Keeping Your A/C Drain Line Clog-Free

Summertime may be fun for adults to take vacation and kids to play in the pool, but many of our appliances are at a higher risk of breaking during these few months. Every year during this time, thousands of air conditioning drain pans in the US will overflow as a result of a clog in the condensate line. Fortunately, with proper maintenance, this clog is easily preventable. Homeowners that lack knowledge about this appliance won’t notice there is a problem until it is too late when the water has already begun dripping through the ceiling. When the problem is fixed right away, no major damage should occur. However, left broken for a few days could result in wet insulation and mold growth. If the damage goes this far, an insurance claim may need to be filed. Preventative maintenance Because your air conditioning is working its hardest during the summer, it’s best for you to inspect the drain pans right before you begin using the air conditioning in April or May and near the end of the summer in September or October. You may be able to inspect the drain pans yourself, but for the most effective inspection contact an air conditioning service in Las Vegas to do it for you. If you choose to check the drain pans yourself, there are a few things to know. First, the drain pan is located directly under the air handler. It may already be damp due to the condensing out of the air from the outdoors. A little dampness isn’t anything to worry about. If the pan is filled with water, this...

Fix Air Leaks in your A/C Unit

Your air conditioning in Las Vegas is important. The hot summers are too harsh to survive without a proper working A/C unit. In order to prevent it from breaking, you need to know a few things about air conditioner maintenance. One of the most important things to be aware of during the summer is air leaks. Did you know about 90 percent of calls to air conditioning repair companies are for air leaks? Not only can they cause your unit to break but it will rack up your energy bill. Here are a few tips for fixing air leaks. Causes of air leaks Before you can properly fix the air leaks, you need to know how they got there in the first place. There are a few reasons why an A/C unit develops leaks: Crack/hole in drain pipe Clogged air filter Condensate line is plugged up Finding air leaks Use a flashlight to inspect the overflow pan. Typically leaks are fairly noticeable. Check the corners and edges. If there is a leak, feel around for the wettest spot, this will lead you right to the crack. If there were no cracks on the overflow pan, it’s time to move on to the filter. If the air filter does not get cleaned out on a regular basis, it can cause ice to form. During the summer time, this ice melts causing water to leak from the unit. When was the last time you changed your air filter? Typically, it should be changed once every three months. Any longer and you could be looking at costly repairs. If you air filter...

Over 1.5 Million Americans Don’t Have Indoor Plumbing

Earlier this year, the Census Bureau asked US residents to fill out its American Community Survey. The questions range from political standing to transportation means and even a few that could be considered an invasion of privacy. The most controversial questions from this year’s survey were housing questions 8a-8d. These questions were all regarding plumbing in a household. People felt that asking about the plumbing in their home was too personal. However, questions regarding plumbing facilities have actually been on the Census survey since 1940. Putting aside our problems with privacy, the survey revealed some pretty astounding statistics. Doesn’t everyone in America in 2014 have a flushing toilet? Surprisingly, no. In fact, over 600,000 homes don’t have complete plumbing facilities. These households lack a toilet, a tub, a shower or running water. The average household has 2.6 people living in it. Yes, that means that over 1.5 million people do not have full indoor plumbing in the US in the year 2014. The map revealed that most of the areas that lacked proper plumbing contained Indian reservations. Apache County, Ariz., had the most amount of homes without plumbing at over 17 percent. Shannon County, S.D., ranked the second highest with 14 percent. Though most states in the US only have one or two counties suffering without plumbing, nearly every county in Alaska has over 2 percent of homes or more without plumbing. Texas counties by the Rio Grande, Eastern Kentucky, Western Virginia and Southwestern Alabama also had high rates of homes without indoor plumbing. When you consider the date modern plumbing was installed in homes, it really isn’t too...

Legendary Reactions to Air Conditioning

Back in 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier created the first modern air conditioning system. It was first used in a printing business in Brooklyn. Over 30 years later, Carrier predicted the future by stating, “the average businessman will rise, pleasantly refreshed, having slept in an air-conditioned room, he will travel in an air-conditioned train, and toil in an air-conditioned office, the only time he will know anything about heat waves or arctic blasts will be when he exposes himself to the natural discomforts or out-of-doors.” Many people consider Carrier the father of air conditioning, though his system was certainly not the first. Check out what people thought of air conditioning back in its early days. “Some crank in Florida” During the 1840s, a cooling system was used in Florida to treat victims of yellow fever. Ice was hung on the ceiling to cool the room down. After a few years of tinkering with the mechanism, Dr. Gorrie made a machine that could make ice and cool air. People would call Dr. Gorrie “some crank in Florida that thinks he can make ice by machine.” “Struck with wonder” By the early 20th century, the world was excited for the new system that could make cool air. A/C made its first public debut in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair. The building was kept in the 70s while outside the temperature exceeded 90 degrees. Visitors were “struck with wonder” that the building could be kept cool artificially. “Cool as a mountain top” Movie theaters were some of the first business to get air conditioning. Sid Grauman’s Metropolitan Theater was the first...

Could This Change The Way We Unclog Toilets?

No one has truly experienced the feelings of fear and embarrassment until they have clogged a toilet in someone else’s home. When that happens what do you do? You’re going to do everything in your power to avoid letting the homeowner know, so you try to unclog it youself. However, plungers aren’t always completely reliable. If the clog is too big, chances are you may have to get a professional involved. You no longer have to worry about this happening with the new invention. A South Korean man has invented the next new plumbing mechanism that is sure to take over the market. The 36-year-old inventor wondered if there was an easier way to unclog toilets. The basic concept of a plunger is to apply pressure that forces the mess down the toilet. His invention uses the same basic principle of pressure, but his product applies much more than the basic plunger. The invention called “Pung-too” works by placing a strong plastic film over the bowl of the toilet. When the toilet is flushed, the water bulges up the plastic. You have to push the plastic down multiple times and the force of the water pressure causes the toilet to unclog. Though it seems scary to flush the toilet again after the bowl is already full, you can see here that if the Pung-too is sealed properly you won’t have to worry about the toilet overflowing. The inventor explained that he created the prototype about two years ago. However, his first creation wasn’t strong enough to withstand the overflow of water. After two years of trial and error, he...