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Should I Use Liquid Drain Cleaners?

July 14th, 2021

Plumber using snaking tool to remove clog in tub drain.

One of the most common plumbing emergencies is a clogged drain. Homeowners looking for a DIY quick fix often turn to liquid drain cleaners to conquer a clog or slow drain rather than having a professional plumber properly address the issue. While liquid drain cleaner seems like an easy fix, the upfront money and time saved are short-lived.

Learn the complications and dangers of using liquid drain cleaners and the proper way to handle a clogged sink. Frymire Home Services has been offering high-quality plumbing services to the Dallas, TX, area since 1950. Our team is ready to answer your call 24/7 to give you the prompt repairs you need so you can leave the liquid drain cleaner at the store!

Contact Frymire Home Services at (972) 620-3600 to schedule a plumber to inspect and evaluate your home drains.

Liquid Drain Cleaners and Your Plumbing System

Well-intended homeowners innocently reach for the liquid drain cleaner to rid their homes of an unpleasant clog without realizing how it damages their home’s plumbing system. The ingredients that comprise liquid drain cleaners are harsh on your plumbing system’s internal and external components. The chemical reaction that these chemicals produce causes irreversible damage to your plumbing materials. Liquid drain cleaner chemicals accelerate the deterioration of porcelain, plastic, and PVC leading to cracks, leaks, pipe corrosion, burst pipes, and premature repiping needs. A burst pipe can cause expensive, permanent damage to your home and property.

Liquid Drain Cleaner and Your Health

While your plumbing is one of the most important systems you maintain, nothing is more important than your personal health system. The chemicals found in drain cleaners are harmful to your eyes, skin, and lungs. Further, direct exposure to liquid drain cleaner must be treated by a medical professional. The team at Frymire Home Services can tell you from experience that this is NOT a risk you want to take.

Liquid Drain Cleaner Doesn’t Offer Lasting Results

While liquid drain cleaners can temporarily address a clog, they wipe out the good bacteria that work to keep drains free and flowing from sitting organic material. The lack of good bacteria at play leads to larger clogs later. Additionally, drain cleaner stops bacteria from naturally reducing the source of a reoccurring clog. Unclogging a drain permanently without the clog building back up requires professional services from highly trained plumbers. Relying on liquid drain cleaner repeatedly leads to more and more damage to your plumbing and more expensive repairs down the line.

Schedule Professional Drain Cleaning Today

The professionals at Frymire Home Services thoroughly assess a clog by employing video drain inspection technology that can get to the heart of the problem quickly and accurately. Drain snakes and hydro jetting tools allow our licensed and professional plumbers to remove complicated blockages without damaging your plumbing, leaving you long-lasting, free-flowing results.

Keep your sewer or drain systems out of trouble by contacting trained, professional plumbing contractors at Frymire Home Services to schedule drain or sewer cleaning in Dallas, TX! Get the plumbing services you can trust at a price you can afford! We don’t consider the job complete until you are 100% satisfied with the results. Call us today at 972-620-3600!

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How Much Water Should Drain from My Air Conditioner?

June 21st, 2021

When the summer season is in full swing and humidity is high, it’s normal for your air conditioner to drain anywhere between 5 and 20 gallons of water each day. However, while it’s completely normal for an AC unit to drain this amount of water outside your home, it’s a major problem when any amount of water drains inside your home. At Frymire Home Services, our team has years of industry experience and has helped many Dallas homeowners identify problematic drainage issues with their air conditioners. Learn from our top HVAC professionals how your air conditioner should handle drainage and when it’s time to contact our team for service!

If Your AC Drains Water Outside…

If your air conditioner is draining water outside, then it’s operating exactly as it should. Your AC unit should both cool and dehumidify your home through the following processes:

  • Step one: The air conditioner pulls warm/humid air into your indoor unit and blows it over evaporator coils.
  • Step two: The hot air is absorbed by your AC’s refrigerant and transported from the indoor system to the air outside.
  • Step three: Once the humid air hits the evaporator coils, moisture from the air is collected in a drain pan, which is located directly beneath the evaporator coils.
  • Step four: Once the water is in the drain pan, it will drain from your home through the condensate line, dumping the excess water outside via the condensate drain.

If you notice that water is pooling in your yard near the condensate drain, don’t be alarmed; this is normal operating behavior for your air conditioner. However, if you start to notice water pooling inside your home, you may have a bigger issue on your hands.

