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ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning

ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning

Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:02
"David Bragg was on time, professional, thorough and friendly. He answered all my questions in a polite confident manner. He has been the one to service my AC before and he remembered the previous visits. All of this was done promptly and gives me confidence in the quality of his work and of the company. Thanks."
– Facebook Review, 12/05/18

"David Blagg was very helpful and courteous and explained the options that we had to remedy the problem in our A/C ducts."
– Buzzbox Review 12/18/18

"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!"
– BuzzBox Reviews, 12/20/18
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 15:19
Central air conditioners are generally very reliable. When problems arise it's usually the result of lack of maintenance or an aging unit that is reaching the end of its lifespan.  Here are some things to check of your AC is not cooling.

Air Condioner Problems

1. Low Refrigerant Levels
An air conditioner that is running, but staying on too long and not cooling properly, may have a refrigerant leak or be insufficiently filled.

2. Thermostat or Sensor Problems
Check that the thermostat is set to "cool" and is set low enough to turn the unit on. Also ensure that the batteries are charged if the thermostat has batteries. If the unit does not turn on, check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn't tripped.

3. Drainage Problems
A damaged refrigerant line or broken fan can cause an air conditioner coil to freeze, casing the unit to malfunction. Also ensure that the drain pan is not backed up, by clearing the drain line if needed.

4. Dirty Air Filter
Air filters should be replaced monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer. A dirty filter will cause the air conditioner to run more frequently, reducing efficiency, wasting energy and shortening the lifespan of the unit.
 
5. Leaking or Obstructed Air Ducts
Air ducts are an often overlooked part of a home's cooling system. Air duct cleaning and sealing can ensure that your system cools as efficiently as possible without wasting energy.

Have questions about your central air conditioner? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. From annual AC maintenance and repairs, to new cooling system installation, we have you covered.
Thursday, 15 November 2018 19:51
As smart devices make there way into every aspect of our daily life, one of the most popular devices for the home is the smart thermostat. Brands like Honeywell, Nest and Ecobee all promise ease of use and automated control over the climate in our homes. They also have the potential to increase efficiency and energy savings by learning when to heat and cool automatically based on household routines.

How much do smart thermostats save?

So how much many can you actually save with a smart thermostat, and are they worth the price premium over a conventional digital thermostat? A study by Nest® and two independent researchers found that customers saved an average of 10 to 20 percent on heating and 15 percent on air conditioning costs.

Because much of the savings from a programmable thermostat depends on the homeowner programming the unit to operate at the right time of day, they are prone to not being used at the optimum settings, either because they are to complicated to program or schedules that change to often, leading to settings being manually overridden.

Smart thermostats, on the other hand, make it more likely that the unit will operate at peak efficiency by automatically learning the household routine. For example, turning up the air conditioning when the home is unoccupied, then turning it back down when it detects that the home is occupied. Additionally, many models offer smart phone integration, humidity control and detailed power consumption reports and money-saving suggestions.

Have questions about setting up your smart thermostat to work with your home's heating and cooling system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 20:37
"It's always a pleasure working with David Blagg as our A/C Service Tech. He always has a smile and presents his company very well. He really knows his equipment and we can always be assured our system is maintained to run efficiently. Thanks David for all your help over the last couple of years."
– BuzzBox Review, 11/28/18

"Tanner Schroll and Matt were very helpful, identified the problem and hopefully fixed it. I found the costs of repair a little high in relation to the hours worked."
– BuzzBox Review, 11/27/18

"Tanner Schroll is professional, polite and efficient. I wish he did more than plumbing. There is nothing better than a reliable, articulate and thorough service person. He explained everything clearly, worked efficiently and left the work space cleaner than he found it. We couldn't ask for more. Thanks ABC and Tanner."
– Google Review, 11/20/18

"Billy did the annual A/C Heat service, arrived on time, thorough check of system, made suggestions to improve performance and extend life of the system. Quite professional."
– Facebook Review, 11/19/18

"Outstanding customer service! Our new AC unit was installed and running in four hours."
– BBB Review, 11/05/18
Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:01

Drain Cleaning Sarasota

Keeping your kitchen drain flowing smoothly is simple if you follow a few simple rules.

