Serving Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, and Surrounding Areas

3200 Northern Blvd. NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Affordable Service Facebook PageAffordable Service Twitter AccountAffordable Service Google Review Page
Customer Login Button

It’s hot outside in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding areas. You can’t escape the heat because it’s the middle of summer. Your last vestige of hope is your nice and cool air-conditioned home. But your air conditioning unit has frozen. At Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling, we know how this sounds. Frozen in the middle of summer? It doesn’t make sense. But a frozen AC Unit is common. Here’s why and what you need to know!

How your AC Freezes Up

Not Enough Air. Not enough air flowing through your unit to exchange heat for refrigerant could be the main culprit of a frozen AC unit. The condensation that appears around the coil is usually carried away by the exchange of heat, but if the unit doesn’t receive air, it will not heat up and it will freeze instead.

Mechanical Failures. More specifically, this usually comes down to the blower fan, which helps remove the warmer air from home and replace it with the cool. Cold air is heavier, and it doesn’t flow as easy as warm air does. If the warm and cold air doesn’t switch places, a pressure problem can make your AC unit freeze.

What to Do

Clean Your Filters. This is step one. It’s the most common reason your AC Unit may not be getting enough air. Air filters keep dust and other airborne debris from getting into your AC unit. So, like any filter, they need to be changed regularly so they don’t get too clogged up.

Add Refrigerant. If the filters are good to go, the next thing to check is your refrigerant level. Ask the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating, Plumbing, and Cooling to inspect your AC unit and refill your refrigerant if needed. Alternatively, the refrigerant could be leaking and causing a variety of problems. Have Affordable Service tend to these leaks, especially if your unit is leaking freon. Lastly, freon units will no longer be around by 2020. So, this may be the time to upgrade your unit as well.

Preventive maintenance is always the best method in avoiding a frozen AC unit. Call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling and we’d be happy to help you out. Visit our website to schedule an estimate in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho or the surrounding areas.

One of the most terrifying moments you can ever experience in a bathroom is the dreaded broken toilet. For Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding area residents, here’s what the experts at Affordable Service Heating, Plumbing and Cooling recommend you do to avoid this potential (and personal) problem!

First thing you should do if your toilet is overflowing is to reach down near the base of the toilet and shut the water off to your toilet. Your instincts may be to flush again or reach for a plunger at first, but if you remain calm and think quickly, the logical thing to do is to make sure there’s no more water for your toilet to overflow with. If you cannot find this, immediately call Affordable Service for further assistance.

Next, remove the tank cover off and lift the float ball just enough so the water in your toilet stops running. If your bowl is completely full, you should use an old bucket to remove some of the water. There might be a clog, so you’ll need the extra room in the toilet to work. Once the toilet is fixed, you can flush the excess bucket water.

If possible, use a shop vac to clean up water that has spilled on the floor. Towels will do just fine if that’s all you have, but either way, make sure you mop with a diluted bleach solution. Make sure you don’t put cleaning up off. Obviously, toilet water is exposed to bacteria and pathogens so make sure to clean all of that up in a hurry. If gray water is left to sit, it can become black water quickly, which is very bacteria laden. Get Affordable Service to come to look at it as soon as possible before it turns into a real hazard.

If needed and there is a solid mass clogging the bowl, unclog your toilet. Use a plunger to do this, do not use a store-bought chemical cleaner to unclog a toilet. Those chemicals can cause problems with your pipes or septic system. On the other hand, sometimes clogs are serious business. Serious clogs mean you need the serious professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. Whether it’s minor flooding or the tougher jobs, you can call us anytime or visit us online to schedule an estimate.

If you’re dealing with toilet troubles or have any other questions, contact us at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today. We are your plumbing professionals for Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding area!

Right now, in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding areas, you should have had your air conditioning unit turned on for the coming summer months. But, after a few weeks of running your AC, it breaks down. So, should you repair it? Or replace it? It’s a decision that comes with a fine line. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling can help you with that decision!

The first thing you may want to consider is the lifespan and condition of your current air conditioning unit. Most units should last fifteen to twenty years if the owner has followed the recommended maintenance. If your unit hasn’t been cleaned in a while, the buildup of dirt and grime can make your air conditioner work harder and wear out faster. Also, if your unit is too small, it can wear out faster because it’s working harder to cool a larger space.

For the cost of repair, know approximately what the replacement cost would be first. If your current AC unit has used at least 75 percent of its lifespan and any repair costs more than a third of the replacement cost, it’s time to consider replacing it. If your home air conditioning unit is newer than that, minor or inexpensive repairs make more sense than replacing.

