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Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX

Garrett Shares 30 Years of Entrepreneurial Experience

By Mentorship, Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Brent Garrett’s career in business has provided him with a wealth of experience and wisdom.

As he set about sharing some of it with the ATU College of Business students assembled in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall on Wednesday, March 11, he recalled an encounter with Fred Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of FedEx. While seated with Smith at a leadership council, Garrett asked him what the most important job of a leader is.

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Get to Know Your Water Heater

By Gas Water Heaters, Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX, Tankless Water Heaters, Water Heaters

The ins and outs of a workhorse appliance you rely on every day. Dallas TX

A water heater is the kind of appliance that we don’t like to think about… as long as it works.

A tank water heater will last 6-15 years, depending on the quality of the appliance and your water. Take some time to get to know the mechanics of yours and you can prolong that lifespan — and prevent the dreaded “blow out” we’ve all heard horror stories about.

AN INSIDE LOOK AT YOUR WATER HEATER

First, you need to know that there are two kinds of water heaters: tank and tankless. They may be either powered by gas or electricity.

All about the tank hot water heater. This American household staple has been around for a long time. It is the most common type. In essence, this appliance consists of a large holding tank where water is heated and then distributed to the rest of the house.

All about tankless hot water heaters. We actually talk a lot about this baby at Sirius Plumbing and AIr Conditioning because we love them! Read more here.

About gas powered water heaters. There’s not much of a difference between gas and electric in modern hot water heaters. Be aware, however, that if you smell gas around the unit, shut the gas off immediately via the shut off valve on the gas line.

You’d better know: where the main switch valve is. If you learn nothing else from this nitty gritty cross section of a water heater, let it be the exact location of the main valve that supplies water to the appliance. You will not want to be guessing when an emergency arises. To identify the input pipe, put your hand on it. Is it cold? That’s your intake.

You’d better know: where the pressure relief valve is. This guy has one job and it’s to keep the water tank from a blow out when too much pressure builds in the tank. Keep your eye out for any signs of water on the floor, which could be a sign of appliance malfunction.

You’d better know: where the drain valve is. If you need to replace or repair your hot water heater, or you need to drain it to maintain it, the drain valve is where it all happens. Near the bottom of the tank, you can open up a faucet about the size of a garden hose to empty the tank.

You’d better know: how to use the temperature control knob. Relight the pilot light, if need be, on the gas powered water heater. This knob also controls the temperature of the water as supplied to the house. CAUTION: a high setting can create scalding hot water from the taps, please exercise restraint when turning it up. Conserve energy by turning it down.

Now that you know the basic components of your water heater, you can prevent any unnecessary heartache and expense.

#protip Drain the water on a regular basis to flush out any built up contaminants and prevent corrosion. Do this by attaching a regular old garden hose and feed it into a 5gal bucket. CAUTION! The water is hot. (Hold on to that hose and elevate it before you disconnect it or you’ll need a mop!)

#protip Do a regular visual inspection of the unit. Look for signs of corrosion on the top and bottom. Make sure the ventilation pipe is secure.

#protip Your future self will thank you for spending less than $20 on a Water Alarm. This small device will deliver a piercing alarm heard throughout the whole house when it senses water on the floor.

Is your hot water heater leaking? Watch this video to find out what to do next.
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Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning services Dallas/Ft Worth or any one of these mid cities:

Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, University Park, Highland Park, Fort Worth, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford, Euless, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and surrounding DFW communities.

We are committed to helping treating our customers like family. We make sure that we’re there for them when they need plumbing repairs, air conditioning repair, and hot water heater repair. We also help when people have a leaking toilet, clogged drain, or gas line repair. What’s more, we do tankless water heater installation and HVAC replacement. Get to know us better at siriuspac.com/about/.

Sirius Summer Intern is a True Champion at School and at Work

By Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX

Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning hires a small group of interns each summer and pays them while they gain real world work experience.

Jack Garrett feels fortunate to be one of them.

Jack’s role at Sirius is to work in the Call center, coordinating parts delivery, function as a dispatcher, and be available for other key office responsibilities.

He grew up in Plano, TX with his older sister. He attended John Paul II High School where he played Running Back/Quarterback; member of the National Honor Society.

He’s attending Trinity University, majoring in Business Analytics and Technology, minoring in Marketing, and plays Wide Receiver for the Division III Trinity Tigers football team.

While many summer intern jobs don’t pay, Sirius knows it’s right to pay their interns—as they work and learn the business–to help them to afford and finish their college educations.

Jack says his future plan is to return to Dallas to work, and hopes to get a job in Business Technology (or Tech) Consulting.

Jack Garrett is a champion at work and school, and a Sirius Intern the company is proud to employ.

