Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

What to Look for in a Plumber

February 12th, 2018

pluming-services-qualitiesEvery home needs reliable plumbing in order to function. Without plumbing, we wouldn’t have access to potable water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and farming. Plumbing is simply necessary to modern life, and while plumbing systems and appliances are built to last, everything wears out sooner or later. As a homeowner, you’re going to have to deal with plumbing problems eventually, and if it can’t be solved with a plunger and a little elbow grease, you’re going to have to call in a trained professional to take care of it.

But who should you call? There are a number of plumbing companies in the area, and most of them can do the job with at least a basic level of competence. But you want a plumber who goes above and beyond every time, and who you can rely on year in and year out: especially if an emergency arises and you don’t have time to hunt around. In the end, only you can determine the best service for your home. There are, however, a few guidelines you can look for to help you make up your mind.

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Call a Heating Repair Service if Your Heat Exchanger Is Cracked

January 29th, 2018

heating-repair-serviceMost homes in the area use forced-air furnaces to stay warm. They are effective and cost-efficient means of heating the household: using gas-fed burners to heat the air, which can then be blown into your home with a fan.

The heat exchanger plays a vital role in that process, and while it’s intended to last for many years, older heat exchangers can develop cracks and fractures, which are a serious problem. If yours develops such issues, you need to call a heating repair service immediately. It’s all the more important to keep a close eye on your system now, since you’re likely using your furnace more often in January than you are any other time of the year.

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How Can a Plumber Improve on Over-the-Counter Drain Cleaners?

January 15th, 2018

professional-plumbing-serviceClogs are a part of life when you own a home. You pour the wrong food down the drain or the toilet backs up, or sometimes things just build up. Clogs are a pain because they can prevent you from using the affected outlet and create an unnecessary distraction from our busy lives. Most of us look for a quick fix solution, which usually involves buying a drain cleaner from the local grocery store, or perhaps a plumbing snake for the really tough clogs.

That, however, can usually be a mistake. Professional plumbers have the skills and equipment to take care of the clog the right way, while over-the-counter cleansers and other types of store-bought drain cleaners adopt half-measures at best. Simply put, plumbers just do the job better.

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Hydro Jetting Takes Care of Stubborn Clogs

January 1st, 2018

hydro-jetting-clogPlumbing clogs are a big issue during the holidays. The end of the year comes with some very big meals, and yet because we’re so busy, we don’t always have time to watch what we flush down the drain.

When you add Thanksgiving, Christmas and other get-togethers on top of each other — complete with natural clog-forming materials like hot fat from meat and potato peelings, and you might very easily fight yourself with a stubborn clog in your plumbing just when you need it the least. The same holds true for bathroom fixtures, which see a lot of extra use during big holiday parties and family get-togethers.

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How Does a Humidifier Help Your Home?

December 18th, 2017

whole-house-humidifierWinter means cooler temperatures, which also means dry air, and if you’ve ever felt the wind blow outside your home on a dry, blustery day, you can attest to what that dry air can do. During the colder months, we rightfully focus on our heating system and ensuring that the temperature in our homes is kept comfortable. But that’s not the only factor that goes into keeping our homes comfortable, and if you feel the sting of dry air this winter, it pays to look into a whole-house humidifier to treat it.

You’re likely accustomed to the concept of humidifiers already. Small units can be used to help treat people with respiratory illnesses, or to keep indoor plants healthy. A whole-house model simply applies the concept to the entire home: blowing moisture into the air from your furnace and raising the relative humidity levels in the process. How does that benefit your home? Read on for the answers.

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Furnace Service Plans Provide Numerous Benefits

December 4th, 2017

furnace-repair-servicesWinter is on its way, and we’re already experiencing the drop in temperature that comes with the season. Soon, you’ll be running your heating system every day. The last thing you want to deal with is an unexpected breakdown just when the weather takes a turn for the freezing. That’s why we recommend a furnace servicing session now, before the weather gets much colder. It can provide a number of benefits to your home, and help your system handle the winter much more easily.

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The Pros and Cons of an Electric Furnace

November 20th, 2017

electric-furnace-installationIf you’re in the market for a new furnace, now is the time to consider your options. The weather is cooling, but not yet freezing cold, which gives you time to explore the possibilities and make a decision that;’s best for you. Most homes in the area use furnaces of one kind or another to keep warm, and that, in turn, leads to a simple choice. Is a gas furnace right for your home, or would you do better with an electric model? Electric furnaces have their benefits and drawbacks, and if you’re looking for a new system, you should think about how they might benefit your home.

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Heating Maintenance Plans Improve Your System’s Functions

November 6th, 2017

heating-maintenance-serviceWith winter on the way, high temperatures are giving way to lower ones, which means you’ll likely be using your heater much more often in the coming weeks. Soon enough, it will be on every day, if it isn’t on already. That makes now the perfect time to schedule a maintenance session for your heater. Even if it doesn’t need it, it can improve your system’s functions considerably.

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Use These Tips to Keep Heating Repair Costs Down

October 23rd, 2017

heating-system-repairsWith winter on its way, local homeowners are going to be using their heating systems more and more often. The added stress and strain can often lead to breakdowns, especially in older systems that have seen their share of harsh winters. A good repair service can move swiftly to get the issue dealt with, but an ounce of prevention always beats a pound of cure. The more you can do to reduce the cost of repair calls – or better yet, prevent those calls in the first place – the better off you’ll be.

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Common Signs You Need Heating Repair

October 9th, 2017

heating-repair-serviceWith fall officially here, most residents are turning off their air conditioners and turning on their heating systems. We don’t get quite as cold in the winter as communities further north do, but freezing temperatures and chilly nights are still the order of the day. That means your heating system needs to perform as expected every time you turn it on. If there’s a problem you want to find out about it now instead of having to deal with an unexpected breakdown in the middle of January just when you need your heating system the most.

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