Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog

Does Corrosion on a Boiler Mean It’s Finished?

January 13th, 2020

condensing-gas-boilerA boiler uses water to provide heat to a home. That’s the basic description of one. And where water comes in contact with metal, corrosion can result. However, you shouldn’t expect to see corrosion forming along the parts of the boiler in your house—at least not for many years. Boilers are designed to resist corrosion for most of their service lives.

If you do see corrosion along your boiler, does it mean the boiler has reached the end of the line? Is now the time to call a HVAC company in Clovis, NM to schedule a new boiler installation? Possibly. We’ll look into this a bit deeper so you’ll be informed before giving us a call about what needs to be done.

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Why Is My House Not Getting Enough Hot Water?

December 30th, 2019

sink-basin-kitchenYou use hot water in your house almost every day. In fact, the only time you probably don’t use hot water in your house is when you’re away on a vacation. Hot water is necessary for showering, cleaning, cooking, and more. During winter, it’s even more important—because taking a hot bath on a cold day is one of the best feelings ever.

So if you notice that the hot water in your house is either running out too fast or isn’t getting hot enough, you probably have troubles with your water heater. Except for a few basic checks, don’t try to make any changes to your water heater on your own. Call our Clovis, NM water heater repair pros and they’ll see you receive the service necessary for getting back your hot water.

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Winter Plumbing Troubles (That Aren’t Frozen Pipes)

December 16th, 2019

faucet-clean-waterWhen it comes to plumbing troubles that can affect your house during the winter, you most often hear about frozen pipes. That’s rarely an issue in the Clovis area. Our winters can get cold, but not cold enough where there’s a high danger of pipe freeze.

But any winter brings with it several specific problems. Below is our list of some of the more common plumbing issues you may run into during the season. We can help you deal with all of these thanks to our services for plumbing repair in Clovis, NM and the surrounding areas.

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The Importance of Gas Safety and Your Heating System

December 2nd, 2019

water-heater-tankDecember is the first official month of winter, and it’s also when you can expect to have your gas heating system (such as a gas furnace or boiler) run regularly. This is a good time to address a concern about using natural gas in your home. Natural gas isn’t automatically dangerous—as long as gas appliances are maintained and repaired by licensed professionals, they operate at the highest levels of safety and will do so until they’re ready for a replacement.

Your gas heating system is designed with safety uppermost in mind—it would never pass government regulations if it didn’t. But as the heating season gets fully underway, we want to remind you of some important aspects of gas safety and your heating system. You may need to have heating repair in Portales, NM in the event of a faulty furnace or boiler, and the more you know about potential gas risks, the easier it will be for you to react in time and have the problem fixed.

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The Ways Boilers Send Heat Into Your Home

November 18th, 2019

radiant-heating-tubesWe have a history working with water heaters and boilers—we know all about circulating hot water around a house to either supply water to taps and appliances, or to provide winter warmth for the rooms. Today we’re looking at the boiler system and the different ways it can send heat into your house to keep your family comfortable all through winter. If you’re interested in installing one of these radiant heating systems in Clovis, NM or you have a current one that needs repairs, call us ASAP.

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The Shut-Off Valve for Your Plumbing: Do You Know Where It Is?

November 4th, 2019

water-main-shut-off-valveDo you have a special list of emergency numbers and a special emergency kit set aside? You probably do, since this is one of the basic household planning projects. But do you know where the shut-off valve for your home’s plumbing is located? This is an essential bit of knowledge for plumbing emergencies that threaten flooding—and it’s something you and all the adults in your house should know. You should also know how to use the shut-off valve, which isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds.

Once you’re armed with this vital information about the shut-off valve, you can help stop expensive water damage and massive water waste. You’ll have peace of mind as well.

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Reasons Water Pressure in Your Home Is Low

October 21st, 2019

faucet-drippingLow water pressure may not feel like a major emergency. Not compared to having no water in your house at all. But low water pressure is a problem that few homeowners understand. It makes everyday tasks much more difficult, such as getting a decent shower or trying to hand-wash anything in the kitchen sink. Low water pressure may worsen over time, eventually leading to no water at all.

What lurks behind the low water pressure problem? Several possibilities exist, and we’re going to look at the most common. These apply to whole-house low water pressure situations, rather than pressure drops at individual taps, which usually indicates silt in the aerator.

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Do You Need a New AC When the Compressor Dies?

October 7th, 2019

compressor-in-ac-unitAt some point, the AC cooling your home will need to be replaced. The end point for many air conditioners is when the compressor dies. Because the compressor is the literal heart of the system—the component that causes refrigerant to circulate and allows it to evaporate and condense—when it goes, it often means the entire AC needs to be replaced. Although a new compressor can be put in, the more money-saving option is to go with a new air conditioner. Or even a complete HVAC system replacement.

But, is this always true? No, not necessarily. We’re going to look below at the different dead compressor situations and the best options for the future.

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What to Consider When Installing a New AC

September 23rd, 2019

air-conditioning-systemWhen you decide your old, clunky, money-gobbling air conditioning system just went through its last summer, you’ll have a few big decisions to make. One of the first is to choose when to have it replaced. Although we’re heading into the end of the year and colder weather, we recommend you don’t wait for the spring to have your new air conditioner installed.

Take advantage of the cooler temps in fall to have the system put in. That way, you’re prepared for when a sudden fall heat wave occurs—and we’ve certainly run into those from time to time. Fall is an easier time for the work schedules of an HVAC company in Clovis, NM, so you can find a convenient time to have the work done.

Fall also gives you a bit more time to consider your options and the best way to ensure you have the right new central AC for your house. Below are a few considerations during the new installation process.

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Warning Sounds of an At-Risk Air Conditioner

September 9th, 2019

loud-noises-womanLate fall-early summer for air conditioning in Farwell, TX is a high-risk period. Air Conditioners have run steadily since the end of spring. Even with a professional tune-up before the start of the hottest weather of summer, an AC can still be in danger of a malfunction after so many months of putting out cooling power.

We recommend our customers stay alert for signs of an air conditioning fault at this time of year. ACs don’t have AI programs to diagnose and report malfunctions, so you will have to rely on conventional warnings, such as odd sounds. Below are some out-of-the-ordinary noises your AC might make that are begging you to call for repairs from our pros.

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