DeHart Plumbing, Heating, and Air Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Modesto’

Beware These Common End-Of-Season AC Repair Needs

Monday, October 11th, 2021
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It’s officially Fall, and while we can still likely expect some heatwaves throughout the rest of the year–after all, it is California–it’s just about time to turn our attention to our heating systems. In fact, it’s never too early to schedule heating system maintenance, if you haven’t done so already!

That said, it’s likely you have been using your AC system pretty consistently over the last few months. The absolute last thing you need now is an unexpected breakdown or huge repair issue when you still need your system.

We have some good news, fortunately! Most AC repair needs show very clear symptoms well before these issues cause your air conditioner to break down. So if you notice any of these symptoms, you can give us a call right away. Once repaired, you can rely on your air conditioner not only for the rest of our warm weather. but when you need it as temperatures warm up again next spring.

Remember, you shouldn’t ever try to formally diagnose or repair a faulty air conditioner on your own. There are potentially harmful components involved, such as the chemical refrigerant. But you can be diligent and give us a call if you notice any of these troubling AC repair signs:

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Checklist for HVAC Efficiency

Monday, September 27th, 2021

Modesto is no place to be without a functional air conditioner. It isn’t that great in the wintertime either if you don’t have a central heater in place. Still, though, these things cost money to run. In fact, HVAC systems account for about half of a home’s energy use. It makes sense that you’d like to use yours as efficiently as possible.

The good news is, there are very easy ways to do just that. Read on as we uncover our checklist for HVAC efficiency to help you start saving money.

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Signs It’s Time for a Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, September 13th, 2021
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If we could make a safe bet, we’d say that you likely do not think about the drains in your home all that much. That’s okay, not many people do! However, it is important to note that if you don’t keep your drains in proper shape, they can cause a number of problems for you down the line.

It’s important for homeowners like yourself to know when it’s time to call for professional drain cleaning services, so your drains can be as effective and healthy as possible. Read on as we uncover a couple of signs that it is, in fact, time to call us for this service.

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The Troubles With Old AC Units

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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We encourage our customers to invest in energy-efficient heating and air conditioning equipment in Modesto, CA for their homes. The newest high-efficiency air conditioners can make a tremendous difference in how much energy a house uses and also helps the home lower its impact on the environment. 

We also recommend people upgrade to this new equipment because we know too many homes that keep their air conditioners far longer than they should. Letting an air conditioner sit in place years after it should normally retire leads to numerous problems and unnecessarily high costs. 

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How Do Duct Leaks Start in the First Place?

Monday, August 23rd, 2021
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Our top concern with our customers is helping them enjoy the best energy efficiency for their home so they can “Live Green, Save Green!” One of the major sources of energy loss in homes comes from ductwork leaks in the HVAC system, and unfortunately, this is a problem that’s easy to escape homeowners’ notice for a long time. 

We’ve previously written about how you can detect duct leakage in your home, and in this post, we’ll address another question about this problem: Why do duct leaks start in the first place? 

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Could Your Water Quality Use Improvement?

Monday, August 16th, 2021
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If all of your home’s water comes from a city water main, rather than a well, then you likely know that the water supply goes through a heavy treatment process before it reaches your household. The effectiveness of these water treatment facilities vary from city to city, though most of them are definitely good enough to remove the majority of harmful materials from the water. It’s important to remember though, there are a lot of miles between that water treatment plant and your home, and so a water treatment plant can’t be 100% effective at eliminating all possible contaminants.

There’s always a chance that some trace elements such as lead or mineral deposits can get into your home’s water supply. While some contaminants are definitely more unhealthy than others, nobody wants impurities in their water, period. In order to add an extra layer of protection to your home’s water supply, you may want to consider installing a water treatment system. This is especially a good idea if you notice the following symptoms:

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Are Window ACs an Energy-Efficient Option for Cooling?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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More than 75 years ago, Robert Sherman invented the window air conditioner. Most homes and buildings today have some type of air conditioning system, making it easy to overlook what a tremendous breakthrough in comfort the window AC was. At the time, central air conditioning was bulky and extremely expensive, and few homes had any type of ductwork to allow it. Thanks to the window AC, homes everywhere could enjoy summer cooling. This single invention opened up the sunbelt to a population boom.

But that was long ago. Window ACs are still here, but advances in technology have made central ACs affordable for many homes. Is there a serious choice between the two for today’s homeowner? Can window ACs compete when it comes to saving energy?

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Heed These Signs Your Home Needs Repiping

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
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Just like any other component that helps provide comfort and modern conveniences to your household, your plumbing system wears down over time, with some material types aging more quickly than others. This means that at some point during your homeownership, particularly if your home is more than a few decades old, you’re likely to need pipe relining, plumbing repair, or perhaps even complete home repiping. This is a complex job. However, our professional plumbers are very familiar with the work it entails, and we’ll be able to manage it for you with ease!

Additionally, you will benefit in many ways from whole-house repiping. First of all, you won’t need to worry about any sudden plumbing leaks or repair needs for years. Of course, the inevitable plumbing problem doesn’t seem so inevitable if you haven’t experienced one yet, right? And we absolutely understand any hesitance in investing in a large plumbing project.

But managing your repiping needs as soon as you can will help you avoid many potential issues, such as higher water bills, potential property damage from leaks, and more. But how do you know if you need repiping? We’ve provided some guidance on that question below.

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Better Insulation: Useful All-Year Round

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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We can offer plenty of tips to cut down on summer air conditioning costs. For example, we encourage customers to invest in high-efficiency equipment, which is one of the best ways to make cooling less costly while benefiting the environment.

One idea for lowering AC costs you may not have thought of is improving the insulation in your house. We offer installation and replacement of insulation in Modesto, CA. This is one of the best investments homeowners make because it’s useful year-round. 

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Unique Ductless Needs to Be Aware Of

Monday, July 19th, 2021
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When it comes time for you to choose a new air conditioning system for your home, there are so many options to choose from, right? To make sure that your AC system of choice works as effectively and efficiently as it is meant to, you’ll need to ensure that you work with a professional to find one that fits your specific home and budget.

One of the options you’ll find in your research is the ductless HVAC system.

Rather than utilizing a system of air ducts to function–connected to a single indoor air handler and outdoor unit–a ductless system does not use ductwork. It’s comprised of a single outdoor unit and up to 4 indoor air handlers, which can be discreetly mounted up on the walls in the rooms where you need cooling (or heating).

If you already have a ductless system, you’re familiar with this concept. If, however, you aren’t a ductless owner yet and you’re considering it, then you should learn about the unique needs your system may have.

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