Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

April 22nd, 2019

water-heater-inspectionA good water heater will last you just over 10 years. However, that time can be shortened if your water heater’s tank develops a leak. There’s no way to patch up a leak in the tank, so your only option is a complete replacement—that’s a cost that no one wants to be surprised with.

But don’t fret—leaking doesn’t always guarantee a replacement. We’ll go over the different kinds of leaks your water heater can develop, the causes of leaks, and what you can do to minimize the risks.

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There’s More to Ceiling Fans Than You Think

April 8th, 2019

ceiling-fanWhen you think of a ceiling fan, you’re not thinking of something as high-tech or as powerful as a dedicated air conditioning system. And we’re not going to try and tell you that a ceiling fan makes a great substitute for an air conditioner—you simply can’t compare the two.

However, the mistake many people make is in assuming that a ceiling fan is, indeed, supposed to be used as a substitute for air conditioning. In reality, there are much more effective uses for a ceiling fan. Here are just a few of them:

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Here’s How to Choose a New Heating System

March 25th, 2019

warming-feet-at-radiatorIs it already time to choose a new heating system? With winter having just ended and warmer days on the horizon, you might be thinking that a heating system should be the last thing on your mind.

But actually, replacing your heating system at the end of winter might just be the best time. Not only can you consider how well your heater served you through the previous months, but you won’t have to sit in the cold while you wait for a new heater to be installed.

Here’s how you can start planning your new installation:

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Is It Time for Furnace Replacement?

March 11th, 2019

old-furnaceAre you so excited to replace your furnace that you can’t even sleep at night? When you’re at work, you can’t think of hardly anything but your brand-new, shiny furnace?

Well, okay, maybe that’s just us… We are an HVAC company after all.

But if we told you that a brand-new furnace could substantially cut your heating and energy costs, then maybe some of our enthusiasm could be contagious.

The tricky part is knowing when the best time to replace your furnace actually is. After all, no one wants to replace it sooner than they really have to it. But on the other side, replacing it too late is not going to wise for you financially.

So, down below, we’ve listed our tips on figuring out when the best time to replace is.

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4 Electrical Upgrades You Might be Needing

February 25th, 2019

electrical-wires-and-breakerAfter making an inspection of your home, an electrician in Plano, TX may find that your safety or your efficiency could benefit from various upgrades. It’s easy to take most of your electrical appliances and fixtures for granted, so it’s not always obvious to see that you need an upgrade.

That’s why it’s recommended to have an electrical inspection every 10 years. With that said, let’s look at some of the most common upgrades that many homeowners may be in need of:

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Signs It’s Time for a Duct Test

February 11th, 2019

duct-sealingIf you have a central AC, a furnace, or a traditional heat pump, then you know that your HVAC system relies on ducts. In fact, for these systems, the ductwork does half of the work. The ducts are a series of passages that must be kept at a certain tightness in order to efficiently transfer air from the HVAC unit and into the rooms of the home.

What many homeowners don’t realize is that the ductwork is prone to falling into disrepair. This can lead to leaks, which might end up losing you nearly 30% of your energy. The best way to find out if you have a leak is by having the ducts tested by an expert, which is a service you can schedule if you notice any of these signs:

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Here’s What a Whole-House Humidifier Will Do For You

January 28th, 2019

relaxed-womanWe know what high humidity feels like in summer. It makes your skin feel warm and moist. You can get out of a cold shower, dry yourself off, and immediately feel like you’re sweating still.

On the other end of the humidity scale, you have excessively dry air. The effects of dry air are a bit understated, though, in comparison to high humidity. In this post, we’ll go over why installing a device to raise your humidity is a great idea for raising comfort and protecting your health. If you think a humidifier is for you, a qualified indoor air quality expert in Plano, TX can assess your air’s quality and make a recommendation.

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5 HVAC Services to Save More in 2019

January 14th, 2019

clay-piggy-bankIt’s a fact that most people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions within the first few weeks of January. Why? One possible reason is that it takes monumental effort to suddenly change your behavior and habits. But one way to help with that is by setting yourself up for success. You can’t snack on sugar if you remove all the sugar from your house, right?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend less money on your heating and cooling bills, then do we have the post for you. Here are 5 services and upgrades that will set your home up for significant HVAC savings.

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You Don’t Want to Ignore These Plumbing Emergencies

December 31st, 2018

emergency-plumbingYou may not have wished for a plumbing emergency for the holiday season, but these accidents rarely occur when we want them to.

With plumbing emergencies, they all have one thing in common: the sooner you notice them, the less damage they’ll do (physically and financially). In this post, we’ll inform you about a few of the most common plumbing emergencies in Plano, TX so you can catch them early, or possibly even prevent them.

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The Benefits of LED Lighting Are Too Good to Pass Up

December 17th, 2018

led-lightingLED lights are used almost everywhere nowadays, from inside your smartphone and DVR boxes to traffic lights and flashlights. They’ve actually been around for more than 50 years, but they only really started being picked up in the early 2000s. Now, they’re only getting more and more practical in their wide range of uses.

The fact is that many homes are still using incandescent and fluorescent lighting. If that includes you, it might be time to ask a McKinney, TX electrician for an upgrade. Changing out your lighting system for LEDs brings a host of benefits which we’ll list for you down below.

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