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Ductless Air Conditioning St. Louis Ductless units can heat and cool areas that are difficult to reach or places where traditionally HVAC systems couldn’t be installed. Ductless systems don’t need all the vents and ductwork that most central air units need. Ductless air conditioners and heaters have two components: an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air handler. The indoor part is installed high up on a wall or ceiling and delivers air to your home. The outdoor unit remains outside on a solid and stable surface. The two units are connected by a 3-inch opening that allows a pair of lines to deliver electricity and remove condensate. Ductless Heating & Cooling St. Louis Here are the advantages of having ductless heating & cooling over central HVAC systems: Quick and simple installation because no ductwork is needed A ductless system is smaller and runs more quietly than a central or window AC...
Heating and Cooling System Control St. Louis The right thermostat for your home can help keep you comfortable and control your energy usage. Depending on how you want to program your heating and cooling system and utilize its functions, you have multiple choices for thermostats. Just make sure that the model you choose is compatible with you HVAC system. Thermostats St. Louis There are 3 types of thermostats: Manual, Programmable and Smart. Manual thermostats work by you manually moving a needle up or down to how hot or cold you want your home. They are good for people who prefer a fixed temperature, but they are limited on energy efficiency. Programmable thermostats allow you to set a specific schedule with settings for every day of the week. Depending on the model, you can program your thermostat for 7-day, 5-1-1 day, 5-2 day or 1-week. These types of thermostats can help you...

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Furnaces and Heat Pumps St. Louis Whether you have an electric heat pump or an 80%, 90%, 95% efficiency furnace that is single stage, 2 stages or modulating – you know that your heat will be running in these upcoming months. That’s why we want to share these 3 quick tips to help you keep your heat pump or furnace working optimally through the colder months. If you use these tips, you can help reduce the chance for malfunctions, breakdowns, and inefficiencies that lead to higher utility bills this Fall and Winter. Furnace Filters St. Louis Change the filter regularly. This is such an important, easy and inexpensive thing that most homeowners can do on their own. Don’t allow your furnace’s filter to clog with lint, dust, pet dander and other debris! It will choke off airflow which causes a variety of problems. When there’s a lack of airflow across a...
Sewer Services St. Louis Since sewers are underground and generally unpleasant, you rarely think about them. However, they are the most essential plumbing in your home for sanitation. If your sewer line breaks or your sewer main drain clogs, then you will have serious consequences—sewage will flood your home and leave you with very expensive repairs. How do you know if you need your sewer lateral line or main drain serviced, repaired or replaced? Keep an eye out for these warning signs so that you can catch a problem before it escalates into a bigger, more expensive episode. Sewer Repair St. Louis Fixtures Clogging All at the Same Time: If your sinks, drains, showers and toilets are clogging all at one, then this is a tell-tale sign that your sewer line has problems. Make sure to call a plumber to perform a sewer drain cleaning quickly and eliminate even the worst...
Track Lighting St. Louis If you want a stylish way to control the direction and amount of light in a room, then track lighting is a great option. Track lighting is a series of small directional lights suspended from the ceiling along a metal track. Popular in art galleries and homes, track lighting allows you to achieve the right aesthetic or accentuate specific features. LED Lighting St. Louis If you want efficient, long-lasting lighting in your home, then LED lights are the perfect option. LED lights can save you money and help the environment with their energy efficiency and durability. Known for their brightness and versatility, LED lights can also come in all types of colors and configurations. Recessed Lighting St. Louis If you have lower ceilings or very restricted space, recessed lighting may be the right option for your home. They don’t protrude into the room itself and disperse light...

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Hot Water Heater Repairs St. Louis If your water heater breaks down, you probably will want it fixed ASAP. You need hot water for your showers, laundry and dishes! Unfortunately, the decision to repair or replace your water heater can be unclear. There are a few things to consider when trying to make this decision: Age: If your water heater is relatively new, it may still be under warranty! You will want to repair—especially if the replacement parts are covered too. This is a great option for water heater units less than 8 years old. However, if the unit is older than 8 years, you may want to consider replacement. Older units tend to have more problems, need more repairs, and cost more to run and fix than to buy a new, more efficient water heater altogether. Parts: You can easily have some parts replaced, but sometimes once a certain part...

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Air Conditioning Filters St. Louis Tip #1: Change out your Indoor Air Filters Monthly Air Conditioning failure results from many things, but especially from the buildup of dust, debris, and dirt. St. Louis late summer humidity causes all the debris caught in your AC filter to turn into hard mush, substantially blocking air flow. Stay cool in these hot and humid months by replacing your air filters so that your air conditioner can work properly and efficiently. Thermostats St. Louis Tip #2: Check your Thermostat Weekly Check the thermostat settings. When temperature settings are adjusted incorrectly, your thermostat programming is affected. This happens when people press buttons on a thermostat to change a setting without knowing how to properly do so. Make sure to routinely check your settings to make sure that your thermostat is working correctly. Check to see if the thermostat moved. Thermostats only work properly when they are calibrated....

