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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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!