The Sneaky Benefits of Winter AC Installation

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It’s still the middle of winter, and when you think about your home’s heating and air issues, you’re thinking about how to stay warm. At All Hours Plumbing, our technicians are here to help you accomplish that goal throughout the colder months.

We’re also here to give you a free tip: It’s never too early to be planning for the next season even as you get through this one. In this case, we’re talking about air conditioning – it may still be cold, but if you’re even considering a replacement or new AC installation, there are several reasons why this time of year might be best for you. Let’s look at a few.

Ease of Installation

There are many situations where it will be much easier for us to install your air conditioner in winter than during the summer. Especially if we’ll be working in an attic or any other cramped area of the home, temperatures in the heart of summer can be sweltering and very difficult to work in.

It’s not like there’s snow inside your home or anything, and the ability to work in standard temperatures can actually make your AC installation much simpler during the winter.

Early Season Issues

Let’s say you’re on the fence about replacing your air conditioner, but you decide to wait it out and give it a try at the beginning of the summer season before making any decisions. This may seem prudent, but let’s say it works fine for a few weeks before breaking down in, say, late June – where are you at now? You’re stick in an inhumanly hot home, paying more for emergency services to come handle your problem right away. If you had gotten your system checked out and replaced back in winter, you’d have avoided this discomfort plus these extra charges.

Cost Benefits

There are potential cost benefits all over the map if you install an AC during winter. For starters, that ease of installation we mentioned above might get you a slightly lower rate, and many manufacturers of AC units will offer partial rebates if you purchase at this time of year.

You’re also getting out in front of any maintenance costs you may incur by waiting until your current machine breaks down. In addition, we offer several special deals specifically meant for these down months. The right planning can save you a boatload of money on a process you likely would have gone through anyway.

Want to learn more about AC installation, or any of our heating and air solutions? The experts at All Hours Plumbing are standing by to assist you.

The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

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Modern technology reaches many industries, and plumbing is among these. At All Hours Plumbing, we strive to bring you the most up-to-date and modern appliances and services for your commercial plumbing needs.

Within the water heating realm, this often means a tankless water heater. Also called an on-demand water heater, a tankless heater offer several potential benefits to conventional heaters. Let’s find out how tankless heaters work, and what benefits they may offer you.

How They Work

When you turn on your hot water tap, the tankless water heater first draws some cold water through a pipe into the unit. Once it’s there, the unit heats the water using either a gas burner or an electric heating element.

This removes the need for a tank to hold constantly-hot water all the time. Most tankless heaters can deliver water at a rate of two to five gallons per minute, with gas-firing models claiming higher general rates than electric models.

Types

There are two types of tankless water heaters:

  1. Small units installed near point of use: These are used for single sources of water, with smaller output capacities
  2. Larger units capable of serving an entire house: Can be used for multiple points of use

Advantages

There are several big advantages to tankless water heaters:

  • Compact: They take up less space than conventional heaters
  • Standby losses: This energy wasted while hot water cools down in pipes, or while it sits in the storage tank. For this reason, there can be major cost benefits to on-demand heaters as well
  • Less water: Only the amount of hot water needed is used, and you don’t need to let the water run for a while before it turns from cold to hot
  • Unlimited hot water
  • Durability: The expected life of a tankless water heater is up to 20 years. With most conventional heaters, it’s closer to 10 or 15 years

Want to learn more about tankless water heaters, or any other element of our water heating or commercial plumbing services? Speak to the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.

The Proactive Approach to Commercial Plumbing

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As the manager of any commercial building can tell you, commercial plumbing is often an entirely different animal than residential plumbing. Many of our most common emergency plumbing calls at All Hours Plumbing involve issues in a commercial building.

As a building manager, staying proactive in checking for problems and providing basic maintenance is vital, and we’re here to help. Here are some of the most common plumbing issues present in commercial buildings, and how you can help avoid them.

Leaks

Basic leaks of faucets and other water fixtures are common in larger buildings where there are dozens of these features. Unfixed leaks can cost your business thousands of gallons of water and the corresponding monetary cost, and even worse, water damage might cause structural damage that can take a huge chunk out of your budget. Regular basic checks on all faucets and other water sources can catch these issues before they become serious.

Water Temperature Issues

Water heaters often have problems in the home where they’re only servicing a few people, so it stands to reason that they also often have issues in larger buildings with much more stress on them. This often materializes in the form of water that’s too hot or too cold in faucets. If you’re having consistent issues with a water heater, a basic maintenance call to a commercial plumber like All Hours Plumbing will clear your problem up before it causes larger damage.

