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January 2019 Customer Spotlight

"David has serviced/checked our A/C & furnace a few times. This check up, he also installed our new Nest thermostat. He is fantastic! He has always been on time, pleasant and efficient."
Google Review – 01/08/19

"Outstanding Service. We had our waste lines flushed out. Henry provided great customer service!!!! ***** *"
BBB Review – 01/15/19

"Tanner discussed my options and gave knowledgeable information regarding a new hot water heater. He was prompt, courteous and did a very good clean up. ABC scheduled my installation the day after I called and Tanner stayed till 6:30 to complete it for me that day. Thank you ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning."
Facebook Review – 01/17/19

"Very courteous & efficient technician. Service was very timely & well done. Thank You."
Facbook Review – 01/19/19
When we think of air conditioners and indoor air quality we usually think of the air filter being the most important factor in keeping the air healthy. But there is another potential problem that can make the air unhealthy: mold.

Air Conditioners and Indoor Air Quality

Mold in HVAC Systems

Mold is commonly found in varying amounts in home air conditioning systems. When small amounts of mold go undetected they can grow to levels that decrease air quality and lead to health problems.
  • Some of the health problems caused by mold include:
  • Sinus congestion and runny nose
  • Itchy, red, watery eyes
  • Respiratory problems and difficulty breathing
  • Throat irritation
  • Sneezing

Preventing Mold in Air Conditioners

AC drain pans, which hold standing water for long periods of time, are a favorite spot for mold to grow. In addition, pipes that contain bends and curves may hold water from unit operation and lead to mold growth. Often when there is mold growing inside the unit, mold is also visible growing inside air ducts.

While it may be easy to spot mold around your air conditioner, removing it is not as simple as cleaning the surfaces where mold is visible, you must find the source of the problem to prevent mold from growing in the future.

The cause of mold is excess moisture. The interior parts of your HVAC system are ideal places for mold to grow. This is usually a symptom of water leaks and flaws in the unit. A professional HVAC technician can locate the cause of excess the moisture and recommend solutions.

Keep the AC Drain Clean

To avoid dealing with mold issues in the future, examine your condensation drain regularly for clogs. If this drain gets backed up, the standing water can develop bacteria, which may turn into mold. Once you’ve removed the mold from the system, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t return by regularly maintaining the unit to keep the ducts clean.

Have questions about your air conditioner and mold? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.
Bathroom Remodeling Ideas
Remodeling your bathroom?  There are many plumbing upgrades to consider that can add value and efficiency to your home, here are just a few:

New Faucets

New faucets are an inexpensive way to bring bathrooms and kitchens up to date. Adding low-flow faucet aerators will also save you money on your water bill. To cut down on germs and add additional convenience, no-touch faucets have motion detectors that turn water on and off by moving your hand in front of the fixture.

New Shower Heads

Shower heads come a wide range of styles and finishes. A new trend is to install multiple shower heads rather than a single wall-mount shower head for a spa-like experience. The shower heads can be adjusted to produce a spray that ranges from fine to coarse and a water pressure that ranges from gentle mist to strong massage.

Top-mount or ceiling-mounted shower heads spray from directly overhead, life rainfall. Some top-mount heads can be installed flush with the ceiling in situations where the ceiling is too low to install a wall-mount head.

Sliding bar shower heads are mounted on a rail system to accommodate a wide range of heights.

Consider installing low-flow shower heads when possible. They use only around 2.5 gpm while maintaining an effective spray of water.

New Toilets

Installing a high efficiency toilets is one of the best plumbing upgrades you can make. If your home is older and has its original plumbing fixtures, you could save up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush!

Comfort height toilets are another popular option for older homeowners or homeowners with disabilities.

For all your bathroom plumbing needs, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We are here to help.
How Old Is My Water Heater?

Knowing how old your water heater is can be helpful when planning for replacement and knowing when you're better off replacing the unit instead of putting money towards repairs. In most cases, if a water heater is more than 10 years old you should consider replacement. As water heaters enter their second decade the risk of developing leaks increases, which can potentially cause damage to your home.

