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Why does my toilet keep flushing by itself?

The most common cause of toilet which continuously flushes is a flush valve seal malfunction. The flush valve needs to seal completely after each flush to keep water from leaking. When this seal fails, the toilet tank leaks water into the bowl continuously. This continuous flow of water triggers the fill sensors which then flush…

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What can cause drain problems?

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Most drains use a system called a “trap”. A trap is a piece of pipe that comes apart just below the drain point on your sink. It’s located at a low point in the system so that when you wash heavy items down the drain they often collect there. In a kitchen sink this is…

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When replacing the outdoor unit, do I need to replace the indoor unit as well?

The answer is most likely yes, and here are the reasons why. First of all, all air conditioner and heat pump outdoor units are specifically designed to work with matched indoor units for optimum efficiency and performance. The result of this matched system is a coordinated, top-performance team that ensures dependability and efficiency. Air conditioner…

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What is a vent and what does it do?

Vents are the pipes (about 12” high) that stick out of your roof. Vents are necessary to vent sewer gasses outside of the home. You can think of a vent pipe like a straw. When you put your thumb over the end of a straw, you can pull liquid up from the cup. What happens…

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What are the advantages of hiring a professional plumber?

First of all, a professional plumber has a good working knowledge of the systems as is required by their job. They are familiar with all of the components of those systems and can diagnose problems with relative ease.  Their knowledge and expertise will save you a tremendous amount of time and effort, as well as…

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Should I keep my air conditioning system from running too much?

Generally speaking, a unit that is either on or off is less expensive than one that keeps cycling on and off repeatedly. Every time your system starts up, it will use a lot of electricity and not produce much cooling. That’s why a smaller system is often more economical to operate, even though it runs…

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How can I identify the reasons for high home energy costs?

Various factors drive operating costs for your heating and cooling system.  The local climate, your area’s electric (or gas) rates, even how often doors and windows are opened and shut affect the costs to run your heating & cooling system. Know the factors, so you can save money on electric bills and maintenance. Of course,…

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What is a variable speed motor as it relates to my home comfort system?

“Variable speed” refers to the fan motor inside the air handler.   Variable-speed blower motors are designed to provide greater comfort through reduced initial air velocities and noise. When the unit first turns on, the blower operates at low speed, which not only provides less noise than a single-speed blower, but also allows the compressor and…

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Should a thermostat be set to “auto” or “on”?

The “auto” setting is preferred, as well as the most used and most efficient setting. In this setting, the fan will only operate when the temperature requires it. There are advantages, however, to using the “on” setting. In this setting, air is constantly filtered through your unit’s air filter, and constantly circulating air results in…

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