Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog

Does Your AC Need a Tune-Up? Or Repairs?

August 5th, 2019

tools-on-ac-cabinetAugust can often be a rough time for air conditioning systems. They’ve already taken on a few months of intense Santa Fe mid-year weather, and the heat often ramps up even more during August and September. This is why air conditioners are at the highest risk of breaking down during the late summer, and why it’s a good idea to pay attention to any warnings that your home’s AC is in trouble.

When an air conditioner does begin to show signs of malfunction, such as making odd noises, losing cooling power, or stopping and starting too often, people sometimes wonder if they should arrange for an air conditioning tune-up in Santa Fe, NM before the trouble gets bad enough that they need repairs. But this isn’t what an AC tune-up is for, as we’ll explain.

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What’s the Sound Coming From My Air Conditioner?

July 22nd, 2019

tech-with-acWhen it’s time to schedule air conditioning service in Rio Rancho, NM to fix a wonky cooling system, it would be nice if the AC just told you something was wrong. Maybe flash words on the thermostat, “This system is losing refrigerant and must have professional repairs right away.” Or a warning bell that goes off and alerts you to call the local HVAC pros.

One day this technology may appear in homes. At the moment, you’ll have to make do with knowing the less obvious warnings from an AC that it’s time for professional service, such as sounds that are out of the ordinary.

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How Your AC Benefits from a Fresh Filter

July 8th, 2019

Living in New Mexico means running your air conditioner. A lot. Considering just how much we depend upon our home cooling systems to keep us comfortable during our long, grueling summers, it only makes sense that you do everything possible to protect that system’s overall condition and its cooling performance. The best thing that any homeowner can do for any air conditioning system is to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance with trained professionals. Even this is not really enough, though.

Why? Because annual maintenance is just—annual. And the filter in your air conditioner needs changing more frequently than that—typically every 1-3 months. And that means that it is really up to you to ensure that the filter in your air conditioning system is clean at all times. If you’re wondering if it’s really worth the trouble, keep in mind that A) it’s quite simple to change the filter and B) it is definitely worth the minimal effort. Here’s why.

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These Plumbing Noises Mean Trouble

June 24th, 2019

shocked-to-hearWhen people believe they live in a haunted house because they hear odd knocking and pounding sounds from the walls, they’re really dealing with a less ghostly of a problem: plumbing with an issue requiring attention.

You may need a plumber in Espanola, NM to track down what’s causing these sounds and then fix the trouble. Below we’ve written out a few of the sounds you might hear coming from your home’s plumbing and what they mean.

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Did You Schedule AC Maintenance Yet?

June 10th, 2019

service-blue-markerWe offer 24-hour air conditioning repair services because we know plenty can go wrong with a home’s AC during the summers in Santa Fe, and not always at a convenient time. We’re glad to offer AC repair in Belen, NM and elsewhere whenever our customers need it. But we also want our customers to get the best possible performance from their air conditioners so they rarely need to call for repairs in the first place.

With our routine maintenance service for air conditioning systems, we can help you avoid air conditioning troubles throughout the summer and enjoy many other benefits that come with the well-cared-for cooling system.

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Sediment: Your Water Heater’s Worst Enemy

May 27th, 2019

water-heater-repairsTank water heaters are burly systems that can handle plenty of stress over their lifespan. However, there’s one thing that can significantly reduce their lifespan:

Water heater sediment.

Now, water heater sediment is largely unavoidable for the most part, and it can easily be removed from the water heater before it causes damage. It can also be reduced with a water softener.

We’ll go into more detail below about water heater sediment, how it forms, and what can be done about it.

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Prevent Your AC From Overheating This Season

May 13th, 2019

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When it gets hot, you’re going to run your air conditioner. The hotter it gets, the longer and harder your air conditioner has to run. And that could lead it to overheat and stop working.

So is it any wonder that summer is the time of the year that we receive most of our requests for air conditioning services? If your AC isn’t tuned-up to handle the summer heat, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that it can’t keep up.

Overheating isn’t the only way that air conditioners fail during the spring and summer, but it’s one that every homeowner should be informed about. Below are three ways that air conditioners commonly overheat and what you can do to prevent it:

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Can Leak Detection Be a DIY Task?

April 29th, 2019

burst-pipeLeak detection is an interesting subject for plumbers and DIY enthusiasts.

On one hand, some leak detection methods are based purely on using your senses. There’s no reason why a DIYer couldn’t learn some of these tricks of leak detection.

On the other hand, there are cases where leak detection does need the tools and equipment that only a professional plumber has access to.

And in yet another hand, there’s a factor that we cannot ignore: a huge gap in experience between the DIYer and the professional plumber. Sometimes, using your senses or a professional piece of equipment is nothing compared to the intuition gained from experiencing plumbing problems for several years.

We’ll go over the specifics down below:

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Don’t Let Your Sump Pump Fail On You

April 15th, 2019

sump-pumpBy actively removing excess water, a sump pump can save your basements and crawl spaces from taking on massive water damage. Their operation is entirely automatic, so you won’t have to worry even when you’re away from home.

Of course, that can only be true when the pump is working properly in the first place. To ensure that your sump pump is going to do what it’s supposed to do, when it’s supposed to do it, you’ll want to ensure that it’s always in good condition. Here’s how:

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Is It Time for Water Heater Replacement?

April 1st, 2019

water-heater-replacementA water heater is an appliance like any other, meaning that we depend on them every single day for our quality of life. But it also means that they will age and eventually breakdown. The appliance that you’ve cherished for nearly a decade will eventually need to be replaced. When that time does come, you’ll need an expert of water heater installation to handle the task for you.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s find out if your water heater actually needs to be replaced just yet. Some of the signs include:

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