MarGo Plumbing Heating Cooling Inc. Blog

Is DIY Plumbing Your Best Option?

September 11th, 2017

plunger-woman-call-plumberDo-it-yourself work has reached a new peak in recent years. With Pinterest and other DIY sites and guides, you can give it your best when you decide to take up wood crafting, knitting, cooking, or any hobby around the house. You can also learn some of the tips and tricks for, say, fixing a squeaky door or cleaning stains off the carpet.

But some repairs may not be suited to the same DIY treatment. When it comes to your home’s plumbing, you can’t afford to lose access to clean water, or to have a leak take over your home. Often, a professional plumber who has the right training for the job is the best bet—but some projects still have an easy DIY solution.

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Water Lines?

August 28th, 2017

pipe-leak-crack-waterThere’s no more important resource for your home than water. Having fresh, clean water come into our homes at the turn of a handle is something we all expect, and rightfully so, but there may come a time when this is not as reliable as it’s always been.

The water lines running underneath your property are built tough, in order to withstand the high flow of water moving into your home over the years. But at some point, they will need to be replaced.

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How to Prevent Air Conditioning Repair

August 14th, 2017

ac-maintenance-repairIt’s hard to say why air conditioners break when they do. Your air conditioning system may be working just fine one day but refuse to start up the next. On the other hand, air conditioners may wear out slowly, with noticeably reduced performance that one day leads to a not-entirely-unexpected system breakdown.

While technicians cannot tell you exactly when an air conditioner will break, they can help you to take the necessary steps to prevent the air conditioner from breaking in the first place. They can detect that a part of your air conditioner is failing so that you can replace or repair it before you ever have to worry about a system breakdown. And that all starts with a tune-up.

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What Can You Do about a Leaky Sink?

July 31st, 2017

sink-and-wrenchWhen a sink leaks at one drop per second, it can waste 3,000 gallons of water in a year. Plus, that drip-drip-drip sound is certainly not pleasant. When it comes from underneath the sink, it could damage your cabinets or flooring. And from a plumber’s point of view, the problem with a leaky sink is that the issue can only get worse.

You should act in a timely manner when you notice a leak in the sink (or underneath it), and that means more than just putting down a bucket to catch the water. What can you do about a leaky sink, and when should you contact a plumber?

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What Can You Do Right Away When the Air Conditioner Breaks Down?

July 17th, 2017

woman-fan-hotAs air conditioning technicians, we always advise you to leave major AC repairs to a professional in your service area. Still, when your air conditioner breaks down completely, we have some advice to add on that may keep you cool while you wait—or that might fix the problem entirely (without the help of a technician).

When your air conditioner won’t turn on, there are some things you should check before calling a technician. Otherwise, there are also things you can do to stay cool while you wait. We’ve got some expert advice below, but call in our team when you do need same-day service from people who know their stuff.

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Could Your Air Conditioner Just Need More Refrigerant?

July 3rd, 2017

refrigerant-ac-systemA question we get a lot when we show up for AC repair is, “Does it just need more Freon?” This is something homeowners hope for, likely because they’ve heard it’s an easy solution. After all, when a car’s air conditioner stops working, the technician might say they can just recharge the refrigerant.

However, this might not be the case. First of all, your air conditioner has a lot of electrical and mechanical components and any one of them could be responsible for your cooling breakdown. Issues can also get worse over time, which is why it’s so important to call in technicians as soon as possible after an AC breakdown. In addition, a refrigerant leak is not something to be treated as normal.

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What You Should Know about Air Conditioner Sizing

June 19th, 2017

AC-flowers-outsideMost people think about air conditioning sizing much in the same way they would think about picking out a new computer or smartphone. If you have the funds, you’re likely going to pick the one with the largest amount of memory or storage. The bigger the memory, the better. However, this is not often the case in picking out a new central AC unit.

A larger air conditioner won’t necessarily be better, as we’ll describe in the guide below. For more information, be sure to contact a local HVAC technician, and definitely do so before installing a new air conditioner. It’s so important to get one that is the right size for your home!

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5 Ways to Make Your Air Conditioner Work Better

June 5th, 2017

air-conditioner-outside-wrenchWe’re grateful that the widespread use of central air conditioning means summers spent at home are not only bearable, but actually quite comfortable. That is, unless an air conditioner just doesn’t work the way you expect it to.

Your air conditioner might not be running up to your standards just yet. Perhaps it doesn’t reach the temperature setting on the thermostat fast enough, or maybe it’s costing you way too much to run each month. But there may be something you can do to make your air conditioner work better than it is right now! Follow our experts’ advice, and call our team to schedule an appointment for AC service today.

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Water Conditioners vs. Water Softeners: Which Is the Better Choice?

May 22nd, 2017

drip-water-dropsIf your home has hard water, then chances are: you notice. You might become frustrated when scaling forms around drains, the showerhead, and bathroom and kitchen faucets. Or you may notice the biggest difference when you’re showering and hard water makes it so that soap just doesn’t lather all the way.

In any case, you need to take the right steps to make hard water a problem of the past. As you look up your options for hard water remediation, you might come across two terms: water conditioning and water softening. Typically, these words describe two different types of systems that can lessen the effects of hard water in your home and on your plumbing system, but which one is right for you?

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Which Is the Best Air Conditioner for Your Home?

May 8th, 2017

Air-Conditioner-Outside-UnitMaking a major purchase is not something you can take lightly. When you buy a new car, you look at everything from fuel efficiency to paint color. However, picking out the right air conditioner for your home may require you to take some more difficult factors into consideration.

You don’t necessarily pick out an air conditioner based on how it looks. But we also strongly recommend choosing an air conditioner based on price alone. It’s a major purchase that requires careful thought, which is why we’re here to detail your options. To pick the AC that’s right for you, call a local technician today. We’d be happy to help!

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