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Is Your AC Keeping Your Home Cool?

It has been a really hot summer in Lakewood Colorado, and Colorado in general. Fires are out of control from the unseasonably warm and dry winter, and now a super hot summer is on. This summer in Wheat Ridge, CO is your AC keeping your home cool? Read Lakewood Plumbing and Heating’s tips on if your AC is keeping your home cool.

Tips to determine if your AC is keeping your home cool

Water is leaking by the air conditioning unit

During normal operation, the system generates moisture in the form of condensate. That water collects in a pan and flows out a line either into a floor drain or condensate sump basin. An accumulation of water signals a blockage or disconnection of the tube.

Air is coming out of the registers but it is not cold

A possible issue is that the insulation may be damaged around the pipes, or even non-existent. The refrigerant lines may not be insulated as well. The outdoor unit is connected to the indoor system by two copper refrigerant lines, which should be covered with insulating sleeves. Make sure that they are. Also, the system may need its refrigerant re-charged.

The AC unit does not kick on

If the compressor fails, the unit won’t run. The only fix for this is a costly replacement of the equipment, which includes various small parts, new Freon, and labor. Your only solution may be a new air conditioner. 

Utility bills are unusually high

A spike in operating costs typically signals inefficient operation. After a dirty filter (warning sign #2), the most likely culprit is a choked condensing coil. Located within the outdoor unit, the coil has countless cooling fins — much like a car radiator — that can accumulate dust and debris. Call a pro out for a tune-up.

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Do You Have Low Water Pressure?

Homes with low water pressure problems may present themselves in different ways, all of which can be quite frustrating. Faucets may take forever to fill a sink or bathtub, or a showerhead may not give you that strong spray you want. Your dishwasher or washing machine may take much longer to run a cycle than it should. When only one fixture has low water pressure, it’s likely that the problem can be remedied if you just focus on fixing that one fixture.  However, there are various broader plumbing issues that can affect the water pressure in your entire house. If your home water pressure seems low, then the first thing to do is to narrow down the cause. 

Here are a few reasons for low water pressure throughout your home.

Is the Main Shut-Off Valve Open?

On the homeowner side of the water meter, there is a main shut-off valve. It usually will be located on an outside wall where the main water line enters your home, or sometimes in a utility area like a garage or basement. Often it enters the home near where the water heater is located. Make sure this valve is fully open. If this is a gate valve, make sure the handle is turned fully in the counterclockwise direction. If it is a ball valve with a lever handle, the handle should be parallel to the pipe direction to be fully open.

As with the water meter valve, this main shut-off valve is sometimes left partially closed after some kind of repair has been done to the system. If your water pressure has mysteriously lessened after a recent repair, there is a very good chance that the valve hasn’t been fully opened again after the repair was completed.

Is the Water Meter Valve Fully Open?

In many homes, there are two major shut-off valves controlling water to the home. The first is the water meter valve, found on the street-side of your water meter. Normally you will not be using this valve, as technically it belongs to the city and it’s usually only city utility workers who handle it. But if your water pressure is low throughout your house, especially after some work has been done on your plumbing system, it’s possible this first valve is not fully opened.

Is the Pressure Regulator Failing?

Another common cause for home water pressure problems can be the pressure regulator–if your home plumbing system is equipped with one. A pressure regulator is a control valve that reduces the input pressure in your plumbing system to a safe level that will not damage your pipes. Not all homes have them, but for those that do, a failing pressure regulator can cause a serious upward spike in water pressure–but it can also have the opposite effect: a sudden reduction in your water pressure.

When the pressure regulator fails, you will notice the effect on all fixtures in your home, and it will happen rather suddenly.  Although a pressure regulator can sometimes be replaced yourself with the same brand and size, in most cases is it better to call a professional to take care of it. Call around and get some price estimates for having it changed out. Many times you can find the brand and size printed on the side of the regulator, which will let you solicit price quotes over the phone.  

Does Your Plumbing System Need to Be Replaced?

