Things To Know When Buying a Heater

February 5, 2018

Finding the Right Solution for Your Home Purchasing a new heater isn’t something most homeowners deal with on a regular basis. In fact, modern heating systems are designed to last anywhere form 15-25 years, depending on the type of system you have. So, when the time comes to buy a new heater, you might be unsure where to begin. There are a few things to know when buying a new heater. First and foremost, the type of heating system you’ll want to look into will depend greatly on your unique needs. Various factors, such as the size of your home, the amount of heat you typically need, and your budget will all dictate which type of heater is best for you. Are you looking for something relatively inexpensive to run? Consider a gas heating option. Need to quickly warm up a smaller space? A fan heater might be the perfect solution. There are an array of different types of heaters to choose from, including: Gas furnaces Electric furnaces Oil heaters Fan heaters Wood-burning heaters Geothermal heaters Heat pumps olar heaters You may also want to consider a zoned system, rather than a traditional central heating system, if you tend to...

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Tips to Reduce Energy Costs in the Winter

February 5, 2018

Solutions that Are Good for the Environment and Your Wallet Most residents of the Gilbert area are used to Southern Arizona’s hotter temperatures. But, with average temperatures dropping down to the low 30s/high 20s (and sometimes even lower!) in the winter months, it can be tempting to crank up the heat from November through March. However, as any homeowner knows, this can quickly become costly, as running the heater every day for months can drastically increase your energy bills. Plus, it’s bad for the environment, as most heating systems produce greenhouse gases and harmful emissions. So, how can you save money and help the environment without freezing? Here at Collins Comfort Masters, we’ve got some tips to help you stay warm and cozy all winter long that won’t up your monthly energy bill. Check out our tips below! Harness the Power of the Sun The great thing about the sun is that it produces the same amount of heat all year, even when the air outside is colder. If your house has a lot of windows, you can take advantage of this free, completely renewable source of heat. Even if you don’t get tons of natural light every day, you...

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Is Your Indoor Air Quality Harming Your Health?

February 5, 2018

Find Out How You Can Start Feeling Better Today While most people know that air pollution is a problem outside, they often don’t realize that air quality can be an issue inside, as well. In fact, indoor air quality has been linked to a number of health problems, including increased respiratory illnesses and more severe allergy and asthma symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can also lead to what is known as “Sick Building Syndrome” (SBS). SBS is a phenomenon in which occupants of a building experience various symptoms, often vague and subjective in nature, that can be traced back to the quality of air inside that building. But how do you know if your indoor air quality is affecting your health? Colds, flus, allergies, and asthma can be a result of so many different factors that it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. That being said, there are a few indicators that your home may have poor indoor air quality and that it is affecting your overall health and wellbeing. You’re Experiencing Frequent Illness—and You Don’t Know Why If everyone in your office comes down with the flu and the next week you start feeling bad, it’s probably...

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What to Do If You Have a Pipeline Leak

March 5, 2014

A lot of homes use natural gas for energy needs, and in the majority of situations this is perfectly safe. However, it is still important to understand how the situation should be handled if a pipeline leak does occur.If you should find yourself facing such a leak, Collins Comfort Masters Plumbing would be happy to provide you with the professional assistance you need. What to Do If You Have a Leak The to-do list in case of a pipeline leak really boils down to two key ideas—evacuate and call for help. If you ever suspect that an area in your home has a gas leak, get everyone out of the house and move to a safe place. Once you are far away from the leak, call 911 and stay nearby to make sure that no one else enters the area until it has been deemed clear. What Not to Do If You Have a Leak The do-not-do list is a little less intuitive. You may want to review this with your family to make sure everyone understands how to handle a pipeline leak responsibly. Do not use your cell phone until you are clear of the leak area; these can...

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Know About Gas Leaks and Gas Leak Repair

February 10, 2014

Many of the homes that our Collins Comfort Masters team services every day rely on natural gas. Natural gas is an important energy source and when managed correctly it is quite safe and reliable. Understanding a few basic facts about gas leaks will help you identify the need for gas leak repair and related maintenance services. Are Gas Leaks Dangerous? This is the first question that our gas leak repair service members are asked. The answer depends on the circumstances. Outdoor gas leaks are not regarded as highly dangerous since the natural air flow will prevent the gas from getting trapped in a confined area. If you spot puffs of dust rising from the ground when no breeze is present or if you smell the rotten egg scent associated with gas leaks, then Gilbert plumbers ought to be notified right away. Stand away from the site until technicians arrive. Indoor Leaks If you are inside and suspect that you have a gas leak, follow these steps to minimize risk to yourself and your family: Family members and pets should exit the home. Do not use electrical appliances, including telephones, while inside your home. Contact your power company from a neighbor’s...