1. Keep grease out of drains. Grease and fat are among the worse things you can pour down a drain. You may get away with pouring grease for a while without noticing any problems, but over time grease can accumulate inside the drain and slow the flow of water. grease can also cause food waste to cling to the inside of the drain, making a sticky mess. A safe way to dispose of oil and grease is to pour it into an empty plastic container that can be sealed and thrown into the trash. Thicker grease can be wiped off pans with a paper towel and thrown into the garbage.

2. Don't overload the disposal. While garbage disposals are a great convenience, it's important to to rely too heavily on the disposal to get rid of all your food waste. Scrape food waste into the garbage prior to rinsing dishes into the sink.

3. Starchy foods are bad for drains. Food that become sticky and expand when wet, such as pasta, patatos, rice, etc, can cling to the inside of pipes. and create stubborn clogs. Also avoid putting egg shells and banana peels down the disposal.

4. Maintain your drains. When using your disposal always run plenty of water , and let the water run for 30 seconds after turning off the disposal. You can also keep your drains in good condition by spreading a half a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. After the solution stops fizzing, pour a few cups of boiling water.

If you notice that your drains are emptying slowly, give us a call, we can help clear the toughest clogs.
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 22:36
Thank you to all our customers who took the time to tell us about your service experience this month. We look forward to serving you again in the future.

"Service was quick and efficient. My service technician Henry Cheely was friendly and professional. He took the time to explain the problem and his recommended solution. I was very happy to have my leak fixed within 3 hours of detection. From the service call to the service every thing was great!"
– Henry C., 10/04/18 Google Review

"October 2017 I was out of town and my plumbing backed up in the entire home. My wife was very upset and I called ABC Southwest Plumbing & Air. Henry showed up at our residency and walked me through what the plumbing issue entailed. Henry dug up our front yard and put a new sewer pipe into the city system. He reassured my wife that everything was addressed. The charge for this plumbing emergency was several hundred dollar below the other local plumbing vendors. I signed a 2-year service maintenance contract with ABC Plumbing for both my plumbing issues and air conditioning seasonal maintenance. Henry was there and we are confident in the work he did. The front lawn has heeled and you can not even notice where the digging occurred. Henry again assured us that the grass would grown back around the trench mark."
– 10/05/18 Google Review

"Excellent! Friendly, timely and professional service. Henry did a great job helping us select, and changing out our old kitchen faucet. He took the steps to ensure that his installation was done correctly, and he even did a good job of cleaning everything up when he was finished. We have used ABC Southwest several times, and would highly recommend them and Henry to anyone in need of quality plumbing work."
10/19/18 Google Review

"David Blagg was the HVAC tech who resolved our air conditioning problem. He arrived on time. His personal appearance and attitude were outstanding. Mr. Blagg explained the source of our problem and gave us several options to resolve the issue. As a customer, I believe we received value for our dollars. I strongly recommend David and his company."
– 10/19/18 Google Review

"Busted my main water line with my lawnmower. Henry called me within 5 minutes of talking to the phone service. Was able to get to my house in about 20 minutes and went right to work. He reviewed the situation and gave me his recommendations and cost for the repair right away. He did a great job of repairing my problem and I would highly recommend ABC and Henry to anyone."
– 10/21/18 Google Review

To read more customer reviews, visit: https://www.reviewbuzz.com/ABCSouthwestPlumbingAC/
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:06
Over time, pipes inside your home can begin to accumulate limescale, grease and other debris that can gradually slow the flow of waste water, eventually causing drains to empty slowly or backup. While snaking, rodding are effective in many situations, the safest and most effective way to clear out stubborn clogs and thoroughly clean out pipes throughout your home's plumbing system, is to use hydrojetting.

Sarasota Hydrojetting

How Does Hydrojetting Work?

Hydrojetting is a technique that plumbers use to scour the inside surface of pipes with high-pressure water. The process involves inserting a hose to the plumbing system's cleanout, an access point to the inside of a pipe. The hose is connected to a specialized pressure washer that controls the amount of water that is injected into the pipe.

A plumber must know the right water pressure to use depending on the condition of the pipes, so before beginning a small video camera is used to assess the condition of the interior of the pipe and determine the extent of the buildup so the pressure can be adjusted accordingly. The pressure required to do the job may be 5,000 psi or more, or as much as 20 gallons per minute.

