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Addressing Air Quality In Our Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 01st, 2021

With the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, indoor air quality for homeowners has become more important than ever. Without proper filtration and treatment of our air conditioning units, health risks increase exponentially. With the whole world being affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (resulting in the COVID-19 disease), it is more important than ever to take control and improve the quality of the air we are breathing inside of our homes.

What Causes Poor Air Quality?

The most common causes are from mold, volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, as well as the transmission of biological contaminants such as viruses and bacteria. VOCs are the chemical odors and gases transmitted into the air every day via manufactured products. The trapping of these contaminants in your home causes a high concentration build-up which leads to poor air quality. Modern homes are built more efficiently and “tighter” than older homes, which helps reduce energy bills by eliminating cooling and heating air leakage. This does however create an environment where any potential unwanted chemicals, allergens, or pollutants can become trapped in your home if not addressed. To combat this, we need to do all we can to dilute the concentration of these harmful contaminants.

Senior Woman Opening Bedroom Curtains And Looking Out Of Window

First, we can embrace the great outdoors. By opening our doors and windows it provides our homes with a steady flow of fresh air when temperatures allow. This will provide natural airflow. Many newer homes are built with fresh air intakes which help to “mix-in” fresh air from the outside of our homes. Another way is to make sure that we are maintaining clean filters in our air conditioning units. Proper filtration is extremely important because it protects the efficiency of your air conditioning unit, but this alone is not enough. This only addresses one-third of the issue, the other two-thirds (viruses, mold, and bacteria) pass through your filters like sand through a tennis racket.

Indoor Air Quality Treatment

The good news is that there are products that address these issues. The APCO-X is an air treatment product that can be added in conjunction with your air conditioning unit to help address viruses such as the SARS-CoV-2 VIRUS. The APCO-X is designed to treat the airborne contaminants that end up passing through your filters within your air conditioning unit.

The APCO-X was tested on its ability to neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 virus and was found to be extremely effective. In the third-party study titled “SARS-CoV-2 Neutralization by APCO-X From Fresh-Aire-UV”, according to the study abstract, the APCO-X is designed to deactivate viral pathogens in the air inside an environment likened to typical HVAC systems and ductwork. APCO-X achieved greater than a 99.99% neutralization in testing and performed as designed in the test.

More information about APCO-X research and testing can be found here: Coronavirus Update – Fresh-Aire UV.

— Alex Jordan

Frymire Home Services

Frymire Home Services understands the importance of quality air conditioning. We believe in educating and informing our customers which will help them become experts in indoor air quality. To learn more about indoor air quality 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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DFW Frozen Weather Tips

February 16th, 2021

Is there no hot or cold water flowing through your home’s plumbing system? With the extremely cold temperatures and weather hitting the Dallas-Fort Worth area lately, it’s likely that your pipes are frozen. Unfortunately, if your pipes are already frozen, there is little you can do until the weather warms up and your lines thaw out. However, we do have some preventative steps you can take to avoid the hassle of a frozen plumbing system.

Tips for Preventing a Frozen Plumbing System

Consider these preventative tips from the Frymire Home Services team to help protect your pipes from freezing:

  • Run lukewarm water in areas where you see the line is frozen.
  • Make sure you are dripping both cold and hot water at your fixtures to prevent your lines from freezing.
  • Make sure you have an insulated covering on your outside faucets (hose bibbs).
  • Maintain a warm temperature at your thermostat.
  • Open your cabinet doors below your fixtures to warm your lines with the latent heat from your home.

Despite the difficult weather we are facing, you should NEVER attempt to heat your plumbing lines, as this can cause them to burst, leading to more significant and costly damage. It’s also important to remember that when you do not have heat, hot water, or electricity, there is nothing a plumber can do until power is restored.

For scheduling or questions regarding your home’s plumbing system, please contact the Frymire Home Services team at 972.620.3600.

Currently, we are only booking life-threatening heating and plumbing emergencies during these difficult conditions.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking from the Base?

January 30th, 2021

Plumber's tool box setting next to water heater.

If your water heater’s tank is leaking from the bottom, your first reaction might be panic. No one wants to have to replace their water heater unexpectedly, and the majority of homeowners aren’t financially prepared to purchase a large appliance in an emergency. Luckily, water around the bottom of your water heater doesn’t always spell doom. There are a couple of common causes that could be resolved with a simple repair:

Best Case Scenario: Drain Valve Leak

Your water heater has a drain valve that, true to its name, is used to drain the water from the tank when performing maintenance or repairs. If the drain valve is not completely closed, is loose, or is damaged, water will leak from it. This might look like a tank leak, but it is actually quite simple and inexpensive to repair.

