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Frequently Asked Questions

Heating

  • Homeowners should have their furnace or boiler system serviced at least once a year. This will help prolong the furnace system’s life span and help lessen repairs and utility costs.

  • Heating maintenance is a lot like car maintenance. Preventative furnace maintenance is imperative to helping your heating system run as long as possible.

  • Here are a couple steps you can take to keep your family protected from carbon monoxide:

    • Warm up your car outside of your garage. Cars are a significant source of carbon monoxide poisoning, so do not leave yours going in the restricted space of a garage. The same is true for gas equipment such as lawn mowers or snowmobiles.
    • Don’t run ovens or grills as heaters. These appliances are safe when used right but can make carbon monoxide when used for an extended period of time in smaller spaces.
    • Don’t operate a gas generator indoors because it produces fumes.
    • Have your chimney inspected by a specialist. This ensures chimneys and vents aren’t blocked and are connected appropriately.
    • Confirm gas appliances are operating correctly, particularly your heater. You can ensure efficient, safe operation by arranging for routine furnace maintenance with Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air.
  • Ensuring your systems are maintained will help lower expenses. Visit our helpful in-depth information about keeping your systems healthy. This will tell you about correct maintenance and why it’s necessary.

  • We service and install all popular brands, makes and models. As a large HVAC company, we have prompt access to components and units for prompt replacements.

  • Yes. Our Experts are just a short way away, whether you need a furnace repair in the dark of a cold winter night or an AC replacement during a heat wave.

  • It’s often less expensive to replace your furnace and AC unit at the same time. Plus, you’ll also enjoy greater energy efficiency year-round. Here’s when you should replace both systems at the same time:

    • Your heater and air conditioner are more than 15 years old.
    • You want to install a high-efficiency air conditioner soon, which might not be compatible with an older model.
    • You want to improve your energy savings with a smart thermostat, which oftentimes don’t work with older heating and cooling equipment.
    • Installation is difficult.
    • You don’t want to have to worry about heating and cooling repairs in the next few years.

    Knowing when to schedule furnace installation can be tough and stressful. Our Experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air have an A+ in home comfort, so you can count on them to help you with making the right decision. Get started by calling us at 210-404-4233 to request your free home comfort assessment today.

  • We service a few types of heaters, including gas furnaces and heat pumps.

  • We’ll do an in-home consultation, work with you to find the best heating system for your needs, complete the installation and also check that the system is working before leaving.

  • We provide financing so homeowners can receive the systems they need for an affordable cost.

    We also offer the HVAC Advantage Program, which covers just about everything. You’ll receive an updated heating and cooling system but won’t have the effort of tune-ups. You’ll have a new, high-efficiency system—plus maintenance, repairs and more at no extra cost—for merely one small monthly price.

  • Your home’s air filter should be changed routinely, usually every 1-2 months.

  • Regular heating maintenance fees can vary, so please view our Maintenance+ membership page to see detailed tune-up rates.

  • Seasonal maintenance plans are definitely worth the investment for several reasons. Benefits of furnace maintenance plans include automated reminders, no trip charge fees, VIP service and others.

  • If you want to include heater tune-ups with other important services, look into becoming a member of our Advantage Program™, which can assist in keeping your warranty valid.

  • A popping disturbance is a common sign of an insufficient duct design. This occurs when there’s more airflow than your ductwork can manage.

    Troubles with your ductwork can lead to other ventilation and air quality problems, such as:

    • Significant noise
    • Greater energy needs
    • Early system malfunction
    • Irregular heating and cooling
    • Broken AC compressor in the summer
    • Too hot furnace or heat pump in the winter
    • Mold growth inside ducts

    Call a qualified company in San Antonio like Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air to examine your home’s ventilation system. We can offer suggestions for duct repair or installation.

  • It’s common for your heating and cooling equipment to make a little noise. However, hearing odd or loud noises could mean there’s an electrical problem or trouble with the blower fan or capacitor. If not fixed, there can be serious (or expensive) aftermath.

  • This could be because of improper thermostat settings. Check that the fan blower is set to “auto” and not “on.” Other causes include a damaged pilot light, restricted air flow due to dirty or clogged furnace filters, or blocked condensate lines. If issues persist, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for prompt repair.

