JD's Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Lubbock’

You Might Have a Plumbing Leak If…

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

Do you know how to tell if you have a plumbing leak?

You might be thinking, “sure I do! I just look at my faucets and showerheads, or underneath my kitchen and bathroom sinks, and if I see water, it means there is a leak!”

On your behalf, we wish it were always as easy as this. The fact of the matter is, since most of your plumbing system is actually hidden from view, leaks can be hidden from view too, for a long time–long enough to do some serious property damage.

The good news that there are signs you can watch out for that you’re actually experiencing a plumbing leak, and then can call us to have it repaired promptly. Read on to learn what these signs are!

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Heed These 5 Signs You Might Need AC Repair

Monday, April 18th, 2022
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When our average summer temperatures hover in the 90s, your AC might be your best friend. So when something seems off about it, you don’t want to ignore it and hope for the best. But how do you know for sure when you need to call for repair? 

Some common signs indicate something is wrong with your AC — knowing what to look and listen for can give you a head’s-up that something’s wrong. Calling in an expert when you first notice a problem might just save it from turning into a more serious and costlier problem.

Decreased Airflow 

If your AC is turning out nice, cool air, but the air doesn’t seem to be flowing as powerfully, there could be one of several causes. Check your filter first – dust and debris can clog a filter. If it hasn’t been changed in the past few months or is visibly dirty, it could slow your airflow. 

If changing your filter doesn’t work, you may have a problem that’s not as easy to fix yourself. Decreased airflow can also be caused by blower problems, blocked or leaking air ducts, or frozen evaporator coils.

No Cooling Power

Check your thermostat first if the air is flowing but you’re not cooling down. Sometimes the simplest solution is also the right solution. If that’s good, take a look at the filter. A clogged filter can cause several problems. If your filter is clean, the problem may need an expert. The problem could be a clogged or frozen condenser coil, leaky ducts, or a refrigerant leak.

Cycling On and Off

When your AC keeps turning on and off rapidly throughout the day, it’s called short-cycling. It’s inefficient and causes unnecessary wear and tear on your system. Short-cycling could mean the system may have low refrigerant, a dirty compressor unit, miscalibrated thermostats, or other mechanical problems. It could also mean your AC unit is the wrong size for your home. An expert HVAC technician can diagnose the exact cause of your problem.

Unexpected Noises

The only sound you want to hear from your AC is the soothing whoosh of cool air moving through your air ducts. If you hear a grinding, hissing, rattling, or other unpleasant and unusual sounds, your unit could have a refrigerant leak, a loose component, or other mechanical problem. Your AC needs attention from an expert who can locate and fix the problem.

Higher Energy Bills

If your energy bills increase dramatically and unexpectedly, your unit is not running as efficiently as it should. There are many possible causes of a loss of efficiency, like failing parts, poor maintenance, or an old system that’s simply no longer doing its job. If your unit isn’t old, but your bills are higher than expected, give us a call. 

JD’S Keeps You Cooler

When you know something’s wrong with your AC, but you aren’t sure what, an expert HVAC technician should be your first call. 

For professional air conditioning service in Lubbock, TX, contact JD’s Prompt Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

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Should I Repair My Broken AC Compressor or Replace It?

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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Nobody wants to find that their home cooling system isn’t working, especially in the Texas heat. Our air conditioning systems work hard down here, and it’s not very comfortable without them. So, when you notice that your system isn’t cooling as well as it used to or you hear a hissing or humming noise that shouldn’t be there, you hope it’s a quick and inexpensive fix. 

A faulty thermostat or a coolant leak might be relatively quick and affordable repairs, but a broken AC compressor can be a costly problem. In fact, it’s the most expensive part of your AC system.

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How to Set Your Air Conditioner Up for Success

Monday, March 21st, 2022
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Spring is here! Soon enough, temperatures will be at a point where we’re using our air conditioners on a consistent basis. Is yours ready to work as powerfully and efficiently as possible this year?

