Do I Need a Full or Partial Repiping for My Home?

July 9th, 2018

pipe-decayOver the long history of indoor plumbing, many different materials have been put to use for constructing pipes. During much of the 20th century, metals such as galvanized steel (steel coated with zinc to prevent corrosion) and cast iron where the most common residential piping materials. Cast iron went out of favor after World War II, and starting in the 1970s galvanized steel was replaced with copper, a lighter metal with better corrosion resistance. Plastic pipes such as PVC and PEX also became popular for plumbing systems.

Modern homes today use plastic and copper piping almost exclusively. But if your house is one of the many in the Des Moines Metro Area that was built earlier than the 1980s, it may have some amount of piping, fixtures, elbows, and joints made from outdated material. We recommend you arrange for repiping services to replace steel and iron plumbing pipes, which are in danger of corrosion and may even lead to toxicity in your fresh water.

But how much repiping do you need?

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Tankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance Too

June 25th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterWe stress water heater maintenance every year, the same way that we stress maintenance for a furnace or boiler. Without routine inspections and tune-ups, a storage tank water heater is in danger of developing problems such as corrosion due to a rusted out sacrificial anode rod. Maintenance will catch troubles with leaks and high water pressure and ensure the best efficient use of energy.

But there’s something we also want to stress, because it sometimes gets lost: tankless water heaters, even though they endure longer than storage tank models and require fewer repairs, must also receive annual maintenance. Although tankless water heaters consume less energy and have generally lower workloads than standard tank units, they’re precision machines that require special attention to ensure they keep providing the great performance that make them so beneficial to homeowners.

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Can I Repair My Garbage Disposal on My Own?

June 11th, 2018

hand-holding-wrenchThere was a time when garbage disposals were new devices and only a few homes had them installed into their kitchen sinks. Today, it’s difficult to imagine daily life in the kitchen without a garbage disposal. A disposal makes it easier to get rid of food waste and clean up after cooking, and it helps to keep a large amount of organic waste out of landfills.

If your garbage disposal stops working, it’ll mean an inconvenient kitchen until you have the unit repaired. But can you handle repairing a broken disposal on your own? In some cases, yes. But most of the time, you’ll probably need a professional plumber in Ankeny, IA to make the repairs so they’re done correctly and safely. In some situations, replacing the garbage disposal is a better option than fixing it, and this job also requires the work of a professional plumber.

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Why Does My AC Stop and Start So Much?

May 28th, 2018

Air-Conditioning-outdoor-unitIt’s a warm day, and your air conditioner starts working to cool down your home, either because you changed the settings on the thermostat or because the thermostat’s programming has automatically turned on the AC. The compressor kicks on, making a familiar hum. And then, the compressor stops—earlier than you expect it to. Then it starts again. And stops soon after. This continues until you start to wonder if something is wrong.

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What You Should Do When a Pipe Bursts

May 14th, 2018

image-of-leaking-waterA burst pipe is one of the worst emergency plumbing repairs in Des Moines, IA that you’re likely to run into. That’s why you always want the phone number to a great emergency plumber on hand—someone who can come to the rescue no matter the time of day or night. Our plumbers offer 24/7 service so you’ll have the professional plumbing help you need, when you need it.

Calling for a plumber isn’t the only thing to take care of when you’ve got a burst pipe in your home’s plumbing. There are other steps to take to help stop flooding and alleviate potential water damage. The water damage is the longest-lasting effect of a burst pipe, and you want to prevent as much of it as possible.

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You’re in the Zone for Air Conditioning Maintenance

April 30th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenance-technician-checks-mainfoldWe’re starting to enjoy warmer weather in the Des Moines area, with pleasant 70°F weather. It’s a time when you won’t need your heating system, but you probably won’t need to lean much on your air conditioning system either. (We recommend only turning on the AC when temperatures rise above 78°F. Simply running the blower fan of your HVAC system can handle keeping you cool if you have the windows open.)

This is the perfect time to have AC maintenance done. This tune-up and inspection for your home’s cooling equipment should be done annually, and the mild weather of spring is the ideal window of opportunity: you don’t need the AC working yet, but you soon will. The HVAC professionals who handle the maintenance have much more open schedules at this time of year, so you shouldn’t have trouble scheduling a convenient time for the inspection and tune-up.

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Don’t Ignore Furnace Repair in Spring!

April 16th, 2018

furnace-repair-technicianSpring means warmer weather is on the way, and this is when homeowners start making plans for the middle of the year. We recommend you schedule your air conditioning maintenance now so your cooling system will be in peak shape for when the first heat wave arrives.

But are you neglecting problems with your furnace because it’s spring? This is not a good idea. We know it may seem like it’s pointless to schedule a repair for a furnace that’s struggling to provide warmth, or which is making odd noises, when hotter weather is so near. But you shouldn’t delay a furnace repair for any reason. We urge you to schedule furnace repair in Des Moines, IA as soon as you think there’s a problem—no matter the season. Below are some reasons why.

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Membership to local plumbing, HVAC provider follows Golden Rule

April 10th, 2018

For Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offering front-of-the-line service, repair discounts, regular maintenance and free diagnostics on a home’s critical systems are part of working by life’s golden rule.  These offerings – and the peace of mind they provide – are key elements of this Des Moines-based contractor’s growing annual membership program.