You can find the age of your water heater by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near the top of the water heater. The serial number contains the date that the water heater was manufactured. It will not be in a standard date format, but will have a date code such as "G062052658".

G is for the month and G is the seventh letter in the alphabet, so it represents the seventh month, July. Next, the first two digits of the serial number are 06, which represents the year, 2006. So this water heater was made in July 2006. Each manufacturer uses a similar date code, but they may vary – so check the manufacturer’s website to learn more.

Have questions about your home's water heater? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help answer all your plumbing questions.
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 01:09

5 Water Saving Tips

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Being surrounded by water in Southwest Florida it's easy to forget that fresh water is our most precious resource. As fresh water supplies become more strained by growth and saltwater intrusion, it's up to all of us to do our part to conserve water in our homes.

Conserving water in Southwest Florida

While installing water saving toilets and low-flow shower heads are important steps to prevent wasting water, there are other steps you can take. Not only will you help preserve our most important natural resource, you'll save on your water bill as well.

1. Laundry - Use the clothes washer for full loads, or adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses about 5 extra gallons of water per load.

2. Upgrade to a dual-flush toilet - Installing a dual flush toilet can save an average family 15,000 gallons of water each year. Extra water is available when needed, but for most flushes you’ll reduce the amount of water by 70%, saving a significant amount of water. Existing toilets can be upgraded with a dual flush converter that turns a standard toilet into a dual flush toilet.

3. Fix Water Leaks - Leaking toilets, faucets, showers and leaking pipes can add up to a lot of waste. To see if your house has hidden water leaks, read your home's water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

4. Save Cold Water - A lot of water is wasted while waiting for the shower or faucet tap to reach higher temperatures. Instead of letting the water go down the drain, keep a container nearby to collect and save the cold water and use it for watering plants or filling the pet's water bowls.

5. Use the Dishwasher - It turns out that washing dishes by hand uses a lot more water than using the dishwasher. Newer dishwashers are designed to be very efficient. In fact, the EPA estimates an efficient dishwasher uses half as much water, saving close to 5,000 gallons each year!

Bonus tips:

• Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom instead of a hose
• Cover your swimming pool to reduce evaporation
• Compost food waste instead of using your under sink disposal
Friday, 04 January 2019 19:41

5 Ways to Conserve Water Around the Home

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During the summer month's water use around the home increases with lawn watering, car washing and other water intensive activities. By using water more wisely and ensuring that your home's plumbing system is in good shape, you can help conserve water, while also saving on your water bill.

1. Fix leaking faucets and pipes

That small drip from a leaking faucet washer can waste as much as 20 gallons of water per day. Leaking outdoor faucets and pipes can waste hundreds of gallons.

2. Don't use the toilet as garbage disposal

Flushing paper waste like facial tissue and other items that could go into a wastebasket can save up to 7 gallons per flush.

3. Repair leaking toilets

To see if your toilets are leaking, put a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes without flushing, have the toilet fixed.

4. Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators

These inexpensive devices are simple to install and will result in significant water savings with hardly any noticable difference in water pressure.

5. Check for hidden leaks

After you have repaired all detectible water leaks in faucets, toilets, show heads, etc., it's a good idea to check for hidden water leaks. Simply read your water meter then wait for a two-hour period during which no water is being used. If the water meter has changed, you have a leak.
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"David Blagg was very helpful and courteous and explained the options that we had to remedy the problem in our A/C ducts."
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"I recently had my a/c system replaced by ABC. Bryon and Trenton were fantastic! They arrived st the agreed upon appointment time and went straight to work. They kept me informed as their work progressed. Their craftsmanship was superb! I am completely satisfied with the job they did! Bryon and Trenton were professional, engaging and informative! ABC is the right choice for your a/c and plumbing needs. Thank you guys for a job well done!"
– Google Review, 12/20/18

"Bryon and Trenton were fantastic. They arrived at the agreed upon appointment time and went right to work keeping me informed as to the progress along the way. The quality of their workmanship was superb! Very professional, engaging and knowledgeable! I am completely satisfied with my new ac system! Thank Byron and Trenton! ABC is the right company to hire for your ac and plumbing needs!"
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Does Your AC Need a Recharge?

