Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog

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 Outdated materials—we’ll get to those in a moment—have a higher chance of decay, bursting, and corrosion.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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Why Video Pipe Inspection Is an Essential Tool of Good Plumbers

February 3rd, 2020

pipes-corrodedWe list video pipe inspection as one of our services, but we understand this isn’t a service people often call us for specifically. People call because they think they’ve got leaks somewhere in their house, or their sewer lines have backed up, or they’ve got slow drains. These are plumbing issues where video pipe inspections are often a critical part of finding solutions.

So why do we list video pipe inspection if it isn’t something people actual think about when they call us? Because video pipe inspection is one of the best tools we have available to make plumbing repairs a success—and you won’t find it with every plumber in Santa Fe, NM.

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Where Is the Water Going? Why You Have High Water Bills

January 20th, 2020

water-leakAccording to the US Environmental Protection Agency, a family of four uses 12,000 gallons of water per month on average. Does the amount of gallons your household uses per month fall into this range? An increase in gallons per month may occur because you have guests staying in the house or you needed extra water for a gardening project or another water-intensive activity.

But if you see a rise in household water use and you don’t know of any reason why it should happen, it’s often a warning that the water is going nowhere. I.e. it’s leaving the plumbing through leaks. This is unfortunately a common problem in modern homes.

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A Heat Pump May Be Your Best New HVAC Option

January 6th, 2020

sun-and-snowflake-badgeIf you want to start the new year by changing out your old heating and air conditioning system, that’s as good a resolution as any. If your old AC and furnace are past the point where they can meet your expectations, or if they’re making your life more difficult each time you have to look at your utility bills, there’s no time like now to replace them.

But before you begin thinking about putting in a new air conditioner and furnace, we’d like to run an alternative past you—a heat pump. A single installation that provides both heating and cooling, and possibly at superior energy efficiency than you’ve had before.

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Heating Bills Too High? 4 Ways You Can Change This

December 23rd, 2019

Man-paying-in-money-into-piggy-bankEnergy bills for your house are highest during the peak of summer and the peak of winter. Unless you somehow find a way never to run your heating system during the winter, you will experience a rise in energy costs during the season.

But if you think your current winter heating bills are far higher than they should be, and it isn’t due to a change in energy prices or increased use, there are ways to cut down on costs. The unfortunate truth is that it’s easy to waste energy with a few bad habits or through negligence. However, getting yourself out of those habits isn’t too difficult. With some changes and assistance from a Los Lunas, NM, HVAC contractor, you can wrangle those heating bills and get them under control.

Here are four ways to start beating the high cost of heating.

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How High-Efficiency Furnaces Save Money

December 9th, 2019

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You spend money each winter to keep your family warm with a furnace. You might be spending too much, however, because your furnace is an old model with low energy efficiency. When you decide to upgrade to a new furnace, one of the best ways to lower your winter heating bills is to purchase one of the many models of high-efficiency furnaces that are on the market.

Before we go further about ways high-efficiency gas furnaces can lower utility bills, we want to stress that no furnace can guarantee lower heating costs. This is because efficiency isn’t the only factor to consider when installing a new furnace. A furnace that’s the wrong size or type can end up being a money-waster, no matter if it has the highest efficiency rating possible. The best way to ensure you have a furnace that will save money is to schedule the replacement with our professionals. We handle everything from installation to furnace repair in Rio Rancho, NM.

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Why You Don’t Want Air That’s Too Dry in Your House

November 25th, 2019

water-dropletsDuring the winter, we often experience a drop in humidity to the point where the air becomes too dry. Anything lower than 30% relative humidity is considered too low, the same way more than 60% is considered too humid for comfort.

But … what’s so bad about having dry air inside your house? Most people associate dry air with better comfort. (“But it’s a dry heat.”) So what exactly are the issues with having low humidity during the winter?

There are a number of problems, and some of them can be serious. Here are the main ones:

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This Is the Most Serious Furnace Problem!

November 11th, 2019

furnace-burners-smallWhat is the worst problem that can happen with your gas furnace? You might think having it fail to turn on during the coldest day of winter is terrible. And it definitely is! You’ll want to have furnace repair in Los Lunas, NM done as soon as possible if this happens. But if you guessed that the worst gas furnace trouble would involve the furnace becoming dangerous for the household, you’re right. There’s nothing worse than an appliance that is actively harmful.

Before we go farther, we want you to take a deep breath. Your furnace isn’t inherently dangerous. As long as it is 1) professionally installed, 2) maintained regularly, and 3) repaired promptly when it malfunctions, it has a low risk of danger. In fact, it is regular maintenance that will catch the problem we’re going to talk about before it turns hazardous.

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Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Over to Heating Mode?

October 28th, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatA heat pump is a great comfort system for our climate. We have hot summers, and when in cooling mode a heat pump is as powerful as the best air conditioners. We experience mild winters, and a heat pump has an energy efficient heating mode that delivers comfort without turning electricity bills too scary.

But what happens if you have a heat pump that simply won’t heat when you need it? If it’s either still sending out cool air or the air from the vents is room temperature, you have a comfort problem. In some situations, this will require calling for professional heating repair in Los Lunas, NM. Our experts are ready to get on the job and have your heat pump working the way it should again.

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Warning Signs of a Boiler in Need of Repairs

October 14th, 2019

condensing-gas-boilerThe weather hasn’t turned cold yet to the point where you’ll have your boiler running regularly. The time is fast approaching, however, and we want to help you prepare for the winter season. The first step is arranging for maintenance for your boiler with our technicians. This is the best way to prevent boiler repair in Santa Fe, NM over the winter.

But since no amount of maintenance can prevent all repairs, the next step is understanding the signs of a boiler in trouble. When a boiler begins malfunctioning, it will send out several signals that it’s heading south. You can catch these and arrange for repairs before the boiler stops working. Remember, the sooner you have repairs done, the less extensive they are likely to be.

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