Milton Frank Plumbing & Cooling Blog

Never Miss an Annual AC Tune-Up

June 18th, 2018

relaxing-on-couchOh, come on, some homeowners out there are bound to think. I don’t need to schedule professional air conditioning maintenance every year. They’re just trying to cash in on me. We won’t make the false claim that there are no AC contractors out there simply looking to line their own pockets at your expense. That is why working with trustworthy, well-regarded professionals is so important. We can say with all certainty and expert authority, however, that yes, you do need AC maintenance in Conroe, TX every year.

This is just not debatable. The benefits of routine air conditioning maintenance are many, and we’ll get into them a bit more below. Even if you are willing to go without some benefits, though, the consequences of skipping maintenance are also many—and you really cannot afford to risk running into those. If you are serious about getting the most from your air conditioning system, we strongly recommend that you enroll in a Maintenance Program.

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Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

June 4th, 2018

Of all the problems that may strike a plumbing system, the clogged drain may not sound like the most serious. And it’s not, really. However, it is one of the most common—by a long shot—and it is also one of the most underestimated in terms of the trouble that it can cause. Make no mistake about it. While a ruptured water heater or main water line may cause pretty immediate damages, a clogged drain can definitely pose a threat to your plumbing system and your property over time.

The good news is that there are some very simple steps that you can take which will help you to prevent these clogs from forming in the first place. Of course, no amount of prevention is ever going to be 100% effective—you are going to encounter a clog at some point. These steps will keep the risk down, though, and we’re always here to provide professional drain cleaning in Cypress, TX when the need does arise. 

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Yes, Leaky Ductwork Is a Serious Problem

May 29th, 2018

ductsMany homeowners think that air conditioning problems are limited to the air conditioning units themselves. Short cycling, refrigerant leaks, damaged fans, electrical failures, and so on. It is important to remember the important role that your air ducts play in this system and its performance, though. It is equally important to remember that problems with these air ducts are just as serious as those within your AC units proper.

Leaky ductwork in Spring, TX is among the most common of all problems that homeowners face with their forced air HVAC systems. Don’t let problems with your air ducts catch you off-guard. In today’s post, we are going to talk about the issues that leaky air ducts can cause, as well as how you can spot the signs of trouble early on. Contact us the moment that you do.

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Spotting Water Leaks in Your Home

May 21st, 2018

burst-pipeChances are that if you ask the average homeowner to name a problem that they may encounter with their plumbing system, they are going to say “a water leak”. There is good reason for this, as the water leak is certainly among the most common of all plumbing problems. Unfortunately, the fact that water leaks are so common does not necessarily mean that they are always easy to spot. That can lead to issues with water damage.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the warning signs that can tip you off to a water leak in your plumbing system. If you notice any of them in your home, we recommend that you contact us immediately. You can count on our plumbers to take exceptional care of your plumbing in Houston, TX. If you suspect a leak, we’re the pros that you can count on to pinpoint its location before resolving the problem entirely.

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Is a Dirty Air Filter That Big of a Deal?

May 7th, 2018

filterBelieve it or not, yes—yes it is. The air filter in your air conditioning system is much more than a “minor” component that you can just forget about. The air filter may not be a complex mechanical device, but this does not change the fact that it has an important job to do, and that it is doing that job whenever your air conditioner is running. It really shouldn’t come as no surprise, then, that a very dirty filter can cause a fair amount of trouble.

In fact, it can even lead to the need for air conditioning repair in Spring, TX if you let the issue persist long enough. So, today’s post is all about this deceptively simple air filter, and why you really need to keep a clean one in place. They’re cheap, readily available, and very easy to swap out when need be. Even so, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Even Small Refrigerant Leaks Are Big Problems

May 1st, 2018

ac-technician-workingThere is nothing like coming home to a cool and comfortable living space after being out in the heat of summer here in Texas. That heat can get pretty extreme at times, and our “summers” tend to extend well beyond the official dates of that season. You need a great air conditioner in Houston, TX if you are serious about making it through the season unscathed.

With this in mind, we want to remind you that there is no problem “minor” enough with your air conditioner to ignore. Even those problems that you think are relatively minor issues can lead to much more serious ones if you don’t take care of them in a prompt manner. A refrigerant leak, by any measure, is one of the more troubling problems that you may encounter with your system.

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Have You Considered Ductless Air Conditioning?

April 23rd, 2018

ductless-blowerWhile we certainly have not yet moved back into the hottest period of the year, it really is not going to be that much longer before we arrive in that destination. That means that you need to start thinking seriously about your air conditioning options if you are going to be replacing your existing system this year, or if you need a brand new system to install in a new home. One option you should definitely consider is ductless air conditioning.

No, before you ask, we are not talking about using multiple window units to cool your home. These units leave your home unsecured.  They’re noisy. They are also rather inefficient when compared to whole-house cooling options. And make no mistake about it. A ductless air conditioning system is not only a whole-house cooling option, but also one of the most efficient whole-house cooling options out there! Give us a call after reading this post if you think that ductless air conditioning is right for you.

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Are You Ready to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

April 9th, 2018

AC-technicianIf you ever encounter a salesperson telling you that there is an air conditioner that will last forever, run in the other direction! That is not the type of person that you want to be doing business with. Why not? Because they are lying right to your face. The fact of the matter is that no air conditioning system, even the ones manufactured by the best companies and regularly tuned up by the best technicians, is going to last forever.

You are going to need to schedule an air conditioning replacement in Conroe, TX at some point. That point, however, should not be when the system gives out on you entirely. We get it. You want to get the most for your money.  That doesn’t mean that you should run your air conditioner into the ground, though. In today’s post, we have some points of consideration for you to keep in mind if you’re thinking about replacing your air conditioner. 

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Let a Professional Plumber Handle Your Sump Pump Services

April 3rd, 2018

sump-pumpAlways be prepared. It’s actually pretty good advice, but let’s face it—you can’t be prepared for everything, right? Life certainly has a way of catching us all off guard from time to time. At some point, you are bound to wind up in a situation that you simply did not prepare for. Let’s just hope that it is not a situation in which your home is put at risk for serious damages, when a bit of preparation could really have helped to mitigate that risk.

Flooding in your home’s lowest level is precisely one of those situations. When heavy rains hit, you may think that there is really no way in which to prevent water damage to your property. In instances of extreme flooding, that may be the case. When you’re talking about most storms, though, a properly sized and installed sump pump can really make a difference.  Just remember to schedule your sump pump services with a professional plumber in Houston, TX.

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Is Your Water Line in Trouble?

March 26th, 2018

washing-dishesYour plumbing system does a lot in your home, and it actually encompasses any gas piping that you may use in addition to your faucets, sinks, etc. That being said, most homeowners will recognize the basic function of the plumbing system as distributing water throughout your house. In order to do so, that water must be brought into your plumbing system to begin with. This is the basic—and sole—purpose of your water line: to get that water into your pipes!

It is for precisely this reason that any issues with your water line really cannot be put on the back burner. While your water line is obviously not a complex mechanical system with a lot of moving parts, electronic controls, etc., it may still run into trouble at some point. When it does, you need to move fast. But how do you recognize the signs of problems with your water line? That’s what we’re going to discuss today in order to help you protect your plumbing in Conroe.

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