If Your AC Drains Water Inside Your Home…

Water draining inside your home is a sign that your air conditioner needs repair or replacement. If water is draining inside your home, the problem could be:

  • A rusted or damaged drain pan
  • A clogged condensate drain line
  • A frozen evaporator coil
  • A refrigerant leak
  • A damaged condensate pump

Should you notice water leaking inside your home from your air conditioner, we suggest turning off the system immediately and contacting your Frymire Home Services HVAC technician. Even if only a small amount of water is present, leaving the problem untreated can run up hefty repair bills and result in irreparable water damage down the road.

Choose Frymire Home Services for Your AC Service Needs!

When your air conditioner leaks water into your Dallas home, Frymire Home Services has the team you need to correct the issue in no time. We’ve helped countless Texas families achieve “A Higher Degree of Comfort” in their homes by offering the superior cooling products and services they deserve. Allow our team to bring reliable, energy-efficient, high-performance air conditioning to your home by scheduling AC services with our team today!

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Why Does My Air Conditioner Smell?

June 06th, 2021

Beautiful woman with grimace beacuse of bad smell. Isolated on white.

Wondering what that awful smell could be that’s coming from your air conditioner? AC units are supposed to provide cool, refreshing air, not be the source of an unbearable stink in your home. There are many reasons why your air conditioner may be producing foul odors, some of which you can resolve on your own while others will require the keen eye of an expert HVAC technician. Discover why the air from your AC smells — and what you can do to fix it — by reading the blog below!

7 Reasons Your AC Unit Stinks

Air conditioning systems can start to stink up the place quickly when something has gone awry inside the unit. Strange AC smells you may experience in your home include:

  • Mold & mildew odors: When there is excess humidity and moisture in your HVAC unit, this can lead to mold and mildew growth, which produces a foul smell when air blows these harmful particles through your home.
  • Cigarette smoke odors: If someone has smoked in or around your home, your AC unit can trap the smoke particles inside the filter and evaporator coils, causing you to smell cigarettes the next time you turn on your system.
  • Burning odors: A burning smell coming from your system is a sure sign of alarm since it likely means there is an overheating motor, wiring issue, or other mechanical problem at play.
  • Sewage odors: If your sewer line backs up or your P-traps are dry, your air conditioner could start to smell like raw sewage. It’s imperative to have this issue resolved immediately, as sewer gases can be hazardous to your health.
  • Rotting odors: Sometimes, a critter might find its way into your AC unit, where it becomes stuck and eventually dies. This is a huge health hazard, and the carcass should be removed immediately by a pest management professional.
  • Sulfur odors: The classic “rotten egg” smell is a sure sign of leaking gas in your home. If you smell rotten eggs in your home, be sure to contact your HVAC professional immediately, as a gas leak can be extremely dangerous.
  • Stinky feet odors: Does your unit smell like dirty socks or smelly feet? You might have dirty evaporator coils, a clogged condensate drain pan, or stagnant water standing in your air conditioner.

While each of these foul odors is problematic, not all of them require professional assistance to resolve. Depending on what the root source of your air conditioning odor might be, you could solve the problem easily on your own without scheduling a professional HVAC service.

How to Fix a Smelly Air Conditioner

There are a few easy DIY repairs that homeowners can use to resolve their smelly air conditioner problem. The next time your system stinks up the place, try the following troubleshooting tips before calling in the professionals:

  • Change your air filter: Air filters should be changed at least once every three months (more if you’re a pet owner or allergy-sufferer). Simply changing your air filter can eliminate many pesky odors, including cigarette smoke.
  • Run water in your sinks: One way to prevent sewage smells from coming through your AC is to run the water in all of your sinks each month to fill the P-trap and create a seal against sewer odors.
  • Keep your system clean: While nothing can substitute for professional cleaning by an HVAC technician, keeping the areas you can reach in and around your AC clean and clear of debris can help you avoid playing host to any unwanted odors.

These three tips can help you prevent foul odors from stinking up your home. However, you should be wary of odors that could indicate a threat to your family’s safety and health.

When in doubt, call your trusted HVAC professional for persistent AC smells. Frymire Home Services is here to provide the long-lasting system solutions you need to remain comfortable and smell-free!

