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"We have used ABC several times in the last 8 months and have been completely satisfied with the quality of the work and the courteous and knowledgeable staff. No matter how large or small the job, they always find a way to go above and beyond what is expected. We tell everyone how happy we are with ABC Southwest."
BuzzBox Review 12/30/17

"Jonathan, Dave, Trenton and Hunter were the team that worked on our project. They did a great job - all were courteous and hard-working. Jonathan was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain everything to us. We felt the price was very fair for a large project and appreciated the "above and beyond" work ethic of all involved. Thanks for a job well done!! We will be recommending ABC to all our friends."
Facebook Review 12/28/17

"Billy was an outstanding tech, courteous, informative and knowledgeable, plus he's really a sweetheart!!!!"
BuzzBox Review 12/24/17

"Henry is a perfectionist and his work was perfect. He really cares about his craft and the quality of his work. This is rare in this day and age."
BuzzBox Review 12/22/17

"Absolutely honest and reliable helping my senior client. David was honest and reliable and took great care in helping in a very difficult situation. 5 Stars for David and his company. Highly recommend."
Google+ Review 12/14/17

"Your technicians, Dave and Bill today, are outstanding. The fully explained the problem and how we could avoid it in the future. Thank you."
BuzzBox Review 12/11/17

"AC Technician, David B, was at our home this morning to perform routine maintenance on central ac unit. David was thorough and explained everything to us. He's professional and offered two options for reducing bacteria and surge protection."
Better Business Bureau Review 12/07/17

"Tanner was the ultimate pro. He greeted us upon his arrival with a smile and introduced himself. He sought out where the problem was, had to go under our house to fix the problem and did so without a single complaint and always with a smile. ABC SOUTHWEST COMPANY should be proud of Tanner, the service he provided and the knowledge to find, evaluate and fix the problem. Thanks."
Facebook Review 12/02/17

Hi-Tech Bathroom Features That Add Luxury and Convenience

Hi-Tech Bathroom Ideas

As technology makes its way further into our everyday lives, our homes are becoming more connected and hi-tech than ever. The bathroom is just the latest room in the home the take the leap into the future. Here are some of the tech features you can add to your bathroom.

Hi-Tech Showers

Set the perfect mood with LED lighting that changes color with the temperature of the water while rocking out with bluetooth shower heads and sleek, powerful speakers with high-fidelity sound. For a more entertaining shower, include a waterproof TV that's integrated into a mirror a sleek, futuristic look. Forget knobs and levers, today it’s digital LED controls that accurately control temperature, lights and music.

Luxury Toilets

Stylish toilets like the TOTO offer features like motion detection opening and closing lid, auto flush, heated seat, a self-cleaning the bowl, lighting, and more.

Bathroom Privacy Glass

Have a great view from your bathroom that you don't want to block with blinds or drapes when you need privacy? Consider privacy film can be cut to fit any window, and when plugged in it turns the glass transparent or opaque, using an app as the remote control.

Towel Warming Drawer

Keeping towels in a heated drawer not only makes the bathroom neater and more organized, it provides a toasty warm towel for those cool winter days.

How Much Water Could You Be Saving In Your Home?

Water Savings

97 percent of the earth's water is salt water, leaving only 3 percent of the earth's water fit for human consumption. While water is a renewable resource, the best way to ensure there will be enough fresh water in the future is to start conserving water today.

The average U.S. family uses 127,000 gallons of water each year. One of the best ways to reduce water waste is to use low-flow plumbing fixtures and appliances. For example:
  • A normal faucet will use 4,000 gallons a year when run just 4 minutes a day. A low-flow faucet would reduce that amount by a quarter... a savings of 1,000 gallons of water a year.
  • A washing machine that washes 2 loads a week will use 5,000 gallons a year... while a water saving unit will use 3,000... a savings of 2,000 gallons a year.
  • A shower head that is used 15 minutes a day will use 19,000 gallons of water a year... a low-flow shower head would use just 9,000 gallons a year... a savings of 12,000 gallons per year.
  • The largest source of water use in the home is toilets. If a toilet is flushed 15 times per day it will use 33,000 gallons of water per year. By comparison, a water saving or dual-flush toilet would save over 24,000 gallons of water every year.
The total savings for using low-flow, water efficient fixtures and appliances is 40,000 gallons a year, a 30 percent savings on water bill.

5 Factors To Consider When Deciding To Repair or Replace Your AC

How old is the Air Conditioner?

A central air conditioner will last 10 to 15 years. Older units are usually much less efficient and need more frequent repairs. Some older AC units will use Freon which is being phased out and is expensive.

What needs to be repaired?

