Water is a scarce resource in New Mexico’s arid high desert climate. In light of the fact that our state has been struggling with drought for the past few years, conserving water is more important than ever! At Affordable Service, we want to do our part to safeguard this precious resource. Here are some ways you can do your part to reduce our overall water consumption in New Mexico!
Maybe you took off your wedding ring to wash the dishes, or your stud earring fell out when you were shampooing your hair - whatever the situation, losing a piece of jewelry in your sink or shower drain is a stressful situation. If this happens to you, don’t panic! Here at Affordable Service, we’ve compiled some tips you can try at home to recover your jewelry.
Last month, we wrote about the dangers of carbon monoxide and how to protect yourself against CO poisoning with a carbon monoxide detector. This month, we want to discuss the most common sources of carbon monoxide. Knowing where this poisonous gas comes from can help you be on the lookout for its sneaky presence.
If you’re like most people, you want your heater or furnace to work during the winter, but you don’t want to worry about how or why. Unfortunately, equipment degrades over time and needs to be repaired or replaced. If you want to avoid inconvenient heater problems, the best thing to do is to make sure you have the team at Affordable Service Plumbing and Heating perform regular maintenance inspections.
At Affordable Service, we sometimes get seasonal questions from our customers wanting to know how to properly care for and maintain their heating and cooling units. As you might imagine, in states that get harsher, colder weather, it would be necessary to cover an outdoor air conditioner to protect it from ice and snow. However, Affordable Service wants you to know that in New Mexico, such action is not necessary. Covering your outdoor AC unit for the winter may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. It can be harmful.
If you’re a savvy shopper, you likely love getting deals on off season items. Buying skis in July and swimsuits in January can save you quite a bit of money on high quality name brand items. The same principle goes for your home’s heating and cooling needs. At Affordable Service, we believe that now, in the middle of winter, is a great time for converting your swamp cooler to refrigerated air.
Over 85% of US households have hard water. Hard water is water with a high mineral content, and it’s a real problem especially in New Mexico. Two common minerals, calcium and magnesium, when found in water can cause major issues for your home or business’s plumbing. When calcium and magnesium bind together, they form mineral deposits, or scale, and they stick to the interior of pipes. This can be difficult to remove and can lead to clogging.
The Holidays bring family together, but having more people in your home can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. With colder weather, more cooking in the kitchen, and more guests showering and using your bathroom, the extra strain on your plumbing can mean clogged pipes, frozen pipes, and cold showers.
Summer has finally come to a close, and the autumn season is under way. This means that in the Rio Rancho and Albuquerque area, winter and much colder temperatures are just around the corner. While it may be tempting for homeowners to ignore their HVAC systems, there are some very good reasons for them to take the time to winterize their houses and their heating/cooling equipment. It is time and effort well invested to winterize your home before cold weather hits.
Air ducts run throughout your home, allowing for air to move freely in every room. These ducts are part of the heating and cooling system, providing an outlet for hot or cold air into each room. Air ducts are connected to vents, which can be placed on the floor, ceiling or walls. While these ducts are common in almost all modern construction, very few people give them much thought. The fact is that air ducts need to be cleaned.
It can be tempting to keep using old heating equipment, and durable construction means they're often built to last. However, there are a number of potential risks of using old equipment, especially if it has not been maintained correctly. Here are a few risks and some of the ways a furnace replacement can keep you and your family safe.
When the mornings become brisk and cool in New Mexico, we know it’ll soon be time to kick on the furnace! Affordable Service can shut down your swamp cooler for the winter or winterize your refrigerated air system, and make sure your furnace will be working correctly when cold weather hits.
Many homeowners don’t think about servicing their water heater until something goes wrong. When this happens, faucets and appliances may only produce cold water. Common problems include sensor issues, faulty thermostats and heating element failure. Numerous heaters also develop internal corrosion. This can eventually create holes in the tank that cause it to leak. Repair costs vary considerably depending on the specific problem.