When to Contact Frymire Home Services

Whether your air conditioner requires professional cleaning, annual maintenance, replacement, or repair to eliminate foul odors, Frymire Home Services has you covered. Our team of top-quality HVAC technicians has more than 60 years of industry experience at our disposal to help resolve even the most troublesome smells that impact your air conditioning.

Contact our team to schedule AC services for your Dallas home today!

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What Does an Evaporator Coil Do?

May 22nd, 2021

Summertime air conditioning issues can be uncomfortable and dangerous for Texas residents and business owners. The hot season in Dallas has a four-month spread between June and September, with average temperatures over 88 degrees. Understanding how your evaporator coil contributes to cool air distribution in your home can help you better understand the need to keep your AC properly maintained.

Get your AC inspected before Dallas summer temperatures soar by scheduling an AC tune-up today with the experts at Frymire Home Services. Contact us today anywhere in the Dallas area!

Evaporator Coil 101

The evaporator coil is an essential component of your air conditioner that resides inside your home and is tasked with removing heat from the air as it blows. Inside the blower compartment or air handler, the evaporator coil houses chilled refrigerant that the compressor transfers into it. Your AC relies on refrigerant, a chemical blend inside your air conditioner that can transform easily between liquid and gaseous states.

As the air from the blower fan travels over the evaporator coil, the cold refrigerant removes the heat from your home’s air. The refrigerant converts to a vapor when air travels over the evaporator coil and triggers a heat exchange. The refrigerant increases in temperature while the air temperature decreases.

How Does an Evaporator Coil Impact Your AC System?

In conjunction with your AC’s condenser coil, the evaporator coil removes heat from your home. As refrigerant changes from liquid to gas and back, it absorbs and releases heat. This is how it cools down a home. The evaporator coil plays a vital role in your air conditioning system. Evaporator coil issues affect the efficiency and performance of the AC.

Common Issues with Evaporator Coils

One of the most common problems with AC units is dirty evaporator coils. Over time, these coils accumulate condensation and mold. Condensation should drain from your system but drain pan clogs can cause water to back up and overflow, leading to water damage and other issues.

Frozen evaporator coils are also a common issue. Anything that prohibits airflow to the evaporator coil, such as dirty coils, low refrigerant, and blocked air ducts, can cause it to freeze. The necessary heat exchange that occurs in your system to cool your home can’t take place if your evaporator coil is frozen. Regular HVAC maintenance rids your system of frost buildup so that your AC can function as it should.

Signs That Your Evaporator Coil Needs Servicing

Identify the signs that indicate you have an evaporator coil issue to get ahead of AC system failures. The most common signs to watch out for include:

  • Leaks around the indoor unit
  • Warm (instead of cool) air leaving the unit
  • Frequent cycling (turning off and on) of your AC unit
  • Abnormal sounds when the AC system is running

If your HVAC technician identifies that your evaporator coil is to blame for AC issues, consider having it replaced. You should also consider a replacement if your AC is older than seven years, the SEER rating is 12 or lower, or the repair cost estimate is more than half of the replacement cost.

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Frymire Home Services has been serving the Dallas area for over seven decades. Our in-depth industry experience and superior workmanship will ensure you get the AC results you desire. As a family-owned and -operated business, we put our customers first in all we do. We offer flexible financing options and honest, upfront pricing. When you need AC services in Dallas, TX, trust the skilled technicians at Frymire Home Services to restore your system’s performance and reliability!

Contact us to schedule an evaporator coil repair, AC tune-up, or AC inspection today! 

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Why Does My AC Keep Blowing Fuses & Tripping Circuits?

May 06th, 2021

When it comes to problems with your air conditioning unit, you shouldn’t ignore electrical issues. If you have an AC system that continues to blow fuses or trip circuits, the inability to receive proper cooling isn’t your biggest concern. Electrical issues can be very dangerous and should be addressed with the help of a licensed, experienced HVAC technician. When systems are prone to overloading and short-circuiting, homeowners run the risk of long-lasting damage to home appliances and the potential of an electrical fire. When you have an HVAC electrical problem, call on the experts at Frymire Home Services to quickly get to the root of the problem and perform the correct repair.

Get your AC repair finished before Dallas summer temperatures start to climb. Contact us today anywhere in the Dallas area!

What Causes an AC to Blow a Fuse or Trip a Circuit?

