Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog

Your Water Heater Isn’t Doing Its Job—Here’s Our Advice

July 16th, 2018

water-heater-tankNo matter how hot it gets outside in summer, there’s one heating appliance in your home that has to work each day: the water heater. People in your home still need hot showers in the morning, and hot water is still necessary for cooking and cleaning.

If you’ve noticed that the water heater isn’t doing what it’s supposed to—you don’t have enough hot water or the water from the taps isn’t getting sufficiently hot—it’s something to investigate as soon as possible. Here’s our advice on what to do when your water heater seems to be falling behind.

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Summer Is Here, So Is It Too Late to Get a New Air Conditioning System?

July 2nd, 2018

residential air conditionersNo, it’s not. Call us and we’ll get you a great new AC.

That’s the short version of this post—but taking care of an AC replacement in Sacramento, CA really is that straightforward when you work with us. We’ve been in business since 1976 and know the best way to provide central cooling for homes. We do customer service the old way, and it’s our goal to see that you’re fully satisfied with your air conditioning system and enjoy a great rest of the summer and many summers to come.

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How Do I Know I Have Hidden Plumbing Leaks?

June 18th, 2018

high-pressure-pipe-leakingBecause most of the plumbing in your house is disguised from sight behind walls and flooring, it isn’t easy to know when you have pipe leaks—at least until the leaks have gotten so bad that water is seeping up through the floorboards! You don’t want things to get that bad. You want professional plumbers on the job as soon as possible. So what can you do to find out early if you have water leaks in your plumbing?

There are a number of warnings signs to watch for and a simple test you can perform that will give you the heads-up that it’s time to call licensed plumbers. (And you absolutely must have qualified, licensed plumbers for leak detection and repair. Going DIY can result in bigger repairs, wasted water, wasted money, wasted time, etc.)

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Getting the Most from Your AC Replacement

June 4th, 2018

thumbs-upAs the summer weather closes in, we recommend you give some serious thought to whether your current air conditioning system will be able to get through the coming heat. For an AC that’s more than 15 years old, or one that’s costing far more to run than it used to, replacing it is usually a better option than to continue throwing money into repair after repair.

To get an expert opinion on AC replacement and repairs, or to schedule an air conditioning replacement in Granite Bay, CA, we’re the HVAC contractor to call. We have some helpful tips on how you can maximize an air conditioning replacement.

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When Repairs Aren’t Enough: Time to Replace Your AC

May 21st, 2018

air-conditioner-cabinetsWarm weather is here, hotter weather is on the way. If your home’s air conditioning system needs help to get it through the coming summer, right now is one of the last convenient times to arrange for it before the temperatures spike. Make sure your AC has gotten its regular maintenance as well as any necessary repairs to ensure it works its best.

But what if repairs are no longer the answer? At some point, any cooling system will cost far more to continue to patch-up than it’s worth. This year may be when you stop sinking money into an over the hill AC and have it replaced with a new one. Call on our service professionals to find out more about a new air conditioning installation in Sacramento, CA. We can help you make the right choice when it comes to the great “repair vs. replace” debate.

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We Recommend Regular Drain Cleaning for Your Home

May 7th, 2018

bubbling-drainDrain cleaning sounds like a job you need when you’ve got a clogged or slow drain. This is one of the important reasons that plumbers do drain cleaning. After all, there is no plumbing trouble that’s more common than a clogged drain or toilet. Professional plumbers can take care of any clog without doing damage to the pipes the way chemical drain cleaners can.

But drain cleaning is more than an emergency fix-it solution. It’s also a long-term plumbing care job, a regular preventive maintenance task. We recommend homeowners make drain cleaning a service they schedule every year. If you’ve never had routine drain cleaning done before, right now is the best time to get started.

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Why Isn’t My Thermostat Changing the Temperature?

April 23rd, 2018

thermostat-adustmentYou expect that when you go to the thermostat on the wall in your home (or one of the thermostats if you have a zone control system) you can alter the general indoor climate. You won’t notice results immediately since it takes time for cooled or heated air to reach the rooms, but you should hear a reaction from the HVAC system such as a blower fan coming on or a compressor starting.

But what happens if … nothing happens? You make an adjustment on the thermostat to set it to 78°F on a warm day (a great energy-saving setting) and the house doesn’t cool down. You don’t even feel air blowing from the vents. Is the thermostat broken—or is something else wrong?

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How to Do a Water Heater Flush

April 9th, 2018

plumbing-toolsWater heaters suffer from wear and tear over time, just like any other machine. A specific issue that starts to build up in water heaters is sediment inside the tank. As water from the municipal system enters the tank, heavier particles and minerals gradually settle along the bottom of the tank. This creates problems: the sediment forms an insulation layer against the burners, making the burner work harder to heat up the water. Too much sediment can also cause water pressure inside the tank to rise.

The solution is to do a regular water heater flush every few years. Flushing out the water and replacing it will remove most of the sediment, giving the water heater a fresh start and better performance.

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When a Water Heater Repair Is No Longer Worth It

March 26th, 2018


Your home’s water heater does more work than either your air conditioner or furnace during the year. After all, it has to work every day of the year (except perhaps on days when you’re on vacation and have the system shut down). It’s hard to imagine getting through a single day without using hot water in some way.

You’ll want your water heater to last for as long as possible before you have to replace it. You can expect to need repairs now and then in order to keep it going. For example, sediment often builds up on the bottom of the tank, which impedes energy efficiency. No problem—call our plumbers and they’ll flush out the tank, and everything should be back to normal. The circulator pump, one of the few mechanical parts on a water heater, may break, in which case we’ll handle repairing or replacing it—and everything will be back to normal.

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Sign Up for Maintenance to Prep Your AC for Hot Weather

March 12th, 2018

service-reminderThe change in the seasons is coming. We may not hit the sweltering heat for another month or two, but this is the time of the year to prepare for it. The most important preparation is seeing that the air conditioner that keeps you and your family cool through the summer is in tip-top shape. No lingering repair problems, no efficiency issues, no looming breakdowns.

So how do you get your AC ready for summer? You can do a few things on your own: clean the outside cabinet, change the air filter, and make sure none of the vents around the house are covered up or blocked in any way. The rest of the prep work must be left to HVAC professionals. You can sign up for our maintenance plan to arrange for your AC’s spring inspection and tune-up.

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