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Power Surges St. Louis Power surges don’t just damage your home—they also can cause your appliances and electronics to fail completely. Generators are great to temporarily power your home, but unfortunately, they will not protect your home when there's a power spike or sag. To avoid the cost of replacing all your appliances and electronics, you should protect your home with a surge protector. Here’s why: Any item with a microprocessor will be affected by a power surge. This means a power surge will damage your cell phones, TVs, computers, microwaves, dishwashers and fridges. Their circuits will fry from large power surges and will degrade over time from lower-level surges, which will make them eventually fully fail. Here are some causes of power surges: Operation of heavy-duty electrical appliances: When appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners, or elevators are turned on and off frequently, they use a large amount of energy. Smaller...
Extreme Heat St. Louis St. Louis is under extreme heat warnings this week! You can get heat sickness when your body can’t compensate for the heat and properly cool you down. When the St. Louis humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as fast as it should. This keeps your body from releasing heat as quickly as it needs to.  Heat-related deaths and illnesses are very serious, but easily preventable. Keep you and your family safe this week by preparing for the dangerously hot temperatures. Cooling St. Louis Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related sicknesses and deaths: Stay indoors with air conditioning as much as possible Drink more water than usual, even if you’re not thirsty Take cold showers or baths to cool down Avoid using your stove and oven to cook – it will make you and your home hotter Don’t rely on a fan as your main method...
Geothermal Heat Pump Savings St. Louis Geothermal heat pumps use energy absorbed from the sun to heat and cool your home as an affordable energy efficient alternative to your traditional air conditioner and furnace. Geothermal heat pumps also cost much less to operate compared to your standard heating and cooling methods. You will see that you will have around 30-35% savings in energy costs when using geothermal heating and cooling systems. Installing a Geothermal Heat Pump for heating and cooling is just as affordable as installing a typical HVAC system, thanks to tax credits and utility rebates. Geothermal Heat Pump Energy Efficiency St. Louis Let’s put this into perspective: A standard HVAC fossil fuel furnace is about 78-90% energy efficient. A geothermal heat pump is 400% energy efficient.  Another way to reduce energy and save money is to use a smart programmable thermostat. Why heat or cool your home, when you’re...
Appliances St. Louis How long does it take for a load of laundry to dry? A large load should take about 45 minutes to dry, on average. If your dryer is taking longer than an average of 1 hour to dry your clothes, then you should have your dryer vents checked. Why do ovens smell bad when they’re cleaning? This is just from the food and grease your oven is burning off. To combat the bad smell, try to ventilate your kitchen more by opening windows. Does storing a refrigerator / freezer in the garage damage it? Damage only occurs if you have a self-defrosting refrigerator or freezer and your garage temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The refrigerator’s or freezer’s oil may thicken and cause premature compression failure. Appliance Repair St. Louis Repair or replace an existing appliance? If you replace your existing appliance with one that is comparable in...

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Generators St. Louis Ever wonder how generators keep your home lit and functioning during power outages? Well then, read on because this blog post is for you. Standby generators always have at-the-ready backup power. They start working only seconds after power loss, with almost no attention from you. Why do generators work so quickly? They require no effort from you. When standby generators are professionally installed and have an automatic transfer switch, they can almost immediately tell when power stops flowing into your home. Then, they automatically transfer power to your standby system. This process is what allows you to have minimal power interruption. Once power is restored, your generator returns to standby mode and your home is transferred back to utility power. It's always good to have your electrical system routinely checked so that it will work when you need it to! How do generators provide so much power? Generators provide power very...

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Appliance Repair St. Louis Over the lifetime of your appliances, you will probably have to fix an issue at some point--whether it's your refrigerator, freezer, oven, or dishwasher. Hoffmann Brothers wants to help you make your appliances last a long time, so we compiled some tips that will help you save time, help your appliances run more efficiently and extend their usage. Safety First Safety is the most important step when repairing your appliances. Remember to: Unplug the appliance before making any repairs Look out for sharp edges or pointy parts – especially on dryers! Remove ALL jewelry beforehand Tie back long hair Make sure that your work area is well-lit Wear closed toed shoes Use your legs (NOT your back!) when lifting appliances Appliance Repair Service St. Louis If you ever find that you need professional help when repairing your appliances, remember that Hoffmann Brothers is here to help you!...
Sump Pumps St. Louis Keep your basement dry this summer despite St. Louis rain by replacing your sump pump. This is especially important if you live in an area that’s predisposed to flooding like St. Charles County. Here are all the facts you need to know on sump pumps: When to make a sump pump replacement: Sump pumps have an operating lifespan of 10 years. If your sump pump fails to work during rising water levels, it can incur serious and expensive damage. Avoid this by calling a plumber to inspect your sump pump to see if a replacement is necessary. Types of sump pumps: Submersible pumps – A submersible pump lives in a hole and has a waterproof encasement to protect the motor. However, because these are submersed, these types of pumps may call for regular replacement. Pedestal pumps – A pedestal pump’s motor is several feet above the water...

