Sewer Line Jetting: A Beginner’s Guide

This is the first of our 3 Part series on Sewer Line Jetting.

sewer-line-jettingSewer lines are a vital component of every homeowners property. Yet, most homeowners neglect their sewer lines. That’s understandable. They’re invisible! They’re underground! They have other, more visible, maintenance issues on their property that are higher priorities. But, don’t overlook your sewer lines! All the waste water in your home passes through these valuable lines to get to the sewer system. When there is an obstruction that prevents your sewer lines from working properly, a messy, stinky, damaging and costly backup will occur. But, a regular sewer maintenance program, using a sewer line jetting system, can help prevent backups. The picture on the left is our jetter before we it got dirty.

About Sewer Line Jetting

The main causes of sewer line drain line blockages are sludge, grease, minerals, and tree roots. For your sewer lines to operate properly, all of these obstructions must be removed. If this issue is neglected, it will cause extensive and expensive damage to your sewer system. For instance, your front yard may have to be excavated to make the necessary repairs (please the picture below).

High pressure sewer line jetting is an economical, efficient, powerful, and eco-friendly way to clean your sewer and drain pipes. These water jets direct powerful and concentrated streams of water to remove blockages by:

  • Decimating roots
  • Flushing your system
  • Removing grease
  • Removing hardened scale
  • Breaking up debris and sludge

 

How Sewer Line Jetting Works

Plumbing professionals use a flexible hose and innovative nozzles and attachments to propel water into the sewer line. Using different attachment and nozzles allows these professional to control the cleaning process and direct the powerful streams effectively. When properly used, high jets will have your drain or sewer line looking virtually brand new.

Every pipe requires different levels of water pressure to get a thorough cleaning. For example, the line that’s in the kitchen requires a water pressure of approximately 1,500 PSI to be cleaned effectively. Larger lines, like those used for commercial purposes, might require 3000 PSI or more. Other factors that affect the level of water pressure needed include:

  • The material used to make the line: Lines that are made out of strong materials can withstand higher levels of pressure and vice versa.

 

  • The material causing the clog: Tree roots will require higher water pressure than sludge or dirt. Benefits of Sewer Line Jetting

 

  • There are other advantages to using a high power water jetting system. Two of them include:
    • Pressurized water is very powerful. In fact, under the right circumstances, water jets can cut through aluminum and steel. This level of water pressure isn’t used when cleaning sewer lines but the principle is the same.
    • It unclogs AND cleans your sewer lines: Rotating snakes are a temporary fix when it comes to clearing clogs. They work by making a hole in the clog to get things moving. High powered water jetting systems offer a long lasting solution because they flush your lines out and remove all debris.

 

  • Sewer line jetting is an economical option: A cleaning performed by a sewer line jetting system lasts up to four times longer than one done by a mechanical snake. In other words, just one sewer line jetting will save you money over time.

Isewer line jettingn summary, sewer line jetting can save you money! We would much rather perform this service for our customers to help avoid more costly repairs and maintenance (see picture on the left). We’ve had several jobs where we have had to tear up customers lawns, rent costly backhoes and spend countless hours with a large crew to get the work done right. You can avoid these more costly repairs by having us perform sewer line jetting. That’s a whole lot less expensive than replacing your sewer lines. We are here to help… give us a call!

You can read more about sewer line jetting by following the links below:

 

  1. http://www.rotorooter.com/water-jetting/
  2. http://www.ultimatewasher.com/sewer-jetting.htm
  3. http://waynesdrains.com/?services=residential-sewer-cleaning
  4. http://blackdiamondtoday.com/blog/hydro-jetting-sewer-lines
  5. http://www.plumbingprofessors.com/sewer-issues/water-jetting/

Garbage Disposal Installation

This is our final article in our 3-part series on garbage disposals.

In our first  article, we provided some great tips on garbage disposal maintenance and best practices to help you keep your current disposal working properly. But, like any home appliance, garbage disposals stop working. So, in our second article in this series, we provided ideas on selecting a new garbage disposal that best fits your needs. This final article is for you ‘do-it-yourselfers’ who have the energy and inclination to install your new disposal in your free time.