  • Most companies will recommend heater replacement when the cost to repair your system is more than half the cost of a new system. Oftentimes, a repair won’t restore the heating system to a minimally effective level. The life expectancy for most furnaces is 15-20 years, and so replacement is generally recommended during that time frame. For more considerations, visit our blog covering more details on when to repair or replace your furnace.

  • It’s often less expensive to replace your furnace and air conditioner at the same time. Plus, you’ll also enjoy greater energy efficiency year-round. Here’s when you should replace both systems at the same time:

    • Your furnace and air conditioner are more than 15 years old.
    • You want to install a high-efficiency air conditioner soon, which possibly might not be compatible with an older model.
    • You want to boost your energy savings with a smart thermostat, which often don’t work with older heating and cooling equipment.
    • Installation is difficult.
    • You don’t want to have to worry about heating and cooling repairs in the next few years.

    Knowing when to schedule furnace installation may be tough and stressful. Our Experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air have an A+ in home comfort, so you can count on them to help you make the best decision. Start by calling us at 210-404-4233 to request your free home comfort assessment today.

  • We’ll do an in-home consultation, work with you to find the best furnace system for your needs, perform the installation and also ensure that the system is working before leaving.

Cooling

  • Small tasks like replacing the air filter and keeping your equipment clean can go a long way in improving energy efficiency. visit our full guide for cost savings you can earn by keeping your HVAC system healthy.

  • Central AC systems are ducted HVAC products that remove heat from your home. There are also heat pump air conditioners, which extract heat with a reversible flow of coolant, as well as ductless mini-splits.

  • The right sized air conditioner depends on the size of your home, the local climate and many other factors. You need to properly size the AC system to ensure maximum energy efficiency.

  • British thermal units are a kind of measurement used in air conditioning to illustrate how much energy your AC system needs to absorb heat. If it says 10,000 BTUs, the system is capable of absorbing that much heat each hour.

  • Routine maintenance is extremely beneficial for your air conditioner. While it’s not strictly required, it’s an excellent investment in the energy efficiency and overall performance of your HVAC system. In most cases, having regular maintenance and service also keeps the manufacturer’s warranty legitimate.

  • Ductless air conditioning doesn’t use air ducts to transport cool air through a building. Instead, indoor air units blow the conditioned air directly into the room or area they’re installed in.

  • SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which determines how effectively your air conditioning is cooling over its busiest season.

  • Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, but may start to lose efficiency in really cold weather. Check out our guide for figuring out if a heat pump or air conditioner is right for cooling your home.

  • The cost of a/c services depends on the make and model, the severity of the problem and other factors. For various common repairs, you might expect to pay a few hundred for parts and labor.

  • The cost for AC installation largely depends on the size of the home and the replacement air conditioner unit the homeowner chooses. The installation amount can be well over $12,000, depending on the size of the home and the replacement AC that is chosen for the home. Our Advantage Program helps homeowners get access to the AC systems they need for one low monthly payment.

  • It’s often less pricey to replace your furnace and air conditioner at the same time. Plus, you’ll also take pleasure in greater energy efficiency year-round. If your units are older than 15 years or you want a high-efficiency model or smart thermostat, you should have a new AC and furnace installed together.

  • We install all types of air conditioning systems, including central AC systems, geothermal, heat pumps and ductless mini-splits. Schedule a quote to find the best fit for your needs by calling Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air at 210-404-4233.

  • We offer HVAC financing options as well as the HVAC Advantage Program, which covers everything from new systems to repairs* and maintenance for an affordale monthly cost.

  • Some of the work during an ac tune-up includes a fundamental AC maintenance checklist:

    • Tightening electrical connections. This verifies your system is working safely.
    • Lubricating parts. When your system isn’t oiled, friction from moving parts can cause it to break down more frequently.
    • Cleaning the condensate drain line. Cleaning this line takes care of mold and clogs, which can cause leaks.
    • Cleaning the condenser coil and evaporator coil. These coils become dirty gradually, decreasing airflow and its ability to absorb heat.
    • Straightening coil fins. Aluminum fins on the coils can bend and decrease airflow.
    • Examining system controls. This makes sure your system is starting, running and shutting down properly.
  • There are often various types of maintenance plans and rates. Check out our memberships page to learn about our tiered maintenance memberships.

  • Regular air conditioner maintenance is important to keeping your equipment running efficiently, and it can decrease the need for unanticipated replacements.

