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Does Home Warranty Cover Air Conditioning?

Purchasing a new home is a big investment, so it’s nice to have a good home warranty in place to help cover any maintenance or repair costs during that first year. Many homeowners have great experiences with home warranties and even continue to renew year after year. However, there are many repair items that home warranties do not cover or only provide a small amount of reimbursement. When dealing with home warranty companies, many times homeowners also have no choice...

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How to Prevent Slab Leaks

We make sure to get annual checks up from our doctors, for our vehicles, and for our heating & air conditioning systems, but how often do we think to do a yearly “plumbing check-up?” Oftentimes, homeowners don’t have to worry about their plumbing systems until something goes wrong. Routine checkups will help homeowners avoid major problems by identifying any possible red flags while regular maintenance keeps our home healthy and in good working condition. Some common plumbing issues that take...

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How Much Does Home Air Conditioning Cost?

As summer approaches and temperatures rise, we are often reminded of one of the most fundamental desires we all have, comfort. HVAC is the business of making homeowners comfortable. It’s safe to say when shopping for a replacement or new air conditioner, one should ask, how much is my comfort worth? Air conditioner prices range widely: between $5,000-$20,000. The reason the air conditioner prices cannot be narrowed to a definitive amount is that there are so many variables that affect what...

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How Does Home Air Conditioning Work?

First, some history. What we now know to be the modern air conditioning unit came about with one goal in mind: humidity control. In 1902, Willis Carrier drew up a method to remove the intrusive humidity from the air at a printing company in New York because the air’s moisture was affecting his operation, not just his comfort. Thus, the very first unit was designed for humidity control, not temperature, and cooling the air was a nice byproduct. By the...

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What Should Air Conditioning Be Set At?

Living in America's Finest City has its perks, and possibly the best of those is some of the best weather across the country. However, even with near perfect weather, San Diego does experience extreme heat waves during our summer months. While many coastal homeowners may enjoy a natural cool breeze, having a home air-conditioning system is a necessity for some. Have you ever wondered how your home air conditioning delivers that perfect cool temperature throughout your home? Home air conditioning systems...

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Signs You Have a Slab Leak

Slab leaks left undetected can cause major damage to your home. When left for long periods, moisture can lead to mold growth and mildew in flooring and walls increasing the cost of repairs and remediation. Wet spots and moisture are one of the most common sign homeowners discover leading them to suspect a slab leak, but these signs can also indicate that the leak has been happening for some time. What is a Slab Leak? Slab leaks occur in the either the hot...

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What Is A Slab Leak?

Put simply, slab leaks are water leaks under a concrete slab. But these kind of leaks can cause serious damage to your home. Discover more here. A slab leak happens when the copper water lines delivering water to your home develop pinhole leaks. Homeowners might not be aware that the water pipes in their home are run under the slab or concrete foundation, and although it makes leaks harder to find and repair, it is the most cost-effective way of getting...

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What Causes Slab Leaks?

Many San Diego homeowners will at one time or another face a common and damaging issue: slab leaks.   For homeowners lucky enough to have never experienced a slab leak, they are a source of frustration bringing new challenges. Imagine walking into the living room and discovering a mysterious wet spot. Who do you call, your insurance or your plumber? Will your floors be torn up? Will it cause mold requiring water damage remediation and restoration of floors and walls? Will you...

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December Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the December 2017 Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air, Restoration & Flood Award Winners. WE are exceptionally pleased to note that each of our divisions, plumbing, heating & air, and restoration & flood remediation services were represented for their outstanding achievements. Above & Beyond Raul Miranda, one of our most talented plumbers in San Diego could win any of our awards every month. For December, he got involved in the Bill Howe culture, delivered nothing but the...

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We’re Collecting Tools for Plumbers in Need!

We found this article, Training to be a Plumber in Ghana by Julius Ballanco and featured in www.PMmag.com about a 4-year plumbing program in Ghana and how the students are learning about the plumbing trade. This article resonates so deeply with our company and our industry that we wanted to take action and get involved. We have always been dedicated to training our own plumbers, as well as educating the community and our customers on the importance of licensed and trained specialists. Plumbers really...

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