One of the reasons hydrojetting is so effective is that it employs gravity to scour the pipe from the bottom up. The combination of the natural downstream gravity flow of the waste and the upstream pressurized blast of water scours the pipe wall, dislodging debris and flushing it down the pipe. After the pipe has been hydrojetted, the inside of the pipe is again inspected with a camera to ensure that the process was effective.

Even if your drains seem to be working fine right now, hydrojetting of sewer and drain lines is a good way to inspect and maintain your home's plumbing system to ensure that the small problems don't become major sewer and drain clogs down the road.

Have questions about hydrojetting? Call ABC Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We can help with all your home sewer and drain maintenance needs.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:52
If the pilot light pilot light on your gas water heater will not stay lit or the burner that will not ignite, you likely have a defective thermocouple. A thermocouple works by sensing the heat from the pilot flame and, when the temperature is high enough, it sends a signal to the gas valve to supply gas to the pilot light.

Water Heater Thermocouple

A thermocouple is an important safety device that prevents gas from being sent to the pilot and burner if there is no source of ignition. If the gas were to continue flowing to an unlit pilot light, the result would be a hazardous buildup of natural gas. While the part sends an electric signal to the gas valve, it doesn't use any electricity itself, but instead uses heat to generate an electrical impulse.

The first sign that a thermocouple is failing is that the supply of hot water is reduced or stopped altogether as the thermocouple receives false signals and shuts off the gas, thinking the pilot light is out. If the pilot light remains lit but the gas supply is shut off, the thermocouple is the likely culprit. A plumber should inspect the unit to diagnose the problem. If the thermocouple has stopped working, it is not repairable and should be replaced.

Have questions about your water heater? Cll ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:24
"Matt did a great job for us. Was able to explain problem and options for us. Good work and on time. We'll ask for Matt when we need plumbing help."
– BuzzBox Review
 
"David is a very knowledgeable technician and always does a great job when he has serviced our air conditioner."
– BuzzBox Review
 
"Service was quick and efficient. My service technician Henry Cheely was friendly and professional. He took the time to explain the problem and his recommended solution. I was very happy to have my leak fixed within 3 hours of detection. From the service call to the service every thing was great!"
– Henry C., Google+ Review
Thursday, 16 August 2018 17:05
If you're noticing changes to the water coming out ouf your tap – such as strange colors, tastes or odors – the cause may be your water heater.

Water heater and water quality problems

To find out if the water heater is the cause, note the following:
  • Does the problem only occur first thing in the morning?
  • Does it happen after the water has not been used for a while?
  • Does the problem clear up after you run the water for a few minutes?
  • Is the problem isolated to the hot rather than cold running faucet?
If any of the above cases is true, it could be caused by your water heater.


Water Heater Odors

Bad smells, such as a sulphur odors, are sometimes caused by bacteria growing in the water heater tank. When the water heater goes unused for long periods of time bacteria, while usually harmless, can cause unpleasant odors. A sulphur, or rotten egg odor, is sometimes caused by a corroded anode rod inside the water heater. The rod should be inspected and replaced if needed.

Hard water can also cause sediment to accumulate at the bottom of the tank, causing odors. Installing a water softener should fix the problem.


Water Discoloration

Brown, red or yellow tinted water can be caused by rust from a corroded water heater tank, or pipes inside the home. The iron present in most water is not a significant health risk, but it can stain clothing and dishes and leave drinking water with a metallic taste. Your plumber can help track down the cause and determine if the water heater is the source of the problem.

White or tan particles in the water are usually a sign of calcium or magnesium. While not generally harmful to ingest, the minerals can clog pipes and drains over time. A water filtration system or water softener can remove the minerals from the water.

Have concerns about water quality in your home? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call. We can help identify the cause of the problem and recommend effective solutions for cleaner, better tasting water.
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  • "ABC Plumbing& A/C is a company I would keep for all time. Had an emergency at night, and they came right away, very little wait time. 2 days later, Henry and Trenton did a very big job and explained in detail what they had to do. Very polite, knowledgeable, and they even cleaned up!!! Which they didn't have to do. Thank you for all your hard work!!" Read More
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