Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • The HGTV Effect Influencing Today’s Home-Shoppers’ Expectations (Part 1 of 3) This is representative of what the homes look like on channels such as HGTV.  This “look” has become known as “The HGTV Effect“   Today’s Home-Buyers Want & Expect Your Home To Look Like Those On HGTV The HGTV Effect: Home-Shoppers & Buyers have come to expect that […] The post The HGTV Effect – Influencing Home Shoppers...

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  • WARNING:  If You Smell Gas — Leave The Home & Lawn. Call 911 & Your Gas Supplier. In DFW: Atmos Gas‘ Emergency Number is: 866 / 322-8667. Unbonded Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Gas Lines & The Risk Of Lightning-Strike Fires This article details underground polyethylene gas-piping systems used from the source of the natural gas […] The post Flexible Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSS...

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  • Garbage Disposal: E-Z Fixes And When Replacement Is Needed Al’s sells & Installs WolverineBrass Garbage Disposals Check These Things Before Calling For Garbage Disposal Replacement If your garbage disposal suddenly stops working, it does not necessarily have to be replaced.  We have detailed several easy fixes below.  Try these before calling for a replacement. 1. […] The post Garbage Disposal – E...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Ductwork Cleaning “Out Of Sight – Out of Mind” Is An Unhealthy Posture With Ductwork Magnified Dust Mites   Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C Provides Spinning-Brush Ductwork-Cleaning Our BrushBeast Ductwork-Cleaning System pairs a 450 RPM Spinning Brush with 4 Powerful Vacuum Motors  To quickly clean your ductwork to a nearly a “like new” state of clean. […] The post Ductwork Cleaning appeared first o...

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  • Gas Furnace Failure — Which Components Fail and Why Gas furnace failure can result from any of a number of components in a gas furnace.  Most components can be replaced (though the cost of replacing some of them may not be justified, based on the age or efficiency of the furnace).  Other component failures (such […] The post Gas Furnace Failure: Which Components Fail and Why appeared first on Al's...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Replace Both Furnace and Air Conditioning At The Same Time? Is it a good idea to replace furnace and air conditioner at the same time?  Yes.  Do you HAVE to?  In most cases, No.  This article tells you of common problems you may encounter with a mismatched system (old HVAC components working with new components). […] The post Replace both A/C and Furnace? appeared first on Al's Plumbing, Heating &...

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  • TROUBLE-SHOOTING YOUR FURNACE BEFORE CALLING FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE THERMOSTAT NOT SET TO “HEAT”.  While this seems obvious, it’s the thermostat setting are the first thing to check. THERMOSTAT BATTERIES ARE DEAD. While some thermostats are wired to the house, others use batteries. DIRTY FILTER.  A dirty filter is one of the most common furnace shut […] The post Gas Furnace Trouble-Shooting appeare...

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  • We’re entering peak heating season in DFW.   Is your furnace ready?  For a detailed explanation of furnace components, see our page entitled “Air Conditioning and Heating Maintenance”. Here are some things to be checked: Filter  Your filter should be changed as often as once a month.  Install a new one now and check it […] The post Is your furnace ready for winter? appeared first on Al's Plumbing,...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Heat Pump: When You Want One, Normal Operation, Operational Problems, & When Service Is Needed Part 2 of 4   Heat Pump Frosting / Icing (During Winter)  &  The Heat Pump Defrost-Cycle A Heat Pump may have visible light frost or ice at times (when temps are 35 or lower).  Many service-calls are generated by Heat Pump […] The post Heat Pump: Benefits, Problems & Repairs Part 2 of 4 appeared first o...

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  • Annual Heating Costs With: Natural Gas Furnace Electric Air-Souce Heat Pump Electric Furnace   Heat Pumps have gained popularity over the years, though the adoption of them is slowed because of the (accurate) perception it is cheaper to heat with gas.  This calculator will allow you to compare natural gas heating costs as compared to […] The post Gas Furnace Versus Electric Heat Pump — Operating C...

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  • HSPF: The Heating Efficiency-Rating For Heat Pumps — What It Means A Heat Pump is actually an air conditioner that runs in reverse while in heating mode.  In summer, air conditioners & Heat Pumps remove heat from the home and move it outside.  During winter, a Heat Pump removes heat from outdoor air and moves (pumps) […] The post HSPF – Heat Pump Efficiency Rating appeared first on Al's Plumbing, ...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Heat Pump When You Want One, Normal Operation, Problems And When Service Is Required    In DFW, you likely have one of the following central HVAC Systems: Gas Furnace & Central Air Conditioner Electric Furnace & Central Air Conditioner Electric Heat Pump with Back-Up Electric heat.  The Heat Pump also provides Air Conditioning. If Your […] The post Heat Pump: Benefits, Problems & Repairs Part 1 o...

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Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • The HGTV Effect Influencing Home Shoppers’ Expectations  This Is Part 2 (of 2)  See Part 1 (of 2) For The 1st Part The HGTV Effect: Home-Shoppers & Buyers have come to expect that every home they tour will look like those seen on HGTV & other similar shows (see photo above).  A portion of what’s for sale in DFW […] The post The HGTV Effect – Influencing Home Shoppers’ Expectations — Part 2 of 2 ap...

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Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  •   DFW Home Renovations — Their Cost, Increase In Home Value, And Return On Investment       Common DFW Home Renovations, Improvements & Decor-Upgrades This article describes Home: Renovations, Improvements & Decor-Upgrades.  The most common DFW home upgrades & improvements are detailed first.  Next, are many ways to dramatically improve your home’s appearance & […] The post Common DFW Home Renovat...

