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Why Can’t My Gas Furnace Warm My Home?

January 20th, 2020

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You have found yourself standing in front of your thermostat several different mornings lately, trying your hardest to figure out why your heater isn’t heating up your home at all. The bills are paid, the thermostat is accurate and connected and your know that you turned the system on, so what’s up?

Well, it could be one or more issues to be honest. There is a strong chance that your furnace is in need of furnace repair in Arlington, TX. There is also a chance that your system could use some additional help to keep your home warm. Or your heater might be on its way out.

If you want to figure out why your furnace can’t seem to warm your home the way you want it to lately, we will help you solve the mystery. You can browse the potential causes we have discussed below and, when you are ready, reach out to us for professional help in getting the issue resolved.

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It’s Still Not Too Late for Heating Maintenance

December 23rd, 2019

Yes,gas-burner-flame winter is in full swing and we are sure you have more than enough going on and we don’t want to add anything onto your “To-Do” list. If anything, we are bringing up heating maintenance because we want to make sure you can avoid having to add more tasks to your calendar later on. After all, scheduling HVAC maintenance in Fort Worth, TX is always going to be a better alternative than needing to reach out for heating repairs.

You may not be entirely enthralled with the idea of having someone come to your home to do a maintenance check-up on your heater. Especially because that might mean you would need to turn your heater off for a little while. Well, because we strongly believe that maintenance is vital to the long-term operation of your HVAC system, we want you to know why a tune-up is absolutely worth your time, even if it is late in the year.

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The Most Dangerous Malfunction Your Furnace Might Need Repaired

December 9th, 2019

furnace-unit-old-openFirst, before we go farther, we want to stress that natural gas furnaces are not “risky” devices to have in your home. They aren’t ticking time bombs that will eventually become hazardous, and they aren’t something to worry about each time one comes on. If they were any of these things, they would never be allowed into homes in the first place. The modern gas furnace is built with a high priority on safety.

However, burning natural gas—as with burning any combustible energy source—can create dangers without the proper precautions. The company that manufactured your gas furnace already took most of the major precautions. You’ll need to take a few of them yourself to ensure your furnace operates at the highest levels of safety. Specifically, you want to watch out for this malfunction: a cracked heat exchanger.

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A Heat Pump Water Heater? Yes, It Might Be Your Top Choice

November 25th, 2019

showerhead-ceiling-runningYou have a new home, but it doesn’t have a water heater installed. Or the water heater in your current home is finally worn down to the point where it’s too costly to keep fixing it and paying astronomical heating bills. Whatever the situation, you’re on the market for water heaters in Arlington, TX. You have a few choices:

  • A standard storage tank water heater (probably the type you had before)
  • A tankless water heater
  • A heat pump water heater

What’s that? You’ve heard about tankless water heaters before, but you aren’t sure what a heat pump water heater is. We’re glad to fill you in on this technology, because it may be the best choice for your water heater replacement.

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Leak Detection Now Can Save You From an Emergency Later

November 11th, 2019

pipe-copper-leakingNobody wants things that leak. A leaky pen? You’ll end up with ruined clothing. Leaking food storage bags? A messy fridge. Leaking oil from the car? You may end up with a dead engine.

So when we tell you that leaking pipes aren’t good for your house, you probably need no convincing. You already know you don’t want pipes that leak. It can mean water damage, mold and mildew, damage to valuable possessions, and high water bills.

Here’s something you may not know: your household plumbing could be leaking in secret. Leaks from the pipes inside the walls and floors of your house, or down in the foundation slab, often don’t show obvious signs for weeks or months. They work under the radar, doing damage without you realizing it—until things get bad and you have to call an emergency plumber in Arlington, TX.

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Get Rid of Those Window ACs and Go Ductless!

October 28th, 2019

ductless-ac-in-white-roomWhen the window unit was invented in the 1950s, it was a revolution in home cooling. Central air conditioning systems at the time were prohibitively expensive and few homes could afford one. A house needed to be built with a complex ventilation system to even permit central air conditioning. The window AC put an affordable cooling solution into the hands of homeowners. In fact, we can credit the window air conditioning unit with helping to spread the population through the sunbelt. It was easier than ever to live in a warm climate.

