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4 Common Reasons Why You Have No Hot Water

January 19th, 2021

At Frymire Home Services, we have you covered! Below, we have listed 4 common reasons as to why you may be experiencing no hot water, because the last thing you want is to take a cold shower.

Before we dive into the 4 common reasons, I want to go over the differences between water heater tanks and tankless water heaters. Within the water heater tank family, you have your gas tanks and electric tanks. Your gas tanks use gas to heat your water, while your electric tanks use electricity. Another thing is that these tanks hold the water that you use throughout your home for future usage.  Your water heater tanks typically have an 8- to 10-year life span.

Tankless water heaters do not store water for future use, but instead heat the water needed on demand. Tankless water heaters are also more efficient than your water heater tanks and have a typical life span of 15-20 years.

Why Don’t I Have Hot Water?

  • The first common reason could be because of your pilot light. Your pilot light is located at the bottom of your gas water heater tank. The pilot light is what ignites the burner and starts the water heating process. Your pilot light can go out because there is a buildup of debris or because your thermocouple goes out. Your thermocouple is right next to your pilot light and goes out because there is no metal-to-metal contact. This can be resolved by having a technician sand your thermocouple to achieve that needed metal-to-metal contact.
  • A second common reason could be because of your gas control valve. Your gas control valve is located on the outside of your gas water heater tank and is responsible for controlling the water heat levels.  When your gas control valve goes out, it could be because there is a clog within the valve, or the thermocouple is out. To fix this issue, you will need to have a technician unclog the blockage, replace your gas control valve, or worst case, replace your water heater.
  • The third common reason could be because of a burnt heating element.  Your heating element is what heats the water in your tank. Depending on the type of electric water heater tank, this can be located on the top or bottom. Your heating element becomes burnt when no yearly maintenance flushes are performed. This is one of the reasons why yearly maintenance flushes are so important. If this problem is recognized too late, a technician will not only have to perform a flush, but will also have to investigate if your thermostat is still working properly. If the thermostat is no longer working properly, this will need to be replaced.
  • A fourth common reason could be because of your flood stop. This is more common with newer systems and can happen in both tank and tankless water heaters. Your flood stop is in your water heater pan and is what detects if any water is going into the pan, acting as a safety mechanism. Your flood stop is what prevents floods from happening within your home and is extremely important. When this is tripped, your hot water will stop working. To troubleshoot this yourself, disconnect your sensor and push “open” on your control panel. However, this will only work if there is NO water in your water heater pan. If you detect any water in your pan, immediately stop what you are doing and call your plumber. They will be able to identify where the leak is coming from and properly fix it.

Frymire Home Services understands the importance of educating and informing our customers. We want to make sure that we not only help correct the issue, but help you understand how and why the issue happened. To learn more about your plumbing system visit our website at www.frymire.com or call us at 972-910-2041 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed plumbers.

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Why Isn’t My Water Heater Heating?

November 23rd, 2020

Most of us don’t think about our water heaters when they’re doing their job. You ask for hot water, you get it, and life goes on. It’s not until you’re suddenly faced with cold showers that you realize how essential a water heater is to comfortable living. There are many reasons your water heater might stop working. Read on to learn what the most common ones are:

6 Common Reasons Your Water Heater Isn’t Heating

1. It doesn’t have power or fuel – This might be due to different factors, depending on the type of water heater you have:

  • Gas water heaters – You might simply be out of gas. Your water heater’s gas supply valve could also be switched to “OFF.”
  • Electric water heaters – Your unit might have been unplugged, so check to make sure that it is plugged in. Your water heater, or another appliance, could have tripped your circuit breaker. Check to see if any switches in your circuit breaker are switched to the “OFF” position.

2. The thermostat is malfunctioning – If your thermostat is not working at all, you will not have any hot water. If your thermostat is faulty, it might be causing your high limit switch to flip on because it thinks that the water in your tank is exceeding 180 degrees. If this is the case, try to locate and press your water heater’s reset button. If the high limit switch continues to be tripped, you need to have your water heater looked at by a professional.