For some older air conditioning models, replacement parts may become harder and harder to find as technology advances. If possible, keep track of any parts or repairs you’ve made to your unit.

If your home HVAC unit was installed before 2019, it is likely cooled with R22 refrigerant, aka Freon. Freon is being phased out by the federal EPA, and will be unavailable by next year, 2020. Because of this, R22 prices have been rising. Over the next year, maintaining an air conditioner unit that uses Freon/R22 will only get more and more Expensive. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help you make the switch to a new model that uses a more modern refrigerant.

Lastly, the major repairs such as compressor failure or refrigerant leaks are the two repairs where you should consider a replacement the most. A new compressor is going to be the most expensive and is a strong indicator of other potential issues with your home air conditioning unit. If you have a refrigerant leak, that may be a sign that your coils have worn out

.

Now, it’s time to compare the cost for a home air conditioning unit replacement. The first thing you should compare is the cost of the equipment. Some of the equipment that seems a bit pricier is more likely to pay off by lasting longer and saving you money on your utility bills. Additional add-ons like air purifiers may increase the cost of a new air conditioning unit as well.

When it comes time for the installation process, the biggest thing you will need to consider is the sheer complexity of the project. Your best bet is to hire a quality installer, like Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling! You don’t want to trust just anyone when it comes to handling complicated equipment. You want a reliable installation company that is easy to communicate with. They should take your specific situation and home into account and treat both with the respect they deserve! So, call us today, at 505-255-4328. We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and the surrounding area!

Nothing is worse than coming home to a sweltering home and turning your air conditioning unit on for some much-needed relief. You find the nearest vent and put your face up to it, expecting a nice chilly breeze to relieve you from your sweaty discomfort. But, instead, you only get a wisp of cool air. You stand with your face at the vent, waiting for more cool air to come, but it never does! This is low airflow and here are a few reasons why your air conditioning unit may have it!

First things first, let a professional look. Call the experts at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, they service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and surrounding areas. Low airflow can be red flags for a much bigger breakdown, so let’s rule that out right away. If it is a bigger issue, let’s get it taken care of immediately.

The first thing that may be giving you low airflow problems in your home is a dirty air filter. This is the first place to look! A dirty air filter can quickly fix several HVAC problems and if it’s not addressed, it will cause even more problems down the road.

The next potential issue you may have is a frozen evaporator coil. If the inside of your HVAC unit looks like the North Pole, it’s not a sign that Christmas is coming. It means all of the ice is stuck to your coil and will restrict airflow into your house. Alternatively, this problem could be caused by leaking refrigerant. If not addressed, a frozen evaporator coil can become even more problematic as time goes on. Affordable Service can inspect your entire system if freezing is occurring!

Lastly, you may have some potential issues with your air ducts. Most air duct issues are caused by leaks. Or in some cases, holes or tears in your ductwork. These can be hard to pinpoint, so have Affordable Service perform an inspection. Another reason for low airflow problems related to ductwork is efficiency. Too many bends and turns won’t move the air from one place to another. Affordable Service can help reconfigure your ductwork to make it more efficient.

Pinpointing these issues won’t be easy, so call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. When you come home at the end of a hot day this summer, your home should be nice, cool and relaxing from the moment you step through the door! Call us today at 255-4328 or visit our us online to schedule a free estimate!

Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling does not celebrate Christmas in July nor do we celebrate “Halloween in July” either. So, let’s cut to the chase, solve the mystery and remove the proverbial scary mask from the problem that’s making all the scary sounds in your HVAC unit!

Summertime happens to be the one season where your air conditioning unit can accrue the most wear problems. It is, after all, when your unit will be working the most! Especially in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho! Therefore, it’s a good idea to call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling and have them inspect your HVAC unit and determine if there are any signs of malfunction or a possible need for repair or replacement.

Even with servicing, if you hear one of these noises from your HVAC “go bump in the night”, it’s indicating that something is wrong.

Grinding

If you’re hearing grinding coming from your HVAC unit, It’s most likely an issue with the air handler. The motor of the air handler has oiled bearings in place to help keep friction as low as possible during its operation. But, when these bearings wear down over time, they can cause excessive friction on the air handler motor. When the friction gets bad enough, the motor will start making a grinding sound. You should call Affordable Service for repairs as soon as possible. The bearings will need to be replaced, before the air handler motor overheats and burns out.

Hissing

This is a good news/bad news item. Good news – It’s not a snake. Bad news – It’s probably air bubbles in your refrigerant line! If you leave this unchecked, the refrigerant level will drop low enough that the air conditioning unit will force itself into shut down. So, when you hear that hiss, call Affordable Service.

