Hard Water Vs. Soft Water

by Jennifer Frith |

Plumbing, Tips

Have you ever heard of "hard water"? What about "soft water"? Have you wondered what the difference is, or which water is safer for you to drink?

Which one is best for your home's plumbing system?

Today, we are going to cover the differences between hard and soft water, and the potential issues that come with both water types.

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Air Conditioning Leak Repair

by Jennifer Frith |

Cooling

When operating normally, air conditioners remove excess humidity from the air.

This moisture condenses, drips into a pan, and eventually drains. If your A/C is running full blast during the summer months, a few drops of water aren’t any cause for concern (especially for window units). However, if you have water dripping steadily from your air conditioner, or accumulating in a puddle on the floor, then you’ve got a problem.

Whether you call a professional or opt to make the repairs yourself, the first thing you need to do is shut off your A/C system. Running it while it’s leaking water will only make the problem worse, and will reduce the efficiency (and life) of your air conditioner.

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Types of Plumbing Drain Repair Issues

by Chris Donnelly |

Repairs, Plumbing

Plumbing drain repair issues are usually pretty easy to detect, as they result in water getting backed up in your drains when you run the faucet or shower, or slow your toilet flushing mechanism down.

Often, this is nothing more than a minor inconvenience, but it can be a sign of more extensive plumbing issues and thus needs to be taken seriously.

A professional inspection of the problem drain and surrounding piping is usually enough to accurately pinpoint the issue.

Here are some of the most common types of plumbing drain repair issues typically encountered.

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Furnace Not Turning On? What's Your Next Step?

by Jennifer Frith |

Heating, Tips

As the colder weather sets in many people start to experience issues with their home's furnace. There are many things that can go wrong with a furnace but many issues can be detected before having to bring in a professional. 

If your furnace isn't turning on or is blowing cold air, we've put together a short list of things that you can check yourself before calling a furnace repair expert at Donnelly's.

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Common Copper Plumbing Repair Issues

by Jennifer Frith |

Repairs, Plumbing

Do you think your copper plumbing might need repair?

While copper plumbing is extremely common and offers several advantages to homeowners (in that it’s resistant to ultraviolet rays and bacteria, durable and flexible, and generally safer in natural disasters), there are several issues that can occur with this type of material that will necessitate repair. Prompt repair is always recommended, as plumbing problems tend to only get worse (and much more expensive to fix). Here are some of the most common copper plumbing repair issues to look for.

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Signs That You Need Boiler Repair

by Chris Donnelly |

Repairs, Heating

Boiler repair is something that you never want to put off, as when it comes to boilers, small problems tend to escalate, leading to more costly repairs—not to mention that a breakdown can mean no heat for your home.

Even more important to remember is that a malfunctioning furnace can pose a danger in your home, putting you and your loved ones at unnecessary risk. Just as with any other major system in your home, even with regular maintenance and care your boiler is eventually going to develop problems due to the unavoidable wear and tear that comes with age.

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Is It Time for Heating Furnace Repair?

by Jennifer Frith |

Repairs, Heating

If you need heating furnace repair, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your furnace has stopped functioning altogether. While mechanical failure always needs to be addressed, there may also be subtle indications that a repair may be on the horizon.

If you suspect that you may have an issue, it’s always recommended that you have the repair done promptly, as the malfunctioning component may be taxing other elements of your system and will certainly lower the unit’s efficiency (and raise its cost to operate).

Here’s a closer look at some key indicators that you may need to call in a repair technician.

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How Does Ice and Snow Affect My HVAC Unit?

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania, Heating

We've covered a lot on how to prepare your pipes for winter, how to lower those high winter power bills, and answered frequently asked questions about your heating system, but what about how the weather actually affects your home's HVAC system? 

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Gas Furnace Repair: Warning Signs to Watch Out For

by Jennifer Frith |

Repairs, Heating

Generally, your heating system is going to let you know when it’s time for repair. Whether you are looking at a faulty component or a faltering system, there are certain warning signs to watch for that indicate that it’s time to call in a professional.

Common issues seen in gas furnaces include clogged filters, cracked heat exchangers, and inoperative motors. A malfunctioning furnace is not only inconvenient and expensive, but it can also be dangerous, particularly if there’s a carbon monoxide leak involved. Thus, it’s important to act quickly to make sure you get the problem taken care of as soon as possible. Here are some of the top warning signs to look for when it comes to gas furnace repair.

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Great Gifts For the Home (Last-Minute Gift Guide)

by Jennifer Frith |

Life in Pennsylvania

2016 has come and gone so fast!

Christmas will be here this weekend, and we know how much of a hassle it can be to check your Christmas gift list off and get all of your wrapping done before Saint Nick comes for a visit. 

If you've had a hard time figuring out what to buy those homeowners on your list, we've found last minute gifts for everyone on your list (including yourself)! 

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