The most serious and potentially expensive reason for low water pressure occurs when old plumbing pipes finally have become too corroded and filled with scale for water to run freely anymore.  This is especially true if the pipes are old galvanized iron pipes. Over the years, the insides of pipes gradually accumulate buildup that eventually closes off the water flow until it is almost non-existent.

The key here is the very gradual reduction in water flow: you will not notice a sudden reduction but eventually realize that your water flow is much, much slower than it is in other people’s homes–and it has been for quite a while. 

The solution here is to re-pipe the system with new copper or plastic water supply piping. It is the only way to solve the problem. Since a re-pipe job is a major plumbing repair that requires a permit it is best to call in a professional plumber for this work.

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It’s Hot in Lakewood…Can Your AC Handle the Heat

It is getting pretty hot this week in Lakewood, Colorado. The forecast is calling for 100-degree weather this week. The last thing you and your family want is for your air conditioning to go out. Can your AC handle the heat this summer? Here are a few tips from Lakewood Plumbing & Heating to make sure air conditioner is up to the summer challenge.

Tips to Ensure Your AC Can Handle the Heat

No one likes a house hotter inside than outside. Most homeowners don’t give much thought their A/C units until it breaks down. At Lakewood Heating & Plumbing, we’re happy to help you with all your air conditioning system repair and maintenance services. However, prevention is the best remedy. Here are a couple tips to ensure your A/C unit operates smoothly this summer. Follow these tips to make sure your AC can handle the heat this hot Colorado Summer.

Fix the Problem Before it Happens

Once the outdoor air conditioner unit is shut off remove the outer covering and clear any outdoor materials sucked onto the fins (i.e. cut grass, leaves, dust, dandelions, etc.). Check the fan. If you can remove it to clean, do so. Most fans have motors which are maintenance free, but some have lubrication ports. If your fan has lubrication ports, inspect the fan to make sure it’s running properly. If you determine it needs some additional lubrication put only a couple of drops of electric motor oil into the ports.

Most compressors don’t require any maintenance. However, if your system is an older belt-driven compressor, it might need to be lubricated.  In any case, check the bottom of the compressor for drops of a dark substance.  If you find any, it means your outdoor A/C unit is leaking oil and maybe even coolant.  If you notice a leak, contact our experienced Lakewood Plumbing & Heating right away to repair your system. When you’re done, be sure to turn the outdoor unit back on. To prevent any damage to the compressor, it’s best to restart your system within 4 hours of unplugging it. This will help your AC handle the heat this summer.

Keep Your Home Cool All Summer

A typical household’s air conditioning is comprised of two units: an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. We’ll go over the outdoor unit first. Be sure to only clean the outdoor unit in warm weather. The compressor won’t work properly below 60 degrees F. Start by shutting off the unit’s power. An outdoor AC unit is close to the house. Look for a power box nearby the unit. This is what the cooling unit will be connected to. Either disconnect it by pulling out the plug or flipping the switch, whichever option you have at your power box.

Are you in need of an air conditioner or need AC repair. Do you think you may need a new furnace in your home, or you have a boiler in Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, and Wheat Ridge? Don’t hesitate to call Lakewood Plumbing & Heating today and we will get you a free consultation for a new air conditioner or ductless air conditioning. Call today 303-233-7007 or email us at info@lakewoodplumbing.com

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Signs it’s Time to Repipe Your Home

If you live in Denver proper or surrounding older neighborhoods, then this article is for you! Depending on which type of plumbing your home is fitted with, you will need to repipe it sooner or later. There are a few signs it’s time to repipe your home. Houses built prior to 1970 are nearly all in need of repiping at this point, due to the corrosive nature of the galvanized steel piping from the era. Even PVC, copper and other piping materials are prone to corrosion, breaking, and damage from years of wear and tear. Read ahead to find out what the signs it’s time to repipe your home are and know when you’ll be looking at a complete repiping project.

