Should You Repair or Replace Your HVAC System?
Winter is the worst time for something to go wrong with your heating and cooling system. When it happens, you can feel like you’re out in the cold in more than one way. Should you invest in a totally new heating and cooling system, or just have your current HVAC system repaired? Knowing for sure can leave you feeling confused and frustrated.
Here are a few tips for determining the right thing to do when your heat starts acting up when the temperatures drop down low:
Consider the Cost
Most people think that repairing your HVAC system will be cheaper than replacing it in all circumstances. However, if your system if more than a decade old, this may not be the case.
As your HVAC system ages, maintenance and repair costs will add up. To keep them from piling up for years to come, consider replacing your system if it would be more cost-effective to do so.
If It Isn’t Broken…
On the flip side, newer systems may not require much more than a tune-up to remain viable. Don’t jump straight to replacement just because your system is misbehaving. Talk to an expert to find out more about your specific situation.
When you’re looking to cut costs on an ongoing basis, consider upgrading or entirely replacing your HVAC system for a more energy-efficient and greener option.
Replacement systems will typically come with new product warranties, which will cover any repairs in the coming years and reduce those costs.
If you find that you must replace your HVAC system, some situations may deliver a tax incentive for doing so. Be sure to document your repairs or replacement and to consult both your HVAC professional and a tax preparation pro to learn more.
If you’re still not sure if repair or replacement would be better for your home’s heating and cooling system, contact the experts here at Same Day Service Plumbing. We can help you determine the right course of action for keeping your home warm this winter and comfortable all year long in the coming years.
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home’s Water Systems
The end of the calendar year is a time when we like to reflect on the previous months and come up with ideas for how we would like to change and improve our lives in the coming year. Most of us create resolutions for the holiday, but few people think to resolve to make changes to their at-home habits. Here are a few things you can resolve to change in your home that will keep your water systems running smoothly and your budget under control:
Be More Eco-Friendly
Using less energy and resources is a noble goal. It’s also an attainable one, when you choose to make going green one of your water-related resolutions. Choose to use more water from home, rather than drinking from disposable bottles. Install a filter to get clean, crisp, fresh drinking water right out of the tap. Look for fixtures that help reduce water use and appliances that cut down on energy and water consumption to make your home a greener place. Your budget and the earth will thank you!
Fix Those Leaks You’ve Been Ignoring
Now is the time to get up and make moves on projects you’ve been putting off. That includes calling ap lumber to fix broken toilets, leaky pipes, or rusty fixtures you’ve been pretending aren’t a problem for too long. Your entire family will be glad to have it taken care of!
Prevent Problems Before They Start
Perhaps the best resolution you can make is to be more proactive in the care of your plumbing and water systems. Make sure debris doesn’t go down the drain. Don’t toss anything in the toilet that doesn’t belong there. Be wary of children and pets being near toilets or tubs. Preventing accidents, injuries, and plumbing problems before they happen is always the best course of action.
For help with all of these at-home resolutions – and all of your plumbing concerns – contact the local industry experts at Same Day Service Plumbing. We can help you start the year off right and keep things running smoothly inside your home all year long!
Full House This Thanksgiving? Here’s How You Can Keep Your House Comfortable
Most people don’t think of energy efficiency when they think of Thanksgiving. However, America’s
favorite dinner date doesn’t have to be all about waste. You can enjoy the decadence of delicious food
from start to finish while still minding your energy budget! Here’s how:
Step Away from the Oven
When possible, try using other devices in your kitchen to prepare your feast instead of the oven. From
your slow cooker to your toaster oven – an even your microwave – there are many ways to cook up a
fantastic meal without relying exclusively on your oven and stovetop. (And most of them use much less
It can be tempting to give your turkey and sides a regular peek every now and then as they cook but
consider this: you lose a lot of energy every time you open that door. Your oven has to work overtime to
compensate for hot air escaping, so use the transparent door to check on your cooking – and keep lids
tight-fitting to keep heat working hard where it belongs!
Gather the Family – and the Side Dishes
While your turkey is cooking, try to use that heat to cook other dishes on your menu as well. If you have
casseroles, pies, or other dishes that require the heat of your oven, try to time and place them correctly
so that they can bake right alongside the turkey for added efficiency.
Recruit Cleanup Help
Rinsing dishes may make the washing process easier, but it also wastes a lot of energy. Ask your dining
guests to scrape their dishes as they finish and wash a single load in the washer rather than
handwashing between every course.
