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Pros and Cons of a Lennox Solar Air Conditioner

Village Plumbing in Houston, TX is a dealer of Lennox HVAC systems. Lennox is known for precise, energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions, two-stage units, and a range of other technologies. Among its innovations are solar air conditioners. Going solar is the ultimate in going green. Here, we’ll look at how a Lennox solar air conditioner works and what the pros and cons of owning one are. What Is a Lennox Solar AC? A solar AC looks like a standard air

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Is It Wise to Hire a $50 Plumber?

Experiencing a plumbing emergency while on a budget can be a tough situation. Plumbers are notoriously expensive. But with that cost comes expertise and quality materials, not to mention nearly round-the-clock availability. So, is it a good idea to choose a $50 plumber you see advertised online? According to HomeAdvisor, plumber’s rates go from $45 to $200 per hour as of 2022, with the average cost of hiring a plumber at about $330. It may not be hard to find

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What Are Those Funny Furnace Noises I Keep Hearing?

If you have an older furnace, you may ask, “Why is my furnace popping?” or “Why does it seem louder than usual?” It’s not uncommon for an older unit to make more noise. Depending on what you hear, there may be no cause for concern. Other times, noise can mean you need furnace repair. Newer furnaces are designed to operate with minimal noise. It’s not likely you’ll hear much from them. But with any furnace, you want to listen carefully

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Why Is Backflow Testing So Important?

Backflow is when water flows backward in a plumbing system. This may happen due to pipe failure, an open fire hydrant, or heavy rain. While backflow prevention devices are effective at avoiding drinking water contamination and wastewater backup, they need to be periodically tested. Backflow testing should be performed regularly by a certified professional. Whether your plumbing is protected by air gaps, double check valve assemblies, pressure vacuum breaker assemblies, atmospheric vacuum breakers, or reduce pressure backflow assemblies, backflow testing

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When To Schedule Water Heater Replacement in Houston

Village Plumbing and Air is a leader in water heater services in the Houston area. We know how to repair just about any issue. But eventually, a hot water heater will reach the end of its service life. Knowing when to replace it can save you money in the long run. Here are some reasons to consider water heater replacement in Houston: The Age of the Appliance Average estimates of water heater longevity range from seven to 10 years to

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Do I Need a Permit for Plumbing or Air Conditioning Repair?

There are many reasons to hire skilled HVAC technicians or licensed plumbers in Houston. Aside from their knowledge and expertise, a permit may be required for the project. It’s typically a contractor’s job to pull a permit, so attempting a DIY plumbing or AC repair, water heater replacement, or kitchen or bathroom remodel may be out of the question. What Is a Permit? A permit is a document issued by a city or county that authorizes a project. Whether any

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Top Signs You Need a Houston Sewer Cleaning Professional

Branch pipes from tubs, sinks, toilets, and other plumbing fixtures and appliances in your home all lead to the sewer line. Wastewater from your home is then transported to a local water treatment facility. That’s if all is working as it should. A sewer line problem can wreak havoc in your home and be a dangerous situation. Here are the top signs it’s time to call a Houston sewer cleaning professional. Water Starts to Back Up a Drain A sink,

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How Does an AC Tune Up Service Improve Efficiency?

Modern air conditioners are designed to run efficiently and improve climate control. But without proper maintenance, they won’t do so for long. That’s why HVAC contractors provide AC tune up services, which can prevent declines in performance and system breakdowns. It’s often advertised that a tune up will reduce energy usage, lower your electric bill, and help your AC last longer. All these can save you money. But how does one service call do this? That’s because it allows an

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How Is Backflow Testing Performed?

Backflow prevention and testing must be performed at residential buildings, restaurants, and commercial businesses. Annual backflow testing is required by Houston and the state of Texas. Backflow is the reversal of contaminated water, which can then flow into clean water lines. It may contain human waste, dirt, chemicals, bacteria, and other hazardous materials. You can therefore see why backflow testing is so important. A device called a backflow preventer can stop backflow in the event of a significant change in

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What to Do After a Water Main Break

As any water utility company knows, a water main break is a fact of life. Stormy weather, temperature changes, ground shifting, water pressure fluctuations, and the age of pipes can trigger water main pipe breaks. Signs of a water main break include low water pressure in your home or pooling or running of water on the street. Utilities can fix the problem in a few hours to a few days, but here’s what you can do as soon as the

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