Signs it’s Time to Repipe Your Home

Water Pressure Issues

If you’ve noticed your water pressure going up and down, strong and slow, your pipes could be to blame. Is your water pressure as strong as it used to be? Water pressure fluctuating while you’re using the faucets or shower? These changes can be caused by worn out and faulty pipes, and repiping could correct the issues.

Leaks, Dampness or Flooding

Leaks and water around the house are a sure sign that your home needs repiping. Flooding can be a more extreme sign that your pipes have failed. Even small leaks can create damp environments that foster mold and pests. If you’ve noticed any dampness, puddles or signs of leaks, your system is due for repiping.

Water Pressure Issues

If you’ve noticed your water pressure going up and down, strong and slow, your pipes could be to blame. Is your water pressure as strong as it used to be? Water pressure fluctuating while you’re using the faucets or shower? These changes can be caused by worn out and faulty pipes, and repiping could correct the issues.

Leaks, Dampness or Flooding

Leaks and water around the house are a sure sign that your home needs repiping. Flooding can be a more extreme sign that your pipes have failed. Even small leaks can create damp environments that foster mold and pests. If you’ve noticed any dampness, puddles or signs of leaks, your system is due for repiping.

If you think your home may need to be repiped, please call your trusted plumber, Lakewood Plumbing & Heating today!

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What to do in a Plumbing Emergency?

In Golden, Colorado a plumbing emergency can be a nightmare. There is a slew of problems that could occur when you have plumbing problems in Lakewood, Colorado. At Lakewood Plumbing & Heating we have a few tips for any plumbing emergency.

Quick Tips When You Are Having a Plumbing Emergency

Don’t panic: That is an understatement. It may be harder than you think to not panic when water or sewer is pouring into your home. The first thing to do is shut the water off. This will prevent any further damage to your home. Then quickly call an emergency plumber like Lakewood Plumbing & Heating

Call Your Water Company:  Sometimes, a plumbing emergency is the fault of the water company, so you may not be responsible to pay for the repair. For instance, a blocked sewer or main water line is not your responsibility, but it does mean that you can’t use your plumbing. Call the water company to see if they will send out a plumber.

Take Inventory of the Damage:   Before you pick up the phone to call Lakewood Plumbing & Heating, take a look at the extent of the damage. The more information you can give us over the phone, the better we will be prepared to help you once we arrive. Also, if you need to turn in any information to your insurance provider for reimbursement, you will need a clear picture of what is wrong.

Call a Plumber:  Once you have done the previous steps, give us a call. We are here for your plumbing emergency no matter the day or an hour. The more information you can give us, the better—that way, we will be able to provide you exceptional service and quickly restore your plumbing to good, working order.

At Lakewood Plumbing & Heating, we have a team of licensed, insured, and bonded plumbers who can quickly come to your Lakewood, Colorado area home and deal with the situation. Even if you call in the middle of the night, we will send a courteous, uniformed plumber to your home to provide personalized attention and ensure everything is fixed properly. Give us a call at 303-233-7007 or fill out a contact form for your plumbing emergency!

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Is it Time For a New Air Conditioner

A summer in Lakewood, Colorado can get really hot. When you do not prep your home for a hot Colorado summer then you may be in need of a new air conditioner. At Lakewood Plumbing & Heating we specialize in repair air conditioners and installing a new air conditioner. We have laid out a few signs that you may need a new air conditioner.

Signs you need a new air conditioner

A new air conditioner in Golden and Wheat Ridge, Colorado is typically a substantial investment. However, the investment in your home comfort is a key factor in your well being and comfort over the summer. Once you do purchase a new AC you will want to maintain your AC unit on a semi-annual basis, which will not only keep your warranty valid but will also increase the longevity of your AC.

6 signs it’s time to replace your air conditioner

1. An air conditioner is more than 10 years old. In general, you can expect a well-maintained air conditioner to last about 15 years. However, if you’re in need of expensive repairs and your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it will often make more sense to replace it. This is especially true when you consider the advancements in efficiency we’ve seen with air conditioners in the past decade alone.

