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What is a Grease Trap?

Grease traps, or grease interceptors, are plumbing systems designed to prevent fats, oils and grease buildup, as well as other solids from entering the cities public sewer system where they could accumulate over time eventually causing major city drain blockages. Who Has a Grease Trap? All businesses, typically restaurants and coffee shops, that have a three compartment sink for dishwashing and use dairy products, must install commercial grease traps. Grease traps also have to be installed if any business has a...

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Can Coffee Grounds Go Down the Drain?

A quick Google search will lead homeowners to some very conflicting results on this particular matter. There seems to be a group of people that swear by coffee grounds as a remedy for foul-smelling sinks and dirty disposers, and those with caution never put coffee grounds in the drain line, with or without a waste disposal. There are also people who suggest using citrus rinds as a fresh smelling drain solution, but more on that later! Our expert plumbers have found...

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Electric vs Gas Furnace

Heating your home uses more energy and costs more than any other system in the home and can make up approximately 42 percent of utility costs, according to energy.gov.  In an attempt to create a more energy efficient home and save money, homeowners often look to the heating system choices to find those savings. While there are many differences including cost and efficiency to consider, how do homeowners make an informed choice? What is an Electric Furnace? There are a few different...

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Furnace Replacement Cost Estimator

It is almost an inedibility that homeowners will have to replace a home’s furnace at some point. Whether homeowners are installing a furnace for the first time (in a home with no central heat & air), replacing an old and inefficient system, or building a new home a deciding to add central air capability, a new furnace cost will be a big investment. Furnace costs can range from relatively inexpensive to the cost of a new vehicle. It will depend...

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How Often Should I Service My Furnace

As part of their general gas safety tips, San Diego Gas & Electric recommends performing annual inspections on all gas appliances by a licensed professional. This includes the home heating system when it is operated by natural gas. But furnace inspections should also be done to maintain the system increasing performance, not just for safety. Safety Inspections Scheduling a preseason furnace and cleaning maintenance service is the best way for homeowners to protect their family and ensure the safe operation of their...

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What is Wall Furnace

There are many ways to heat the home. And while there is no right way for every home and family, there usually is a “best” type of heating depending on the homeowners’ needs and home layout. Many homes are already set up for central heating and air condition, while others do not have the capacity for ducting and will need something that does not require preinstalled ductwork such as ductless mini-splits or wall heaters. When do homeowners know that a...

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Furnace Maintenance Tips

Furnace maintenance is something every homeowner should invest in before it gets cold. Not only does regular maintenance help homeowners avoid costly furnace replacements or repairs, but it also keeps the manufacturer’s warranty intact and can extend the life of the furnace. There are many ways in which homeowners can maintain the efficiency and lifespan of their home furnace, and together with scheduled preseason furnace maintenance form a licensed professional, homeowners will be sure to have their furnace prepared for...

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Best Temp for a Furnace in Winter

Achieving the perfect furnace temperature setting for the winter will vary month to month in San Diego. Since the climate is relatively mild, some months are colder than others and it comes down to personal preference. However, staying warm on our cold winter months depends on many aspects of the furnace system, not just the reading on homeowners’ thermostats. What is the Coldest Month in San Diego? According to U.S. Climate Date, December through February tend to be the coldest months...

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How to Prepare a Furnace for Winter

San Diego has near-perfect weather year-round, but it does get cold during our winter months. Homeowners who have central heat are fortunate to be able to turn a dial or program their thermostats to avoid chilly nights and mornings. However, even if it is used sparingly, homeowners should perform winter furnace maintenance before they need it; don’t wait for the cold! By preparing a furnace for winter months, homeowners can rest easy knowing they will be warm on those damp cold...

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How Often Does a Furnace Need to be Replaced

Furnace and heating systems should be replaced at the right time to maintain efficiency and safety. Find out when the right time is to replace your home furnace. How Long Do Furnaces Last? Most high-efficiency furnaces from quality manufacturers will last between 15 and 20 years. However, if they are not properly maintained or installed, the system may break or need replacing before its lifetime. Most manufacture warranties last about 12 years, but with care and maintenance, homeowners can stay warm...

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