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Prepare Your AC for Summer

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Hotter temps are around the corner and your best defense? Your air conditioner of course. However, when your air conditioning system sits idle for months it does require a bit of TLC to get it back up and running properly.
So act now – on the first sweltering summer day, the last thing you’ll want to do is turn on your AC only to find it doesn’t work. See below for some tips to help get your AC into tiptop shape before the heat really kicks in:

  • Remove any obstructions – Look around your outdoor unit. If anything is around it or restricting its airflow, remove it.
  • Check/replace your filter – Dirty filters restrict airflow, reduce efficiency, and result in poor indoor air quality. Be sure to check and replace your filter as needed (often once a month).
  • Call us for a tune-up! – A tune-up from a Patterson Plumbing HVAC professional is important for ensuring your system’s components are in working order to prevent costly and inconvenient breakdowns later on.

Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to provide all of the above benefits and more. While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

What Services Does Patterson Plumbing Provide?

Patterson Plumbing & Heating provides the highest level of service and technical excellence. Broken plumbing, heating or air conditioning can make life uncomfortable and unpleasant. We make these problems go away FAST! When you call us, you’ll talk with a friendly customer service professional who will listen to your questions and needs. We’ll dispatch a professional technician whose training matches your needs. Let’s take a look at the services Patterson Plumbing provides:

Plumbing

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We offer complete plumbing, water heater, drain and sewer services for Pueblo, Colorado area homeowners. We focus on quality and lasting value because that’s what customers want. We only hire the best plumbers in Pueblo. In short, we won’t send anyone to your home that we wouldn’t want in our own homes.

Water Treatment

The professionals of Patterson Plumbing promise to show up on time, listen to your water softener, water filtration and purification problems, diagnose your situation, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job, not by the hour, so there are no surprises. Our water quality technicians will take great care of your home. They wear shoe covers, put down drop cloths, are trained to perform the work you need and will thoroughly clean up the work area. We follow up with a phone call to be sure you are satisfied, and stand by everything we do.

Heating

Our heating technicians can solve any home heating and air problem from noisy furnace or boiler equipment to inconsistent room temperature. Patterson Plumbing is a full service company prepared to repair the smallest heating problem to the largest heating problems.

Air Conditioning

Keeping your air conditioning operating in top condition or installing a more energy efficient model not only keeps you cool, but saves you money on energy bills. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it.

As you can see, our plumbers, drain cleaning techs and home heating and air conditioning professionals can repair any problem with your home’s plumbing, furnace, boiler or air conditioning. To learn more about what we can do for you, dial (719) 554-4922 today!

Plus, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @PatPlumbingInc to keep up-to-date with Patterson Plumbing.

Caring for Your Air Conditioner

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The worst thing that could happen in the midst of summer is having your AC blow out and stop working. Generally, air conditioners should last for 15 or more years if cared for properly.

Here are 5 tips to help maintain the life span of your AC.

Hiring a highly rated technician for service

  • This should happen once a year
  • Give a Patterson Plumbing & Heating technician a call to clean the outdoor condenser coils
  • It is important to check the blower and motor, return and supply lines and refrigerant levels

Changing the Filter

  • Change the units filter at least 4 times a year
  • A dirty filter restricts the air flow
  • Changing a dirty filter can lower a unit’s energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent

Avoid constant temperature changes

  • This creates highs and lows where the system has to work harder to drop the temperature during the lows
  • Keep a small range of temperature settings and keep it consistent

Conduct an Energy Audit

  • Ensure your home is sufficiently insulated and that your A/C is properly sized for your home

Avoid ice buildup on AC

  • A unit that is too small to cool a large space can cause this
  • Turn off the unit immediately to allow it to cool down
  • Call your trusted Patterson Plumbing & Heating technician to see what’s causing the problem to avoid further damage

We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Appliance Problems? Here’s What to Look Out For

Even if your toilet isn’t over flowing and your fridge is still keeping your foods cold – that doesn’t mean there may not still be a problem. Your home appliances often show subtle warning signs when something isn’t right. Here’s what to look out for:

Refrigerator – Hear the fridge’s motor constantly running? This could signal there is a problem keeping consistent temperature. Also, if you open the door and find condensation inside, it’s likely the seal on the door needs to be repaired or replaced.

