Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Bucks County’

Signs That You May Need Plumbing Repairs

Monday, September 26th, 2022

When plumbing problems pop up, it’s definitely an inconvenience. But that doesn’t meant that plumbing repairs are uncommon. Like everything in your home, your pipes wear down over time. Leaks are the most common plumbing concern that our team sees, although we also see clogs and other repair needs. 

Leaks are perhaps the most dangerous plumbing problems because even the tiniest leak can lead to major property damage. Leaks can cause mold growth, foundation problems, and more. If you need a team of plumbers in Bucks County, look no further. Our team can help with all of your plumbing concerns. In the meantime, you can read on to learn the signs that you may have a plumbing problem in your home.

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5 Tips for Improving Your AC’s Efficiency

Monday, August 1st, 2022

Your HVAC has a single job – to maintain the temperature inside your home to your preferences. When it comes to cooling your home, your AC unit works hard to bring indoor temperatures and humidity down to a comfortable level. But is your AC working against other factors? Learn how you can improve the efficiency of your AC in five simple steps. Then give us a call for Trane or other model AC services in Bucks County, PA home.

Check Your Insulation

When HVAC can cool down the air in your home all day long. But if the cool air is escaping due to a lack of insulation, your unit will be working harder than it needs to. Insulation also serves to keep hot air out of your home when you’re trying to lower the temperature. The most common place to check for insulation is your attic. An expert can assess the amount of insulation you have and make a recommendation for blowing more insulation. 

Change Air Filters Regularly

You should change your air filters monthly on average. However, you can check your filters regularly to get an idea of how dirty they are. If your filter looks like it needs to be changed, don’t put off getting a new filter. Clean filters help your HVAC work more efficiently by using less energy. As the filters get clogged with dust, dirt, and allergens, your unit has to work harder to draw air in through the filter. 

There are many types of air filters on the market, and each home’s needs are unique. Talk to an expert about what type of filter to get for your HVAC unit. You can also ask if your thermostat has a reminder setting for the air filter. If it does, you can set a reminder to change your filter at the interval of your choice. 

Ensure Vents are Clear

You see the vents in your home day in and day out. It’s easy to forget that they have a very important purpose. Placing boxes or furniture in front of air vents can make your HVAC unit work harder. These items can block airflow into and out of your unit, changing the temperature of air around your home. Your unit may begin to work harder to cool your home to make up for the blocked vents. Rearranging furniture and ensuring your vents are clear can make a huge difference in energy use. 

Keep Your Air Vents Clean and Clear

Even though you have air filters, dust and dirt still find their way into your vents. Make it a regular cleaning practice to wipe down the inside and outside of the air vents in your home. You may be tempted to close off vents around your home in an attempt to control the airflow. Maybe you have one room in particular that you want to be cooler. Resist the urge to close off any air vents. If your HVAC isn’t cooling to meet your needs, talk to an expert. We can offer advice for how to improve airflow without closing vents around your home. 

Schedule AC Maintenance

Don’t put off regular AC maintenance. An HVAC expert can identify small problems before they turn into big ones. When you improve efficiency in the short term, you also extend the life of your unit. This saves money on your monthly energy bills and also prevents you from having to replace the entire unit. 

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for AC maintenance to improve your AC’s efficiency.

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You Might Need a Water Heater Upgrade

Monday, July 18th, 2022

We know that temperatures are high right now. That might lead you to want to think about anything other than your water heater, but it’s also important to remember that this heat will go away. And eventually, you’ll relish your opportunity to take a hot shower, which means that your water heater is just as important now as it will be in the winter.

Water heaters are not only a huge part of your energy consumption, but they’re necessary for a whole slew of appliances.

So, our focus today will be on proactively determining whether or not your water heater needs to be fixed, replaced, or upgraded. If you’re looking to spot the difference between those terms, then we’ve got your back. Just remember to call our team for all of your water heater services in Bucks County so we can get to work ASAP helping you stay comfortable.

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Our Emergency Plumbing Checklist

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Some homeowners think that plumbing and emergency plumbing are basically the same things. We understand why, most people don’t even think about their plumbing systems unless it’s an emergency. Drain clogs and water leaks can be a big deal, especially if you’ve got a large family or you host people at your house often. We’re not here to tell you what’s an emergency plumbing situation and what’s not, we’re just here to help!

In order to be your most reliable plumber in Bucks County, we need to make sure we’re all on the same page. If you’re ever dealing with a plumbing problem, from a leak to just a dirty drain, then you can always call our number. Not only do we have plumbers on standby that are ready to help you, but we also can provide you with some advice and we’ll even walk you through some helpful steps if you’re stressed out.