  • Some key tells that you need AC maintenance service on your unit is if your home has poor airflow or hot and cold spots, leaks, unusual noises or warm air coming from the vents.

  • Check this full guide to AC maintenance for various things you can do. One of the main things homeowners can do to help maintain their system, other than having annual yearly or seasonal maintenance done, is to change your AC unit’s air filter every 60-90 days, or 30 days if you have family pets. Changing your filter on a routine basis can prolong the life span of your system by reducing wear and tear on the unit, preventing clogs and improving airflow. Using a higher quality HEPA filter can also help maintain the AC unit’s efficiency and reduce instances of sickness in your home.

  • A trip fee is the expense for the time and travel for a Service Experts professional coming to your home. Look at our offers for printable discounts for your upcoming air conditioner service.

  • Yes. Our technicians are just a swift trip away to assist with an AC repair or replacement during an emergency.

    • AC leaking water. This is usually the PVC pipe going out of the AC unit. Leaking refrigerant can cause ice to collect on the coils and drip water. AC repair is needed when this happens and should be treated as an AC emergency.
    • Air conditioner won’t switch on. Homeowners can first check the thermostat settings and look for a tripped breaker on the electrical panel. If the breaker is tripped, it may not require a repair call.
    • AC not blowing cold air. Double check the thermostat settings are on the correct temperature and that your thermostat has power. Then replace the filter. You can also make sure the AC unit isn’t blocked with debris, and that it isn’t leaking refrigerant. If you find a leak or your AC is still blowing hot air, call us at 210-404-4233 for emergency AC repair.
    • AC making strange noise. Screeching, banging or clicking sounds coming from your AC could indicate a serious problem. If you’re noticing strange air conditioner noises, shut off your AC and call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for prompt AC repair at 210-404-4233.
  • Most companies will recommend an AC replacement when the price to repair your system is more than half the cost of a new system. For more factors to consider, visit our blog covering more details on whether to repair or replace your AC.

  • We service and install all types, including central AC, ductless mini-splits and central heat pumps. (Conditional content: As an effort to promote sustainability practices, we also install geothermal and solar HVAC.)

  • Heat pumps differ from other HVAC equipment because they move heat in or out of the building instead of creating it. The flow of heat can be reversed, allowing heat pumps to provide both heating and cooling.

  • Homeowners should have their heat pump system serviced at least once a year. Regular maintenance prolongs your heat pump’s life span and can help reduce repair and utility costs.

  • Maintaining energy-efficient equipment helps bring costs down. Take a look at our helpful in-depth tips about keeping your systems healthy. This will tell you about proper maintenance and its benefits.

  • Yes. Professional service is just a short ways away, whether you need heat pump repair or replacement on a weekend day or in the middle of the night. Give us a call at 210-404-4233 for prompt service.

  • Heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling, and air-source heat pumps tend to be ideal in mild climates where temps don’t go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • A heat pump system can replace a heating system in areas where the climate is moderate. Check our more in-depth guide on different heat pump uses in the U.S. Generally, the answer is yes. Because heat pumps move hot air rather than making it from a fuel source, they provide more efficiency than furnaces in most cases, and homeowners can expect 30-40% savings on utility bills when switching.

  • This depends on varying issues that are leading to the need for repairs, which our ACE-certified technicians can help diagnose.

  • We install all different types of heat pumps systems, including air-source heat pumps that use central ductwork, ductless mini-split systems and ground-source heat pumps–otherwise known as geothermal heat pumps).

  • Heat pump maintenance is important for the system to perform effectively and have a long life span. A heat pump should go through routine maintenance at least once a year. Trust the Experts to assist with this with a maintenance membership.

  • Your home’s air filter needs to be changed on a regular basis, which is usually every one to two months.

  • Seasonal maintenance plans are worth the investment for several reasons. Regular maintenance keeps everything working as seamlessly as possible, which helps lower energy bills while extending your equipment’s life span.

  • HVAC tune-ups can often be covered in most cases under a labor warranty if your system is still under warranty, but we can check to see if tune-ups are covered. Through the Advantage Program™, key services such as heat pump maintenance are included! It’s one of the most valuable HVAC plans around.

  • Many customers pay between $250 and $600 for a heat pump repair, but this is based on what the problem is when the HVAC technician arrives to diagnose the problem.