3. The pilot light is out – Your pilot light can go out due to drafts or an interruption of gas service. If your thermocouple or thermopile is malfunctioning, your pilot light will go out. A corroded gas valve can also prevent your pilot light from staying lit.

4. Water pressure variation – If your water heater is connected directly to the main water supply line, a water pressure increase from a municipal supply could cause your tank to get too full. This could cause your water tank to break at the seams when the water gets hot.

5. Loose parts – Water may leak from loose nuts and bolts. A bad gasket will not seal properly and may also cause a leak. The fix may be as simple as tightening your water heater’s bolts or replacing a gasket.

6. Age – At some point, the parts on any water heater will wear out and it will lose the ability to perform its job. If your water heater is more than 10 years old, it might have a host of issues caused by normal wear and tear on the parts. At that point, it’s more cost-effective to replace it with a newer model.

Water Heater Troubleshooting Tips

When your water heater suddenly goes out, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to diagnose and repair it before you call in a professional.

Troubleshooting Gas Water Heaters:

  • Is the pilot light lit?
  • Is the gas supply valve in the “ON” position?

Troubleshooting Electric Water Heaters:

  • Is the unit plugged in?
  • Has your circuit breaker been tripped?
  • Has the unit’s reset button been tripped? (If so, press it.)

If none of these steps work, it’s time to call a professional plumber to take a look at your water heater.

Need a New Water Heater? Consider Going Tankless!

When it’s time to replace your water heater, a tankless water heater is a good, energy-efficient option to ensure that you never run out of hot water. It will last longer than a traditional water heater while requiring less maintenance.

Learn more about tankless water heaters and why your family can benefit from switching to this innovative method.

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My Air Conditioner Turns On and Off Right Away

October 26th, 2020

When your Dallas cooling system kicks on, you expect a rush of cool, comfortable air to dispel the heat in your home. What you don’t expect is the feeling of disappointment and confusion that can be caused by the unit kicking right back off again. If you’re dealing with this exact problem, then this post is for you! Follow along while the expert AC repair contractors at Frymire Home Services clue you into what’s going on, and what can be done about it.

Why Is My AC Turning On and Off Rapidly?

When a cooling system starts its cycle but then fails to complete it, shutting off before your home gets adequately cool, this problem is called “short-cycling.” Short-cycling can be caused by a variety of issues:

A Dirty Air Filter

Luckily for many, the most common cause of short-cycling is a simple airflow clog caused by a dust-caked air filter. When an air filter is too dirty, it drastically reduces airflow in the cooling system, which can cause the system to quickly overheat during operation. When the system overheats, it will shut its cycle down in order to protect itself.

Air filters should be changed every one to two months, depending on the quality of the filter, in order to avoid this problem. If left alone for too long, the dirty filter could leave the whole unit coated in debris, which means you’ll need professional AC maintenance to get the problem resolved completely.

Dirty Outdoor Unit

A dirty outdoor compressor unit can also impede how your unit handles heat. This will mean overheating and poor cooling efficiency, as well as increased costs and performance issues. We recommend cleaning the outdoor unit annually at least, which is most easily done with the help of a trained technician. You can help to keep the outdoor unit free of debris by using a hose to run water over the fins when the unit is off.

Refrigerant Leaks

When a cooling system leaks refrigerant, it will actually continue to attempt operating normally. Problem is, without sufficient refrigerant present in the refrigerant line, your air conditioner will freeze itself, as the refrigerant process can’t complete as it normally would. This will lead to a heavy layer of frost and ice forming on the evaporator coils, which will lead to short-cycling.

If you suspect a refrigerant leak, you’re going to need to call on a professional for AC repair. Never attempt to fix or rig a leak! Refrigerant can be harmful in open air, and your system will not function correctly until the refrigerant that was lost has been replaced.

An Oversized Air Conditioner

An oversized cooling system will do its job almost too well. If the unit is too large, it will blast your home with cool air, bypass its targeted thermostat setting, and then shut back off. This means your home never gets cooled thoroughly, meaning you’ll waffle between chilly and hot very quickly.

