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Oh no! The water won’t go down the drain. Something’s stuck in there. What? And where? It will take an hour of hard, dirty work to find the issue and clear the clogged drain. And that’s assuming you even have the right drain cleaning tools to fix the clogged drain.
Before you panic, contact a drain cleaning specialist today at 1-800-ANY-TIME. We’re here to help you save time and frustration by cleaning your clogged drain any time, night or day, with our 24-hour emergency drain cleaning service. A drain cleaning specialist will come right to your door in the metro San Diego area.
Why trust us to fix that nasty clogged drain?
Reliability & Experience
We know many things can slip down a sink, tub, toilet, or main floor drain. While it may be tempting to try to fix a clogged drain yourself, this can be dangerous, frustrating, and ineffective. Home drain cleaning remedies rarely solve a deeply clogged drain, and harsh chemical solutions can cause further damage to pipes, or even to your body by harmful fumes and acid burns.
Instead of taking those risks, trust our 1-800-ANY-TIME drain cleaning specialists to clear the clogged drain. Our team has the knowledge and experience to remove safely the blockage from almost any type of clogged drain: main floor drains, plunger drains, grid sink drains, and pop-up sink and tub drains, as well as other types of drains.
You can trust that we will treat you fairly with low, up-front fees. Our business has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and practices their business and security guidelines.
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Before that clogged drain gets any worse, save your time and energy, and call our experienced draining cleaning team at 1-800-ANY-TIME for reliable drain cleaning service anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Homeowners, after a period of time, understand the annoyance of experiencing a drain obstruction. Some are pretty easy to fix–a clogged toilet or shower drain–others, not so much. The deeper the clog develops, the more impossible it is to reach, and when the clog occurs in your sewer system or deep within your home’s plumbing, a plumbing specialist or professional equipment (including video inspection) may be required.
Over time, sewer pipes sometimes collect a whole mess of things within them, like tree branches and roots, scale build-up, debris, and grease. Depending on the situation, instead of the need to replace an entire pipe (a costly repair), the sewer system could benefit more from a thorough cleaning. Plumbing specialists use the method of hydro jetting with the pressure of water at an extremely high rate to force all that junk out of drainage systems and sewer lines.
The pressure at which the hydro jetting equipment sprays the water can reach as high as 35,000 PSI. For a common clog, a plumbing snake, cable, or drain cleaning solution might provide a temporary solution (and limited scope), but hydro jetting clears the entire system. The method is powerful enough to restore the pipes in the system to their original, pre-installation cleanness. Tree roots are notoriously the most difficult item to remove and are no problem for the hydro jetting method.
At one time, the usual method of deep-cleaning pipes (especially those composed of copper, galvanized steel, or PEX) was to insert a hole at the point of obstruction and scoop the pipe clean. Hydro jetting prevents unnecessary risk to the piping system itself and reaches those places that the former method could not. The hydro jet hose is usually self-propelled and, once inserted into the drain, will go to work with the most effective cleaning procedure available. It is, in most cases, reserved for the most serious of back-ups when repeated attempts at unclogging the drain or area of piping haven’t been successful. No matter the circumference of the pipe, hydro jetting equipment can be refitted to fit into smaller or larger spaces depending on the need. Every size pipe can be cleaned, and because of the flexibility of the hose can bend and move with the individual piping system.
As a resident of northern San Diego or the surrounding area, if you’re experiencing a plumbing back up that won’t be resolved by normal methods, the plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified and trained to answer your questions about hydro jetting. Call us at 760-477-2222 today.
Homeowners know all too well the wide range of allergies and physical reactions to the dry air of the northern San Diego area. While some individuals benefit from the lack of humidity associated with the Carlsbad region, there are also others who medically would gain comfort from a little atmospheric moistness added to their home environment. Would a humidifier added to your home comfort system be advantageous to you?
What is a Humidifier?
Regions in which humidity is abnormally low (desert-like climates) can impact everything from furniture and floorboards composed of wood to books and static; the effect of such a climate on the sinuses and respiratory system is to severely dry them out. In many cases, individuals choose to have a humidifier added to their Del Mar home heating and cooling systems which adds a controlled amount of needed humidity to either a solitary room or the whole house to counteract the medical annoyances associated with dry air, such as dry skin, nose, and mouth.
