Heating & Cooling Companies: What You Need to Know

What To Look For When Hiring a Heating & Cooling Company

 

Broomall HVACWhen your heating or cooling system breaks down, it may be tempting to hire anyone who offers to fix it. This could lead to a shoddy job and more repair work later on, so before hiring anyone, consider the following 3 things.

License

Most states grant licenses to contractors, and they can have very stringent standards for the contractors they grant them to. For instance, California makes applicants sit for 2 exams. Meanwhile, Kentucky requires applicants to earn layers of licenses: one for being an apprentice, one for being a journeyman, and one for being a master. Some states have made deals with other states to allow licenses to apply in both places. In those cases, licenses are only transferable between the states that have the agreement.

Asking if the contractor is licensed in the state that he or she is working goes a long way towards making sure the contractor is qualified for what he or she is hired to do.

Experience

HVAC ServicesExperience is important. Heating and cooling system repair people often learn everything they know on the job, and most licensing boards require that applicants have spent a certain number of years working at their trade. Most states require at least 2 years on the job, and many states require more. California won’t let someone sit for the exams unless they have 4 years of experience and Kentucky wants a person to have had the journeyman license for 2 years before that person can apply for the master’s license. There are certified trade schools that teach air conditioning system repair and such, but an apprentice still needs to get experience in the field. Ask about the contractor’s level of experience before hiring the contractor.

Insurance

Most states require that a contractor pay at least liability insurance. There are states, such as Maryland, that demand that contractors carry property damage insurance, too. Insurance is frequently part of the state licensing requirements. Asking about insurance can provide peace of mind by proving that an insurance company considers the contractor a good risk. It will also protect against accidents.

A little research can save people trouble, so try checking the state licensing board before hiring and question your contractor. Then your air conditioner will get the love it needs.

We want to make sure our Broomall customers are happy, so leave the heating and cooling projects up to John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning . Don’t delay and call (610) 325-9395 today!

Why bringing in a professional is always a better choice than DIY

Reasons why hiring a professional is the right choice for that DIY project

 

Broomall PlumberMany people try to save money by doing plumbing projects on their own instead of hiring someone that is a skilled professional to do it. In most cases, this is a bad idea. Even projects that many people consider do it yourself, or DIY, projects really need someone that has some experience and knowledge about the subject of plumbing in order to do it right. In fact, there are three important reasons why you should not attempt to do these projects on your own. You have to worry about your own safety and you may actually void any warranty that has been provided by a plumbing company that did previous work if you start messing with the system on your own. Furthermore, you are probably attempting a do it yourself project because you want to save money but it can end up costing you money in the long run. Below are the three most important reasons why you should not attempt to tackle plumbing projects on your own, even if you think it is a DIY project.

Safety

Safety should be your number one concern. This is true whether you are working on a plumbing problem or virtually anything else. If you’re putting your personal safety at risk or if you are putting the safety of someone else at risk, the project is simply not worth it. You could cause a dangerous backup of the system and end up in a situation where you have raw sewage that is backing up into the house or that is escaping from a septic tank and leaching out into the water supply. In addition, you may cause a significant amount of damage to your home if you cause a leak and you are then unable to stop it.

Warranty

If your home has been built relatively recently or you have had a significant amount of plumbing work done by a professional agency, you may have a warranty on much of the work that has been performed. However, if you make the decision to attempt to do plumbing projects on your own, you are likely to void that warranty. This means that you will have to pay the full price of repairs out of your own pocket from that point forward because none of the subsequent repairs will be covered.

Saving Money in the Long Run

Everyone wants to save money. That is very likely to be the reason that you decided to tackle plumbing projects without calling a professional. However, you should seriously consider the possibility that attempting to deal with something on your own could cost you a great deal more money than it ever would have if you had called a professional. If you cause damage to any part of the plumbing system or anything else in your home, you could easily double or even triple the cost that you would have been facing if you had just called a professional plumber out when the problem was first recognized.

Are you looking to upgrade your Broomall home? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!

Ways to make sure you’re ready for the winter

7 Recommended Pre-Winter Heating & Cooling Services

 

Broomall Heating MaintenanceIt is imperative that heating and cooling systems be serviced and thoroughly inspected each year before the cold weather sets in. It is preferable that it be done in early fall, allowing plenty of time for any repairs or replacements that are found to be necessary.