Minor problems like clogged drain lines and ignitors are less expensive to repair than blower motors, condenser coils and compressors. It may be better to invest the money for expensive repairs in a new air conditioner.

Repair or replace air conditioner

How efficient is the unit?

Newer, high efficiency air conditioners can have up to 20 SEER (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_energy_efficiency_ratio) efficiency ratings, reducing energy use and operating costs significantly. If the current unit is less than 13 SEER, you can expect significantly lower energy consumption and hundreds of dollars a year in savings from a newer unit.

Frequency of repairs

If major repairs have becoming more frequent in recent years, it may be best to invest the cost of repairs in a new unit.

Is the Current Air Conditioner the Right Size?

An over-sized unit will cycle more often, be prone to early failure and have poor humidity control. A new, professionally installed system using heat gain calculations will be matched to your home's unique requirements.

Choosing the Right MERV Rating For Your HVAC System



If you want to find out how effective your air filter is at removing contaminants from the air, check the filter's MERV rating. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. MERV is a standard that rates the effectiveness of air filters. A higher numeric rating means the filter will remove finer particulate matter from the air.

Filters are tested for for their ability to trap pollen, dust mites, mold spores, dust, pet dander, bacteria and tobacco smoke. Here are how effective the different MERV ratings are at removing various contaminants from the air.

1-4 : Filters out pollen and dust mites.

5-8 : Removes mold and dust.

9-12 : Traps lead dust and most bacteria

12+ : Filters out all bacteria and tobacco smoke

When choosing an air filter for your HVAC system it may seem like a good idea to buy the filter with the highest MERV rating, since you want to have the cleanest air possible, right? In most cases, you should use a filter in the 5-8 range. The reason is that filters with a high MERV rating will have the smallest pores for air to pass through. This can make it harder for the HVAC system to push air through the filter, reducing system performance. To avoid restricting the air flow, filters with a higher MERV rating should be changed more frequently (at least every three months) to prevent damage to the HVAC system.

Ultimately, if your home's air is dirty enough to require a higher MERV rating, or you're changing air filters more than once a month, you may be better served by having a whole home air filtration system. A furnace air filter is really just designed to keep your HVAC equipment clean to prevent wear and tear. A whole house air filtration system is designed to actually clean the air inside the home.

Have questions about air filters? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help answer all your questions.

5 Plumbing Systems To Check When Buying a Home

Plumbing ChecklistBuying a home is a big investment. Older homes in particular can present risks when it comes to plumbing systems.  By doing your research and ensuring that the plumbing system is functioning correctly, you can avoid making costly mistakes. Here's what to check.

1. Hot Water System

Ask the realtor or homeowner the age of the water heater. A water heater will typically last 10-15 years. Inspect the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of age and deterioration.

2. Water Leaks

Check taps, pipes, appliances (including dishwashers, clothes washers, ice makers) for signs of leaks. Check for stains or signs of mildew that could indicate a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and can get worse over time, have a plumer check the system and repair any leaks prior to closing.

3. Check the Sump Pump

A inoperable sump pump can lead to serios water damage. Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. It should turn on and remove the water.

4. Water Saving Toilets

Check toilets to see if they are newer, low-flow models. Toilets manufactured since the last 90's are mandated to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush.

5. Sewer and Drain Lines

Ask about the current age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection is .cheap insurance that will help find potential trouble like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems

Need a plumbing inspection before your next home purchase? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help ensure everything is working as it should be.

6 Signs You Should Call a Plumber

Hidden water leak

Some plumbing problems are easy to spot – a dripping faucet, an overflowing toilet, while others can be more subtle. Here are some signs to look for that could indicate a serious plumbing, sewer or drain problem.

1. Water is draining slowly out all sinks, tubs, toilets, dishwasher etc.
This usually indicates a blockage in the main line rather than a localized blockage. A plumber should inspect the main line for blockage.

2. You hear water running but nothing is on.
While a running toilet is a fairly common plumbing noise, if you hear dripping or running water and you can't determine the source, call a plumber to have the cause identified and to ensure there isn't a damaging water leak.

3. You see signs of a leak.
If you see mildew or mold, dark surfaces or puddles of water it could be a sign of a water leak behind the wall.

4.Your water bill has unexpectedly jumped.
This could indicate a hidden water leak. Check your water meter to see that amount of water used.

5. Your Toilet is gurgling or bubbling after flushing.
This could be a sign of a backed up sewer line. A video inspection can find the cause of sewer line stoppages.

