Allstar Home Services Blog

3 Signs You Need AC Repair

April 18th, 2017

In our summer heat, you cannot afford to go without AC for long. But when the problem doesn’t seem severe, and the weather is still fairly mild, you may decide to wait before calling a technician. Maybe you’d rather save some money now or maybe you feel like you just don’t have the time.

However, even minor AC repairs should be taken care of ASAP. When the weather is cooler, it’s easier to find a technician who is available to help. It costs more to run a broken air conditioner anyway, and the problem can only get worse. Isn’t it better to schedule repairs now than to wait for a last-minute AC breakdown, when you may have to cancel plans in order to get the service you need?

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How Destructive Is a Slab Leak Repair?

April 17th, 2017

concrete-slab-crackedThe majority of piping in your home is located in a hard-to-reach area. And perhaps the toughest area to reach is a hot or cold water pipe under the concrete slab in your home. Slab leak repair is difficult, but does it have to be destructive? While you can expect some amount of trouble, there are ways to ease the work of a slab leak repair, reduce costs, and keep much of your flooring intact.

Today, we address different methods of slab leak repair. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a company that has high-tech slab leak detection equipment in Riverside, call the friendly team at Allstar Home Services.

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Schedule Video Pipe Inspection before Selling Your Home

April 4th, 2017

Video pipe inspection is a useful tool when you’re experiencing a drain clog far along in your drains. A skilled technician can view a live feed inside of the pipes and figure out the type and location of clog, whether your sewer line is broken or corroding, or if tree roots are infiltrating the sewer line.

Often, people don’t think to call for a pipe inspection until they are experiencing problems. But this can bring complications when it comes time to sell your home.

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5 Tips for Air Conditioning Efficiency

April 3rd, 2017

air-conditioning-condenser-unit-money-efficiencyAir conditioners in our area get quite a workout. It’s no surprise that energy bills are highest in the summertime here, but that doesn’t mean they are welcome. Sometimes, it may seem like the only way to keep those bills low is to shut off the air conditioner altogether. But we’re here to tell you there’s an easier way.

We’re here to offer up some tips on finding ways to lower your energy use—which may also help to increase the lifespan of your AC equipment and prevent repairs!

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How Professional Drain Cleaning Keeps Clogs Away Longer

March 21st, 2017

We’ve all been there. A kitchen drain clogs up and we have to watch the sink slowly fill with water as we’re trying to get some cleaning done. Or, the tub fills with water as you are trying to take a quick, relaxing shower. It’s frustrating but, of course, there may be an easy fix: your plunger. It loosens up clogs so they can move down the drain with ease.

Unfortunately, if the clog isn’t near the drain opening, the plunger won’t do the trick. And there are no other home drain cleaning methods that can really solve the problem without drawbacks. The best way to get your drain clean is with professional plumbing services. Even better? The drains may not clog up for a long time to come!

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Water Leaking from a Central Air Conditioner: What Should You Do?

March 20th, 2017

tools-wrench-screwdriverThis is, perhaps, the most common emergency AC repair call a technician can get. When water leaks from an AC unit, it can do a whole lot of damage. You want to know what to do, and fast, so that you can remediate the issue and stop the leak. You could wait for an AC technician, but there are things you should try to do first.

By now, you may have realized the first and most important step: turn off the AC! It’s the least you can do to control the moisture from continuing—but you must follow it up with an inspection of the unit if you can. Check out our advice below and call our technicians for more information.

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Hydro Jetting vs. Drain Snaking: Which Works Better for Drains?

March 7th, 2017

When the drains around your home clog up, you might try a few at-home steps first and foremost. Of course, a plunger should be your go-to source for dislodging a difficult clog from a toilet or sink. But we recommend against using chemical drain cleaners, which damage the pipes and may pose serious health risks in the wrong hands.

That said, where a plunger fails, there are two standard tools a plumber may use to tackle pesky drain clogs. Drain snaking is the method you may think of when it comes to professional drain cleaning, using a drain auger to catch onto blockage or push it through the sewer line. But sometimes, hydro jetting is the better choice.

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Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Your Home

March 6th, 2017

water-drops-dripOur water damage restoration specialists have seen firsthand that water damage can appear where and when you least expect it. The longer you wait to seek water damage restoration services, the worse a problem can get, and the more it costs to fix in the long run. Learn to recognize the signs with the help of our plumbers and specialists, and call us to learn more about water damage restoration services in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

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Air Conditioning Systems Move Heat: A Quick FYI about AC

February 21st, 2017

Those of us with central air conditioners often cannot imagine life without them. And yet, many of us know little about how these systems actually work. Heating systems generate or produce heat via fuel combustion or electric resistance. But since “cool” is not an energy, it is not something that can be generated.

Air conditioners do not simply produce cool air, as you may think. In order to cool the air, your air conditioner must first remove heat.

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Changing the Air Filter in Your Home: It’s More Important than You Think

February 20th, 2017

air-filter-media-cleanThis year, make energy efficiency a priority. Taking little steps to improve the efficiency and performance of your air conditioning system can result in a significant drop in your bills, and some of the simplest steps can make a big difference.

You may not often consider the condition of the air filter in your air conditioning and heating equipment. Technicians recommend that you change the filter every 1-3 months, but you may ignore the suggestion if it seems that your indoor air quality is just fine. However, this isn’t the only reason to change your filter: it’s for the good of your air conditioning system and the size of your utility bill.

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