Spring Plumbing & HVAC Tips

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Do These Tasks Now to Avoid Trouble Later

As spring waits anxiously in the wings, it’s time to clear out the dust bunnies, check for wintertime plumbing damage and prep your HVAC system for warmer weather. Some home maintenance tasks are perfect for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, while a trained and certified professional is the better choice for other jobs. When in doubt, call the best HVAC contractors in Saint Paul to request inspections and safety checks for your water heater, heating and cooling system, indoor air quality equipment and plumbing components.

Quick Tips for Maintaining HVAC & Plumbing Equipment

Chances are your home’s mechanical systems are showing signs of neglect after a long winter of pumping out heat and hot water. March is the ideal time to bring AC and plumbing systems up to snuff and to ensure they’re ready for a busy summer. Put these tasks on your to-do list—and be prepared to hire a seasoned professional when DIY projects aren’t your strength.

  • Inspect for leaks. After a Twin City winter, it’s wise to check the integrity of pipes and appliances. Boiler systems, pipes and water heaters can develop small leaks that impact system efficiency or major leaks that put homes at risk for water damage. Leaks aren’t always visible. Look for damp areas on flooring and drywall, and don’t allow musty or mildewy odors to go unchecked. Leaky boilers and pipes hidden by walls may make a hissing sound when air bubbles build. Cracked toilet seals can cause wood rot and mold growth in the subfloor. If you suspect any type of leak in your water heater or plumbing parts, shut off your home’s water supply and immediately call a plumbing repair service in Washington County, Hennepin County or Ramsey County.
  • Upgrade HVAC filters. Dirty filters slow down airflow and increase utility bills. Basic fiberglass replacement filters are the cheapest on the market, but it’s worth it to pay a bit more. Quality filters do a better job of safeguarding heating and cooling equipment and improving indoor air quality. Disposable electrostatic filters enhance IAQ by trapping tiny particles. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters offer best-in-class filtration and are recommended for occupants with asthma and respiratory disorders.
  • Have boilers and water heaters inspected. You may be used to flushing your conventional water heater tank, but it’s a good idea to hire a professional to inspect the device’s temperature valve, water tank and electrical connections. Our friends at Tureks Plumbing Services, a plumbing company that offers water heater replacement in Appleton, WI, says tankless water heaters can develop scale buildup or have dirty water filters by the end of winter, impeding performance and reducing efficiency. Your plumbing technician will check for these types of issues and others during your Home Care Club maintenance checkup.
  • Drain sump pumps. Use a wet/dry vacuum or utility pump to suction standing water from submersible sump pump pits; then remove dirt, gravel and debris buildup. This simple act extends your sump pump’s life span and elevates efficiency during spring storms and runoff collection. McQuillan Bros’ five-star plumbing repair service in Washington County can address sump pump problems that go beyond these basic steps. The average sump pump life is 10 years, so aging devices should be inspected as they near the decade mark.

McQuillan Bros—Boiler Replacement Specialists

A failing air conditioner, boiler, or water heater puts a serious damper on summer fun—and may cause costly damage to your home. Savvy homeowners get their HVAC and plumbing inspections before warm weather arrives in the Twin City region. Prepare your Washington, Hennepin or Ramsey County home for spring’s arrival by joining our Home Care Club. Your membership quickly pays for itself and includes seasonal inspections, repair discounts and priority service when home mechanical systems go belly up.
Applauded by the most discerning homeowners for our high-caliber service, we’re Minnesota’s Original plumbing, heating and cooling company. Contact our HVAC contractors in Saint Paul and Minneapolis by dialing 651.237.5097. For your convenience, you can also request plumbing repair service in Washington County and beyond using this simple online form.

New Year’s Heating Maintenance Solutions

New Year's Heating Maintenance Solutions

Resolve to Have a Warm & Stress-Free Winter

With a new year just a stone’s throw away, there’s no place in your schedule for heating breakdowns or rising energy bills. Before you don your party hat and ring in 2018, make plans to have your heating system or boiler inspected, lubed and cleaned. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, frequent filter changes and routine HVAC tune-ups prevent unhealthy dust buildup and can improve heating efficiency and comfort, year round.

