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

Don’t Be Haunted by this Common Plumbing Problem: Water Hammer

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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When plumbing pipes start knocking behind your walls this season, but you don’t know that it’s your pipes making the noise, you might start to wonder if ghosts are real and if they are haunting your living space.

This is probably not the case! A more realistic culprit is something known as water hammer. This sounds mysterious, and truth be told of all the plumbing problems that can occur in your home, this is one of the most benign. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or that you should delay doing something about it.

If left unaddressed, water hammer can eventually cause your pipes to leak, and then you’re looking at potential water damage, not to mention water waste. Read on as we uncover what you should do if you’re being impacted by water hammer.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Home?

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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If there is any one appliance in your home that you’re likely to take a little for granted, we’re going to say it’s your water heater. Even though this is probably the most often used plumbing appliance in your home, let alone home comfort system, you probably don’t think a whole lot about it, unless something goes wrong, right?

And when something does go wrong with your water heater, the next question is, “Is it time to make an upgrade?”

The short and simple–even though it’s not always simple–answer to this question is if your water heater needs a repair and it’s a couple decades old and showing signs of corrosion, is yes, it’s probably time to make an upgrade.

We’ll assume for sake of brevity that you’ve already decided to replace your water heater. So the next question is, do you stick with a conventional storage tank water heater, or is a tankless water heater right for your home? Read on as we help you explore your options!

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Cooling Tips for Two-Story Homes

Monday, September 6th, 2021
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It’s logical, if you have a home in Lubbock or one of the surrounding communities, that you’d like to keep your home as comfortable as possible during our long and hot summers, and do so as efficiently as possible.

After all, no only do we have to contend with high heat, but sweltering humidity too. This can make for an uncomfortable environment without the right home comfort systems in place!

And even when you do have the right home comfort systems, you’ll want to ensure that you’re using them as you should. We mean, you want to make sure you’re using them in a way that doesn’t waste energy. Read on as we cover some cooling tips for 2-story homes!

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A Refrigerant Myth You Shouldn’t Believe, and Why

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Do you know what the refrigerant in your air conditioner does? You’ve likely heard of it, and you know it’s important, but just how important? Well, the cooling process wouldn’t be possible without it! It’s literally the substance that allows your air conditioner to do its job and cool down your home.

There’s a common myth about this chemical though. And that’s that it depletes, like gasoline does from a car. On the contrary. your air conditioner is supplied with enough refrigerant to last its entire lifespan upon manufacturing. So, if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak. Why is this such a big deal? Read on to find out!

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What to Do When You See Ice On Your Air Conditioner

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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When it comes to your air conditioner, you may think that it’s normal to see ice on it. After all, your air conditioner chills the air, so doesn’t that mean ice is involved?

Well… no. The thing is, if you see ice developing anywhere on your air conditioner–it’s most common on the evaporator coil–it means there is something amiss. We’ll dive into the problems involved with ice development below. Read on!

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Why Late-Season Maintenance Is Better Than No AC Maintenance

Monday, July 26th, 2021
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One of the most common questions we get this time of the year from our customers is “is it ever too late to have AC maintenance done?” Or they just avoid the question altogether and assume that it is too late and they should just wait for next year. But, you shouldn’t wait!

The only time it’s ever “too late” for air conditioning maintenance is if your cooling system is absolutely broken down, beyond repair. Otherwise, it’s never too late. In fact, consistency and frequency are actually more important than timing, even though we do technically recommend this service be done in early spring.

Getting your tune-up done before temperatures warm up too much gives your system its best chance to get through the entire summer without problems that could lead to big repair needs or premature breakdown. Unsure if this is really the case? Read on as we uncover some of the benefits of AC maintenance, even this late in the season.

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Don’t Wait: Schedule AC Repairs When These Signs Occur

Monday, July 12th, 2021

If you’ve got a problem with your air conditioning system, then it’s time for you to give us a call for quality and reliable repairs. We know it might seem like you can just wait, particularly if your air conditioner still seems to be running okay. We really want to discourage you from waiting though.

The problem with waiting on repair needs is that you give them time to grow worse. Plus, you threaten your system’s efficiency as well as lifespan, both of which will cost you in the long run. Read on to learn about the importance of prompt AC repairs as well as some signs to watch out for that you actually need AC repairs. What are they? Read on!

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Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repair

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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No matter what season it is here in Lubbock, TX, there is one appliance in your home that provides you with comfort and works all year round. No, we aren’t talking about your air conditioner (remember winter 2020? Definitely didn’t need your AC then!) but rather your water heater.

This is that one system that’s easiest to take for granted in your home–you turn on a tap or appliance in the household and just expect that hot water will come flowing through.

But when you think about all the stress this system goes through, you begin to understand that you cannot expect to work 100% free from errors for decades without taking proper care of it. At some point, you’ll need to call for professional water heater repairs. But how do you know when it’s time?

Here are some clues:

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AC Installation: Does Size Matter?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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The official start of summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means. It’s time to make sure that your air conditioner is in the best shape possible to handle higher temperatures. Despite our crazy blizzard like temperatures we had just a few short months ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this summer will be hotter than most in the U.S.!

If this concerns you to the point that you’re wondering if your aging air conditioner has what it takes to keep you cool this season, then it may be time to consider an upgrade.

And no, we don’t want you to rush out and find the biggest, most powerful air conditioner on the market, because that could actually leave you with an inefficient system and a lack of comfort rather than the other way around. We encourage our customers to carefully consider their air conditioning system purchase. Bigger is not always better, and this applies to air conditioners as well. Yes size and power matter, but not necessarily in the way you might think.

Read on as we go into why an undersized unit won’t do you much good, and why an oversized air conditioner will leave you disappointed too.

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Drip, Drip… Do You Have a Leak?

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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Have you ever been watching a TV show or a movie that depicts a character discovering a leak when a rainstorm hits or when they’re getting their home ready for a gathering? That’s for dramatic effect, but the truth is—leaks are pretty undetectable up to that point. After all, your plumbing system is hidden behind drywall and beneath floors—so unless water is gushing into your property like it does in the movies, you’re probably not going to know about a leak until it does significant damage.

Of course this is not an ideal situation, and it’s not one we want you to face. While you do need a professional plumber to come out and accurately pinpoint where the leak is occurring and actually fix it, there are fortunately factors you can watch out for that indicate you might have one and it’s time to call a plumber. Read on to learn what they are:

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