The Advantages of Owning a Humidifier
Those prone to sickness or asthma might find a humidifier to be the perfect way to reduce the symptoms or flare ups associated with allergies, sinus infections and headaches, colds, flu, infections, fatigue, dry cough and throat irritation. The mist introduced to the air via the humidifier moistens the body’s passageways and enables easier, more comfortable breathing.
When the air in a location is dry, static electricity abounds. Running a humidifier reduces the amount of crackling, popping, and shocking that occurs to other residents of the house or electrically charged home items.
Dry climates are notorious for sucking the moisture from the air, leaving paper and wooden objects or furniture warped or withered over time–vulnerable items include hardwood floors, books, wooden cases, and artwork canvases.
Running a humidifier at the appropriate level and duration can also reduce the money a Carlsbad homeowner would spend on utility bills by lowering the amount of actual heat needed to keep a room at a steady, comfortable temperature without leaving occupants cold and clammy.
Whether the Del Mar resident desires to have a humidifier accessible to the entire house or just one room, makes and models of any size are available, even for those with limited living space. Individuals are sure to find the perfect size for them when providing the room or house measurements to a store associate or professional heating and cooling specialist.
Whether you reside in Del Mar, Carlsbad or one of the other surrounding San Diego towns, 1-800-Any-Tyme has many convenient locations from which to provide you with the highest standard of A-rated, Better Business Bureau accredited customer service. Our certified home comfort specialists are available 24-7 for emergency service as well as consultation to provide you the best, most cost effective solution to your need–whether you need a dehumidifier installation or repair to your heating or air conditioning. Call us at 760-477-2222.
Residents of the Riverside region know how much we rely today on the constant presence of hot water in our homes for baths, showers, laundry, dishwashing, and cooking–for both comfort and sanitary reasons. The varieties of makes and models of the water heaters that provide us with such a modern convenience appear to be endless. Most are familiar with the standard boilers or water heater tanks in many homes today. What is a tankless water heater, and does it have any benefits over the conventional kind?
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
A tankless water heater differs from its traditional counterparts in that it does not store a steady supply of hot water for minutes or hours on end. The heating of the water takes place immediately at the moment the water is required with the use of a heat exchanger. When a San Bernardino home occupant switches on a hot water spigot, or when an appliance requires heated water, the tankless heater recognizes the need and releases the water through the heat exchanger, quickly heating it. The tankless water heater powers down again once the user shuts the water off.
What are the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater?
Because the tankless water heater unit shuts on and off only as water is needed, it can eventually save a homeowner a lot of money–as much as 40 percent–on utility bills.
Not only are tankless water heaters energy efficient, they’re also environmentally friendly to operate. With a conventional tank water heater, energy is expended to keep the water warm in the tank in between uses. Tankless water heaters eliminate wasted energy by heating water only as needed.
Some older models of water heater tanks were known to take up plenty of space, especially if they included a second overflow tank. For San Bernardino residents who are limited on space and therefore conscious of needing every precious square foot, a tankless water heater could be ideal. No additional space is required.
Rancho Cucamonga homeowners need no longer worry about using up all the hot water and waiting for more to generate. Thanks to the heat exchanger, tankless water heaters can supply any demand for hot water on the spot–meaning washing clothes, bathing, and running the dishwasher can all be accomplished simultaneously for the length of time needed to complete the tasks without ever running out of hot water.
As a resident of San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, or any of our numerous other Riverside county locations, if your water supply is just not what you think it should be, consider a tankless water heater. The trained plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified to repair or install all makes and models of water heaters, tankless and conventional. A-rated and BBB accredited, 1-800-Any-Tyme is available 24-7 for all your plumbing or emergency needs. Call us today at 909-941-8963.
Many San Diego and southern California residents can sympathize with the troubles a cracking toilet can potentially cause. The problem starts off small but, if left unrepaired, eventually turns into a plumbing nightmare. Nothing is more frustrating than an unusable toilet.
Toilet cracks occur for a variety of reasons and in several locations. They can develop slowly over time or very quickly depending on the cause, which can range from wildly fluctuating temperature differences to rough handling during manufacture or initial installation (various parts like bolts or handles being secured too tightly). How to fix a cracking toilet also depends on where it lies in relation to the line of water.