  • Heat pumps have a slightly reduced life span than furnaces do since they’re used year-round, but with proper maintenance, many heat pump systems last about 10-15 years.

  • Yes. Our Experts are just a short trip away to help with a heat pump repair or replacement during an emergency.

  • Packaged HVAC units are all-in-one HVAC systems that house an air handler and unit components in one metal cabinet system. This is used to save space in a basement or garage, or on rooftops in multifamily buildings.

  • We install all kinds of packaged HVAC systems, including packaged air conditioners, packaged gas/electric systems, packaged heat pumps and duel-fueled packaged systems. Give Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call to find the ideal one for your home.

Alternative Energy

  • Green energy HVAC focuses on reducing energy consumption and increasing the efficiency of existing HVAC systems in homes not set up for renewable energy options. Properly sized green installations reduce waste and increase output.

  • Some of the most energy-efficient HVAC systems available now are geothermal heat pumps and solar HVAC systems. Call 210-404-4233 today to have a conversation about system replacement if you’re interested.

  • High-efficiency HVAC systems use less energy than a standard HVAC system while providing the same (or better) output. This can save energy and money, and with regular tune-ups and maintenance, the life span of your system can increase. The longer a system is performing efficiently, the better impact we can have for sustainability.

  • There are rebates and incentive programs for certain new system installations in 2023. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air can help you navigate discounts and payment for system replacements. We also offer payment options like financing as well as HVAC lease options with our Advantage Program™.

  • Geothermal systems use energy from below ground to provide heating and cooling. They use a “loop” system by moving and delivering from either the ground or a water source in heating mode. In cooling mode, this process works in reverse by extracting heat from inside the home to the ground or a water source. The cold air in cooling mode is the result of the process of removing heat and humidity as air is recirculated.

  • Geothermal HVAC ends up being more affordable in the long run due to operational savings on utility bills, despite the large initial cost for installation. And they’re more efficient than conventional, forced-air systems. Ask about federal rebates and other financial incentives during the installation process.

  • Geothermal systems don’t generate heat, instead using the Earth’s natural ambient temperature for climate control. You wind up with lower utility bills, and geothermal systems will also usually last longer. If you keep up with routine maintenance, you can get 20 years from a geothermal heat pump and as much as 50+ years for an underground loop system.

  • Yes! Geothermal heat pumps are similar to traditional central heat pumps in that they are 2-in-1 systems capable of providing both heating and cooling. Despite a confusing name, geothermal heat pumps are just as effective at cooling homes in a variety of climates. In fact, they’re often the most efficient type of system available!

  • Solar technology converts sunlight to electrical energy through either PV (photovoltaic) panels or with mirrors designed to focus solar radiation. PV is used in solar panels, which are the most common solar energy system. The energy from the sunlight is absorbed by PV cells, which energizes the cells’ electrons and produces electrical energy. When coupled with battery storage, the process can even generate backup power for use at night and during outages.

  • Pros:

    • Renewable energy source
    • Reduced monthly electric bills
    • Fewer maintenance needs
    • Incentive programs like state and federal tax credits

    Cons:

    • Upfront installation costs
    • Efficiency depends on weather, making climate/region a factor
  • Solar energy systems can be a significant investment, but much of these initial costs are recoverable once the equipment has been in service for a few years. Batteries without panels can range from $12,000 to $22,000 depending on energy storage capacity, while full installation can run as much as $35,000. Ask about a free quote from our solar Experts to find out what you need for a solar energy system.

  • Solar energy is perfect for powering compatible HVAC systems on top of other appropriate equipment like solar-powered water heaters.

  • How efficient a solar panel system will be for your home is partially determined by the weather and climate of where you live. Don’t hesitate to give us a call to schedule a quote for solar energy installation.

  • Our solar Experts can assist in providing information. It’s worthwhile to research if there are other programs in your state aside from the 30% federal tax credit. Finally, it’s wise to have a trusted company like Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air complete a home energy audit. A complete audit offers a much clearer idea of how much you could save through solar panel installation in comparison to current utility costs.

  • Sustainable HVAC design is providing HVAC systems to homeowners and building owners while focusing on high-efficiency systems, achieving higher performance, while reducing consumption and energy loss.

  • The most common sustainable HVAC systems are geothermal heat pumps, also called ground source heat pumps or water source heat pumps.

