Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Archive for March, 2017

We Know It’s Still Cold… But You Need to Think about Your AC Now

Monday, March 27th, 2017

air-conditioning-grillIt was only a few weeks ago that a major March blizzard struck most of the Northeast, including here in Burlington and Plattsburgh. The weather has warmed up a touch since then, but we’re still experiencing cold tempeartures at the official start of spring. It may feel as if the real spring warmth is a long ways off.

But it isn’t! April is the month when the last of the cold weather stirs around and finally gives way to the heat that rises until its mid-summer peak. Even though we’re still dealing with chilly outdoor temperatures, this is the time of the year to start thinking about your air conditioning and ready it for the coming hot weather. We’ll look at how you can prepare your home’s AC for the late spring and summer.

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Taking Care of Your Heat Pump After the Blizzard

Monday, March 20th, 2017

ice-pattern-on-glassA major storm swept through most the Northeast last week, and we weren’t spared. Storm Stella dropped heavy levels of snow on Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Ontario, and our own Vermont and New York region, with an average of two feet of snowfall. Schools shut down, flights were cancelled, and states of emergency were declared in some areas.

We hope you and your family weathered Stella’s assault in safety and that your home’s heating system worked steadily during the storm. Now that the weather has settled, it’s time to take stock of the situation and see if there are repairs necessary to restore you home and see that it’s ready in case of another March surprise.

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Spring Preparation: Your Plumbing

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Tools_tools_house-smA subject that we often bring up during the end of the winter and the beginning of spring is arranging for maintenance for your air conditioning system. This is a vital part of seeing that the AC is ready to handle another hot summer.

Your HVAC system isn’t the only part of your house that requires check-ups as spring begins. You might not realize how much stress your plumbing undergoes during the winter. Although your pipes, drains, and other parts of the plumbing don’t necessarily need professional inspections and maintenance each spring, it’s a wise idea to go through a few checks on your own to locate where there may be plumbing issues. This way you can schedule service in time to head off more serious problems.

Below are some of the most important checks to make for your plumbing in Burlington, VT as the first day of spring (Monday, March 20) closes in.

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Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, March 6th, 2017

tank-water-heaterWhen people think about residential water heaters, they have a distinct image in mind. It’s a simple image: a tall metal cylinder containing a supply of water. This is a storage water heater, also called a tank water heater. (Or, if you want to be extremely specific, a storage tank water heater.) The reason this is what people think of when they hear the term water heater is that tank water heaters are the most common way to heat water in homes and they have been for many decades.

This doesn’t mean they are the only choice. There are alternatives to the conventional electric or gas-powered storage water heater on the market. The most popular of these alternatives is the tankless water heater. More homes each year are adopting these models and finding out they love their multiple advantages.

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