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Here’s what you should know about ductless AC systems

Too many homeowners here in Fresno, think that their cooling and heating options are limited to a traditional air conditioner, with the usual ductwork. That’s just not true anymore: with a ductless AC system professionally installed by Allbritten, you can get great indoor comfort without the need for a major home renovation.

Pictured: A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

A ductless AC system requires no existing ductwork, making it an ideal choice for homes without this network of ducts.

Here’s the best part: Allbritten offers free in-home estimates on new systems here in Fresno. Call us to get started, or to run your questions past our team of friendly experts.

What is a ductless AC system?

A ductless heating and cooling system does not use ductwork to deliver hot or cold air into the home through vents in the floor or ceiling. Rather, a unit is installed in a room (typically, wall-mounted) and then connected to a compressor outside.

Here are just some of the reasons a ductless AC might be right for your home:

  • You have a historic home with no existing ductwork for a traditional air conditioning system.
  • You’re adding a room to your home and don’t want to run ductwork to it.
  • You want to turn a garage, sunroom, or workspace into a useable space in the summer.
  • You have multiple family members feuding over temperatures in the home.

If any of these are true, call Allbritten for a free in-home estimate.

Installation

In each room selected for ductless HVAC, a unit is installed on the wall, in the floor, or recessed in the ceiling. It is connected to an outdoor compressor through a small, unobtrusive hole.

Refrigerant is pumped from the compressor to that room. If a heat pump and an inverter are installed in the outdoor unit, then heat can be delivered to the room as well.

Energy-efficiency

Much of the energy lost by traditional HVAC systems is from poorly insulated ductwork and the compressor constantly turning on and off. In contrast, ductless systems slow down and speed up without ever fully stopping, and there’s no ducts for heated or cooled air to travel through on the way to the living spaces in your home.

Due to this efficient operation, homeowners can save anywhere from 25 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. Plus, the installation of the unit may qualify you for federal tax credits and local rebates. For more about this, contact us here at Allbritten.

Other considerations

Ductless systems will save you money in the long run. The units do require maintenance, typically removing the filters and cleaning them on a regular basis. However, that’s true for all AC systems: ideally, you should schedule an annual tune-up to keep the unit running right.

If properly maintained by certified HVAC technicians, your ductless system should last. That’s especially true for the Carrier systems we install here at Allbritten.

Your next steps

Once you’ve made the decision to go with ductless AC system, your next step is to get in touch with us here at Allbritten. We’re air conditioning installation experts here in Fresno and the Central Valley, and our team has the experience to match your home to the best system for you and your family.

To learn more about ductless AC units, or to get your free in-home estimate, call us today!

Common commercial AC problems and what to do about them

As a business owner, you already have enough on your plate, and you don’t need to add a malfunctioning air conditioner to the mix. However, such problems can arise. In this blog, we review 5 common commercial AC problems, the signs that you’re dealing with a problem, and what to do.

For expert commercial HVAC services here in Fresno and the Central Valley, contact the team at Allbritten today!

Here are 5 common commercial AC problems

#1. Poor air quality

Everything from a gas leak to a dirty air filter can compromise the quality of the air blowing out your vents. That poor air can irritate allergies and potentially make your employees and customers sick. That’s lost revenue and productivity for your business.

Make sure your air filters are either cleaned or exchanged frequently. Learn more about indoor air quality, and the services offered by Allbritten.

Pictured: If your building is facing commercial AC problems here in Fresno, it's time to call Allbritten!#2. Lack of maintenance

A commercial AC unit that seems to be working just fine might have minor issues that can slowly build up to major problems.

By scheduling a regular tune-up for your building’s AC systems, you can help ensure that your employees and customers stay comfortable throughout the hot Fresno summer.

#3. Inconsistent airflow

Maybe it’s burning hot in one area of your building and freezing cold in another. In such instances, it might be that your building’s ductwork has cracks or leaks in it. Have a professional from Allbritten come out and take a look to see what the issue might be and what you can do to resolve the issue.

#4. Refrigerant leaks

Refrigerant is supposed to be inside the coils of your air conditioner. If you see that refrigerant has started to leak, or if it’s not as cool as it usually is even though you’ve got the thermostat at the same setting, you might have a coolant leak.

Have the issue taken care of by a pro before it leads to more problems. Contact us immediately for emergency service here in Fresno.

