How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter Season

January 5, 2018

There are tips that you can follow to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and burst this winter. As we deal with this unusually cold winter, many homeowners cringe at the prospects of rising gas and electric bills. If you live in St. Louis, you know that the weather can be unpredictable. When it comes to winter, there is nothing worse than a cold snap that keeps everyone indoors and can compromise your pipes. One pipe leak can lead to flooding, water interruption, and huge costs. Instead of trying to clean up afterwards, prevention is the best medicine to ensure that your pipes don’t succumb to the cold weather and wreak havoc on your home. St. Louis HVAC contractors and plumbers have to follow certain guidelines about where pipes and heating and cooling vents can be located, but that doesn’t always work to protect them from freezing when the coldest weather sets in. However, there are tips that you can follow to ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and burst. Keep your Cabinets Open If you have plumbing or HVAC piping underneath your cabinets, then leave the cabinets open. When the doors are shut, it is hard for the heat...

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Does Your St. Louis Furnace Need Attention?

November 29, 2016

With the winter season just around the corner, it is essential to check if your furnace is in proper working condition to brace the long, cold months. While your home’s furnace may seem to be in top working condition, it is good idea to have regular maintenance performed to prevent sudden problems from arising. It is also important to remember that all maintenance checks should be conducted by an experienced and trained St. Louis HVAC technician. It is beneficial to understand what signs indicate that your furnace needs attention. Here are some of the signs to look out for: No Heat The first and most obvious sign that the furnace needs repair is lack of or no heat emanating from the vents. Moreover, if the furnace has been running for some time and the vents are giving out cold or room temperature air, or if the house feels cold despite a running furnace, it is time for furnace maintenance. Increasing Bills It is important that HVAC owners keep a tab on their utility bills. Increasing bills or abnormally spiked utility bills also indicate a problematic furnace. Another way to check the efficiency of the furnace is by keeping a tab...

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Fixing Common HVAC Problems – St. Louis HVAC

November 27, 2015

A broken HVAC system can be a major source of frustration for a homeowner. Whether your air conditioner suddenly stops working in the middle of summer or your heating pump fails to perform as expected on the coldest day of winter, you need to fix the problem as soon as possible. Air Leaking If you are using an older HVAC system, chances are that a large percentage of the hot or cold air being produced inside the system is leaking through the cracks and crevices in the ducts. As a result, you may need to set the temperature much higher or lower to get the same heating or cooling effects. Replace the old, deteriorating ducts with new ducts made of sturdier materials. Some amount of wear and tear is usual with any duct system, but ducts made of highly durable materials help prevent air leaking problems for years. Air Dumping This is a common problem with HVAC systems installed in rooms with more space both in horizontal and vertical directions. Maybe your heating and cooling system is dumping the hot or cold air in a particular space rather than spreading the air uniformly throughout the room. As a result, you may notice significant difference...

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7 Warning Signs Your Furnace Is on the Fritz

January 28, 2015

No one in St. Louis wants to get caught without a source of heat in the dead of winter. Check out the following 7 signs that should alert you to the need for a service call before the whole HVAC system breaks down on you. Age of the Furnace The average life expectancy of a furnace is 16 to 20 years. If yours is around that age, consider having a new one installed. Shopping for a new furnace in an emergency situation in the middle of winter may lead you to making a poor decision. Call your local HVAC company to help you decide the right size for your home, and pick one that is going to provide the most comfort efficiently. Utility Bills Are Increasing If your utility bills seem to keep rising without explanation, the furnace may need a tune-up. A poor running furnace is going to suck up resources and cause your bills to skyrocket. If your heater is running longer to provide heat to your home, it is time for an HVAC technician to provide HVAC maintenance. Replacing Parts Have you had to have parts replaced recently in the last couple of years? The last years of a...

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