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Tips for Home Furnace Maintenance

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A huge part of our mission at All Hours Plumbing is to help you get the absolute maximum lifespan out of your important home or commercial utility features, and a big one on our list is the furnace. We offer furnace services ranging from basic furnace repair to full-on furnace replacement, with the expertise to help you address any issues that may come up over time.

You can put yourself in a good position in this area before you even call us for major repairs, in many cases. Here are a few basic tips to help you keep a gas-powered furnace operational for as long as possible.

Air Filter

One of the simplest and most important tasks for a furnace is replacing the air filter. Furnace filters are designed to trap dust, lint and any other debris from entering the furnace itself. Over time, though, they collect large amounts of this debris and need to be changed. This should be done roughly twice per year.

Different units may vary, but in most cases, the filter will be located either inside the blower door or between the blower and the return air duct. In most furnaces, the filter is very easy to remove and replace. Any dirt or clogs will be visible to the naked eye – simply replace it with a new one if they’re present.

Cleaning Elements

The filter will capture much of this debris, but some can still sneak through. Basic furnace maintenance can include cleaning basic blower assembly, along with pulleys and belts when the filter is being replaced. This may take the removal of a basic covering panel over the filter, or you have to slide out the fan unit.

Safety

When doing these or any other tasks, observe the proper safety habits. If you’re doing anything more than simple filter replacement, turn off all power to the system through the circuit that runs to the furnace. If you smell gas at any point, do not attempt any further work – call a professional right away, and leave the home until they’ve arrived.

Proper Inspection

Finally, having the furnace inspected by a reputable and professional inspector is vital. We’re in the prime period of these checks now – spring means the end of heating season, and you can kill two birds with one stone by having your furnace and HVAC system inspected at the same time.

To schedule a maintenance appointment or learn more about furnace maintenance, contact us at All Hours Plumbing today.

Telltale Signs of Emergency Plumbing Issues

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Within the industry, emergency plumbing problems are some of the most common calls plumbers get. At All Hours Plumbing, our emergency technicians are some of the most popular services requested.

Certain emergency plumbing issues just can’t be avoided, and we’re here help get you through them. One thing you do have a bit of control over, though? How quickly these issues are spotted and addressed, which can go an incredibly long way toward reducing your costs and time considerations for repairs. Here are some telltale signs that you might soon require emergency plumbing services.

Water Flooding

If you’re finding water pooled or leaking in areas where it shouldn’t be, this is almost always a sign of an upcoming issue. Remove any items that may be in contact with the water, especially if they’re electric or battery-powered. Note the areas where flooding is taking place, and the amounts – and if you can locate the source, even better. Don’t wait here, and call our plumbers right away to get your issue solved before it becomes more serious.

Toilet Flushing Issues

Toilet drains can clog even if you’re using them correctly, and an inability to flush the toilet is the first sign. If your clog won’t respond to basic plunger use and is backing up, you may need an emergency plumber to help correct the issue plus give you tips to avoid further clogs.

Sewer Backup

If you notice water or waste leaking into your home or your back yard near pipes in the ground, this could be a sign of a large sewer backup issue. If left unchecked, these kinds of issues can be some of the most costly and time-consuming out there, so be diligent if you notice even the smallest signs.

Odor

Many plumbing issues can’t be seen directly, but another sense can assist you. If you notice odors coming from common water areas in the home, such as sinks or other drains, this could be an early sign of a clog or another issue. Our plumbers will help you identify your issue for an affordable rate, and won’t charge you any further until we’ve identified your exact issue and how to fix it.

For more information about emergency plumbing issues or any of our other services, speak to the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.

Signs Your AC May Need Spring Repairs

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The snow has stopped falling, the ground is thawed and the sun is out – it’s spring time, and at All Hours Plumbing, that means a few things. It’s time for maintenance in a few important areas, including possible air conditioning repairs or maintenance services.

This is the perfect time of year to be checking your air conditioner for the signs that you might need some upgrades before the temperatures outside get really hot. Here are a few telltale signs that your AC needs repair, and how to recognize them.

Air Flow Issues

One of the simplest ways to spot AC issues is checking for basic air flow. One of the first signs of problems in many cases is a simple lack of air, which could be caused by blockages in ducts or issues with a compressor or blower fan. Without the right service, these issues will lead to both increased costs (the AC has to pump more air) and decreased air quality.

In addition, warm air can be a concern for some systems. This usually means the unit requires more refrigerant, but could also signal a refrigerant leak – and that’s why you call experts like us.

