Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

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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3 Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

May 8th, 2017

air-conditioning-efficiencyAir conditioners consume energy to provide cooling power for your home, which is what you pay for when those bills arrive every month. With summer on the way, those bills are going to go up almost by default, since you’ll be running your air conditioner more often to compensate for our high Texas heat. Just because you need to pay more, however, doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. By taking steps now, you can improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, allowing it to use the energy you pay for better and lowering your monthly bills in the process. Here are 3 specific ways to accomplish that.

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Do You Need a New Air Conditioner?

April 24th, 2017

new-air-conditioningSpring is here, and summer will arrive before you know it: bringing with it high temperatures and stifling humidity. If you have an older air conditioner, you may be wondering whether you should replace it now, or let it run for another summer or two. There’s no correct choice to make, since each air conditioner is different, and your circumstances may not resemble anyone else’s.

Now is the right time to ponder the issue, however. If you decide you need a new air conditioner, you still have several weeks to sort out the specifics, and can plan the installation at your leisure. Contrast that with a sudden breakdown in the middle of summer, forcing you to scramble to get a new system installed as quickly as possible.

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3 Reasons to Schedule Water Heater Maintenance

April 10th, 2017

Water heaters are an essential part of modern life, providing clean hot water for cooking and cleaning at very little cost. They do their jobs quietly for the most part, and stay out of the way in spots like the basement or garage where you don’t have to think about them very often. But water heaters run into trouble from time to time like any other appliance in your home, and owing to their quiet nature, you may not spot the signs until it’s far too late to do anything about them.

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Consider a Ductless HVAC System

March 27th, 2017

Female holding a remote control air conditioner at home. Happy young woman on sofa

Spring is the time to take stock of one’s air conditioning options and plan for any replacement that may be needed. It’s also a good time to consider alternative options and look into solutions to your household air conditioning that you might not have considered before. Most of us are accustomed to traditional centralized air conditioners, which cool the air in a single location and distribute it via a series of ducts.

They’re an inexpensive and efficient system but they’re not right for every home. If you’re considering a new air conditioning system this summer – or if your home can’t support centralized air and you’re looking for another option, consider a ductless HVAC system.

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How Plumbers Use Video Pipe Inspection

March 13th, 2017

Plumbing_iStock_000007922687_Full-meOnce upon a time, plumbing was a matter of skill and hard work, and while plumbers had their trusty box of tools ready to go, the basics didn’t change much. But the 21 Century has seen huge advances in technology over a number of fields, and plumbers have taken advantage of that with new exciting equipment that makes it easier than ever to assist their customers. That’s one of the reasons why you should always count on a professional to deal with issues in your piping rather than trying to correct it yourself.

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Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Spring

February 27th, 2017

Air_Conditioning_Air_Conditioner_Repairing_Energy_Efficiency_Mechanic_Maintenance_Engineer-meTexas winters tend to be milder and last for shorter periods of time than winters in other parts of the country. Chances are you haven’t used your air conditioner much in the past few months, but the weather will soon start warming, and before you know it you’re going to be using your air conditioner every day to keep your home cool.

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Keep Your Well Water Safer and Cleaner

February 13th, 2017

Plumbing_257336_5570-meWe have a number of rural residents in our neck of the woods: people who live off of any civic grids and rely on wells or similar sources for their water supply. It’s an absolute necessity, but it also means that you need to take care of its treatment and cleanliness yourself in many cases. Not to worry. With a trained plumber on your side, you can identify any potential troubles with your water supply and install one or more devices that can keep it safer and cleaner for your family. We’ve provided a brief list of some of the more popular options below.

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How Can You Tell if You Need Duct Repair?

January 30th, 2017

Indoor_Air_Quality_Filters_Duct_Cleaning_dreamstime_xl_31113411Ducts get damaged just like any other portion of your home. In some cases, that can be direct damage, as when rats or squirrels get into the crawlspace and gnaw on the material, or someone inadvertently creates a problem while working on some other part of the house. Other times, it can come from simple wear and tear, such as when two fitted parts lose a bolt and create an opening.

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Two Important Factors When Installing a New Heater

January 16th, 2017

Winter is here in Plano, TX, and if your heating system is on its last legs, you might be looking at a new one before too long. Hopefully, you’re planning for a spring replacement and your existing heater will continue to function normally until then. In some cases, you might be looking at an emergency replacement when you old heater finally breaks down unexpectedly. Either way, you need to plan for your new heater properly, which means paying careful attention to at least two very important details:

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