Murphy's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

3 Signs You Need to Have Your Drains Repaired

May 14th, 2018

DrainDrain health is one of those things that nobody thinks about until something happens to draw their attention to it. Ideally, you should be taking steps to keep your drains healthy long before you ever receive any signs that they’re malfunctioning. Like, for example, having them cleaned out by a professional every year or two. Still, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the signs that your drains are in need of repairs. The following are three of the more common indications of drain trouble.

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How to Detect Plumbing Leaks in Your Home

April 30th, 2018

underwater roomWhen it comes to detecting plumbing leaks, the best thing you can do is schedule preventive maintenance. Some leaks are too small to be detected any other way, and it’s generally the best way to make sure that any leaks are found and fixed before they cause too much trouble. Still, maintenance is not perfect. There is still a chance that a leak could show up between maintenance appointments. If you have reason to believe that has happened in your plumbing, there are ways to confirm it before you call for repairs. Have a look at the following tips to help you determine whether you have a leak in your home that needs fixing.

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Great Ways to Destroy Your Air Conditioner!

April 16th, 2018

ac-unit-moneyNormally, we write in this blog about ways to preserve your HVAC systems. Today, though, we figured we’d take a different approach by telling you some great ways to destroy your air conditioning system! Don’t follow any of the advice in this blog if you want your air conditioner to last as long as possible. In fact, do the exact opposite of everything we recommend here! Now, let’s get on to some of the best ways you can destroy your air conditioner as quickly as possible.

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Here Are Some Reasons Why Your Furnace Isn’t Heating

April 2nd, 2018

BurnerIt can be especially frustrating to turn on your furnace during a frigid day and not have it put out enough heat. There are a number of common reasons why furnace output may not be as high as it should be. Most of them require professional help in order to fix. Still, there’s no harm in finding out a bit more about why your furnace might be having this particular problem. Read on for some possible reasons why your furnace isn’t heating enough, and what you should do about it.

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Professional Drain Cleaning vs. Home Solutions

March 19th, 2018

electric-drain-augerDo-it-yourself work is great when you want to save money, and it often turns out to be easier and cheaper than you realized. Painting the inside of your home, adding a tile backsplash to the kitchen, or fixing a squeaky door are all admirable projects to take on. But there are also those projects that are simply best when left to a professional, such as fixing a busted computer, replacing an air conditioner, or doing major plumbing work.

Of course, plumbing problems may not always require a plumber’s help. Something as simple as a drain clog, for example, may seem best as a DIY project. But is this always the case? We compare at-home solutions to professional drain cleaning in the guide below.

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Upgrade Your Heating System Today!

March 5th, 2018

woman-coffee-cold-bedIf you’re no longer comfortable on an older couch, you can always upgrade it: changing out the cushions, reupholstering the couch, or, of course, replacing it entirely. You might not think you have such a wide range of options when you’re uncomfortable with the temperature of your home, but you do! There’s a lot you can do to upgrade your heater…you just have to find a good technician to do it for you.

We’re coming up on springtime, but mild weather is the perfect time to upgrade your heating system so that it gives you the whole-home comfort and control you need. Contact us for these upgrades and more!

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Why Energy Efficiency Matters in a Heating Installation

February 19th, 2018

coin-piggy-bank-handShopping for, say, a bottle of mustard or a roll of paper towels often means finding the least expensive brand available. Shopping for something like a car, though, means spending time comparing your options and finding something with the right fuel efficiency, space, and design. We think shopping for a new heating installation should be more like shopping for a car than finding the right cleaning sponge—but many people don’t treat it this way.

Your home heating system is something you want to last and to perform the way you need it. This means focusing in on energy efficiency (along with some other important features). As you shop around, pay attention to the energy efficiency rating of the heating systems you encounter. Not convinced? We show why this is so vital to the process here.

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Subtle Signs of Trouble with a Furnace

February 5th, 2018

checklist-homeHow do you know when it’s time to call in technicians for a furnace repair? When the system won’t turn on, of course. If it has nothing to do with the circuit breaker (or blown fuse), the thermostat batteries, or the settings on the thermostat, it’s something you’ll need an expert to fix for you.

However, many furnaces show signs of breaking down long before they ever turn off completely. It’s important that you know the subtler signs of a furnace breaking down, so that you can schedule repairs before you’re stuck without heat on a cold night. Besides, it typically costs less to fix a furnace that is still working than one that has completely broken down! Pay attention to these signs of trouble.

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How Corrosion Affects Your Boiler

January 22nd, 2018

gas-boiler-serviceFor the most part, you can trust technicians to diagnose and repair any issues with your heater. Local technicians know the ins and outs of boilers already, and there is little you need to know about aside from the basics of keeping your boiler maintained. But a big part of this should involve keeping boiler corrosion under control.

Corrosion can be a death sentence for your boiler. Here’s what you should know about how corrosion affects a hydronic (hot water) system, as well as what you can, and should, do about the problem.

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What Should You Do If Your Pipes Freeze?

January 8th, 2018

icicles-from-frozen-pipesIf you’ve lived in our part of the country for most of your life, frozen pipes are something you know to look out for. There’s all kinds of advice out there about how to prevent pipes from freezing. (We’re happy to offer our two cents when you give us a call!) However, it’s likely you’ll come across a problem at some point or another when you own a home.

Whether you’ve lived in Pennsylvania since birth or you’ve only just moved from a warmer climate, you may have heard some misinformation about what to do when the pipes freeze. As qualified plumbers in Ridley Township, PA, we’re here to offer up our advice and make sure you get running water restored without a crack in the pipes!

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