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Man Jailed For Fighting About Cost of Plumbing Repair

December 26, 2013

When you need a plumber to take care of a clogged toilet or another emergency plumbing problem, you probably want a plumber at your doorstep within minutes of making the phone call. At Collins Comfort Masters, our plumbing repair services are convenient, affordable, and won’t cause you to end up in a situation where you have to call the police. Plumbing Disputes and Jail Time Recently, a man threatened another man in Idaho with a gun over a dispute over some completed plumbing work. It all happened when two men were arguing on the phone over the cost of a plumbing repair that had been completed earlier. After the two men got off the phone, the plumber that had done the plumbing work earlier arrived at the man’s home with a gun in his possession. The plumber tried to open the door and come into the man’s home, but the victim blocked him from entering. When this happened, the plumber pulled out a gun and threatened to take the man’s life. The plumber eventually left the scene but was later picked up by the police and put in jail. Our Prices are Fair and Affordable When you have a plumbing...

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Plumbing Repair: Fix Your Water Softening System

December 4, 2013

The team at Collins Comfort Masters has been the preferred Gilbert plumber for water softening system installations for many years. These important systems will perform reliably with just a minimum of care; therefore, most people do not have much reason to get to know their water softening system very well. Cleaning the brine tank is a simple plumbing repair that you can do at home with no special tools. This task will help correct the sodium balance present inside the softening system. Since the correct balance of sodium is essential to your water softener functioning correctly, maintaining the brine tank shouldn’t be overlooked. Cleaning the Brine Tank The brine tank is usually the larger of the two tanks that make up a water softening system. Simply remove the lid of the tank to get started, then follow these steps to perform this type of plumbing repair: Use the handle of a broomstick or other rod to gently break up the salt crust at the bottom of the tank. Take care not to damage the tank itself Use the hose attachment of a wet-dry vacuum to remove the broken sediment Wipe the inside of the tank with a clean damp cloth...

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3 Common Plumbing Problems that May Require Emergency Plumbing Repair

October 11, 2013

If you have a plumbing problem you want immediate, reliable service. Collins Comfort Master has the experience to handle plumbing maintenance and emergency plumbing repair at any time of the day or night. Here is information on 3 types of plumbing services a Gilbert plumber can provide. 1. Toilet problems A toilet that is not functioning probably can be a major inconvenience and create a mess. If you have an overflowing toilet, clogged toilet or one that runs constantly, a Gilbert plumber can get to the root of the problem and ensure it is fixed. 2. Sewer and drain problems A clog sewer line or drain can create a number of problems in any home. Some causes of these types of issues include articles that get flushed down a toilet that cause it to clog and overloading a garbage disposal with food that creates a clog. A knowledgeable plumber can diagnose the issue and efficiently get it fixed. 3. Leaks It can be difficult to pinpoint the source of a plumbing leak. If a plumbing leak is not addressed, it can cause water damage, mold and mildew. These issues can become more and more expensive to fix and have the...

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Leak Repair and Insulation: An Efficient Home Plumbing System

September 25, 2013

The plumbing system in your home is made up of many elements –pipes, valves, and devices—that serve to distribute and regulate the water flow to and from the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room in your home as well as to your home heater. We, atCollins Comfort Masters in Gilbert, take great pride in assisting you in maintaining your home plumbing system and encourage you to consider the following plumbing maintenance tips. 1. Catch and Rectify Leaks Whether large or small, all leaks in your home can do serious damage and compromise the safety and structure of your home. Leaking water can cause mold and mildew to develop, as well as increase the risk of wood rot, which can greatly affect the strength of wood structures in your home. Identifying any leak and then doing a proper leak repair is pivotal for preventing these major issues. 2. Insulate Your Water Heater An important part of your plumbing system is your water heater which enables you to have cool or warm water on demand all around your house. Most water heaters keep the water they contain at a prescribed water temperature at all times. The utility costs associated with this constant temperature...

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Small Leak Repair Can Prevent Big Problems

September 20, 2013

You may not know that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing. Small leaks can go undetected for weeks until a homeowner receives an enormous bill from the water company. When you start seeing the signs, it is important to call a company that does leak repair in Gilbert. At Collins Comfort Masters, we know water damage can be frustrating. Let us quickly find and fix your plumbing problems. Avoid Further Damage It is important to recognize the signs of a leak, as early detection is key in preventing further damage. Warning signs include a musty smell in your home or water stains on ceilings or walls. If you have a leak under your home, you may notice warm or wet spots on the floor. Leaks can hide behind the walls or cabinetry as well, and will often manifest in buckling cabinets or peeling wallpaper. Swift leak repair will not only prevent the spread of the water, but it can also stop mold growth before it stops. Mold can begin growing after just a day or two if given the right conditions. Not only is it hazardous to your health, but mold cleanup can also cost thousands of dollars....

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