Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

Flush Your Water Heater this Fall

September 25th, 2017

water-heater-flushingWater heaters are a staple of most modern homes: providing heated water safely and effectively as easily as turning on a tap. They’re located in quiet corners of the house, such as the basement where no one visits especially often, and they usually do their jobs silently and without fuss.

But there’s a downside to such quiet service. When problems arise, they rarely attract notice and can spread until they are extensive indeed. In more than a few cases, what could be a simple repair job becomes an unplanned replacement: driving up the costs and adding time as well as expense to the operation.

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Get Your Heating System Ready for Fall

September 11th, 2017

heating-systems-maintenanceFall will officially be here in less than two weeks, and while we may still get our share of warm weather, you’ll soon be turning your air conditioner off and your heating system on. If you haven’t run your heater in a few months, now is an ideal time to help prepare your system for the fall. It will pay dividends in the months to come and might even save you a great deal of money and hassle. With a few weeks of relatively warm weather to go, now makes an excellent time to make proper preparations.

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Slab Leak Detection Starts with You

August 28th, 2017

slab-leak-detectionSlab leaks rank among the most troublesome and problematic plumbing issues your home can face. In and of themselves, they’re no different than any other plumbing leak in your home: a worn, damaged or corroded pipe that bursts, and the sort of repair job that most plumbers can handle quickly and inexpensively. With slab leaks, however, the location of the pipe becomes an issue. It’s either buried beneath the concrete of your home’s foundation, porch or pool, or in some cases embedded within the concrete itself.

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Tankless Water Heaters Can Benefit Your Home

August 14th, 2017

tankless.water.heatersMost homes in the area use traditional tank water heaters, which use a large cylindrical tank to heat the water before sending it into the pipes of your home. They work extremely well, which is why they’re so popular, but they’re not the only type of water heaters out there. Tankless water heaters do the job just as effectively and bring some benefits to your home to boot. How do they work, and what do you stand to gain by having one installed? Read on for the answers.

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Don’t Skimp on These Important Factors in a New Air Conditioner

July 31st, 2017

air-conditioning-replacementIdeally, you’d never need to replace an air conditioner in the middle of summer. An older air conditioner which needs to be put out to pasture should ideally be replaced in the fall or early spring, when there’s no demand for it and you can proceed carefully with your decisions.

Unfortunately, not every old air conditioner is polite enough to wait until September to break down, and if you’re facing a serious repair call in the middle of a heat wave, it may be more beneficial to simply replace the failing system instead of spending money unnecessarily to prop the older one up.

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Commercial Air Conditioning Services Keep Your Business Running

July 17th, 2017

commercial-hvac-systemsIf you own a business or manage an office space, you know how important it is to keep your space comfortable. That means not only having a quality commercial air conditioning system installed, but choosing the right team to keep it maintained and perform repairs when the need arises. That’s trickier than it sounds, and certainly more complex than handling a residential air conditioning system. The team you choose to take care of your system can play a huge role in the day-to-day functions of your business.

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Why Should You Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance?

July 3rd, 2017

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Air conditioning maintenance is a bit like a tune-up on your car. It doesn’t require a specific problem to address and it can usually be conducted in a comparatively short amount of time. The technician arrives and gives your system a close look, correcting any little problems along the way.

That can include things like clogged filters, dust on the components and loose bolts that cause their components to rattle in their housings. It also entails a close look for any signs of more serious problems that may cause a breakdown in the future. If such an issue is spotted, it lets the homeowner schedule a formal repair session, and often repairs can take place immediately provided the technician has the right equipment for the job.

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Can Your Home Benefit from a Zone Control System?

June 19th, 2017

zone-control-systemWith summer on its way and temperatures already high, now is the time to take a good look at your air conditioning. That can extend to more than just the need for repairs or a maintenance session. Our Texas heat means your system is going to be put to the test, which means higher monthly energy bills almost by default. Once you ensure that your system is able to handle the job, the next question becomes how to reduce those bills as much as you can.

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How Does Hydro Jetting Work?

June 5th, 2017

hydro-jetting-plumbing-clogsEvery plumbing system encounters clogs now and again. It’s an unfortunate reality of owning a home. While common, however, clogs should usually be dealt with by a professional plumber, who has the training and equipment to do the job far more effectively than any store-bought snake or cleanser.

Nowhere is that more evidence than with the use of hydro jetting: one of the safest and most efficient ways of cleaning your pipes and reason enough to call a trained professional with every clog, no matter how seemingly mild it is. How does hydro jetting work and why is it so efficient? Read on for the answers.

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Schedule Annual Maintenance for Your Water Heater

May 22nd, 2017

water-heater-maintenanceWater heaters are one of the unsung heroes of our households: quietly and reliably providing hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. But because they’re so reliable – as well as being tucked away in seldom-used parts of the house like the basement – it can often be hard to notice the signs of trouble. That, more than any other factor, contributes to high repair bills: the homeowner’s unawareness of the issue until it’s too late.

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