If the crack is located in an area that is not being fed with water, you can usually just watch to see that the fissure doesn’t grow larger in the future. But when the issue begins to cause a water leak, repair or complete replacement of your toilet is necessary. The worst case scenario could be a thoroughly broken-apart toilet, resulting in flooding and widespread leakage as well as large-scale harm to your bathroom flooring. Cracks appearing on the outside of the bowl or tank are many times only on the surface and can be repaired with porcelain sealant or epoxy; however, cracks inside the bowl or tank are indicative of a growing problem and require more extensive repair.
Inside the Tank
The width of the crack will most likely dictate your course of action. As a rule of thumb, if the crack is over 1/16 inch wide, it’s wise to purchase and install an entirely new tank. Repairing a crack in the tank (especially if it extends below the level of the tank water) with sealant usually requires draining the tank/toilet for at least a day.
Inside the Bowl
Cracks inside the bowl are identifiable by outside (though not always visible) floor leakage, which usually occurs when the toilet is being flushed. As long as the fissure is above the level of the toilet bowl water, it can sometimes be watched to ensure that it’s not growing bigger. But once the crack in the bowl becomes clearly seen and is lower than the toilet bowl water level, the only option is to replace the toilet.
If you reside in or around San Diego and are experiencing a cracking toilet, don’t let the problem go any longer than necessary. The plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are available everyday 24-7 to consult on the best, most cost effective solution to your plumbing problem. Call 760-477-2222 today.
With the warmer temperatures still in season, as residents of northern San Diego county, there’s never a better time than now to get ahead of the winter. You’ll want your furnace to be ready when the cooler air comes with winter and all the activity associated with the season. Even at this point, there are some items to check off your list as you maintain your furnace for fall.
You’ll want to make sure that nothing is left too close to the various parts of your furnace that don’t belong there. To evenly distribute the heat most effectively, your vents should be free from any blockages; make sure they’re clear of anything that could prevent your rooms from being heated–both a waste of money on your utility bill and of heat energy you aren’t feeling. Flammable items and piles that have accumulated over time should be removed from around your furnace unit to ensure the proper amount of combustion is available. The flue of your furnace should also be checked for clogging and loose connections; every piece, including the roof cap, should be secured in place prior to usage of the furnace. In addition, the condenser unit on the outside of your Escondido home should be cleared of trash and leaves as well and, while power to the unit is off, its coils checked and cleaned of dust and leaves.
The air filter should be checked and replaced if it is completely clogged; you can either change the filter every month or install a permanent one. Without this step, the inspection of your furnace is useless, as your family could suffer from excessively bad allergies or illnesses caused by the reintroduction of mites and dirt back into your Encinitas home’s air. The individual components of your furnace should also be inspected and cared for according to the instructions in your user manual, for instance, whether or not the motor’s bearings should be lubricated with a small amount of oil.
The blower motor belt should be inspected for any areas that have been split or worn thin from constant friction and replaced; in addition, its tightness, which can slacken with use, should be measured and adjusted accordingly. The blower motor itself should be checked for smooth and efficient running. The occasional thorough inspection of a heating and cooling specialist may be necessary to ensure that all components of your unit are running optimally in unison.
As a resident of Encinitas, Escondido, or another northern San Diego city, if you are concerned that your furnace is not winter-ready or you are experiencing a heating malfunction requiring professional help, the trained specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified in repair, replacement, installation, and maintenance techniques on all makes and models of furnace. A-rated and accredited by the Better Business Bureau, we guarantee your 100% satisfaction and provide 24-7 service, emergencies included. Call us at any time at 760-447-2222. We look forward to serving you!
Residents of San Diego and the surrounding areas are well acquainted, as most people are, with how frustrating a sudden bathroom emergency can be. When your toilet clogs and/or overflows, the resulting mess can take hours to clean up. Of course, the crisis usually occurs at the most inopportune time (when you least expect it), and you’re left to fix the problem or quickly find a plumbing specialist to perform the repairs you can’t. Even more dire is the necessity to replace the entire toilet unit. How do you know when your toilet is in its final stages and requires a replacement?
It’s not uncommon for objects to get flushed (and stuck) down the toilet, many of which may land in areas of piping that are inaccessible even if you dismantled the toilet or stuck your hand down into the bowl to reach them. Not only items, but also unreachable and non-removable deposits from minerals in the water may over time continue to build along the piping until it’s completely obstructed. The resulting blockage could be requiring you to plunge your toilet multiple times on a weekly basis; at this point, it is probably time to replace at least some plumbing components.
