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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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Finding the Right Types of Air Filters For Your Home

September 2nd, 2019

air-fliter-cuYou want better air quality for your house. You’ve read the startling facts about how bad the indoor air quality in many homes is—often three to four times worse than the air outdoors. You plan to do something about it, and that means starting with air filters for the HVAC system. You know the air filter on your HVAC cabinet doesn’t do much for indoor air quality, since it’s there to protect the interior of the AC and furnace. You need to find great IAQ filters.

How do you do that? Here’s one answer: don’t try to do it on your own! Rely on an HVAC company in Coppell, TX to select the right filters and then install them.

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Is Duct Cleaning Really Beneficial?

August 19th, 2019

inside-air-ductYou may have received a phone call or unsolicited email/text message offering you low-cost duct cleaning services. If you dismissed this as a scam, you’re not far off. The people who claim they can give the ductwork in your house a thorough cleansing for an ultra-low price can only offer such cut-rate costs because they don’t clean your ducts with anything more powerful than a few vacuum cleaner hoses pushed into duct registers.

But while these unsolicited offers are rip-offs, duct cleaning from professionals isn’t. Having the ductwork cleaned every four to five years is beneficial in several ways. You just have to make sure you call a true licensed HVAC expert for these duct cleaning services in North Dallas, TX.

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Late Summer Stress on an AC Can Mean Trouble

August 5th, 2019

sunshineSummer heat doesn’t let up in August and September—and in Texas it can often get worse. This is the “danger zone” for home air conditioning systems, because they’ve already put in steady cooling work since late spring and are now trying to keep houses comfortable in some of the harshest conditions. Now is when people are most likely to encounter the need for air conditioning repairs.

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The Problems With Ice on an Air Conditioner

July 22nd, 2019

frozen-acA common question that professional HVAC technicians hear is, “Should there be ice on my air conditioner’s coils?” The answer is no, but we understand why people are confused about whether this is normal or not.

After all, the air pushed out of the vents in an air conditioning system feels like it’s chilled, as if it were run across ice. It’s a quick jump from that thought to believing that ice must have some role in air conditioning a space, or at least that ice is a normal byproduct of the cooling process.

It isn’t! In fact, ice along the indoor coils of an air conditioner (the evaporator coils) is a warning sign of a problem. It might be a minor issue. Or it could be a potential catastrophe that will eventually require replacing the whole air conditioning system. We recommend you call for our professional repair service to look into your air conditioning system in Fort Worth, TX to see what needs to be done.

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