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Keep Those Leaks Away, Seal Your Leaky Ducts Today!

November 4th, 2019

checking-ductworkWhen you go into your basement to observe your bathroom or kitchen plumbing, all of your pipes are tightly sealed and there isn’t any leaking water, right? Well, that’s for good reason! Leaking pipes waste water, destroy property, and lower water pressure!

So, if leaky pipes are unacceptable, then why aren’t leaky air ducts? If you’re like many homeowners, you probably don’t know how much conditioned air you’re losing through your air ducts, either from your heater or your air conditioner, each year. That’s why it’s so important that you have duct testing done by a professional team like ours, before you can assess and understand how bad your duct leakage is. Once you’ve had thorough testing done, it’s a good idea to take care of the problem by sealing any holes and by having duct cleaning in Des Moines, IA performed.

Still not convinced? We’ll show you just how important functioning air ducts can be.

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Signs You Need a Sump Pump

October 21st, 2019

We are always surprised by how little homeowners know about sump pumps. Not that it should be required to take a “Sump Pump 101” class in order to be a homeowner, but we’ve seen our fair share of basements that could realluse a sump pump.

A sump pump is basically a pump that keeps your basement and floors dry from any type of flooding or precipitation. For homes that are generally located in flat areas or below sea-level, you could be experiencing some extremely moist conditions within the lower dwellings of your home. If you’ve been encountering a constantly moist basement, increased amounts of precipitation, and frequent flooding events, it might be time to invest in a sump pump.

And remember, if you’re looking for plumbing in Des Moines, IA then we offer sump pump services that can keep your home dry.

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Prepare for Winter with These 3 Tips

October 7th, 2019

furnaceWe get it, heating during the winter is the last thing you want to think about. You’d rather think about all the holidays that are coming, delicious dinners with family, and sipping hot cocoa on a snowy night. However, your heater has to work pretty hard to keep you comfortable.

So, to compensate, we’d like to offer two sets of solutions. The first solution is to call an HVAC service professional to perform maintenance on your heating in Clive, IA. We can speak from experience when we tell you that calling the professionals for anything related to heating and sealing your home is the best way to keep your home cozy this winter. However, if you’re looking for ways that you can help lower your heating bill and keep your furnace healthy, we can provide some tips in this post.

So, let’s get started!

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Signs That Your Furnace is About to Go

September 23rd, 2019

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Furnaces don’t last forever. However, they can last for a pretty substantial amount of time if you keep them well maintained. Maintaining your furnace means being vigilant, scheduling maintenance and repairs, and having a basis of knowledge for when something is going wrong.

That’s where we come in! We’ve come up with a little list you can use to consider when your furnace is acting up. If any of the following signs apply to your heating system, it might be time to consider a replacement, or at least furnace repair in Indianola, IA. When it comes to a gas furnace, these small problems can quickly turn catastrophic when your system starts leaking carbon monoxide, so it’s generally a good idea to know at least some information about your furnace and its lifespan. For everything else that has to do with your heater system, always make sure to call a service professional.

So, let’s get started.

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What to Look for in a Great Maintenance Plan

September 9th, 2019

If you’re looking for quality air conditioning maintenance, then you’re going to need to sign up for a quality maintenance plan. Air conditioners don’t last forever, and their problems usually require expensive AC repair in Clive, IA. Problem is, due to diagnostic fees, repair costs, and labor costs, maintenance can get pricey if you’re not looking ahead.

Fortunately, most HVAC contractors include a maintenance plan for homeowners who are trying to get ahead of the game. Thing is, every maintenance plan is going to be different–so we’d like to talk a bit about what makes a great maintenance plan. A great maintenance plan will ensure you pay the lowest amount of money for the highest return value on your air conditioner.

So, what should you be on the lookout for?

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3 Reasons to Replace Your Ductless Mini-Split

August 26th, 2019

We often talk about the benefits of a ductless mini-split system. Their increased efficiency, reverse heating system, even the advantages of a no-ductwork-needed installation. However, a well-informed consumer should also be aware of the common problems that come from ductless mini-splits, and remember to contact the professionals for air conditioning repair in Indianola, IA.

They actually aren’t as bad as you’d imagine, and these are problems that are easily mitigated with our Priority Maintenance Plan and just some yearly inspections. As far as air conditioners come, every system will have its problems. After all, they are machines that require maintenance, upgrades, and replacements as much as any other machine. We still recommend ductless AC units for many homes, because they provide great air conditioning when their problems are resolved.

So, let’s get down to business. What are the problems with a ductless mini-split?

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

August 12th, 2019

question-markHave you ever walked by a house or apartment with a window unit that’s dripping water? No, that isn’t a special kind of air conditioner, and no it’s not about to short circuit. Air conditioners produce water. It’s a natural by-product of the cooling process. If it weren’t for this process, we’d still be uncomfortable even with the chilled air from our ACs.

However, while some leaks are normal, many are not. There is a specific component of your air conditioner, the condensate drain, that is intended to catch all the condensate water pulled from inside your home and then dump it outside. If there are problems with this drain that stops water from exiting, you might end up finding water leaking elsewhere in your home. In that case, you’re better off calling an HVAC contractor in Indianola, IA.

Want to know more? Keep reading!

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Ductless Cooling: Have You Made the Switch?

July 29th, 2019

ductless-blowerWe want to preface today’s post by noting that we understand there is no single air conditioning system that is going to be ideal for every homeowner. If there were a universally perfect fit for every home and every homeowner, then there would not be so many different options available for purchase and installation. That being said, it is pretty tough to argue against the benefits of a ductless HVAC system. We’ll dive into those benefits further below (there are a lot of them to consider).

Before we do, let us also note that a ductless system, like any other whole-house HVAC system, is going to require a professional installation and ongoing services. When it comes to your AC installation, routine maintenance, or unexpected air conditioning repair in Johnston, IA, we’re the pros that you want on the job. Your comfort is too important—and our summers are too hot!—to take any chances with your home cooling system.

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AC FAQ: System Blowing Warm Air?

July 15th, 2019

man-with-fanWhen we’re in the midst of the summer season, there are certain things you want to do. Get outside, soak up the sun, go swimming, maybe check out a ball game or two. What you probably look forward to the most as your day draws to a close, however, is simply getting home and getting out of the heat! That’s what makes it so disheartening to enter your living space only to discover that your AC is blowing around warm air!

The good news is that this is not necessarily the result of a serious problem with your air conditioner. The bad news is that, well, it just might mean that you have a serious problem with your air conditioner. The key to handling the situation is to have a skilled professional make the diagnosis—usually. There is one specific solution in this post you can definitely handle yourself. So read on, and schedule your AC services in Clive with us.

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AC Repair Tip: Delaying Service Can Cost You Big!

July 1st, 2019

AC-technician-workingChances are that if we asked how important your air conditioner is to you throughout the summer season, you’d say something along the lines of “very, obviously.” Unfortunately, while that is a common sentiment, too many homeowners still fail to treat their air conditioners with the level of priority that a crucial system deserves. Truth be told, we’re often found repairing air conditioning problems that could have been minimized with more prompt action.

If you have any reason at all to suspect that you may need professional air conditioning repairs in Clive, IA, then contact a member of our team right away. The problem is not going to resolve itself, and no problem is so “minor” that it can be ignored for long. Don’t give those issues that may not seem like a huge priority the opportunity they need to snowball—that’s one particular snowball that will stand up to summer heat!

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