Cracks and Leaks
Cracks in the porcelain comprising the bowl, base, or tank of the toilet will gradually deepen if left unchecked. If this particular situation is not dealt with, eventually the cracked area will break, resulting in flooding and ruined floors (or more). Even though the emergency might not arise for a long time, cracks can still cause daily leakage, most likely whenever the toilet is flushed, and water damage to the area surrounding the toilet. As cracking and/or leaking increase, it’s recommended to choose a new toilet as soon as possible.
Constant Repairs Needed
The costs of those small fixes add up. The stopper in the tank or the toilet handle are common and easy enough to fix. Sometimes the accompanying pipes need repair. At some point, though, these parts and many others will need to be replaced multiple times and more frequently as the toilet becomes increasingly worn; the cost of the repairs becomes greater than that of a new toilet. If it’s been years since your toilet has been replaced, newer units have become much more efficient and water saving.
If you’re in the greater northern San Diego area, let 1-800-Any-Tyme assist you in any plumbing situation. Our plumbing specialists are certified and available 24-7 every day (including holidays), whether an emergency, repair, or upgrade to your toilet is needed. Call us at 760-477-2222 today!
Anyone who’s experienced a slab leak can tell you about the extensive damage, as well as the huge headache and expense to repair it, that can result. Pinpointing the exact location of a slab leak is tricky since it usually originates in the piping within the concrete slab upon which a house is built–inaccessible without the proper equipment and out of normal sight to the residents. Once the leak is found, the proper method of repairing it usually requires breaking through the actual concrete slab to reach the damaged piping, which is a huge effort and costly repair to inexperienced homeowners without the help of a professional plumbing specialist.
The upside, however, is that once a slab leak has occurred it is very obvious that you actually have one and can be confirmed to exist by a range of tell-tale signs.
Your Water is Acting Funny
When taking a shower or running your spigots, if the water pressure drops quickly and unexpectedly, it may be a result of a slab leak, not your water heater. Any leak in the main water line or a primary piping system within your slab will significantly reduce the amount of water reaching your home. Even when the water in your house is completely off, if you can still hear water flowing around or splashing from somewhere unseen, you should check for a leak.
Your Floors or Walls Experience Changes
Since your house slab is a single large piece of concrete, any addition of water pressure within it has no real outlet except up into your home and can result in a resettling or cracking of the slab itself. Should you notice unexplained soggy areas in your carpet or the resulting mold growing, or if your floor tile develops cracks, the damage to your flooring, walls, and baseboards is an indicator of a water leak in the slab.
The Water Bill or Water Meter Just Doesn’t Add Up Right
A sudden, out-of-the-ordinary increase in your water bill (when you haven’t used any extra water that month) may indicate you have a slab leak. That extra water is being released but isn’t explainable to you. Similarly, if you have turned all the water off in your home, but the water meter still reads (or its leak detector shows you have) activity, most likely you have leakage and should enlist the help of a professional.
If you live in Riverside or the surrounding areas and suspect you might have a slab leak, the plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are available 24-7 for emergency service to assist you. Contact us at 760-477-2222 today.
Most homeowners with a sewer system realize that the biggest nightmare of all is the system backing up and overflowing. Of course, the disaster usually happens at the worst, most inconvenient time. Although not all emergencies can be 100% prevented, especially where natural causes (tree roots, severe rainstorms, flooding) are concerned, there are measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of your responsibility in case your sewer backs up.
The most common method for preventing back up and flooding is by plugging the floor drain in your basement (the lowest entry level of a sewer system in the residence). Many home improvement stores stock a drain plug, composed of metal and rubber, specifically to keep outside sewer water out (but also, unfortunately, inside water in should a non-sewer-related flood occur within the house).
Installing a standpipe onto the drain, as opposed to a drain plug, will keep the water in the piping system should the sewer become clogged and keep pressure from built up water the same on either side of the basement floor, reducing the risk of bursting pipes and thereby broken-up flooring.
