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When we think of water use in the home, the washing machine is usually thought of as one of the main sources of water use. However, it's not used nearly as often in most homes as showers and sink faucets, which actually account for the most water use during a typical month.

What wastes the most water around the home? One of the top causes of water waste is not even intentional, it's water leaks. Even a small water leak can waste more that 170 gallons per day, that equal to more than three showers! But by far the biggest water waste happens outside the home. Lawn watering uses an average of 600 gallons of water an hour.

Here are the water usage rates in a typical home

  • Toilet Flush: 2 to 6 gallons per flush
  • Dishwasher: 20 gallons per run
  • Small Leak: 170 gallons per day
  • Shower: 30 to 50 gallons per shower
  • Washing Machine: 40 gallons per load
  • Large Leak: 1000 gallons per day
  • Sink Faucet: 3 gallons per minute
  • Lawn Sprinkling: 600 gallons per hour
Need help fixing those water wasting leaks around the home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We'll put an end to those water wasting leaks.

The evaporator coil's job as part of the home's cooling system is to perform heat transfer by drawing out heat and moisture. The evaporator coil is located indoors and is either installed with your furnace or as part of an air handler. The inside of the coil contains refrigerant that evaporates as it absorbs heat from the indoor air that is blown across it it by a fan. The coil works as a “heat exchanger,” working as part of the heating system in the winter and the cooling system in the summer.

Maintaining the Air Conditioner Coil

A dirty indoor coil lowers the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system. Indoor coils often become dirty over time because they’re usually difficult to access. To keep your air conditioner operating at peak performance, your evaporator coil should be cleaned annually by a professional HVAC technician.

Have questions about your air conditioner? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

Air conditioner problems typically fall under three categories:

1. The Air Conditioner Isn't Cooling Properly
When the unit is cooling properly the most common reasons are:
  • The refrigerant level is low or is leaking. A technician should repair the leak and recharge the unit
  • The Thermostat could be out of adjustment or is not located correctly in the room
2. The Air Conditioner Isn't Turning On
  • First, check the circuit breaker to see it the unit's electrical circuit has tripped and needs to be reset
  • If the air conditioner still won't turn on it could be from electrical controls that run the fan and compressor have worn out and need replacement. Have an HVAC specialist inspect the unit
3. There Is Insufficient Airflow
  • The most likely cause is a dirty furnace air filter that is restricting airflow
  • The air ducts may be leaking or clogged. Air duct cleaning and duct sealing can dramatically improve airflow and cooling efficiency
Need help solving your central air conditioner problems? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

For more air conditioner tips and advice, visit energy.gov


When a new central air conditioner is installed in a home one of the most important tasks the HVAC technician performs is matching the size of the unit to the amount of air being conditioned. If the unit is too large for the home, problems can occur.

Some of the symptoms of an air conditioning system that is sized too large for the house include the inability of the unit to adequately dehumidify the home and powering on and off too frequently. This occurs because an overly large system will cool the air so quickly that not enough humid air is allowed to flow over the cooling coil to remove the moisture from the air. The thermostat quickly reaches the set temperature and shuts off, leaving too much humidity in the air. The only practical solution is to install a properly sized condensing unit and coils.

Have questions about your home's central air conditioner? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

How Much Can You Save With An Annual Tune-Up of Your Home's Air Conditioner?

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Every 3,000 miles I take my car over to the neighborhood car dealer to have the oil changed and routine maintenance performed.  As I was waiting for my car to be serviced, I thought to myself “Do I really need to have my car serviced this often?”  Then it occurred to me that my customers probably wonder the same thing about their annual home air conditioner tune-up. How many of my customers, friends and neighbors even bother to have their air conditioning unit tune up?

To find out, I checked with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, other HVAC trade organizations and fellow heating and cooling companies. With a little research (thank you Internet!), I found over 55% of homeowners don’t schedule regular maintenance on their home air conditioning system – yet over half of all AC users express “dissatisfaction with the performance of their air conditioner and its cost to operate.”

So…55% of homeowners don’t get their AC tune up and their not happy with their Air Conditioning unit's performance?  

Here are some additional air conditioning maintenance facts I found:

  1. According to several studies 9 out of every 10 Air conditioning breakdowns occur due to nothing more than “a dirty unit.”
  2. According to a 2001 Louisiana State University study, the average homeowner spends $32.76 more a month on their energy bills by not have their heating and cooling unit maintained.
  3. Your Air Conditioning life span will be significantly reduced without maintaining your AC.