The list of things to include in a tune-up will vary according to whether your unit is an indoor or outdoor unit. For an outdoor unit you’ll need to ensure that the following is done:

  • Check for restricted drain openings in the base pan and clear out anything that might be blocking the opening.
  • Clean and inspect the compressor and the tubing connected to it, checking for any damage.
  • Clean the cabinet and coil and do a thorough inspection.
  • Check the level of refrigerant and do necessary adjustments.
  • Check the control box and all electrical parts thoroughly for worn spots or other damage.
  • Cut away any branches or weeds that might be around the unit, leaving plenty of air space.
  • Change air filter

For an indoor unit, these steps will need to be followed:

  • Carefully inspect the drain pan, evaporator coil and condensate drain lines. If there is a need, clean thoroughly.
  • Check the blower assembly which includes blower wheel and motor and housing. Clean each part thoroughly.
  • Check for correct operation of the ventilation system.
  • Check the flue for any loose sections and for corrosion. Replace parts as necessary.
  • Inspect the housing of the combustion blower and clear out any debris that is there.
  • Carefully check ductwork for leaks.
  • Replace or clean air filters.

Broomall Heating Tune UpInspecting and tuning up your heating and cooling system is a job for a professional technician who has been trained in that kind of work. Don’t put it off until the snow flies and suddenly you have no heat.

A heating system that isn’t working properly is not only an inconvenience but can also be a safety concern. A tune-up while the temperature is still mild will ensure that your home will stay warm with no unpleasant surprises when the wind is howling and the snow and ice is accumulating.

Is your HVAC unit ready for the winter? Make sure it is by calling John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and scheduling a service call today!

Ways to cut down the energy consumption in your home

Ways to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption

 

Broomall Water Heater MaintenanceWater heating can account for over 10 percent of the household utility bill. Aside from a few no-cost habit changes, such as taking shorter showers, there are a few steps a plumbing company can take to help you cut down on your water heating bill. Here are five ways to reduce your water heater’s energy consumption:

1) If your water heater is over five years old, and especially if it is over 10 years old, have a new high efficacy water heater installed by a reputable plumbing company. Technology is continually evolving and the new high efficiency hot water heaters cut water heating bills by as much as 50 percent over an old and inefficient model.

2) Have plumbing leaks fixed. Just a simple leak of only one drip per second from a hot water faucet can add significantly to your hot water heating bill. That may not seem like a lot, but the American Water Works Association reports just a little drip, at 60 drips per minute, will waste over 8 gallons of hot water per day, or over 250 gallons per month, totaling over 3,150 gallons per year! That’s a lot of hot water, and money, going down the drain. So, call a plumber and get those leaks fixed!

Broomall Plumber3) Have your plumber install low-flow faucets and shower heads. Enacted in 1992, federal law requires that all new faucets and shower heads have low flow rates of 2.5 gallons of water per minute. As fixtures that predate 1992 can use over twice the amount of water, the newer low-flow fixtures can offer a water savings of up to 60 percent.

4) Installing a heat trap on the water heater tank can save as much $30 a month on your water heating bill. Installing a heat trap on an existing hot water heater is best left to a professional, and many of the new storage hot water heaters include heat traps.

5) Have your pipes and hot-water storage tank insulated by a professional, as improperly covering the thermostat on an electric heater or the burner compartment, thermostat or air intake or exhaust on a natural gas hot water can lead to damaging or dangerous situations. Insulating the water pipes leading from the water heater will reduce the amount of heat lost as the water travels to the faucets and can significantly reduce your water heater’s energy consumption.

Is the water heater in your Broomall home in need of maintenance? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and schedule a service call today!

Don’t even think about turning on your AC unit until you do this one thing!

Why changing your air filter is essential to your AC unit

 

Broomall AC MaintenanceThe air filter in your heating and cooling system is in place to remove contaminants from the air that can leave your home looking dirty and dangerous for family members with respiratory issues. When these filters are not changed in a timely manner, they can lead to more potential problems than just a dirtier home. Here are just a few of the reasons it is so important your air filter be changed in a timely manner.

The air filter is designed to trap airborne particles like pollen, bacteria, mold spores, and allergens from the air inside the home. As the air filter traps more particles, it can only contain so much before it allows the remaining debris to pass through and into the air inside the home. Your local HVAC professional will be able to carefully monitor the system and make the necessary replacement when needed. This will ensure that the air quality inside the home is as clean as possible.

When the air filter becomes clogged, the entire heating and cooling system must work harder to circulate the air. The blower motor and air handler need to push the air through the clogged filters, requiring more energy to do so. In addition to the heating and cooling system running harder, you are wearing out those components faster, requiring a heating and cooling repairman to replace those parts sooner than they were designed to last. That clogged filter can result in you spending unnecessary repair money to keep the system running efficiently.