2. Air conditioner is inefficient. If your air conditioner has a low SEER rating, it can cost you a lot of money to operate it. Currently, newly manufactured air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 13. If your air conditioner’s SEER rating is below 13, you can cut back on your energy costs by replacing it with a new, more efficient unit.

3. You’re facing expensive repairs. Any time you’re facing an expensive repair, you’ll want to weigh the costs of the repair against the costs of a new unit. If the cost of the repair would cover a large part of a new system, and especially if your air conditioner is showing any of the other signs in this list, it will likely make more financial sense to replace it.

4. Frequent breakdowns. Does it seem like your air conditioner is constantly breaking down? Are you calling Lakewood Plumbing & Heating every month because of a new problem with your unit? These repair costs can really add up, and it doesn’t make sense to keep making them on older units. Save yourself the headaches and the money by investing in a new unit.

5. Air conditioner uses R 22 Freon. Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of Freon are rising exponentially. If your air conditioner uses Freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant (R410A). If you’re having major problems with your air conditioner, especially if they involve the need for more Freon, it’s probably a good time to replace your unit.

6. Your home isn’t comfortable. Do you have a hard time keeping your home cool? This could be the sign of an aging air conditioner or even an incorrectly sized system. Regardless of the cause, you want your air conditioner to do its job! If it’s not going to keep your home cool, you’ll want to replace it with a unit that will.

If you have any questions about when to replace your air conditioner, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Lakewood Plumbing & Heating air conditioner installation and repair company.

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What is an Air Conditioner Tune-Up?

As much as we love to be outdoors on a Colorado summer day, we spend those super hot days indoors, and when it’s hot all day, your house will still be pretty warm at night. Which means that you want your A/C running properly day and night during a hot Colorado summer. Many of our customers call in and ask What is an Air Conditioner Tune-Up? An Air Conditioner tune-up can help ensure that your AC runs smoothly all summer long. Read more about Lakewood Plumbing & Heating’s Air Conditioner tune-up.

What is an Air Conditioner Tune-Up?

Offering air conditioning maintenance and AC tune-up service the Denver Metro area to keep your system running throughout the spring and summer. Like any investment you make, you want to protect it. People are often unaware of the importance of regular air conditioning service and tune-ups to the efficiency of their systems. Getting yearly spring air conditioning tune-up for your cooling system in your Lakewood, Colorado home is very important due to the extreme heat in the summer and is an excellent way to ensure your system is running efficiently and effectively. That’s why Lakewood Plumbing & Heating offers AC Tune-Up’s that will save you money and time while aiming to prevent problems before they occur. Call us at 303-233-7007 to find out more about establishing a maintenance plan for your HVAC system or to schedule an AC Tune-Up service.

Benefits of Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance

  1. A tune-up by a service expert can improve the efficiency of your unit by as much as 20%
  2. Prolongs Life of System
  3. Saves Money on Your Utility Bills (Up to $30 a month)
  4. Prevents Costly Repairs & Breakdowns
  5. Is Required By Manufacturers For Parts To Be Covered Under Warranty
  6. Regular service can reduce equipment breakdowns by as much as 95% & lower utility bills by up to 25%

Lakewood and the Colorado Front Range Seasonal AC Tune Up Service – Get ready for summer!

In our tune-up and maintenance visits, our NATE certified HVAC technician will clean out your cooling unit and thoroughly investigate your entire system for any potential safety hazards. Your AC Tune-Up service will help to extend the life of your unit by identifying potential issues before they happen. This can also help to reduce the potential for a costly breakdown of your air conditioner on those hot summer days in The Front Range of Colorado. In fact, over 80% of central air conditioning repairs could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Our customers love the peace of mind that comes with our regular maintenance visits!