In some cases, consulting a plumbing specialist about inserting a backflow/backup valve may provide helpful preventative measures to sewer flooding. The valve is usually placed at the lowest drain system of the residence and keeps any excessive water in the pipes themselves to prevent back flow. The valve is active all the time, held open by using counterweights to prevent any obstructions from sticking and lingering in the pipes. The valve itself is usually installed in the ground outside the residence and, should the sewer system attempt to back flow, closes automatically via floats.
As with things around the home that can break down over time when left alone, your sewer system should be consistently maintained. The lines can become clogged in unreachable places because of roots, leaves, grease, or many items put down sink drains or toilets that shouldn’t be. Not only inspecting the various components of your sewer system yourself but also by a plumbing professional regularly goes a long way in preventing emergencies that could have otherwise been avoided.
If you reside in Riverside or the surrounding areas and are in need of a sewer inspection or experiencing a plumbing emergency, the certified plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are able to advise you on the most effective solution with your cost concerns in mind. In fact, we are available 24-7 every day (as well as holidays) for emergency and same day service. Call 1-800-Any-Tyme today at 760-477-222; we look forward to hearing from you!
San Diego homeowners might enjoy the advantages having a heat pump brings, especially during those weeks of the year when outside temperatures really skyrocket. Heat pumps are ideal for a mild climate, working optimally for a temperature spectrum of over 30 degrees and less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Used primarily for delivering a controlled amount of warmth to the home, heat pumps are often just as helpful for cooling and use the same method (in reverse) to deliver both options. Some heat pumps (such as geo-thermal models) use piping inserted into the lawn to draw heat from the ground and bring it into the house, where the air is processed and circulated to the desired rooms. Other (electric or gas) heat pumps bring in air from outside and either heat or cool it, depending on your goal, circulating the air throughout the rooms to create an overall drop or rise in indoor temperature.
Most heat pumps also include the ability to dehumidify air if needed and to clear, by way of air filters, the constantly cycling dust, allergy-inducing mites, smoke particles, and various other airborne toxins that hinder your family’s breathing freely. Because they run mainly on materials that recycle themselves (and fossil fuels that require constant adding), heat pumps are very energy efficient and save on the cost of the electric bill in the long run.
For families whose members are constantly on the go or are rarely in the house all at the same time, heat pumps are pre-programmable and ideal for maintaining a regular schedule of turning on prior to anyone’s coming home or turning off when the house is empty. Should square footage be a concern, a heat pump is very conservative in the amount of space it requires, and its unit does not outwardly overheat and create a danger for children (or pets) to get burned on the equipment. In general, heat pumps have been found to be more efficient, energy-saving, and longer lasting than other types of heating/cooling systems.
If you are a resident of northern San Diego or the surrounding area and are considering an upgrade or even just a repair to your current unit, the specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified and trained to answer your questions about any heating and cooling system, including the addition of heat pumps. We are available at any time, day or night, for 24 hour emergency service, to give you cost effective service, even on holidays. Whether your unit is in need of repair, replacement, or general maintenance, call 1-800-Any-Tyme today at 760-477-2222.
Homeowners can empathize with anyone who is dealing with constantly clogged drains. Old plumbing that needs replacing can often be a reason, but a residence’s drainage system can be so complex it’s hard to tell–it encompasses every piece of piping from the shower or bathroom and kitchen sink drains to the sewer lines outside the home. Although diagnosing a serious problem with your drainage system could be tricky, there are several ways to determine whether or not you might need the assistance of a plumbing professional to fix it.
A more standard sign of developing drain problems is constantly obstructed pipes, the result of clogs from hair, grease, coffee grounds, toys, and any other item (including roots of trees pervading outer lines) that has no business going down a drainpipe. The resulting slow-moving dissipation or standing of the water in the tub or sink is a fairly good indication that you may need to check your piping system for a more serious condition.
Besides water taking an abnormally long time to drain, leakage or pooling water around drains in your basement or under your sink or toilet should be inspected. Outside pooling water is even more abnormal; large, wet areas in your lawn can mean a break in your sewer lines and if left untreated, can result in extensive damage to your home, foundation, or yard. Eventually foul smells may emanate from your drains; if you’re experiencing strange odors or sounds of gushing from your pipe drains, it’s time to take a closer look at your system. Extra moist places in your home (as a result of a sewer leak) might attract unwanted critters such as rodents, insects, or other pests. Plumbing professionals will point out that one of the common indications that something further is wrong with your drainage system is the fluctuating level of water in your toilet bowl; the problem originates in your sewer piping and will reveal itself in either an abundance or a shortage of sufficient toilet water at any given time.