  • High-efficiency HVAC systems reach high performance (heating and cooling output) while using less energy than what was required from older, less efficient models.

  • Green HVAC installation focuses on adding energy-efficient HVAC models and properly sizing systems for the home’s requirements to ensure maximum comfort and efficient energy consumption.

  • Geothermal and solar HVAC are the latest sustainable HVAC developments in the industry.

  • Scheduling frequent tune-ups on your HVAC systems can help extend your system’s life span, which is a big step for personal sustainability. Smart thermostats also control the daily temperature of your home and help with zoning, which reduces impact on your systems by not having major temperature changes. Using energy-efficient HVAC systems can also be a big step in making your HVAC eco-friendly. High-efficiency HVAC systems are usually ENERGY STAR certified, which lowers carbon emissions by reaching high performance for less energy.

  • There are rebates and incentives in 2023 for adding energy-efficient HVAC models, like high-efficiency heat pumps. The Department of Energy goes over HVAC efficiency standards and changes the minimum efficiency ratings on models, like SEER rating, AFUE rating and HSPF rating, based on the newest research. This requires manufacturers to match the minimum efficiency ratings in all new models.

Ductwork and Insulation

  • Popping sounds are common if there’s a flaw or damage in your ductwork. The actual sounds appear when there’s more airflow than your ductwork can handle. Trouble with your ductwork can lead to other ventilation and air quality concerns, such as:

    • Constant or annoying noise
    • Greater energy waste
    • Early equipment failure
    • Inconsistent heating and cooling
    • Damage to the AC’s compressor
    • Overheating
    • Mold and mildew growth
  • A whole-home zoning system helps you optimize where heating and cooling is directed. With supplemental thermostats and dampers installed in the ductwork, each zone’s temperature can be independently altered.

  • The concentration of indoor pollutants average 3-5 times higher than outdoor air. In fact, EPA studies have found that exposure to contaminants can be 100 times higher indoors compared to outdoors. Allergens, microorganisms and even household cleaners can contribute to contamination and reduce your indoor air quality. You can receive a comprehensive Home Health® Report Card by contacting the air quality specialists at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air.

Electrical Services

  • A licensed electrician can provide an electrical load calculation to determine the right measurement of service necessary for a home or business. This calculation takes into account the electrical needs of appliances, lighting, and many other electrical devices.

  • A few safety precautions include shutting off the power supply before performing work on any electrical component, using insulated tools, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and following electrical codes and legal standards.

  • It is suggested that electrical service be inspected at least every 10 years to make sure that it is safe and up to code.

  • Signs and symptoms of electrical service issues include flickering lights, frequent circuit breaker trips, hot or discolored electrical outlets or switches, buzzing sounds from outlets or switches and burning smells. Another issue is improper outlets in the kitchen or bathroom – which should be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets. This is a shock-resistant outlet that acts as a safety measure and helps prevent fire hazards because water is an excellent conductor of electricity.

  • Efficiency could be improved by making use of energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs, adding insulation to walls and attics and sealing air leaks.

Indoor Air Quality

  • Indoor air quality refers to pollution in your San Antonio home or business. The concentration of airborne pollutants can be 2–5 times greater than outdoors. Since most people spend the vast majority of their time inside and breathe approximately 3,000 gallons of air everyday (according to the American Lung Association), this can eventually lead to problems.

    Depending on your specific air quality concerns, solutions include:

  • Some of the most prevalent sources of pollutants include Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) such as cleaning or personal care products, fuel-burning utilities and home appliances, and particulate matter like dust, pollen and smoke.

  • Absolutely. Pollutants and particulate matter can expose you to illnesses and worsen respiratory conditions, primarily for children and the elderly. For certain contaminants like carbon monoxide, the effects may even be deadly.

  • Resolving indoor air quality concerns can produce a host of benefits to your health and well-being, such as:

    • Lower risk of illness
    • Fewer or less-intense asthma/allergy symptoms
    • Relieve sinus irritation or sore throats
    • Healthier, moisturized skin
  • If you find yourself cleaning every day or coughing constantly, your indoor air may not be as healthy as you would think. According to EPA studies, indoor pollutants can reach concentrations as much as 100 times higher than the air outdoors. You can determine your indoor air quality by setting up a Home Health® Report consultation with Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air.

