mini-ductless ac

Buying a Mini-Ductless AC or Heat Pump System

You Might Have Some Questions

I got to thinking the other day while headed to a scheduled appointment. What are the things you need to know before buying a mini-ductless ac system? What are the questions might people ask if they’ve never had one before? Installing these systems is a part of our business here at Proudfoot. For us, it’s somewhat commonplace to install and maintain these units. But for someone who has a gas furnace and a standard type coil/compressor AC system or has never dealt with this type of mini-ductless AC system before, it could be a little scary! But there’s no need to worry! 

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radiator disaster

Radiator Disaster: How and Why?

The Call

I just got a call from a long time customer of mine saying that the upper floors in her home were colder than normal. These folks have a radiator system for home heating as it is an older home here in the Pittsburgh area. Radiator systems can sometimes be “tricky” to figure out. A radiator disaster can occur when they are not operating as intended. A lot of homes in Pittsburgh have radiator heating. And I must admit, they are an efficient way of heating your home.

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Furnace Making Noise

Furnace Making Noise? What To Do…

The Call

I got a call from a perspective customer last week saying her furnace was just too loud! She wanted to know what to do to stop the furnace making noise. This problem may appear to be a bit vague in nature. But as I reflected on it, seems like I’ve gotten a number of calls like this in the past. In some cases, I’ve found that folks really do know if there is a problem with something in or around their home simply by listening.

Although this may sound “funny”, it actually rings true! Just like with your car; if it sounds different from what you are used to, then there just might be something wrong. How many of you have been in the following situation? You take your car into a mechanic and they try to have the car make the same  suspicious sound back.  But he car, of course, never makes that same noise that it did for you! Normally the mechanic would check it out. Perhaps he finds nothing is actually wrong with your car. Then you at least have some kind of relief knowing it was looked at by a professional.

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basement water damage

Basement Water Damage? What To Do When There’s Water in Your Basement

The Call

There has been a lot of rain in Pittsburgh lately. I’ve found that I’ve been getting a number of calls from folks having garage or basement water damage. In all cases, I’m asked is there anything that can be done about this? And can I possibly take care of this problem for them? Seems that people understand that this is not directly a plumbing problem; however, there just might be a “plumbing” solution for this!

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trenchless water line replacement

Trenchless Water Line Replacement

As water lines age, they begin to become damaged and more susceptible to problems. They can become more vulnerable to the effects of extreme temperatures, ground movement, water pressure, and mineral buildup. They can even be affected by tree root intrusion. A damaged water line is cause for concern as even though the problems may seem minor at first, they can quickly lead to trouble. What begins as a lack of water pressure or discolored water can quickly create the perfect culture for toxic mold, mildew, spores, and pest infestation to manifest.

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Should I Go to Plumbing School?

Is Being a Plumber/Heating Tech a Good Career Choice?

I was on my way to a customer call just last week. It was quite a ways from our shop, as we will travel almost anywhere in the Pittsburgh area to help people out. So, since I would be on the road for a while, I began thinking a little bit about my own past. I pondered when & why I decided to go into the plumbing and heating business. And I thought about the amazing choice I made in going to plumbing school in the first place.

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Hot Water Tank is Leaking

My Hot Water Tank Is Leaking! What To Do?

The Call

I received a potential customer call the other day. The person on the other end of the line said that their hot water tank is leaking. She was in her 20s and a new homeowner. She had never encountered this problem before, so we began to simply talk through it. At first, she seemed to be a bit nervous, and I could detect a touch of panic in their voice. I automatically assumed due to that anxious tone, that the leak was not a little one. After talking a bit with the homeowner and she had calmed down, we began to get at the source of the problem.

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leak through your kitchen ceiling

Leak Through Your Kitchen Ceiling

Leak through your kitchen ceiling. Just a few weeks ago, I was standing in the kitchen of a prospective customer. They were interested in putting in some mini-ductless units this spring. When all of a sudden I felt some water drops on my head!  Both the homeowner and I looked up at the ceiling above, only to see (much to the dismay of the homeowner) a water spot on the kitchen ceiling.  And unfortunately, it did look to be damp.

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reverse osmosis system

Reverse Osmosis System for Removing Dissolved Minerals

Last summer, we were actually reviewing a reverse osmosis (RO) install for a prospective new customer and had a call from an existing customer who was requesting a quote for the same kind of system, and rather quickly!  The customer seemed to be in a little bit of a hurry for having his RO install done very soon. Hugh said that he’d be able to take care of it within the next day or two. As he had three other AC jobs lined up before this, given the 90+ degree heat in recent days. But he was curious and asked what the rush was.

The homeowner answered by saying his young teenage daughter had just met a new friend. This friend recently moved into their neighborhood. And that they had an RO system in their home.  His daughter said the water tasted so much better than theirs. And she could not understand why their own water did not taste so good!

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Mini-Ductless Units: Efficient Additional Cooling

Mini-ductless units. Does your home have rooms that get really cold?  Over the summer, did you freeze on the first floor so your bedroom on the second-floor was cool enough to sleep in?  Do you have a window air conditioner that wakes you up? Especially as it cycles on and off in the middle of the night?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then mini-ductless units might be your answer.

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