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Porcelain Toilet Parts: Identifying Each Component In The Toilet Tank

Al's Plano, TX Plumbing   Porcelain Toilet:  Parts Identification & Basic Toilet Repairs These Toilet Parts Are Inside Every Toilet Tank: These toilet parts are found in every toilet.  You can buy replacement toilet parts on-line, at big-box home improvement stores and at hardware stores. Fill-Tube is white and located in the center of the [...]

November 8th, 2016|Plumbing|

Whistling Water Pipes — Causes & Cures

Al's Plano, TX Plumbing   Whistling Or Banging Water Pipes - Causes & Cures Whistling Whistling or squealing in pipes results from water being forced through a smaller opening than the original plumbing components are designed for.  This is a result of wear & tear, or water mineral build-up in faucets and wall shut-off valves. [...]

November 7th, 2016|Plumbing|

RainWater and GreyWater Will Water Your Lawn For Free

Water Your Lawn With Less Cost, Or Free, With RainWater and GreyWater Collection, Storage, and Pumping Systems   There are technologies currently available (with more on the way) for minimizing lawn-watering water usage, and capturing & distributing RainWater and "GreyWater" to use for watering your lawn.  Gray water comes from your washing machine and showers.  It's [...]

October 20th, 2016|Plumbing|

Energy Star Water Heater Versus Standard Efficiency — Your Lifetime Cost For Each

Energy Star Water Heater Versus Standard Efficiency Your Lifetime Cost For Each After cooling and heating costs, water heating is the next largest energy consumer in your home.  If you are considering replacing your gas or electric water heater, choosing an Energy Star water heater may save you money over the lifespan of the new water heater. [...]

October 18th, 2016|Plumbing|

A Federal Pacific Electrical Panel Is Dangerous — Does Your DFW Home Have One?

A Federal Pacific Electrical Panel Is A Fire Waiting To Happen!   PLEASE NOTE: Al's Plumbing, Heating & A/C does not have an Electric-Service Division.  Al's does not perform electrical work outside of installing HVAC Systems and electric water heaters. This Article is written as a Public Service, warning homeowners of the dangers if their [...]

October 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement If you own a DFW area home built before roughly 1975, chances are it has Clay sewer pipes in the lawn (connecting the house to the city's sewer main) and Cast-Iron sewer pipes under the house (unless they have already been replaced with PVC).  Both cast-iron and clay pipes fail over time [...]

October 11th, 2016|Plumbing|

Energy Star Certified Home — What Makes Them Special?

Energy Star Certified Home -- What Makes Them Special? This Certificate Is Provided To The Original Purchaser Of Every Newly Built Energy Star Certified Home Energy Star is a simple way to tell a consumer the specific product they are considering performs better than similiar products which don't have the distinction of being Energy Star. [...]

September 27th, 2016|HVAC|

High-E Furnace — Is The $ Better Spent Elsewhere?

High-E Furnace -- Is The $ Better Spent Somewhere Else? Should you buy a Standard-Efficiency (80%) or a High Efficiency (95%) Furnace in DFW?      Std-E Furnace has 1 metal pipe   Hi-E Furnace has 2 white pipes            for exhaust vent                     [...]

September 20th, 2016|HVAC|

Gas Furnace Failure: Which Components Fail and Why

Gas Furnace Failure -- Which Components Fail and Why Gas furnace failure can result from any of a number of components within a gas furnace.  Most components can be replaced (though the cost of replacing them may not be justified, based on the age or efficiency of the furnace).  Other component failures typically dictate the [...]

September 14th, 2016|HVAC|

Gas Water Heater Venting Requirements When Installing a High-Efficiency Furnace

Gas Water Heater Venting Requirements When Installing a High-Efficiency Furnace In An Existing Home This article addresses required changes in existing water heater venting when a High-Efficiency furnace is installed in an existing home.  Many homes are built with the water heater and furnace sharing the same combustion-gases exhaust vent. This practice is common with [...]

September 14th, 2016|Plumbing|