If you haven’t scheduled professional maintenance in at least a year, then then you can’t really confidently answer this question. Professional maintenance is the best way to set your air conditioning system up for success!

During this service, our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it. All of this serves to reduce repair needs, lengthen the service life of your system, and boost efficiency. Read on to learn more!

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The Role of an Anode Rod in Your Water Heater

Monday, March 7th, 2022
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If we were to ask you what the most important appliance in your home was, what would your answer be? Many homeowners would respond with “water heater.” After all, this is the true workhorse of any home, being used all year long to provide households with the hot water that they need to shower, do the laundry, wash dishes, and so much more. If you’re using a tank water heater, then you depend very much on a particular component that you may have never heard of until now–the anode rod.

While “anode rod” isn’t exactly a household name, it really is important in any home that has a tank water heater. This component provides an essential function in order to protect the tank water heater from harm. It doesn’t last forever though, so it’s important that you know for sure the condition that yours is in.

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How to Boost Furnace Efficiency

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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Most winters, we don’t use our furnaces for a very long time around here, right? But when we do need them, boy do we need them!

This means they need to work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Also, given how much you use your air conditioner each year and how much that costs, it makes sense that you would like to save as much money as possible on your energy bills during the cooler months.

And maybe you think that the only way to make your furnace use more efficient is to not use it at all. But this is simply not the case, plus it doesn’t do much for your home comfort, right?!

Read on as we uncover some simple ways you can boost furnace efficiency without shutting it off altogether.

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Heed These Signs That You Need Furnace Repair

Monday, January 24th, 2022

The last thing you want to do this winter is sit around wondering if your heater is going to break down at any moment. The good news is, unless you have never had your system professionally tuned up and don’t know any of the signs that your furnace is in disrepair, this likely won’t ever happen.

Oh, what’s that? You don’t know what signs to look out for? That’s okay, that’s what we’re here for!

We want to start by saying that T-word again–tune-up. Also called maintenance, this service is the best way to defend your system against heavy repair needs. Whether you’re utilizing an electric furnace or a gas-powered one, you should have professional maintenance done annually. This helps the furnace function as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible. Plus, maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repairs that a furnace might ever need!

Of course, there’s still that 15%–at some point your furnace will need repair, and so without further ado, here are some signs that it’s time for you to call us for just that:

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Is It Time to Have a New Heater Installed?

Monday, January 10th, 2022
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If your furnace looks anything like the accompanying picture, then, yes, yes it is time for you to replace your furnace. This system doesn’t just look outdated, it is outdated. Continuing to use a system that is decades past its useful lifespan is not going to operate efficiently, or safely.

Useful is the keyword here–you’ll often hear an HVAC professional say that furnaces last about 10-15 years. Of course, if yours is older than this and is still running, that can be hard to believe. Is that professional just out to make money?

No, not at all! What we mean when we talk about lifespan is how long a furnace can last, operating efficiently, powerfully, and safely!

So read on as we uncover some signs that it’s time to go ahead and upgrade that heater of yours.

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Prevent Heating Repairs with This Important Service

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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Heaters work hard to keep you warm and cozy. However, they’re one of those things we sometimes take for granted and always expect to have with the flip of a switch. It’s not until it doesn’t work properly that some people think to have it checked out.

With the coldest months approaching, it’s best to service your heater to ensure everything is running smoothly. Annual maintenance is recommended for all heating systems. Here are some of the key benefits:

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Here’s Why All Water Heaters Need Maintenance

Monday, December 13th, 2021
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Do you have a tank water heater in place? If so, then its main feature is a storage tank that holds gallons of water that gets heated up by a heat exchanger within the system. It has a component called an anode rod that absorbs rust and corrosion so that the rest of the system does not, and this anode rod must be checked on during each annual maintenance session.

But tank water heaters aren’t the only type of water heater that needs maintenance! Even if you have a tankless system in place, that needs a tune-up too. True, it doesn’t have standing water in it, but it can suffer from some of the same problems that a tank system can–like scaling. Wondering what scaling is? Read on to find out!

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