Toilet – Listening to a running toilet is not only annoying, but it can increase your water bills. Most often all you need is a new flapper but sometimes it may require further repair. If unsure, give us a call for a proper inspection.

Furnace and AC – Having problems feeling hot and cold air through the vents in your home? First check the duct’s air filter, if it hasn’t been changed in a few months it’s likely dirty and thus blocking air from circulating throughout your home. Also be sure to check nothing is blocking the air from coming out. If there’s still a problem, contact an expert.

Water Heater – Having problems getting hot water in your shower? That’s where the water heater comes in. If you notice a low supply of hot water, a noisy unit, or leaks/rusted patches on the heater it’s best to contact a specialist to inspect and diagnose the problem.

Knowing what to look out for can help you catch problems before they turn into bigger issues. If your appliances still aren’t working properly, give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. We are the Pueblo, CO area plumbing, drain, heating, and air conditioning specialists.

Keeping Your Home Cool This Season – Without the AC

Let’s face the facts – it’s hot, and it’s going to get hotter as the summer months go by. As tempting as it is to crank the AC, having high energy bills aren’t good for your wallet or the environment.

So fight that urge, and check out the below tips for keeping your house cooler – naturally:

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Vent at night – Take advantage of the drop in temperature, open your windows and doors in the evening to let a cooler breeze in. You can even create a wind tunnel by setting up your fans to create the perfect cross breeze.

Close up during the day – As the sun starts to rise, close up your windows, doors, and shades/blinds. Keeping your windows open on a hot day can equalize the indoor and outdoor temperature. But note, should the indoor temperature reach the same as outdoors, it’s time to open the window.

Switch on your bathroom fans (or exhaust fan in the kitchen) – These fans are made to pull the hot air that rises – out of your home.

Speaking of fans, rotate your ceiling fans counter-clockwise – Doing so at a higher speed produces airflow that creates a wind-chill breeze effect, which will make you and your guests ‘feel’ cooler.

Avoid the oven – If it already feels like 100 degrees in your home, turning on a 400 degree oven won’t make it feel any cooler. Opt for using your outdoor grill or select menu items that don’t require heating – like a salad or sandwiches.

Or for a more long term investment, look into planting trees on the side of your house that gets the most sun. Having extra shade will protect your home in the summer months.

Hopefully the above will help cool your home without you solely relying on air conditioning. For those extra hot days, just be sure your air conditioning unit is in proper working condition. When in doubt, give our air conditioning technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call!

Tips on Saving Energy at Home

For a lot of us, summer is a time to splurge. Whether you’re organizing a vacation or a backyard BBQ, your wallet’s bound to take a hit. If your home costs are putting a halt on your summer fun – see below for some tips on how to save money by curbing your energy costs:

  1. Give your AC a tune-up – An inefficient AC can cause high monthly bills. Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to help save on energy costs, ensure your unit lasts longer, increase home comfort, and avoid costly breakdowns in the future.
  2. Repair leaks – Not only in your pipes, but in your air ducts, fireplace dampers, doors, and windows as well. This way your AC isn’t working extra hard to cool off a house that has air escaping.
  3. Adjust thermostats – Set your AC thermostat fan switch to “auto” to save energy. Leaving it in the “on” position keeps air constantly running. Also, adjust your home’s thermostat by a few degrees to save on your cooling costs.
  4. Check your water heaters – If you’re leaving your home for a few days, make sure to check and fix any leaks surrounding your water heaters. As long as the water heater is operating properly, it’s a good idea to set the thermostat to a “vacation” setting so it won’t use energy to heat the water when you aren’t home.