#5. Malfunctioning thermostat

Rather than blaming your air conditioning unit, the issue could be with your thermostat. While you might adjust the temperature to a specific setting, a malfunctioning thermostat might not be able to properly regulate the temperature in your building. This means that it can give your AC unit bad instructions.

If you suspect that your thermostat isn’t working, have one of the experts of Allbritten come out and inspect it.

Call Allbritten for help with your commercial AC problems

No matter what commercial AC problems you’re facing, help is well within your reach. Contact the team here at Allbritten and allow us to lend a hand! Also, be sure to ask about our plumbing services.

Here’s how tankless water heaters work

By now, you’ve probably heard about some of your friends and family investing in something for their home called a “tankless water heater.” Also known as a “Demand-Type Water Heater,” these systems are becoming increasingly popular with Fresno and Central Valley homeowners.

In this blog, we’ll explore the reasons why more and more local homeowners are making the switch to tankless systems. To learn more, or to make the switch yourself, contact Allbritten! We’re your local plumbing experts! (559) 292-4919

An endless hot water supply

Tankless water heaters, as the name suggests, do not have a tank in which they store hot water for eventual use by you and your family. Instead, a “tankless” system is a heating element connected to a water line. As hot water is needed, the line sends water through the system, rapidly heating it to the desired temperature.

Since the water heater isn’t storing a limited supply of water for use later and only heating it as needed, it can supply a virtually unlimited supply of hot water. This is useful for large families that go through a lot of hot water in a single period of time, such as when people are getting ready in the morning.

However, no matter what size your family is, this other benefit applies to you.

Saving money, both today and tomorrow

Tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than their standard counterparts. Since they’re only heating water as it’s needed, there’s less energy wasted. All-in-all, one of the chief benefits of a tankless system is that they can significantly cut down on the gas or electricity used in your home, which in turn slashes your monthly energy bills.

Yet, that’s not all. These systems also last longer than standard water heaters; in some cases, a tankless unit can have double the lifespan of a regular water heater. While the upfront cost of a tankless system is typically higher than that of a regular unit, bear in mind that you may have to purchase two water heaters in the same lifespan of one tankless.

Safety and space-savings

As you probably know by now, tankless water heaters do not have a tank. Here’s another benefit to that: the water heater tank burst—a scenario dreaded by homeowners for decades—is out of the equation. There’s no more need to have that stressful thought in the back of your mind, and there’s no putting a price on that.

One final benefit: most tankless water heaters are wall-mounted in your garage, utility closet, or elsewhere. This frees up floor space in some of the most valuable and crowded parts of your home.

To learn more about how tankless water heaters work, call Allbritten!

Allbritten is your source for local, trusted plumbers here in Fresno and the Central Valley. We repair and install tankless systems, as well as standard ones.

To learn more or to get started on a quote for a new demand-type unit, contact us today, or give us a call at (559) 292-4919.

Here are three reasons to schedule an energy audit

You can save money, have a more comfortable home, and help your air conditioner last longer. It all starts when you schedule an energy audit with the pros at Allbritten.

In this blog, we’ll talk about home energy audits and what makes them such a smart investment for homeowners.

What is an energy audit?

Allbritten is a Home Performance company with BPI-certified technicians. Our 26-point home energy audit helps Fresno homeowners find points of inefficiency in their home, which we then help them address.

From a whole-home pressure test to an evaluation of your attic and attics with an infrared camera, we thoroughly and completely evaluate your home.

Here are the three reasons to schedule an energy audit

Knowledge is power. By knowing where your home is losing energy, you can take action. Let’s review just some of the reasons you should schedule an energy audit.

#1. Lower your energy bills

A professional energy audit from the BPI-certified professionals at Allbritten can help you identify areas where your home is losing energy—and you’re losing money.

From a poorly insulated attic to inefficient systems, an energy audit points you in the direction of savings. Our tech will present you with a detailed report explaining places for improvement.

#2. Make your home more comfortable

Energy loss and energy inefficiency isn’t just about your monthly bills. It can make your home feel uncomfortable and drafty. Efficiency and comfort go hand-in-hand, which is why an energy audit from Allbritten can find ways to improve your home’s comfort.

#3. Reduce wear-and-tear on your air conditioner

The more your air conditioner runs in the summer, the more wear-and-tear it endures. This continual running can result in the need for AC repair more often, and—ultimately—decrease the lifespan of your system.

A home energy audit can help you determine where (and how) your home is losing energy. By addressing these issues, you can relieve pressure on your air conditioner, which doesn’t have to run as long to cool your home in the summers here in Fresno.