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Clogged Drains St. Louis Kitchen sink always clogging? Garbage disposal not disposing? Bathroom sink backed up? Clogged drains are a headache, and aren’t always the easiest to clean out. Fortunately, you can take certain steps to prevent having to deal with unwanted blockage in your home drains. What’s unsafe to throw down the drain? Here’s a list of some surprising (and not so surprising) things you should NEVER put down the drain: Coffee Grounds: Did you know that most plumbers say that nothing causes more blockages than coffee grounds and grease? Try reusing your coffee grounds or composting them. Eggshells: Even with a garbage disposal, eggshell bits and pieces love to stick to other waster and form clogs. Grease: Duh. But don’t forget this includes cooked and/or melted fat from meat, bacon, sausage, poultry, skin from boiled poultry, and even gravy! Flushable cat litter: “Flushable” cat litter is not only bad...
Sewer Repair or Replacement St. Louis When your main drain backs up into your home it leaves you with a mess and a headache. Dealing with the damage of a backed up sewer is something you never want to experience, but if you do, you never want to experience it again. When this happens it leaves you with two options: You can either repair or replace your sewer pipe to fix the problem.  Drain Back Up St Louis When a drain technician is at your home, they will suggest a repair if your main drain is reasonably accessible, properly sized for your home, and has a reasonable life expectancy left.  For example, if you have tree roots blocking your pipe, you can choose a spot repair to remove the roots using a root killer. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution because the tree roots will grow back later, which will...

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Sewers St. LouisSewers are never fun to talk about. What’s even less fun? When your sewer drain clogs and floods your home’s basement with waste. Not only can this cause extensive damage to your home, but also it can leave your home smelling like sewage and could be very costly.  Unfortunately, if this situation happens, you probably need more than just a drain cleaning. The sewer drain that clogs is called your main drain. Main drains rarely back up unless there is something structurally wrong with the line. Drains St. LouisMain drains usually clog due to a few reasons: • Foreign Objects• Tree Roots• Pipe Misalignment• Pipe Belly• Partially or Fully Collapsed Pipe To determine the cause of your main drain blockage, a technician will lower a special camera through the pipe of your main drain. The technician will show you the image and explain what’s causing your home to flood...

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Refrigerator Repair St LouisIs your refrigerator on the fritz? Ice maker stopped working? Refrigerator leaking water? Or is the frige making a loud noise? If you are in need of a refrigerator repair there are some steps you can take to ensure it isn’t something simple first. 1.    Check to make sure the Refrigerator is plugged in. Sometimes if the fridge gets nudged the plug can come loose. 2.    Check the circuit breaker to make sure it hasn’t tripped. 3.    Inspect the fan or compartments that are easily accessible as they may have gotten stopped up with household items or dirt. If you have checked all these things, and you are still having issues then it is best to call a Licensed Refrigerator repair Contractor so they can fix the refrigerator properly. If for some reason your refrigerator is not repairable or is very old and replacing is better, then you...

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St Louis has experience record rainfall this year. Many low lying areas in St Louis county have been affected by flooding. We can’t prevent against flooding or rivers, streams, and ponds, but there are actions we can take to keep our basements from getting water, or drains backing up into our home. Sewer Back up St LouisMany times the reason that your sewer would back up into your home is due to the city sewer being backed up due to heavy rains. Unfortunately, if it is the city sewer system that is backing up, all that we can really do is wait for the rain subside and survey the damage. If you main sewer line is backing up, it is always recommended to have a drain cleaner come out to your home to camera the line to make sure there aren’t any roots, cracks, or bellies. If you do have one...

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10 Home Problems Hiding In Plain Sight! Your home is one of the most important purchases you will ever make. For many people, it’s not just a few walls and a roof - it’s an investment! To ensure that your home is always in the best shape, here is a list of 10 potential problems that might be hiding in your home right now and how to avoid them before they get out of hand. 1. Change Your Air Filter Changing your air filter regularly ensures proper airflow. One of the biggest repair calls we get in the Spring and Summer is the air conditioner or coil are frozen. When you have restricted air flow because of clogged filters the indoor coil can freeze up. A frozen coil can be a costly repair. Change your air filter once a month to ensure your system never gets a restriction. 2. Turn Outdoor...
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