Let’s be honest, installing a garbage disposal isn’t exactly the easiest task in the world. This is because doing the job properly requires some electrical and plumbing wiring skills. You must also make sure that you have a dedicated 20 amp 120V outlet that is close to where the unit will be installed.

Installing the Mounting Ring and Sink Flange

Before you begin, you must either remove the fuse or turn off the circuit breaker that feeds power to the disposal. Next, you will have to install the assembly that will hold the garbage disposal in place. You will need help from a second party to do this part properly.

The assembly is made up of a mounting ring and a sink flange. It must be fastened on either side of the opening in the sink. The steps are as follows:

  • Seal the opening of the sink with plumber’s putty that is about half an inch thick
  • Place the sink flange into the opening and onto the plumber’s putty
  • Have someone hold the sink flange in place as you go under the sink and slide the triangular attachment ring and the fibrous gasket onto it.
  • Firmly attach the mounting ring by tightening its three mounting screws evenly.

Connecting the Power Cord of the Garbage Disposal

Now that the assembly is in place, you must now attach the power cord to the disposal. The process is as follows:

  • Remove the electrical plate that is on the bottom of the garbage disposal
  • Use wire nuts to connect the white wire that’s on the disposal to the white wire that is on the power cord. The same must be done for the black wire and green ground wire.
  • Once this is completed, put the connected wires in the electrical box and put the cover plate back on

Installing the Garbage Disposal

Before you continue, it is important to note that, the disposal may be a little heavy so it’s essential that you take your time while doing this part of the project:

  • Match the disposal up to the three mounting ears that are on the sink mounting assembly
  • Hold the disposal in place and turn the lower mounting ring until all of the mounting ears are secured

 Connecting the Drain Lines

Now that the garbage disposal is in place, you must connect the drain lines. The process is as follows:

  • Attach the discharge tube to the garbage disposal with the appropriate gasket and screws
  • Position the garbage disposal so that the waste trap and the discharge tube are properly aligned

 

Finishing Touches

It is now time to must lock the garbage disposal into place. This is achieved by using a screwdriver to tighten the rotating cam collar that is on the unit.

After this is completed, you must check the installation for leaks and tighten any loose drain connections. Once this is over, turn the circuit breaker that sends power to the unit back on and make sure that it’s functioning properly. That’s it. Your job is done.

Grant it, this do-it-yourself project is not for everyone. If you need a new garbage disposal, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We can make your life a lot simpler.

 

Praising our Service

Great customers are taking the time to actually send us emails praising our service. These are customers that make an extra effort and take time out of their busy schedules to write us a personal email thanking us for our professionalism.

Here’s one from Patrick in early July:

“My name is Patrick and I just had to let the supervisor of Ms. Heather know that she was very, very, very professional and kind!!!… when she came to fix my air conditioner unit on July 9 in Clinton, MD. Keep up the Excellent work Ms. Heather. YOU GO GIRLLLLLLL.”

Check out this email we received from Demetrice in Upper Marlboro on July 21:

“I am reaching out to you to inform you that the HVAC service I received on Saturday from Heather was wonderful. From the beginning to the end she showed impeccable ability and professionalism. She quickly assessed our problem and got to work restoring our Air Conditioning to our home. My husband and I were very pleased.

Thank you for the wonderful experience; and if we need our unit serviced again in the future, we know exactly whom to call.”

Marvin in Upper Marlboro also took the time from his busy schedule to send us this awesome email review in late July praising our service:

“I am writing to recognize your HVAC technician Heather for her hard work and diligence in resolving my problem with my HVAC system. After making arrangements with my warranty company to initiate service with your company, Heather was called in to make it her number one priority to solve our problems. She listened when I knew I wasn’t making any sense explaining my problems. She was patient and actually tried different configurations with the system when previous technicians basically looked at it, and said there was nothing they could do.

My family thanks her for her outstanding service and to you for hiring her to represent your company.”