  • Each home has differing comfort needs, especially if someone in your San Antonio home has allergies, asthma or a weak immune system. You may need a single product like a high-efficiency air filtration system, or multiple. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air can help you find the right mix of equipment.

  • No. HVAC air filters differ in quality and design, and some have exclusive features. We generally advise using the filter your HVAC manufacturer recommends pairing with your system. All filters are assigned MERV ratings on a scale from 1–20. MERV is short for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and can make it easier to identify high-efficiency filters. In most cases, a MERV rating of 11 or lower will be sufficient.

  • The ideal schedule for cleaning or replacing your air filter depends on multiple factors, like the filter design and MERV rating as well as the current indoor air quality. For common 1”-3” filters, most brands recommend replacement every 30-90 days. Pets, health conditions and even nearby pollution sources can necessitate replacing the filter more often.

    • A 1″ pleated air filter must be replaced every 30-60 days.
    • A 2″ pleated air filter should be swapped out every 3 months.
    • A 3” pleated air filter should be changed every 120 days.
    • A 4″ pleated air filter should be exchanged every 6 months.
    • A 5” or 6″ pleated air filter ought to be replaced every 9-12 months.
  • If the issue is not your body’s hydration, extremely dry air can irritate your throat and sinuses. Consider getting a whole-home humidifier if you consistently struggle with a dry, itchy throat.

  • Your HVAC system extracts moisture as it runs, producing situations where humidity levels fall out of balance. Portable humidifiers can resolve humidity concerns in a single room or small area, but a central humidifier ensures balanced humidity throughout the entire structure— home or business.

  • For most people, comfortable humidity levels are between 30-60%. These levels are especially hard to maintain in the winter, as cold air does not hold onto moisture as well as warm air. What’s more, your furnace displaces moisture by generating hot, dry heat.

  • The smartest way to find an appropriate whole-house humidifier is multiplying the total square footage by the height of the ceiling. This will help determine how many gallons of water/H2O is required every hour to ensure balanced humidity.

    You should also consider your available budget, as a humidifier needs maintenance just like any other mechanical equipment.

  • While specific amounts depend on the model, whole-house humidifiers average between 1.5 to 12 gallons per day. As you can imagine, drier locations will use more water to keep humidity balanced.

  • Regular preventive maintenance is often vital for sustainable equipment efficiency, and your humidifier is no different. The humidifier’s reservoir should be routinely drained and cleaned to prevent mold.

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas produced by partial fuel combustionwhich, in turn is frequently caused by insufficient access to oxygen. Appliances relying on natural gas, charcoal, wood or kerosene are common sources of CO gas, especially if they are not running correctly or have been installed wrong. CO is poisonous to the body and is lethal at high levels or extended exposure.

  • Initial symptoms such as nausea and fatigue are often wrongly diagnosed as a result of the flu. But CO gas exposure can develop, possibly leading to confusion, organ damage or even death. Other symptoms include:

    • Headaches
    • Dizziness
    • Chest pain
    • Vomiting
  • Yes. Removing carbon monoxide should be a priority because of the risk it poses to your health and well-being. CO gas can be found in any San Antonio home or commercial property, making safe ventilation and prevention techniques universally beneficial.

  • Prevention is the best place to start. A few safety precautions to take include:

    • Don’t let your car idle in the garage. Cars are a significant source of carbon monoxide poisoning, so do not leave yours going in the restricted space of a closed garage. The same is true for gas equipment such as lawn mowers or snowmobiles.
    • Don’t use ovens or grills as a way of staying warm indoors. These appliances are safe when used right but can make carbon monoxide when used for an extended period in small spaces.
    • Never operate a gas generator indoors. The fumes will have a much harder time dissipating.
    • Have your chimney examined by a specialist. This ensures chimneys and vents aren’t blocked and are connected appropriately.
    • Confirm gas appliances are operating correctly, particularly your heater. You can ensure efficient, safe operation by scheduling routine furnace maintenance with Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air.

    If carbon monoxide has been detected, you should immediately vacate the building and alert the fire department and utility provider. If a leak is discovered, you should then contact a dependable HVAC company for repairs.

  • Because carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and lethal in substantial concentrations, installing carbon monoxide detectors in central locations is the best way to alert you to its presence.

