Hard Water Is Bad for Your Home

May 13th, 2019

water-softenerHard water is a common water quality concern in homes. The minerals that cause hard water can easily seep through groundwater and enter the freshwater pipes after the water has already gone through a water treatment plant. A water softener in Des Moines, IA is often necessary to counteract hard water and the trouble it causes. You can arrange for a water softener installation with our expert plumbers.

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How Air Conditioning Maintenance Keeps Repairs Away

April 29th, 2019

air-conditioner-money-saverYou invested a good amount of money in your air conditioning installation in Johnston, IA, and you want the best return on that investment. This not only means ensuring the air conditioner runs for as many years as possible, but that it avoids extra charges for repairs to keep it going. Plus, repairs are inconvenient when they happen in the middle of the summer and leave you without cooling until the experts arrive.

However, it’s not difficult to prevent the majority of air conditioning system. You only have to contact the Golden Rule offices and sign up for Gold Club Membership. We’ll see your air conditioning system is maintained each spring and any repairs are few and far between.

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What May Happen If You Don’t Schedule Water Heater Maintenance

April 15th, 2019

water-heater-repairSpring is when we stress the importance of homeowners arranging for air conditioning maintenance. It’s the best time to have a cooling system given a full tune-up and inspection so it’s ready for the summer weather.

We’re both plumbers and HVAC technicians, so we also provide maintenance for water heaters—and this is a routine job that people might forget about. If you haven’t had your water heater maintained in over a year, we strongly urge you to schedule the service this spring at the same time you schedule AC maintenance.

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Changing the Heat Pump From Heating to Cooling—What If It Doesn’t Work?

April 1st, 2019

thermometer-going-redIt’s the big moment of spring—the day when the temperature outside is finally hot enough that you need to have your heat pump change over from heating mode to cooling mode for the first time this year. You step up to the wall thermostat, make an adjustment to lower the indoor temperature to cooler than the outdoor temperature. You listen for the heat pump to kick on. The fans start up, air comes from the vents…

…but the air either doesn’t get cool enough, remaining at room temperature, or it comes out warm.

Obviously, you don’t want a heat pump that only does half of its job, and you need to have cool air circulating through the house. What’s wrong with the heat pump, and what can be done about it?

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Why Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance Is So Important

March 18th, 2019

air-conditioning-manometer-pressure-refrigerantThis week is the official start of spring! (Sound the trumpets.) It’s true this doesn’t mean we automatically get warmer weather, but it does signal that it’s time to start making preparations for when the warm weather at last settles in for a few months—and occasionally turns to hot weather. A crucial step in these preparations is to call up your local expert HVAC technicians (that would be us!) and tell them you want to have your annual air conditioning tune-up and inspection.

We offer Gold Club Membership to make maintenance easy for you. With a single plan, you’ll have maintenance each year for your air conditioning, heating, and plumbing. Right now we’re going to focus on the air conditioning since spring is the time to have this job done.

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What Is a Reverse Osmosis System? Do I Need One?

March 4th, 2019

filter-systemWe offer service to install a variety of water treatment systems, such as filters, purifiers, and conditioners. One of the most powerful water treatment systems we can install in local homes is a reverse osmosis system. If you have concerns about issues with the quality of your drinking water or hardness in your water, a reverse osmosis system may be part of the solution.

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Why We Wish They Weren’t Called “Garbage Disposals”

February 18th, 2019

faucet-kitchen-modern-runningThe garbage disposal is such a common part of modern kitchen plumbing that few people can imagine life without one. And they probably can’t imagine calling a garbage disposal anything else. But ask almost any plumber, and you’ll hear complaints about the name of this piece of kitchen plumbing. We agree: we don’t like the name “garbage disposal” at all because it causes too many misunderstandings among homeowners that can lead to damage to the plumbing system.

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When Good Thermostats Go Bad: A Cautionary Tale

February 4th, 2019

technician-testing-thermostatThis is a story about how an apparently simple part of an HVAC system, one often overlooked, can create all sorts of trouble for heating in a home. Although a cautionary story, it’s one you can easily avoid if you have a bit of knowledge—and access to a great HVAC expert in your area. You’ve already got the second part taken care of, since you only need to call our team for great professional heating in West Des Moines, IA. We’ll see that your heating story has a happy ending.

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Mid-Winter Heating System Woes—There’s Help!

January 21st, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatThere’s a good reason Shakespeare wrote a play titled A Midsummer Night’s Dream and not A Midwinter Night’s Dream. Midwinter can be a stressful time for handling a house, and one of the biggest concerns—a Midwinter’s Nightmare, if you like—is losing heating all together. There are also the smaller concerns of losing heating power so the house is still receiving heat, but there are cold spots and people can’t warm up enough, no matter how the thermostat is set.

We can remove the stress of the midwinter heating woes: we offer 24-hour service for heating in Des Moines, IA and throughout the Des Moines and Grimes Metro Areas. Please don’t attempt to go DIY on a heater problem, especially a gas-powered heater. You’ll stay safe and have your heating restored quickly when you call on our HVAC professionals.

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Signs of Hard Water in Your Home’s Plumbing

January 7th, 2019

water-softenerOne of the most common plumbing problems for homes in a city is hard water. Hard water is water with a high solution of minerals suspended in it, particularly magnesium and calcium. It’s difficult to prevent these minerals from entering the water, since they seep through groundwater and into the freshwater pipes on the way to homes. Standard municipal treatment doesn’t eliminate that. There is a good chance your home’s water hardness may be too high.

The good news is hard water isn’t harmful to your health. You ingest many of those minerals in the food you eat every day.

The bad news is hard water is terrible for your plumbing, appliances, hygiene, dishes, and clothes. If your water has too many hard water minerals, we recommend you get a water softener in Des Moines, IA.

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