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STEPS TO TAKE DURING AN ELECTRICAL OUTAGE

If your power suddenly goes out, the problem could be due to severe weather, equipment failure or a scheduled outage. When you experience a power outage, it can be more than a little disconcerting, as electricity can be incredibly dangerous. If you experience an electrical outage, here are three steps you should take to ensure the safety and security of your home.

1. Unplug Electronics

If your power does go out, it is smart to unplug your electrical appliances such as your television, microwave and computers. That way, if the power does return, your devices are safe from a possible power surge.

2. Check Around

To make sure the power outage isn’t relegated simply to your home, check with the neighbors to see if their power is out as well. If it’s not, then the problem may be specific to your home. If their power is out as well, there may be a citywide issue that you will have to wait to be solved.

3. Better Safe Than Sorry

If your home is the only home without power, there may be an issue with your home’s electricity. Electricity can be fatal if you don’t know what you’re doing, so make sure to hire an electrician to help fix or restore your power.
If you do experience a power outage, keeping you, your home and your family safe should be your top priority. To learn more about what steps you should take during a power outage or to find maintenance that can help you after an outage, call AAA Home Services at 314-968-0900.
drinking water

THE BENEFITS OF A WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM

If your house does not currently have a water filtration system, you should seriously consider getting one. It is an investment worth making considering all the benefits you will receive.

Environmental Benefits

With filtered water flowing through your home, you will be able to drink from the tap instead of being reliant on bottled water. This is good for the environment because you do not have to throw away a bunch of plastic bottles. Even if you ordinarily recycle those bottles, it is still preferable to not use them in the first place.

Health Benefits

While your local water supply should be safe to drink, there might still be contaminants in your water system that can lead to various health problems. These contaminants include:
  • Aluminum
  • Arsenic
  • DBPs
  • Giardia

Taste Benefits

You might think all water tastes the same, but that just means you have never truly compared regular tap water to filtered water. Many people find that filtered water tastes so much cleaner, and routinely drinking water is bound to help your skin quality and immune system.
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KNOWING WHETHER TO REPAIR OR REPLACE YOUR HOME APPLIANCE

Your fridge or stove isn’t made to last a lifetime. Yet, you should still figure out when it’s the right time to get an appliance repaired versus throwing it into the dumpster and getting a new one. Your decision could save you quite a bit of cash if you use your appliance to its capacity, while also saving money from avoiding frivolous repairing costs. Here’s a few things to take into consideration before choosing to repair or replace your appliance.

Life Expectancy

Neglect, overuse, and accidental damage can cause you to replace an appliance earlier than you considered. On the other, regular maintenance would help you to prolong its life. Here is a list of the average life expectancy (in years) for major household appliances before they go kaput:
Dryers – 14
Washing Machines – 12
Dishwashers – 12
Refrigerators – 14
Ranges – 16
Microwaves – 8
Garbage Disposals – 13

The 50% Rule

It’s a common rule of thumb to replace your appliance if the repair cost is 50% or more its replacement price. Constantly putting money into an appliance only to have it lead to a burn out is a waste of your time and money.

Get an Expert’s Advice

Check to see exactly what is and isn’t covered by the appliance’s warranty. Contact a reputable appliance repair company, such as AAA Home Services, willing to give you a detailed estimate on repairs. An expert can help you to discern whether you should repair or replace the appliance by closely examining and diagnosing the problem.

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CHOOSING A TRADITIONAL VS. TANKLESS WATER HEATER

With hot water a must-have convenience for almost every homeowner, it’s a given that you’ll replace your current water heater when the time comes. As you search for your next water heater, you’ll have to decide if you should stick with a traditional water heater or switch to a tankless water heater. To decide which is better for your home, here are a few factors you should keep in mind.

COST

Traditional water heaters still have a strong cost advantage since they’re based on older technology that’s cheaper to manufacture. As a result, the initial purchase price of an average conventional water heater is usually less expensive than its tankless counterpart. On the other hand, a traditional water heater may cost more to operate over the course of its life due to higher energy consumption.

While the installation costs associated with tankless water heaters may also be more expensive (depending on the system’s size and complexity), you may be able to recoup some of your installation costs over the long run through reduced energy usage.