A plumbing professional might assist in any capacity from patching up the necessary section to replacing an entire area of pipe and, should the problem be located in the sewer system, might utilize the aid of a recording camera to gain a better view of the inner condition of your pipes.
If you’re in the northern San Diego area and suspect a problem with your drainage system, the certified plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are on call 24-7 to give you best-practice, cost-effective service. With emergency service available, call us today at 760-477-2222.
Family members sometimes forget the importance of the home’s comfort equipment until something goes wrong and the convenience it provides disappears. Nothing is more obviously missed from a home than hot water; we use it for everything from washing dishes to doing laundry, from taking showers to cooking. So, when your water heater stops delivering that hot water, it’s no surprise that you scramble to figure out what on your unit is breaking down. Water heaters are comprised of many parts, any of which can break at a moment’s notice and leave you inconvenienced. When the hot water stops flowing, there are some do-it-yourself checks you can perform, until the time you require the help of a professional plumbing specialist.
Check the Unit’s Thermostat
If it’s simply that your water is lukewarm or cooler (not at the temperature you think it should be set), checking the hot water heater’s thermostat will determine whether it might not be hard mineral buildup hindering the water from reaching the temperature you have set, assuming the thermostat has been set properly. You might need to drain and clean your tank if it’s overdue for maintenance. If it’s been flushed reasonably recently, it’s also recommended that you check the heater’s “dip tube” to ensure that it is still functioning as it should.
Check the Unit’s Pilot Light
The problem of no hot water has been known to occur merely because the pilot light wasn’t coming on. The instruction manual will advise you on how to relight the light if you’re unfamiliar with the process.
Check the Unit’s Heating Element
Many times, a broken heating element is the cause for lack of water, not enough hot water, or water that’s not hot enough. By following the proper procedure, most homeowners find they can replace their heating element on their own, once they’ve used a “continuity tester” and found that the element part has indeed gone bad. The parts are inexpensive to purchase and usually easy to switch out.
Check Your Circuit Breaker
Sometimes simply switching the hot water heater’s accompanying circuit breaker off and back on is enough to reset the unit and get your water hot again.
If you’re a resident of northern San Diego and the surrounding area and are experiencing hot water problems, we at 1-800-Any-Tyme are available for 24 hour emergency service for any of your needs, whether immediate or long term. Our professional plumbing specialists are certified, knowledgeable about, and supplied with water heater equipment of almost every major make and model. No matter when you need assistance, call us at 760-477-2222 today!
Even with the year-round warm temperatures of the Riverside area (at least compared to the rest of the United States), there’s never a better time to do some upkeep on your air conditioning unit as cooler temperatures are coming around the corner. Heating and cooling specialists will be the first to tell you the wisdom in regular unit maintenance to ensure the longest life and most optimal efficiency out of your equipment. Whether you or a professional perform some checks and/or repairs and replacements as needed, the time spent will result in less chance that a costly and inconvenient emergency will come up when you least expect it.
What the Homeowner Should Do
Depending on how quickly your air conditioner’s air filters fill up with dust and other allergens, you’ll want to change them out or wipe them down at least every few months. Obstructed filters reduce clean airflow to your home, as well as minimize the efficiency of your entire unit. Your outside unit condenser should be inspected for leaves, branches, grass, and trash that have collected in its vicinity and built up dirt in the condenser coils or fins.
What the Professional Should Do
Professional cooling specialists can perform a variety of inspections (like optimal airflow) and small maintenance tasks based upon the cost you want to pay or the current condition of your unit. Some of these include ensuring the unit refrigerant is at the desired level, used refrigerant waste is properly (and legally) disposed of, and no leakage is occurring. A professional will also check your unit’s motors and other moving parts for sufficient lubrication, belts for the proper tension, and all connecting sections that should be fastened with sufficient tightness to maintain the longevity of your cooling system equipment.
Air conditioning professionals should also inspect your ductwork for cracks and/or leaks and seal them with best standard practices to increase the efficiency of the airflow into your home. Trash and dirt can also collect in your vents and ducts throughout the year, which should be removed at regular check-ups.