A central air conditioner is designed to never lose refrigerant, it should last longer than the system itself. When a refill is needed it's usually the result of a leak caused by a manufacturing defect, lack of maintenance, or damage to the unit.

Refrigerant is what extracts the heat from the air through the transfer of heat. If the refrigerant level is low or empty, there will be no transfer of heat. So how do you know if your central air conditioner needs a recharge? The symptoms of low refrigerant levels include:

Warm air is blowing through the vents. This is a telltale sign of lack of refrigerant. While there can be other causes, such as a malfunctioning thermostat, a slow reduction in cooling is most likely caused by a refrigerant leak.

The AC unit is freezing. Refrigerant is supplied through the unit's condensor coils. If you notice a buildup of frost or ice on the coils it usually indicates that there is a leak.

If you're having either of these symptoms a qualified HVAC technician should inspect the unit. If the refrigerant level is low, the cause of the leak should be diagnosed and repaired before recharging the unit. Refilling the AC's refrigerant is a task for a professional HVAC technician. In fact, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) mandates that a certified professional perform the procedure.

An annual AC inspection will help to find small problems before they lead to problems like a loss of cooing from a refrigerant leak.

If you're central air conditioner is not cooling, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help diagnose the cause and recommend solutions to get the cold air flowing again.
Preventing mold growth in Southwest Florida

High humidity is a feature of the tropical southwest Florida climate. One of the keys to controlling humidity indoors is a central air conditioner and good ventilation. If the AC and ventilation are not optimal, mold and mildew can quickly gain a foothold, leading to potential negative health effects. Inhaling or touching mold spores can cause cause an allergic reaction, leading to hay fever-like symtoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, red eyes and skin irritation. For those with a health conditions such as upper respiratory diseases, including asthma, and compromised immune systems, mold can represent a more serious health risk.

Because it can be difficult to remove mold once it begins to grow on walls and inside air ducts, it's best to prevent its growth in the first place. The best way to prevent mold is to control moisture indoors.

Here are 5 ways to prevent mold growth inside your home:
  1. Look for water stains in ceilings and under sinks. Locate the cause of the leak and repair it. These are usually caused leaking roofs or plumbing.
  2. Reduce indoor humidity by properly venting bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. Install or upgrade existing exhaust fans if there is excessive condensation.
  3. Keep your air conditioner maintained and ensure that the condensate line is draining. There should be no standing water in the drain pan.
  4. Use moisture proof flooring in bathrooms and indoor spas.
  5. If excess humidity is a concern, consider a whole-home dehumidifier to supplement your AC and HVAC system.
Have questions about preventing mold in your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help.
AC Won't Turn On
Here in southwest Florida a central air conditioner is not just a convenience, it's a necessity. When the AC won't turn on there can be several causes, some of which can be simple fixes that you can do yourself without calling for service. If your Air Conditioner has suddenly stopped working and won't turn on, there are several things to check.
  1. First, make sure that the thermostat is receiving power and is set to "COOL" and not been accidentally moved to "OFF" or "HEAT".
  2. Ensure the the thermostat temperature is set low enough to activate the AC unit.
  3. Check that the external safety switch (usually located outside the home near the condensing unit) is set to the ON position.
  4. Check that the circuit breaker that controls the air conditioning compressor and the circuit breaker that controls the blower or air handler, are in the “ON” position. If a circuit breaker has tripped, reset the circuit breaker. If the circuit breaker cannot be reset, do not try to reset it again. Have a qualified technician check the unit to determine the cause of the problem.
  5. Ensure that the air filter is not clogged. A clogged filter can obstruct airflow to the unit, causing it to shut off. A clogged filter can also cause the unit to freeze up.
If the air conditioner still won't turn on, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can quickly diagnose the problem and recommend solutions.
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