What’s Included In AC Tune Up

  • Check electrical contacts and terminals
  • Check refrigerant pressures and levels
  • Oil / grease motor bearings
  • Check and calibrate safety and operating controls
  • Check for refrigerant leaks
  • Check crankcase heaters
  • Clean condenser coils with water
  • Check evaporator coils
  • Check for proper voltage to equipment
  • Check motor and compressor current readings (amperage)
  • Inspect fan motors for vibration as well as fan blades for cracks or vibration
  • Check temperature splits

We’re happy to answer any question or provide a FREE estimate on any major project or equipment replacement for your plumbing, heating, and cooling.

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Prevent Costly Repairs With These HVAC Maintenance Tips

Shifting from the air conditioner to the furnace and vice versa can put a heavy strain on your HVAC system. Even if the air conditioner worked fine over the summer and the unit turns on when you switch to heat, the system may not be functioning to its full capacity, which can result in higher energy bills and possibly cause the system to fail. Follow our HVAC Maintenance Tips to avoid costly air conditioning repairs.

HVAC Maintenance Tips That Will Save You From Costly Repairs

This is why it’s so important to have your furnace, thermostat and ductwork inspected. This check will ensure all of the components and parts of the HVAC are working as they should. By addressing any issue at the first sign of a problem, it can help to reduce more severe problems in the long run. Although it is recommended that you have a professional HVAC company inspect the system, there are a few DIY maintenance things you can do to help keep the furnace running at its best.

Clean the Condenser or Heat Pump

An outdoor air conditioner or heat pump can get extremely dirty, which will cause the system to work harder to create the degree of cold and warm air you want in your home. A clean system will be much more effective and it will help to reduce the risk of damage to any internal parts. It is essential that you make sure there is no debris on the top and sides of an outdoor air-conditioning unit or the heat pump. Frequently check to make there are no leaves, pollen and/or twigs on the unit and there should be at least a 2-foot clearance around outdoor heat pumps and air conditioning units.

Check the Filter

One of the most common reasons for furnace repair in Denver is a dirty air filter. Changing the filter is one of the easiest types of HVAC maintenance you can do to improve the efficiency of your furnace as well as reduce the energy costs for heating your home. The filter should be checked once per month to make sure it isn’t dirty and/or clogged. Change your filter about once every three months, but if it looks dirty, change it as often as necessary. If you have pets, the filter may need to be changed monthly.

Get a Tune-Up

A tune-up consists of an on-site visit from an HVAC technician who will check the system to ensure it is providing optimum performance. In most situations, there is a multi-point inspection done by the technician which may include:

  • Checking (or changing) the air filter
  • Checking refrigerant levels
  • Cleaning the coils
  • Checking for leaks in the heat exchanger
  • Making sure the fan is working correctly
  • Cleaning drain lines.

A tune-up can be a one-time event or it can be provided yearly as part of your regularly scheduled maintenance. Lakewood Plumbing’s Air Conditioning Tune-Up starts at $129!

Control the Thermostat

One of the easiest ways to save money on your heating bill is by controlling the thermostat. If you notice the house doesn’t get warm regardless of how high the temperature is set, you may have a faulty thermostat. A programmable thermostat is a great option because it allows you to adjust the settings according to when you need the most heat. For example, it can be programmed to automatically reduce the temperature while you are sleeping and raise it just before you get out of bed. Most programmable thermostats are pre-programmed for the average household, so it’s essential that you check the settings on a programmable thermostat to make sure it is adjusted to your specific needs.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

The best way to ensure your HVAC system is operating efficiently is with regular maintenance. Scheduling regular preventive maintenance ensures peak performance and trouble-free operation. Having the furnace and ductwork inspected will also help prevent costly energy bills as well as expensive, unexpected repair bills.

We’re happy to answer any question or provide a FREE estimate on any major project or equipment replacement for your plumbing, heating, and cooling.

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Plumbing Problems That Occur in Colorado During the Spring

Colorado in the springtime can definitely have its ups and downs. One day its 70 or 80 degrees and the next 32 degrees and snowing. These types of weather changes can cause many plumbing problems for Colorado residents. Read more to find out what types of plumbing problems you can expect this spring and what you can do to solve some of your Colorado springtime problems.