Broomall Air Filter ReplacementIf any of your family members suffer from allergies, asthma, or respiratory issues, you already understand how important it is that the air quality inside the home be optimal. When you sign a maintenance agreement with a local HVAC technician, you are ensuring that the filter will be inspected, cleaned, and replaced in a timely manner. That way you can rest assured knowing that the air inside the home is as clean as it could be.

When you allow the filter to remain inside the HVAC system too long, those tiny dust particles easily make their way right into your home. You will notice very quickly that once the filters are clogged, you will see an increased buildup of dust all around your home. You will have to dust and vacuum more often because the dirt is simply being distributed throughout the entire home by way of the air ducts.

Contact your local HVAC professional today and let them make certain your filters are inspected and replaced at the appropriate times.

Do you need to change the air filter in your AC unit? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and get started today!

Immediately improve your family’s health right now!

The health benefits of having a water filtration system in your home

 

Broomall PlumberOne of the largest concerns we see among our customers in the plumbing business is that of water safety. Our customers want to know if the water they are drinking every day is actually healthy for them, or if they should be taking better measures to keep their families safe every day. While we cannot say that tap water is unhealthy, we can definitely say that there are many health benefits of having a whole house water filtration system in your home. Learn how a filtration system in your home can make you feel safer about the water you drink.

First of all, unfiltered water straight from the tap contains a lot of hard water particles, which gets left behind as residue on clothing, skin, surfaces, inside pipes, and even left on dishes after they have been cleaned. This hard water buildup causes damage over time, and can be drying to skin. If you live in an area that is prone to very hard water, then a filtration system may be best for you in helping you reduce this buildup in your home and plumbing.

Broomall Water Filtration SystemMany people are worried about the amount of chlorine that exists in their water supply as well. While chlorine may not cause a lot of plumbing issues, it can be an issue when it comes to overall health. Since chlorine also gets into clothes, hair, and is consumed by the body when drank, it can have a negative effect on people who have weakened or sensitive immune systems. Households that have very young children or elderly people in the home should especially take the health concerns associated with chlorine in the water to heart.

In installing a whole house water filtration system in to the home, families can rest easier knowing that their water supply is filtered and healthier throughout their whole home. This means that their clothes are being washed in cleaner water, their bodies are being cleaned in healthier water, and their cooking, cleaning, and of course, the water they drink is all being consumed from a healthier source.

The health benefits of adding a whole house water filtration system in the home are many, since a homeowner no longer has to worry about their pipes or their family being exposed to potentially unhealthy city water. Easy to install and beneficial for the home, a water filtration system is a great addition to any home.

Looking to install a whole house water filtration system in your Broomall home? Call John McCuen Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. at (610) 325-9395 and start enjoying the benefits of healthier and cleaner water today!

Interested in cutting your cooling bill by at least 25%? Find out how!

Why you should get a high efficiency AC unit for your home

 

Broomall AC InstallationWhen you have a hot summer coming up, you know it’s time to get your AC unit running. Unfortunately, what also runs is your electricity bill, and you often pay for comfort in the form of a higher bill. Learn about the many reasons why a high efficiency AC unit may be just the thing you need to enjoy the cool air and keep money in your wallet at the same time.

High efficiency AC units not only help cool you effectively all summer season long, but they are cost effective as well. Their design allows them to cool your home in a more convenient way so you use less energy, which you see reflected on your electric bill.

Another reason to consider a high efficiency AC unit for your home is that they work longer and cool better than traditional AC units. Many high efficiency AC units also come with remote settings so you can control when and how cool your home is at all times. This allows you to cool your home when you are home and not waste energy when you away and in general gives you more freedom with your AC unit at all times.

Broomall AC ServicesFinally, a high efficiency AC unit in your home can actually increase the value of your home greatly. A simple investment in a high efficiency AC unit can mean several thousand dollars in increased value of your home, which you can enjoy should you every choose to refinance or sell your home. Many potential home buyers seek homes that are more eco-friendly, and a home that features a high efficiency AC unit helps you accomplish just that.

There are many reasons why a high efficiency AC unit for your home can benefit you. With energy cost savings, more control over how cool you keep your home, and actual increased value in your home, it’s easy to see why installing a high efficiency AC unit in your home is a wise choice. Consider getting a high efficiency AC unit in your own home, and see what one can do for you.

Looking to upgrade the AC unit in your Broomall home? Call John McCuen Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at (610) 325-9395. and schedule a service call with one of our experts today!

Lower Your Monthly Bills Today!

How can drain cleaning help lower your monthly bills?

 

Broomall Drain CleaningThe concept of drains affecting monthly bills does not cross many people’s minds. Drains, and clean drains in specific, are an important part of maintaining a healthy home. Regular drain cleaning works to the advantage of the homeowner and prevents potential damage and harm. Still, how does it save on monthly bills?