INSTALLATION

Replacing a traditional water heater with another of its type is usually a straightforward affair, at least as long as the replacement is the same size as the original. If you need to upgrade to a larger conventional water heater, you may run into some unexpected size and clearance constraints.

In contrast, a tankless water heater’s compact design gives you more installation options than a traditional water heater. Some models even allow you to install the water heater outdoors to save space. Keep in mind that tankless water heaters have unique venting requirements that may affect your installation choices.

EFFICIENCY

Time and technological advances have made traditional water heaters more energy efficient than their older counterparts. Nevertheless, these units still waste a great deal of energy when compared to tankless water heaters. The main issue involves standby heat—a traditional water heater constantly burns energy in order to maintain a tank full of hot water. Since tankless water heaters provide hot water on demand, there’s no energy wasted on a heating unused water.

On some gas-fired tankless water heaters, the pilot light can be an unexpected source of energy waste. However, it’s possible to offset this wasted energy with the savings gained from eliminating standby energy losses.

CONVENIENCE

With a traditional water heater, there are often delays between opening a faucet and receiving a satisfactory stream of hot water. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are designed to deliver near-instantaneous hot water, making showers, baths and other typical household activities involving hot water faster and more convenient.

Most tankless water heaters can handle heavy hot water usage with relative ease. When it comes to heavy water usage at multiple hot water outlets, however, traditional water heaters remain the better option. Whereas a tankless water heater may need multiple heating units—to handle simultaneous showering and dishwater usage, for example—a conventional water heater can handle demand from multiple areas without missing a beat.

MAINTENANCE

A traditional water heater requires a great deal of effort to maintain. Not only must the water tank undergo occasional draining and cleaning to prevent calcium and sediment buildup, but precautions must also be taken to keep the tank from rusting out. In comparison, a tankless water heater doesn’t need much maintenance.

Tankless water heaters also benefit from a longer lifespan. The average tankless water heater has a life expectancy of 20 years or more, depending on how well it’s maintained throughout its life. In comparison, a traditional water heater has a lifespan of 10–15 years.

If you’re still having trouble choosing a water heater that works best for your home, you can always turn to the experts at AAA Home Services. Call us or schedule an appointment through our online form.

Home-appliances

WHY YOU SHOULD UPGRADE TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

Whether your washer and dryer have been acting up or your fridge just isn’t keeping cool the way it ought to, it may be time for you to replace your appliances.
If you’ve been looking into replacing them with more energy-efficient models, you may be wondering if it’s worth the extra cost to purchase these upgraded appliances. The answer is yes for most people, and here are just a few reasons you should seriously consider investing in more energy-efficient models as you replace your appliances.

Reduces Carbon Emissions

Temperatures around the world currently reach greater extremes than ever, and inconsistent weather patterns affect people more and more regularly. Consequently, it’s now very important to reduce greenhouse emissions, become more energy efficient and invest in renewable energy sources.
Just this year, Arizona has experienced record-breaking temperatures that have actually caused structures around the state to start melting because of the temperature extremes, reaching as high as 167 degrees Fahrenheit on the concrete.
This is a big part of why a lot of world leaders decided to participate in the Paris Climate Agreement, which went into effect in April of 2016.
While the US is no longer a part of the Paris Climate Agreement, it’s still important for us to do our part to reduce carbon emissions, and part of that is investing in energy-efficient appliances that lower the amount of waste we produce while still getting the services we need.
The average person in the US produces 16.4 metric tons in carbon emissions each year, but if everyone were to switch over to ENERGY STAR certified appliances, such as Whirlpool, the country could lower emissions by the equivalent of 215,000 cars and lower energy costs by $360 million as a nation.

Reduces Bills

While making this switch could save the country millions in annual energy costs, make us less dependent on foreign oil, and lower our greenhouse emissions, these aren’t the only benefits. There are a lot of benefits to your home specifically.
A lot of energy-efficient appliances use less energy, but they also use less water. This affects not only the amount of emissions you produce, but can also impact your overall water and electric bills.

