Category: Cold Weather

Whether you’ve got a forced air system that blows heat through ducts from your furnace, electric baseboards, old-school radiators or even radiant heat under wooden floors, chances are you’re shocked each winter when your utility bill goes through the roof. Tack on a broken heating system in the middle of winter, and you’ll be spending […]

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While some furnaces can last over 40 years (extremely rare), the average lifespan of a typical gas furnace is around 15-30 years. As long as you have scheduled yearly furnace maintenance, your furnace should easily last over 15 years. Here are some factors that will affect how long your furnace will last: Make and model […]

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Household Fluids Household fluids include things such as household cleaners and car fluids. While these don’t necessarily cause clogs in your pipes, these chemicals can be harmful when they are mixed into the water supply. If you’re washing them down the drain, they will make it into the water. Car fluids also should never be […]

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How Furnace Sizes Are Measured The first step to finding the correctly sized furnace for your home is understanding how they are measured. Furnace’s heating capacity is measured in thousands of British Thermal Units (BTU). But keep in mind that two furnaces with the same BTU can actually be different “sizes.” Furnaces are rated based […]

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Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational, safe, and as energy-efficient as you can make it. When that first really cold day hits, you don’t want to turn on the furnace only to discover that it isn’t working. […]

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When should I use a plumbing snake? Always try to plunge away your problems first. Plungers are a little easier to use than plumbing snakes and they can handle most clogs, so it’s always your best first step to try the trusty plunger. When that doesn’t work, then it’s time to move on to the […]

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Grinding noises. This usually indicates metal parts, such as the fan, grinding against other parts: increasing friction and enhancing the chances of a motor overload. Booming noises; especially when the furnace starts up. This might mean a problem with the burners releasing too much gas or a similar issue. Rattling noises. Rattling noises could mean a loose […]

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1- Remove all water hoses and store them somewhere warm and safe for the fall and winter. 2- Consider installing products like pipe sleeves or heat cable to insulate exposed water pipes. 3- Winterize automatic sprinkler systems, pool lines, and pipes. 4-Inspect your home’s foundation and walls, and seal cracks. 5- To to make sure […]

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1. How old is your furnace? A good place to start is to compare your furnaces age to the national average. The average life expectancy of furnaces in homes today is between 16 and 20 years. If your furnace is close to this age or older, you should begin shopping. Shopping for a replacement furnace […]

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One common misconception or myth that is the unfortunate root cause behind the bitter fact that so many homeowners pay substantial utility bills every year. Only in certain circumstances are leaks visible and normally, this depends on the location of the leak as well. Plumbing connectors have pipes underground and behind the drywall as well, […]

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