Eventually, the refrigerant level in your cooling system will drop so low that the air conditioner will be forced to shut down. So, be sure that you call Affordable Service for repairs as soon as you hear this noise.

While these noises should never be ignored, they are not the only odd noises an air conditioning unit can make. At the end of the day, if your HVAC system is making noises that you are unfamiliar with, chances are there is something wrong. Even if you only suspect something is amiss with your air conditioner, it’s always a safer and more affordable choice to contact the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling to inspect the system. We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate or call us at 505-255-4328.

As the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area heads into the summer, it doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to your thermostat. If you have a high-efficiency air conditioning unit, you can still use a programmable thermostat during the summer. By using a programmable thermostat, you can get the most from your HVAC system, save money, and keep your home cool.

During the summer in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, your home can be stuffy and sweltering. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling recommend you keep your temperature settings around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Make good use of the “at home” setting on your programmable thermostat and set it to turn on thirty minutes before you arrive home. This will give it time to prepare the temperature in your house for when you get home and ensure it’s a nice comfortable temperature.

Now you may not have considered this, but when you’re away for an extended period, it’s better to keep your thermostat set a few degrees higher. We all want to take care of our pets and house plants, so you should keep your thermostat around 83 degrees. If it’s any higher than that, the temperature will start to affect pets, plants and possibly your electronics. Use the “away” feature on your thermostat if you’re planning to not be home for eight hours or longer.

When it comes time to hit the hay, you should keep your temperature anywhere between 60 and 67 degrees. The reason for this is based on your body’s natural lower temperature when you’re sleeping. A good way to keep your home cool at bedtime, but use less energy, is to set your thermostat to 70 or 72 degrees and turn on a ceiling fan. During the summer months, anything higher or lower than that temperature can cause restlessness.

Stick to our recommended temperatures in this article to keep your home cool and running efficiently. You can call Affordable Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to have us service your existing HVAC unit or install a new one! Visit our website to schedule an estimate today or call us! We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas for air duct cleaning.

Everyone likes saving money on their utility bills. Affordable Service has a few tips on how you can save money on your water heating bill! And with Albuquerque and Rio Rancho’s dryer climate, these tips benefit our cities too!

Use Cold or Warm Water

It may not seem obvious, but when you stop and think about all the places in your home that you use hot water, the more you’ll start to notice where you can cut back on its usage. A good example of this is while you’re doing dishes. You’ve probably been using hot water to clean your dishes in the sink. But using cold or warm water while busting suds will suffice just fine, especially if you’ll be loading those dishes into a dishwasher. If you have a recirculating pump, adding a timer to it can help you save money on your water heating bill. A recirculating pump installed on your water heater will return any unused hot water back to the water heater. With a timer, it will allow you to set it to shut off automatically at night or while you’re at work.

Replace Old Appliances

On a similar note, washing machines and dish washers more than a decade are most likely not energy-efficient. Newer models use less water and are far more energy-efficient!

Don’t Take Baths

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take a hot bath to relieve soreness or have some “you” time. But, making baths part of your regular bathing can use dozens, if not hundreds, of gallons of hot water! Your water heater will need to be completely refilled and that takes time and energy. The best way to save money here is to limit your bath tub time and use a water-efficient, low-flow shower head. Also, there isn’t a law stating that you can’t bring your rubber ducky into the shower!

Upgrade your Water Heater

Older water heater systems lose their heating elements over time, plain and simple. Older units tend to not retain heat as well as they once did. Newer models tend to be more energy efficient. This may seem like a large expense instead of a tip to save money on your water heating bill but making the investment could save you money in the long run. If this is the route you decide, you could also consider a tankless water heater system. Tankless water heaters produce an infinite supply of hot water and only use energy when hot water is needed. So, you’ll use less energy and save yourself some money on your water heating bill

!

Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling services Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Call us today and we can help you with servicing your existing water heater or replacing it. We can help you save money on your water heating bill. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate today!

It’s Springtime in New Mexico! While we prepare for the hotter months by having Affordable Service switch our heating units over to air conditioning and swamp coolers, an old friend who makes us sneeze and our noses run returns – allergies! Now, there may be no way to avoid the pollen and juniper in the air outside but, could switching over your air conditioner or swamp cooler make our allergies worse? It’s very possible if your air ducts aren’t cleaned!

It’s Spring cleaning time, so what do you do when you pick up those old picture frames and knick-knacks? You blow the dust off them, and that dust blows into the air and we might sneeze a little! This same principle works when you turn on your HVAC and your air ducts haven’t been cleaned. Here are just a few things that could be circulating through your home.