Call On Frymire Home Services to Repair Your Short-Cycling AC in Dallas!

Short-cycling is a serious problem that will lead to higher energy costs, terrible home comfort levels, and a shorter life span for your cooling system. But the problem is a common one, and it can be taken care of by an experienced professional. Frymire Home Services has been providing leading air conditioner installation, repair, and replacement to homeowners for years.

Need AC repair? Call 972-620-3600 or contact us online to schedule service any time! 

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Frymire Employees Prepare to Distribute HOPE Kits to Local Women Facing Breast Cancer

October 14th, 2020

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and, at Frymire, we know the far-reaching effects of this disease. In fact, on average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. every two minutes. Given that information, Frymire Home Services is proud to spend this month partnered with National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to bring hope and awareness to this cause – particularly women facing breast cancer here in the DFW and Texas area.

With National Breast Cancer Foundation headquartered just up the road from Frymire, we knew the partnership would be a perfect fit. NBCF helps women on every step of their cancer journey, and, this month, Frymire employees are working together to prepare and distribute care packages, called “HOPE Kits,” to Texas women facing breast cancer. Each HOPE Kit is filled with thoughtful items that patients have referenced as comforting, encouraging, and useful while undergoing treatment. Items include fuzzy socks, an inspirational bracelet, a HOPE journal, and more.

As a part of this community, we at Frymire are humbled to have the opportunity serve in this way. We are proud and excited to partner with an organization that is dedicated to working tirelessly to support the women who are diagnosed in their lifetime and to provide funding for life-changing programs for women impacted by this disease. The foundation has a number of programs that you can get involved with as well. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with HOPE Kits, or any of the NBCF’s other programs, you can find more information at: https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/our-programs.

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AC Not Maintaining Set Temperature

September 21st, 2020

Dealing with a malfunctioning cooling system is never a good time. You’re hot, frustrated, and ready to lose your cool! But before you go off the deep end, know that there are some very simple solutions for dealing with an AC system that won’t cool your home properly. Stick with the HVAC professionals at Frymire Home Services while we lay out the best ways to troubleshoot an AC that won’t keep its set temperature.

Simple Troubleshooting Tips

Before we get into problems that require professional service, let’s start with the simplest problems and solutions. Here are the first things you should inspect, in order:

  • Look at the thermostat – Before you do anything else, go to your thermostat and inspect the settings. It’s possible that they’ve been set incorrectly, or that the thermostat was bumped or interacted with unintentionally. The temperature should be set to a cooler temperature than the outdoors, and the fan should be set to “auto.”
  • Check the breaker – Breaker trips aren’t a common occurrence, but they do happen. If the thermostat was set correctly, go to your breaker panel and check the breaker responsible for covering your air conditioning system. If the breaker is tripped, simply reset it. However, if the breaker trips a second time soon after, you may need AC repair or electrical service.
  • Change your air filter – When the airflow in your cooling system becomes restricted, it can lessen the amount of cool air that is released back into your home. Even worse, restrictions can cause AC overheating, which will trigger short cycles, ice formation, and other common issues. If your filter is gunked and filthy, change it and you may solve the problem.

Signs You Need Professional AC Repair

All of the above problems are a fairly simple fix, even for a novice. However, there are also a plethora of possibilities that will require the tools and knowledge of a professional AC repair technician. Other common possibilities for why your AC won’t cool efficiently include:

  • A damaged thermostat – Most modern thermostats are rated to last around 10 years before needing to be replaced. If it’s been this long for you, or longer, there’s a strong chance that this is the cause of your trouble.
  • Refrigerant leaks – When an air conditioning system lacks adequate refrigerant, it will continue to operate for a while, but will produce little to no cool air. Eventually, the system may begin to freeze over, leak water, or overheat.
  • Blower assembly or fan damage – If your fan and blower assembly is worn out or has been damaged, your system will be unable to move much air, which results in poor to no cooling output.
  • Failing AC capacitor – When the capacitor fails, your compressor can no longer function, which results in poor heat movement. Most commonly, this problem produces clicking noises from the outdoor unit — your fan may be operating, but the compressor will not be.

