Bud Matthews Services Blog

Seal Your Ducts This Spring for a Better Summer

April 15th, 2019

inside-air-ductIf you’re active about preparing your home for the summer, you’ve probably already schedule air conditioning maintenance. That’s great—there are few preventive home service jobs that are more effective than an annual inspection and tune-up for an AC. However, you might not have considered services for your ducts to prepare for the summer. Ducts are easy to forget about, since you can’t see most of them because their hidden in the walls at attics. But professional duct sealing may be the most important Chapel Hill, NC, HVAC service you can have done before the summer weather arrives.

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Is Your AC Losing Refrigerant? How to Tell

April 1st, 2019

air-conditioning-maintenance-technician-checks-mainfoldTo create lower temperatures indoors, your air conditioner uses the circulation of refrigerant, a chemical compound that can easily change between liquid and gaseous forms. As the refrigerant evaporates in the indoor coil of the AC, it absorbs heat and makes the air cooler. Then the refrigerant condenses in the outdoor coil, which releases the heat to the outside. This process is called heat exchange, moving heating from one place to another.

Without refrigerant, an air conditioner cannot carry out heat exchange, and that means no cooling. But that’s not the worst part! Without the proper amount of refrigerant, the entire AC is in danger of failing—usually permanently.

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We’re Ready to Inspect and Tune-Up Your Air Conditioner

March 18th, 2019

calendar-scheduling-bookLet’s all say a big “Hello!” to the official first day of spring, which is this week!

For HVAC technicians like us, spring has an important meaning—it’s the season of air conditioning maintenance! This is when we encourage all our customers to arrange for a visit from one of our technicians to put their ACs through the gamut of inspections and tune-ups that will help them perform at peak condition during the coming hotter mid-year weather.

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Now Is the Time to Maintain Your Sump Pump

March 4th, 2019

underwater-flooding-interiorThe beginning of the spring is the time to make sure the sump pump in your house is ready to do its job in case of flooding. Spring rains, snowmelt, and more water saturated into the ground bring the danger of water seeping—or flooding—into your basement. The entire purpose of the sump pump is to get that water out of there as fast as possible. Just like a generator, a sump pump is a device you hope you never need to use—but you want to ensure it will work in case ever need to use it.

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Getting Less HVAC Noise in Your Work Space

February 18th, 2019

commercial-ventThe new modern work space encourages the “open office” layout. Instead of hallways and doors leading to shut-in smaller spaces, offices now are wide open—a more natural feeling that also permits the office to “breathe.” It’s also a layout that’s more conducive to teams working together and feeling connected to the other people in the company.

But these open office spaces are much trickier for commercial HVAC systems. Providing and even spread of heating and cooling in larger areas, often with high ceilings, is a challenge that requires professional and experienced commercial HVAC technicians to handle. (You never want anyone except an HVAC professional with a commercial background to work on any part of your building’s HVAC system.) There’s another challenge as well, which is how easily noise travels through an open work space—and the HVAC system is often a prime noisemaker.

We have some ideas on how you can reduce noise pollution from a commercial HVAC system in a work space:

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Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?

February 4th, 2019

waterIf you’re asking this question, you’re probably a bit confused. After all, furnaces don’t use water to run, do they? A boiler uses water, but a furnace heats up air with either gas burners or electric heating elements, and then sends the air into the ducts.

And yet, there is it: water leaking out of the furnace cabinet onto the floor. What’s happening? And does it mean you need heating repair in Chapel Hill, NC for your HVAC system?

We’ll take a closer look into this apparently odd, but actually common, heating problem.

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Do You Know Where the Shut-Off Valve Is?

January 21st, 2019

If you don’t know where this shut-off valve is … we’re here to help you learn!This isn’t a topic you want to think about often, but what happens if your house experiences a massive plumbing leak that threatens water damage and flooding? You may have seen this happen in movies, usually for comedy, but it’s a real issue and not funny at all when it happens to you. The damage to personal possessions can be devastating, and remediating water damage is difficult and costly.

Fixing major plumbing leaks is one of the most important jobs our plumbers in Pittsboro, NC do, and they’re ready 24/7 to help out. But they can’t be there instantly, so to prevent as much damage as possible, you must know where the main shut-off valve to your house is. When you close this valve, you stop water flow to all parts of your house. If you don’t know where this shut-off valve is … we’re here to help you learn!

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How a DIY Plumbing Job Can Go Terribly Wrong

January 7th, 2019

scared-womanWe thought about calling these “DIY plumbing horror stories” in the title, but that feels a bit gruesome. But make no mistake, the ways a botched do-it-yourself plumbing job can fail may make you feel like you’re living in your own little horror story. No scary monsters, but high bills, water damage, and sewage aren’t big improvements.

There are a few simple plumbing jobs you can take care of on your own, such as cleaning out the aerators in faucets when they become clogged. But troubles like fixing pipe leaks and installing new plumbing fixtures should be left to licensed professionals to prevent … well, prevent some of these things from happening …

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Ways You May Be Wasting Water

December 24th, 2018

budget-scissorsWhen you look at your monthly bills and see how much water your household has been using, do you feel a bit faint, or do you start seeing red? How can we be using this much water? you may be thinking.

Unfortunately, there are many ways a house can waste water and send water bills skyrocketing. Some are bad habits. Others can come from repair troubles or out-of-date fixtures. It’s not difficult to make changes that will get those water bills back under control—and benefit the environment as well with water conservation.

We’re going to look at several ways you or your home’s plumbing system are wasting water unnecessarily.

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Causes of a Drop in Household Water Pressure

December 10th, 2018

faucet-drippingWhen you first notice water coming from a faucet at lower pressure than normal, you may think of it as a nuisance that will go away. Then you’ll find out how aggravating an issue low water pressure in a house really is. It takes forever to fill up the bath, taking a shower turns into an ordeal, and appliances like the dishwasher and the laundry machine may struggle to get their basic tasks done.

Why has the household water pressure dropped? We’re going to consider this press(ure)ing problem and what you can do to get water back to flowing the way it should in your house.

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