Paired with an AC tune-up from our experienced techs here at Allbritten, your air conditioner will be in better shape, run more efficiently, and be less likely to break down.

Schedule an energy audit with Allbritten

If you’re ready to make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable, it’s time to contact Allbritten and schedule an energy audit. Give us a call at (559) 292-4919 to get started.

Ahead of AC tune-up season, here’s why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club

It’s February. Here in Fresno, the high is in the 70s this week, and it looks like winter is beginning to give way to the earliest days of spring. That means summer is just around the corner. Now’s the time to start thinking about an AC tune-up, and joining our Guardian Maintenance Club.

(In fact, you’ve probably heard our radio ad about how joining our Guardian Maintenance Club is a great New Year’s resolution!)

As a member, we call you to schedule your maintenance, both in the spring (air conditioning) and in the fall (heating). Plus, you get a bunch of other great perks, just for signing up. It’s a great deal!

In this blog, we’ll review why becoming a Guardian Maintenance Club member is one of the best ways to keep your home’s HVAC systems running right, and to save money.

No-hassle scheduling

Between work, school, kids, and family, we get it: the ongoing maintenance of your air conditioning unit is probably not what you’re thinking about.

It is for us here at Allbritten, though, and that’s why the Guardian Maintenance Club is so great. We call you to remind you that it’s time for a tune-up that you can schedule at your convenience. Easy, right?

Just one missed year of maintenance can be bad news for an air conditioner. That’s one year of extra wear-and-tear, grime buildup, and problems going unaddressed. As a member of the Club, you can have the peace of mind that your air conditioner has a stellar maintenance history.

Of course, that’s in addition to the many other benefits of a tune-up, which include:

  • A reduced chance of your air conditioner breaking down during the hottest months of summer when you need it most.
  • Greater energy-efficiency and lower summer energy bills.
  • A longer system lifespan thanks to ongoing upkeep.
  • Keeps your manufacturer’s warranty intact, as most warranties have a clause that requires professional maintenance.

Priority service

Guardian Maintenance Club members are first in our hearts. They’re also first in line when it comes to service! As a member, you’ll receive priority service on any of our services.

So, while regular maintenance will reduce the likelihood of your system breaking down, won’t it be nice to know that you have a trusted company on call for plumbing repair?

Repair discount

Here’s our point-of-view: a local company should reward customers for their loyalty and business. That’s why we don’t just provide Guardian Maintenance Club members with priority service, but we also offer them a discount on future repairs.

On any of our repair services, you can also take 15% off. Allbritten is a large, trusted business with a number of different services, so this discount can really add up for homeowners!

Join the Club and start saving!

Stay on top of your home maintenance and save money by joining our Guardian Maintenance Club. It’s easy. Just contact us or give us a call at (559) 292-4919, and we’ll send you details about how to join. Then, we’ll send out one of our experienced and friendly techs for your upcoming AC tune-up.

Here are 5 different heating noises and what they mean

Furnaces are complex, mechanical devices with many moving parts and functions. While newly installed furnaces are quieter than ever, they’re still going to make some noises. Still, there are some out-of-the-ordinary heating noises that you should be alerted by. These sounds could indicate that something is wrong with your system.

Heating noises, furnace sounds, and what you should not ignore

You should immediately contact a professional technician at Allbritten for furnace repair if you hear any of these noises.

1. Buzzing noises

If you hear a buzzing noise, you should get the system checked by a professional furnace repair technician from Allbritten. A buzzing noise usually indicates that something is wrong with the capacitor or the fan. An experienced technician will use specialized tools to determine the exact cause of the noise.

2. Vibrating noises

Another noise that indicates furnace repair is a loud vibrating or thumping noise. Again, you should call a professional to get your heating system checked if you hear this noise. The noise is usually caused when the motor becomes out of balance.

The vibrating noise may also occur due to an unbalanced blower wheel. Getting the system checked will help in detecting and resolving the problem with the furnace.

3. Squealing noises

A squealing noise can occur for many reasons. An experienced technician will use specialized tools to find out the cause of the squealing noise.

Generally, the noise occurs due to lack of lubricant in the shaft bearing. Also, the noise could indicate a problem with the blower motor. Finally, a loose blower belt can cause a squealing noise, too.