Clogs

There are lots of people in most commercial spaces, which means more potential for clogs in toilets or drains as they’re used more often. Signs here will usually include slow draining and a constant need for plunging in toilets. If you hear employees make these complaints or start noticing them yourselves, take steps to determine the source of the problem.

Maintenance

For all of these areas plus any other less common plumbing issues in commercial buildings, the name of the game is regular maintenance. It comes at a small cost, yes, but this is an expense that’s well worth it relative to the alternative: The potential for serious, incredibly costly plumbing issues if problems are left unattended. You’re better off safe than sorry, especially if you’re the one in charge of managing a commercial office building.

For commercial and residential plumbing needs large and small, the experts at All Hours Plumbing are here to serve you. Speak with one of our agents today.

The Benefits of Snow Melt Driveway Service

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If you’ve lived in Utah for more than one winter, you know just how annoying snow removal can be around the home. You wake up in the morning, your day is going exactly as planned as you leave the house…and then you have to spend half an hour shoveling the driveway and scraping ice off the ground just to get to work, and your whole schedule is ruined.

All Hours Plumbing is best known as your 24-hour residential plumbing go-to, but we’re also here to help with pesky snow removal. Using our radiant heat solutions, we offer snow melt driveway installation to make shoveling and manual labor a thing of the past. Our technology is simple but hugely effective, and will warm your driveway and remove snow without you lifting a finger. Let’s find out how you can benefit from snow melt driveway services.

Performance

A snow melt driveway gets the job done quickly and correctly every time. It’s very simple technology: The driveway is warmed to a temperature that melts ice and snow alike, and removes any need for you to spend hours shoveling. Maintenance is very low to nonexistent – our products require nothing more than a standard yearly check to ensure they’re functioning optimally.

Safety

The primary benefit of one of these systems is safety for the whole family. Slips and falls on ice or snow are a thing of the past, a particularly large benefit to anyone with young children or elderly family members. When combined with the time this saves you, the convenience factor of a snow melt driveway begins to stack up.

Cost Savings

Not only will this save you time, it will save you money in many cases. Houses with radiant heat driveway systems are becoming more popular in colder climates, meaning you might be raising your home’s value by adding one.

You’re definitely prolonging the life of your driveway, as well. With no plows or shovels whacking it hundreds of times every winter, dents and corrosion from salt and other chemicals should be reduced or even eliminated.

Ease of Installation

Best of all, our products are easy to install at a low, fair cost to you. We can target your trouble spots particular to your driveway, and install a system with no hassle to your or your family.

To learn more about these or any other parts of our plumbing or home furnace service, speak to an expert at All Hours Plumbing today.

Frequent Winter Heating Problems

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It’s the dead of winter, and heating and air services are at the top of every plumbing specialist’s to-do list. We offer everything from furnace repair to water heater maintenance at All Hours Plumbing, and we’re here to help get you through the coldest months of the year with low cost and no hassle.

This is a process you can play a role in, as well. There are several heating issues common in homes during wintertime, and your ability to spot them can mean the difference between a quick fix and a huge, costly issue. Let’s look at some of the most frequent winter heating issues in the home:

Sudden Heat Loss

If your home suddenly loses its heat, there could be one of several things happening. In some cases, this is a simple power outage or surge – check your other power sources and see if this might be the simple fix. There’s also a chance power has only been cut off to your furnace temporarily.

However, it’s also possible there’s an issue with your pilot light or ignition system in these cases. If power isn’t your issue, there’s a chance you’ll need to call for furnace service in these cases.

Thermostat Issues

If you notice that heat seems to be present, but only some of the time or only in certain areas of the home, you could be experiencing an air flow issue that’s generally caused by a faulty thermostat. It might shut on or off too quickly, or have dust or other particles inside it screwing up its functions.

Air Flow Problems

Do you notice your furnace running, but failing to adequately heat the house? It’s likely you have air flow issues. Draft is one of the most common here – open windows or doors or faulty insulation can lead to huge amounts of heat escaping your home, and big cost increases.

Balancing air flow can also help solve these problems if draft isn’t the issue. You might have certain important vents closed that need to be opened, or in some cases air flow problems are created by dirty coils or filters in your system. If you can’t solve the problem with some basic tinkering on your own, basic air filter inspections through a professional should weed them out.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide can be a serious risk to you and your family. You can’t smell it, taste it or see it, and it can be caused by rust in your furnace’s heat exchanger which causes cracks and carbon monoxide leaks. These cracks can be nearly impossible to find in some cases.

Any homes with a furnace at least 10 years old absolutely must have carbon monoxide sensors installed to detect any leaks. In addition, regular furnace maintenance will help prevent these kinds of issues before they come up.

For furnace replacement and installation, or any of our other winter plumbing services, contact the experts at All Hours Plumbing today.

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