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Here are the benefits of joining our Guardian Maintenance Club

Between your air conditioner, heat pump, and furnace, your home’s year-round comfort relies on the proper functioning of your HVAC systems. In both summer and winter, an air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace that works just right makes your life easier. That peace of mind is exactly why we offer our Guardian Maintenance Club.

Pictured: Two technicians inspect a homeowner's air ducts as part of Allbritten's Guardian Maintenance Club.Why does maintenance matter?

Just like any other machine that sees regular use, both your air conditioner and furnace require service and attention from a professional. You wouldn’t drive your commuter car for an entire year without an inspection or oil change, right? Same principle applies to your HVAC systems!

Plus, maintenance is a good investment that will save you money in the long run.

What is the Guardian Maintenance Club?

We get it: HVAC maintenance probably isn’t the most exciting thing to have circled in your calendar. It’s easy to forget about your air conditioner or furnace—unlike your car in the example above, you’re not directly interacting with them on a daily basis.

That’s why our Guardian Maintenance Club takes the hassle out of needing to remember to schedule your air conditioning or furnace tune-ups. Just one easy price and one easy plan, with plenty of perks. Best of all? We call you to schedule your maintenance. No needing to remember what’s so easy to forget!

Perk #1: You’ll be first in line with priority service

With maintenance service from our team, you’re far less likely to have an emergency breakdown. However, if you do need service, you’ll get priority treatment as a Guardian Maintenance Club member.

This is especially important during the peak season for repairs, or when there’s a heatwave and our phones are lighting up. You’ll get put at the top.

Perk #2: You’ll save a lot of money

Guardian Maintenance Club members save money on two fronts. First, there’s the energy savings from having an Allbritten technician complete a thorough AC or furnace tune-up. Since both systems will receive service, that adds up to major, year-round savings.

Second, we throw in a 15% off all repairs bonus, as a ‘thank you’ for being a member. Here’s what’s cool: that 15% off applies to all of our services, not just air conditioning and heating. Need plumbing help? You’ll get 15% off of our repair work.

 

Join our Guardian Maintenance Program!

As one of Fresno’s most trusted heating and cooling companies, Allbritten is the right company to handle your annual air conditioning and furnace maintenance. To learn more about our Guardian Maintenance Program, contact us online or give us a call at (559) 292-4919.

Preventative plumbing: 5 ways to prevent major plumbing issues

How to prevent major plumbing issuesOut-of-sight, out-of-mind.

This old saying applies to your home’s plumbing. Most people tend to ignore the network of pipes inside the walls that delivers cold and hot water to showers, tubs, and sinks. They don’t think about the pipes that carry away waste and water.

However, giving your plumbing a little extra thought can help you prevent major plumbing issues. In this article, we’ll share 5 preventive plumbing tips that will help you avoid plumbing disaster.

Need help with your home’s plumbing, or have a plumbing issue? Contact our professional plumbers at Allbritten.

1. Address leaks immediately by calling Allbritten

A simple constant drip from the faucet can result in significantly increased water bills.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that leaky faucets results in the waste of more than three thousand gallons every year. A single leaky faucet can add about $15 to the bill. Multiple leaks inside the house can increase the bills considerably.

In addition, the environmental cost of the wastage of precious water can be great. That’s why it’s important that you address leaky issues immediately by calling in the professional plumbers from Allbritten.

2. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses

Your washing machine’s rubber hoses are at risk of unexpected bursting. This can happen when no one is around the house, resulting in massive water leakage—about five gallons per minute.

To avoid this problem, it’s important that you replace the rubber hose of the washing machine with a stainless steel braided hose. This will help you prevent unexpected plumbing emergencies.

3. Don’t pour grease down your drains

Grease buildup inside your drains is a major problem. Over time, accumulated grease can clog your sink or, worse, your sewer, causing a sewer backup. For this reason, you should avoid pouring grease down the drain.

Instead, you should consider discarding grease in a plastic container or jar. This will not only prevent plumbing issues, but also help out the environment.

Have a clogged sink or think you have a sewer backup issue? Stop running water and contact the plumbers here at Allbritten right away.

4. Prevent clogs, when possible

Another one of the major plumbing issues you’ll face as a homeowner is clogged drains. This is usually caused by the hairs that accumulate inside the drains.