Before we can answer the question, there are a couple of important things to consider. Drains remove water from the home. Drains that are clogged or suffer from build up allow water to remain in the pipes longer leading to stagnant water that attracts odors, insects and allow disease into the home. The reason why most people don’t consider drains having an effect is due to the fact that most people do not realize there is a problem till the drain backs up. The connection between drain and monthly bills is subtle, so it goes unnoticed.

The best illustration of where regularly cleaned drains can save a homeowner money is the family toilet. If there drain is suffering from buildup, this buildup slows the removal of water from the home. Typically, this causes the homeowner to use repeated flushes to force the water through. This increases the water bill of the home. A similar situation occurs with slow shower drains. The water drains slowly, leaving residue in the shower causing the shower to be cleaned more often leading to more water use than should normally occur if the drains were clean.

Most people do not look at their homes as an integrated system, but it is one. Failure or damage to one part can have a profound effect on another part. In fact a home is a series of systems, such as the electrical system and plumbing system. It is easy to tell when the electrical system is in need of attention but often the plumbing system has to fail for the homeowner to notice. Regular drain cleanings are a way to help prevent failure leading to a clean running plumbing system and therefore an overall healthier home. While it might not seem like much, an extra gallon here or a little more water there; however, it all adds up over time. Ultimately costing the homeowner money.

Looking for a relief from the worries of clogged drains in Broomall? Call John McCuen Plumbing for quick and efficient solutions at (610) 325-9395. 

Upgrade Your Home!

Why is a Tankless Water Heater Better?

Bromall Tankless Water HeaterHave you begun to see signs that your water heater is on its way out? Is there and unexplained puddle of water at the foot of your hot-water heater, or maybe you are seeing signs of rust in the water or in the puddle of water under the heater? Did you know that traditional water heaters generally only last between 8 to 10 years and then they must be replaced?

As a homeowner, we understand that the cost of a water heater can be an unwanted expense, which is why we suggest that our customers think in terms of a tankless water heater as an upgrade. The only downside to this upgrade is the fact that it costs more than the traditional water heater. The good news is that the life span is twice as long, which translates into a decent investment.

There are several reasons, other than a longer life, why a tankless water heater makes more sense. One of those reasons is the fact that the homeowner will be operating a more efficient hot-water system. This upgrade will end up saving the homeowner in the end. Keep in mind that you will experience lower bills in the long term; however, in an environment where everyone is trying to save money, the tankless water heater is the smarter option.

It doesn’t matter where your current water heater is located, chances are that it is in the way of something. What would you do if you had that extra space, could it be put to good use? Upgrading to the tankless water heater will increase the level of storage space you have by almost two thirds, depending on the unit you intend to replace.

When a homeowner purchases or builds a home, unless it was done recently, the odds are likely that the older model water heater will be used. Families that increase over time end up outgrowing the capacity of their conventional water heater, and someone will end up having to shower with warm or cold water. If we upgrade your water heater to a tankless model, you will always have hot water as the outflow is instantaneous.

Get back control of your Broomall home! Call John Mccuen Plumbing at (610) 325-9395 for professional tankless water heater services. 

Stop Breathing Toxins!

Replacing an AC Filter

 

AC MaintenanceOne of the best things about being a homeowner is having a large number of luxuries available. Like many things, some luxuries can break down and need fixing, and air conditioning is an example of this.

During the summer months the temperatures can get to be very hot, which makes the need for properly functioning air conditioning all the more necessary. However, replacing parts of the AC unit is necessary too. Depending on how many people live in the home and if any animals are present as well, changing the AC filter should be done every month or two months. Changes may need to be made more often if the overall quality of air inside the home is bad or if the home itself is located in an area with a higher rate of air pollution than other places.

A good reason for changing AC filters is because over time they tend to collect dust, dirt and other materials in and around the house. For example, anyone who has pets like cats or dogs knows that they shed their fur all the time and more often than not that fur ends up getting caught in the filters very quickly, though that’s what filters should do. Pets can also catch fleas, ticks and mites in their fur, which can also get caught in the filters and cause health problems if left unchecked.

Filters should also be changed depending on the number of people who live in the home. Normally, one person in a home is easy to manage but with more than one person around, that means more to account for, such as allergies. Pet related or not, germs can get caught in the filters as well and thus the need to replace them is greater, since dirty filters can cause allergies to become even worse.

Overall, changing air conditioning filters is not a difficult task and should be done regularly. It being inexpensive is another reason to make sure this is done as soon as possible.

Looking for AC maintenance? Call John McCuen Plumbing & Heating & Air today at (610) 325-9395 for top-notch services!