By regularly maintaining your unit and ductwork, you will not only lower the impact it has on your utility bill, but also extend the life of your unit equipment and achieve maximum efficiency as you continue to use your air conditioner into the fall.
If you are in Riverside or one of the surrounding towns and need inspection, maintenance, repair, or replacement of parts on your conditioning unit, the certified heating and cooling specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are ready to answer any questions you have. Call us today at 760-477-2222.
In the air conditioning market, going green is becoming more and more popular. As someone who lives in the greater northern San Diego area, you know how important it is for air cooling systems to be both effective and environmentally functional. But what is it exactly about a particular cooling unit that makes it “energy efficient”?
Most air conditioners labeled energy efficient are required to have reduced their energy usage by at least 10% from the average unit to have earned the distinction. That reduction in energy can eventually result in significantly reduced energy bill costs. By purchasing a new unit to substitute for the old one (12 or more years old), individuals can reduce their spending on cooling by as much as 30%. Beside reduction in energy, these efficient air cooling units are also instrumental in keeping you cool while lowering the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the air.
Each energy efficient air conditioner model comes with an energy efficiency rating (EER), spanning a points system of 8 to 11.5–the higher the number, the lower the emission of toxic gases, the more efficient the unit, and the lower the amount of energy consumed when running the air conditioner (and therefore your bill). Beside the EER, energy-saving cooling units also come with a BTU (British Thermal Unit, ranging from 5,000 to over 20,000) number system which lets the buyer know the quickness with which a certain size unit can cool down a particular size room. Raising the number of BTUs considered when buying an energy efficient unit may be necessary if the cooling unit is to be installed in the kitchen or in a room that contains more sunlight than normal or three or more people residing in it.
The Environmental Protection Agency deems a cooling unit “energy efficient” only after stringent guidelines and rigorous testing have been met. The cooling unit must offer all the same functionality of conventional models and use less energy. The model must definitively add to energy reduction across the entire United States. More expensive than average models must eventually pay for themselves in reduced energy costs within a specific time frame.
If you reside in northern San Diego or the surrounding area and are considering a retrofit or complete replacement of your current unit with a more energy efficient one, the air conditioning specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme are certified and ready to fulfill any cooling need you might have. We are available 24-7, 365 days a year and offer emergency and same day service. Call us today at 760-477-2222.
Residents of Riverside and the surrounding areas, like most people, are seeking ways to be less wasteful and more cost-effective in their home improvements. Many individuals are now looking into the possibility of installing high-efficiency toilets that prevent clogging and save water, all while doing the same amount of work as a generic toilet. How do these flushing systems work–and are they really more economical than the run-of-the-mill brands?
Choosing a high-efficiency toilet that most easily removes the greatest amount of waste with the least amount of water is ideal. Many models are now standardized to use less than 2 gallons of water per flush. That is highly desirable, considering that almost one third of a typical residence’s entire water usage happens when flushing the toilet. For those concerned with going green, the Environmental Protection Agency has prompted manufacturers to successfully design toilet models that consume less than 1.3 gallons of water for each flush, and lowering water usage saves money on your next water bill.
Depending on your needs and bathroom setup, most companies offer three types of high-efficiency toilets. Mostly used in commercial and hospitality buildings, pressure-assist flushing systems are used to collect air pressure within the toilet’s water tank as it refills; as the toilet is flushed the built up pressure drives the water into the bowl, efficiently forcing it to empty the contents–all while using only one gallon of water. Single flush systems use about 1.6 gallons per flush. This type is now the new standard choice for replacing an old toilet or installing a completely new one (for instance, in a just-built house). Dual flush systems use no more than .9 gallons for liquid waste and the standard 1.6 gallons for solid waste; you choose based on your current need.
Are High-Efficiency Toilets Really More Economical?
In the long run, yes. Research shows eco-friendly toilets to be valuable, despite the initial high cost. With 30% of the household water usage coming just from flushing the toilet, the savings could well be worth it. Based on studies done by the American Water Works Association on families with four members, using a high-efficiency toilet could save well over 10,000 gallons of water annually. It might cost more now, but the money saved on your water bill will benefit you for years to come.
If you live in Riverside or the neighboring areas and are considering a high-efficiency toilet flushing system, whether to save money or go green, call the plumbing specialists at 1-800-Any-Tyme today. We can be reached 24-7, 365 days a year, at 909-941-8963.