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  • Rheem Water Heaters Professional Series (Al’s) -VERSUS- Performance Series (big box store)  Rheem Professional Series Water Heaters                                             Rheem Performance Series       Al’s Sells Only Rheem Professional Series Water Heaters   Professional™ Series Water Heaters Are […] The post Rheem Professional Series Water Heater Versus Rheem Performance Series appeared fir...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C sells replacement faucets and other plumbing hardware for kitchens and baths.  Al’s faucets & hardware are more expensive than those sold in Big-Box Discount Home-Improvement Centers, and for good reasons. We are all likely familiar with “Good, Better, Best” levels of quality for products.  Al’s sells only “Best” quality products. […] The post Faucets & Plumbing-Hardwa...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Al’s Sells Only The Rheem Professional Grade Water Heater Al’s Plumbing will replace any brand of water heater located anywhere in your home.   We sell only Rheem Professional Grade water heaters.  If it doesn’t say Professional on the label at the top, it’s not Professional-Grade. What is Special About Rheem Professional Grade? Water heaters begin […] The post Water Heater: Rheem Professional Gra...

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  • Replacing Windows?  Here’s Everything You Need To Know These new replacement windows meet all Texas Building Code Requirements Considering replacement windows?  This article discusses residential windows (both old and new) in DFW homes.  Years ago, new homes had windows with single-pane glass and uninsulated aluminum frames, which are as inefficient as a window can get. […] The post Replacing Wind...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Check Your AC’s Cooling Performance To Ensure It’s Working At Its Best This is Part 5 of 5-Part Series Parts 1 — 3 Of This Series Provided In-Depth Details Regarding Operational Problems That Cause An Air  Conditioner Not To Cool At Its Maximum Ability Parts 4 & 5 Address Ways To Reduce Cooling-Demand By Reducing Heat-Gain Into […] The post Lower Cooling Bills — Reducing Heat-Gain Into Your Home (...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Check Your AC’s Cooling Performance To Ensure It’s Working At Its Best This is Part 4 of 5-Part Series Parts 1 — 3 Of This Series Provided In-Depth Details Regarding Operational Problems That Cause An Air  Conditioner Not To Cool At Its Maximum Ability Parts 4 & 5 Address Ways To Reduce Cooling-Demand By Reducing Heat-Gain Into The […] The post Lower Cooling Bills — Reducing Heat-Gain Into Your Ho...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Check Your AC’s Cooling Performance To Ensure It’s Working At Its Best This Series is dedicated to lowering cooling bills.  It provides in-depth details regarding problems that cause an air conditioner not to cool at its maximum ability.  Many times an air conditioner is running longer and harder than it needs to, due to operational […] The post Lower Cooling Bills — Is Your A/C Cooling At Its Bes...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Check Your AC’s Cooling Performance To Ensure It’s Working At Its Best This is Part 2 of 4-Part Series This Series is dedicated to lowering cooling bills.  It provides in-depth details regarding problems that cause an air conditioner not to cool at its maximum ability.  Many times an air conditioner is running longer and harder […] The post Lower Cooling Bills — Is Your A/C Cooling At Its Best? (P...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Check Your AC’s Cooling Performance To Ensure It’s Working At Its Best This is Part 1 of 2-Part Series The Temperature Difference Of Air Going IN & Air Coming OUT Tells If A/C Is Cooling Correctly During Operation, the air coming out of your A/C (at the duct nearest the furnace) should be 14–20 Degrees Cooler than air going in […] The post Lower Cooling Bills — Is Your A/C Cooling At Its Best? (Pa...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Checking Your AC’s Cooling Ability To Ensure It’s Working At Its Best The Temperature Difference Between Air Going In & Air Coming Out Tells If Your A/C Is Cooling Correctly During Operation, the air coming out of your A/C (at duct nearest the furnace) should be 14–20 Degrees Cooler than air going in (at the nearest air-return […] The post Lower Cooling Bills — Is Your A/C Cooling At Its Best? app...

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  • HVAC TERMS GLOSSARY Need to know what an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) Term means?  Use our handy glossary. AC (Alternating Current):  Electrical current where the directional flow of the current reverses at regular intervals. Accumulator: A storage tank that receives liquid refrigerant from the evaporator, preventing refrigerant from flowing back into the compressor. Acoustical: ...

Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
Al's Plumbing Heating & Air
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  • Want to know what an HVAC term means?  Use our handy HVAC Terms Glossary. AC (Alternating Current):  A type of current where the directional flow in a circuit reverses at regular intervals. ACCA:  Air Conditioning Contractors of America.  ACCA is a non-profit association whose membership includes more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the […] The post HVAC Terms Glossary appeared f...

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  • PLUMBING TERMS GLOSSARY When You Need To Know What A Plumbing Term Means, Use Our Handy Plumbing Terms Glossary ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. A black plastic pipe used in plumbing for drains and vents. ABSORPTION FIELD: A leeching or seeping field engineered to receive septic tank effluent. ACRYLIC:  A thermoplastic used on the surface of bathtubs and […] The post Plumbing Terms Glossary a...

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  • When A Low Price Plumbing Repair Is No Bargain A Low Priced Repair Becomes Wasted Money If The Repair Fails & Must Be Done All Over Again Some Some Plumbing Problems Cause Additional Problems  — Slab Leaks Can Lead To Foundation Damage Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C Was Called To A Home Because A Recent […] The post When A Low Priced Plumbing Repair Is NO Bargain appeared first on Al's Plumbing, Hea...

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