4. Banging noises

Your furnace can make banging noise due to many reasons. Some of the probable causes of the banging noise include the following:

  • A delay in ignition due to dirty burners
  • The excessive buildup of gas inside the chambers
  • A fault in the heat exchanger

5. Rumbling sounds

A loud rumbling sound coming from the furnace is usually due to an issue with the blower wheel. A faulty burner could be causing the noise, or the noise could also be caused by rapid expansion and contraction of the air ducts. The issue is common when the ducts are made of metal. An experienced technician will inspect the furnace and perform the necessary repairs.

When your furnace talks, call Allbritten in to listen

If you live in Fresno, contact Allbritten for furnace repair from expert techs. Our professionals can troubleshoot problems and resolve issues with all types of heating systems.

5 things to consider when buying a new furnace (and where to buy)

Buying a new furnace can be a stressful experience. Not only is it a major home investment, but there are so many options—type, efficiency, size, make, model—and companies that offer furnace installation.

In this buyer’s guide, we’re going to walk you through some of the things to consider when you’re in the market for a new heating system.

furnace-tuneup-air-qualityReady to get started? Contact the team at Allbritten to schedule your free in-home estimate. We make the furnace buying and installation process easy for homeowners.

When do you need to upgrade?

What is the state of your furnace? Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Age: How old is your furnace? Most furnaces last between 15-20 years, and need to be replaced after that point.
  • Performance: Does your furnace continue to heat your home to your satisfaction, or do you have cold spots?
  • Energy-Efficiency: What do your monthly energy bills look like in the winter? Have they been rising?

If you said yes to any or all of these questions, you should consider buying a new furnace, or at least scheduling a furnace tune-up with Allbritten.

5 things to consider when buying a new furnace

1. What is the system’s fuel source (and what fits your home?)

You can only buy a furnace that uses the fuel source your home has connections for. If you’re not sure what kind of connections your home has, give Allbritten a call for a free in-home quote.

  • Gas — Gas furnaces use natural gas to keep the home warm. They are the most energy-efficient compared other types of furnaces.
  • Propane Oil — Propane oil furnaces are significantly more expensive to operate compared to gas furnaces. This is typically the type of furnace used by those living in remote areas with no ready gas connections and limited electrical connections.
  • Electric — Electric furnaces are also more expensive to operate compared to gas furnaces. However, since most homes have electrical connections, they remain a popular furnace type.

2. How energy-efficient is the system?

Another important factor to consider when buying a new furnace is how energy efficient it is. The furnace efficiency is measured by the AFUE, which stands for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.

Consider buying a furnace with AFUE of more than 90 percent. They will give you more warmth for your money, which will result in great cost savings in the long run.

3. Is this system the right size for your home?

Yes, furnace size matters. Your new furnace needs to be right for your square footage and heating needs—too small of a system won’t be able to keep up, while too big of a system will heat inefficiently and constant be starting and stopping.

Furnace size is measured in tons or British Thermal Units (BTU). Determining the right size of furnace for the home requires some calculations. This is why trusted HVAC companies—like Allbritten—start the installation process with a free in-home estimate. Our techs need to take measurements about your home to find the right size of heating system for your family’s heating needs.

4. What advanced features should you be looking for?

Ideally, you should select a furnace that has a variable-speed blower. As the name implies, a variable-speed furnace has the ability to run at different speeds, providing a wider range of heating to your home depending on the temperature inside.

Over time, variable-speed systems can save you a lot of money on your monthly energy bills. (Here’s a breakdown about how they work in air conditioners). They also provide your home with consistent comfort, without “hot” and “cold” spikes.

5. What team should you trust with installation?

This is one of the most important considerations when buying a new furnace. Installation can be the difference between a great-working furnace and one that, well, isn’t.

Allbritten is Fresno’s premier furnace and heating system installer. We’re proud to be a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, and we’ve been serving this community for decades. Our experienced and friendly techs are furnace installation experts.

Of course, that brings us to our final point.

6. Where’s the best place to start?

The place to start is contacting our team for a free, in-h0me estimate on a new furnace. You can also give us a call at (559) 292-4919.

Benefits of a furnace inspection before winter arrives

Now that we’ve entered November, temperatures here in Fresno are starting to cool down, and fall is officially here. If you haven’t yet, now’s the best time to schedule a furnace inspection before winter arrives. In this blog post, we’ll review just some of the benefits of calling Allbritten for a fall furnace tune-up.

5 reasons to schedule a furnace inspection

Waiting until the start of the winter season to schedule a furnace inspection is not a wise move. You could save a lot of trouble later down the road by getting a tune-up before the arrival of truly cold weather.

