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Why and How an AC Leaks Water

August 19th, 2018

It’s an odd phenomenon to see water pooling around your indoor air conditioning unit. Not only is it odd, it is downright alarming! After all, it’s not as if an air conditioner (with the exception of an evaporative cooler) actually uses water in its operation, right? So how is it that an air conditioner could even leak water, without a water supply line or storage tank that could actually leak? Doesn’t this completely defy all logic? Isn’t this sheer madness?


Okay,  maybe you’re not that worked up over the issue, and the truth of the matter is that there are a few fairly mundane explanations for the scenario. Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you that you’ve been imagining that water or anything like that. However, it is also not really a water leak in the sense that you’re probably thinking of. But enough beating around the bush. Read on to discover just how your air conditioner in Stanwood, WA is actually leaking. 

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What Is an Anode Rod? What Does It Do?

August 6th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterTankless water heaters are a great technology. They are compact, they are efficient, and they boast truly staggering lifespans. They still are not right for everyone, though. You see, tankless water heaters are also a much more substantial initial investment, and they can be overwhelmed in scenarios where a standard, properly sized tank water heater would fare much better. All that being said, there is one problem unique to the tank water heater that the tankless water heater does not and could not face.

That problem? The corrosion of the tank from the inside out. Why can’t a tankless water heater suffer this cruel fate? Because they do not have tanks, of course! Don’t take this to mean that you need a tankless system if you want a water heater that will last, though. There is a specific component designed to protect against this type of corrosion, and that is the anode rod that resides within the tank of standard water heaters.

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Commercial HVAC Services? Hire Commercial Technicians

July 23rd, 2018

rooftop-unitsLet’s imagine, for a moment, that you have decided to get your pilot’s license. You’ve got a small plane to work with, but you want to give the engine one last, thorough overhaul before you take flight. What are you going to do next? Pick up the phone and contact the mechanic that tunes your sedan up for you? Of course not! If that was your plan, then we suggest that you seriously reconsider your hobby of choice.

The fact of the matter is that, while certain systems and machines may share a lot in common, there is a world of difference between some variations on the same theme. A professional industrial HVAC contractor in Anacortes is the only person that should be allowed to service your industrial/commercial HVAC equipment. To schedule service with trained professionals that you can trust to do the job the right way with the right materials, just give us a call. We are here to help.

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What to Do with a Leaky Water Heater

July 9th, 2018

water-heaterThere are certain systems, appliances, and amenities that are not necessities across the board. One homeowner may be willing to do without an indoor air quality system, for instance, while another may choose not to use a garbage disposal in his or her home. One thing that we can all agree on, though, is that a consistent supply of hot water in our homes is a must. That is why problems any kind with our water heaters in Anacortes, WA are so concerning.

There are plenty of problems that you may encounter with a water heater, from strange sounds to tepid water temperatures. While any and all such problems are definitely alarming, a leaking water heater is what most homeowners would define as being an emergency. That is why we suggest that you contact us the moment that you find your water heater has sprung a leak. We’ll determine what precisely the issue is, and how best to deal with it.

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Your Water Heater Buying Guide

June 25th, 2018

faucetThere are a lot of ways that things used to be done that are just not done those ways anymore. Modern technology has really made our lives more convenient and comfortable—not to mention safer—in countless ways. One of the major benefits that we enjoy in this day and age is nearly instantaneous access to dependable hot water. We’re guessing that nobody reading this online blog is heating up basins of water over an open flame when they want to take a nice, hot bath.

Considering just how much you use your water heater in Stanwood, WA, it really should be a top priority. That means that, when the time comes to replace your water heater or to install one in a new home, you need to take the time necessary to ensure that you are investing in the best water heater for your particular needs. That’s what today’s post is all about.  Think of it as a general buying guide for your next water heater investment!

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Why You May Want to Replace Your AC This Year

June 11th, 2018

replace-ACThere are certain purchases in life that are really going to stand out. Your first new car, for instance, or your first home. While a new air conditioning system may not be the most exciting purchase that you’ll make, it is still one that should be made with the utmost care. Remember, this is the system that is going to be keeping that house of yours cool and comfortable for all within throughout the hottest days of summer.

If you building a new home, you’ll be buying a new air conditioner to have installed on the property. What about replacing an old air conditioner that you either inherited in your home or that you installed years ago at the time of installation? When is the right time for this step to be taken? That’s what we’re going to discuss today, and you can trust our advice. We’re the Camano Island HVAC company that’s always there for our customers.

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AC Maintenance: a Job for the Pros

May 28th, 2018

ac-toolsOkay, so Washington is not really known for its intense summer weather.  Certainly not in the way that places like Arizona are, anyway. This does not mean that summers are not trying in this part of the country, though, nor does it mean that your air conditioner is not a very important system in your home. When temperatures rise, and rise they will, you need to know that your AC will be there for you when you need it the most.

In order to keep your AC working reliably, effectively, and efficiently, you need to have it tuned up on an annual basis. And no, you cannot tune your air conditioner up on your own. If you are serious about getting the most from your AC, then you need to schedule annual maintenance with a professional HVAC contractor in Standwood, VA. That is why you should schedule service with the pros on our team. We’ll make sure that your AC is ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

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Tank Water Heater Benefits

May 14th, 2018

water-heater-technicianIt is probably not a controversial stance to take, but even we admit that investing in a new water heater may not be the most exciting way in which you can choose to spend your hard-earned money. Okay, so it probably wouldn’t even make the shortlist.  That being said, not all investments are about having fun—something that we are sure you, as a responsible homeowner, realize. So while buying a new water heater may not be that exciting, it is still necessary to give the process the attention that it deserves.

It doesn’t matter if you are investing in a new water heater for the very first time, or if you are replacing your old water heater that has been in your house since before you moved in. Weigh all of your options carefully if you are serious about getting the best performance from your system. You may just start to see why tank models are still among the most popular water heaters in Standwood, WA.

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What’s Going Wrong with My Boiler?

April 30th, 2018

boilerIt is a fact that temperatures are on the rise and that most of us are ready to leave the heating season behind, trading it in for the hotter summer weather. That may be a welcome change, but it does not mean that you can afford to ignore any signs of trouble with your home heating system. Even this late in the season, it is best to deal with heating problems promptly, rather than leaving them for the next heating season.

If you notice anything strange going on with your boiler, or you have in the past few weeks, the temptation will probably be to leave it on the back burner. The smart thing to do, though, is to schedule prompt boiler repair in Stanwood, WA. Chances are that you’ll wind up forgetting about those boiler problems over the next few months, only to face a stark reminder once the cold weather descends upon us once more. But what does boiler trouble look like?

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Keep Your Furnace (Almost) Problem-Free

April 16th, 2018

furnaceWhile the end of the heating season may almost be in sight, we have to remind you—much as we’d like it to be otherwise—that your heater’s period of use is not quite over yet. With plenty of chilly weather left to come, especially during the nighttime, you are still going to need your furnace to provide you with a dependable and effective heating performance. That is why, even this late in the season, you need to schedule prompt furnace repair in Camano Island, WA.

While scheduling prompt furnace repairs is certainly important, preventing the need for furnace repairs in the first place is still far preferable. We have some tips to share today that will help you to do just that. No, there is no way that you can make your furnace—even if it is one of the best available on the market—100% reliable. That being said, you can take measures to ensure that yours is as reliable as possible.

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