This great email review was received from Dave and Nancy in Leonardtown, MD on 5 August:

“Good morning Stephanie (our super customer service rep). All is well at the moment! Just to let you know that the new Pump-Motor & Holding Tank and associated plumbing installed on 23 July has been working fine and keep up with water demands since we had the new 20 Amp circuit breaker installed on 30 July. The breaker is no longer tripping. We sincerely appreciate everything Jerry’s Plumbing and Heating has done to help us out with this problem. Your Senior Technician, Doug, did and absolutely outstanding job throughout the entire and check-out the pump system. He stood by us all the way until the system was working properly. We will call on your technical assistance for our future plumbing problems. And, we will highly recommend Jerry’s to our neighbors and friends.

Appreciate all your help with this problem.”

Here’s another fantastic review from Bobby C in Waldorf, MD.

“Good morning. I like to express my extreme pleasure with the service I received from Heather. Her professionalism, enthusiasm and love for her job was unlike anyone I have ever seen. Totally impressed! I will definitely recommend Heather/Jerrys to all my family and friends should they require your services. She should be promoted!!!

Warm Regards,

Bobbie”

Our management team recognizes the accomplishment of all our techs, but there is no better recognition then those received from our satisfied customers praising our service. And, for that we thank all our customers!

 

Selecting the Best Garbage Disposal for Your Needs

garbage-disposal-waldorfWhich appliance do you have in your kitchen that can make your life not only easier but more environmentally friendly as well? If you guessed the garbage disposal, you are right on the money.

 

About Garbage Disposals

Garbage disposals were invented in the late 1920s by John Hammes, an architect in Wisconsin. And just incase you weren’t aware, they are installed under your kitchen sink – their job is to take solid food waste and demolish it using rotating knife blades. In this way, the solid food is broken down and can be disposed easily through your plumbing system.

Types of Garbage Disposals

There are two basic types of garbage disposals. They are:

  • Continuous Feed: These are the most common type of garbage disposals and they are also the easiest to use. They have an open mouth and are operated by an on and off switch that is mounted on a wall, similarly to a light switch.
  • Batch Feed: To operate this model, you have to put the waste food into a hopper (grinding) chamber and top it with a stopper lid. This activates a grinder which pulverizes the food. This type is more expensive than its counterpart but it’s considered to be a safer option.

Garbage disposals also come in a variety of motor sizes that include 1 HP, ¾ HP, ½ HP, and 1/3 HP. 1/2 and 1/3 HP model types are perfect for soft foods but, due to their limited power, these models also come with smaller grinding chambers. That is to say, they are not able to handle large amounts of waste food in an efficient manner.

If you want smoother operation, fewer jams, and finer pulverization, the ¾ HP and 1 HP models are best. They cost a little more but they have larger grinding chambers and can handle higher volumes of waste food. They will also place less stress on your plumbing system.

Garbage Disposal Recommendations

When it’s time to buy a garbage disposal, there are many options available, especially because the newer models have updated features. For instance, the InSinkErator brand has a new model called the “Evolution Excel” that comes with an auto-reversing grind function. Other popular disposers include:

  • Whirlaway Model 291 with ½ HP
  • Waste King L-1001 Legend Food Waste Disposer with ½ HP
  • InSinkErator Evolution Septic Assist Disposer with ¾ HP
  • InSinkErator Evolution Essential Food Waste Disposer with ¾ HP
  • Waste King L-8000 Legend Series with 1 HP

Additional Considerations

  • Disposals with food chambers made out of glass filled nylon or stainless steel are rust resistant and easier to clean
  • All disposals are a little noisy but those with insulated grinding chambers and a higher HP are less jarring on the ears

Buying a new garbage disposal is an important investment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The information listed above will give you an idea of what’s available and will help you narrow down your choices so that you can make a decision that benefits you. Happy Shopping!

 

…Watch for our next article on Garbage Disposal Installation

 

Garbage Disposal Tips

garbage disposal electric panelHas your garbage disposal been acting up lately? Before you spend money calling us, check out the following tips and tricks to help you fix, or prevent, common issues that we find most commonly plague owners of this very important home appliance.

But, don’t hesitate to call us if you have any problems. Your safety is our priority.