The Gold Club Membership is available for $99, a price the company believes dovetails with its mission.


The Gold Club Membership is a great example of following the golden rule because the $99 is by far the cheapest in town for this service,” said Bobby Johnson, sales and marketing manager at Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, who noted that other providers can charge as much as $250 to $300 for a similar membership.


The Gold Club Membership is good for 12 months from purchase and includes two system checks and a plumbing inspection. The program offers front-of-the-line service and negates both trip fees and diagnostics charges. Members also receive ten percent off needed repairs.


“The membership pays for itself immediately in the peace of having a professional partner on call for any plumbing or HVAC need that arise,” said Johnson. “Plus you have a partner focused on keeping your equipment maintained and running longer!”


This partnership is key to the vendor’s goal of treating customers well.  


“We get to know our Gold Club Members and develop great relationships,” said Johnson. “As a member, you have a trusted partner in Golden Rule who feels we own these pieces of equipment as much as you do!”


Gold Club Membership is available by contacting the company. Additionally, Golden Rule technicians routinely offer it to non-members when out on a call.


“It is usually to the customer’s benefit to enroll and receive the 10% discount,” added Johnson. “Often the discount offsets the $99.”


Now is the perfect time to enroll and schedule air conditioning checks or have a plumbing inspection completed.  


“Our guys can hopefully give the customers an idea of what to expect in the upcoming season,” said Johnson.


To enroll in the Gold Club Membership and schedule your first diagnostic review, contact Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at (888) 986-2424. Or learn more online at

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Giving back supports local plumbing, heating, cooling vendor’s mission

April 10th, 2018

Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling takes its mission to conduct business according to life’s golden rule seriously. Finding meaningful ways to give back to the community and its residents is essential to the company’s daily work.  


Beyond providing cost–effective plumbing, heating and cooling services to existing homes, Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling actively supports the Des Moines area by using its products and professional expertise to assist homeowners in unfortunate circumstance.


Staff at this respected vendor believe Golden Rule’s commitment to treating others as one wants to be treated likely prompted Habitat for Humanity to approach them to support its Rock the Block program.


“We knew Habitat built homes to help folks step out of homelessness but were not originally familiar with the program to help home owners fix projects and issues that they might not be able to afford,” said Bobby Johnson, sales and marketing manager at Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.


Through Rock the Block, Habitat for Humanity offers collaborative home repair services for low income homeowners, providing access to essential basics such as heating and plumbing repair. Golden Rule began working with Habitat for Humanity in 2017, streamlining the company’s process for identifying ways to help, thereby maximizing what they could support.


“We help Habitat’s dollars go farther,” said Johnson, noting that Golden Rule has helped with more than 40 home heater, water heater and plumbing situations since collaborating with Habitat for Humanity in 2017.


In addition to partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling supports the greater Des Moines area in other ways as well.


“We support Hope Ministries and the YMCA shelter. Both organizations help the homeless population in our community,” added Johnson.


Golden Rule performs additional philanthropic plumbing, heating and cooling services through its own program, Golden Rule Gives Back. Additionally, the contractor supports the

St. Jude’s Radiothon and the Animal Rescue League.


“This is exactly who we are,” noted Johnson. “We love to jump at opportunities that maximize what we can do to give back.”


To learn more about Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, to request an estimate or to schedule a service, visit or call (888) 986-2424.

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Expertise, service and industry leading products define heating division of local HVAC provider

April 10th, 2018

Bitter January weather drives home the importance of quality home heating. Since 1999, Golden
Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has proudly offered industry-leading heating systems that
can meet a homeowner’s heating expectations and budget along with unparalleled repair and
maintenance services for home heaters.
A licensed, bonded and insured company, Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling offers a
wide range of heaters, brands and sizes, including boilers, furnaces, heat pumps, radiant heating,
hybrid heating, geothermal and ductless mini split heat pump systems. The company provides
installation or replacement as well as repair and maintenance for any heater in existing homes
throughout the Des Moines area.
Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling installs high-quality, energy efficient heating units.
By working exclusively with one of the best brands available, Golden Rule leverages buying
power to offer superior, reliable products at a savings. The heating units are made in America
and come with the best warranties in the industry according to Bobby Johnson, sales and
marketing manager at Golden Rule.
Johnson noted that, by partnering with a single manufacturer, Golden Rule can sell better
products for a lower price, allowing homeowners to reap the benefits of functionality and
reliability. Heating systems are rated for 20-plus years of use and come with a lifetime warranty.


“Customers love the lifespan of our products,” said Johnson. “You could buy a lesser quality
product with a lower price tag. It might save you money up front, but it won’t last as long.”


Golden Rule’s well-trained employees translate product benefits to homeowners. While life’s
golden rule guides all company work, specific RULES – respect, understanding, loyalty,
expertise and service – are critical to meeting customer needs.  Expertise and service are essential
to installing new heating equipment or to maintaining or servicing an existing heater.


“We tirelessly train here,” noted Johnson. “No one is more up to date in our industry than we


Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has multiple installation teams plus a cadre of
service technicians specializing in service and repair. Golden Rule can quickly and efficiently fit
a home with a new system, service existing systems or offer emergency repairs.


To learn more about Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, to request an estimate or to
schedule a service, visit or call (888) 986-2424.

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