Identifying why your AC is blowing a fuse or tripping a circuit should be done by a professional as there are various reasons why this could be happening. Most often, this HVAC electrical issue is caused by:

  • Low refrigerant. Low levels of refrigerant require your AC system to use more energy to cool your home. This increase in energy requirements can trip your system. 
  • Loose electrical connections. Temperature changes can cause wires to expand and then contract. These changes can loosen connections in your breaker box, leading to tripped circuits and blown fuses.
  • Fuse box, circuit, or central power issues. Electrical overloads from problems with your fuse box, circuit, or central power supply can trigger a fuse to blow or trip a circuit. You may be tempted to swap the fuse for a larger one, but this is NOT what you want to do. Reach out to a licensed HVAC technician to diagnose the electrical issue and correct it safely and appropriately.
  • Cooling system capacitor problems. Your AC’s capacitor works with the system’s condenser to manage the proper input and output of electrical currents. If the capacitor is faulty, it can lead to blown AC fuses.
  • High temperatures and dirty filters/condenser coils. Higher temperatures mean your system will have to work harder and longer to sustain your home’s target temperatures. If your system’s filter isn’t free of clogs and debris, the extra pressure required for the system to circulate air can blow a fuse or trip a circuit.

You can avoid most AC issues by staying on top of your annual AC maintenance. Get your AC tuned and ready for the heat of a Dallas summer by acting promptly when you see something amiss!

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Frymire Home Services has been serving the Dallas area since 1950. We’ve seen (and serviced) it all! Our extensive industry experience and high-quality workmanship deliver AC performance and reliability you can count on. Our customers-first philosophy backs our family-owned and -operated business. Our clients enjoy flexible financing options and honest, upfront pricing. When you need AC services in Dallas, TX, engage the skilled technicians at Frymire Home Services to renew your system’s performance and efficiency!

Contact us to schedule an AC inspection, repair, or tune-up today! 

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Air Balancing for Homeowners: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

April 30th, 2021

Indulge me with your imagination for just one minute… You are in your home, and you go from the living room, where you’ve been lounging comfortably, to your bedroom. Just as you walk in, you feel a very noticeable temperature difference. You try everything to make your bedroom a comfortable temperature—from adjusting the thermostat to closing the vents in various rooms. And why shouldn’t you? Is it too much to ask to be comfortable in your own home? Why can’t you get airflow in one end of your house, but get too much in the other end? Most of us will not even have to use our imaginations for this one as we have experienced this at one time or another.

Air Balancing & How It Works

What is the answer you ask? Air Balance. When done properly, air balancing can ensure an even home temperature from end to end. It makes sure that each of your rooms is receiving the perfect amount of airflow. However, there are some variables that can inevitably cause this “perfect airflow” to be derailed. When looking to do an air balance, ductwork and HVAC unit specifications must be all considered. Inadequate ductwork will always result in airflow restrictions. Likewise, the wrong HVAC unit for the home or a poorly performing one will result in deficient airflow.

When Should I Schedule Air Balancing?

Air balancing must be performed for summer or winter. Here in Texas, we have about nine months of warmer temperatures and three months of colder ones. Naturally, it makes sense to do a “summer” air balance. You might ask, how can we accurately measure for a proper air balance without using our gut feeling of temperature from room to room? As always, there is a right tool for the job. A specialized flow hood can be placed over each of the grilles to get an accurate reading of the airflow. This can be compared to what the airflow was designed to be based on the measurements of the home itself. If it’s a newer home, an engineer’s report should be available from the company that completed the installation of the equipment with specific CFM (cubic feet per minute) specs for the grilles.

While closing the grilles with your trusty broom sounds like a great idea, it will only result in noise at the grilles and noise throughout your home. Grilles should always be 100% open. Never close the louvers to adjust the pressure. The best way to back off air to a room is at the supply plenum itself with dampers.

Too Hot? Too Cold? Schedule Air Balancing Today!

If you’re lucky or smart (or both) you might already have a great multi-stage, high-efficiency system with electronic dampers that are already controlled by zoning to guarantee perfect airflow throughout your home. But let’s be honest, if you have this type of system, you’re probably not reading this article since you’re too busy being comfortable in your home. All joking aside, if you and your family find yourselves complaining that parts of your home are too hot or too cold in the spring and summer, an air balance is right for you.