Call Frymire for AC Repair in Dallas

For decades, Frymire Home Services has been providing top-class AC repair services that are equal parts swift and precise. We take pride in offering affordable and honest AC service to our Dallas and Fort Worth clients, so when you’re struggling with an AC that won’t cool or can’t keep the temperature you’ve set at the thermostat, trust our professionals to get your home back to cool normalcy as soon as possible.

Contact us online to schedule AC repair now, or call (972) 910-2041 to connect with a service specialist near you! 

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Why Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking: Common Causes & Solutions

August 31st, 2020

Some condensation on your air conditioner is normal, but excessive water leaking from your system may indicate a larger issue that you’ll need to troubleshoot or have repaired by a professional. Learn about the common causes for excessive condensation on an AC unit and basic troubleshooting tips you can try before calling a pro.

Top Reasons for Leaking Air Conditioners

Clogged Air Filter

Changing your air filter regularly not only helps improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, it can also help prevent problems associated with frozen evaporator coils, like leaks!

When your air filter becomes dirty and clogged, it blocks adequate airflow to the evaporator coil, which can cause the coil to get too cold and freeze. Once it starts to melt, there may be so much water that your air conditioner’s condensate pan is not able to handle it.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Like a dirty air filter, low refrigerant levels and corresponding low pressure can also cause your air conditioner’s evaporator coil to freeze and water to overflow.

On the other hand, the puddle you notice near you air conditioner may indicate that you may have a refrigerant leak, rather than a water leak, although this scenario is not as common. When this happens, you may hear a hissing or bubbling sound coming from your unit. Refrigerant becomes dangerous when it evaporates and becomes a gas, so be sure to call a professional right away if you suspect you may have a refrigerant leak.

Cracked, Rusted, or Missing Condensate Drain Pan

The older your air conditioner is, the more likely this is the culprit for your leaking water heater. Drain pans that have been damaged or corroded will not be able to adequately hold water, which can result in a leak.

There are typically two drain pans in a unit: a permanently fixed one located underneath evaporator coils, and a removable one underneath your unit. If you are a particularly handy homeowner, you may consider trying to fix any cracks in the fixed pan yourself using water sealant, although it is best to replace this item altogether, and that requires a professional’s help. However, you may be able to replace the auxiliary pan yourself.

Clogged or Disconnected Drain Line

There are several drain pipes that channel water through your air conditioner. If any become loose over time to the point of disconnection, your air conditioner will leak. If any of these drain pipes become blocked by debris, algae, or fungi, this can also cause leaks.

You may be able to clear the blockage by pouring a small amount of vinegar down the drain line or using a wet-dry vac. Many home improvement stores sell attachments for your wet-dry vac that are designed for this purpose.

Tips for Diagnosing & Fixing Your Leaking Air Conditioner

The first step you should take when you notice excessive condensation coming from your air conditioner is turning it off. This is essential to prevent further issues, and, if your air conditioner is leaking from inside, to protect your belongings. You should also put a towel down to stem the flow of the leak, or consider using a shop vac if there is a significant amount of water.

If you believe the leak has been caused by a damaged condensate drain pan, you can replace the auxiliary pan or attempt to repair the primary pan with water sealant. Or, if you believe a clogged condensate drain line is responsible for the leak, you can try clearing the clog with vinegar or a wet-dry vac.

To help prevent future air conditioner leaks, be sure to change your air filters regularly and schedule routine professional maintenance visits to help improve the performance of your system and stop any minor issues from becoming major issues over time.

