Carney All Seasons Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Newtown’

Our Emergency Heater Breakdown FAQ

Monday, December 18th, 2023

A heater breakdown is something that you never went to face, yet you want to be prepared in case it does happen. But what should you do to prepare for a heater breakdown in the middle of winter? We have some frequently asked questions about heater breakdowns that we are answering below. 

These are our best tips for preparing in advance for a heater breakdown. Best case scenario, you won’t have to use these tips. Worst case scenario, you can give our team a call for heating repair in Newtown, PA. Keep reading to learn more about what to do so that you and your family can be prepared in the case of a heater breakdown this holiday season.

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5 Toilet Problems and What to Do

Monday, December 4th, 2023

Plumbing problems are never fun to deal with, and toilet problems are perhaps the worst. But there are some toilet problems that are actually pretty easy to fix. You just have to know what to do.

Of course, if you do need professional plumbing service in Newtown, PA, give our team a call. We are always here to help if you run into a toilet problem that you cannot solve on your own. Keep reading to learn about five common toilet problems as well as the solutions for each one.

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How to Judge the Efficiency of Your Heating System

Monday, December 21st, 2015

No one likes to deal with needing to replace their heating system right at the beginning of winter, but if it has to happen, it has to happen. Replacing an outdated or failing heater provides you with the opportunity to explore using a different kind of heating system, as well as improve your home’s comfort and efficiency. How do you know how efficient a certain heater will be? You need to look at its rating.

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How Does a Reverse Osmosis System Work?

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Water treatment systems can ensure that all the water in your home is safe for all uses. There are a number of options available to homeowners when choosing a water treatment system, and one of these is a reverse osmosis system. Understanding the basics of how any whole home system works is a key factor in deciding whether or not the system could be a good choice for you, but so is working with an expert. The pros from Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling have installed hundreds of water treatment systems over the years, so if you are ready to start using a whole home water treatment system, give us a call!

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How Does a Geothermal HVAC System Provide Heat?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

One of the least understood HVAC systems around is the geothermal system. It’s understandable, as this system works very differently from any kind of traditional heating system, like a furnace or boiler. Now that we are heading into the heating season, you may be wondering exactly how a system like this provides your home with enough heat without using a combustible fuel. We’ll explain more about this below.

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Do You Need to Consider AC Replacement for Next Year?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

It’s not something most homeowners want to think about because it’s a big decision and an expensive proposition: replacing your whole home air conditioning system. It can be an even harder decision when your AC is still operating – but one of the questions to ask yourself is: how well is your existing air conditioner operating? Just because your AC is still running doesn’t mean it’s running well, or that it is doing the job you need it to do. To help you discern whether or not your air conditioning system has another cooling season in it, it’s important to review these critical factors:

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Why Isn’t My Ductless AC Working?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Are you experiencing cooling issues with your ductless air conditioner? There can be a few reasons for this, as we’ll explain below, but no matter the cause, it’s important to hire a trained expert to help you with all of your ductless AC repairs. The HVAC pros at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling have been working with ductless systems for many years, and we can help you with all of your ductless repair needs in Newtown, PA.

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Why Annual Plumbing Maintenance Is Important

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Odds are, you schedule your heating and cooling system for maintenance, as well as your car and other household appliances. So why wouldn’t you also schedule maintenance for your home’s plumbing system? A professional maintenance appointment for your plumbing system isn’t a quick visual review of the outside of your plumbing; it is a full inspection of your entire system, including all fixtures, to ensure your system is optimal shape. Some of the items checked are:

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Plumbing Guide: Water Heater Noises and What They Mean

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Does your water heater rumble or produce a popping noise? What does that mean? While water heaters are constructed to last long, water heater noises may be an indication that your water heater needs professional service. To learn more about water heater noises and how they affect the hot water in your Langhorne, PA home, call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today.

If it sounds as though your water heater is boiling water, it probably is. When sediment collects at the bottom of a tanked water heater, it can cause overheating. The sediment varies greatly, but can contain lime, water scale, silicates, sulfates, aluminates, or silt and sand. This is a common problem and may require periodic system flushing to clear out the build-up.  Homeowners should also consult with their local water heater professionals to see if installing a sediment filter would help to prevent a large amount of build-up.

If you have hard water, merely flushing the system may not work. Because the minerals responsible for hard water—calcium and magnesium—often bind to the insides of the water heater, they cannot be flushed as easily. Because minerals in the water tend to precipitate at the hottest parts of the system, the bottom of your tank water heater is their preferred location. Regular deliming of your system by manual scraping or by a de-liming agent can greatly reduce the chance of permanent water heater damage, and it will also greatly improve the energy-efficiency of your water heater. If you have an electric water heater, lime scale can build upon the electrodes themselves.

Not only will the regular cleaning of your system reduce any irritating noises, the results will benefit your entire water heating system. Your water heater costs will generally be lower than with a system full of scale, and you’ll be extending the life of your water heater. If left alone, you may find you don’t have enough hot water on some days, or that you have dramatically slowed the heat-up rate.

If your water heater requires frequent repair, or if it is very old, consider replacing it with a new model. Not only are today’s water heaters more efficient, but they also tend to last longer. Schedule a consultation with your local water heater technician to learn more about your options in Langhorne, PA. Call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today.

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Why Cover Your Air Conditioner During the Winter?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Many air conditioner owners in Maple Glen wonder how best to care for their outdoor condenser units during the winter months that they are not in use. It can be a bit confusing, as everyone seems to have different opinions. Some people claim that wrapping your air conditioner is of utmost importance, while others claim that it can actually harm your air conditioning system. Ultimately the importance comes down to location of your home and the conditions of the environment, but at Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling we believe offering some sort of protection over your condenser unit is a good idea. The important thing is how you do it.

If you’re  concerned about debris falling into your unit, such as pine needles, ice or leaves, simply cover your condenser unit with a piece of plywood. Put a brick on top to hold it in place, and you’re all set. This will also keep rain and snow out, as well as corrosive salt water for those that live near the ocean. If you want to further protect your unit you may opt for a full cover, but it is important that you give this some further consideration.

If your concerned about the fins or casing of your condenser unit and must use a full cover, be sure that it is made of a breathable material. Sure, you may have some large trash bags in the garage that would cover it, but this can actually do more harm than good. Using plastic or other non-breathable materials to cover your air conditioner can trap moisture inside the unit. When the sun is shining during the winter the cover will heat up, making it much warmer inside the plastic and creating the perfect environment for rust and mildew to develop. Plus, this warm area makes a tempting place for rodents to spend the winter. Many electricians spend some time in the spring rewiring systems that have had their wiring chewed through.

Before you take any steps in protecting your air conditioner – consult your owner’s manual or as your Maple Glen heating and air conditioning contractor.  Most importantly, protect your air conditioner following the passing of winter in the most reliable way possible. Call a professional air conditioning service provider for regular maintenance service before putting your air conditioner into regular use. This is the best way to make sure that your AC has made it through the winter unscathed by debris, moisture, rodents and anything else. Call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling  today with any further questions you may have about keeping your air conditioner safe during the off season.

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