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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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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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PEX A vs. PEX B Piping: What’s the Difference?

Today, PEX piping is commonly used by residential plumbers. However, it wasn’t commonplace in the U.S. Until the mid-1980s, after having been introduced in Europe in 1968. Cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX, is available in different types. For this article, we’ll focus on two of them, and discuss PEX A vs. PEX B, their benefits, and when one is preferred over another.   Both forms are the same size, meeting Copper Tube Size standards. They also meet the ASTM F876 performance

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Tankless Water Heater Frozen

Tankless Water Heater Frozen? Here’s What to Do

Water heaters freeze much less often than pipes in winter. Hot water flowing through a traditional water heater usually keeps it safe. But since a tankless water heater turns on only when you use hot water, it has inherently less protection. Here’s what to do when your tankless water heater is frozen, and how you can prevent this.   Why Do Tankless Water Heaters Freeze? One downside to tankless water heaters is they are prone to issues during cold weather.

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10 Warning Signs You Need a Furnace Repair

Your furnace works hard during the winter months and wear and tear can take a toll. Damage can also occur during the months you don’t use it. Scheduling furnace repair as soon as possible can prevent a breakdown. These are 10 signs the unit should be inspected and fixed by a qualified professional. When Do I Need A Furnace Repair? 1. A Lack of Heat The primary job of your furnace is to provide heat. If there’s little or no

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Top Furnace Room Safety Tips to ALWAYS Follow

Once the temperature drops, your furnace may not run flawlessly after months of inactivity. Furnace reliability and safety don’t come automatically. In addition to professional maintenance, it’s important to follow these safety tips for your furnace room: Make Sure the Space Is Well Ventilated Fuel-powered furnaces burn natural gas, oil, or propane. Improper ventilation can cause harmful fumes to back up into your home, including carbon monoxide. Electric furnaces need to be ventilated as well. Make sure vent pipes are

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How Often Do I Need a Furnace Inspection?

Regular home maintenance doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of thing you want to think about after a busy work week, but there are very good reasons for staying on top of your maintenance checklist. Conducting regular maintenance on things like your HVAC, furnace, refrigerator, and even your garage door can help you save money on repairs, not to mention utility costs. For this article, we’re going to shift focus to furnace inspection and maintenance.  The furnace is a vital

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Top 10 Plumbing Tips for the New Year

Now that the holidays are over and we’re well into the new year, it’s time we pay a little added attention to home maintenance so that the inner workings of your home operate smoothly throughout the year. One of the most important elements of any functioning home, aside from electricity, is your home’s plumbing system. Treat it kindly.  10 Plumbing Tips for the New Year Ensuring that your plumbing system is in tip-top shape is pretty important. We’ve compiled a

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Winter Weather Plumbing Preparation List

It’s time to start thinking about preparing your plumbing for the winter weather. According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), frozen pipes are the leading source of property damage during severe winter weather. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or hire a professional to get it done, as there are some simple steps you can take now before freezing temperatures descend on your city. Here is your winter weather plumbing preparation list.  How

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Can an Emergency Furnace Repair Save Christmas?

If you’re thinking about whether or not your furnace is working properly, we have some insightful information that may help you understand if your furnace is operating safely. While these complex devices are built to last through all types of weather and rarely pose a threat to your home or family, fire hazards and carbon monoxide leaks do happen. And these issues can happen when you least expect them. Knowing what to look for at the first sign of trouble

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