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When Should I Call for Drain Cleaning Services?

March 12th, 2018

Drain-SnakingA home’s drains are among the many important things that are typically ignored and taken for granted by homeowners. Not that we think you should be offering praises or burnt offerings to your drains. No, we just want to make sure that you’re giving them what they need to keep serving you well. You’ve probably dealt with drain clogs at least a few times throughout your life. If you’re interested in mitigating those issues as much as possible, check out our tips below.

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This One Issue Can Destroy Your Furnace if You’re Not Careful

March 6th, 2018

Gas-BurnerThere are a lot of different issues that can affect how your furnace operates, some of which are more of a threat than others. One issue in particular, though, can ruin the system pretty thoroughly if you’re not careful. That issue is short cycling. Let’s take a look at short cycling, why it’s a problem, and what you can do about it.

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You can Save a Lot of Money by Scheduling Heating Maintenance

February 26th, 2018

FurnaceIt’s a bit late in the season to be scheduling preventive heating maintenance, it’s true. If you haven’t done it yet, though, it’s much better to have it done late than not at all.

Preventive heating maintenance is one of the single best ways that you can make sure that your heater stays in top condition. If you’re interested in protecting your investment in your heating system as much as possible, nothing else is going to serve you better.

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Be Very, Very Worried About Your Plumbing System if You Notice These Symptoms

February 12th, 2018

plumbingThere are a lot of different plumbing issues that can afflict your system. Most of them are very difficult to detect, and all but a few are capable of causing some serious damage if they’re left alone long enough.

It’s in your best interest to make sure that you catch any problems with your system as soon as possible. Preventive maintenance is the best way to do that, but you still need to keep an eye out for any signs that your system is in trouble. Let’s go over some of the more serious signs that your plumbing system is having problems.

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Do I Need a New Boiler?

February 6th, 2018

boiler-repairBoilers are known for being more long-lived than other home heating system types. This is due to them having fewer moving parts, which means fewer ways for things to go wrong. While you can certainly get quite a few years of use out of your boiler, though, you know that you can’t keep it operating indefinitely. Eventually, you’re going to need to replace the system. If you know what to look for, you can have the boiler replaced with a new one before it fails entirely.

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Furnace Issues You Need to Know About

January 29th, 2018

FurnaceWinter is the time of year when heating systems are most likely to develop issues related to wear and tear. If you’re using a furnace to keep your home warm this year, you need to make sure that you take proper precautions to keep the system in good operating condition.

One of the best ways that you can make sure that your furnace stays in good shape is to know the signs that the system is dealing with some kind of malfunction, so that you can call for repairs for it as quickly as possible. The faster you have the problem repaired, the better off your furnace will be. Let’s go over some of the more common furnace issues that you need to worry about.

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What You Need to Know About New York’s Capital Improvement Plan

January 16th, 2018

The state government has had a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in place since July of 2012. It’s something that can actually save you a fair bit of money, if you know how to use it. Unfortunately, we feel that not enough homeowners are aware that the CIP even exists, much less how to leverage it to save money on home improvements. Fortunately, we’re here to help! Let’s go over what the CIP does, and how it can work to your benefit.

Basically, a capital improvement is any addition or alteration to real property that:

  1. Substantially adds to its value
  2. Becomes a permanent part of it
  3. Is intended to be a permanent installation

If all three of those requirements are met, you can actually write off part or all of the sales tax on the materials used to improve the property. Check out this link for more information, or contact us today and we can walk through the process with you!

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Roy’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Spectrum News Interview

January 15th, 2018

Hey, everyone! Hopefully, you’re all staying warm and comfortable during these cold months. If you’re having trouble, or if you need some tips on keeping safe and comfortable this season, check out this news interview! Our very own John Dollendorf and James Sabal offer a number of great tips on protecting your home from freezing temperatures. Some tips include sealing up any areas where air leak into the home, insulating a little extra in areas that need it, put some heat trace on the line, etc. You should also keep cabinet doors open, especially if you have areas that freeze all the time. Stay safe out there, and remember: if you need help with your plumbing or HVAC systems, contact Roy’s Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today!

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Why is My Boiler Making a Sinister Rumbling Sound?

January 15th, 2018

gas-boilerIs your boiler making a deep and evil-sounding rumbling sound while it’s operating? Like it might explode at any moment? If so, don’t worry too much. Your boiler probably isn’t going to actually explode. That doesn’t mean that you actually get to ignore the sound, though.

That kind of sound is an indication of a serious boiler problem called kettling. Kettling is a serious threat to the health of the boiler, and can cause catastrophic breakdowns if you aren’t careful. Have a look at why boiler kettling happens, and what you can do about it.

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Which Water Heater Type Should I Install?

January 9th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterThere are a lot of different water heater types available on the market, but they can generally be broken up into two types: tank and tankless. Each of these two water heater types has its pros and cons. If you’re looking for a new water heater for your home, though, there is probably a single type that fits your needs better than the other. If you’re not sure what water heater type is best for your needs, have a look at some of the benefits each can offer you.

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