What To Do When My Pipes Freeze

December 17, 2018

When temperatures fall below the freezing level, the risk of pipes bursting increases. If you are a homeowner, there are a few steps you can take to avoid this type of plumbing situation. Here is some information about how to keep your pipes from bursting during cooler temperatures, what to do if the water inside of a pipe is already frozen, and how to handle a burst. Keeping Your Pipes From Freezing There are a few precautions that aid in keeping water inside of pipes from freezing when the temperature gets extremely cold. Consider adding a heating source near pipes that are prone to freeze-ups. This includes pipes in the lowest level of your home, those close to the perimeter of your house, and those that are in exposed areas, such as under a sink. Insulation in a wrap or sleeve form can be added to pipes in these areas as well. It is best to turn off the water supply to pipes that lead to spigots on the exterior of the home. What To Do If Water Is Frozen In A Pipe If water does freeze inside of a pipe, it is a good idea to turn on a...

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How Do I Know My HVAC Needs Electrical Repair?

November 20, 2018

The problem with today’s HVAC systems in homes, especially the modern complete models, is that the homeowner doesn’t really understand or see exactly how the components connect to each other. Where in older homes the furnace was centrally located, or the air conditioner was one unit separate from everything else, today’s system is integrated. Further, the controls of the system are managed via electrical connections and motherboards and temperature sensors. This combination makes a system vulnerable to electrical problems just as much as mechanical issues when something goes wrong, but the homeowner won’t readily be able to see the cause. Electrical Culprits are Hard to Find Let’s say the home heating stops responding in the middle of winter due to a motherboard issue. The real effect is that the home starts to get cold. But of the homeowner tries to kickstart the system by fiddling with the temperature level, nothing will happen. The system may be mechanically fine, the heater is on, and the blower is functional. However, the signal from the temperature sensor is not triggering the on function because the motherboard is failing to register the problem. The electrical problem stops the mechanical function of the heater. But...

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