Save the Leftovers
Most people agree that leftovers are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. They only stay that way if
you store them promptly and properly, though. Be sure to seal all leftover food in reusable containers
and refrigerate promptly. They’ll keep serving up delicious bites for days to come without much
additional energy cost.
Looking for more ways to keep your energy use as efficient as possible this Thanksgiving? Consult the
energy-efficiency experts here at Same Day Service Plumbing. We can help you ensure your plumbing,
HVAC, and more are ready for the demands of the day – and capable of keeping your on-budget for the
Why Your Drains are Blocked and What to Do About Them
Blocked drains are a common problem in residential plumbing. Here are some of the most common reasons for blocked drains, as well as what to do if you can’t seem to get rid of them yourself.
Hair is the most common cause of blockages in residential plumbing. Most people shed in the shower or shave over the sink and wash the hair down afterward. This leads to backed up plumbing and difficult clogs to undo. Store-bought remedies can help, but hair clogs become serious much faster than most people realize.
The additives in many hygiene items that make them sparkle, help them moisturize, or aid in exfoliation often do not dissolve on the skin or in water. These additives are then washed down drains, causing plumbing problems later. Baby wipes, diapers, menstrual products, and even so-called flushable wipes are also a major problem when flushed because they do not typically dissolve and often cause major blockages.
Most people know that pouring grease, oil, and other fats down their drains isn’t a good idea, but a surprising number of people do so anyway. These fats will cool and solidify, gumming up pipes and blocking the flow of water through plumbing over time.
In homes with children and pets, small objects that shouldn’t’ be washed down drains or flushed down toilets often find their way there anyway. These objects are a magnet for other debris and can cause major blockages in no time at all.
There are many ways you can cut down on or solve minor blockages in your drains at home, but when they become too frequent or too stubborn to remove, you may need to call a professional. At Same Day Service Plumbing, we offer blockage removal for any kind of plumbing, to get your pipes clean and your water moving freely again.
Tips for Keeping your Home Safe While on Vacation
It’s hard to enjoy your vacation if you’re worried about what might be happening to your home. Unfortunately, thieves commonly target properties while the owners are traveling. If you’re planning to get away for spring vacation, the following tips can help keep your home safe while you’re away.
- Add Security Lights: Motion-activated lights are a great way to give burglars second thoughts about targeting your home.
- Maintain Appearances: If your house appears uninhabited, it could become a target for burglary. Pay someone to mow your lawn, and keep a vehicle parked in your driveway. You should also make sure newspapers and packages don’t pile up on your porch.
- Go into Lock-down Mode: Secure your home with deadbolts, dowel rods and locking pins for windows and sliding glass doors.
- Don’t Advertise Your Vacation: While it may be tempting to brag about your trip on social media, you could inadvertently tip off a criminal.
- Strategically Position Curtains: Leave your curtains and blinds in their normal daytime positions without directly exposing valuables.
- Disconnect Power Cords: Unplug coffee pots, computers and any other electronics. You should also turn off your garage door in case thieves try to open it with a universal remote.
Inspecting for Leaks
While they may seem like minor issues, plumbing leaks can erupt into a full-blown catastrophe at any time. If you notice leaky fixtures, water stains, warping floors, wet spots or high water meter readings, consider getting a professional assessment before leaving town. The last thing you want is an uncontrolled leak in your home while you’re away. It may seem unlikely, but unchecked water damage can lead to substantial repair bills. Make sure you eliminate any risk by getting a professional leak assessment before you travel.
At Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc., we have all the necessary equipment to detect leaks of any size. Let our specialists provide you with professional leak detection and repair services, so you can travel with peace of mind. Contact us today.
Helpful hints about your drain line
Many homeowners do not know that their kitchen sink and laundry drains are connected in multiple places and that what happens in one can affect the other. Your toilet, sink and tub all share the same drain. If you have a drain line blockage and not a fixture blockage, it could affect more than one drain. If something like a ring or small toy goes down your kitchen or bathroom sink drain, all is not automatically lost.
You can retrieve it in three easy steps:
- Immediately turn all water off;
- Put a bucket under the drain pipe big enough to catch about a half-gallon of water; and
- Unscrew the two joint nuts near the bottom of the “J” trap.
Your missing item should be there.
Important: Do not use acid-based products to clear grease clogs in your sink drains. At best, they will just melt the grease which will re-solidify farther down the line. A bleach-based product or a product that will change the grease into CO2 + water is far superior, and these types of products are much safer to keep under the sink with small children and pets around.