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Beware of Heat Pump Ice This Winter

November 28th, 2016

If you notice ice forming on the outside part of your heat pump this winter, don’t ignore it. Heat pump ice could be a sign of a serious problem with your system. If you’re not careful, it could cause widespread issues up to and including full-system breakdowns. Let’s take a look at what causes heat pump ice, and when it can be a threat to your system.

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What The Geothermal Tax Credit Expiration Means for You

November 21st, 2016

One of the things that has really propelled the growth of green technology over the decades has been government subsidies. For example, a very generous 30% tax credit has been in place for years for those who install systems like geothermal heat pumps. Unfortunately, parts of that tax credit are expiring at the end of this year. Geothermal systems are part of the provisions that are expiring. If you want to have a new geothermal system installed in your home, now is the time to do it.

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What You Need to Know About Your Water Heater Anode Rod

November 14th, 2016

Water heaters deal with water more or less constantly, from the time they are installed to the time they are replaced. One issue that any system dealing with water will eventually encounter is rust. If water is in contact with steel, the steel will eventually oxidize. Why is it that water heater tanks seem so resistant to rust, then? The answer lies in a small part called the anode rod. Let’s take a look at what the anode rod does for your water heater system.

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Signs You Need a New Furnace

November 7th, 2016

The coldest part of the year is not far off at all, which means strain on your heating system is going to be at its most severe before too long. If your furnace is unable to keep your home warm through another winter, it’s best that you replace it now. You don’t want it breaking down on you in the middle of the coldest month of the year, do you? Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need a new furnace.

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Problems That Require Drain Cleaning

October 31st, 2016

You probably don’t think about your drains too much, but it’s still important that you get the right professional services for them on a regular basis. If you don’t maintain your drains, you’re setting yourself up for all kinds of problems in the future. Let’s take a look at some of the more common problems that can need to be dealt with using drain cleaning.

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Watch for These Furnace Problems

October 24th, 2016

If you’re using a furnace to keep warm this winter, you’re going to be putting more stress on it than during other times of the year. That means a greater chance for problems to occur, so it’s important that you keep an eye out for any signs that your furnace is in trouble. The faster you can get your furnace repaired, the more damage you can prevent. Let’s take a look at some of the common problems your furnace can run into.

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Be Sure to Schedule Annual Video Pipe Inspection

October 17th, 2016

Have you ever thought about how difficult it is to find a plumbing problem when you can’t see the majority of the system? Prior to the invention of modern techniques, the only way to actually isolate and solve an issue in the plumbing or sewer system was to exhume the pipes. That meant tearing up floors and walls in the general area the problem was thought to be. Fortunately, now we can find pipe issues without demolishing parts of your house. Read on to find out why you should schedule annual video pipe inspection.

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Why a Sump Pump Might be a Good Idea

October 10th, 2016

When most people think of flooding, they tend to imagine large, catastrophic deluges where entire houses become submerged. While that is certainly a big problem in certain parts of the country, it isn’t nearly as widespread as more moderate flooding. Even a relatively small amount of water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair, if it occurs in the wrong place. Fortunately, there’s a way to combat these more moderate flooding risks. Let’s take a look at sump pumps, and the benefits they offer.

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Look Out for These Ductless Problems

October 3rd, 2016

We’re coming to the end of summer, and before long most people will be shutting down their air conditioners in favor of their heating systems. If you’re using a ductless system, though, you’re going to be running it throughout the winter as well. That means that you still need to be on the lookout for any ductless problems that might crop up. Let’s take a look at some of the different problems that can afflict your ductless system, and how you can identify them.

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How to Stop Your Toilet from Overflowing

September 26th, 2016

Okay, so your toilet won’t stop flushing water into the bowl, causing it to back up and eventually start overflowing. Before you do anything else to deal with the problem, the first thing you need to do is not panic. With some quick reactions and a cool head, you can prevent most of the damage that toilet overflows can cause. Read on to find out what to do when your toilet is overflowing.

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