You may already understand that your heating and air conditioning equipment needs annual HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) maintenance, but were you aware that you also should have an expert perform your annual plumbing maintenance? Plumbing is hidden, so you would never know that you had a problem unless you had literally no water.

Plumbing problems that happen in Colorado during the Spring

While you should definitely call immediately for plumbing problems and schedule your plumbing maintenance yearly, here are a couple ways to get your home in great plumbing shape for spring.

Plumbing problems in spring

Weather in Colorado is day to day. One day it could be sunny, the next a foot of snow. These weather up’s and down’s lead to serious plumbing problems in Colorado.

Look for Plumbing Leaks: Look at both your faucets and toilets for any leaks. Confirm there is no water dripping out of or around the connections when you shut off your faucets. If there is, installing new fixtures or repairing the leak could help better the faucet’s function and may even lower your water bill.

After the faucets, inspect any accessible pipes for evidence of leaks. You can often see visible pipes in basements and below sinks. Extreme weather can cause pipes to freeze and sometimes crack so spring is the ideal time to make sure the winter weather didn’t cause any damage that would result in plumbing problems.

Don’t neglect your water heater maintenance:  If a stench seems to be coming from any of the drains in your home, it may be a sign that plumbing maintenance is necessary. A properly running drain shouldn’t release odors into the air. Check to make sure there are strains placed in all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from spoiling in the pipes and resulting in a clog. After you’ve treated with a common drain cleaner, pour eight pints of water into drains that are not used frequently. This will fill the trap and help to stop odors from sneaking in and smelling up your home.

Your water heater takes excellent care of you so be sure you’re returning the favor. Don’t forget that newer water heaters have more energy efficiency, so if yours is over 15 years old, it may be about time to start looking into a new one to be sure you don’t have that sudden burst of cold water for multiple days. Whether or not you plan on investing in a new water heater, there are a couple things you can do to help keep it running properly.

Verify that the temperature is set no higher than 120°F. This will help lower your energy use (and help lower your bills) while also avoiding scalding. For safety sake, you will want to relocate any items from around the water heater. Lakewood Plumbing recommends tankless water heaters over traditional water heaters, however, we install and maintain both tank water heaters and tankless water heater. 

If you are having plumbing problems this Spring, contact Lakewood Plumbing today! 303-233-7007 or email us at info@lakewoodplumbing.com or fill out the form below.

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Common Plumbing Problems and How to Deal With Them

There are some common plumbing problems that all homeowners experience. For many people, common household issues mean calls to the local handyman or endless weekend hours attempting to fix some seemingly minor issues. Fortunately, some of the common plumbing problems that we all experience can be fixed with a little know-how and can-do spirit. Always know that Lakewood Plumbing is right in your backyard to help with any plumbing problems.

Common Plumbing Problems Include:

  • What happens in your house when the faucet starts leaking or the toilet starts running?
  • How about when the kitchen sink clogs or pipe drips?

If you want to know if your plumbing question or plumbing problem is simple or complex, then there are great online resources that are helpful and comprehensive.

Here are some common plumbing problems and questions

Why does my drain clog?

A common question around the plumbing industry relates to clogged drains.  Generally, clogged drains occur because people are not careful, particularly in the kitchen, about what goes down the drain.

For example, make sure to avoid:

  • pouring cooking oil (or fat) down the drain.
  • putting poultry skins (chicken, turkey), starchy (potato peels, rice), stringy (celery) or fibrous waste (coffee grinds, corn husks) down the drain.

Also, take some common sense and proactive steps, such as

  • have the water running when you use the garbage disposal.
  • let the garbage disposal “catch up” after waste is poured down the drain.

To avoid clogged drains, be conscious and careful and you should avoid a clogged drain nightmare.  If a clog occurs, then there is always baking soda and vinegar. The natural chemical reaction will help break up clogs.

How can my hot water heater last longer?

