Climate Control Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Kansas City’

Do You Have a Natural Gas Furnace, But an Electric Water Heater?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Ever wonder why?

This combo is very popular among new home builders.  So, if your home was built after about 2005, chances are you have this gas furnace/electric water heater combo as well.  Why does this matter? Read on!

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Let’s find out if a  tankless water heater right for you.

There are many opinions on tankless water heaters and it can be a little difficult to get some clear information about them.  Some say they love them, while others haven’t had a great experience with them.

So, what does a tankless water heater do and how does it work? Here’s the lowdown!

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Garbage Advice – Literally!

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Here are a few tips and tricks from the pros on how to get the best performance from your garbage disposal. We will also correct a few garbage myths out there.

1. Use plenty of water when using your disposal.
The fact is, most garbage disposal clogs could have been prevented by using more water while the disposal was in use.

2. Stage food waste in the sink basin before feeding in slowly
This allows you to ensure plenty of water is assisting the disposal while grinding food waste.

3. Feed the food waste slowly
The second leading cause of disposal clogs is overloading. Disposals do a much better job if we slow down the rate we feed the food waste into the disposal. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing the next problem on the list…

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Choose a Plumber Today (and Call Them When You Need Them)!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

 

Plumbing issues might not arise too often in your home, so it’s natural to be a little in the dark when it comes to selecting a high-quality plumber.  We’ve put together a few tips you should consider when the day comes along that you need to call on a plumber.

Ultimately, now is the time to select your plumbing contractor.

STOP!  Read that last line again.  If you wait until an emergency plumbing situation where you need someone fast, you may let your guard down and sacrifice value for whatever contractor answered the phone first–a potentially expensive mistake.

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What Condition Are Your Ducts In?

Monday, October 14th, 2019

duct-being-cleaned-surrounded-by-dirtThe Comfort Bear likes a clean home—it’s part of what it takes to stay so comfortable!

This means having a home that is free of dust, allergens, and other debris. But, did you know there’s one area of your home you probably don’t consider when it comes time to clean?

It’s the “V” part of your HVAC system—the ventilation system, or rather, your ductwork.

It seems like your ductwork is just a minor component to your entire HVAC system, right? Well, your air ducts are actually very important to the operation of both your air conditioner and forced-air heater. If you want to keep both of these performing well, and keep your indoor air quality at the high level you deserve, you should get your ducts professionally cleaned.

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Don’t Cover Your Ears; These AC Noises Shouldn’t be Ignored!

Monday, August 19th, 2019

woman-looking-surprisedThe Comfort Bear is here again with some more great tips for you.

Today, we’re talking about hearing. No, that’s not a typo–think about the things you hear in your home every day. There are some noises that are so familiar that you might not even really notice them–like the sound of your fridge running, your ice-maker working, a toilet flushing, etc.

You may also hear the hum of your AC fans and a slight clicking after it stops cycling. But what if your air conditioner is making a noise you don’t recognize? If it’s quiet enough, couldn’t you just ignore it? Well, the Comfort Bear probably doesn’t have to tell you this, but even the smallest problem now can turn into a huge emergency later.

So, what should you listen for?

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Signs That It’s Time to Replace the Heat Pump

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

close-up-of-hvac-fanComfort Bear here again! I sure hope summer is treating you well so far. I’ve gotta say, this excessive heat we’ve had this past week is no fun. Did you know bears can’t sweat? I have to stay cool in other ways—stretching out and laying on the cool ground, panting, and going for lots of swims.

Well, and by making sure my heat pump is in cooling mode and ready to do its job effectively and efficiently this season!

In our last blog post, we talked about what to do if your heat pump wouldn’t switch to cooling mode. Hopefully, you’re not still stuck in heating mode—but perhaps even after you fixed your heat pump, it doesn’t seem to be keeping you cool?

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3 Dangerous Water Heater Problems

Monday, June 10th, 2019

residential-water-heater“Comfort Bear, are you using a scare tactic?”

No, that is not my intention—but hear me out. Water heaters are one of those systems that we all suffer for if we go without, but take for granted the fact that we have them for cooking, cleaning, and bathing.

I may like it when temperatures outside are a bit on the chillier side, but cold showers early in the morning are not my favorite.

When you forget about your water heater, it means you’re forgetting about the care it needs. While your system isn’t inherently dangerous on its own, ignoring the need for maintenance or water heater repair can be hazardous. Here are 3 potential risks of neglecting your water heater.

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Don’t Forget About Duct Cleaning

Monday, April 29th, 2019

air-duct-cleaningComfort Bear here, this time with an important PSA for all homeowners:

Duck cleaning is a scam. Don’t trust anyone who comes to your home claiming that your ducks need to be cleaned. For one, ducks are constantly in the water. And two, it’s called “preening,” not “cleaning.”

That being said, duct cleaning is definitely something you should have performed if you want your HVAC system to run efficiently and smoothly. If there’s ever any concern, you can always consult the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. They were founded specifically to establish the standards for what makes a proper duct cleaning in Kansas City.

Duct cleaning is an essential part of a balanced maintenance tune-up, so I don’t want you to forget about it when it comes time to fire up your air conditioner again this year. Don’t worry, I’ll explain everything:

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Help for Flooding Victims in the Kansas City Area

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Climate Control Heating & Cooling wants to help our neighbors in the KC area

Flooding and water damage can come unexpectedly.

If you are in the St Joseph area and you experienced recent flooding, you probably want to just get back to normal life as soon as possible. A lot of things are probably running through your mind like how you are going to clean up and how to repair water damage to your home. You may not realize this, but if your HVAC unit was submerged during the flood, you may have a whole list of other issues.

Sure, the outside of your air conditioner or furnace may look just the same as it did before the flood! It is highly likely that water-damaged HVAC equipment may not work or may not work for long after being flooded. Furnaces, heaters and boilers have gas valves and controls that are especially vulnerable to water damage. Even electric furnaces have coils that are susceptible to corrosion if flooded.

What should you do?

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