Before we get started, it is important to note that, under no circumstances should you put your hand in the disposal. If you do, please first turn off the electricity to your garbage disposal via your electric circuit box (shown above). If you can’t do this, call us. You need professional service. Safety is key!

What To Do if Your Garbage Disposal Won’t Turn On

There are several reasons why your garbage disposal won’t come on but, there’s a good chance it’s not a major malfunction. Just follow these steps:

  • Reset your garbage disposal. Garbage disposals have a reset button. It’s located on the bottom of your appliance and is red. Push in this reset button to get it working again.
  • If this step doesn’t work, check the circuit breaker to see if it has tripped and, if so, push the lever back into the on position on your electric circuit box.

 

If you hear a humming sound, there is some hope. The humming indicates that your unit wants to work, but the blades might be stuck. Some object might be keeping your blade motor from turning. You can try dislodging this object so that the motor assembly is freed and turns freely. Your garbage disposal blades are fine, but you’re blade motor needs to turn freely so your garbage disposal blades can do their job. It might be a small piece of bone or similar very small object.

garbage  disposal jamYou might try unsticking your blade motor. It’s easy and this works. Do you have a plunger in your house or an old broom handle? You need a piece of wood about this size in length and diameter. If you have a plunger with a wooden stick attached, this is perfect. Unscrew the stick from the rubber part of the plunger. Ensure that you have all power to your disposal turned off to ensure your safety. Just flip your circuit breaker switch to the off position. Apply hard pressure against one of you garbage disposal blades. Most garbage disposals have three blades. Push it until it moves.

This will dislodge the object that is preventing the motor from turning. Turn your electricity back on, hit your red reset button again, and you should be good to go. If not, repeat this procedure. Apply more pressure against your blades. You should feel the motor actually move. If this doesn’t work, you’re probably not applying direct pressure on your blades. Grab a flashlight and find your three blades. This will help you find your target and get the job done.

 

If none of these options get your garbage disposal working again, then the issue might lie with the fault switch of the disposal itself. If this is the case, you won’t hear any humming sound assuming you’ve pressed the red reset button under your garbage disposal. To fix this, follow these steps:

    • Find the garbage disposal’s power switch. It is usually located either under the sink or on the wall next to the unit
    • Go to the circuit breaker and cut off the power to the disposal
    • Replace the switch that powers the disposal
    • Go to the circuit breaker and turn the power back on.

Check to make sure that the disposal works. If not, you should call us. It is also important to note that, if you are unable to turn your disposal on and you cannot detect a humming sound coming from the unit, this means that it is probably beyond repair and will need to be replaced.

Quick Tips on Garbage Disposal Preventive Maintenance

Garbage disposals help make our lives easier, but it’s important that we take care of these appliances to keep them running at their best. The following usage tips will help you do a bit of preventative maintenance so that you can avoid some of the common problems that plague these units:

  • Keep potato peels, eggshells, and coffee grounds out of your disposal. When these materials are pulverized, they create a paste that will accumulate and clog your drain.
  • Grind up ice cubes and lemon peels in your disposal, about once or twice a month to keep it maintained.
  • Pour a half-cup of vinegar and a couple of handfuls of baking soda down the disposal every month. It’s important to note that, when doing this, you must not turn the unit on. Let the mixture sit in the hopper until its finished foaming. Once this has occurred, rinse the mixture down the drain.

 

 

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Water Bill

reduce your water billAs summer continues, the continued heat means you’re bathing more, watering plants, watering the grass, washing your cars and making gallons of iced beverages. The purpose of this article is to provide some easy ideas to help you reduce your water bill by following these simple tips.

 Tips to Reduce Your Water Bill

Stop Leaks

Check all your faucets for leaks. A month of drips can add up to anywhere from 200-250 gallons of waste water. Also, be sure to check your toilet. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank and waiting 15 minutes before flushing. If any food coloring appears in the bowl before flushing, you have a leak. Check your toilets as well! Look in the bowl after you flush. Make sure the water in the bowl is not moving. If it’s moving, the water is draining and you’re losing water! This is a relatively easy job for you to fix. Just make sure you fix it. This will help you reduce your water bill! If you need help, we’re here… just give us a call.

