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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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4 Reasons You Should Service Your Air Conditioner Early

April 24th, 2017

air-conditioning-service-condenserThe weather is warming up, which means your heating system can finally take a break. It’s easy to feel confident that your air conditioner will work when you need it. And it may work perfectly well—with hidden problems that don’t reveal themselves until a hot, humid day finally hits.

We encourage our customers to schedule maintenance for their air conditioning systems well before they break down, as early in the season as possible. If you’re still on the fence about whether this service is right for you, we’re here to show you why early AC service is vital to your comfort this year.

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Tips for Getting Your Sump Pump Ready for Spring

April 10th, 2017

sump-pump-basementYou deserve to be excited for warmer weather and springtime clothing. However, you shouldn’t neglect preparing your home for a season that brings beautiful scenery, but potentially disastrous consequences for your home. April showers bring may flowers, but they can also bring flooding to your home. That’s why you have a sump pump in place—but is it really ready for spring?

You should not count on a sump pump working properly if you have not put in the work to ensure it will run correctly. Get your sump pump ready for spring with tips from plumbers in Montclair, NJ, and call our team for more information about our helpful home services!

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Why Does My Gas Furnace Turn On and Off Constantly?

March 27th, 2017

natural-gas-furnace-burnersYou’ve had enough. Your gas furnace cannot seem to do its job the way you’re used to, and you’re tired of hearing the system turn on and off dozens of times throughout the day. Is there something you can do? Will you have to call in a technician? Will you need a new furnace?

Sometimes, the solution is simple—at least with the help of a qualified heating technician—and the issue can be resolved with little stress. There may even be things you can do on your own to resolve it. But, of course, something troubling may cause you to spend a lot on repairs or furnace replacement. We’re here to detail all of these situations.

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6 Signs You Need a Water Softener for Your Home

March 13th, 2017

Clean-Water-HandsToday, most water supplies have a hefty level of filtration and conditioning before they get to your faucets. And if you use ground water (a private well), you likely have your own water treatment system on site. But something many people don’t realize is missing from their homes is protection from hard water.

Hard water is the name for water with a high concentration of minerals in it, things like calcium and magnesium. These minerals are harmless to ingest, but may do a world of damage to your plumbing system. Hard water should be taken care of with a water softener as it enters the home, before it gets a chance to put your pipes out of commission. Check out the signs that a whole-house water softener is in your best interest.

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More About Indoor Air Filtration (Why a Filter Isn’t Enough)

February 27th, 2017

air-filtration-sneezingYour air filter serves an extremely valuable purpose when it comes to your heating and cooling systems. Without it, your air handler (the blower fan and other indoor components of your furnace or air conditioner) could suffer damage due to the force of incoming debris. But the filter media blocks the way and keeps your equipment protected.

You must change the filter every 1-3 months if you expect your air conditioner or heater to do its job, and not for the reason many people think. A quality filter does keep many allergens out of the air, but the reason we recommend regular changeouts is to continue to protect your AC and heating equipment. A clogged filter could keep air from flowing into the system with ease.

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5 Things You May Not Know about Your Garbage Disposal

February 13th, 2017

garbage-disposal-kitchen-sinkOne of the best modern plumbing innovations, according to many chefs and homeowners, is the garbage disposal. Without it, we’d spend way more time scraping things into the kitchen trash bag, and more time carrying trash bags outside as well. Thankfully, we can just dump most of our leftovers into the sink—but not all of it.

Lots of people are unaware of what does and does not belong in a garbage disposal, and they may have many misconceptions that mean the garbage disposal may not always be treated properly. We want to help. Here, learn 5 things about your garbage disposal you may not know already, and call our plumbers in Montclair, NJ for more information.

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4 Things to Try before Calling for Heating Repairs

January 30th, 2017

thermostat-heating-repairA broken heating system can be frustrating, but what’s just as frustrating is finding out that you could solve the problem on your own—after you’ve already called in a technician. This happens fairly often. Our professional heating technicians show up to a job, only to have to break it to the homeowner that there was a simple fix they missed.

Most repairs are things that should only be left up to professional heating technicians. However, these are a few of the things you can look at or try before giving us a call.

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Does a Leaky Water Heater Need Replacement?

January 16th, 2017

It’s easy to jump to conclusions when you notice a leak in your water heater. Your first fear may be that you’ll have to replace the whole thing. And, unfortunately, this is often necessary.

However, there are times when a leaky water heater only needs a new component. Learn more about how to tell what your water leak means in this guide. And prevent future leaks by calling in professional plumbers for routine water heater maintenance visits.

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