John Moore Services Blog

Understand Electricity -- Top Reasons For Circuit Breaker Failure

Posted by John Moore

Oct 23, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s probably happened to you before. All of a sudden, the power is out and you don’t know how it happened. Maybe you were using too many appliances at once, there was an electrical storm, or you had some faulty wiring. Whatever it was, we are sure it’s happened at least once or twice to you, and it’s pretty frustrating, isn’t it?

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Topics: electrical panel, tripped circuit, electricity, circuit breaker

A Tankless Water Heater Provides Unlimited Hot Water

Posted by John Moore

Oct 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

We say it all the time, but we’re going to say it again here anyway -- flushing your water heater once a year is really important. Not doing so will directly affect the quality and pressure of all hot water in your home, and the last thing anyone wants is to run out of hot water in the middle of a shower, right? While continual maintenance is important, it’s a pain at the same time because let’s be honest, who puts that much thought into their water heater?

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Topics: tankless water heater, tankless water system, tankless water heating system

Improve Your HVAC System With Home Automation

Posted by John Moore

Oct 21, 2014 8:00:00 AM

As a homeowner, making sure your home is safe, secure, and that all its systems are running efficiently are top priorities. And with advances in technology like home automation, your job can get a lot easier. Home automation gives you the ability to lock your doors, turn lights on and off, and control your thermostat with the click of a button on your smartphone or computer.

“There are a lot of different benefits and features available when it comes to automation for your HVAC system,” said John Moore Services HVAC Manager Troy Berry. “Entry levels let you monitor thermostat settings and temperature controls so you can turn on the system while you are away from home. More complicated systems allow you to program your system in advance and allow you to control the temperatures in each individual room.”

In order to make an informed decision on which home automation system is best for you, it is important to know what is offered. And that is where we come in. Below is an overview of all the features available for the HVAC system in automation. Enjoy!

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Topics: Home automation, indoor air quality, HVAC system, home automation system

Continual Maintenance Is Key To An Efficient HVAC System

Posted by John Moore

Oct 16, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Is anything worse than spending money to replace part of your HVAC system only to have it break down a few weeks later because a different part went bad? Unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think. The HVAC system is the largest, and some would say most important system in the home. And because it is composed of so many parts, sometimes it is hard to keep each individual piece in top shape.

The furnace, air ducts, coils and condenser play a large role in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system and when something happens to one of these parts, it’s going to be expensive to fix. But when you understand how the major players of your system work together and that they need continual maintenance to survive, you will see their lifespan grow and your monthly bills go down.

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Topics: HVAC system, 21-point heater inspection, coils, condenser, air conditioning unit

Which Type Of Heater Do You Have? Gas Or Electric?

Posted by John Moore

Oct 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

When a cold front hits the first thing most of us do is walk over to the thermostat and adjust the temperature. And we do all this without giving the slightest thought to the powerful and sophisticated machine that is making this change in temperature possible. A heater is composed of many intricate parts working together to create warm air. But just like all other systems in our home, there are different types available, the two most popular being gas and electric.

So which type is in your home? While they are similar in the way that they distribute heated air throughout the home, they are extremely different in the way that the air is heated. Both have their pros and cons, but it is up to you to decide which type is the best fit for your household.

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Topics: gas furnace, electric furnace, 21-point heater inspection

A Water Heater Control Panel Should Be Inspected Annually

Posted by John Moore

Oct 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Houston, we’ve got a problem- and responsible homeowners like you can often overlook it! When you are taking care of your water heater by giving it a good scrub, chances are you forget to pay close attention to one little area: the control valve. Sure, now that you are seeing it on paper, you probably are thinking, “of course!” But that isn’t the case most of the time.

Water heaters are familiar fixtures in most homes. They typically look like big metal tubes, or tall drums that are often put into a laundry room or attic. Newer styles have a few different features, like losing the tank entirely. Either way, they all have a place where the controls are. According to professionals in the industry, the control panel tends to break and malfunction if not properly maintained. It isn’t surprising to go on a call and realize that while the homeowner thought their water heater was broken, it was really just an issue with the control panel all along. That’s a huge relief, especially when you thought you were THIS close to having to shell out big bucks to get it fixed or worse, to replace it.

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Topics: water heaters, tankless water heater, gas water heater

Improve Indoor Air Quality With Regular Carpet Cleaning

Posted by John Moore

Oct 9, 2014 8:00:00 AM

A great carpet is really a luxury. It’s a soft sanctuary to feel under your bare feet after a long day at work or running errands. It’s your kids’ favorite place to relax and watch a movie or where they play with their friends. In either case, wouldn’t you want to feel good about walking on it barefoot or letting your kids squish their faces in it? Yeah, we thought so.

So what’s really in your carpet?

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Topics: indoor air quality, carpet cleaning, carpet cleaning machines

Sanitize Your Home After A Rodent Infestation With Nisus DSV

Posted by John Moore

Oct 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

If you hear the pitter-patter of little feet coming from your attic late at night, chances are you have a rodent infestation. This is bad for several reasons. First, rodents are gnawers and will destroy everything in your attic, including your air ducts and electrical wiring. Second, rodents are dirty creatures and are carriers of bacteria and viruses.  That means that if you have rodents living in your attic, you and your family are exposed to some nasty diseases.

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Topics: Pest Control, rodent infestation, Nisus DSV

Fall Is Here! Time For Your Annual Heater Inspection

Posted by John Moore

Oct 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

It’s almost arrived. You know, that time of year when we can finally stop running the air conditioner. Sure we Houstonians appreciate a good AC unit, but after months and months of high bills we are all ready for a change. Pretty soon the AC will be off for good and in its place the heater will bring nice, warm air into our home. But before you turn on the heater for the first time, it’s important to have it checked out to make sure all its parts are working safely and correctly.

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Topics: heating, HVAC, 21-point heater inspection, heater inspection

Permits And Inspections Are Required For Most Electrical Work

Posted by John Moore

Oct 2, 2014 8:00:00 AM

When something goes wrong with anything electrical in the home, it is important to get it fixed quickly by someone who is licensed and knowledgeable – after all, how long do you want to go without air conditioning, the refrigerator, TV or internet? And we can’t emphasize the word licensed enough because with a licensed professional on the job you know he taking the proper steps, getting the right permits, and contacting the city inspector to come make sure the work is done correctly.

Electrical work is different than most all other types of home services. Many electrical jobs require a permit and according to state law the work must be inspected before the job is finished. Improperly installed wiring or breakers can be dangerous because they can burn down your entire home, which is why the state of Texas goes to great measures to ensure that all electricians follow the latest codes and have all their work checked.

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Topics: electrical work, electricians, electrical jobs, city inspector

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