Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Archive for December, 2015

High-Efficiency Furnaces Explained

Monday, December 28th, 2015

We live in an age when technology moves with such speed that it seems each new product we purchase is outdated by the time we get used to it. However, in the case of heating and air conditioning systems, the advance of technology will always work in your favor. When it’s time to retire an old furnace, you can feel certain that whatever new unit you’ll pick will have a higher energy efficiency rating.

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During the Holiday Feasting, Here Is Some Food You Don’t Want in the Garbage Disposal

Monday, December 21st, 2015

As we reach the big time for the end-of-the-year holiday celebrations, you are probably going to use your kitchen much more than usual (with the exception of perhaps Thanksgiving). Entertaining guests and family members means a lot more cooking and kitchen activity, and this will also mean immense stress placed on the garbage disposal. You don’t want to have an abrupt breakdown of your disposal and need to scramble to find repairs during the height of the holidays. To help prevent that from occurring, we’ve put together a list of food items that should not go down the disposal.

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Reasons There Is Frost on Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Heat pumps have become increasingly popular as home comfort solutions. They offer both air conditioning and heating in a single unit, and developments in technology have significantly improved their ability to work energy efficiently during colder weather. As you turn your heat pump to heating mode for the winter, you might notice frost developing along the outdoor coil and cabinet. Is this normal, or a sign that the heat pump needs repairs?

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Why a Store-Bought Drain Snake Isn’t the Best Answer for Drain Cleaning

Monday, December 7th, 2015

You have a clog in one of your sinks, such as the main kitchen sink. This is obviously a serious problem, and you need it fixed right away. What should you do?

The first response is probably to reach for a sink plunger, if you have one. The second response may be to use chemical drain cleaners, but don’t do this. (These acidic chemicals are bad news for drains and everyone in your household.)

Another response is to use a hand-cranked drain auger, a “drain snake.” This is one of the better ways to get rid of a clog—but only as a temporary fix. A drain snake isn’t a form of draining cleaning, and if you want a tough clog not only removed, but the source of the clog removed as well, you need to call professional plumbers.

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Here Are Some Early Season Signs Your Furnace Needs Repairs

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The heating season has arrived, and our home furnaces are likely to keep running on a regular basis all the way through to the spring. If your furnace has already received its regular fall tune-up, then it should remain in the best shape possible for the rigors of a Burlington, VT winter. (If you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet, it’s never too late to call—and sooner is better than later!)

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