We know that a lot of our local homeowners are DIY’ers, and our technicians here at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric want you to be safe and knowledgeable if you want to tune up your A/C unit. Affordable Service technicians have been doing this for a very long time, and have some tips to keep you safe and your unit working efficiently. Before you begin the following tuneup steps, disconnect your air conditioning system from power either at the breaker or at the service disconnect which should be near your outdoor air conditioner compressor unit.
At Affordable Service our plumbers know all too well about polybutylene piping in some areas of Rio Rancho. Many homes were built using polybutylene piping, which has since become notorious for breaking and flooding homes that still use this type of plumbing material.Once the problem was detected, manufacturers switched over to PEX piping, which is Cross-Linked Polyethlene, and is mainly used to replace copper and galvanized pipes. This type of piping is made to be flexible yet durable and is made to distribute water through your home’s water supply.
We often don’t worry about things unseen until we can smell them, like a broken sewer line! Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have our expert technicians weigh in on warning signs you can expect if you have a broken sewer line. Affordable Service also understands that things happen after regular business hours, so if you experience a broken sewer line, our 24/7 response team can be at your door within hours.
It’s warm enough now that you can finally turn your air on, but you notice that the house isn’t cooling and when you put your hand up to the vent it’s blowing warm air maybe even hot. Our Affordable Service technicians have a list of things they check to make sure that they properly diagnose the problem and can solve it!
The heat is finally coming and that means switching over from your furnace to the air conditioning unit, whether that is refrigerated or swamp. If you didn’t know, Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric offer Maintenance Packages and we can routinely schedule our technicians to be there to switch your unit over between seasons as well as make sure that it is continuing to work as efficiently as it should be.
It seems like a good idea to close the vents off to the rooms in your home that may not be used as often as others. But, that could lead to some very unexpected and costly damage to your HVAC system. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric repair HVAC units due to closed vents and we often have to explain why closing vents in unused rooms doesn’t save you money in the long run. Our knowledgeable technicians have some reasons you may want to consider before closing off those vents.
With the climate being what it is in New Mexico, local homes typically have an evaporative cooler, rather than refrigerated air. Although they may seem similar, swamp coolers function very differently than an AC unit. Because these systems are so different, the maintenance for each differs as well.
Warmer weather is just around the corner and if this is your first summer in our drier climate, you may be wondering if you should shut off your furnace pilot light. There are just a few things to ask yourself before you decide. Our experienced and knowledgeable technicians at Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have a few things you may want to consider first:
Owning a home is an exciting time for first-time homebuyers! Unlike renting an apartment, when things break it’s entirely up to you to fix, but maintaining the things you own also creates a sense of accomplishment. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric have some tips that will help keep your HVAC system working efficiently!
When you combine water, oxygen, and metal, eventually you are going to see corrosive wear on your water heater. This happens mostly at the connections, the piping, and occasionally on the top of the water heater itself. Water heaters are actually designed to prevent corrosion through a number of different methods: the interior of the tank is glass-lined, there is an air valve that allows for a cushion but does not actually allow air inside the tank itself, and of course- the sacrificial anode rod; the rods entire purpose is to draw the corrosion so that the rod corrodes and not the tank itself.
Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric recommends that anytime you see any type of corrosion on your water heater, it's very important to call and have one of our knowledgeable technicians come out and take a look for you.
We’ve covered the do’s and don’ts of your garbage disposal, but let's talk about how you can change out your garbage disposal. No amount of taking care of your garbage disposal can prolong the life of it, and changing out your garbage disposal isn’t as daunting as it may seem. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, A/C, and Electric gathered step-by-step instructions from our technicians so that you can do it safely and correctly the first time you do it. Remember, if changing out your garbage disposal is something you don’t want to do, that is why we exist! Call Affordable Service today and one of our technicians will gladly help you.
A lot of newer, modern homes can feature radiant heating or you may be thinking of adding it in throughout your home as a way to reduce your energy bill during the winter months. There are several reasons a homeowner may decide against one option and install the other. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric services home for radiant heat repairs and can give you enough information to determine whether it’s a good addition to your home, the operating cost, and the difference between forced air and radiant heating.
Are you aware that there are steps you can take throughout the year to ensure you are doing the most to prevent plumbing disasters from striking your home unexpectedly? Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric has been around the block a time or two and we have seen more disasters than we can tell you, and have several tips you can include in your routine to keep your home safe! Make time to inspect:
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.