Category Archives: Plumbing and Air Conditioning


Your home or business could be unsafe due to damage to plumbing and electrical controls after a flood. Below are two documents for you to check out.
GAMA & AHRI recommend all damaged plumbing, heating, cooling & electrical appliances & related systems be replaced rather than repaired when severe flooding occurs.

  1. Flood Document GAMA
  2. AHRI Hurricane Flood Recommendations

Big Changes To Water Heaters You Need To Know About

waterheaterThe U.S. Department of Energy has put into effect new regulations that require all manufacturers of water heaters to meet a higher energy factor (EF) rating. Based on the new requirements, there will be significant changes to water heaters manufactured after April 15, 2015. This includes gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric. Tankless water heaters already meet the new requirements.

How does this affect to me?

Some of the changes that affect you as a consumer are as follows:

  • Higher priced units – up to 35% more expensive.
  • Larger units – 2” tall and 2”wider, and in some cases units may be even larger.
  • More complicated installation requirements
  • Possible significant home remodeling costs if your water heater is located in a small space like a closet or attic.

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Central air conditioning repairs can range from simple do-it-yourself solutions to complicated procedures that require the services of a trained HVAC technician. Many problems can be avoided with regular maintenance and cleaning. Periodic cleaning of the air conditioner grill and filter, for example, makes the unit more efficient at cooling. A dirty filter can build up particles that choke the ducts and make the unit run inefficiently. A simple cleaning of the air filter will solve this problem.


  1. The unit won’t turn on – Make sure the thermostat is set to “cool” and that the set temperature is well below the current room temperature.  Also, make sure the furnace power switch is turned on and that the outdoor condenser’s power switch hasn’t been shut off. A central air conditioner should be on a dedicated 240-volt circuit; if the unit won’t turn on, check your electrical panel for a tripped breaker or blown fuse. Also, be sure the 240-volt disconnect next to the compressor hasn’t been shut off.
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Mini-split air conditioning systems are a good option for homes where installing ductwork or central air conditioning is not feasible. These systems are easy to install, quieter, and more energy efficient than central air.

A mini-split air conditioner is like a scaled-down version of a central air conditioning system. Like central air systems, mini-splits have two main components: an outdoor compressor/condenser, and an indoor evaporator/air-handling unit. Mini splits can have up to four indoor units connected to the outdoor unit, which means one mini-split can cool up to four rooms. Each indoor unit is linked to the outdoor unit by a power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a drain for condensation.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of mini split air conditioning systems.
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