Rick Overall

Frymire Home Services

Frymire Home Services understands the importance of quality air conditioning and heating. We believe in educating and informing our customers, which will help them become experts in their home’s AC system. To learn more about HVAC visit our website at www.frymire.com or call us at 972-620-3600 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

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The Ultimate AC Tune-Up Checklist

April 24th, 2021

It’s almost here. That time of year when you check the weather on your phone and think you’re reading an oven temperature instead. Summer days in the triple digits are becoming more and more common in the area, but that’s where your air conditioner comes in!

During the long hot weather season, your poor AC must work harder than a marathon runner in training to keep up with your cooling needs. If you don’t properly maintain your system with at least an annual tune-up, the chances that your AC will experience a critical failure skyrocket. That means high repair or replacement bills and wandering around in the inescapable sauna that is your home while you wait for the technician to fit you in.

That’s why we put together the ultimate AC tune-up checklist. Below is a list of things that need to be maintained in your AC. We hope this helps you as you shop around for a good AC maintenance service or when you attempt to do a little DIY.

What Every AC Tune-Up Should

  • Check the air filter and replace it if needed
  • Assess how well the unit is installed and adjust when appropriate
  • Ensure the AC has enough open space around it to circulate air well
  • Check the thermostat for accuracy and recalibrate
  • Turn on the AC and observe how well it works
  • Determine the amperage and voltage the AC is using while in operation
  • Check that all safety controls are in working order
  • Check and clean the components of the blower
  • Check and fine-tune the blower motor and belts
  • Cycle the AC to ensure proper startup, heating, and cooling
  • Measure the temperature when the unit is on and off
  • Evaluate system airflow
  • Examine electrical connections and tighten any loose wiring
  • Make sure all moving parts move properly
  • Check and clean the evaporator coils and the condenser
  • Measure and recalibrate the refrigerant charge
  • Examine the condensate drain and apply treatments if needed

It’s a lot to think about when we lay it all out like that, isn’t it?

How an Air Conditioner Works

Air conditioners are complex pieces of equipment designed to keep your home cool. They contain a closed system of refrigeration lines that run between an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The system pulls in warm air using a motorized fan, where the refrigerant in the interior evaporator coil absorbs the heat. The cooled air then gets sent into the ducts to cool the home. The hot refrigerant flows to the outdoor unit, where it releases the heat and cools back down, only to flow back into the house again and repeat the cycle.

Get expert help to keep this cycle working as it should by calling Frymire at 972-620-3600.

Common Air Conditioning Problems

Because of the complex way your air conditioner works, several things can go wrong. Some common air conditioning system problems include:

  • Leaking refrigerant – Without refrigerant, your AC can’t cool your home.
  • Sensor malfunction – The thermostat sensor near the evaporator coil can malfunction, and this means the unit won’t know when to cool the air it’s pulling in.
  • Drainage issues – Condensation is a natural part of the AC cycle, but you can have problems with your system if it does not drain properly through the drain line.
  • A dirty air filter – Make sure you replace your air filter regularly because a dirty filter can prevent your AC from operating well.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, contact our AC repair professionals.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

To avoid problems like these, make sure you keep your air conditioner well-maintained. A preventive maintenance appointment at the start of the cooling season can tune up your system and get everything working efficiently. This will maximize your comfort and lower your energy bills as the cooling season progresses. You may also extend the life of your unit by investing in maintenance.

Schedule preventive maintenance by contacting Frymire Home Services and ensuring your AC is ready to deliver reliable cooling all season long.

Choose Frymire Home Services for All Your AC Maintenance & Tune-Up Needs

At Frymire Home Services, our motto is “A Higher Degree of Comfort.” We strive each day to live and work by this standard. That’s why we created the Victory Comfort Club, a VIP HVAC maintenance plan that offers incredible value, protection, and peace of mind year-round. In the Victory Comfort Club, you’ll save hundreds on your AC tune-ups and receive exclusive deals and discounts not available anywhere else.

Call us at 972-620-3600 or contact us online today to learn more about our affordable and thorough AC maintenance plans.

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Air Cleaners vs. Air Purifiers: What’s the Difference?

April 15th, 2021

There’s no slicing it sideways – this pandemic has been a grade A pain-in-the…air. But one thing we here at Frymire Home Services are thankful for is that it’s gotten people to take their indoor air quality more seriously. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. What’s more, children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory or pulmonary illnesses are most susceptible to bad indoor air quality hazards.