3 New Year’s Resolutions for Home & HVAC Health

A fresh, new year brings inspiration, motivation and a unique set of goals and challenges. Once you’ve settled on your personal resolutions, consider extending your objectives to include home maintenance, comfort and safety. Remember, your home’s mechanical systems need attention as much as you need self-care.

  1. Commit to HVAC fitness. A “fit” heating system receives twice-annual inspections, including safety checkups, thermostat calibration and cleaning of hard-worked components. After holiday guests depart, it’s a perfect time to have McQuillan Bros Twin City heating professionals perform comprehensive maintenance on your furnace, heat pump, hot water boiler or steam boiler. Regular HVAC care also reduces the chance of a catastrophic equipment failure since technicians keep tabs on the inner workings of your system.
  2. Tighten your purse strings. If the post-holiday slump finds you recovering from overspending or revamping your budget, a few simple steps can help you lower year-round energy costs. The Department of Energy recommends installing a programmable or “smart” thermostat to save on heating and cooling costs, switching to energy-saving LED bulbs and lowering your water heater’s temperature. And don’t forget to take advantage of natural warmth during winter by choosing window treatments that let the sun shine in.
  3. Learn something new. Life is more rewarding when you pursue knowledge and personal growth. This year, make it your mission to better understand your home’s heating, cooling and plumbing system. McQuillan Bros’ friendly, knowledgeable HVAC technicians can explain the ins and outs of your steam boiler, furnace or heat pump. Using helpful videos and new equipment training sessions, our highly trained team educates and empowers homeowners to make safe and economical indoor comfort decisions. The more you know, the better equipped you are to choose a new heating system when a breakdown occurs.

McQuillan Bros Home Care Club: Your Answer to 2018 Comfort

Start off the new year by investing in Minnesota’s Original Home Care Club and enjoy:

  • Reduced repair costs
  • Fewer emergencies
  • Longer equipment life
  • Lower utility bills
  • Improved indoor comfort & HVAC performance
  • Routine safety inspections

The Home Care Club is an affordable membership that quickly pays for itself and delivers the peace of mind every Washington, Hennepin and Ramsey County property owner needs. Trust McQuillan Bros Plumbing, Heating & AC to protect your house and keep your mechanical systems performing efficiently and effectively, month in and month out. Join the Club now: 651.237.5097.
Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year from the McQuillan Bros family!

McQuillan Bros Plumbing, Heating & AC Launches New Website

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McQuillan Bros Plumbing, Heating & AC Launches New Website

First-time and longtime McQuillan Bros customers will discover a new look when they visit our Minneapolis / St. Paul plumbing and HVAC company online. Building on a 130-year legacy, the new website is packed with information and offers a clean look and enhanced user experience.
Founded in 1883, McQuillan Bros continues to evolve with the needs and feedback of its valued customers. Our new online presence is not only bold and updated but makes it easy for customers to access home comfort tips, request a free estimate or find verified customer reviews.
“We know most of our customers spend a great deal of time looking online for answers to their home comfort questions. We want them to bookmark the new McQuillan Bros website and rely on it often,” says owner John McQuillan. The new site doesn’t just showcase the company’s services; it includes a library of tips and tools for home and business owners. Users will find it comprehensive, easy to navigate, and chock-full of updated content about reducing energy waste or confronting the age-old ‘repair vs. replacement’ question.
With its recent site launch, the Minnesota HVAC contractor has also made it easy to apply for financing, print exclusive online discounts, connect on social media, and submit testimonials of their McQuillan Bros experience.
“Every day, our team strives to put customers first—and our new website is just another way we are meeting their needs and assuring their satisfaction,” says McQuillan.

About McQuillan Bros Plumbing, Heating & AC

As Minnesota’s Original plumbing and HVAC contractor, McQuillan Bros has served several generations of Ramsey, Hennepin and Washington County families. The company installed some of the area’s first home comfort systems, so there isn’t an HVAC or plumbing problem they haven’t seen. Click here to request service or schedule a free consultation.