New AC Installation and Efficiency Ratings

April 17th, 2017

Air-Conditioning-outdoor-unitAs you think about the coming summer weather and schedule your air conditioning system’s regular maintenance appointment (you’ve done that, right?) there are a few other long-term plans to consider. One of them is asking if it’s time to have the AC system replaced. Yes, this will have to be done at some point. You don’t want to do it too soon—that’s a waste of money. But if the AC is starting to fail or is more than 15 years old, sooner is definitely better than later. (Later in this case being an AC that fails completely on you and forces you to replace it at an inconvenient time.)

When you are considering an air conditioning replacement, one important factor to look at is the energy efficiency of the system. I.e. how well the air conditioner converts electric power into cooling power. As AC technology continues to advance, air conditioners increase in efficiency. If your current cooling system is more than 10 years old, any new system will have higher efficiency. You’ll start saving money right away with the new installation.

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Why We Recommend Regular Drain Cleaning

April 11th, 2017

One of the most important jobs our licensed plumbers perform is rooter services, i.e. cleaning out drains using the best equipment available. This is a job you probably associate with a clogged drain emergency. It’s definitely the best way to solve a major clogged up drain. If you can’t unclog a drain in your home using a plunger or a simple drain snake, the next step is to contact our licensed plumbers. (Don’t use chemical drain cleaners! They’re ineffective, toxic, and can damage piping.)

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What Might Go Wrong with an AC That Doesn’t Have Maintenance

April 3rd, 2017

man-with-a-fanOn our last blog post, we reminded everyone here in the Des Moines area that with spring on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about arranging for annual air conditioning maintenance. Now it’s officially spring, and if the weather hasn’t got appreciably warmer, it will soon. Schedule your air conditioning maintenance in Indianola, IA with our team of professionals and you’ll have a great head start on the hot weather of mid-year.

But, just in case if you’re thinking you might skip maintenance this year, we’d like to go through some of the problems that unmaintained air conditioners often run into that require repairs. Yes, we’re trying to scare you a little bit… but these are common problems that we don’t want you to have to deal with, so being a bit scary is the best way to help encourage you to have annual maintenance.

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Spring AC Tune-Up: Now’s the Time!

March 20th, 2017

service-reminderA few weeks ago, we looked at the strange way that March weather works. Last week we got a good look at exactly what this means, with lows during the first part of the week down in the 20s and a sudden shift later in the week to highs in the 60s. We can anticipate a few more days of truly cold weather, but the movement toward warm temperatures is going to be steady from now until the peak of summer.

And that means it’s the right time to arrange for your annual air conditioning maintenance from professionals. All it takes is to call our offices to schedule a prompt maintenance visit from one of our AC technicians.

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Preparing a Sump Pump for Spring

March 14th, 2017

When the weather starts to warm up here in Iowa during spring, one of the major threats that homes face is flooding in basements and crawlspaces. Snowmelt creates the largest danger during the year of water damage in homes.

The best way to defend your home against spring flooding is with a sump pump. A sump pump installed in a basement or crawlspace automatically removes excess water from the area and sends it into the wastewater system or a well.

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What Does It Mean That March “Comes in Like a Lion, Leaves Like a Lamb”?

March 6th, 2017

girl-welcomes-spring-and-winterYou have probably heard the phrase about March that it “comes in like a lion, leaves like a lamb.” And you may have heard the phrase in reverse as well, “in like a lamb, out like a lion.” What does this mean in practice, which phrase is right, and how does it affect your home comfort? It’s a good time to have answers to these questions, because March just came in!

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Furnace Repair Issue: Tripped Circuit Breaker

February 20th, 2017

question-mark-badgeAlthough we are starting to experience warmer weather here in Des Moines, there’s a strong chance that we still have chilly days ahead. March is highly unpredictable, and the saying that the month “enters like a lamb and leaves like a lion” has proven true many times. Because your home’s heating system has already taken on a great deal of work during the previous months, right now is a time to pay special attention to any malfunction. Don’t ignore problems just because spring is coming up: you risk further damage to the system, inflated bills, and possibly even health hazards.

We’re going to look at a trouble you may see with your furnace at this time of the year. A furnace suffering from stress and other issues may begin to trip the circuit breaker as it runs. You shouldn’t simply reset the breaker and then try to move on if this keeps happening. Circuit breakers trip for a reason: protect the electrical system from overloads—and this is a signal to you that something is wrong!

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What Causes Slab Leaks to Happen?

February 14th, 2017

We offer many important plumbing services to residents of Indianola, IA and throughout the Greater Des Moines area. Among the more complex plumbing repairs that we do are slab leak repairs. A slab leak is a leak in a cold water or hot water pipe down in the concrete foundation of a home. Not all homes stand on a concrete foundation, but many in this area do—and if leaking starts down in the concrete, it can mean structural damage to a house, along with massive water waste.

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The Efficiency Question with Furnaces and Boilers: How Important Is It?

February 6th, 2017

money-out-the-flueYou may be in the middle of trying to decide whether or not to have a new gas furnace or boiler put in. You can always contact our team to help you make the decision. We’ll assess your current system and give you honest answers about the best way forward.

If you do decide that a new heating system installation is the best option, you then have some other decisions to make. You will probably want to stay with the type of system you currently have, i.e. replacing a furnace with a new furnace, or replacing a boiler with a new boiler. (Switching from one to the other requires major home retrofit work.) But newer units have higher efficiencies than older ones. Should you just automatically choose the unit with the highest efficiency that you can afford? And what do the furnace and boiler efficiency numbers actually mean?

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A Heating System Rundown to Help You with System Replacement

January 23rd, 2017

heating-option-imagesIt’s the middle of the winter, and even though we’re going through warmer temperatures than usual (plus plenty of rain), you don’t want to be caught without a decent heating system. If you have any reason to think that your current heater isn’t going to make it through the rest of the winter, or if it’s become an immense energy waster, then it’s a good time to think about a new heating installation in Des Moines, IA.

You have more choices for heating your house than ever before. Working with our professionals is key to seeing that you end up with the right type of heater, balancing heat output with energy efficiency. To get you started, we’ve put together a short guide to the essentials of the major heating systems we offer.

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