That was a long time ago. The central AC is the affordable standard for new homes. If your home uses window units but lacks the space for ductwork, you may think you don’t have the option for a better type of system.

But you do! It’s called the ductless mini split system, a.k.a. ductless heating and cooling. It allows you to ditch those ugly, inefficient, and limited window air conditioners and enjoy cooling throughout the house.

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Tornado Safety and Recovery Tips

October 22nd, 2019

On Tuesday, October 22, a swarm of seven or more tornadoes struck North Texas, causing widespread devastation and extensive power outages. Hundreds of buildings suffered major or minor damage, and 67 were completely destroyed. Over 120,000 customers lost power throughout Dallas.

Thankfully, no one was killed or seriously injured from the disaster. But these fierce tornadoes are a reminder of the importance of safety and preparedness. Below are a few tips to help you prepare in case of extreme weather in the future:

  • Know the potential warning signs of an approaching tornado: a dark or green-colored sky; large hail; a dark, low-lying cloud; or a roaring sound similar to a freight train. If you notice these conditions, tune into local radio or TV stations for advisories.
  • Set up an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, and medication.
  • Have fresh batteries and a battery-operated internet-enabled device to allow you to listen to emergency information.
  • Know where to take shelter from a tornado. Avoid windows, go to the basement or an inside room on the lower floor away from windows—a bathroom or closet is best. The CDC has more information about finding shelter.

If your house was damage during the recent tornado swarm, please make checks of all your utilities. Gas leaks are a significant concern—turn off the gas valve to the house to help stay safe until you can have certified professionals check the gas lines. If you smell electrical burning or see frayed wires, shut off the power at the electrical box. If you’ve lost water, there may be damage to the water main. A damaged sewer line is also a possibility.

For assistance with major plumbing issues in your home, or to replace damaged heating and air conditioning equipment, you can rely on our team for repairs, replacements, and more.

Frymire Home Services is here to help! We serve the Dallas and Fort Worth Area.

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Why Your House Has Bad Indoor Air Quality—And One Way to Fix It

October 14th, 2019

woman-with-allergiesIf you suspect that the air in your house isn’t as fresh and healthy as it should be, you’re probably correct. Poor indoor air quality is a major problem throughout the US, and studies have shown that it’s often four to five times worse than outdoor air quality. Even if you have no specific reasons to suspect bad air in your house, it’s smart to have it checked. Poor indoor air quality can be sneaky: you and your family may experience a few less colds and flus during the year with IAQ improvements.

Why is IAQ often so bad in homes? Although your house may have specific issues with indoor pollutants, we can make a generalization about its poor indoor air quality…

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Emergencies You’ll Need Professional Plumbers to Fix

September 30th, 2019

plumbing-emergencyNobody wants to deal with plumbing repairs in their home. When drains clog and pipes leak, it can bring life to a standstill until the problem is corrected. But some plumbing repairs are bigger and more urgent than others. A single clogged drain sink in one of the bathrooms is a trouble that can wait for a scheduled repair with a plumber. Suspicion of a hidden leak usually doesn’t require a late-night call to a plumbing contractor. You should never ignore such problems, and we recommend you arrange for service at the earliest possible moment.

And then there are times when you’ll need 24-hour plumbing in North Dallas, TX immediately. We’re going to look at some of those situations. You can reach our plumbers 24/7 to come to your assistance with these: “You always win with us!”

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Take Stock of Your AC This Fall—Should You Keep It?

September 16th, 2019

scrapyard-AC-unitsYou don’t have to worry as much about your heating system as you do about your air conditioning system in our Dallas climate. Even though we recommend you schedule maintenance for your heating system during the fall, the bigger question to deal with as we transition to cooler weather is how your air conditioning system is holding up. You still need it during the upcoming months, and it just passed through an intensely hot summer where it worked lengthy days. Do you think the AC still has more years of efficient and effective service left, or is this the fall when you schedule a new air conditioning installation in North Dallas, TX?

Let’s take a closer look at the situation with your central AC.

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