Allbritten Furnace InspectionHere are the 5 big benefits of a furnace tune-up for your home:

#1. Prevent costly repairs

A tune-up of the furnace during the fall will prevent costly repairs. Minor faults, if not caught early, can result in a breakdown of the furnace. These faults will cause the furnace to strain when generating heating, eventually resulting in a major problem with the device.

A professional furnace tune-up from Allbritten can ensure that your heating system is in operating order prior to the start of winter, which decreases your likelihood of needing heating repairs. That’s peace of mind.

#2. Cut your energy bills

A furnace inspection and tune-up will also help you to cut your energy bills. Regular furnace maintenance will ensure that the heating device operates properly without drawing extra energy. If the furnace is not maintained properly, it will strain to generate heat and use extra power to heat the room. This can result in increased energy bills.

Having a professional from Allbritten inspect your furnace before winter arrives can help you save on your energy bills all season long.

#3. Extend your system’s lifespan

Another benefit of a regular fall furnace tune-up is that it can result in extended lifespan of the unit. If our technician finds a problem with your system, we’ll find a way to address the issue so that it doesn’t cause long-term damage to your system.

Fixing even the most minor faults can help reduce the strain your system endures on a nightly basis. Added up across an entire winter, and then multiple winters, you can see how maintenance can extend your system’s life.

#4. Keep your system’s warranty intact

In many cases, an annual furnace inspection is necessary to keep the manufacturer’s warranty intact. Even those who don’t require it recommend that your furnace be maintained to keep it from failing.

To keep the warranty, it’s important that you call Allbritten for regular maintenance. Or, you could join our Guardian Maintenance Club!

#5. Ensure the safe operation of your heating system

The foremost benefit of a fall furnace tune-up is that it will keep the household family members safe from carbon monoxide. During our furnace inspection and tune-up, our technician will inspect the gas burner, heat exchanger, and supply line. They will calibrate the gas valve to ensure safe operation.

Call Allbritten for your furnace inspection in Fresno, CA

Here in Fresno, California, Allbritten is your top choice for a quality, trusted furnace inspection. To get started, give us a call at (559) 292-4919 or contact us online.

Hard water: What is it, and why do you need a water softener?

Most people take the water that comes out of their tap for granted. Beyond the other stuff that can be in your home’s drinking and potable water, there’s something else you need to think about: hard water. Here in Fresno, our exceptionally hard water makes a water softener a necessity.

A water softener treats a hard water problem by removing the buildup of minerals that can damage your  home’s plumbing. It effectively removes the minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonates through an ion exchange process. The device can increase the lifespan of the plumbing fixtures, and reduce plumbing repair costs.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the reasons why it’s important to soften hard water by installing a water softener.

Hard water buildup and water softenerWhat is hard water?

Thanks to gravity, water is always on the move. In rivers, it can carve canyons and create valleys. Underground in aquifers and wells, water slips between rocks. All that time, the water is brushing against rock, scraping off minerals such as calcium and magnesium. It’s the presence of minerals that makes water “hard” as opposed to “soft.”

Does Fresno have hard water?

Yes, we do. Here in Fresno, our water, on average, is 122 parts-per-million. According to the scale developed by the Water Quality Association, that means our water here in town is classified as “hard.”

If your home’s water is drawn exclusively from underground sources, your water might even be harder than that. That’s because aquifer sources are typically “harder” than surface water sources.

So, what’s the problem?

First, let’s clear something up: there’s no health risk for you and your family as a result of hard water. (Although, there’s other reasons you should consider a whole-home water filtration system). However, hard water can do a number on your home’s plumbing and appliances. Let’s explain why.

As mineral-rich hard water passes through the pipes and plumbing of your home, those minerals leech out of the water and stick to the inside of the pipe. Over time, this results in the buildup of calcium commonly known as “scale”. 

What else does hard water impact?

The flow of water in your home can be reduced because of this blockage in the pipe. The result is that you’ll need to re-pipe your home—an expensive proposition—a lot sooner than you would have otherwise. It’s a major problem here in Fresno.

However, that’s not all. Those minerals are also being pumped into your dishwasher and washing machine every time you use them, causing damage and reducing the lifespan of your appliances.

Your water heater is particularly vulnerable. After all, it has water inside of it at all times. Mineral buildup can negatively impact the anode rod, and deposits of just 1/16 of an inch can negate your water heater’s energy-efficiency, increasing your home energy costs.

