Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog

Warning Signs Your Sewer Line Needs Repair—Or Replacement

June 22nd, 2020

broken-sewer-pipeThe sewer line for your home is the part of the plumbing you probably want to deal with the least. It’s necessary for daily life, but it’s also kind of … icky. We get it, and it’s the reason you hire professionals like us to take care of the difficult work of repairing the sewer line when it needs it. Or, as may be the case, putting in an entirely new one.

Because the sewer line is buried down in a trench along your property, you don’t have an easy way to inspect it. How can you know it’s time to call our experts for sewer line service in Santa Fe, NM? There are a few warning signs to watch for, and below is a list of the most common ones.

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Reasons Your AC Fan Isn’t Working

June 8th, 2020

desk-fanThe main noise you hear from your air conditioning system is the whir of the fans. The noisiest part of an AC is the motor that runs the compressor, but in a split-system air conditioner, the compressor is located in the outdoor unit, making it less obvious. The sound of the fans—both indoor and outdoor fans—is the basic reminder your AC is working, even when not in cooling mode. You’ll often run the fan as a way to circulate air.

When those fans stop working, it’s a problem. Either the indoor blower fan or the outdoor exhaust fan is necessary for the air conditioner to cool a home. When the indoor fan doesn’t work, no air will circulate around the house and no warm air from the return air ducts will move over the evaporator coil to be cooled down. When the outdoor fan doesn’t work, the air conditioning system won’t be able to release the heat it removes from indoors, and therefore won’t cool the air.

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Watch Out for the Sinister Pinhole Leaks!

May 25th, 2020

water-dropletsThe big plumbing problems are what you think about when it comes to calling for a repair plumber. Busted pipes, overflowing toilet, clogged drains around the house, low water pressure, no water at all, sewage line back-up. Yes, those are all major problems and they need a fast response from licensed, professional plumbers.

But there’s another serious plumbing problem that sounds like it’s no big deal: pinhole leaks. Pretty innocent-sounding name, right? It’s anything but innocent when it comes to the damage it can do to your house and the costs it can rack up. Stopping pinhole leaks is an important plumbing repair, and we have some information for you to know about them.

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Thoughts on Air Conditioning Emergencies

May 11th, 2020

Ac-with-toolsIn our last post, we took a look at plumbing emergencies and how to tell when you’ve got one. For this post, we want to do something similar, except for your air conditioning system. Right now, many people are playing it cautiously when it comes to scheduling home services; they want to feel certain they have a major emergency before they call for professional assistance. Our philosophy is that if you feel the problem is urgent, it’s best to play it safe: assume it’s urgent and give our team members a call.

But we understand if you feel reticent to dash for the phone the moment you notice an AC problem. Thankfully, not all apparent AC emergencies are as bad as they appear. You may only have a minor glitch or simple mistake that’s harming your air conditioning in Espanola, NM.

Come follow us as we take a look at some simple AC malfunction scenarios.

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Thoughts on Plumbing Emergencies

April 27th, 2020

leak-in-trapRight now, plenty of people are wondering how much work around their house they can take care of on their own without having to call on a professional. This is prudent, and we completely understand. But we want to address this issue of plumbing repair, because most problems that can crop up with residential plumbing shouldn’t be left to DIY work.

So if a plumbing problem occurs in your house in the next few weeks, calling a professional plumber to fix it is usually the right choice. However, we want to guide you through a few issues that may have simple solutions, or may not actually be problems, as well as an important stopgap measure. When in doubt, call us for plumbing in Los Alamos, NM.

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Bad Air Conditioner? Now Is the Time to Replace It!

April 13th, 2020

air-conditioner-on-leavesBecause summers in New Mexico are both intense and long, people get to know their air conditioning systems quite well. If you have an air conditioner that’s more than 15 years old, or even more than 10 years old, and you have reason to believe it didn’t do the job it was supposed to last summer, you have three options as the next summer season approaches:

  1. Have the air conditioner repaired so it can keep going for a few more seasons
  2. Arrange to have the system replaced with a new one
  3. Ignore it and hope for the best

Option #3 is a nope. An air conditioning system isn’t “worthy of your trust.” If you believe it’s in some danger of failing during the summer, you need to do something about it. But should you take choice #1 or choice #2?

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Sizing: The Secret to a Great Air Conditioning Installation

March 30th, 2020


What is the most important consideration when getting a new central air conditioning system? You’ll probably think first of price, features, and energy efficiency. These are all factors to keep in mind. But arguably the most critical thing you need to know is the size of the air conditioning system. And we don’t mean its physical size. We mean how much cooling it can put out. If this is done wrong, the AC installation will be a failure no matter what.

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Have Your AC Checked Before the Hot Weather Arrives

March 16th, 2020

tech-with-acA summer in Albuquerque is often brutal because of the heat. That’s why you have a powerful and reliable central air conditioner for your house. It would be hard to imagine making it through the summer without it.

But … what if your AC isn’t as reliable as you thought it was? Unfortunately, this is what happens when the air conditioner doesn’t receive regular professional attention each year before summer. Spring is the time when we recommend you call an Albuquerque, NM, HVAC contractor to give your AC a full check-up and tune-up. This routine service pays you back in many ways. Here are a few…

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Pouring Chemicals Into Your Drains Is NOT Drain Cleaning

March 2nd, 2020

drain-cleaningDrain cleaning is an important service we offer for homes. But the name drain cleaning often triggers a confusion in people. They hear those words, and their minds immediately leap to those bottles of “drain cleaners” found on the shelves of many stores. Advertising and promotion has fixed the idea in peoples heads that pouring the chemicals in these bottles down a drain is a form of “drain cleaning,” or a least an effective way to remove obstructions from a drain.

But this isn’t drain cleaning. It’s not a good method to unclog drains either. Your plumbing in Albuquerque, NM deserves much better than these chemicals.

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Old Piping Materials in Your Home May Need to Be Replaced

February 17th, 2020

PVC-pipesHow much do you know about your home’s plumbing in Santa Fe, NM? Not much, we imagine. Plumbing isn’t a glamorous part of any house; it needs to function without drawing attention to itself.

Understanding the age of your home’s plumbing pipes is important, however, because piping material is not invulnerable. All material wears down, and pipes are no exception. Making the situation more difficult is that the material used for pipes has changed over the decades. Outdated materials—we’ll get to those in a moment—have a higher chance of decay, bursting, and corrosion. If your house contains these old pipes, you may need to have partial or whole-house repiping done. Licensed professional plumbers are the only people you can trust with this service.

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