Noises

In many cases, weird sounds will tip you off to issues in the air conditioning system. A rattling, grinding or squealing sound could signal mechanical issues, and a need for professional service.

Uneven Temperatures

If you notice certain rooms receiving the proper air while others are still far too warm or cold, this could be another sign. You could also notice large differences in the raw amounts of air being shuttled into the se rooms. These might mean a basic issue with your thermostat, but if not, they could also signal circuit breaker issues.

Smell

If you smell a musty odor near the AC, or especially if you notice a sharper, foul smell, these could be signs of issues. The former can signal the presence of too much moisture in the unit, which can lead to mold and mildew. The latter can indicate burned-out wiring, which will negatively impact the unit until it’s replaced.

Want to learn more about any of our air conditioning repair services, or any other plumbing needs you may have? The experts at All Hours Plumbing are standing by to assist you.

Do-It-Yourself Spring Plumbing Maintenance

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With the temperatures warming up and spring fully in swing, it’s time to give a little thought to a few plumbing services and maintenance issues. At All Hours Plumbing, our expert technicians have you covered for all the home and commercial plumbing issues you may find at this time of year.

Are there areas of this spring maintenance process you can get started on yourself? Absolutely. Here are a few tips for basic do-it-yourself spring plumbing maintenance.

Drain Maintenance

Especially if it hasn’t been done at all through the cold winter, maintaining drains can make a big difference. For odor blockage, pour a gallon of water down each drain you don’t use that often to loosen any debris. Check under your sinks and in lower areas of the home for any leaks, and if you’re unsure, take a reading on your water meter once before bed and then once again in the morning when you wake up – if the reading is different, you could have a leak issue.

Outdoor Issues

A basic check of drains and gutters in the yard is necessary, mostly to confirm water can flow freely during spring rains. Check all hose bibs and faucets to confirm proper water flow, plus to make sure there were no water-freezing issues that took place over the winter.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

A comprehensive check in these areas will include items like faucets, sinks and toilets. You’re checking for leaks or any structural damage. If you’re unsure how to check your toilet for leaks, use a little food coloring in the upper tank – within about 30 minutes, that color will show up in your bowl if you have any leaking problems.

In addition, check flushing capabilities in the toilet to make sure water is being used properly. If there are any mineral deposits on sinks or showerheads, clean them using vinegar and water.

Appliances

There are several water-related plumbing appliances around the house, including dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, ice-makers and many others. Check all of these for basic temperature considerations, leaks, sediment and any other signs of aging. In particular, check hoses and connectors for leaks and signs of wear.

Interested in learning more about spring plumbing maintenance or any of our other plumbing services? Speak to the plumbers at All Hours Plumbing today.

Using Hydro-Jetting for Drain Clogs

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Drain clogs aren’t all created equal, and at All Hours Plumbing, we might use a couple different formats to provide you with the high-quality drain cleaning services you need. The most well-known of these is drain snaking, using a long metal auger with an extended coil to physically enter the drain and remove clogs.

Another format that’s become more popular in recent years, however, is known as hydro-jetting. This process involves using water pressure to clean out a drain rather than an auger. There are certain benefits and drawbacks of hydro-jetting compared to snaking – let’s take a look.

Hydro-Jetting Basics

Using a strong stream of water, hydro-jetting cleans your drains using high pressure. Water is pumped into the drain at levels ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 pounds per square inch (PSI), a very high rate. Hydro-jetting has become popular for some of the toughest clogs out there, some of which don’t respond fully to typical methods of drain cleaning.

Pros of Hydro-Jetting

  • Performance: The water pressure being used here is very powerful, and it’s extremely rare to find a drain clog that can’t be cleared up using this format. Hydro-jetting is also perfect for basic drain maintenance when used in slightly lower-pressure formats, another reason it’s becoming more popular.
  • Versatility: Hyrdo-jetting works well anywhere – in the home, the commercial business or elsewhere.
  • Roots and branches: Some of the most serious drain clogs extend to the main sewer line, and can involve tree roots or branches lodging in pipes and causing clogs. Hydro-jetting is such a powerful process that it can often even eliminate these concerns (know that there are times where even high water pressure won’t be enough here, and a full overhaul might become necessary).

Cons of Hydro-Jetting

There are just two potential downsides to hydro-jetting: Pipe safety and potential cost. There are times where water pressure is so strong that it damages older or more fragile pipes – however, at All Hours Plumbing, our expert plumbers know how to check for this sort of thing before they employ hydro-jetting. In addition, hydro-jetting is more expensive at some outlets – but with All Hours Plumbing, you’ll find excellent rates across the board.

Want to learn more? Speak with our team of experts today.

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