the line. This kind of work is specifically designed for a professional to handle, so this blog post is going to detail why you should leave this to us.

Seriously, before you start any work, make sure you do your research and know the potential consequences ahead of time. And be sure to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your gas pipe installation in Gloucester County, NJ!

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How Safe Is a Furnace Really?

Monday, January 9th, 2023

When homeowners invest in a new furnace installation in Gloucester County, NJ, this is one of the things they ask. Sure, everyone who is selling a gas furnace is going to say that they’re safe, but how can you make sure that your gas furnace is not going to put you or your family in danger?

To put your mind at ease, it’s helpful to know about the components of the system and the science of how it works. Gas furnaces are ingenious inventions because of their ability to burn natural gas at a slow and steady rate without putting your family at risk. Sure, burning gas produces carbon monoxide and smoke, but with some of the safety mechanisms we’re about to discuss, a well-maintained furnace is practically never going to leak any of those fumes into your home or around your family members.

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A New Commercial HVAC FAQ

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Are you nervous about your next big commercial HVAC purchase? You’re not wrong for feeling that way. These purchases can be incredibly expensive and depending on the type of business you have or the situation you’re in, you might be operating on thin margins. When a heater breaks down in the middle of the winter, it’s an unfortunate but necessary expense to get a replacement.

If you’re scared about how expensive it might be to get a new commercial HVAC installation in Gloucester County, NJ, we completely understand. In order to alleviate some of the pressure and help you be in a better space to avoid spending any unnecessary money, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about commercial HVAC units. We’ll discuss their sizes, their types, and why you might be better of with a specific type of system over a different one.

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How Commercial Plumbing Problems Can Halt Operations

Monday, December 12th, 2022

Businesses require plumbing systems that are in tip-top shape in order to serve their customers and meet health codes. Restaurants need access to clean, hot water, residential buildings must supply hot water for tenants, and there’s also a need for hot water in bathrooms and drinking fountains in certain public places for legal reasons. 

Commercial plumbing is much more complicated than residential plumbing. Unlike residential piping, commercial plumbing encompasses pipes, valves, fixtures, and other components to accommodate a larger volume of water on any given day.

When problems arise, if they’re not fixed immediately and appropriately, there can be major consequences. Buildings and businesses must meet certain standards and failing to do so can result in a lawsuit or an issue with the permits.

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Plumbing Tips for the Winter Holiday Season

Monday, November 28th, 2022

It’s hard not to keep the smile off your face when you tune into the radio or your favorite TV channel to see the holiday music playing. So many of our customers have warm memories of friends, family, gifts, and good experiences that this time of year just hits differently than others. Though, the holiday season probably doesn’t feel too good when there’s a drain clog ruining it.

Your plumbing is an integral part of our holidays, whether we like to admit it or not! Without clear drains, you simply won’t be able to enjoy a convenient holiday season in your own home with the loved ones you care about, and that’s why we think it’s so important to list out a few helpful tips that will keep your home’s plumbing system in good shape.

As a homeowner, there are various things you can do right now to help keep your drains from clogging up and requiring emergency plumbing in Gloucester County, NJ.

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Upgrade Your Commercial Plumbing Today

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Commercial establishments have come a long way when it comes to plumbing. Bathrooms used to look a lot different and safety standards used to be a lot lower than they are now. Think about the amount of hands-free sinks and paper-towel dispensers you see these days, making things easy, safe, and hygenic for anyone who uses a public space.

Well, we want to take time today to talk about your building’s plumbing. How are your toilets, sinks, pipes, and drains? Is there something left to be desired? Perhaps the plumbing appliances would look state-of-the-art for the late 90s, but they’re just not as eloquent or modern as they should be. Our team can help you by providing an upgrade to your commercial plumbing installations in Gloucester County, NJ.

Here are a few ways we can help boost your commercial plumbing and bring you into the 21st century where your building belongs!

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Ways to Prolong Your AC’s Lifespan

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Defeating the heat waves of summer places an enormous amount of stress on an air conditioner; without proper care a system will rapidly age, leading to early repair needs and eventually a full breakdown. Installing a new air conditioner is expensive, so you want to get the most years possible out of your current system and avoid an early replacement.