For these reasons, many homeowners turn to residential air treatment solutions to help combat the dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other everyday airborne dangers floating around in their homes.

Unfortunately, what starts as an innocent Google search often turns into a frustrating rabbit hole. There are dozens of different air treatment solutions out there, and the most frequent question we get is: What’s the difference between an “air cleaner” and an “air purifier”? Isn’t “clean” a synonym of “purify?” Why all the quibbling?

We understand that this isn’t exactly intuitive, so we’ve broken down the differences between air cleaners and air purifiers for you and have given some basic benefits and drawbacks of each.

Sift, Strain, and Filter – the Air Cleaner’s M.O.

Air cleaners filter your home’s air using specialized, carbon-based filters.

Air Cleaner Benefits

Air cleaners are great at trapping large pollutants like dust and pet dander. Folks with asthma, chronic upper-respiratory issues, or seasonal allergies will thank you profusely for installing one. Air cleaners also improve air circulation in the home, which is correlated with better indoor air quality.

Air Cleaner Drawbacks

Because of the fan needed to circulate and filter the air effectively, air cleaners are often noisy. Further, while they take care of larger particulates, air cleaners are not designed or tested to combat viruses, bacteria, chemicals, cigarette smoke, and other smaller health hazards. Air cleaner filters can also be expensive and must be periodically replaced.

Zap, Pulse, Sanitize – The Power of the Air Purifier

Air purifiers sanitize the air by emitting a cleansing agent, such as heat, ozone, negative ions, or UV light.

Air Purifier Benefits

Rather than just focusing on respiratory irritants, air purifiers zero in on the pathogens that make us sick and cause allergies. Air purifiers are often silent or nearly silent to operate and are overall less expensive than an air cleaner.

Air Purifier Drawbacks

Air purifiers do little or no dust removal, so an air purifier won’t help much if that’s your main pollutant. Furthermore, an air purifier’s effectiveness depends on how good your air circulation in your home is – and if it’s not very good, your air purifier will only purify the part of your home that’s nearest to the installation site.

Not Sure Which is Best for Your Home? Contact Frymire Home Services

Our service professionals are trained and certified in the latest indoor air quality solutions, and we leave our customers better than we found them. We’ll walk you through your options and match you with the solution that’s right for your home’s particular needs and pollutants.

Give us a call at 972 – 620 – 3600, or contact us online today.

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Frozen Pipes? We Have Solutions

April 13th, 2021

Frozen pipes are a serious problem and potentially a costly issue for Dallas homeowners. This was especially evident in the recent “snowpocalypse,” which wreaked havoc in North Texas. An estimated 1.4 million Texans faced water disruptions even a week later. Many homeowners experienced burst pipes which left them with flooded homes and no running water for days.

As a homeowner, you are already faced with a myriad of decisions and expenditures for your property. So how exactly do you mitigate this risk during freezing temperatures? How do you ensure you don’t fall victim to costly pipe repairs? The answers to these questions may seem simple, but they aren’t and could very well be the difference between having running water in your home or dealing with a costly pipe repair.

Common Types of Pipes

Let us begin by understanding the two most common types of pipes in your home–copper and PEX. PEX pipes are a durable, plastic material and cost less than copper. PEX generally tends to have a longer life span than copper; it can also expand, contract, and then return to its original size. Due to its ability to shrink and expand, PEX resists freezing more effectively than rigid pipes, but it can still burst if water freezes in a line. While also durable, copper expands and contracts when heating and cooling, so the chance of breaking when frozen is not mitigated. Copper pipes are also more susceptible to corrosion & pinhole leaks.

What Causes Pipes to Freeze?

When pipes freeze, they tend to crack and break, causing faucet fixtures to run air instead of water, which is a telltale sign that your pipes may be frozen.

Exposed pipes are at the greatest risk during freezing weather. Pipes can be found exposed in the attics of some homes or underneath the home in pier and beam homes. Pier & beam homes are aptly named since they are usually concrete, brick, or stone slabs supported by wooden piers or beams. The exposed pipes are subjected to the harsh elements outside during freezing and have a greater chance of cracking.

Burst plumbing lines underneath homes or under foundations can also be especially pricey. Due to the placement of the pipes, slab leaks or tunneling under foundations to repair piping can fetch a hefty price tag. Pipe leaks within the walls of your home can also cause mold over time if they are not repaired immediately, which is why proper leak detection by an expert HVAC contractor in your area is pertinent.

