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Is my furnace too old?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 29, 2019 8:15:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in heating, furnace

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Do HVAC filters really help air quality?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 15, 2019 7:41:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality, HVAC Filter

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How much will a leaky faucet increase your water bill?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 24, 2019 7:31:30 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in water bill, Faucet

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The short answer?

It depends on how much water is leaking down the drain. A typical drip is about ten drops per minute, or every six seconds. 

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What causes smelly drains in the bathroom?

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 19, 2019 4:05:17 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in Bathroom, Smell

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If you notice a foul odor coming from your bathroom, it's time to put on your detective hat and find out exactly where the smell is coming from. 

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What Is The Difference Between SEER and STAR Ratings?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 8:49:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in air conditioning, heating, furnace

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Unusual noises. High energy bills. Heat is on, but you’re shivering.

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Does Humidity Cause Mold In A House?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 16, 2019 9:09:00 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in indoor air quality, Allergy Symptoms, mold

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Mold can eat or digest any surface it’s growing on; this can lead to damage to your house or any furnishings in your house. Humidity and dampness in the air of your home can generate an environment that promotes mold growth. According to the EPA, indoor relative humidity (RH), should be kept under 60%, ideally between 30-50%. This will keep your house from being an environment that is friendly to mold because it is not humid enough for their growth. Having functioning, effective humidifier and dehumidifier units in your house will hinder mold growth.

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Do Maintenance Agreements Reduce Furnace Repairs?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 12, 2019 3:33:45 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in furnace

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Imagine being asked to pay up to $4,000 to get a new furnace today. This is a catastrophe for most families because the average American can’t cover a $500 emergency. Paying for a new furnace or repairing a current one will likely cost thousands of dollars that you are not able to pay today. With your furnace being one of the most important units in your house, it is important to maintain it and fix it as issues arise to prevent a big payment for an issue to your furnace. One way of maintaining the health of your furnace is by having a maintenance agreement with your furnace provider.

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A Few Reasons Why Your Faucet Is Leaking and How To Fix It

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 20, 2019 5:59:17 PM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing

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A leaking faucet is a common issue that many people face. The constant drips leaking from a faucet can result in an increased water bill in addition to constant annoyance. There are several reasons why your faucet could be leaking. A few reasons why a faucet could be leaking include damage or malfunction of the faucet valves, the washers or the O-rings. These parts of a faucet are vital in maintaining proper function of the faucet and preventing leakages along the pipeline. Although there are many types of faucets, the repair mechanism for most is generally the following: disassemble the faucet and reassemble the faucet, while stopping any leaks during the process. There are several tools needed to disassemble and reassemble the faucet; they include a basin wrench and a few other common tools like a screwdriver and replacement parts depending on the type of faucet.

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How to Fix a Toilet That Won’t Flush

[fa icon='calendar'] Mar 11, 2019 9:49:51 AM / by Reid Geiler posted in Plumbing, Clogged Toilet

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Repair or Replace. When Is It Time To Buy a New Furnace?

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 25, 2019 1:07:46 PM / by Reid Geiler

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It’s okay to replace one piece of a furnace or air conditioning system at a time, as they need
replaced, but that can become costly and inefficient as your indoor and outdoor unit work
together to maximize heating and cooling efficiency.
When the time comes to make this decision, it is important to look at how much capital you have
put into your current system, through repairs and rising energy bills, and see if replacing it for a
newer, more efficient system will be more cost effective in the long run.
There are several repairs that are just as costly as replacing your whole system. One of the
most prominent is a cracked heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is a set of coils or tubes that
actually heats the air your system puts out. The heat exchanger can often crack due to
overheating. If you find yourself in that situation, your best bet is to replace your furnace, as
opposed to repairing it.
 
EnergyStar, a program launched by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, also
has a list of guidelines for when you are faced with replacing or repairing your system.
 
●Your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old.
 
●Your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old.
 
●You find yourself making frequent repairs to your equipment and your energy bills
continue to rise.
 
●Some rooms in your home are too hot or too cold.
 
●No one is home for long periods of the day and your system does not have a
programmable thermostat.
 
●Your home has humidity problems.
 
●You find excessive dust in your home.
 
●Your heating or cooling system is loud or makes noises.
 
The average life expectancy of your furnace and air conditioning system is about 12 to 15 years.
If you find your system needing repairs or even the system replaced despite having done
recommended yearly maintenance, be sure to have a licensed professional evaluate your
system to get to the root of the problem.
 
There could be venting complications, your system could have been installed incorrectly or your system could be the wrong size for your space.
 
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The size of your system should be based on the size of your home. If a system is the improper
size for your home, it will fail. A too small system won’t get your house as warm or cool as you
want because it cannot keep up with the space it is working in. A larger system does not equate
better heating or cooling, it will only result in overheating the home and frequently turning on
and off, short cycling, the system.
 
If you are unsure whether or not to repair or replace your furnace, the most important piece of
the puzzle is having a licensed professional from a reputable company, who can fully back their
warranties, repair or install your new system.
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