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The Best Perk of Furnace Maintenance

Monday, December 20th, 2021

This is a tough blog to write! There are many amazing advantages to scheduling heating maintenance, and it’s hard for us to choose the “best” one. Actually, we’re going to list out which ones we think are the best, but it’s going to be up to you to determine which perk of furnace maintenance is the best for your unique situation and home.

Is it the higher efficiency levels? Or perhaps it’s the peace of mind knowing that your furnace in Bucks County is running safely and your home will be heated this season? Regardless of what you like about furnace maintenance, one thing is abundantly clear—it’s a vital service! If you missed furnace maintenance this year and you’ve started planning to wait until next year, we urge you to reconsider. It’s not too late for maintenance, and if you call today, we can schedule an appointment that works for you.

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Why Switch to Gas Heating?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

For many homeowners, it’s not really their fault that they use an electric furnace. The system might have been there when you bought the house, or perhaps you purchased an electric heater because you didn’t have access to natural gas from your municipality. However, gas lines have extended a lot in the past twenty years, and gas furnaces are one of the most effective ways to heat a home.

Take a look around you. If your heating in Bucks County isn’t doing the best job, and it’s forcing you to use space heaters all over the place, or you’re drinking hot tea because your fingers are numb, then perhaps your heater needs to be replaced by one that’s powerful enough to work.

Today, we’re going to make the case that a gas furnace could be that heater!

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3 Tips for a Bathroom Remodeling Job

Monday, October 25th, 2021

The idea of remodeling your bathroom can be extremely exciting. Those drab-colored countertops, the flooring that doesn’t look the way you want it to, all of this can be changed in a matter of a few days. For many homeowners, bathroom remodeling in Bucks County can be a sign that they’re making some real improvements to their homes. We spend so much time in our bathrooms that it’s only right we make huge improvements to them every once in a while.

However, before you let excitement take hold of you, remember that remodeling must be done the right way. A rushed or improperly done bathroom remodeling job can cost you money down the line and provide nervous anxiety that is the opposite of the excitement you’re feeling now.

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Today we’re going to cover three of the most important things you should remember when doing a bathroom remodeling job. Don’t forget to call our team with any questions you might have!

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4 Ways You Might Be Neglecting Your AC

Monday, July 19th, 2021

It seems like each summer after the last is getting hotter here in Pennsylvania, and this year seems to be one of the hottest yet. As the temperatures rise, it is only natural that you will rely more on your air conditioner to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Unfortunately, your air conditioner will have to work a lot harder to keep your home cool. With all the hard work it goes, you might not realize that you could be causing a lot of harm to your AC. As with any appliance, too much strain can cause additional wear and tear, leading to extensive damage that can shorten its life.

Modern air conditioners are designed to last for 10–15 years. Not using yours properly could cut its operational lifespan in half and leave you with hefty bills for repairs and utility costs. Are you taking good care of your air conditioner?

It is possible to get better use out of your air conditioning in Bucks County if you can learn about ways you might be neglecting your air conditioner and take steps to reduce your bills without compromising on comfort.

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Put Down Those Chemical Drain Cleaners

Monday, June 21st, 2021

We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long day and you’re tired of dealing with a clogged drain in your kitchen or bathroom. So you head to the grocery store and see the aisle full of “plumbing chemicals” that guarantee your clog will be removed. Some of them even say that they’re “natural chemicals” when they’re probably the furthest thing from natural in the world!

Basically, we’d like to spend this blog post as a PSA to keep homeowners away from these chemicals. We see people use them in their kitchens, their bathrooms, and even when it comes to toilet plumbing in Bucks County. Your pipes aren’t built to handle these corrosive or caustic chemicals, and we’ll get into all the details below.

Just remember one thing—nothing can replace old-fashioned craftsmanship delivered by a quality plumber. Our team has the necessary tools to clear your drain without harming your plumbing system or you!

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What Does “Short Cycling” Mean?

Monday, June 7th, 2021

Imagine that your air conditioner is starting to sound funky. It’s running in short, frequent cycles for some reason and it’s really struggling to keep your home cool this summer. What gives?

You ask a friend to take a look and the first thing they say after hearing that noise is, “it sounds like your air conditioner is short cycling.” Now, you might be a bit embarrassed to ask your friend about it, but it turns out there are a lot of homeowners who don’t exactly know what this means.

More importantly, there are many homeowners who don’t know how serious short cycling can be without calling for proper air conditioning repairs in Bucks County.

Well, you can save face for now because we’re going to go over everything you need to know about short cycling. We’ll talk about how it happens, what’s going on, and why it’s so important that you call for a professional!

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