Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain Blog

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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Plumbing Smells and How to Deal With Them

March 18th, 2019

disgusted-manDo you smell that? It couldn’t be your plumbing, could it?

Bad odors from the plumbing system are supposed to stay down in the sewer. If you’re smelling anything up above in your home, there’s likely something wrong with your plumbing.

Aside from being unpleasant to deal with and embarrassing in the event that guests come over, some of these smells can actually be dangerous to your health. We’ll go over the most common kinds, give you the rundown on what it means, and what you can do to fix it.

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Forced-Air Heaters Need Maintenance

March 4th, 2019

furnace-inspectionIf you ask any heating expert in Rio Rancho, NM, a good one will tell you about the dangers of neglecting maintenance for your heater. They’ll mention how your system will become less efficient, it might develop repair issues, and it can even shorten the lifespan of the system.

Forced-air heaters are no exception to this rule, and we even think they deserve special attention. That’s why we’ve written this post on why gas furnaces and heat pumps need maintenance:

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Is a Boiler Better Than a Furnace?

February 18th, 2019

boilerIf you’re like most of the nation, then you’ve probably spent most of your life heating your home with a furnace. After all, if you were to tell an HVAC technician that you wanted “the fastest, cheapest, easiest heater,” they’d naturally set you up with a furnace.

Of course, that’s not to say that furnaces are always the best option (if they were, there wouldn’t be any other heaters on the market!). A boiler is vastly different than a furnace, and it may be just the kind of heater that you never knew you needed. Here’s why:

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Contaminants You Might Find in a Water Test

February 4th, 2019

drinking-water-testNo one ever hopes that they need a water test. The idea of your drinking water being tainted can make some people feel sick just thinking about it. But it’s not a bad idea to have your water tested every few years just to make sure.

Here are some of the kinds of contaminants a water test might reveal in your water supply:

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Plumbing Services That You Just Can’t DIY

January 21st, 2019

bad-diyThere are some plumbing services that you just can’t do yourself. And we’re not saying that because we doubt your craftsmanship, your ingenuity, or your overall tenacity for getting a job done.

In this case, you really just can’t do these jobs without the right equipment and training. You could rent the equipment, but it just wouldn’t be worth it if your “minor” clog or leak ends up being more complicated. Keep reading and we’ll explain everything.

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Slab Leaks: The Monster Under Your Home

January 7th, 2019

ineffective-leak-repair-methodWhen you imagine a leak, you probably think of an annoying “drip drop” underneath your sink. These are just the easy leaks, though. The real issues are from the ones that happen out of sight and out of earshot. In fact, they’re lurking under your feet, and you probably won’t notice them until they come and break through your kitchen floor!

Okay, we’re being a bit dramatic. We’re not talking about a literal monster. What we’re referring to are slab leaks. And it’s true that they’re nothing more than leak, but when you consider the level of damage they can do to your home, you’ll understand how they can become a full-blown monster.

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