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It’s time to schedule a Preventative Maintenance

Be Proactive To Ensure Comfort All Season Long Here in the desert, our HVAC equipment takes a beating throughout the hot months. There is only a short window after we get to shut off our A/C before needing our heat. One of the best things you can do to ensure that your unit recovers from the heat of the summer, is to have your unit(s) set up to have a Preventative Maintenance service. By being proactive, you can eliminate worry that your unit may fail when you really need it and avoid extra costs. Regular maintenance gives you peace of mind knowing that any potential problems are discovered before they become BIG problems. Here at JMAC Plumbing & Air, we recommend a minimum of two maintenance service calls a year, one before the heat of the summer and one after. When you schedule a Preventative Maintenance service you can expect the technician to give your unit(s) a thorough evaluation and any necessary adjustments. At JMAC we do a full 18-point Maintenance to get your system ready for the colder weather: 18 Point HEATING Inspection & Maintenance Inspect air filter(s) Inspect thermostat operation Inspect burner operation Inspect heat exchanger Inspect safety controls Inspect fan/limit controls Inspect flue pipe at furnace Inspect wiring Inspect belts and pulleys (if applicable) Inspect flame sensor Inspect blower compartment Lubricate all moving parts (if applicable) Check voltage at furnace Check amp draws Check belts and pulleys (if applicable) Tighten loose screws on panels Tighten wires and wire connections Check temperature rise There are many benefits of preventative maintenance, but none more important than ensuring your...

Ode to our plumbers

Plumbing is hard work and can get a little messy. Plumbers are unsung heroes; not often thought of until they are needed most. In a tribute to plumbers, let us highlight a few of the most famous plumbers (real and fictional): Mario Brothers. A fictional example, they are still the heroes of one of the most popular video game franchises there is. Ozzy Osbourne. Can you imagine being able to say that Ozzy Osbourne plunged your toilet? Someone somewhere can. He was once a plumber. Joe the Plumber. Joe Wurzelbacher introduced himself this way when handed a microphone during a tour stop for the 2008 elections.  Maybe our current presidential candidates can find a plumber to make famous! Thomas Crapper. You guessed it; this man is responsible for the term “crap” and the euphemism for the toilet: “the crapper”. He was a large supplier of toilets during World War I. Soldiers began calling them “crappers” and the term stuck. Sir Michael Caine. Yes. We are talking about the award-winning actor. After serving in the army in Korea, he started a career as a plumber. Only afterward did he pursue a career in acting. So, hats off to plumbers! To schedule your next service, call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas Air Conditioning and Plumbing...

It’s Air Conditioning Time In Las Vegas

It is air-conditioning season time. Ready or not, it’s here! People often ask what is the optimal temperature to set an AC unit here in the Las Vegas desert. That’s a great question! According to Consumer Reports, the Energy Star efficiency temperature standard is 78°. We also recommend to start with 78° and then you decide what is comfortable for you and your family. As we know, personal comfort is subjective and there is not a perfect one-temp-for-all. Try out a warm day at 78° and see how that feels for you and your family. Then you may increase or decrease the temperature by 1° at a time for a period of time to determine your optimal temperature and comfort level. Ceiling fans are great to circulate the air in a room and to spread the cooler air around. Many families find they can set the temperature up to 5° when using fans, which can be a great energy savings. But when you are not home it is best to turn the fans off, as they don’t provide an energy benefit, just higher energy bills. Don’t forget that keeping your air conditioning units properly and regularly serviced is the best way to save energy. Regular maintenance ensures that your units are ready to handle the heat and help to avoid possible breakdowns. Replacing filters at least quarterly, and monthly during the long hot summer, keeps your unit(s) running efficiently as well. Call JMAC Plumbing & Air today to schedule a comprehensive A/C unit(s) inspection and routine maintenance. Your family’s comfort is important to...

It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is the season of fresh starts! Some parts of the country are still looking for signs that Spring is actually coming, as old Punxsutawney Phil predicted. Here in the desert we have been seeing the blooms on trees and plants for quite awhile already and if you are like most, the seasonal allergies have confirmed it for you. Spring is a great time to be sure that you not only change out your air filters, but also do a little extra cleaning of the vents. You can vacuum the vent openings to help rid the air of extra dust and debris. Clean vents and filters allow cleaner air to flow into your rooms once it’s time to start up the air conditioner. Spring is also a great time to schedule a preventative maintenance on your air conditioning units. After the long winter months of using your central heating, the coils and area around your units get dirty and need to be cleaned as well. Regular maintenance ensures that your units will be running optimally during the long summer months, and lessens the chance of any unit breakdowns. Breakdowns can displace you and your family here in the desert, and can be very expensive. Prevention is key to ensuring your family’s comfort all summer long! If your unit is close to 20 years old or older, you may want to talk to one of our pros about the benefits of a new, more energy-efficient unit. In the long run replacing an old unit before it completely breaks down can save you money and inconvenience. Spring is the best time...

How Correct A/C Design, Installation and Maintenance Can Save You Money

The design of an air conditioner, how and where it is installed, and whether or not it is properly maintained all play a significant role in the efficiency of the system. Following are some tips along these lines that can enable you to reduce your energy consumption while keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. A/C Design The first step in reducing energy consumption and saving money is to choose the right type of air conditioner for your home. You will need to not only consider the brand name and seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating but also find out what refrigerants and ducting materials are used, how the thermostat works, and whether or not the system has a computerized control system. The size of the A/C unit will also have an impact on how energy efficient it is. If the unit is too small, it will not provide sufficient cold air to all rooms of the home. This will usually lead to a homeowner turning down the temperature in an effort to keep cool, thus increasing energy usage. However, an oversized unit is also ineffective, as it does not reduce humidity in the home, once again causing the homeowner to lower the temperature and use more energy than would have otherwise been necessary. Naturally, newer units are more energy efficient than their older counterparts. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 40% if you install a newer, more efficient model. Installation In order for a split system air conditioner to function properly, the outdoor unit housing the...