Garrett says, “My highlight of the summer was having Happy, our service puppy in training, in the office to help with shredding paper for belly rubs in return.”

For more information about Sirius Plumbing and Air and their Internships giving back to the community, see the company’s website:

https://siriuspac.com/ or call 972-235-6600.

The company is located in Carrollton at 1406 Halsey Way, Suite 100, Carrollton, TX 75007

 

Keep it Cool

By Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX

Maintenance checklist for the well-being of your HVAC system. Dallas TX

When you live in Texas, you gain a certain appreciation for your air conditioning system. With temperatures consistently in the 90s (at least!), a consistently cool home is the peace of mind we can’t afford to fail us.

(By the way, have you ever been curious about the genius to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude for inventing air conditioning? You can thank a Yankee.)

And while home systems aren’t as easy as “set it and forget it,” by performing annual maintenance for your HVAC system, you can pretty much relax knowing that you’ll make it through another 9-month summer (we love ya’ DFW!) without breaking a sweat.

HVAC / COOLING CHECKLIST

  1. Clean and adjust thermostat
  2. Check and tighten loose connections
  3. Check and clean condenser
  4. Check refrigerant charge
  5. Monitor voltage and amperage draw
  6. Inspect inside cooling coil if accessible
  7. Monitor air conditioning cycle
  8. Clean primary and secondary drain lines
  9. Monitor and adjust blower components
  10. Check operating pressures
  11. Install algae tablets
  12. Check suction line insulation
  13. Check and/or replace filter

Check these boxes at least two months before you expect to need your cooling. After all, nobody wants to be surprised when the temps start to rise and your home’s HVAC  system isn’t working. (And if you have small children or elderly people living with you, no heat can mean more than just a few extra fans, it can be a serious health risk.)

If you regularly maintain your Cooling system and still struggle to keep cool, you may not have the right sized system. Find out the right size for your AC unit here.

And if just the thought of hitting each and every one of these maintenance points in the midst of your already too busy daily life makes you a little anxious, we have good news. Now you can enroll in our new signature service, Sirius Comfort Care Program. For just $129 a year, we’ll come out and do all of this for you. Membership includes two complimentary annual tune-ups, a springtime air conditioning and a fall furnace check. We even send you hassle-free reminders to schedule service. What’s more, you get 10% off all heating, air conditioning, and plumbing repairs, year-round!

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Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning services Dallas/Ft Worth or any one of these mid cities:

Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, University Park, Highland Park, Fort Worth, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford, Euless, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and surrounding DFW communities.

We are committed to treating our customers like family. We make sure that we’re there for them when they need plumbing repairs, air conditioning repair, and hot water heater repair. We also help when people have a leaking toilet, clogged drain, or gas line repair. What’s more, we do tankless water heater installation and HVAC replacement. Get to know us better at siriuspac.com/about/.

To Tankless or Not to Tankless

By Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX

Tankless waterless systems, three myths debunked and three reasons to love them.

While tankless water heaters may be all the rage amongst the home improvement projects, they may not be all they’re cracked up to be.

How do you know if it’s a worthy investment or just very, very good marketing on the part of manufacturers?

In the spirit of full disclosure, we are a fan of tankless systems. We’ll tell you why, but first let’s debunk some of the myths that are pushing these tiny wonders to the forefront of the market.

Myth 1: You’re gonna save a ton on your utility bills. The small monthly savings that you’ll notice on your utility bill will hardly be noticeable.

Myth 2: You’ll have instant hot water. Gee, we wish this one were true. But in fact, a tankless water system still needs to convert cold water to hot. The only way you can do this instantly is via a circulation pump. So in truth, a tankless water system does not provide instant hot water in and of itself.

Myth 3: The whole thing is maintenance free. If you have soft water, that’s mostly true. But if your house runs on hard water, you’re going to need a plumber to come and flush the system on an annual / bi-annual basis. (Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.)

Now you know that tankless water systems aren’t the money saving, maintenance free, instant hot water miracle workers they are advertised to be. But they’re pretty darn close.

Here’s why we love them.

Reason to Believe 1: You’ll love the luxury. Remember when you ran out of hot water if you weren’t the first person in the house to grab a shower? Those days are over with a tankless water system. You’ll have a seemingly endless supply of hot water, no matter what the rest of the house does. The performance is unprecedented in such a small package.

Reason to Believe 2: Space considerations galore. A tankless system has such a small footprint, you can practically put them anywhere. For us in Texas, that means we can even put it in the attic, freeing up all of that great real estate in your house.

Reason to Believe 3: The thing is going to last 20-25 years. Eurpoean and Japanese technology makes the tankless water heater one of the things in your home system with an expanded lifespan.