    A carbon monoxide detector is comparable to a smoke alarm, monitoring the air and notifying you if carbon monoxide levels are too high. If possible, you need to have at least one detector near every bedroom on all floors in your home. Additional detectors can be placed near the kitchen, living areas or near combustion appliances. These detectors are ideally used in combination with our HVAC maintenance memberships, which keep your device in good shape and may help you prevent carbon monoxide.

  • If an air freshener isn’t doing the trick, there may be microbes or contaminants nearby producing the unpleasant odor. Bacteria and mold are typical sources, but they can be fixed with the sanitation properties of a germicidal UV light. They are particularly effective against odor-producing microorganisms.

Plumbing

  • If you notice the water heater’s supply of hot water isn’t lasting long, it might be because something’s wrong with your tank water heater. The heating element could be too dirty from grime or mineral buildup.

  • A constantly running toilet could be dealing with several different problems, including a broken flapper seal, flush valve or flapper chain. You may find it’s the handle itself that’s been damaged and separated from the chain. A running toilet wastes a lot of water, so don’t hesitate to contact our plumbers at 210-404-4233.

  • One of the most common reasons your dishwasher isn’t draining correctly is because the drain line is clogged. The line, also known as a drain hose, removes water from the dishwasher tub at the end of a cycle. If the drain line is clogged, water may not be able to flow properly. Contact our local plumbing Experts for troubleshooting and repairs.

  • A fast response is important if you’re dealing with a burst pipe as a result of freezing. Expert plumbers are better equipped to resolve burst pipe repairs, but there are several things you can do by yourself to keep the pipes from icing over in the first place:

    • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to permit warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
    • Let the cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent ice from forming and freezing.
    • Minimize changes to the thermostat and keep your home at least 50 degrees, even in situations where you’re not home.
    • Explore the full guide for dealing with frozen pipes.
  • Grind up food scraps right away with cold water and leave the disposal on for about 30 seconds to minimize the risk of clogs. You should also avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and other large pieces of food into the disposal, because they lead to drainage issues and bad smells.

  • Backflow and the subsequent cross connection can happen wherever your nonpotable plumbing system meets the water lines. As such, many different types of fixtures and appliances are at risk, including:

    • Sprinklers
    • Washing machines
    • Kitchen and bathroom faucets
    • Bathtubs and showers
    • Toilets
    • And more

    For commercial properties like industrial facilities, equipment such as boilers, chemical mixing tanks and laboratory equipment are vulnerable to backflow, etc.

  • Backflow preventers stop contaminants from entering the public water supply and posing a health risk to the community. Backflow prevention is vital because it helps to ensure that the municipal water supply remains safe and free from contaminants.

  • There are several types of backflow preventers, including:

    • Reduced pressure zone (RPZ) valves
    • Double check valves
    • Pressure vacuum breaker valves

    The type of backflow preventer you may need depends on your property’s plumbing system and also the most common contaminants the plumbing is vulnerable to. Expert backflow prevention services should always help determine the most appropriate make and model for your needs.

  • Your home may have an RPZ or Reduced Pressure Zone. The zone’s consistent pressure serves as a backflow prevention device to prevent contaminants from flowing backward. At Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, our certified testers specialize in:

    • Annual backflow RPZ testing
    • RPZ inspections
    • Backflow prevention device installation and maintenance

    Since preventing trouble is almost always easier than repairing it, you should try to have your RPZ valve inspected each year as recommended.

  • Backflow preventers typically need to be tested annually to ensure that they are functioning correctly, although the ultimate maintenance needs depend on the type of backflow preventer you have and its current condition.

  • Backflow preventers are complex technical devices, meaning installation is best left to a professional with the right tools and experience. Our backflow prevention specialists will ensure that the device is installed correctly and meets all local regulations and standards.

  • Costs depend on several factors. You should consider the type of backflow preventer you need and the complexity of your property’s plumbing system as well as the cost of any needed parts and labor. Give us a call at 210-404-4233 for a free quote.

  • There are several signs that may indicate that your backflow preventer is not working correctly including:

    • Leaks
    • A large, sudden change in water pressure.
    • Unusual sounds coming from the prevention device.

    If you notice any of these signs, it is important to contact a professional backflow prevention service provider as soon as possible.

  • Without having a backflow prevention device, the backflow may contaminate your supply of potable water. This contamination could also enter the public water supply, posing a risk for the entire community. This can leave you exposed to health or legal consequences depending on the significance of the situation.

