Murphy's Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Blog

Signs and Symptoms That Your Water Heater Needs Replacing

July 9th, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters can last quite a long time if you take care of them, but they won’t last forever. Eventually, you’re going to need to replace your current water heater with a new one. You’re probably going to want to do it before it gives out completely, too, unless for some reason you want to be without hot water for a few days while you secure another one.

If you’re not sure whether or not your current water heater is in need of replacement, the best thing you can do is to call a professional to take a look at it for you. In the meantime, the following are a number of clear signs that your system is likely reaching the end of its life.

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Signs Your Plumbing System is in Bad Shape

June 25th, 2018

underwater roomPlumbing problems can be difficult to spot, especially without professional maintenance services. Even if you schedule preventive maintenance on an annual basis, you need to keep an eye out between appointments for signs that the system is in trouble. If you can identify problems faster, you can have them repaired faster and prevent more damage. Call for repairs if you notice the following signs that your plumbing system is in trouble.

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Should I Replace My Furnace Before Next Winter?

June 11th, 2018

FurnaceNow may seem like a pretty odd time to talk about furnaces, with summer just getting started. However, if you think you may need to have a new furnace installed in your home before winter starts again, now is the perfect time. You don’t want to wait until right before the winter season to start looking for a new furnace.

You’ll be under pressure to get everything done quickly, and it’ll be harder to get things done in a timely manner if you’re trying to schedule heating service at the same time as everyone else. Have a look at some of the signs that you may need a new furnace installed in your home, so you can have it done now and not have to worry about it later.

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Problems That can Cause Air Conditioner Breakdowns

May 28th, 2018

Air-Conditioner-TechAs we move into summer, the level of strain on your air conditioner is going to increase. More demand on the system means a higher chance for various problems to occur in the system. Hopefully, you’ve already prepared your air conditioner for summer by scheduling preventive maintenance for it sometime in the last few weeks. Even if you have, though, you still need to keep an eye out for signs that your system is in trouble. Have a look at the following problems that can cause your air conditioner to break down this summer, and what you can do about them.

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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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