Finding a nest of rodents in your HVAC system brings a wave of concerns to mind. You are more likely to find rodents in your home and HVAC system during the colder months because they are seeking warmth, and your heating system will provide just that. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric has a few tips that will help prevent a costly and unexpected expense that these pesky critters can cause. There are two main concerns that come to our mind when we have a resident that has called us in to fix their system:
One of the worst things to come home to is soggy carpet and water continuing to flood your home. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric have dealt with emergency water damage calls for over 30 years and can safely offer these tips to make sure your home doesn’t sustain more damage while you wait for our skilled technicians to come out.
Did you know that it’s important to make sure that your air conditioning unit is properly protected after switching from cool air to your heater? Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric has learned a few tricks and tips along the way that helps prevent damage. In the winter, snow accumulation, falling ice, and debris are a few of the more common occurrences that can cause damage. Often, this damage isn’t seen until it’s time to turn your unit on in the Spring.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s most likely to be that we should take better care of ourselves by improving the foods we eat as well as the air we breathe. With more people working from home and the kids being indoors working on school assignments virtually, all day, now is the time to consider a home air purification system! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric is now installing the Air Knight Whole Home Purification System. This system is an electrostatic air filter that utilizes synthetic material that develops an electrostatic charge as friction is applied to the fibers. The more the electrostatic charge is generated, the more particles will be attracted to each other.
You might be wondering what the correct length of time may be when switching out your furnace air filters. Well, there really aren’t specific guidelines, just recommendations, and sometimes it can simply be based on how they look. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric have been in business since 1986 and have seen it all! The typical recommendation is every 90 days, or three months, depending on the quality of air filter you use.
A sudden drop in your home’s water pressure can be a cause for alarm. There are several reasons this may happen, and Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric have seen plenty of ways this can happen. The majority of the time it is out of the homeowner’s control but these are the top reasons your water pressure may drop and some possible solutions. You should always contact a professional team of plumbers for anything that is out of your expertise so your home’s water pressure and plumbing stay in ideal working order.
Have you heard that your central air conditioning system is rated using the SEER method? Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric can help you identify the efficacy of your central air conditioning system and are trained in finding you a unit that will best fit you and your home’s needs.
But, what exactly is a SEER rating and should that be a determining factor when purchasing your new unit?
The heat is finally over and the furthest thing from your mind is purchasing a new air conditioner. But, the time is right, right now! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric has seen what having your air conditioner can do to help save our customers money in the long run. Some of the added benefits of replacing your air conditioner in the fall are off-season prices, there are few installation delays, and no cooling delays when the heat hits again.
Here in New Mexico, we are always skeptical of major weather events that are called a week in advance, partly because we can experience all the seasons in a single day! This time, we should all be more prepared for these unsuspecting storms, and go through our home’s “winter-ready” checklist. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, & Electric have compiled a list of to-do’s you can tackle as soon as the snow melts!
With winter arriving it’s the perfect time to consider a wifi-programmable thermostat. When we install a new air conditioner or complete HVAC system, some customers opt for the wifi-programmable thermostat. A wifi thermostat has many benefits to keep your home warm while you are home in the winter and to cool it before you arrive home in the summer! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric’s technicians make sure you know how to comfortably use and utilize your new thermostat before we leave.
Annual furnace inspections may not be on your yearly list of things to do, but they should be! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric receive calls regularly in the Fall season to check furnaces before they will be used daily during the cold winter. Here are 5 reasons you should have your furnace inspected annually:
Fall has arrived and it’s time to start thinking about the right time to winterize your swamp cooler (also known as an evaporative cooler). Unlike a central air conditioner, swamp coolers require a series of steps in winterization to prevent damage and from causing additional cost to you in the spring. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric is here to help you make sure the job gets done right! Feel free to give us a call if you would rather have the professionals do it.
Why winterize your swamp cooler? There are a number of reasons like:
If water doesn’t get properly drained it can cause mold and bacteria growth Slowing the effects of rust and corrosion Water left in the lines can freeze and break the lines in the winter.Affordable Service winterizes hundreds of swamp coolers every season. But, if you are planning on doing it yourself, you should know how to do it correctly.
>>The Ladder: First of all, make sure you're completely proficient in the use of a ladder. Please take all safety precautions. If you're not comfortable with heights or climbing on ladders, do not attempt to service your swamp cooler. Call Affordable Service insead.>>
Power Off: Make sure the switch is off and pull the plug. *Note never attempt to perform any swamp cooler maintenance with the unit running.
Shut Off The Water Supply: Since swamp coolers require water to keep the pads wet, finding the water valve and shutting it off will stop the flow of water. When you locate the valve, unhook the tubing and drain the water from that as well.
Drain The Swamp Cooler: Your swamp cooler should be equipped with a drain plug at the bottom of the unit. Make sure all the water drains completely. You can also use sponges or towels to soak up any remaining water, this will prevent rust and corrosion.
Remove the Belt and Pump: Removing the belt will keep it from enduring the winter's cold weather. Removing the pump may save you the cost of replacing it in the Spring.
Cover The Cooler: Your local hardware store will have specific swamp cooler covers to fit your swamp cooler. Make sure that your cover is sized correctly too and is properly secured so it doesn't fly away in our New Mexico winds! This helps protect your cooler from the winter weather.
Close Your Indoor Upducts: Now that your cooler is settled in for the winter, make sure you stay warm in your home by closing the upducts. Also, in some units, there may be a slot at the bottom of the swamp cooler where you can slide in an exterior vent cover.
There you have it, you're ready for the cooler weather and you've now taken steps to ensure that your swamp cooler will work for you again in the Spring. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric love to serve our communities! For all of your home plumbing, heating, a/c, and electric needs, Affordable Service is ready to help.
It would seem that all of our electronic devices these days include a charge that is USB adapted. This means that you also have to carry around the adapter so you can plug the charging cord into that and then back Into the outlet. Affordable Service is here to give you an upgrade trick: you can upgrade your outlets to include a USB charging port!
But, how do you do that? It’s simple!
Sometimes our home’s vents aren’t placed in an area that will efficiently cool a room in the summer. Sometimes those rooms are positioned so they are in the direct sunlight all day and that means that those rooms are several degrees warmer than the rest of the house. We have the answer! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, Electric offer professional installation of mini split a/c units to fit your needs.
Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric are called out to evaluate a lot of swamp coolers to help diagnose their cooling issues. Do you know that your swamp cooler is also called an evaporative cooler because it cools the air by causing water to evaporate? Swamp coolers work by being hooked into city water, and city water can be hard! It can be anywhere from 12 to 25 grains hard. Hard water is described as how many “dissolved” hardness minerals there are in 1 GPG (grain per gallon) of calcium and magnesium.
Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric want to remind everyone of the importance of maintaining their air conditioning unit. There are many reasons to do it, but the most important reason is to extend its lifespan. When you take the time before each cooling season to properly clean and maintain your outside unit, you are making sure that problems that arise come as no surprise. Here is a step by step on how to safely do it yourself, but as a reminder, if you need a professional to do it, you can contact Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, and Electric.