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The Main Summer Plumbing Problems

The Main Summer Plumbing ProblemsIf you were asked to name a seasonal plumbing problem, you might say frozen pipes in the wintertime. Summer plumbing problems can make just as much mess, cause water damage to your home and elevate your household water bill as well. Here are some of the main plumbing issues to watch out for this summer:

Clogged Toilet

The toilets in your bathrooms can get a lot of use if you have children who are out of school for the summer break. Since it’s not possible for monitor every bathroom visit and see what goes down the drain, it’s easy for the fixtures to get clogged by foreign objects or excessive toilet paper. Depending on what caused the clog, you can attempt to clear the blockage yourself with a plunger. If this doesn’t get the toilet unblocked, you may need professional help.

Cracked Hose Bib

If you neglected to drain and cover the hose bib last fall, it may have cracked during a winter freeze. You can avoid water waste and any damage from a leak in an exterior wall or around the foundation by checking the hose bib’s condition and replacing it if necessary.

Malfunctioning Sump Pump

If you have a basement with a sump pump installed to prevent flooding, it needs to be working properly to do its job. For peace of mind, test it to make sure the pump is functional, clear the sump pit of any debris, and put the pump on a battery backup to ensure that it can operate if a power outage occurs during a storm.

Leaky Sprinkler System

Having a sprinkler system to keep your landscaping watered means you have one less yard chore to tackle during the summer. Leaks in the system can cause costly problems, though, like foundation damage, flooding and an excessively-high water bill. To prevent these issues, make sure that the sprinkler heads aren’t clogged or broken, and test the system for leaks that need repair.

 

To learn more about common summer plumbing problems that can occur in your Peachtree City home, contact us today at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

A/C System Dying? Warning Signs

A/C System Dying? Warning SignsHave you turned on the A/C system this spring only to find the old war horse is just not quite getting the job done? If your HVAC is more than 10 years old, it may have reached its projected life expectancy and be ready for replacement. Read on for information about how to know when your A/C is dying, and when it’s time to start shopping for a new one.

Signs the A/C Should Be Replaced

1. Age. As mentioned above, if the A/C is more than 10-15 years old, it may be worn out and ready for replacement. Although we know you want it to last as long as possible, you should be aware that modern air conditioners are much more efficient than those manufactured 10-15 years ago, and when you replace your old model, you’ll reap the benefits from lower utility bills.

 

2. No cold air. This could be an easily solvable condition, such as changing the air filter or cleaning the coils, but it might also be that the compressor is dying. It generally is not worthwhile to replace the compressor. When it dies, it’s time to replace the A/C.

 

3. Screeching sounds from the compressor. Another sign of compressor failure is a screeching sound. Have the compressor inspected and replace the A/C if need be.

 

4. Your utility bills are going up. As your A/C ages, it may have to work harder to cool your home. It draws more power while doing so, and will increase your utility costs. While an HVAC tech will be able to examine your A/C and look for easy fixes, it may be the unit is just wearing out and ready to go.

 

5. Runs continuously. If your A/C runs continuously and you’re just feeling warmish air from the vents, it’s probably time to replace the system. You can try checking the refrigerant charge, cleaning coils and a few other repairs, but it also may be the system is worn out.

 

For more advice on whether your A/C system is wearing out, contact Powers Heating and Air. We serve Peachtree City.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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How You Can Reduce Pool Energy Use This Summer

How You Can Reduce Pool Energy Use This SummerPool energy use is one reason why your electricity bills are higher in summer than they may have been in the winter. On an annual basis, residential pool owners pay about $500 more in energy costs than non-pool owners. The cost of electricity, in particular, is higher in summer when the pool is typically not heated.

 

Fortunately, energy expenses aren’t written in stone and you can take proactive steps to reduce them. Here are some proven measures to cut pool energy use this summer and the monthly operating costs that go with them:

  • Upgrade to a variable-speed pump. Circulating and filtering the 20,000 gallons of water in a typical residential pool uses a lot of electricity — particularly if you’re still operating an old-generation, single-speed pump. New variable-speed models run more continuously for better filtration yet the highly-efficient motor can use up to 75 percent less electricity. That translates into direct savings on energy costs all summer long.
  • Put the pump on a timer. Many pool owners run the circulation pump far more hours per day than is actually required to sustain optimum water quality and clarity. This adds up to needless energy consumption and expense. A pool professional or experienced plumber can calculate an accurate figure based on total pool volume, filter type and pump capacity and tell you how many hours of circulation are actually required. Install a pump timer to limit operation to that time slot and stop wasting money.
  • Light with LEDs. Pool lighting can also consume substantial electricity if you’re still using obsolete incandescent bulbs. Upgrade your lighting fixtures to LEDs that reduce electrical consumption by up to 90 percent, compared to incandescents, and last over 20 times as long before replacement is required. LED pool lights also provide visual benefits — many can be programmed to produce a wide variety of colors to create a more aesthetic pool experience.