Many plumbers receive questions about hot water heaters because they are one of the more expensive (and vital) home appliances.  Ultimately, to extend the life of a hot water heater, then preventative maintenance works best. Take the time to have an annual inspection to ensure the hot water heater is working efficiently. A tankless water heater is also a good solution to having an endless supply of hot water.

In particular, there are some water heater essentials that will help your hot water heater live a long and prosperous life.

  • Flush the Tank
  • Inspect the Anode Rod
  • Test the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
  • Inspect the Expansion Tank

Why does my toilet constantly run?

Homeowners that experience running or leaky toilets is one of the most frequent questions that people ask plumbers.  The typical reason that toilets run is the flap in the bottom of the tank is not sealing shut. Ever wonder why jiggling the handle generally works to stop the running water? To fix a running toilet, take the top off the tank and flush the toilet while watching the rubber flap.

Does it completely close?

If not, some of the water that is entering the tank is flowing out through an unsealed flap. The unsealed flap means water continues to run because the float ball trigger is never activated to stop the flow since water never reaches the fill line.

That jiggle? The handle is connected to the rubber flap with a chain, and jiggling it will reposition the flap so that it may seal more securely.

Are you facing a plumbing problem? Contact Lakewood Plumbing & Heating today.

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3 Reasons to Schedule Your Spring Air Conditioning Tune-Up Now

We know that a Colorado hot summer is right around the corner. Springtime is the best time to schedule your air conditioning tune-up. The best part is that when you schedule in March for your air conditioning tune-up you can get in before the hot season, and get a great deal at the same time. Call Lakewood Plumbing & Heating today for your spring air conditioner tune-up.

Most people try to take great care of their vehicles. Between oil changes, repairs, simple maintenance, fluid checks, and part replacements, your vehicle gets a lot of love. Routine maintenance is an important part of making sure that your car works properly and it also helps you prevent more costly repair needs further on down the road.

Now think about how often you use your air conditioner. Don’t you think this important home comfort system deserves some love too? Spring is the perfect time to schedule a seasonal maintenance visit for your HVAC system. Showing your air conditioner a little love before the biggest cooling season of the year is the best way to ensure that it treats you well this summer.

3 reasons to schedule a spring air conditioning tune-up

It’s important to keep up with routine maintenance to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently so that it can help keep your family comfortable year-round. Here are just three reasons why spring is the perfect time to schedule an AC tune-up:

1. A tune-up can help increase your HVAC system’s efficiency.

When was the last time your HVAC system was cleaned and inspected? Your air conditioner tends to get dirty over time. The dirtier it gets, the harder it has to work to keep your home comfortable. This not only puts wear and tear on your HVAC system, but it can also impact your monthly electricity costs as your system needs more energy to keep your home cool. During your spring tune-up, an HVAC technician will clean your system to increase efficiency just in time for summer.

2. A spring tune-up will help prevent summer emergencies.

One of the greatest reasons to get a pre-summer air conditioner tune-up is for preventative maintenance. During your tune-up, your HVAC technician will clean and check your system for any repair needs. Repairing issues early on can help prevent more costly repair needs. For instance, your HVAC technician might find a small refrigerant leak during your tune-up. By fixing this issue right away, he or she is helping prevent your compressor from burning out, which costs significantly more to fix. By getting a tune-up in the spring, you are helping prevent emergency issues and avoiding an AC breakdown during one of the hottest seasons of the year.

3. Most HVAC companies provide flexible scheduling in the spring.

Summer is one of the busiest times for HVAC companies because they are often called to fix emergency AC repairs. This can make it difficult to squeeze in an air conditioner tune-up once summer hits. However, many HVAC contractors are a bit less busy in spring, which means that they will often have a more open calendar that allows for flexible scheduling. This makes spring the perfect time to schedule a tune-up appointment that is convenient for your own schedule.

So what are you waiting for? The sooner you get a spring HVAC tune-up, the sooner you can rest easy knowing that your home comfort system is ready to keep you comfortable during the warmest times of the year. Call us today to schedule your spring air conditioner tune-up: 303-233-7007 or fill out the form below and we will be with you within 24 hours.

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