Air Conditioner Repair Services in Dallas, TX

Are you a homeowner with a leaking air conditioner in the Dallas area? If so, trust Frymire Home Services for expert AC repair services. You can count on our team for fair pricing and great workmanship, which we believe everyone deserves. Choosing Frymire Home Services means choosing professionalism and reliability—we won’t send anyone into your home for a job that we wouldn’t let into ours. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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A/C Repair Troubleshooting Tips for Dallas Residents

August 19th, 2020

Texans know the worst feeling is being left in the Southern heat without air conditioning. When your A/C needs repair, sometimes it’s not necessary to hire a professional technician to get it back to working condition. There are plenty of DIY air conditioning repairs that homeowners can tackle themselves.

In this blog post, we cover some of the most common A/C repair needs and the easy fixes homeowners can try to troubleshoot on their own. We also cover some signs that indicate the need to call in the professional team at Frymire Home Services. Read on to discover our top tips for troubleshooting an unresponsive air conditioner!

Top Three A/C Issues & DIY Fixes

There are three main issues that homeowners commonly experience when their A/C doesn’t work as it should. Take a look through the top three air conditioning problems and what their troubleshooting recommendations are below:

  • A/C Won’t Turn On: If the unit refuses to turn on at all, the problem is likely due to a tripped circuit breaker, blown fuse, faulty thermostat, or internal switch being turned off. Check to see if your unit is receiving adequate power from your home’s electrical panel first. Then, reset the circuit breaker or replace the blown fuse. Ensure all switches in and around the A/C unit are set to the “on” position and make sure the blower door is securely closed.
  • No Cool Air Blowing: When your system turns on but does not blow cool air, it’s likely because something is blocking the airflow inside the system. Check your thermostat to ensure it’s working properly, then examine the condenser to see if it’s dirty or if there’s visible blockage. If there is, clean it, then move on to the air filters and clean or replace as needed.
  • Poor Airflow Circulation: If you’re experiencing poor airflow throughout the home, the problem probably lies in a dirty air filter or ductwork. Resolve the problem by cleaning or replacing your air filter. Inspect the ductwork in your home as well to ensure nothing has been disconnected or clogged. You’ll also want to check register dampers on vents in your home to ensure they’re set to the open position.

While these common air conditioning problems are fairly easy to troubleshoot on your own, there are instances where it’s best to call in a professional HVAC technician like those available at Frymire Home Services. Read on to find out what signs will tell you it’s time to call in a knowledgeable technician for the job.

Signs It’s Time to Call an HVAC Professional

When problems persist and DIY fixes don’t cut it, there comes a time when calling in a professional team is necessary. Such instances include the following signs of needed A/C repair:

  • There’s a faulty compressor or motor in the system
  • The unit is too small for the home
  • There isn’t enough refrigerant in the unit
  • Strange noises or odors
  • Sudden increases in energy bills
  • Excess water/leakage

If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, it’s time to call the professionals at Frymire Home Service for air conditioning repair. Contact our team to schedule service and get the relief you deserve today!

Frymire Home Services for Fort Worth A/C Repair

At Frymire Home Services, we’re proud to provide Dallas and Fort Worth area residents with the A/C repair team they can trust. Our HVAC technicians are highly skilled and capable of handling virtually any air conditioning repair request. Contact us to schedule your A/C repair service and take back control of your home’s comfort today.

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Are AC Tune-Ups Worth It?

May 12th, 2020

You may wonder why you would schedule an air conditioner tune-up when your cooling system seems to be working fine on its own. Well, when you avoid maintaining your HVAC system, you’ll likely find yourself spending more time and money on it in the future. Find out why AC tune-ups are the best way to keep your system functioning properly at an affordable price.

Remedy Wear and Tear

As your air conditioner is used daily, it’s expected that there will be wear and tear. Although this is normal, that doesn’t mean that it’s good for your system. As the parts and pieces are worn down, it puts them at greater risk of breaking, potentially causing a disaster for your air conditioning system. When your system is maintained, the wear and tear are remedied and your system is operating properly, keeping your home comfortable.

Longer Life Span

When you’re staying on top of regular air conditioning maintenance, you will help prevent avoidable damage to your AC system. As pieces are worn down, they don’t work as they should, causing other parts to wear even more. When everything is maintained, there is less damage overall. Performing proper maintenance will result in your HVAC system lasting longer than one that hasn’t received any maintenance.