6. Water pressure has dropped.
If the water pressure has only dropped for a single source, such as a faucet or shower head. Try cleaning the aerator with vinegar to remove mineral deposits. Ensure that all supply valves are completely open. If the water pressure has dropped throughout the entire home, have a plumber inspect the plumbing.

Have plumbing problems? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help.
Thank you to all our customers for choosing ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning!

"Tanner was the ultimate pro. He greeted us upon his arrival with a smile and introduced himself. He sought out where the problem was, had to go under our house to fix the problem and did so without a single complaint and always with a smile. ABC SOUTHWEST COMPANY should be proud of Tanner, the service he provided and the knowledge to find, evaluate and fix the problem. Thanks"
– Tanner S. Facebook Review 11/30/17

"Great Job by both Technicians, quick and very thorough to explain what they were doing to each component. Arrived on time. no hassles at all."
– Google Review 11/26/17

"Jonathan was very professional, communicated well, timely and neat."
– BuzzBox Review 11/06/17

"on time, neat, excellent"
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Air Conditioner Inspection Southwest FloridaIf you're buying a home in Southwest Florida you'll have a lot of items on your home inspection checklist, among the most important is the air conditioner. Here are a few simple things you can check yourself to ensure that the air conditioner is working properly and has been regularly maintained.

Check the Condenser Unit Outside the Home

The outside section of the air conditioner, called the condenser, should be clean and unobstructed. The unit draws air in from the sides to dissipate heat so ensure that there are no trees, shrubs or other objects near the unit that could be obstructing the flow of air and reducing efficiency. The fins and condensing coils of the air conditioner should be clean, without excessive dirt or debris that could also reduce performance.

The air conditioner should be sitting on a clean level surface, preferably a stone or cement slab. The unit may also be suspended from the side of the house. In either case ensure that the unit is level and that the refrigerant lines are not stressed.

Inside the Home

If the AC is not running, turn the thermostat down about five degrees cooler than the indoor temperature. Once the AC is on check outside again to ensure the fan at the condenser unit is turning. The unit should make a steady sound when operating. If it makes rumbling, rattling or other strange sounds or surges, a cooling technician should inspect the unit further.

Check that the air filter is clean and the right size for the unit. A dirty filter reduces air flow, which reduces efficiency and increases the likelihood of problems.

After the air conditioner has been running for at least 15 minutes, check the temperature of the conditioned air coming out of the register closest to the evaporator cooling inside the home.  Blowing air will feel cool on your skin, so use a thermometer to accurately measure the temperature and ensure it's cold.

In addition to removing heat from the home, an air conditioner also removes moisture from the air. This is the job of the evaporator coil.  A drain pan sits below the evaporator coil and empties condensation (water) into a drain line.  Ensure that the line is unobstructed and the pan is draining completely.

While the above items cover the basics of a central air conditioner inspection, there's no substitute for a thorough, professional cooling system inspection performed by a trained technician. So the next time you're moving into a new home, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. You'll rest easy knowing your air conditioner is operating reliably and efficiently.
Sarasota Florida PlumberFamily gathering and lots of cooking can put a lot of demands on your home's plumbing system. Unfortunately, if you have been having sewer or drain problems, the holidays are the most common time when serious clogs and backups will occur. Here are some tips to prevent drain problems during the holidays.

1. Have your sewer and drain lines inspected. An ounce of inspection is worth a pound of clogged drain debris. A video sewer and drain line inspection will give you the peas of mind that your sewer and drain lines are in top condition and ready to deal with the extra demands of holiday guests this season.

2. Don't put grease down the drain. What do you do with all that oil from the deep fryer are cooking your turkey this year? Never pour the grease down the kitchen drain or even a floor drain. Instead, put it in a sealed container and freeze it. Then put it in the trash can.

3. Put coffee grinds in the garbage.  Coffee grounds should not go in the disposal or down the drain.

4. Use strainers in drains. Make sure your kitchen and bath drains have a grate or screen to prevent debris from entering the drain pipe.

5. Rinse the drains regularly with hot water. This will help prevent oil and grease from accumulating.

6. Use safe drain products. If your drains are prone to clogging, consider a safe, environmentally friendly option for keeping your plumbing system working smoothly. Bio-Clean is a safe blend of bacteria and enzymes. The friendly bacteria actually eat away the build up, leaving behind only water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash. The bacteria continue to multiply, thriving on their natural food source . . . that gunky build up in your pipes and drains, completely cleaning your home’s entire plumbing system.

Have a clogged drain?

First, try physically clearing the drain with a plunger. We recommend avoiding the use of chemical drain cleaning products. They can be hazardous to use and store in the home. If all else fails, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help fix your plumbing problems, so you can keep your holiday guests happy.
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