Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

AFUE Ratings: Know How Well Your Furnace Holds Up

January 13th, 2020

We reckon if you’re a homeowner with an adequate furnace, you’ve probably heard the term AFUE before. While many homeowners don’t know what this means or don’t really care what information it describes, if you’re ever looking to rate the efficiency of your system compared to other heaters, then the AFUE rating is the primary way to do so.

So, today we’re going to talk about everything you need to know in regards to the AFUE rating of a furnace, what it means and what to pay attention to when you’re looking at a furnace installation or replacement. HVAC in Aubrey, TX isn’t all about just buying the cheapest furnace you can get your hands on—you’re going to want the cheapest, most effective, and most efficient heater that you can get your hands on. That’s where we come in.

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Colored Water Coming from Your Faucet? Here’s What to Do

December 30th, 2019

How would you feel if all the water you drank turned brown today? We’re going to go out on a limb and say that you wouldn’t feel too happy about that. We’re also confident that many of the homeowners we service in our area have to deal with brown or rust-colored water and you might’ve gone through a few online searches trying to get to the bottom of the problem.

The fact is, rust-colored water can be a signal that there’s something sinister going on in your pipe system.

If you’re really worried that you might be ingesting something that could be harmful to you and your plumbing, call our team today for drain cleaning in Plano, TX. Otherwise, keep reading and we’ll tell you what might be happening to your water and what it could mean for you and your home.

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Notice a Slab Leak Before It’s Too Late

December 16th, 2019

water-leaking-from-holeSlab leaks are one of the most insidious problems you can come across. To the uninitiated, a slab leak is when water starts to leak underneath the concrete foundation of your home. This can be especially devastating because these kinds of leaks are the hardest to repair (without paying a lot of money to dig under the foundation of your home) and they can cause the most amount of damage.

Slab leaks can essentially destroy a house from the ground up if they aren’t dealt with quickly. That’s why we’re going to talk about a few ways that you can notice the early stages of a slab leak before they become extremely expensive to deal with. A slab leak in Plano, TX should be found as soon as possible, and with our team, you’ll be able to address it for an affordable price.

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What Is a Smart Home and How Can It Help You?

December 2nd, 2019

For anyone that’s not a millennial, the words “home automation” can be a bit of a boogeyman. While we’re constantly reminded of cheesy science-fiction movies from the ’80s filled with computers gone rogue, reality doesn’t seem to agree with that characterization. Home automation systems are simpler and more convenient than many homeowners realize. Let us explain.

Home automation in Plano, TX involves combining your heater, air conditioning, air quality systems, and anything else that runs integral to your home comfort into one device. That means your home’s temperature, air quality, and even your blinds can be easy to adjust on your phone or a tablet. Why journey around frustratingly to your thermostat, your windows, or any other appliance in your home when you can control it from the palm of your hand, or even when you’re not home?

Interested? Well, keep reading!

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Could You Benefit from a Boiler?

November 18th, 2019

To our northern friends, when they think of Texas, they probably think of heavy heat and sunshine with our long hanging cowboy hats. While they might be right about the cowboy hats sometimes, outsiders don’t often know just how cold it can get here. With temperatures dipping below freezing this week, it’s a good reminder that furnaces and electric heat pumps are not the only types of heater that could provide you comfort this year.

Why not look into upgrading your home heating system to accommodate a boiler? Not only do we provide boiler repair in Frisco, TX for those who already have them, but we always love installing boilers for willing customers that are tired of dealing with the frigid temperatures. Boilers are powerful, provide comfortable heating, they’re efficient, and require little maintenance. If you’re looking to combat these chilly temperatures with a new boiler, keep reading!

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Toilet Clogs: How You Can Help

November 4th, 2019

If there was a list of “most inconvenient plumbing problems to deal with,” a clogged toilet would be at the top of that list. Toilets are appliances that we use so often and rarely think about the intricate mechanisms that function within it. Not only that but having a toilet clog can be embarrassing and inconvenient at the best of times.

So, what if we told you that aside from calling for expert plumbing services in Denison, TX there were some home solutions that could help you temporarily? Toilet issues can range from the simplest of solutions to signaling major problems with your water line or sewage system. In this post, we’d like to discuss some things that the average homeowner can do to mitigate the damage from a clogged toilet. Hopefully, with these few steps, your plumber will arrive with minimal damage done.

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More Power, More Problems

October 21st, 2019

While the saying is usually more money, more problems, we’d like to change it to more power, more problems when it comes to our industry. There’s a rumor floating around that the need for proper electrical work is dwindling because of our advancing wireless technology. We hate to break it to you, but that could not be further from the truth.

With huge leaps in technology within the past ten or twenty years, as well as huge leaps in efficiency, comes a more constant and necessary stream of power. All of a sudden, a blown fuse or a power outage can cause way more problems in your life than it could twenty or thirty years ago. If anything, the electricians in Sherman, TX are more important than ever for the functionality of your home and the use of your devices.

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Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with a Heat Pump System

October 7th, 2019

We’d definitely call our winters down here in Texas mild if anything. We’re not like the other climates around the country where winters provide consistent temperatures below zero and blizzards every other day. That’s not to say it doesn’t get chilly down here but it’s mild, to say the least. That’s why we want to talk about heat pump systems that can often be the best choice for homes in our neck of the woods.

Heat pumps cover a wide variety of heating and air conditioning systems, but we’ll be focusing on the most common heat pump—the ductless mini-split. If you’re in the market for HVAC in Denison, TX you’ll probably be shocked to know that there are systems like ductless mini-splits that can provide both heating and cooling all year round. They function via electricity, so they’re incredibly efficient and can reduce your heating bill by almost 50% compared to furnaces and baseboard heaters. Sounds simple, right?

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best, as we’ll show you why below.

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Spending Too Much on Your Water Heater?

September 23rd, 2019

There is nothing quite as enjoyable as a warm bath to end a long day or a hot shower to kick one off. Knowing that you are the proud owner of one of the many well-maintained water heaters in Plano, TX comes with the enjoyment of never being afraid to step into that water stream in the morning.

What can cause your breath to catch, however, is seeing your water bill at the end of the month. While a water heater provides you with benefits that our ancestors likely would have loved, using it comes at a cost. But what if we told you there were ways to keep the price tag for running your water heater reasonable year-round?

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How Long Will My AC Last?

September 9th, 2019

That’s a good question, but hopefully, one we can shed a little light on. Air conditioners don’t last forever, but like any good mattress or home appliance, you’ll want it to last as many years as possible. So how long exactly does the typical air conditioner last?

Well, it’s more complicated than that. In the best cases, air conditioners generally last anywhere from 10-15 years before they become ineffective. However, this number can vary on the type of air conditioner you have as well as with the maintenance that’s been performed over the years. A system that has not been checked on or maintained is obviously going to live a shorter life than a system that has been cared for. Not only that, but an AC system will get more energy inefficient as time goes on, which will only cost you more money and push you to replace it.

Let’s get into the specifics of how long your AC will last.

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