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Why You Should Never Trust an Amateur Electrician

November 12th, 2018

American electrical outlet and cover plate, with screwdriver and wire nutsWhen you need electrical work done in your home, there’s a good reason we recommend only trusting trained and experienced professionals for the job. Sure, it may seem more convenient to try and complete Denver electrical services, such as rewiring or electrical installations, on your own, but you could very well be sacrificing your time, effort, and safety for a shoddy job.

Professional electrical work is also the best way to ensure that it’s done correctly, and that your risk of repair needs later on down the line is reduced. Read on to learn more about why you should never trust an amateur electrician for your wiring work—or more importantly, what can go wrong if you do.

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Should You Winterize Your Air Conditioner?

November 12th, 2018

A family home in the suburbs on a sunny winter day.For the next month or so, you may need your air conditioner to still be in commission in case of a sudden heat wave, since we all know fall can be unpredictable sometimes. Eventually, though, you’ll look at the upcoming weather forecast, see that temperatures are getting lower and lower, and know that the cold weather is here to stay, at least until spring.

First, we want to mention one very important Denver HVAC service. Heating maintenance: if you haven’t already scheduled this, it’s not too late, but we really encourage you to do it sooner than later.

Back to your air conditioner. You may think you can simply turn it off and leave it, and it will never suffer damage over the winter that might jeopardize its operation before you need it again. This is, however, a big possibility. Therefore, it’s important to take the proper steps to winterize your air conditioner.

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These Signs Indicate You Need Heater Repairs

November 5th, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.With winter slowly but steadily getting closer and closer, the last thing you want is for your heater to break down now. The good news is that if you know the signs that a heater needs repair, then you call for those repairs right away. But first, you have to know something is amiss, right? So what should you look for?

First off we want to mention one of the most important Denver heating services you can get right now, if you haven’t already—and that’s heating maintenance. Maintenance allows your HVAC technician to fully inspect your system and check for repair needs, so you aren’t surprised by them later on. But let’s say you had maintenance done. Can you still run into problems? Possibly! Keep reading for some signs that something is wrong with your heater.

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The One Heater Repair You Should Never Ignore

October 30th, 2018

gas jets igniting in furnaceIf we had to take a guess on what type of heating system you use to keep your home warm during our chilly Denver winters, we’d bet on the natural gas powered furnace. These furnaces are, after all, the most popular in the country—especially in places with winters as cold as ours. They are cost effective , and since most homes have ventilation systems in them already for AC installation, furnaces are typically more common than boilers.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that while gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous in nature, any use of natural gas does have the potential for toxic gas leaks and combustion issues. The main concern in preventing this is taking proper care of the heat exchanger. A cracked heat exchanger is the number one furnace repair need you should never ignore, as doing so creates the potential for safety hazards. If you have a cracked heat exchanger or suspect a problem, please be sure to call for professional Denver heating services right away.

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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Gas Furnace?

October 29th, 2018

white question mark in blue circle, on white backgroundIn our companion post this week, we talked about the dangers of a cracked heat exchanger, and how older furnace systems are more at risk of this problem. This can be indication enough that it’s time for a furnace upgrade, and when you’re looking for a company to do the job, we are the team to call for exceptional Denver heating services.

In the meantime, however, we do want to give you a little more information so you can make an educated decision on whether you only need some repair work done on your furnace, or if a replacement really is your best option.

The good news is, you don’t have to make this decision on your own. Our service technicians are happy to help you make an informed decision, and can absolutely let you know when your furnace is nearing the end of its lifespan.

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How to Properly Care for Your Kitchen Sink

October 22nd, 2018

kitchen sinkThere are a number of plumbing appliances in your home that you likely couldn’t imagine living without. For example, take your water heater.

Then there are others that are—fair enough—a bit more of a luxury than a necessity, like the garbage disposal in your kitchen sink. Still though, even though it’s not a necessity, a garbage disposal is a pretty handy part of your Denver kitchen plumbing.

Of course, once you’ve gotten used to the benefits and conveniences of such a component, it’s easy to take it for granted, and therefore it’s easy to accidentally do something to damage it. Fortunately, when you do run into a problem with this kitchen sink component, our team is here to help. But we’d like to help you avoid a problem with your garbage disposal and kitchen sink plumbing to begin with.

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Do You Need an Electrical Panel Upgrade?

October 15th, 2018

two electricians working on electrical panelThere are a number of issues, both big and small, that can impact your home. But not many are scarier than that of electrical problems, due to the safety hazards they present. After all, a plumbing problem can cause a bit of water damage and an HVAC issue can leave you uncomfortable for a little bit, but a problem with your home’s wiring can lead to fires and electrocution. It’s vital, therefore, that you hire a professional Denver electrician for your electrical inspections each year, to reduce the chance of running into a problem altogether.

One of the most commonly ignored electrical problems among homeowners is the need for an electrical panel upgrade. This might not seem like a serious issue, however, with the increased demand we’ve been placing on our electrical systems the past few years, it should come as no surprise that eventually, your circuit breaker box might not be able to handle the demand. This is where you can run into serious side effects. But, how do you know, outside of an electrician telling you so, that you need a panel upgrade?

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What Makes a Plumber High Quality?

October 15th, 2018

Portrait of male plumber fixing a sink in bathroomWhen you hire a service professional, any service professional, to do work in your home, you want to know you can trust them, right? After all, it’s your property and you want to do everything you can to protect your investment, including your massive plumbing system.

Entrusting plumbing services to any amateur or handyman, who lacks training and experience, will end up costing you money for further repairs, and can leave you with constant concerns about whether the work was done effectively.

You would hopefully not have any trouble picking out an amateur plumber, but how can you choose a truly great Denver plumber amongst all of those who serve the area? Keep reading for some of the characteristics that make a professional plumber high quality!

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“What Does Low Airflow Mean for My Furnace?”

October 8th, 2018

furnace venting outsideFall is here, and soon enough homeowners throughout our area will be using their heaters on a regular basis. If you are using a forced-air furnace, you should check it to make sure it’s operating as it should, and as efficiently as it should. Of course, this starts by scheduling professional maintenance, so if you haven’t done that already, there’s no time like the present!

A common furnace problem we get Denver heating service calls for is that of a system that’s not blowing air out as powerfully as it should be, or as it used to. This is understandably a very frustrating problem, as it means you won’t be able to get comfortable this winter until it’s fixed. We are the team to call when you do need heating repair, but in the meantime we’ve shared some information below that can help you understand what may be going on with your furnace when it experiences this problem.

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What to Know about New Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures

October 2nd, 2018

Luxury white and grey marble bathroom interior.When it comes time to undertake a home remodel, you have a number of considerations to make. This is particularly true with bathroom remodels. Whether your bathroom simply doesn’t look the way you want it to, isn’t as functional as it could be, or you want to find a way to open up the space more, this frequently used portion of your home deserves some attention!

But bathroom remodels mean new plumbing fixture installations, and for this kind of job, it definitely pays off to work with professional Denver bathroom remodeling specialists. Trained and experienced plumbers and remodelers have the tools and knowledge to help your project go off without a hitch, and have many different factors we look at that you might never have considered, such as what we’ve highlighted here.

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