The best way to avoid this issue is to place a drain screen. This will prevent buildup of hair inside the drain. The finer the screen, the better it will be able to prevent hair from clogging the drain.

5. Call Allbritten with both your minor and major plumbing issues

Don’t procrastinate when you have minor plumbing issues, or you risk them turning into major plumbing issues. Instead, contact us at Allbritten. We have a team of highly experienced plumbers who can perform all kinds of repairs at an affordable cost.

Avoid DIY drain cleaning and call the professionals

Why you Should Avoid DIY Drain CleaningWhen it comes to drain cleaning, most people think that they can do the task themselves. After all, DIY drain cleaning doesn’t seem to hard. There’s all sorts of products out there to dump down the drain.

However, while drain cleaning may seem like a simple DIY task, the reality is that it can be dangerous and could cost you more money than if you had called an expert.

Here, we will look at three main reasons why you should leave the drain cleaning to the experts at Allbritten.

1. You could damage your home’s drain pipes

Trying to clean the drain yourself can result in damage to the drain pipes. This is particularly the case if you use a commercial cleaner to clean the drain.

These products contain acidic solutions such as sulfuric acid that can corrode the pipes. Regular use of the cleaner can cause great damage to the pipes that will require costly repairs.

2. Most cleaners aren’t effective in clearing deeply clogged drains

You might be able to resolve simple clogs close to the drain through DIY drain cleaning. But the DIY approach will not work with clogs that are deep within the drain. Using metal snakes improperly can result in damage to the pipes. For serious clogs, you should always call an expert rather than try to resolve the problem yourself.

Different drain issues require different plumbing equipment. Professional plumbers have a large variety of plumbing tools. They know which tool will help in effectively cleaning the drain. You can save a lot of hassles and money if you call an expert plumber to clean the drain.

3. In some cases, DIY drain cleaning is dangerous

An important reason that you should avoid DIY drain cleaning is that it can be dangerous. The harsh draining cleaning chemicals can cause skin irritations if there’s exposure. You can also cut yourself on broken metal or get your hand stuck in a pipe.

In contrast, our professional plumbers are trained in the safe usage of drain cleaning chemicals and tools. They know what precautions to take when cleaning the drain. They are trained to perform the job safely.

Skip the DIY drain cleaning and call Allbritten for drain cleaning services

Trying to clean the drain yourself may look tempting. However, it’s recommended that you hire an experienced plumber to clean your drains. You can get injured or damage the pipes if you try to clean the drain yourself.

In fact, you can end up paying more money even when trying to fix a simple drain problem. The next time the drain clogs, it’s better that you save yourself from the problems and risks of DIY drain cleaning and call a professional.

Contact Allbritten. We have a team of licensed and certified plumbers who can help you with all types of plumbing problems.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Fresno

Since 1932, Allbritten has been Fresno’s locally owned and operated heating, cooling, and plumbing company. In that time, our family has been proud to be a part of Fresno, and everything this city represents. With that in mind, here’s our list of our favorite things to do in and around Fresno.

Whether you’re a local who is looking to get out more or a visitor to our valley (welcome!), this convenient list will help you fill out your to-do list for this summer.

If you need cooling, heating, or plumbing services, be sure to call the local company Fresno trusts: Allbritten.


Things to do in Fresno

If you’re looking for things to do in Fresno, you’re in the right place. Here are some of our favorite places, foods, events, and entertainment options in the city.

Gazebo Gardens Nursery

One of our favorite places to visit. This beer garden has great food trucks and live music, within a beautiful setting. This is the perfect place to spend a weekend evening.

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Things To Do In Fresno - Ampersand Ice Cream

A stacked cone at Ampersand Ice Cream (Photo courtesy of Ampersand Ice Cream)

Ampersand Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream? This place is a local favorite. With wacky flavors like Honeycomb and Whisky Caramel, indulge your sweet tooth at Ampersand.

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Old Town Clovis Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like spending a Friday night at the farmers market, complete with live music and great food. See the link below for a schedule and more information.

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Vineyard Farmers Market

Just a great place to get fresh produce grown locally. Fantastic place to visit on a Saturday morning and check out the local cuisine. See links below for more information.

