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.
Living in New Mexico we often have high temperatures and low humidity in the summer. But as the monsoon season begins to settle in, our swamp coolers and the coolness of our homes pay the price. Swamp coolers are different than refrigerated air conditions because a swamp cooler uses simpler technology in its evaporative process. Swamp coolers are also extremely energy efficient and are very cost-effective as well. Affordable Service Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric receives questions regarding swamp coolers and we are here to answer those questions!
Running your air conditioner takes a large priority when you’re home and it’s important to make sure that your a/c unit it working as efficiently to cool your house down as much as possible. When you call our technicians at Affordable Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric, you will hear us talk to you about how to properly balance your vents and air conditioning system from room to room. Here are some why you may be experiencing hot and cool spots and this is how you can adjust them.
Cooling your house in the summer is a big job for your air conditioner and you don’t want to make it work harder than it already does. Your air filters can play a big role in the efficiency of your unit, that is why our technicians here at Affordable Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric want to provide you with the knowledge to make those informed decisions.
The last thing anyone needs is a hefty electricity bill just to keep you and your family cool this summer. Here at Affordable Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric our technicians have compiled a list of helpful tips to keep you cool and your cooling bill lower. We are here for you and your cooling needs, so do not hesitate to call with any plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electric problems that arise.
Now that summer has begun, it’s time for a quick check up to make sure your air conditioning units are working as efficiently as they can to help keep you cool. Our technicians have come up with some at home checks that you can do, as well as when to call in a certified team of specialists.
One of the easiest at home checks you can do it to make sure that your thermostat is set correctly. Oftentimes, your thermostat may simply be set to fan only, which can actually pull in hot air from the outside! Switching the termostat to the cooling option with your adjusted temperature setting should take care of that. Be sure to check your thermostat's manual for more troubleshooting tips. If that doesn’t seem to solve the issue, please make sure to give Affordable Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Electric a call to schedule an appointment.
One of the more convenient appliances located in the kitchen is the garbage disposal. It can make dealing with food waste a simpler and more efficient way to deal with daily food preparations. It’s important to know to how to take care of these smaller appliances so that they don’t become an unexpected cost for you later on. At Affordable Service we have come up with some simple and easy to remember do’s & dont’s when taking care of your garbage disposal.
Garbage disposal maintenance is one of the easier household chores on your list and take just a few minutes to do. No one has time for clogged drains and replacing a broken garbage disposal, that’s why the certified technicians here at Affordable Service have made a list of easy steps you can take daily to prevent a costly mistake.
Summertime is considered a relaxing season. Sunshine, longer days, more time outdoors, and the opportunity to lounge by the swimming pool are all things that help make this time of year a favorite for many. Although "summer" represents a break for many, it does not mean your plumbing is taking a break. In fact, with more people at your home, there may be even more strain on your system during summer. There are, however, some things you can do to make things run more smoothly. Here are a few tips from the experts at Affordable Service.
Your septic system is a critical part of your home or business and if not serviced properly, can lead to tens of thousands of dollars of repair work. The technicians at Affordable Service HVAC and Plumbing would like to remind you of some simple steps to keep you from major headaches down the road.
After continued use, the residue and food particles left behind causes an unpleasant smell to your garbage disposal. When this happens, it should be a red flag that your disposal unit needs some cleaning. You don't necessarily need to invest in special products or seek help from expert technicians to get the job done. You can get your disposal back to normal and have it clean and smelling fresh with the basic items you already have in your kitchen. Here are five steps to you can take according to the Affordable Service team.