Well, did we convince you? If you’re ready to update or replace your current hot water tank, consider going tankless. You’ll save a little bit of money, a whole lot of space, and you’ll never run out of hot water. What’s not to love?

 

Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning services Dallas/Ft Worth or any one of these mid cities:

Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, University Park, Highland Park, Fort Worth, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford, Euless, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and surrounding DFW communities.

We are committed to treating our customers like family. We make sure that we’re there for them when they need plumbing repairs, air conditioning repair, and hot water heater repair. We also help when people have a leaking toilet, clogged drain, or gas line repair. What’s more, we do tankless water heater installation and HVAC replacement. Get to know us better at siriuspac.com/about/.

 

 Things I Wish My Parents Taught Me Before I Left The Nest  

By Plumbing and Air Conditioning Dallas TX

Words of wisdom about plumbing and air conditioning from our family to yours.    

 Like many adult children who did not grow up around handy parents, the care and upkeep of your home can be a real head scratcher. What to do when certain very common problems arise can seem like a very big deal when you don’t have the experience of seeing someone fix them.

As plumbing and air conditioning pros, we get a lot of the same questions; things you probably should know as a homeowner.

Conversely, we’re parents, too, so we get it. People just not as well versed in the mechanics of our home systems (and how to maintain them yourself) as we used to be in our grandparents’ day.

The following is a list of things we wish that every up-and-coming adult is armed with the knowledge that they need to run a household without having a panic attack every time the drain gets clogged.

Change the filter on your air conditioning system every two months. Period.

Picture this, you’re sitting at home in the middle of summer and the register just won’t kick out cold air. You mess with the thermostat, reset the system, and you just get neutral air. You stockpile on box fans, dress for the desert, and wait for the HVAC pros to come and diagnose the problem. They pull out a filter that looks like the bottom of the Dead Sea and BAM! — you just spent hundreds of dollars to get someone to change your filter. They aren’t expensive, buy 6 at a time and set a ping on your calendar to change them every two-to-three months. A clean filter will keep you snug as a bug in a rug in winter and cool as a cucumber in summer.

If you’ve got a clogged drain due to nasty hair and other gross stuff, start with an over-the-counter drain unclogger first.

Most bathroom drain clogs result when dirt, skin flakes, and especially hair binds to soap scum on the walls of drain pipes. Over time, this gunk accumulates and reduces water flow. Before you call us (and we love when you do), troubleshoot the clog by removing and cleaning the drain stopper. Next, try using the humble drain plunger, keeping in mind to block the overflow drain in the tub or sink. If that doesn’t work, remove the drain elbow joint and clean it out. Clean drain stoppers routinely to prevent clogs and use a hair strainer drain-cover to trap hair before it goes down the drain.

If you’ve noticed a sudden drop in water pressure, it might not be the plumbing.

Don’t panic. There are many possible reasons you may be experiencing low water pressure. First, check each faucet in the house to see if the pressure problem is isolated, running hot and cold water separately to see if they have roughly the same pressure. If it’s only the shower head and/or a faucet that are weak, they may just need a good cleaning. To clean a shower head or faucet aerator, simply soak them in vinegar. If pressure problems persist, the source of the problem lies elsewhere.

 If you ignore a running toilet, the water company will laugh all the way to the bank.

When you hear your toilet running, there’s usually a sign that your water bills are going to start getting unnecessarily high. Think of how much water is wasted when the toilet is constantly running. Often, it’s just a quick fix that you can do yourself. The problem is often just an open flush-valve or something small within the tank. Take a look inside — it may not be as bad as you think — and it’s definitely costing you money. (Need to make a major repair? Check out our step-by-step instructions.)

Taking the time to understand your home systems doesn’t require trade school or a budding genius. Many of the everyday items that keep the water flowing and the house heated / cooled have been built the same way over the last one hundred years, you just have to know what to look for.

And now that you’re armed with your newfound practical knowledge about plumbing and air conditioning, you can avoid the high-stressed reaction when things don’t work quite right.

In over your head? No worries, we got you. Ask “the water guys” at Sirius Plumbing.& Air Conditioning. We’re here for you.

Sirius Plumbing and Air Conditioning services Dallas/Ft Worth or any one of these mid cities:

Dallas, Plano, Carrollton, Richardson, Garland, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Coppell, University Park, Highland Park, Fort Worth, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Hurst, Bedford, Euless, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and surrounding DFW communities.

We are committed to treating our customers like family. We make sure that we’re there for them when they need plumbing repairs, air conditioning repair, and hot water heater repair. We also help when people have a leaking toilet, clogged drain, or gas line repair. What’s more, we do tankless water heater installation and HVAC replacement. Get to know us better at siriuspac.com/about/.