How to Prevent Freezing & Burst Pipes

So how do you prevent all the doom and gloom of broken pipes? Most of the time, it can be as simple as leaving your faucets on a steady drip in the home during potential freezes. While the kitchen and bathroom faucets are the most common, dripping all the fixtures in your home can help mitigate the threat of frozen pipes. Make sure to mix hot and cold water to keep those pipes from freezing.

Hose Bibs

Homeowners usually tend to forget about exposed pipes. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Let us touch on the most common one, hose bibs. A hose bib is the connector for your lawn equipment, such as hoses and other lawn essentials. A frost guard should cover them. Frost guards can be found at your local hardware store and essentially covers the hose bib and protects it from freezing temperatures. Several newer homes have been built with frostproof bibs, which are made to endure extreme cold temps.

Insulating Pipes

Insulating exposed pipes are a great way to prevent pipes from freezing. As mentioned before, you can find these exposed pipes in your attic or under your home. Foam guards can be placed around the exposed pipes to add a layer of protection from outdoor conditions. If you are worried about your pipes in the attic, try wrapping some newspaper around them before the freezing weather. Even one-fourth of an inch of paper can provide some protection for your non-insulated pipes for a short period.

Indoor Temperature

Finally, keeping your home warm during the winter months can also prevent pipes from freezing. Make sure to keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night during potential freezing weather.

— Thomas Evans

Frymire Home Services understands the importance of quality plumbing. We believe in educating and informing our customers to help them become experts in their homes’ plumbing. To learn more about plumbing, visit our website at www.frymire.com or call us at 972-620-3600 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

 

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The Ultimate Air Conditioning Guide

March 29th, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About AC

Stepping into a cool home on a hot summer day and feeling your air conditioner hard at work is one of the absolute best feelings, especially when you are tired and sweaty. After a long day of working or playing outdoors, you deserve to be pampered. Likewise, having a nice, cool home plays an integral role in getting an ideal night’s sleep, which is imperative for a productive day.

That’s why choosing the right AC system for your home is so important. Fortunately, home air conditioning systems are more energy-efficient than ever before. If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your cooling system, the current AC options available can help keep you cool and save you money in the long term, but knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. This guide is designed to help you navigate through the complex decision-making process and equip you with helpful information that will allow you to select the ideal AC system for your home’s size, comfort needs, and budget.

8 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About AC Systems

1. What Is Central Air Conditioning?

Central air conditioning is one of the more common methods of home cooling. Essentially, air is cooled at a central location (hence the name “central AC”) and is then pushed throughout your home via ductwork and fans. Your air conditioner’s compressor plays an integral role in the AC process; it circulates the necessary refrigerant for heat exchange through the coils of the indoor and outdoor unit. It also applies energy to the refrigerant. Here’s how it all works:

  1. Your thermostat sends a signal to the circuit board in your furnace calling for cold air.
  2. The circuit board turns on the furnace/blower motor inside your home, along with the fan and compressor outside of your home.
  3. The blower motor draws in warm air through your home’s ductwork.
  4. Air from the ductwork is then blown through the evaporator coil, which turns warm air into cold.
  5. Cool air is dispersed throughout your home through your air vents.
  6. Refrigerant in your AC absorbs the heat from the indoor air as it flows through the evaporator coil and transitions from a low-pressure gas to a high-pressure liquid.
  7. The heated refrigerant is pumped to the condenser. This condenser blows outside air across a different set of coils, which removes the heat from your home that was absorbed by the refrigerant.
  8. The refrigerant is then cooled down, turned back into a low-pressure gas, and returned into the home.

This process continues until the desired set temperature on your thermostat is achieved.

2. What Components Make Up an AC System?

The way your AC functions depends on the type of system you have, but most are made up of these three components:

  • Refrigerant: This is a chemical blend found in either a fluid or gaseous state. It absorbs heat from the environment and can provide refrigeration when combined with compressors and evaporators.
  • Outdoor Condensing unit: This is a temperature-controlled device that lives outside your home. This includes the fan, compressor, condenser coil, and refrigerant.
  • Indoor unit: The indoor unit carries the evaporator coil, which sits on top of the furnace inside your home. The coil absorbs the heat from your living space, creating cool, dehumidified air.