Qualifies for Rebates and Government Tax Credits

Along with the reduced costs as a nation and at home, investing in energy-efficient appliances is also smart for you as a homeowner, as the federal government offers tax credits.
For example, purchasing a geothermal heat pump, which is an energy-efficient, low-emissive heating and cooling solution, can qualify you for a credit paying for 30 percent of the total cost spent on the system. This lasts up into 2019.
The reason energy efficiency and conservation are so great is because it reduces the need to produce the energy in the first place. Although the government also offers homeowners rebates for investing in renewable energy sources like solar panels as well, this isn’t necessarily as effective as simply investing in energy conservation though smart appliances.
In a recent poll the ACEE found that—for the most part—building renewable energy power plants would cost more than simply conserving energy use, and that it was a smarter option overall for cutting emissions to invest in energy-saving programs.
As you look to purchase new appliances for your home, there really is no reason not to look into buying more energy-efficient models. They’re good for your budget, your conscience and the economy, and they reduce carbon emissions.
Reach out to AAA Home Services to see what options we have available, keeping in mind that even if we don’t carry the model you want, we have certified technicians that can install any name brand.
Refridgerator Repair

4 COMMON REFRIGERATOR PROBLEMS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Refrigerators are usually one of the most reliable kitchen appliances in the average home, which makes it all the more surprising when you suddenly encounter problems with it. These problems are often so subtle that it can be difficult to spot them before they turn into bigger and more expensive issues. As a result, it’s easy to dismiss an ongoing problem as normal behavior for your fridge.

Here are a few common problems your refrigerator can run into during the course of its life.​

1. Excessive Frost Buildup

When you open your freezer door, the last thing you want to see is your refrigerator doing its best impression of Antarctica. This phenomenon is yet another common sign that something’s up with your refrigerator. Excessive frost and ice buildup inside your freezer can turn something as simple as grabbing a bag of mixed vegetables into an act involving an ice pick and a lot of frustration.

Thanks to the advent of the frost-free refrigerator, excessive frost buildup isn’t as common as it used to be. Nevertheless, the problem can still surface if the automatic defrosting feature experiences a sudden failure. Faulty evaporator coils or a refrigeration leak can also lead to a freezer caked with thick ice.

When faced with excessive frost buildup, the best thing to do is turn the refrigerator off and allow it to manually defrost. If the problem happens again after turning the fridge back on, then you may need to have a professional take a closer look at your refrigerator.​

2. Excessive Condensation

You might notice a little condensation inside your refrigerator under normal operation. However, seeing your refrigerator literally dripping with “sweat” isn’t normal. Too much condensation could lead to standing water on the bottom shelf of the fridge as well as water leaks caused by overflowing condensate.

Excessive condensation usually happens when large amounts of warm air somehow infiltrate the refrigerator, typically through a failed door gasket. It’s important to make sure the gasket is able to seal the refrigerator properly. If the gasket is weak, worn out or covered in mold, then it’s a good idea to have it replaced.

3. Constant Operation

Your refrigerator’s compressor only needs to run at brief intervals in order to keep things cool inside. If it seems to run all day and all night, then there may be a problem with the compressor. Not having enough refrigerant due to an undetected leak can cause the compressor to run non-stop. Faulty relays can also cause the same issue.

Letting your compressor run non-stop can easily cause it to overheat, shortening its lifespan even further while putting the rest of your refrigerator at risk. It’s a good idea to listen carefully to your refrigerator and call an expert if it shows no signs of shutting down.

4. Sudden Increase in Energy Consumption

A sudden spike in energy costs can be caused by a number of issues, including your refrigerator. What was once an energy-efficient appliance can suddenly start wasting energy due to years of cumulative wear and tear. This problem is usually more evident with refrigerators that have gone well past their expected lifespan.

Keep in mind that a typical refrigerator offers an average lifespan of 17 years when properly maintained. Problems with the evaporator coils and other parts of your refrigerator can cause its energy consumption to increase.

Although a simple tune-up can help reduce your current refrigerator’s energy consumption, it may be time to think about buying a newer and more energy-efficient fridge. AAA Home Services offers a broad range of energy-efficient options for your home as well as the certified technicians to help with expert installation.