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Madera Drive-In movie theatre

There’s just something wildly nostalgic about a drive-in movie theatre, and this is one of the best. See the link below for updated showtimes.

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Things To Do In Fresno - Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting on the Kings River (Photo courtesy of Kings River Expeditions)

Kings River Expeditions whitewater rafting

The wild Kings River flows to the southeast of Fresno, and many companies offer whitewater rafting through turbulent and fun stretches.

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Fresno Grizzlies baseball games

Who doesn’t love baseball in the summer? Come out and enjoy America’s Pastime with Fresno’s beloved minor league club. Click the link below for ticketing information.

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Art Hop

This art walk in downtown Fresno is held monthly on the first and third Thursday night of each month. Take the entire family out to enjoy local art and cuisine in a historic setting.

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Things To Do In Fresno - Storyland

Storyland / Playland (Photo courtesy of Storyland / Playland)

Chaffee Zoo Storyland / Playland

This local amusement park adjacent to the zoo offers plenty of family fun for kids of all ages. See hours and event information at the link below.

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Our local lakes

Are you the type who loves to get out on the water, whether it’s to fish or to ride around on the water skis? Fresno is home to five incredible lakes, each with something different to offer. If you’re looking for things to do in Fresno and the surrounding areas, be sure to check them out!

Shaver Lake

Located in the Sierra National Forest and one hour from downtown Fresno, Shaver Lake is home to great fishing, boating, and the adjacent town of Shaver Lake.

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Things To Do In Fresno - Huntington Lake

Huntington Lake (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

Huntington Lake

Located high in the Sierra Nevadas, this lake sits at about 7,000 feet and is about one hour and forty minutes from Fresno.

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Millerton Lake

Less than 30 minutes north of the city lies Millerton Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Fresno area and home to great fishing and hiking.

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Bass Lake

Drive one hour north and you’ll reach Bass Lake. This is one of the more stunning lakes within a quick drive of Fresno.

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Things To Do In Fresno - Pine Flat Lake

Pine Flat Lake (Photo courtesy recreation.gov)

Pine Flat Lake

About 45 minutes east of Fresno is Pine Flat Lake, where you can fish, boat, water ski, and more. It’s a great place to relax.

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Our favorite hiking spots

Do you love getting outside and exploring nature? We do, too! Here are some of our favorite places to hike, camp, and explore in the Fresno area. If you’re looking for outdoor things to do in Fresno, be sure to check out these places.

Sierra National Forest

In the Sierra National Forest, there’s hiking, camping, fishing, and more. It’s all located to the northeast of Fresno. If you’re looking for things to do in Fresno, don’t forget a trip to the local national forests!

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Things To Do In Fresno - Sequoia National Forest

Sequoia National Forest (Photo courtesy Encyclopedia Britannica)

Sequoia National Forest

Famous for the Giant Sequoia trees that tower overhead, the Sequoia National Forest is one hour and thirty minutes to the southwest of Fresno.

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Kings Canyon National Park

One of the most stunning natural places in a state that is full of them. Sequoia trees, wild rivers, and lakes are popular sights.

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Local Water Parks

Summers in Fresno can get toasty. It’s one of the reasons that Allbritten offers air conditioning services, including repair and installation, in the Fresno area. If you’re looking to cool off, visit one of our local water parks.

Wild Water Adventure water park

The 52-acre water park has fun for the entire family, and it’s located in nearby Clovis. Check out hours and gate ticket information at the link below.

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Island Waterpark (Photo courtesy Island Waterpark)

Island Waterpark

Water rides, slides, pools, and plenty of areas for kids to play and the whole family to keep cool. See the link for hours and gate ticket information.

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Todd Beamer Park

Water features for kids to play in and places for families to relax or have a great picnic. Escape the heat by visiting one of the best parks in the area.

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Fig Garden Loop Park

Whether you want to play some baseball, play in a splash pad with the kids, or host a summer barbeque, this is a great park to visit.

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Do you think we missed a place?

What is your favorite place or thing to do in the Fresno area? Let us know by sending us a message on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you!

3 reasons AC maintenance is a good investment (and why you should join our Guardian Maintenance Club)

AC Maintenance Is A Good InvestmentYour air conditioner is a major investment in the current and future comfort of your home. That makes AC maintenance a good investment in the future of your air conditioner. Allbritten is the place to schedule your AC tune-up and join our Guardian Maintenance Club.