Saves Energy

When your system is functioning more efficiently and effectively, you’ll save energy. After your system has a tune-up, less air is lost and the entire cooling process becomes more energy efficient. When your cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard to help your home achieve maximum comfort, you will find that you also save on your monthly energy bills.

No More Sudden Repairs

When trained technicians come out to tune up your system, they are able to inspect everything and make sure that there are no warning signs of a future breakdown. When homeowners avoid scheduling a tune-up, they are at a much higher risk of an unexpected system breakdown. With a tune-up, you’re able to work around your schedule. With a breakdown, you’re working around your system’s schedule. Ultimately, dealing with a sudden breakdown will be more costly and time-consuming than any tune-up will.

Schedule an AC Tune-Up in the Dallas, TX Area

With summer temperatures in Dallas sometimes reaching triple digits, your comfort system is forced to work hard to keep you cool. In order to keep your AC working effectively, we recommend that you schedule preventative maintenance every six months. At Frymire Home Services, we are offering a $59 no-contact outdoor tune-up. Or, you can join our Victory Comfort Club, which includes an annual air conditioning tune-up for only $14.95 per month, and take advantage of incredible savings and discounts year-round!

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5 Signs You Need an Air Conditioner Tune-Up

May 05th, 2020

If you do not regularly maintain your cooling system, you’ll likely find yourself spending more time and money on it in the future. Look out for these five signs that your air conditioner is ready for its next tune-up.

1.  Higher Energy Bills

Have you noticed an increase in your energy bills lately? This could be a sign that your cooling system needs to be tuned up. When your AC isn’t operating properly, it will have to work harder to keep you cool, using more energy in the process. Save money on your bills by making sure your air conditioning system is working efficiently.

2.  Warm Air

Warmer air in your home is a sure sign that something is off with your cooling system. Your air conditioner should be keeping you comfortable, and if it’s not, something needs to be fixed. Although this may be a minor repair, if your air conditioning system is left as is, it could result in more damage to the system, sometimes causing a total breakdown.

3.  Uneven Cooling

Are some rooms in your home warmer than others? This is a sign that your AC isn’t strong enough to cool your entire home and must work harder to reach your desired temperature. Regular preventative maintenance and cleaning will help to prevent this as minor problems with parts and pieces will be resolved.

4.  Strange Noises

The noises that come from your cooling system shouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary. Strange noises are a sign that your air conditioner is no longer operating as it should. Banging often means that a part is loose, whereas humming may mean that there is an electrical issue.

5.  You Haven’t Had a Tune-Up in Over a Year

If it has been over a year since your AC system has been tuned up, it’s time to schedule a maintenance visit. It’s critical that your system is inspected, maintained, and cleaned at least once every year to minimize damage from wear and tear.

Air Conditioning Maintenance in Dallas, TX

If you live in the Dallas, TX area and notice one of the signs above, it’s time to call the professionals at Frymire Home Services. We are offering a $59 no-contact outdoor tune-up. Or, you can join our Victory Comfort Club, which includes an annual air conditioning tune-up for only $14.95 per month, to take advantage of incredible savings and discounts year round!

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Should You Repair or Replace Your System?

April 22nd, 2020

Whether it’s to keep cool in the Texas heat or keep your home nice and warm during the chillier winter months, you and your family depend on your comfort system. At Frymire Home Services, we want to ensure your system is running at its best at all times! We know that the decision to repair or replace your system is an important one and that there are several factors to consider. It can be difficult to tell which is the best option, but our team of friendly, expert technicians is happy to help you with your decision and answer any questions you may have. The infographic below can also offer some guidance as you determine whether repair or replacement is the best choice for your comfort system.

Reach out to the experienced technicians at Frymire Home Services for all of your repair and replacement needs and questions! Contact us online today, and our team will bring comfort back to your home in no time. 

 

Infographic about repairing or replacing an AC system

 

 

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