  • The regulations and codes that require backflow prevention systems vary by jurisdiction. In some areas, they are required by law for certain types of plumbing systems or for plumbing designed to handle specific contaminants. A professional backflow prevention service provider can help check out any applicable regulations for your plumbing system.

  • Our faucet repair and installation in San Antonio involves a suite of services designed to locate, diagnose and resolve whatever problem is plaguing your faucets. We have extensive repair experience and can also provide seamless new or replacement installation. If you’re unsure which model would be best, we can suggest the right faucet for the job.

  • Yes! We work with quality installers that excel at the installation of plumbing fixtures like a bathtub or new showerhead.

  • To eliminate the risk of your garbage disposal smelling, food scraps must be ground up right away with cold water. Thirty seconds is usually more than enough time. Avoid dumping coffee grounds, eggshells, potato peels and banana peels into your disposal, because they frequently cause drainage issues and unpleasant smells. Even though bleach seems like a great idea for cleaning your garbage disposal, it hardens grease and other food residue in your pipes, causing clogs.

    Our plumbing Experts suggest using these cleaning solutions each week to keep your disposal smelling fresh:

    • Hot water and baking soda
    • Hot water and dish soap
    • Hot water and vinegar

    You can also buy garbage disposal pods or grind up citrus peels to help remove odors. If your garbage disposal still smells, you might be dealing with a leak (especially if the smell resembles a sewer). Contact us at for Expert plumbing service.

  • When performing services like leak detection in San Antonio, our plumbers set out to take as much time as needed to check the plumbing system for signs of a leak. Whether they’re under the kitchen sink or right at the water main, we won’t stop until your plumbing is free of leaks.

  • Yes! If you’re dealing with an emergency plumbing problem, we can respond right away to start on repairs.

  • If you believe you have a leak but can’t see the signs, check your water meter:

    • Make sure no water is being used inside or outside your home.
    • Find the leak indicator on your water meter. The indicator is commonly a triangular dial or miniature silver wheel. If the dial is spinning, you probably have a leak.

    We can find the origin of the leak and get it repaired before you spend more money or potentially damage your home.

  • With all the locations water is used in your home, there are a lot of areas you could uncover a leak.

    Leaks can be triggered by a variety of plumbing issues. They are usually spotted:

    • On water supply lines and connections underneath a sink
    • In washing machines, namely old, inefficient units
    • In hot- and cold-water hoses linked to your washing machine

    If you notice the signs of a leak, we can help. We back all of our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for a year.*

  • The cost to repair a leak is dependent on where the leak is in your home in addition to the severity of any damage. A minor, dripping leak can be fixed more easily compared to severe damage to the water main.

  • You can’t always avoid leaks entirely, but it’s still possible to lower the risk. Seals and valves can frequently lead to leaks, so keeping them maintained can minimize the risk. Investing in professional repair and repiping will also ensure the entire system is as tightly sealed as possible.

  • Yes! If you have an emergency plumbing problem, we can respond promptly and find the root cause.

  • A water line delivers fresh water into the home, while a sewer line removes wastewater from the home.

  • Signs of a leak in a water line could be low water pressure, higher water bills, and damp or mushy areas outdoors. Signs of a leak in a sewer line may be slow drains, sewage backups and unpleasant odors.

  • A clog can form in the water line as a result of mineral buildup, rust or debris. Clogs in sewer lines are most often caused by grease, hair or other debris.

  • Water line replacement may be necessary if they’re severely corroded, won’t stop leaking or are made of outdated materials.

  • Signs of a sewer line backup may be slower drains, sewage backups and foul odors.

  • For a quick diagnosis of what happened to your water or sewer lines, you should contact our Expert plumbers at 210-404-4233 at the earliest opportunity.

  • The cost to repair or replace water lines or sewer lines can vary widely depending on the extent of the damage and the materials used. We’re happy to go over repair or replacement costs after we’re done with the initial diagnostic visit.

  • In some cases, it may be possible to repair water lines or sewer lines with trenchless technology, limiting how much digging is required and avoiding yard damage.

  • A few things to keep in mind to protect your plumbing includes being mindful of what you flush or pour down drains, avoiding tree roots near sewer lines, and scheduling consistent inspections and cleaning.

  • If a water line or sewer line issue is not fixed, it can lead to costly repairs, water damage and even possible health hazards.