Reasons to schedule AC maintenance with Allbritten

The problem with central air conditioners is ‘out sight out of mind.’ Most people tend to neglect the need to tune up their air conditioner. The obvious result is more frequent air conditioner breakdowns that causes a lot of inconvenience for the household.

An annual air conditioner tune-up will not only reduce the risk of emergency breakdowns, it will also ensure less frequent need for costly repairs and improved indoor air quality. Dust and mold will develop in the ducts if the AC is not maintained regularly. Here are some of the other benefits of regular AC inspection.

1. Increased system efficiency

All mechanical systems require regular service to ensure optimal operation. And this is the case with air conditioners as well. If you neglect regular tune-up of the air conditioner, it can cost you more money in the long run. There will be more frequent breakdowns and major faults will develop that will make a big dent in your pockets.

2. Increased lifespan

Another benefit of regular air conditioner tune up is that it will add years to the unit’s lifespan. With regular maintenance, your cooling device can last for 20 years or even more. An air conditioner is a big investment for most people. So, it’s important that you have the system tuned up regularly to ensure that the unit lasts for a long time.

3. Save money in long run

A regular air conditioner tune-up will help you save money in the long run. The system will break down less frequently. This will result in great cost savings for you. The increased lifespan of the unit will also ensure that you don’t spend a large sum a few years after purchasing a unit.

Maintenance is a good investment

You should consider having the air conditioner checkered once or twice a year even if the system is working fine. There might be hidden issues with the air conditioner that if not addressed immediately could lead to costly repairs.

It is recommended that you have the air conditioner serviced by an experienced technician. Regular inspection of the unit will ensure optimal cooling, increased energy efficiency, and maximum comfort for your household.

Over time, your air conditioner accumulates dirt and dust in critical components such as condensing coils. A technician will inspect the condensing coil and filters during the regular inspection and perform the required repairs.

Call Allbritten for AC maintenance and to join the Guardian Maintenance Club!

Call Allbritten to schedule AC maintenance and to join our Guardian Maintenance Club. We offer superior air conditioning services in Fresno and the surrounding areas.

Cold Air Blowing From The Furnace? Here’s What The Problem Might Be

Troubleshoot Cold Air Blowing from the FurnaceOne problem that may develop with the furnace is that it sometimes blows cold air out of the registers. Here are just a few of the reasons that you have cold air blowing from the furnace.

1. Inspect the fuel source

Make sure there is no disruption in the fuel supply. If you have electric furnace, make sure the switch is turned on. In case of a gas heater, the gas valve should be open. Oil tanks must have appropriate amount of oil to effectively heat the house.

The furnace will not be able to generate warm air if the supply line is cut off resulting in cold air to blow through the ducts.

2. Examine the air filter

A clogged air filter will result in inefficient operation of the furnace. Dirt and dust that accumulates on the filter will prevent air to reach the furnace. As a result, the furnace will take longer to generate the heat.

If the filter is not cleaned, the furnace will eventually stop blowing warm air, and cold air will flow from the outside and circulate inside the rooms.

3. Inspect the thermostat

In certain situations, a thermostat can also make the furnace blow cold air. This will usually be the case when the temperature battery is dead. Also, if the thermostat is set at a lower temperature than the house temperature, it can result in cold air to blow from the furnace.

Sometimes setting the thermostat to ON instead of AUTO results in cold air to blow from the system. This is especially the case if you notice that the blower is constantly running but the furnace tends to blow cold air occasionally.

4. Cracks inside the ductwork

A crack inside the ductwork can allow cold air to seep inside the system. The furnace may be functioning properly but the warm air might be blown out of the registers. A professional furnace technician can carefully inspect the ductwork to find out if the cold air is really blowing inside through a crack.

5. Pilot light problem

A faulty pilot light can also be the cause of cool air from blowing from the air registers. The pilot light is a small flame in gas furnaces that must burn continuously for the furnace to generate warm air. Keep in mind that the pilot light should only be lit by a professional as lighting it yourself pose a fire hazard.

Cold air blowing from the furnace? Call Allbritten for emergency service!

If you reside in the area of Fresno in California, you can contact Albritten technicians to solve all kinds of furnace repair issues.