Hard water impacts your home comfort

The wrong type of water can have major impacts on your home’s comfort. Here’s just some of the ways that hard water negatively impacts your home:

  • Your laundry will be stiff and dingy because detergents will not work as well with hard water. In addition, the minerals in the water, over time, wear down the colors in your favorite outfits.
  • Your skin will be drier, itchier, and harder to deal with, and you’ll feel like your hair is under attack. Hard water can aggravate symptoms of eczema.
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioners will work less effectively and you’ll need to use more of them with each shower to get the same results you would have had otherwise with softened water.

How can a water softener help?

As the name implies, water softeners remove the minerals that make water hard, rendering it soft. Water softeners are popular here in Fresno because of our exceptionally hard water. 

A water softener is a good long-term investment to protect your appliances, water heater, and home plumbing. Plus, it’ll make your skin and hair feel great!

Call Allbritten to learn about our whole-house water treatment systems

At Allbritten, we’re proud to install HALO whole-house water filtration and treatment systems here in Fresno. The HALO 5 system is considered one of the best on the market. It not only operates as a water softener, but also cleans and purifies your water with some of the best technology available.

If you’re interested in learning more about our HALO systems and how your home can drink clean, softened water, call Allbritten at (559) 292-4919 or contact our team online to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new system.

Here are three tips to reduce pipe stress and prevent leaks

 

Pipe stress can lead to plumbing leaks. If you don’t take steps to address the problem, you will have to face costly plumbing repairs. The more you wait to act, the greater will be the damage to the pipes.However, the right proactive steps can help you avoid plumbing disaster later on.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about what pipe stress is, and how Allbritten can help you avoid problems and leaks.

What is pipe stress?

This isn’t your pipes being stressed about an upcoming exam or financial woes. Instead, pipe stress refers to pipes that are bearing too large of a load at too high of pressure. There are two primary drivers of pipe problems:

  • Water Pressure: The water pressure in your home’s plumbing is too high, which stresses the pipes, gaskets, and seals of your home’s plumbing.
  • Hard Water: As minerals from water leech out while passing through your plumbing, they collect inside pipes, forming hard calcification spots. Over time, this reduces the flow through the pipe, increasing the pressure and corroding joints.

The problems with pressure in pipes can be observed in your garden hose. Let’s say that you have the hose on at full capacity. If you were to then restrict most of the flow by pinching the end of the hose, the remaining water would shoot out of the end of the hose more forcefully.

That same phenomenon is happening your home’s plumbing every time you turn on the shower or sink faucet, or every time you start a load of laundry. Over time, that stress wears on pipes and fittings.

How you can address pipe stress in your home

Your home’s pipes don’t have to be doomed to a future of leaks and problems. The professional plumbers at Allbritten can help ensure that your pipes are looking good and have a reduced stress level. Here are the two steps we take to address pipe stress problems:

Step #1: Have Allbritten check the pressure on your pipes

Water pressure over 80 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) can lead to increased stress on your pipes, causing strain inside the pipe and damaging your fixtures.

High water pressure is particularly damaging to copper pipes. In order to avoid corrosion, copper pipes have oxide coating on the interior pipe walls. This coating gets damaged when the water pressure is too high.

Water pressure should ideally be between 40 and 80 psi. If the water pressure is higher than the maximum threshold, it can cause plumbing damage.

Call Allbritten to have us measure your home’s water pressure. If the water pressure in your home is too high, we’ll likely recommend a solution such as a pressure regulator, a device that reduces the pressure of the water entering your home.

Step #2: Have Allbritten install a water softener

People who use well water or municipal water should consider using a water softener. Especially when drawn from wells and aquifers, water is typically hard, not soft, in the Fresno area. This water can damage the pipes and restrict the flow of water. It can also cause corrosion in the joints. Also, the fittings that keep the pipe together can corrode due to hard water.

You should examine faucets and shower heads to find out whether there is any white colored stains and buildup. These are usually magnesium, or other minerals that are found in high quantity in hard water.

Another way to know about hard water is to have your water tested by the team at Allbritten. Above 140 parts per million (PPM) indicates hard water. You can easily resolve the hard water problem by calling us and having us install a water softener.

Call Allbritten for more ways to reduce pipe stress

Allbritten is Fresno’s trusted name in plumbing. Our team is known for fast, friendly service and our honest approach to doing business. To learn more about our water testing services, give us a call at (559) 292-4919 or contact us online.