So how much can you save with an annual tune up of your home’s air conditioner?  Just like with your oil change, a lot more than a couple bucks.  Now when I go to have my oil changed, I will have a greater appreciation for the efforts I am taking to increase my car’s performance.  


Every 3,000 miles I take my car over to the neighborhood car dealer to have the oil changed and routine maintenance performed.  As I was waiting for my car to be serviced, I thought to myself “Do I really need to have my car serviced this often?”  Then it occurred to me that my customers probably wonder the same thing about their annual home air conditioner tune-up. How many of my customers, friends and neighbors even bother to have their air conditioning unit tune up?

To find out, I checked with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, other HVAC trade organizations and fellow heating and cooling companies. With a little research (thank you Internet!), I found over 55% of homeowners don’t schedule regular maintenance on their home air conditioning system – yet over half of all AC users express “dissatisfaction with the performance of their air conditioner and its cost to operate.”

So…55% of homeowners don’t get their AC tune up and their not happy with their Air Conditioning unit's performance?  

Here are some additional air conditioning maintenance facts I found:

  1. According to several studies 9 out of every 10 Air conditioning breakdowns occur due to nothing more than “a dirty unit.”
  2. According to a 2001 Louisiana State University study, the average homeowner spends $32.76 more a month on their energy bills by not have their heating and cooling unit maintained.
  3. Your Air Conditioning life span will be significantly reduced without maintaining your AC.


So how much can you save with an annual tune up of your home’s air conditioner?  Just like with your oil change, a lot more than a couple bucks.  Now when I go to have my oil changed, I will have a greater appreciation for the efforts I am taking to increase my car’s performance.  


Your home's air duct system serves to distribute cooled air throughout the home. A series of metal or composite tubes branch out from the supply room and exit through room vents, delivering air from the air conditioner throughout the living space.

Here are some common terms used to describe the home air duct system, or air delivery system.
  1. HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
  2. Supply: The air ducts that send heated or cooled air to rooms and out through registers (also called vents).
  3. Supply Register: Vent units in walls, floors, or ceilings where the conditioned air blows out.
  4. Air handler: The unit that moves the air through the heating and cooling system.
  5. Return Register: An opening that draws the air back through through to the air handler to be heated or cooled again.
Have questions about your home's cooling system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.
Tankless water heaters heat water in a similar way as conventional water heaters, except they don't store the heated water. Instead, they heat the water only when it's needed. This eliminates the energy required to keep a supply of heated water fully heated.

When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water is drawn into the water heater. A sensor detects the flow and activates a gas burner, which warms a heat exchanger. The flow of cold water circulated around the heat exchanger and exits the water heater at its set-point temperature.

By heating water only when needed, rather than maintaining a full tank of hot water at all times, tankless water heaters operate with greater efficiency than standard tank-type water heaters.

In addition to greater efficiency, tankless water heaters will last about five to 10 years longer than a conventional tank heater. They also take up much less space and provide you with an unlimited amount of hot water.

On the downside, a tankless system can cost up to three times as much as a tank-style heater and are more complicated to install than traditional water heaters.

Have questions about tankless water heaters? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.

Have you ever wondered how much water those little drips and slow leaks around your home are wasting? Here are some eye-opening statistics about household water leaks in the U.S.
  • Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year in the average household, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
  • Household water leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That's equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • Fortunately, most leaks are simple to fix and are mostly caused by worn washers and seals.
So how much are those water leaks around your home wasting? Find out be using our water drip calculator.

Enter number of drips per minute into the box below and then click Calculate.
 
 

 
Gallons per Day
Gallons in a 30 day Month
Gallons lost in a Year


Need help repairing those water drips and leaks around the home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can fix and plumbing problems, big or small.
The under sink kitchen garbage disposal is a wonderful time saving device that reduces the amount of trash in landfills and makes cleaning up in the kitchen a much more pleasant activity. But how does a garbage disposal actually work?

A common misconception is that a disposal is simply a powerful blender that uses spinning blades to shred food waste into tiny particles so they can fit down the drain. In reality, a disposal has no blades at all, but instead uses impellers (also called lugs) mounted on a rotating plate to spins the waste outward using centrifugal force. The waste is pushed against a grind ring which pulverizes the particles before the running water flushes the waste down the drain.

To keep your disposal working smoothly always run lots of water during the grinding process and for at least 15 seconds after the sound of grinding stops.

Have questions about your garbage disposal or other plumbing systems? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.
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