Dust Mites – Allergy sufferers are very familiar with the dust that spews-forth from our air ducts. You may have just dusted, but if you haven’t cleaned your air ducts first, it’ll be time to dust again tomorrow!

Pollen – As we mentioned earlier, it’s hard to avoid pollen. It gets tracked into our homes and it’s the sworn enemy of allergy sufferers. Even worse, it’ll just be spread among your home via the air ducts.

Pet Dander – We all love our fur babies! But, those fuzzy, cuddly little friends can cause allergic reactions in three out of every ten people according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Your air ducts may just help spread these sneeze-inducing dander clouds.

Mold and Mildew – Mold is a common culprit for allergy symptoms. Cleaning your air ducts will help eliminate the moisture that can turn into mold.

Bacteria and viruses – When someone in your family is sick, they can be lying in their bed in another room and a coughing or sneezing fit will happen. Those germs can travel through the air ducts and right into whichever room you’re currently in.

Odors – Sometimes, cleaning your ducts can help with that mysterious odor that you haven’t been able to pinpoint! Sometimes, small birds, lizards and other creatures can become trapped in your air ducts and that is something you want to get removed and cleaned as soon as possible.

Affordable Service is ready to help you clean your air ducts and get you ready for Spring and Summer! We service Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the surrounding areas. Call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today or visit our website to schedule a free estimate!

As Spring and Summer approach Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, you may realize that the air conditioning in your house is either in need of replacement or repair. Your initial thoughts may be “Great, another expense I can’t afford”. But, did you know that the utility companies offer huge rebates for installing energy efficient equipment? Surprisingly, a lot of people are unaware that these rebates exist, and some may even think that it seems counterintuitive. Affordable Service helps break down how to take advantage of these rebates and why they’re offered in the first place.

In Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, renewable energy is a high priority. Utilities and government agencies have reserved tax dollars for reducing energy usage. There are two reasons for this; one is limited energy is high in demand and the other reason is capital. It is more cost-efficient to offer incentives on energy-saving products than it is having to build newer and larger energy-producing facilities.

Again, we understand that the cost of an unexpected repair or an older, inefficient energy unit needing to be replaced can be a cause for stress. But, when you consider the rebates available to you and add in the potential year over year savings, you can save money on a new HVAC system! PNM offers rebates on swamp coolers (large or window mounted), large refrigerated air conditioning units, heat pumps, and smart thermostats.

PNM has a cooling rebate program that offers residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding area a reduced cost to purchase and install certain energy efficient units in their home. They’ve even made it convenient for you by being able to file your claim online. This year you can also take advantage of a rebate up to $300 for certain evaporative coolers. They also have air conditioner and heat pump rebates. The installation of your new cooler must be done by a PNM certified installer, such as Affordable Service! Call us today at 891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

One of the most unfortunate things to happen to you in the shower is a sudden absence of hot water. No one wants to be cold and shivering in their shower. While a cold shower will certainly help wake you up in the morning, it’s not the most preferred method of doing so. That’s why Affordable Service wants you to know how your hot water heater works and what kind of maintenance it requires. We can help you avoid that sudden, freezing cold shower!

Your water heater is a water storage tank that is usually found in the garage, laundry room, or utility closet in your home. Your water heater will use electricity or gas to heat water at a specific time. Then it will use inlets that will distribute hot water to the various utilities or appliances in your home such as the shower, dishwasher, laundry machine, etc. Affordable Service can assist in water heater installation.

Your water heater needs space and ventilation to work properly. Vent placement is paramount as vents will allow the release of gases, particularly carbon monoxide. When having a water heater installed, it’s best to call the professionals at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to ensure everything is done properly.

Another thing to check for a healthy water heater is to have the water heater flushed. All water heaters come equipped with a temperature pressure relief valve (T&P Valve). This valve will open if too much pressure builds up and will prevent damage to your water heater. If it hasn’t been tested in years, your water heater may start leaking. It’s best to have a certified professional check your relief valve once a year and have them replace it every three to five years.

A few things that you can do to maintain your water heater yourself include testing the temperature relief valve, cleaning your water heater tank, and checking the burner. These tasks only need to be done once per year. You should also check and possibly replace your anode rod every two to five years. Affordable Service services Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and we’d be happy to help you with any water heater maintenance or repair.

You may walk by your water heater every day or you may not even see it at all if it’s in a utility closet, but it is certainly not an appliance you should ignore. Maintenance is simple and if you read the owner’s manual, water heater maintenance is substantially cheaper than having to buy a brand new one altogether. You can extend your water heater’s life just by servicing it annually.

