Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Waterloo’

Why The Drain Cleaning Method You Choose Makes a Difference

Monday, July 8th, 2019

plumber-unclogging-drain-in-bathtubIf there’s anything you should know about drain cleaning, it’s that this service is absolutely necessary to keep your drain and sewer system in decent condition. It’s a good idea to schedule drain cleaning as part of maintenance for your plumbing in Waterloo, IA at least once a year! This keeps clogs from forming, removes blockages that may already be present, and generally keeps everything flowing smoothly.

If there’s anything else you should know about drain cleaning, it’s that store-bought, liquid “drain cleaners” aren’t the answer, despite their name. Unfortunately, though they may be temporarily effective at relieving certain types of clogs, the reason they are such is because of the corrosive chemicals in them—chemicals that will slowly eat away at your pipes and lead to repair needs or possibly even repiping.

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Will Air Conditioning Maintenance Save Me Money?

Monday, May 27th, 2019

air-conditioner-with-maintenance-toolsThe short answer to this is, “yes,” but allow us to explain…

With summer weather quickly on its way, you’ll be running your air conditioner on a daily basis soon enough. This means your monthly electric bill will go up, but it doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to paying more than necessary to stay comfortable in your own home.

Even if your air conditioner seems to be performing just fine, you can reduce your monthly bills by investing in a routine preventive air conditioning tune up. Keep reading to learn more!

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The #1 Way to Prevent Sudden AC Repair Needs

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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We get it—when a professional HVAC company recommends maintenance for an air conditioning or heating system, we know it’s an easy suggestion to just dismiss. Unless something is obviously wrong with your system (such as, you can’t get any heat on a cold winter’s night), you may put off calling in a technician—particularly if things were working just fine with it last year.

But, what if you could prevent sudden air conditioning repair needs? Wouldn’t you want to? If the answer to this is “yes,” then maintenance is the way to go!

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Signs You Need Electrical Repairs

Monday, April 15th, 2019

electrical-outletsOf all the problems that might impact you as a homeowner, electrical issues are arguably the most dangerous. Sure, a plumbing problem can cause a lot of water damage and an air conditioner on the fritz can leave you uncomfortable. But an electrical issue can cause electrocution and house fires. For this reason alone, we highly recommend having your home inspected by professional Waterloo electricians once every few years. Otherwise, you are at a higher risk of an electrical emergency happening.

Even with routine maintenance sessions, however, there’s always a chance that an electrical problem can occur. We recommend knowing the telltale signs of an electrical issue, so you can contact an electrician as soon as possible.

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Tips for Caring for Your Drains

Monday, March 18th, 2019

gurgling-bathtub-drainIf you heard someone say they have a plumbing problem, what’s the first thing you would think of? If you’re like many homeowners, you probably think of clogged or slow moving drains. Almost every homeowner has run into this problem at some time or another. The best thing you can do when this happens is invest in professional drain cleaning service from an experienced team of plumbers (don’t use store-bought liquid drain cleaners—these are corrosive, and only temporarily solve the problem).

Another way to relieve clogged drains is to prevent them from happening to begin with. This requires you to know the most common cause of drain clogs, so you can avoid these scenarios:

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What Should You Look for in a Heating Repair Technician?

Monday, March 4th, 2019

service-technician-at-homeowners-doorMany heating and cooling companies boast their good qualities—but what’s more important is that they actually deliver on those promises. When you’re in need of an HVAC contractor for furnace repair or any other type of HVAC service, you want one you can trust. How do you know if you’ve found the right heating technician, though?

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Signs You Need Heating Repairs

Monday, February 18th, 2019

gas-furnace-systemGiven the time of year, we hope you aren’t sitting around worrying that your heater could break down at any moment due to some troubling symptoms. If so, please give us a call right away for professional Waterloo heating services! Tackling repair needs when they are still small is vital to preventing larger emergencies down the line.

The sooner you repair your system, the sooner you’ll have lower bills, too, as you will improve your system’s efficiency. Keep reading to learn about the signs you may have a heater that is in need of repair:

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Why Should Your New Heater Be Professionally Installed?

Monday, February 4th, 2019

technician-looking-over-gas-furnaceWe get it, if you’re looking for a new heater this time of the year, it’s an emergent situation. It means your current heating system broke down when you need it the most and you’re scrambling to find a new one. But we urge you, as much as this is needed, not to rush your decision on Waterloo heating systems!

There are so many factors to consider when making this kind of purchase. You’ll want to compare fuel types, AFUE and HSPF ratings, and more. Most importantly, though, your heater should be professionally installed so that it is sized correctly. We’ll get into how important this is below.

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Can a Ceiling Fan Make Your Heater More Efficient?

Monday, January 21st, 2019

ceiling fan on grey beamed ceilingThe short answer to this is “yes.” But let us explain…

When it comes to Waterloo, IA heating, we understand you want a system that is cost-effective and powerful. This means finding the most efficient heating system on the market that’s within your budget and is perfectly matched to your home, and having that system professionally installed. Installation is literally just the beginning, though.

There are a number of steps you can take that cost you little to nothing that will boost the efficiency of your heater even more—installing weatherstripping on drafty windows and doors, closing your curtains to provide extra insulation to keep the heat in, and, that’s right, using your ceiling fan. Read on!

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Are You Protecting Your Appliances and Electrical Equipment Correctly?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Two electricians working on electrical panelHomeowners throughout the U.S. have become more and more dependent on electronic devices and high efficiency appliances. Combined with inclement weather of any kind—such as thunderstorms—the risk of power surges increase. They pose a serious threat, more serious than you may realize, to your electronic equipment and appliances.

Perhaps you believe you can get by with the small, portable surge protectors you can buy at any hardware or office supply store. These are referred to as power strips, and they are very convenient, allowing you to bypass any problems with limited outlets and plug in everything from your TV and stereo to your computer and all computer accessories. Unfortunately, though, power strips do not offer your appliances the comprehensive protection they need. For safeguarding of this caliber, we recommend you consider the installation of a whole-house surge protection system.

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