The outdoor and indoor units work together to send the refrigerant back and forth from the outside condenser coil to the inside evaporator coil.

3. What Are My Cooling Options?

There are two prominent types of AC systems commonly used across the country:

  1. Central air conditioning: Uses ductwork and vents to disperse cool air throughout your home in order to achieve the desired setting on your thermostat.
  2. Ductless mini-split: A ductless, or mini-split, air conditioning system, works very similarly to a regular central AC system, but without the ductwork. It is mounted on the wall in a single room and is used to cool smaller spaces without wasting energy cooling other rooms.

Which System Is Best for My Home?

It depends on your desired energy efficiency, the size of your home, and how sensitive you are to noise. Ductless mini-split systems offer increased energy efficiency, but they don’t run quite as quietly as a central air conditioning system. The experts at Frymire Home Services can help you decide which option would fit your home and your comfort needs most adequately.

4. Is AC Maintenance Really All That Important?

Yes, this is a very important step to ensure your system is running efficiently. Not only will annual AC maintenance ensure your systems lasts for the entire duration of its expected service life (and possibly even longer), it will also alert you to small issues before they escalate into larger, more expensive problems.

5. What Is Included in AC Maintenance?

When you schedule AC maintenance for your system, you can expect the technician to do the following:

  • Check your filter, replacing or cleaning it as needed
  • Inspect and tighten electrical connections
  • Inspect fuses and wiring
  • Test and inspect relays and pressure controls
  • Check to ensure that your thermostat is working properly
  • Check for refrigerant leaks
  • Check your ductwork for energy loss
  • Check the drain pan
  • Flush and treat condensate drain with anti-algae
  • Clean your system’s evaporator coil
  • Check the outside unit for damage
  • Inspect base pan and remove any obstructions
  • Remove any leaves, dirt, and debris from your outside unit

6. What Should I Do If My AC Stops Working?

If your home’s air conditioner stops working, there could be a variety of possible explanations. Here are some common culprits to troubleshoot before calling on a professional:

  • Check Your Thermostat. Make sure your thermostat program settings are correct, that it’s set to cool and not heat. Also, check the batteries to make sure they’re in good shape. If your thermostat isn’t working, it could be an electrical issue, which means you’ll need the help of pro.
  • Check Your Vents. Make sure all of your vents are open, ensuring that they are not blocked or obstructed by anything around them. If there still isn’t airflow, this may signal an issue.
  • Check Your Circuit Breaker. Your problem might be solved with a simple switch. It’s very common for circuit breakers to trip, so make sure the right circuit is switched on.
  • Check Your Filter. If your filter is dirty and clogged, you won’t get any airflow. The buildup can also cause dirt to accumulate in your ducts and your evaporator coils to freeze, which can clog the air even more. A dirty filter is often the cause of system short-cycling (which is when your AC comes off and on for short periods of time without cooling your home).
  • Check Your Air Ducts. If you have access to your ducts, look for any visible tears and make sure that the joints are sealed well. You can close up any leaks with foil-faced tape, or contact your local HVAC company to provide professional solutions.

7. Are There Any Special Programs or Offers to Save Money?

Yes! Enjoy value, peace of mind, and protection with Frymire’s Victory Comfort Club VIP maintenance plan, which offers valuable discounts to customers, including heating and cooling maintenance, VIP priority installation services, free diagnostic visits, repair discounts, and A LOT more!

8. What Should I Know Before Having a New AC System Installed?

Here are a few important things you should consider before your new system installation:

  • Get Your Old System Thoroughly Inspected. You should have your old AC system evaluated to see if it needs repair rather than replacing. This can also help you compare prices to determine which route would be more cost-effective long-term. Be sure to get detailed estimates before making any decisions.
  • Understand Your Filter and Thermostat Options. While speaking with our technicians, ask them to explain your options and be sure to ask questions about anything you don’t understand. This is your chance to learn more from the experts (and our team is happy to share our extensive knowledge with you!).
  • Understand the Time Frames. The time it takes to install an air conditioner varies across makes and models, so ask for a breakdown of how long your AC installation will take to complete, especially if your installation is taking place during the hottest days of summer.

For a higher degree of comfort call 972-620-3600 or contact us today to schedule a consultation — we take just as much pride in your home as you do!

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