Faulty Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve/Excess Pressure in Tank

A water heater’s temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P valve) is a vital safety measure. Its job is to release pressure if a water heater gets too hot, or if too much pressure builds up inside the tank. It is located on top of the tank, but it uses a tube to route any water it discharges to the floor. If it is faulty, it may activate and discharge water even when your tank pressure is normal. Another scenario could be that your tank pressure is not normal, and something is causing your water heater to build up too much pressure. In this case, your T&P valve would be functioning normally.

Worst Case Scenario – Internal Tank Leak

If water is leaking from the bottom of the tank itself, this is bad news. Once a water heater’s tank is cracked or corroded enough to leak, it loses structural integrity and will not be able to manage internal pressure. The most common cause of internal tank leaks is failure to properly maintain your water heater. A water heater’s tank should be flushed to remove sediment every 6 months. If this is not done, sediment can build up inside the tank, eventually causing corrosion. These leaks will start small, but will continue to grow larger due to pressure. If you have an internal tank leak, you will need to replace your water heater.

What To Do When Your Water Heater is Leaking From the Bottom

All the knowledge above is well and good, but what should you actually do when you discover a pool of water around your water heater? Follow these simple steps to stop the leak and diagnose the issue:

1. Turn off the water heater

The first thing you should do is turn it off. For electric water heaters, find your unit’s dedicated breaker on your electrical panel and turn it to the off position. For gas water heaters, simply find the on/off dial or switch on the water heater itself and turn it to off. You can also turn off the gas on a gas water heater. Look for a smaller lever towards the bottom of the heater. It may be red, blue, or yellow. Turn it to the OFF position.

2. Turn off the water supply

Look for a lever or valve near the top of your water heater. Turn it to the right to close the valve and cut off the supply of water.

3. Find the source of leak

Here’s how to check for the three common causes we discussed above:

  • Drain valve – Find your drain valve and visually inspect it to see if water is coming out of it. If so, ensure that it is tightly closed. If water continues leaking from the drain valve, the valve may be faulty or damaged and will need to be replaced. Call a trusted plumber to perform this repair.
  • T&P valve – Check the discharge tube from your T&P valve – if it is wet, it is most likely the source of the water. Call a plumber to check your water heater – they can replace a faulty T&P valve, or determine what is causing your unit to build up too much pressure. This is a safety issue, so don’t wait to address it!
  • Tank – If you determine that the leak is not coming from the drain valve or T&P valve, the tank is the most likely culprit. Leaks can start as pinholes, so it may be difficult to actually find the source. Contact a reliable plumber right away to inspect your water heater. They will be able to verify that your tank is leaking, and can talk you through your options for replacement.

Best Course of Action: Call a Plumber for Water Heater Service

If your water heater keeps leaking after you check that the drain valve is tightly closed, call a reliable plumbing company for water heater repair service. If it turns out to be a small issue, you will spend relatively little money to ensure that your water heater is sound and stop the leak. If it’s a more serious matter, a plumber can fix dangerous safety failures or help you replace your water heater.

If your water heater is leaking in Dallas, Texas, call Frymire Home Services for water heater repair. Our expert team can quickly diagnose your water heater and make repairs to stop the leak. In the event of tank failure, we can help you replace your water heater with a new gas, electric, traditional, or tankless water heater.

For water heater repair and replacement in Dallas, count on the expert plumbers at Frymire Home Services. Call us at 972-620-3600 or contact us online today!

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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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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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The Benefits of Joining the Right Maintenance Program

March 13th, 2018

Your air conditioner is one of the most important components of your home—if not the most important system—when you live in Texas. Protect your investment with the help of a maintenance program from a professional HVAC contractor. But don’t choose just any maintenance plan for your valuable system. Find a plan that offers what you really need.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Heater?

February 13th, 2018

Your heater doesn’t get as much use in Texas as it would elsewhere in the country. It is also somewhat hidden in your home, so you probably don’t consider what condition it is in until you start to notice problems.

We understand that you wouldn’t want to replace a heater that still has a few good years left in it. However, sometimes a replacement is simply your most logical option. We’re here to help you sort through the reasons you might replace your heater, rather than seeking repairs, in today’s quick guide.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

October 02nd, 2017

Be sure to bookmark the Frymire Home Services blog for updates on the latest advances in plumbing and HVAC technology.

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Call Frymire Home Services for all your air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality and plumbing needs.

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