Going on Vacation? Shut Your Water Off

July 28, 2021

Packing, dropping the dog off at the kennel, and canceling your mail are all things that you might do before going on vacation. However, it may also be a good idea to shut off the water to your house prior to leaving for an extended period of time. Shutting the Water Off May Be Especially Helpful During the Winter The weather in Urbana, Illinois, can be extremely cold during the winter months. It isn’t uncommon for cold temperatures to make pipes brittle, which can make them vulnerable to cracks. A damaged pipe may be more

Continue Reading
company icon

How To Clean Air Conditioning Unit

June 28, 2021

Cleaning your air conditioner is a time-consuming process, but it will also help your unit to run more efficiently. Knowing the proper steps involved will ensure you do not damage any of the small mechanical parts inside of your system. A few specialized tools will also make the job easier. Here are four tips on how to clean your AC unit. 1. Turn Off Power Running to Your AC Air conditioners are composed of moving parts, some of which are independently running from other systems. Even if you switch off the power button on your

Continue Reading
company icon

How To Hide Laundry Room Plumbing

May 13, 2021

The laundry room in your Urbana, IL, home is likely to be heavily used. All the washing, drying, treating stains, and other related tasks may cause some clutter. If your laundry room also has plumbing sticking out, you might feel embarrassed about it when guests visit. Keep reading to learn some easy ways to hide the plumbing and clutter in your laundry room. Hang a Curtain A fast, simple, and economical way to hide your laundry room’s plumbing is to hang a curtain. You could get a vinyl or washable fabric shower curtain and install a

Continue Reading
company icon

How Does a Sump Pump Work?

April 5, 2021

If your home has a basement, you probably have a sump pump. A sump pump protects your basement from water damage. There are a few things to know about sump pumps so you can help it keep your basement dry and comfortable. Sump Pump Basics Sump pumps are placed in a small pit where water can collect. When the water reaches a certain depth, the sump pump turns on and pumps the water outside away from your house. Water is pumped out of your basement through a discharge pipe. The pipe needs

Continue Reading
company icon

What Is Hydro Jetting?

March 9, 2021

Slow drains and recurring clogged drains can be frustrating and costly to repair. The situation can cause sewer backups and contaminate the water source in your home. Hydro jetting can solve such constant plumbing problems. It entails a noninvasive plumbing solution that eliminates blockages. Plumbers use high-pressure water jets for the hydro jetting process. Hydro jetting is becoming more prevalent in Paxton. However, talk to a plumber to evaluate your plumbing system to understand if hydro jetting is necessary. Benefits of Hydro Jetting Hydro jetting flushes out sediments from pipes and clears out mineral buildups, oils,

Continue Reading
company icon

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

February 8, 2021

While conventional water heaters dominate the market, tankless water heaters have their advantages, such as their energy efficiency. They’re becoming more popular in recent years because of these advantages. While similar to conventional water heaters, they work differently. How They Work Tankless water heaters heat water on demand. They don’t have a large storage tank, unlike conventional water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, it heats water and sends it to the tap. They supply an endless amount of water, also unlike conventional waters that can run out of hot water.

Continue Reading
company icon

How Often Should You Change Your Furnace Filter?

January 19, 2021

Changing the furnace filter on schedule might help homeowners avoid costly problems. Clogged air filters might degrade efficiency, which means higher heating bills. A dirty furnace may even cause overheating, which could lead to a cracked heat exchanger. So, when is it appropriate to change a furnace filter? A Common Frequency Air filter companies usually suggest changing a furnace filter every 90 days. An exception would be thicker filters, which could last upwards of six months. That said, these “common frequencies” come with some caveats. Changing the filters ahead of schedule might be necessary, depending on

Continue Reading
company icon

How To Keep Furnace Vents Clear of Snow

December 4, 2020

When it snows, it’s not just your driveway and sidewalk that need attention. You also need to make sure your furnace vent is free of snow and ice. If the vent is blocked, it can cause damage to your furnace and pose a serious safety hazard. Why It’s Important to Keep Your Furnace Vent Clear If you have a gas furnace, the fuel being consumed is natural gas. Burning that substance results in more than just warmth. Carbon monoxide and other undesirable gasses are also being produced. These gasses are vented away from your home through

Continue Reading
company icon

Why You Need to Have Your Home Tested for Carbon Monoxide

November 18, 2020

Keeping your Urbana house safe from threats both visible and invisible is one of your most important responsibilities as a homeowner. One of the more dangerous invisible threats is carbon monoxide. Since it’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, it’s impossible to detect carbon monoxide without special equipment. Making the investment of time and money, though, to have Dogtown Heating, Air & Plumbing test your residence for carbon monoxide is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. A Debilitating Enemy One of the major dangers of carbon monoxide is that it can debilitate you so that you can’t evacuate your home

Continue Reading
company icon

Why Would a Furnace Only Blow Cold Air?

October 20, 2020

When the temperature starts to cool down, homeowners may wish to turn their furnaces up. Unfortunately, the system might only produce cold air, which is a potentially troubling sign. What could be wrong that the furnace only puts out cold air? There could be a few issues here. Check Your Fans Setting Checking the fan setting may reveal the problem really isn’t a problem. If the fan setting sits at “On,” then only cold air will come out. At the “On” setting, the blower runs continually, whether or not the furnace produces any heat. Adjust the

Continue Reading
company icon