For more advice to reduce pool energy use this summer, ask the professionals at Powers Heating & Air.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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3 Reasons to Thank Your HVAC Technician in June

3 Reasons to Thank Your HVAC Technician in JuneOn June 22nd, we’ll be celebrating the contributions made by HVAC technicians everywhere. Why are we causing such a ruckus about HVAC Tech Day? The list of reasons would be quite long, but let’s take a look at three very important ones:

Technicians Improve Your Equipment’s Efficiency

Your household is always in a constant state of flux when it comes to energy usage. The equipment used to heat and cool your home is a huge part of this. Hiring a professional for maintenance of your HVAC systems on an annual basis will keep them running at optimal performance. Not only does this improve efficiency, but the equipment will last longer. And it’s not just about heating and cooling. Efficiency can be improved through new ductwork installation, the sealing of leaks, and much more.

Technicians Are Knowledgeable

The best way to keep your household running smoothly is to employ a technician who can walk you through any necessary upgrades or alterations necessary. An HVAC contractor can also provide you with tips on how to lower your energy usage, check for air leaks, improve your air quality, and a whole slew of other helpful tidbits to make your household the best it can be. Whenever needed, an HVAC technician can come to your home and demonstrate numerous technicians that they have gleaned over the years.

Technicians Save Your Household Money

It’s no secret that homeowners love to save money wherever and whenever they can. The service, maintenance, and repair provided by technicians — not to mention energy-saving tips — will cut down your monthly utility bills. Whether it’s assisting you with the purchase of a new A/C unit or showing you ways to cut down on water usage, these unsung heroes can be a boon for your bank account.

Would you like more reasons to thank your technician on HVAC Tech Day? The professionals at Powers Heating & Air can show you why technicians should always be a regular part of your home’s maintenance schedule. We’ve been serving the needs of Peachtree City and the surrounding area since 2001.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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How Wi-Fi Detectors Catch Water Leaks and Freezes

How Wi-Fi Detectors Catch Water Leaks and FreezesSpending a little to save a lot is hardly a new concept for homeowners, and Wi-Fi detectors fall squarely into that category. With any luck, they’ll sit idle forever, but when they sound an alarm, they could prevent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in damage and inconvenience.

 

Water leak and freeze detectors have been around for decades, but only recently have they been equipped with Wi-Fi signaling devices. Should a leak occur or a freeze be imminent, they’ll alert you on your phone, whether you’re at home or elsewhere.

 

Left unchecked, water leaks and frozen pipes cause major damage to floors, walls, ceilings and structural components. Water causes wood to swell, mold and mildew to grow and textile damage. You may or not hear anything when a pipe breaks or freezes or an appliance fails.

Where to Place Them

  • The most vulnerable appliance in homes is the water heater. It’s usually placed in an out-of-the way location and it operates quietly. Storage water heaters can suddenly spring leaks, or the pipes leading to or away from it may fail.
  • Clothes washers also hold a good deal of water, and if their hoses aren’t replaced periodically or if the tub springs a leak, flooding can be serious. It could be especially serious if your washer sits on a second floor location close to the bedrooms.
  • Air conditioners sometimes freeze over. While they won’t cause as much water damage as a water heater or washer, Wi-Fi detectors placed inside the air handler can alert you to a serious HVAC problem. The evaporator coil inside the air handler can freeze over if the system doesn’t have enough refrigerant or the air filter is excessively dirty. If the system continues to run with a frozen coil, it could burn out the compressor, the system’s most expensive part.

Wi-Fi detectors placed in vulnerable locations may prevent untold damage to your home. To learn more, contact Powers Heating & Air, proudly providing HVAC services for Peachtree City homeowners.

 

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 770-487-2040.

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