Air Conditioner Parts: The Compressor

May 18th, 2015

The more you know about your air conditioner, the better equipped you’ll be to recognize when it’s having a problem. You don’t have to be able to take your system apart and put it back together; you just need to know enough about the parts of the air conditioner to know when they’re having issues. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of the most important parts of the air conditioner: the compressor. Continue Reading

Chloe’s Sunshine Playground is Now Open!

May 11th, 2015

Chloe’s Sunshine Playground held its grand opening on Saturday, May 9, 2015 to coincide with Chloe’s 8th birthday. Hundreds of residents attended with their families to participate in the playground’s opening and share in the celebration. After the ribbon was cut, approximately 100 children of all abilities and ages were able to swing, climb and play the rest of the afternoon. Fundraising is underway for Phase 2 of the playground’s construction that will include a splash pad. For more information and updates, check their Facebook page at Chloe’s Sunshine Playground

Click here to watch interviews and local coverage of the playground’s grand opening!

How Duct Sealing Can Improve Your Air Conditioning Efficiency

May 11th, 2015

Air conditioners across the country are starting to see more and more use as summer gets closer and closer. Obviously, making sure that your air conditioner is in good physical condition is paramount to staying cool this summer. However, there is another thing you can do to make sure that your air conditioner is operating as efficiently as possible: duct sealing. Read on to find out more about why duct sealing is so important to ensuring that your air conditioning system operates to its full potential. Continue Reading

Join Us for the Grand Opening of Chloe’s Sunshine Playground

May 6th, 2015

chloes sunshine playground

Join us this Saturday, May 9 for the grand opening of Chloe’s Sunshine Playground in Syracuse. The grand ribbon cutting and opening will take place from 12:30-2:30pm at Centennial Park (1800 South 2000 West).

Rentmeister has been a proud supporter of the community’s new playground, and sponsored the annual Heritage Days Pancake Breakfast benefiting the playground. The playground, named after Chloe Bennett of Syracuse City, will help bridge the gap and accommodate all children so they can play together.

Proposed plans for Chloe's Sunshine Park

3 Signs That It’s Time for a New Air Conditioner

May 4th, 2015

Spring is the time to make sure that your air conditioner is up to the task of keeping you cool for another upcoming summer season. Unfortunately, some of us have air conditioners that are not up to that task. No matter how well you take care of your air conditioner, there will come a time when you need to replace it. When that time comes, you’ll want to recognize it as soon as possible so that you can act on it. Otherwise, you might find yourself without an air conditioner on a hot day. Have a look at these 3 signs that it’s time for a new air conditioner. Continue Reading

The Sacrificial Anode Rod, and How it Protects Your Water Heater

April 27th, 2015

Your water heater is one of the hardest-working systems in your home. With changing regulations contributing to a rise in water heater costs later in the year, it’s also one of those systems that you probably want to protect for as long as possible. Part of protecting your water heater is knowing when to change the sacrificial anode rod. What is the sacrificial anode rod? Read on to find out. Continue Reading

Why You Should Consider Installing a Water Softener in Your Home

April 20th, 2015

Before the water that you use every day is piped into your home, it is put through a rigorous treatment procedure by the city. Harmful chemicals and minerals are removed, after which the clean water is piped into your home to be used. This treatment process, while effective for making your water safe to drink, is unfortunately ineffective at preventing one big problem: hard water. Let’s take a look at what hard water is, what it can do to your plumbing system, and how you can stop it. Continue Reading

3 Air Conditioning Problems That Require Immediate Repair

April 13th, 2015

As a general rule, you don’t want to ignore any problems that might crop up with your air conditioner. The faster you get problems taken care of by a professional, the healthier your system will be. There are some problems, however, which absolutely cannot wait for repairs. When these emergency problems occur, you need to be able to recognize them and take action as quickly as possible. The following are 3 common air conditioning problems that require immediate repair. Continue Reading

Do I Need to Schedule Whole-House Repiping?

April 6th, 2015

The material of the pipes in home plumbing has undergone significant changes over the last century. At the turn of the last century, the dominant metal for pipes was cast iron. Eventually, more durable galvanized steel replaced it. After 1970, copper became the most common type of metal. Then different kinds of plastic (PVC, PEX, CPVC) joined with copper piping to form the basis of most contemporary residential plumbing systems.

If you live in an older home, you may need to think about arranging for a whole-house repiping job to replace aging and outdated plumbing. This is a large task, but if you call on experienced plumbers, like those at Rentmeister Total Home Service in Salt Lake City, UT, the work will go smoothly and get done in the shortest time possible. After that, you can enjoy hardy new piping that will provide you with few problems for decades to come.

When whole-house repiping is necessary

Was your home built pre-World War II? Then it almost certainly has either galvanized steel or cast iron plumbing (unless a previous owner had it repiped). If this is the case, then you shouldn’t hesitate with arranging for whole-house repiping. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing serious plumbing issues, the pipes are likely already suffering from corrosion damage that will one day put all of the plumbing at risk. If you are in doubt about the condition of the plumbing for a house of this vintage, please call a professional plumber to inspect the piping and tell you what work needs to be done.

If your home was built after the war but before 1970, you should take a tally of how often you have needed to schedule plumbing repairs during the last few years. Are clogs becoming more common? Do you need to have leaks fixed on a regular basis? Have you experienced drops in water pressure? These problems are all signs of decaying plumbing. A skilled plumber will tell you if you need only a few pipes replaced or if it is time to invest in a full repiping.

If you have any questions about repiping and what it involves, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled plumbers have many years of experience with whole-house repiping as well as smaller plumbing repairs, and they can guide you toward the best solution to meet your needs.

Call Rentmeister Total Home Service, where we have provided high quality plumbing installation, replacement, and reapirs for more than 60 years.

How a Clogged Air Filter can lead to Furnace Repair

March 30th, 2015

Many of the problems that can afflict your furnace are obvious in nature. If your air handler stops working, for example, you’ll know because you won’t get any heat. One of the most dangerous problems for your furnace, however, also happens to be the most subtle. If you don’t know what signs to look for, you may not even notice it until it’s far too late.

Let’s take a look at how a clogged air filter can lead to furnace repair.

The Air Filter

The air filter itself is designed to shield the furnace from any dust and debris that might blow in from the ducts. It’s pretty good at this role, capturing any particles that are blown into it, while allowing air to pass through it unobstructed. The problem is that once the air filter collects these problems, it has no way to get rid of them. In order for the air filter to keep working properly, it has to be cleaned or replaced every few months. If this isn’t done, the air filter can become so clogged with debris that it starts to obstruct the flow of air into the furnace. That’s when the problems start.

Short-Cycling

When the air flow into the furnace is restricted, it causes the temperature inside the system to rise. Eventually, the furnace will overheat, activating the limit switch and causing an emergency shutdown. Though this will temporarily protect the system from damage, it won’t address the source of the problem. As long as the air filter remains clogged, the system will overheat again as soon as it starts up. This locks the furnace into an endless start/stop cycle, which puts it under far more stress than it was designed to handle. If not fixed quickly, the entire furnace might break down and need to be replaced.

Short-cycling is one of the most damaging issues to afflict furnaces, though it is often one of the easiest to fix. If you haven’t been changing your air filter every few months, we highly recommend that you start doing so now.

If you’d like to know more about air filters and short-cycling, call Rentmeister Total Home Service. We provide furnaces throughout Salt Lake City.