If you don’t feel comfortable performing these tasks yourself, we recommend calling Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling to ensure your water heater is performing efficiently and keeping your costs low. Call us today at 505-891-8907. We service Rio Rancho and Albuquerque. Call today!

Spring has arrived in Albuquerque and while we still have a few weeks here and there of cold weather, the warmer months are approaching quickly. Summer will be here before we know it and with summer comes high temperatures. You’re going to want to make sure you have the right cooling system in place to combat those high temperatures and keep you and your family nice and cool. If you’ve been using a swamp cooler, maybe it’s time to investigate refrigerated air and the benefits it can provide over your evaporative cooler. But, how do you know if changing over is the right thing for you to do currently? Don’t worry, Affordable Service Plumbing Heating and Cooling can give you the answers. Let’s look at some of the many benefits that refrigerated air can offer you!

Humidity

If you’ve lived in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho for any given amount of time with a swamp cooler, you know what happens: when the humidity rises during monsoon season, it means that your home won’t stay cool! This is one of the most common complaints from people with swamp coolers. There is a myth that refrigerated air removes all moisture from a home, but that is false. It will remove most moisture, but it will still maintain a comfortable 20-30% level of moisture. If you’re tired of having sleepless nights because your house won’t stay cool during the monsoon, it may be the right time for refrigerated air.

Less maintenance

Swamp coolers need start up and shut down services each year, replacement pads, belts, and pumps. Refrigerated air will cut down on the cost of that maintenance. Plus, if your swamp cooler is a rooftop mounted unit, it will eliminate the need to climb up on your roof. Not needing to get on your roof can be an issue of safety, especially if you’re older. Allergies

Swamp coolers use evaporated moisture to cool your home. If you have allergies, asthma or if you’re sensitive to mold, a swamp cooler certainly isn’t your best bet for cooling. Refrigerated air will deliver a higher level of air quality into your home which means you’ll spend more time relaxing in comfort instead of blowing your nose or fighting off illness.

Security

Window-mounted swamp coolers require you to leave a window open so the unit can process the air outside and filter it into your home. Obviously, leaving a window open for your swamp cooler adds the potential for a security issue. Those of us with pets also want to keep our homes cool for them as well during the hot summers. Refrigerated air can resolve this issue for you!

Consider the future for your home

Lastly, adding refrigerated air to your home can increase its value if you’re looking to put your home on the market whether it be in the near future or down the road. If you’ve decided to pursue a refrigerated air system, call Affordable Service at 505-891-8907. We have various financing available for conversion. You can schedule a free estimate today! We’ve been servicing Albuquerque and Rio Rancho for over 33 years. Call Today!

The age-old struggle in many homes is the battle over the thermostat. Many families argue over the temperature in their households. Typically, this argument boils down to one person wanting to be comfortable and the other wanting to save money on their heating or cooling bill. Thankfully, this argument can be a thing of the past with a mini-split HVAC system.

A mini-split HVAC system is a “whisper quiet” ductless comfort system which offers more control of the temperature in any given zone of your home. This is perfect for extra hot bedrooms, sun rooms and additions. The mini-split can use individual, wall mounted blowers to cool or heat your home via a central condenser. They do not rely on existing ductwork, they’re highly flexible and can be used to heat or cool any area of your home. Unlike swamp coolers, they do not use water to cool; even if it’s humid, a mini-split will cool as well as a larger refrigerated air conditioner.

Some of the benefits of a mini-split system include small size, separate thermostat controls, no ductwork and longer lifespans. They can function as air conditioning or heating systems and will save you money and energy. If your goal is to reduce your energy bill, a mini-split system from Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is for you.

Another benefit is how a mini-split system is installed. Mini-splits use small pipes to transfer air between units which makes them less invasive to your home. They are also not window mounted like swamp coolers, which makes your home just a little bit safer as the window will not have to stay open!

Lastly, PNM is offering rebates of $400 per mini-split system and Affordable Service will handle all the paperwork to process them for you. Only PNM certified contractors, such as Affordable Service, can offer them! Call Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today to learn more about mini-split HVAC systems. We’re available in Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and the surrounding communities, so call us today at 505-891-8907.

Page 1 of 8

We Are Hiring!

More Information

Schedule A Free Estimate

If this is an emergency, please call: 505.255.4328 immediately, otherwise please fill out this form and our technicians will contact you shortly.

Please let us know your name.

Please enter a valid phone number. Example 123-456-7890

Please let us know your email address.

Please let us know your message.


We offer free estimates on installations and equipment upgrades such as: refrigerated air conversions, furnace installations, home re-pipes and other large jobs. Service calls, general maintenance and repairs do not qualify for a free estimate.
Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce Logo Air Conditioning Contractors of America Logo Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer