6 Things to Remember When Starting Your Heater

October 19th, 2020

It’s that time of year again, and whether or not you like it—your heater is going to play a vital role in your home comfort. While it might not seem like winter ever comes in New Mexico, it absolutely does and our night chilly temperatures will creep up on you.

Does your heater need repairs? When was the last time you changed the air filter in your furnace? These are all questions that you should start answering before they’re too late. Services that involve HVAC in Santa Fe, NM can be incredibly expensive and hard to schedule when booked in the middle of the winter. That’s why we’re writing this blog post in the fall!

So, come with us on a journey to restart your heating system for the year and kick things into gear the right way!

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CO Safety: Preparing for Winter Weather and Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

October 5th, 2020
shot of a carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is nothing to scoff at. This odorless, invisible gas can be devastating for families and their quality of life. Not only is it important to call for help when you think you’re being affected by carbon monoxide, but it’s invaluable to prepare for this type of problem with detectors installed correctly.

We’re proponents of furnaces in Albuquerque, NM. These systems can be some of the most affordable and efficient ways to keep your home heated during the winter. However, when these systems start to break down, they can sometimes lead to carbon monoxide leaks that can be awful to deal with. From furnaces to gas ovens and our own automobiles, carbon monoxide is everywhere and it’s important that we learn about it before we need to deal with it.

Let’s talk about ways we can improve the safety and security of your home by preparing for carbon monoxide leaks.

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Keep Your Drains Clear the Easy Way

September 22nd, 2020

As with everything in life, there’s an easy way and a hard way. The hard way, when it comes to plumbing, is using tools that aren’t right for the job, waiting too long to call a plumber, and so on. The easy way is to default to our plumber’s opinion as to what you should do next. Perhaps we should end this post early since we just figured that out!

Well, hold on just a minute. What else constitutes a bad plumbing habit? Why are so many homeowners choosing to perform bad plumbing practices that inevitably cause their drains to clog up more frequently? Well, we can answer those questions for you down below. When it comes to services offered by a plumber in Albuquerque, NM, we’re the ones for the job.

Let’s make sure you’re dealing with your drains the easy way.

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Contactor Trouble? A Guide to Electrical AC Repair

September 7th, 2020

What exactly is a contactor? That’s a good question, and something we hope to answer in this blog post. However, just answering your miscellaneous electrical questions won’t get at the heart of what we’re trying to do. We want you to be ready for electrical malfunctions with a handy guide at your side.

Contactors are responsible for turning the air conditioner on and off. The “clicking” noise you hear when the system first starts up is the contactor signaling the system to either start or stop. While these electrical components are pretty reliable, they do break down from time to time and it’s up to us to repair them and get them back up and running.

Have more questions about the electrical components of your air conditioner? We thought you would! Keep reading for more information and don’t forget to call our helpful pros for AC repair in Albuquerque, NM.

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5 Water Treatment Products that Could Change Your Life

August 24th, 2020

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about air conditioning and plumbing services, but we rarely ever talk about the treatment of your water. In this day and age, our personal health is becoming more and more of an important part of our lives. As we try to make healthier decisions, we’re constantly shooting ourselves in the foot by having poor water quality.

What’s the point of exercising more and drinking more water if that water isn’t up to your health standards? Why would you invest in a state-of-the-art plumbing system, if it’s just going to be ruined by hard water and minerals that are unavoidable?

The good news is that there are products and services for your home that can help cut these problems down. You’re not alone. Water treatment in Albuquerque, NM has never been simpler and we’re the ones that can show you how to make your home a healthier and more efficient environment.

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Problems That Could Lead to AC Replacement

August 11th, 2020

Our motto here at First Rate Plumbing Heating and Cooling Inc is “quality work, exuberant service.” That’s because we know our way around an air conditioning system. We know how to repair them, how to install them, and when it’s clear that replacement is necessary.

Unfortunately, every air conditioner has its own lifespan. We can’t guarantee that your system will run for the full 15 years that we say it should. There often occur problems in an air conditioner that can obviously lead to poor outcomes and a faulty system. Luckily, we’re the pros that will call them out and share the knowledge with you and everyone in the community. AC replacement in Albuquerque, NM is always an option when you have a team of professionals to help!

Let’s talk about some of the most prominent problems that lead to AC replacement. We’ll see if there’s anything you can do and the best ways to approach AC replacement as a whole.

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Could Your AC Use a Thermostat Upgrade?

July 27th, 2020

Homeowners don’t think about their thermostats enough. That’s a problem! For such a small, inexpensive component of a heating or cooling system, they really do have a significant impact on your comfort.

Take those old analog thermostats for instance. Back in the day we used to get calls about faulty air conditioners all the time because our thermostats were constantly failing and reading incorrect temperatures. We were inundated with a plague of systems that were faulty because the brain, or thermostat, didn’t have the technology that they do now.

Smart thermostats paired with our smartphone technology really are the solution many homeowners need. Being able to control your air conditioner with the touch of your phone is just one of many amazing benefits that come with such a system. Think about a new thermostat upgrade when considering air conditioning installation in Albuquerque, NM.

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The Dangers of Short-Cycling

July 13th, 2020

So, let’s say it’s a hot summer day and you’re gearing up to start your air conditioner so that it can keep your home cool. It’s been recently installed, so you know that it must be in good condition and there really shouldn’t be anything wrong with it, at least you hope.

Then it starts. The system starts and cools your home down but shuts down only after 10 minutes. It starts up again, loudly, and repeats this process over and over again. You’re tired of the constant clicking of an AC that’s turning on and off and you’re wondering if this is normal. It’s not.

This is what we in the industry call short-cycling, and it’s even worse than you think. This is a serious issue that could impact your AC’s efficiency, lead to a premature breakdown, and might only be fixed by air conditioning replacement in Albuquerque, NM. Keep reading to find out more.

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Choose a Ductless System Today

June 29th, 2020

Ductless air conditioning systems are incredibly effective at cooling homes. They’re a unique example of how advancing technology has given us a new solution for homes where ductwork just isn’t an option.

For many homeowners who had homes that were either too small or too old for air duct installation, heavy-duty air conditioning just wasn’t an option. Families like these had to live with window air conditioner units, which are hardly considered an effective method of air conditioning. It was a harsh reality back ten or twenty years ago, but with the advent of the ductless AC system, things have changed for the better. Luckily, ductless AC installation in Albuquerque, NM is prevalent and easily available by professionals like us.

We’re writing today to inform homeowners that might not know about these systems. We’ll talk about some of the advantages they provide and why you might be the perfect partner for a ductless system.

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Desert Suns and First Rate Are Now Affiliated!

June 18th, 2020

Since 1998, Desert Suns Heating and Cooling has been a premier HVAC dealer in Albuquerque, NM. As the first Coleman dealer in Albuquerque, we had a goal for many years to add plumbing to our business. We are excited to share that this has finally happened!

First Rate Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is now affiliated with Desert Suns. Thanks to this, we can begin offering professional plumbing services to our community. That’s not all, if you’ve got an existing preventative maintenance agreement with us, you now get a complimentary plumbing inspection as well!

Imagine the same great quality service that you know and love, extended to plumbing with some added benefits. Call us today for details!

Come to our team for whatever plumbing and HVAC services you need. Quality work, exuberant service.

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