Here is some advice for how you can extend your air conditioning system’s service life. Start practicing these tips this summer, and you can expect to have many years of cooling from your home’s AC. For professional assistance to keep your air conditioning in Gloucester County, NJ in tip-top shape, call on SPS Mechanical Inc. Our NATE-certified technicians will provide the maintenance and repairs necessary for an efficient and effective AC.

How to get the most years from your air conditioning

  • Schedule annual professional maintenance: This is the most important step for AC longevity. Your air conditioner must have a visit each year (preferably during spring) from an HVAC technician to inspect, adjust, and tune-up the system. This reduces the strain the AC suffers each year and slows down how fast it ages. Without an annual maintenance visit, an air conditioning system will likely only reach approximately half its expected lifespan.
  • Avoid overworking the AC through thermostat abuse: Many homeowners place extra stress on their air conditioners without realizing it. Setting the thermostat at the lowest temperature possible (which is often 60°F) is an example of unnecessary strain. Setting the thermostat so low will not make the air conditioner cool down a home faster; it will only make the air conditioner stay on longer, wasting energy and wearing down components. Find a warmer temperature and keep the thermostat stable: 72°F is a comfortable temperature for most people, and it will require less work from the air conditioning.
  • Regularly change the air filter: The filter prevents debris that comes through the return vents from infiltrating the air conditioner’s cabinet and damaging the components. But unless you change the air filter for a fresh one every month, it will become congested with dust and dirt and choke off the airflow into the AC, forcing it to work harder. You should continue changing the filter every month for the rest of the summer and as long as the air conditioner sees daily use.

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is 1–15 years, depending on the model. With proper care and maintenance, your system should few problems reaching the upper limit and possibly exceeding it. To start off right, schedule a maintenance visit before the summer begins.

Sign up for the Total Maintenance Solution program at SPS Mechanical Inc. today. We offer two tune-ups per year (air conditioning and heating) and a 15% discount on our flat rate services. Give us a call today!

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Problems Air Conditioning Maintenance Can Catch

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Keeping your home’s air conditioning system tuned-up and adjusted is important for its performance during summer. Without maintenance, your air conditioner will run less efficiently and have a higher risk of unnecessary repairs and breakdowns. Maintenance also gives you an opportunity to find out about problems developing inside your AC so you can have them remedied before summer arrives.

We hope you’ve already scheduled your air conditioning maintenance in Gloucester County for the spring. If you haven’t, give SPS Mechanical Inc. a call and ask about our excellent maintenance program.

A few issues a maintenance technician can discover during a visit

  • Dirt developing along the coils: For an air conditioner to work properly, its two sets of coils—the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil—must remain clean and without obstructions so they can properly absorb and release heat. If dirt and dust start to enter the cabinets and contaminate the coils, it will lead to a reduction in cooling power and could even cause icing across the indoor coil. The repair technician will detach the coils and clean them so they will not have problems.
  • A miscalibrated thermostat: One of the first tests that a maintenance technician runs is on the thermostat to see that it registers correct indoor temperatures. If the thermostat has a miscalibration of even a few degrees, it will have an adverse effect on your air conditioner’s performance, leading to inferior cooling. The technician will adjust the thermostat so it works properly.
  • Low refrigerant: The refrigerant that cycles through an AC and carries heat from the indoors to the outdoors must remain at a set level (known as its “charge”). Under regular conditions, refrigerant will not be “used up” during operation. However, leaks from broken connections or pitted corrosion along the refrigerant line can cause the charge to drop and impair the air conditioner’s performance. A repair technician will track down the leaks to seal them, and then recharge the refrigerant to its proper level.
  • Motors wearing down: The blower motors in an AC will wear down over time because of dirt or insufficient lubrication. If caught soon enough, the motors will receive cleaning and new lubrication to keep them running. Sometimes, the technician will need to arrange repairs to replace a motor that is too worn.

Don’t wait to have maintenance done

The longer you delay maintenance, the more problems your air conditioner can develop. Don’t procrastinate until the summer heat arrives: call SPS Mechanical Inc. and ask about our Total Maintenance Solution program today. We can handle your needs for air conditioning maintenance in Gloucester County so you’ll have a cool, comfortable summer.

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