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

Using Those Ceiling Fans to Help Heat Your Home

Monday, February 18th, 2019

ceiling-fan-woodenThis is a piece of advice we like to give out in winter—and it often surprises homeowners. “Wait, I can use the ceiling fan to help with heating?”

We understand it goes against normal logic to use a fan for helping with warmth. After all, people think of fans as something used to cool down. Before there was such a thing as mechanical air conditioning, using a fan was one of the few ways available to help people cool off in the heat. Ceiling fans are usually installed because homeowners want to cut down on the energy use for their AC during summer.

It’s true that fans are a fantastic way to stay cool without going directly to the air conditioner. The breeze a ceiling fan creates in a room removes the heat envelope from around people’s bodies, allowing them to release more heat from their skin and feel cooler. The fan doesn’t lower the air temperature, but it does make it feel less hot.

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Should I Arrange for Maintenance When My Heater Isn’t Working Right?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

wrenchesThis is a question we often hear from customers, and we want to address it here because it helps to explain what maintenance is and why it’s vital.

When you notice something wrong with your home heating system, whether a furnace, heat pump, or another type of heater, you should call a service professional. This is the right instinct! Attempting to handle repairs on your own rarely solves the problem. In the case of gas-powered heaters, it’s potentially hazardous (and may be illegal). However, what you want to call technicians for is repairs. You don’t want to schedule maintenance to “tune-up” the furnace and stop what’s wrong. That’s not what maintenance is for.

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When to Call for Drain Cleaning Services

Monday, November 12th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugHow often do you think about the drains in your home? If we had to guess, it would be “not often.” Probably only when you’ve got a clogged drain or one so slow you find yourself standing ankle-deep in water in the shower.

You can sometimes take care clogged and slow drain with the help of a sink or toilet plunger. (The two are different, so make sure you use the right one.) A hand-cranked drain snake, aka drain auger, is another option. After that, you may be tempted to purchase a bottle of “drain cleaner” from the store. Please don’t—instead, call a plumber for drain cleaning in Bucks County, PA. You can rely on our plumbers to take care of drain cleaning.

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Call For Plumbing Repairs if You Notice These Symptoms

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Pipe-LeakingPlumbing systems are built to last, but that doesn’t mean that they’re immune to problems. There are still plenty of ways for your plumbing system to run into trouble over the years, which you’re unlikely to notice unless you know what to look for. Fortunately for you, we’ve outlined some of the more common signs that your plumbing system might be experiencing issues below. If you notice any of these signs in your own system, make sure that you call for repairs as soon as you can.

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Odd Air Conditioning Noises, and What They Indicate

Monday, August 20th, 2018

AC-FanAir conditioning issues are the last thing you want to deal with in the middle of a record-breaking summer heatwave. That also happens to be the time when your air conditioner is most likely to break down. The added strain of running your system for extended ours can end up pushing it over the edge and causing it to malfunction. Preventive maintenance dramatically reduces the chances of this happening, which is why we recommend that you have it done every spring.

Even if you do, though, you should know that there is still a chance of some sort of air conditioning problem popping up between appointments. The best way to find out whether or not your air conditioner is having issues between maintenance is to know the signs that your system is in trouble. One of the most common signs that your air conditioner needs help is if it starts making strange noises during operation.

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Symptoms of Air Conditioner Malfunctions

Monday, May 28th, 2018

AC-unitsSummer is coming, and that means you need to be on the lookout for air conditioner problems. The more you rely on your air conditioner to keep your home cool over the next couple of months, the strain you’re going to put on the system. Preventive maintenance can better prepare the air conditioner to cope with that level of stress, but the odds of problems developing are still going to rise. As you use your air conditioner to keep cool over the next few months, make sure that you keep an eye out for the following malfunctions.

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What Heater Type Should I Install This Season?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

FurnaceThe middle of winter is a pretty inconvenient time to have to install a new heating system in your home. No one likes to be without heat for any length of time during the coldest months of the year. Still, sometimes you don’t have a choice. Maybe your current heating system just isn’t up to the task of heating your home anymore, or you’re moving into an entirely new home and you don’t have a heater yet. Regardless, here are some possible options for installing a new heater this season.

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Why Your Water Heater Output is Low

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

tank-water-heaterTaking cold showers might be good for bragging rights, but it’s kind of a horrible thing to do to yourself if you don’t need to. Even people who enjoy a cold shower every once in a while probably wouldn’t want that to be their only option when it came to washing up. If your water heater doesn’t seem moved by the muse of water heating to provide you with a warm shower, you probably have a problem. Read on to find out why your water heater output is low.

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Water Heater Issues to be Aware of

Monday, December 25th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWater heaters don’t get put under added stress during the winter, the way heaters do. Still, you should keep a sharp eye out for any problems that may develop with the system throughout the year. As is the case with any other home system, the faster you can identify issues, the faster you can have them repaired and the better off your water heater will be. Have a look at a few of the more common issues that are known to afflict water heaters, and what you can do about it.

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Should I Replace My Heater This Fall?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

gas-burnerThe very last thing you want to happen this winter is to have your heating system break down on you. Nobody relishes the thought of going without heat during a cold winter season, after all. So, if your heating system is unable to get you through the coming winter for whatever reason, now might be a good time to install a new system. If you’re not sure whether or not you should replace your heating system this season, have a look at a few of the signs that you should at least consider it.

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