Hutchins Plumbing & Air Conditioning Blog

Protect Your Home Against the Unexpected

October 22nd, 2018

carbon-monoxide-detector“Always expect the unexpected…” We don’t know who originally said that, but we have to agree with them. Even a plumbing and air conditioning company like ours can see the value in those words, and we believe homeowners should, too. In this post, we’ll go over a few ways that you can bolster your home’s defense, so you can truly expect the unexpected.

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6 Signs You May Need Water Heater Repair

October 8th, 2018

water-heater-maintenance“Did my water heater always do that?” Unless you’re a plumber in Frisco, TX, you might not know the signs of when your water heater needs repairs. Luckily, we’re here to spread some wisdom on some common water heater issues.

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Does It Make Sense to Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater?

September 24th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterIf you didn’t know any better, you’d think that everyone should be getting a tankless water heater. They’re fast, they’re small, they’re convenient… But we don’t want you to install a water heater just because you’ve heard a few good things. When you make a commitment on a water heater, you need one that works for you. In this post, we’ll help you determine if upgrading from tank to tankless is the right decision for you.

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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your AC

September 10th, 2018

old-air-conditioner-needs-replacementWe’ll start by saying this first:

It’s perfectly valid to replace your AC because it isn’t cooling your home like it used to.

Age is a huge factor in determining when it’s time for replacement, and it can cause your AC to simply stop doing its job properly. Other than that, there are many reasons your AC can be performing less than stellar, and a quick maintenance call will be able to rule out those possibilities for you. A few other reasons to consider include:

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Need Sewer Line Services? Call a Plumbing Company 

August 27th, 2018

video-pipe-inspectionHow would it sound if we told you to do your own sewer line cleaning? Hopefully you would respond by saying “that’s disgusting, I won’t do it!” But actually, the gross part of sewer cleaning is probably the least difficult part. For all you persistent DIYers out there, take off your hazmat suits and gas masks. We are determined to discourage you from messing with your sewer lines, and we’ll try to convince you through the rest of this post.

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How to Ruin Your Kitchen Drain

August 13th, 2018

drain-bubblingHave you ever been curious about how you could go about completely ruining your kitchen’s pipes and drain? If you do, we hope it’s purely for educational purposes and not for something sinister. Either way, we won’t hold back in explaining how you would go about clogging your pipes up.

Even though clogs can be fairly easy to unclog with the right equipment, the problem is when homeowners decide to fix the clogs themselves—they simply don’t have the tools that are best for protecting the lifespan of the plumbing system.

Overall, we don’t want you to treat your plumbing irresponsibly, either before or after a clog. So here are some ways that you could totally ruin your kitchen plumbing (purely for educational purposes, of course).

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How the Texas Heat Can Ruin Your AC

July 30th, 2018

family-on-couch-cooling-offYour air conditioner is an extremely hard worker. No matter what the temperature is, no matter what condition its parts are in, your AC will always strive to cool your home down to the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat.

Your responsibility as its owner, then, is to make sure that it’s truly up for the job. One way you can do this is by taking into consideration the effects of the outdoor heat.

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Use a Professional Plumbing Service for Drain Cleaning

July 16th, 2018

drain-cleaning-with-drain-snakeDo a Google search for “drain cleaning,” and you’ll find countless DIY articles on how to clean your drain. You’ll see methods encouraging everything from using vinegar and baking soda to wire hangers. If one of these solutions does manage to fix your drain, we’re happy that your drain clog wasn’t too severe.

However, cleaning your drains doesn’t always go so smoothly. A severe clog won’t go away that easily. The wrong thing to do at that point is to step up your game with drain cleaning chemicals, drain snakes, or any other more drastic methods. In this post, we’ll explain why you shouldn’t avoid calling a professional of drain cleaning in Plano, TX next time you have a clog.

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Why You Should Call a Professional Plumber Instead of DIY

July 2nd, 2018

bathroom-sink-leak-flooding-diy-gone-wrong

When it comes to misinformation on the internet, how-to guides and do-it-yourself articles are the worst—they make any project sound easy!

We don’t doubt that you’re handy and capable of handling a few DIY projects, but when it comes to plumbing projects, we want to warn you: Most DIY projects will have you spending far more time, money, and effort than you intended.

If you have a plumbing problem, skip the Google searching and call a professional plumber in Plano, TX. Below are a few reasons why your time is better spent somewhere else.

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How to Make Your Home Smart

June 18th, 2018

tablet-phone-home-control-system

In the past, every home was a collection of independent and manually operated systems. The only device you had to control your house at a distance was a garage door opener. With the increasingly fast pace of innovation, however, home technology integration has arrived in a big way. Now you can monitor and adjust a variety of your home’s systems automatically as well as from apps on your phone or computer. We’ll look at three of the most popular ways to make your home smart. 

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