For more tips on saving energy click here ». And if you have any questions regarding your Air Conditioner, Air Ducts, Pipes, or Water Heaters – give one of our experts here at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call: 719-544-4922. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

 

 

National Electrical Safety Month

On average, adults sleep about 8 hours each night – spending at least 1/3 of their day in the bedroom. Unfortunately, we are most vulnerable while asleep – which is why bedroom safety is crucial. Even though National Electrical Safety Month is coming to a close, it’s important to practice these safety tips not only in the bedroom, but other rooms where these apply as well:

  1. Before installing a portable air conditioner, check that the electrical circuit and outlet are able to handle the load.
  2. Large window A/C units should have their own separate electrical circuit so the system is not overloaded.
  3. Air conditioners should be cleaned at the beginning of every season to keep them running safely and efficiently.   http://pattersonplumbing.com/prepare-air-conditioning-summer/
  4. And for an energy saving tip: If you have a portable air conditioner, turn it off when a room will be vacant for a few hours. You’ll use less energy cooling the room down later than if you had left the unit running.

When it comes to air conditioning questions or concerns, the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating are here for you. Our certified technicians have extensive experience and knowledge of all types of air conditioners and are ready to diagnose your problem and repair it in a timely and professional manner. We’ll discuss your cooling system options and assure the best replacement for your home’s unique cooling needs and prepare a firm upfront, no-surprises cost proposal. Call us today!

For more household safety tips please visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up With Us

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Have you scheduled your air conditioning tune up appointment yet? What are you waiting for! Get your air conditioner in top running condition before the real heat of summer kicks in.

If you’re wondering why an AC tune-up is necessary, be sure to ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you want to save money on energy costs?
  2. Are you looking to help your expensive air conditioning unit last longer?
  3. Are you interested in improving your system’s efficiency and performance?
  4. Would you like to avoid costly and inconvenient AC breakdowns?
  5. Is comfort important in your home?

If you are like majority of homeowners, the answers to these questions is yes. Maintenance and tune-ups are recommended by all manufacturers to provide all of the above benefits and more. While there are some steps you can take on your own to maintain your air conditioning system, it’s best to leave the tune-up process to a Patterson Plumbing & Heating professional. We’re the Pueblo, Colorado area heating and air conditioning tune-up specialists, offering upfront pricing and clean and courteous technicians.

Call and make an appointment that’s convenient for you today! 719-544-4922.

Prepare Your Air Conditioning for Summer

With warmer temps around the corner, your best defense is an air conditioning system. Proactive maintenance is key to having a properly functioning unit, so here are some important steps you can take now to be sure your system is in tip top shape for the summer sun:

Clean/change the filter once a month

One of the easiest steps one can do to keep the AC running smoothly. For central air systems, the filter is usually located on the face of the blower unit behind a metal panel. Just unscrew the panel, remove the old filter, and replace it with a new one. For window units, the filter is located on the face of the unit behind a metal or plastic panel. This is usually a permanent filter that can be cleaned with some white vinegar and water, just make sure it air drys completely before putting it back in your unit.

Clean the outdoor unit

Use a clean cloth or brush to gently clean the fins on the outside unit – be careful NOT to bend the thin metal. Also be sure to remove any dust, mud, and other debris that may show up on the coils if you don’t use a cover on your outdoor unit. For the exterior condenser to work properly, it needs unobstructed flow of air around it. Make sure at least 2 feet of clear space is available. Keeping the unit clean from debris will reduce resistance and boost your A/C’s efficiency.

Clean indoor duct-work

Since duct-work is hidden within your walls and ceilings, a full cleaning should be done by a professional. At Patterson, our air duct cleaning process is designed to remove and capture all contaminants from your duct system. You are also able to keep parts of the duct-work clean simply by inspecting and wiping down the visible parts of the ducts. Also, be sure to check these parts of the ducts for wear or water damage.

While homeowners can perform some of these procedures, others will require the help of a professional. When in doubt, give our air conditioning technicians at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. It’s also good to schedule a pre season tune up with us to give your unit a thorough look over before sweltering temps take over.

Call Patterson duct cleaning services or tune up specialists now to schedule an appointment – 719-544-4922