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...

New Years Resolutions

We don’t hesitate to set goals to take care of our bodies and health as we make New Year Resolutions. But have you considered making a resolution to take care of your home’s plumbing system? By pampering your plumbing system, you can save time and money on costly repairsBut have you considered making a resolution to take care of your home’s So as you sit down to make your 2016 resolutions, how about some of these… Save Water. Do you have a leaky faucet or other plumbing fixture? Are you looking to replace older fixtures this year? Consider installing new water-saving fixtures and fix any leaks that you’ve been putting off. Protect any exposed pipes. Pipe freezes can wreck all kinds of havoc on your home and property. Be sure that any exposed pipes are properly wrapped to avoid any busted pipes. Take it easy on your garbage disposal. Not all things are meant to go down the disposal. For example, potato peels from one potato may be ok but potato peels from a dozen, are not! Also be sure to run a small stream of water while disposing and give it a freshen-up with some citrus peels once in a while (cleans and deodorizes). Give your water heater some tender loving care! To extend the life of your water heater, regular flushing of your unit will help remove sediment and other harsh build-ups. The professionals at JMAC can provide a complete and full inspection of all plumbing fixtures and do a complete evaluation of its current condition. JMAC Plumbing & Air is here for you all year long!...

How to Handle Common Plumbing Emergencies

We all know that emergencies, even plumbing ones, can pop up without any warning. Before panic sets in, stop and take a deep breath, then take some initial steps to stop it before it gets worse. The important thing to do is to know when the water starts flowing so you can save yourself from added headaches from frustration and major damage (which can be costly). 1. First things first: Know where the main shut-off valve for your home is located. It is usually near your water meter – if you know where that is. This is a good thing to know when you first move into a new home – so you can quickly get to it in case of an emergency. Most plumbing emergencies will not require you to shut down the water to the whole house – but it’s an important thing to know. 2. Knowing the location of your main valve is great – but knowing HOW to shut off the water supply to your plumbing fixtures is vital! Once you isolate the water to each of the fixtures, you will be able to not only stop the flow of water but also allow you to make any necessary repairs, or wait for a professional to get there. 3. Leaking or drippy faucets can be very annoying and actually can drain a large amount of water over a period of time. The cost can add up to several hundreds of dollars a year if not taken care of. Fixing it could be as simple as replacing an O-ring; or taking it a part, cleaning it,...

Frozen Pipes…in Vegas?

Yep, even in the desert we need to be concerned with frozen pipes If you are new to the Las Vegas Valley you probably don’t think you need to be concerned with your pipes freezing on your home. Well, anyone that has been through a Vegas winter knows that we do occasionally get freezing temps – which can lead to frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can wreak havoc if they burst! It is wise to take preventative steps to ensure you don’t have to deal with any damage and repairs. 1. Drain your outside lines – Any outdoor plumbing lines are what you need to be concerned with the most, such as sprinklers, outdoor kitchens, fountains, and such. You will want to the shut off the water by turning off the main valve to your home, and then turning on any sprinklers and outdoor plumbing fixtures you may have, to drain any water. Be sure you drain your garden hoses as well and be sure to coil them back up afterwards. You may need to repeat this process whenever you use any water outside throughout the season. 2. Insulate your pipes – If you’ve lived in colder climates you probably remember wrapping your pipes to prevent freezing. If the forecast is showing freezing temps, it’s a great idea to wrap any exposed outside pipes of your home and property. The local hardware store carries several different wraps and tapes that can make this an easy prevention. 3. Let your faucets run – I know it sounds crazy but a very slight trickle of water to keep water flowing (instead of...

Our 18 Point Preventative Maintenance Service Ensures Peace Of Mind

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...

Tips To Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Clean

Could Your Kitchen Sink Be a Science Experiment? Did you know that your kitchen sink can be one of the dirtiest things in your home? It even surpasses most bathrooms. From the sponges and soaps, to the frequently damp environment, to dirty dishes and food particles in the sink and disposal, the kitchen sink can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Here are some tips for keeping your kitchen sink clean: -Don’t let damp sponges sit in or around the sink. Get a holder for the sponge that will allos air to get around it and dry out quickly. The longer it is damp, the more bacteria that it develops. And don’t hesitate to throw the sponge in the washing machine, or simply throw it away and get yourself a new one. -Don’t let dirty dishes pile up. It is best to rinse your dirty dishes and put them in the dishwasher as soon as you are done with them, and wash those dirty pots and pans every day. -Run the garbage disposal! Don’t rinse something into the garbage disposal and let it sit. I’m sure you’ve had those times when you put grub down the drain and forgot to run it. The next morning you wake up to a foul smell and trace it back to the disposal. Ugh! -Towel dry (paper towels are actually best) the sink when you are done cleaning it. The less moisture, the better. -Don’t forget to clean the faucet and the drain stopper, too! When cleaning the sink and stopper, be sure to use a disinfectant that has bleach as an ingredient....

Advantages Of A Water Softener

Itchy skin? Dry, frizzy hair? Did you know that the quality of your tap water can greatly affect the condition of your skin and hair? Hard water, which Las Vegas is known for, is very harsh and can cause skin irritations such as eczema, dandruff and more. I can personally attest to all of these things. At my home, I had a water softener installed before I even moved in. I’ve learned quickly that when my skin starts to itch or my hair is frizzy, it’s time to add salt to my softener. I am my own personal notification system! 🙂 And don’t even get me started on those hard water deposits on my shower glass! Good news for these ugly and irritating problems…The plumbing industry has seen an increasing need for water conditioning/softener systems. Thankfully there are many water conditioning/softening systems that help combat some of the harsher elements in our water. Not all systems are created equal. There are many brands, functions, and additives to choose from. At JMAC, water softeners are built to meet the customers demand and fit the size of the home. Water softeners shouldn’t be a one size fits all…you wouldn’t settle for three sizes of shoes would you? To find out what system would be best for your home, contact the professionals at JMAC Pluming & Air today for an in-home consultation. Advantages for Installing a Water Softener Water treated with a water softener can have some great benefits for you and your household: *Your silverware and glassware, are cleaner and shinier. *Your hair and skin feels softer, cleaner and smoother (can...