Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog

Never Try to Repair a Furnace on Your Own!

February 11th, 2019

hand-holding-wrenchDuring the coldest weather of the year, a furnace that suddenly won’t provide heat is a major emergency. If this happens to you, you’ll want to find a way to get it working again as fast as possible—and this can lead you to trying to fix it yourself. Grab some tools, open up the cabinet, and tinker.

We understand that in an emergency such as a busted furnace in February, it’s easy to jump to taking action. Often, it’s the wrong action. This is one of those cases! Although there are a few checks you can make to see if there’s a simple cause behind why the heat won’t come on, actually repairing a furnace isn’t something you want to attempt on your own, for a variety of reasons. The fastest way to have heating restored is to call for professional furnace repair in Clovis, NM. When you call us, we’ll be there quickly and have your heating restored to you.

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Did You Resolve to Save Water This Year? Here’s Some Help!

January 28th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookA month of 2019 already gone. Are you feeling a bit down because you haven’t even scratched the surface of some of your New Year’s resolutions? Most of those we can’t help you with—but if you made resolutions about improving your home’s plumbing or saving water, we’re the people who can make keeping those resolutions easy.

If your resolution was to cut down on your water usage this year, then we can certainly give you some help. Saving water is a goal we applaud, since it not only lowers your water bills, it’s a benefit to the environment. Here are a few tips and services to get you going with home water conservation.

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Smelly Garbage Disposal? What You Can Do

January 14th, 2019

girl-pinching-her-noseAfter the end of the year’s feasting, celebrations, and general busy times for your kitchen, you may find yourself in January with a disposal that, well, isn’t smelling all that great. This can happen any time of the year, however, and there are a few different sources for it. Depending on the root of the problem, there are different ways you can go about remedying it.

There are a number of simple home solutions. But if you have a more serious problem with the disposal or the plumbing system, you’ll need to contact a professional plumber in Clovis, NM or the surrounding areas.

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How to Tell You Need a New Water Heater

December 31st, 2018

technician-with-water-heaterAs you start the new year, you’ll probably have a list of home improvements you’d like to make. Is “get a new water heater” on that list? If it’s not, should it be? The water heater for your house is one of its most important appliances, and it consumes a significant amount of the energy you use during the year. If your current water heater looks like it’s at the end of the road, you should have it replaced as soon as you can schedule it.

But … how can you know that the water heater is ready to be replaced?

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Please Only Allow Professionals to Repair Your Heating System

December 17th, 2018

wrenchesWe may have plumbing in our company name, but we handle other important home service jobs as well—such as taking care of HVAC services in Clovis, NM. Now that we’re in the winter weather, heaters all around Clovis and the vicinity will start putting in heavy work. No matter how durable a furnace or other heating system is, no matter how well it’s maintained from year to year, it can still malfunction.

If you run into heating troubles this winter, please don’t look for a toolbox and an online DIY video. And don’t ask a “handyman” or other amateur to check out the problem and try to fix it. Instead, call us and leave the repairs to our licensed professionals.

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How to Keep Your Furnace Running Safely

December 3rd, 2018

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A safe heating system is vital during the winter. It’s not much good to have a furnace keeping your house warm during the occasional cool days we have in Texas and New Mexico if that same furnace sends toxic fumes into the house or causes a fire! We want you to enjoy our beautiful and relaxing winter seasons here in the Southwest, and we have some tips and pointers to make it easier to keep your natural gas furnace operating safely through to the spring.

If you do find you need heating repair in Farwell, TX or elsewhere in our service area, we offer excellent repair work! We’re family-owned and operated, and we care about the safety and comfort of your family.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Bathroom Sink?

November 19th, 2018

bathroom-sink-with-wrenchYou’ve got a problem with your bathroom sink: there are cracks on the surface, leaks are appearing at the edges, the p-trap below has come loose, there’s permanent staining on the surface. Your first instinct is probably to call for professional plumbers to repair the sink. That’s the right first instinct, since trying to take care of a repair on your own can end up making the situation worse, leading to more leaking, water waste, and even property damage. However, this isn’t the only option you have when you call a pro plumber about your troublesome bathroom sink. You could have the plumber replace the sink entirely.

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Winter Is Actually a Good Time for AC Replacement

November 5th, 2018

residential-acAlthough we’ve got “plumbing” right in the name of our company, we also offer services to repair, maintain, and replace air conditioning systems.

We know what you’re probably thinking right now: Why bring up air conditioning systems when winter officially starts next month? Isn’t this the time to worry about heating?

You’re right that heating is important to consider for this year (and your water heater in particular). However, it’s also one of the most convenient times to have major service done for your air conditioning system—such as having it replaced if it’s gotten too old or too ineffective. The reason is simple: there’s no rush to get a new system in, and you won’t have to a worry about being without an AC for a short time when the work’s being done.

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How to Tell Your Boiler Needs Repairs

October 22nd, 2018

boiler-residentialWe’re plumbers, but we’re also experts with handling heater repair in Clovis, NM for boilers. Even with the most modern furnaces and heat pumps available, many homes still rely on the trusty boiler to provide heat by sending hot water to terminal points around the rooms. The best current boiler systems can more than handle our cold weather.

If you use a boiler, you want to make sure it always operates in top condition. As the cold weather arrives, we have some advice for how you can detect when your boiler is in need of our professional repair services. Below are a few of the major signs of a boiler that needs expert help:

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5 Useful Facts About Plumbing

October 8th, 2018

surprised-woman-with-glassesThere are many interesting facts about plumbing people don’t know. For example, it was Alfred M. Moen who invented the single-handed mixing faucet. Moen came up with the idea after scalding his hands using a standard two-handle faucet. He had finished the project by 1939, but wasn’t able to find a manufacturer until 1947.

Interesting to know. But not something you’ll find helpful with your actual plumbing unless you want to impress houseguests with your knowledge of the origin of the single-handed faucet in the bathroom. We have some more useful facts about your plumbing to help you take care of it and know when to call a professional plumber in Melrose, NM for repairs.

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