Tip: If you decide to invest in a new toilet, look for one with the EPA WaterSense label. They use at least 20% less water than a standard toilet. This will save a family of four $90/yr in reduced water utility bills.
Learn more about WaterSense HETs.

Shower Power

The EPA reports showering saves significant amounts of water. A bath tub can use 30 gallons or more, depending on the water depth. If you DO soak in the tub, use the bath water on your plants. Try to limit your showers to 5 minutes or less. Also, think about getting a water-efficient showerhead to save even more. And, look for those leaking shower heads!

 

Go Easy on the Dishwasher

Run the dishwasher only when it’s fully loaded and use the economy setting. Newer models run on different cycles, so check your manufacturer’s recommendations for the most efficient setting. Also, scrape dishes rather than rinsing them before placing them in the dishwasher.

 

Garbage Disposals: Cash Down the Drain

They can use as much as 4 gallons of water per minute! Consider disposing of food waste by composting or by wrapping it and placing it in the trash. Here’s some great tips that can help you keep your garbage disposal operating at peak proficiency. Do you peel potatoes? One of our customers has been peeling potatoes all summer and his drains kept clogging. Do not put the peels in your garbage disposal? And, never put coffee grinds or egg shells in your disposal!

 

Outdoor Water Use

It’s okay to let the soil dry out between watering your lawn. Water your vegetables and annuals as soon as they start to wilt. Perennials are tougher and only need water when they get droopy. Water during the cooler parts of the day to reduce evaporation. The EPA estimates that more than 50 percent of landscape water is lost due to evaporation, wind, or overwatering. If you water during the hot and humid part of day, as much as 30 percent of the water will be lost to evaporation alone.

Make sure your sprinkler is only watering plants and grass, not your sidewalk. Check hoses for leaks, and collect rainwater in barrels to water plants. The EPA suggests using soaker hoses because they use less water than sprinklers.

Another great idea is to use the water you might have sitting in the kids’ swimming pools. This is the water that you may have accumulated via rain, not the filtered chlorinated water associated with built in swimming pools.

In summary, using these simple tips will help you reduce your water bill. And, keep your eyes posted for other simple techniques. I saw a commercial on television that was both funny and informative. During a nice rainfall, a very intuitive family was using this as an opportunity to wash their cars. So, keep your eyes peeled for other ways to use free rain water to help you save on your water bills. As always, give us a call if you need help with any leaks you might have around your house or if you need any toilets replaced. We always recommend that you prepare a checklist of those little problems, like leaky faucets and toilets, and have our technician fix these problems on one service call. This will also save you money!

For more great tips on water usage and conservation, here’s a great article: Water Watch. Be sure to scroll down to the plumbing sections.

3 New Hot Water Heater Technologies

hot-water-heaterWhen your old hot water heater stops working, you will either need to repair or replace it. However, with hot water heater technology evolving at such a rapid rate, it can be hard to pinpoint which option is best for you. The information below discusses three of the most popular high tech hot water heaters to help you find the right balance between efficiency and performance for your particular home.

Tankless Hot Water Heater (see picture above left).

Like the name suggests, these water heaters do not contain a water storage tank. Instead of keeping 40 or 50 gallons of heated water in a reservoir 24 hours a day (which is a waste of energy and a drain on your utility bill) a tank-less unit heats the water as you need it.

Pros:

  • Never run out of hot water
  • Saves about 30-50% in energy costs, when compared to conventional gas heaters
  • Takes up less space

Cons:

  • Takes about 3-8 seconds to heat the water to the desired temperature
  • Not easy to install
  • Must be flushed with special chemicals every year to maintain energy efficiency and remove scale

Hybrid Electric Heat-pump Hot Water Heater

This type of hot water heater works by pulling heat out of the surrounding air and pumping it into the storage pump. It has conventional heating coils but, they only activate when the heat pump cannot sufficiently warm the water by itself.

Pros:

  • Lowest operating cost of any electric water heater on the market, especially if you live in a warm climate and it is installed in your hot garage or attic
  • Potential tax incentives and/or rebates (check with your state and electricity provider)

Cons:

  • Costly price tag
  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Air filter must be cleaned on a regular basis to maintain operating efficiency

Condensing Gas Hot Water Heater

Instead of wasting energy by sending hot exhaust gases out of the flue, a condensing gas hot water heater blows them through the coil at the bottom of the fan to heat the water to the desired temperatures.

Pros:

  • Most energy-efficient, gas powered water heater on the market
  • High first hour recovery rate virtually guarantees that you’ll never run out of hot water

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Require venting and gas line reconfiguration

Important Considerations

Regardless of the model that you choose, there are a couple of ratings that you must check before you buy your new heater:

  • Energy factor (EF): Indicates how efficient the unit is; the higher the number the more efficient the heater.
  • First hour recovery: This is for storage tank heaters and indicates the amount of hot water that you will get within the first hour after opening the spigot.
  • Flow rate: This is for tank-less heaters, that use incoming winter water temperatures to provide the flow rate that you want.

Before you put down a ton of money for a new high tech hot water heater, it is important that you take some time to understand the pros and cons of each. To learn more about hot water heaters, see 5 Facts About Hot Water Heaters. The information above will help you narrow down your options so that you make the right investment for your needs. However, even though all the new models are more energy efficient, that doesn’t mean you’ll find them the most cost effective for your family. Plus, we are always ready to answer your questions and provide you with the facts you need to make an educated decision to meet your particular needs.

 

5 Facts About Hot Water Heaters

hot-water-heaterWithout hot water heaters, we would all have to heat water on the stoves to have hot baths; a tedious and time consuming chore, and not a very pleasant thought. Thankfully, in this day and age, there are appliances that provide us with readily available hot water with just the turn of a faucet.

After a trying day, a hot bath may be all that you need to wash the stress away. While many of us appreciate the feeling we get when we take a hot shower, most of us hardly ever think of how this luxury is provided.

Types of Hot Water Heaters

Most hot water heaters consist of a drum-shaped tank with a stand on the end but, there are tankless versions as well. The tanks hold a reservoir of hot water so that when the faucet is turned on, the hot water is available to meet your needs. Because of their large size and general aesthetic reasons, the heater’s tank is usually kept out of sight, in the laundry, basement, or a special cupboard.

There are three main types of hot water heaters:

  1. Electric Heaters: Electric heaters are powered by electricity and use a thermostat to help them maintain a comfortable temperature. If the water temperature happens to fall below the preset level, the electric current will raise it to the desired level. These tanks tend to be about 93% efficient; the highest among heater models. (See diagram above)
  2. Gas heaters: Gas heaters operate under similar principles as their electric counterparts. The main difference being that, as the name suggests, they utilize gas for energy. Their level of energy efficiency is largely dependent on their age and size. For instance, models made before 1990 tend to be anywhere from 45% 61% energy efficient. Newer models tend to be at least 62% energy efficient.
  3. Tankless water heaters: As the name suggests, these heaters work without the benefit of a water reservoir; instead they heat the water as needed. They are available in both electric and gas models and are typically about 82% energy efficient.

 

5 Little Known Facts About Hot Water Heaters

Hot water heaters are essential to your total home comfort. However, there is much that we don’t know about them. Take a look at the following 5 facts

  1. Approximately 25% of the energy is used in your home is used to heat your water. Because they use such a large amount of energy, it is important that you purchase a unit that is energy efficient.
  2. Most of your hot water usage comes from doing laundry and taking baths.
  3. The typical hot water heater with a tank lasts anywhere from 10 to 13 years.
  4. Tank water heaters should be drained and filled every 3 months so that they remain in optimum working condition.
  5. Tankless water heaters don’t provide instant hot water when the faucet is turned on.

 

The Bottom Line on Hot Water Heaters

The hot water heater is an essential appliance for every home. Regardless if you are buying your first water heater or your fourth, knowing the facts about water heaters will help you make an informed decision.

HVAC: Air Conditioning

HVACWe’ve been in this business for quite some time, and find that a lot of people do not understand the term HVAC. HVAC is a common industry term, but it does not translate very well to consumers. The purpose of this article is to explain HVAC in layman’s terms and also provide some timely and useful information on the air conditioning component in your HVAC system. And, we’ll provide some tips on how to avoid costly upsells you might not need.

HVAC

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Your HVAC system is one of the most important parts of your home. HVAC includes the three major functions of your home comfort system. A complete system controls humidity, fresh air intake, maintains the quality of the air in your home, heats your home in the winter, and cools your home in the summer.

Air Conditioning

It’s that time of year. Customers are testing their air conditioning units for the long awaited summer months. And, they are calling us to perform service checks to tune up and make minor repairs to maintain their air conditioning systems. So, that’s our focus in this article.

How Does Your Air Conditioner Work: Here is a quick, simple and easy to understand video on how your air conditioner works.

 

In addition to the three major components mentioned in the video; the compressor, the condensor coil, and the evaporator coil, your air conditioning system relies on ductwork throughout your home to deliver cool air. And, of course, your system relies on freon to complete the cooling process. Please see our recent article on Air Conditioning Repair Tips before calling a professional repair service.

 

Be aware of scams or upsells.

Sadly, some companies pressure their techs to upsell regardless of the condition of the system. Conversely, some techs try to upsell to customers without the consent of their company. Let take a look at an example. An 84-yr old woman calls a local Plumbing and HVAC company to request preventative maintenance on her air conditioning system. She pays the company $89 for this service.

The company HVAC Tech recommends she replace and upgrade her entire system because its 15-years old and uses an old type of Freon. He estimates the price to be between $6-10,000. Yet, her current system is working just fine. The compressor works, the condensor coil and evaporator coil are both fine and she doesn’t need Freon. Nothing is broke! He promises to give her an exact price the following week. Coincidentally, this same company replaced her heating system about four years ago and she had to finance the cost. And, she’s still making payments on her very limited fixed income. Be careful folks!

Granted, there are a lot of good reasons to upgrade or replace the air conditioning component of your HVAC system, but there are also some bad reasons to make this huge investment. If you’re on a tight budget, it might be a whole lot better to know and understand the basic components of your air conditioning system and have them fixed if and when they break. And, they will break much less often if you take care of your system with yearly preventative maintenance. We, at Jerry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, strive to meet our customer’s needs, not our own!

 

 

Air Conditioning Repair Tips

air conditioning repairBefore you call a company for air conditioning repair, there are a few things you can try on your own. While many air conditioning repairs require a professional, homeowners can troubleshoot some common home air conditioning problems themselves.

First of all, and to avoid troubleshooting, please read this important article on Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance. It provides some great tips on how to preserve your current air conditioning system and prevent the higher costs associated with air conditioning repair and replacement.

If troubleshooting become an issue, here’s a link to an excellent article on Angie’s List on Troubleshooting Common Air Conditioning Problems. This article addresses four common air conditioning repair problems and recommends what you can do if: 1. Your air condenser isn’t running; 2. You have inadequate cooling; 3. Your air conditioning unit is running, but doesn’t cool; and, 4. Your air unit repeatedly shuts off. And, finally they provide advice on when to call a professional.

We also recommend you read our article titled Air Conditioning Repair Services in Southern Maryland. In this article we provide recommendations on what to look for and how to choose a professional air conditioning repair contractor should you have the need to do so.

Finally, you might want to check out this timely article on Air Conditioner Repair and Replacement. In this article, we describe some of the many technical changes that have occurred in air conditioning repair. For example, as of 2010, manufacturers must use a new kind of refrigerant that’s not an ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon. Plus, we explain some cost/benefit solutions when making a decision to either repair or replace your air conditioning system.

In review, this article is intended to provide you some answers and resolution to common air conditioning repair problems. As a homeowner, there are several options that you can try yourself. First of all, we always recommend that annual air conditioning preventive maintenance will help you avoid expensive repairs in the first place. Finally, should repair or replacement become issues, it’s always best to be an informed consumer.