Have your air conditioning system inspected to make sure it’s operating efficiently, and to diagnose and make simple air conditioning repairs before they become major, costly repairs. Regular maintenance of your air conditioner is a small investment that will give you a great return by keeping you’re air conditioning operating properly, and cooling you home effectively for many years.
James Vito air conditioning inspections cover the following:
- Air flow
- Indoor coil
- Furnace. Boiler
- Geothermal readings
We also replace customer supplied filters, check the fuses, and inspect the electrical safety circuits.
Reminder: change the filters in your air conditioner at least once a month. More often, if you have pets that shed a lot, if you have someone living in your home who’s highly sensitive to allergens, or if some other situation, such as having remodeling done in your home, is creating dirty, dusty conditions.
And, use disposable filters! The filter in your air conditioner traps dirt, dust, pet hair, spores, pollen, etc. in order to remove these from your home as well as from your ac system. Washing a reusable filter will NOT thoroughly clean these contaminants from the filter. Over time, that reusable filter will get a nasty build-up that will make the filter ineffective.
Call James Vito and schedule your inspection today!
It is that time of year! Spring is right around the corner! That means that summer will soon be here as well. Don’t get caught with an underperforming air conditioning system that may be on the verge of breakdown in 90 degree nights and 100 plus degree days.
In DC, Maryland and Virginia the James Vito team is ready to perform preventative air conditioning maintenance on all our customers. The maintenance can help you and your family avoid high electric bills and untimely breakdowns, have a longer system life span, and insures your air conditioning system will run as efficiently as possible.
- Changing the air filters monthly is recommended!
- Keep any debris away from your air conditioning system
- Change air conditioner thermostat batteries once a year
- Clean the evaporator coils
- Air conditioning tune up- this should be done in the spring as long as the temperature outside is above 65 degrees or warmer. (The reason for this is to insure we get the correct Freon reading.)
Call James Vito Plumbing A/C and Heating to hear more about the benefits of our Service Partner Plans. We can check your Air Conditioning unit and prevent any future repairs.
James Vito Inc. Carbon Monoxide Detectors- Air Conditioning & Heating
Everyone is at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a colorless odorless deadly gas.
Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion. It is present whenever fuel is burned. It is produced by common home house appliances such as gas or oil furnaces, gas refrigerators, gas ranges, gas water heaters or space heaters, fireplaces and wood burning stoves.
All of these sources can contribute to a carbon monoxide problem in your home. If your home is ventilated properly and free from appliance malfunctions, air pressure fluctuations or airway blockages, carbon monoxide will most likely be safely ventilated to the outside. Furnace heat exchangers can crack, vents can become blocked.
If you have questions about carbon monoxide, Contact James Vito Inc. we will send our certified technicians. They will inspect the air filters; blower, burner, heat exchangers, controls and venting.
For peace of mind call James Vito Inc. for your annual plumbing and HVAC inspection. Call now and schedule an annual inspection, or ask to speak to our field supervisors for a new unit installation.
A water filter installation is an important step to take if you want the water supply at your home or business to be cleaner, and healthier. Many people buy water filter pitchers, bottled water, or a filter for their kitchen faucet, but this doesn’t keep up with the demand for purified water if you have a family or own a business.
Our technicians at James Vito recommend Everpure H-300. Filtering your water will improve the taste of your drinking water. Everpure is the leading name in water treatment. The H-300 is a single cartridge, sanitary quick change filtration system.
Everpure delivers great tasting water every time, while reducing the following contaminants:
- Mold and algae
- Oxidized iron, manganese, and sulfides
- Particles 0.5 micron and larger in size.
It is economical and eco-friendly compared to water bottles. The cartridge comes with a reminder that sticks on the cartridge for replacement.
Call James Vito Plumbing and we would be happy to come out and take a look at your current filtration system.
Toilets are designed to keep sewer gas out of the bathroom. If you smell gas, something is wrong. Possible causes can include these:
- Low water level
- A deteriorated wax ring that no longer forms a complete seal at the base of the bowl
- A clogged toilet vent
- Clogged vents in other fixtures (which can allow gas to enter through tub and sink drains)
The water level can decrease from leaks in an unused toilet. An internal crack in the toilet bowl can allow water to seep directly into the drain. A clogged toilet vent can create a vacuum every time you flush, sucking too much water out of the bowl Obstructed vents need to be cleaned out with a snake inserted into the vent at the roof.
Our technicians at James Vito are equipped to get the job done. Call James Vito Plumbing and Heating, and we can send one of our certified technicians. Our technicians will diagnose your plumbing issue and determine what solution is the best fit for your home He will provide you with a detailed cost estimate before any work is done.
Mini Split Air Conditioners and Heat pumps can bring your home comfort and convenience. They are flexible and quite. Mini spits offer flexibility because they can be suspended from a ceiling, mounted flush behind a drop ceiling, hung on a wall or floor-standing. Ductless heat pumps allow for a peaceful inside environment.
The inverter technology is like a cruise control for your heating and cooling system. Compressors only run as fast as they need to handle the cooling or heating demand. They can handle greater extremes in temperature are, and are also smoother and more stable in operating. Mini split systems also reach desired temperature faster than the conventional air conditioners.
James Vito offers a range of new mini split air conditioners and heat pumps. Call James Vito Plumbing and A/C & Heating for a free estimate on a new unit.
Do not ignore that leaky faucet or shower head. The steady dripping will cost you more than it will cost to replace it over time.
Unfortunately, most leaks happen in places you can’t see them. Under concrete, behind drywall, in crawl spaces. These are just a few of the places we sometimes find leaks. Below are some tips that may help you determine if you have a leak.
- Water bill spikes
- Soggy patched in the yard
- Sink hole developing in the yard
- Water damage in the ceiling or other areas of your home.
Call James Vito Plumbing and Heating, and we can send one of our certified technicians. Our technicians will diagnose your leak and determine the issues and will provide you with a detailed cost estimate before any work is done.
A waste disposer is installed under your kitchen sink. The disposers spinning blades or impellers turn organic food waste into a stream of finely ground particles. They then go down your drainpipe on their way to your local sewage treatment plant or septic tank. There are two types of disposers:
- Continuous Feed
- Batch Feed
A continuous feed model has a separate switch on the wall or inside the cabinet under the sink. The disposer will run as long as the switch is on. A batch-feed model comes with a special stopper which, when inserted and turned, activates the disposer. Once it’s removed, the motor stops. The continuous feed model is more convenient, but it could be argued that the batch feed is safer because there is no way that anything can accidentally drop inside while the disposer is running.
When a disposer is indisposed!
The quality disposers are very reliable appliances. Any disposer is subject to three common problems:
- The blades stop spinning because of an obstruction.
- The motor overheats and stops running.
- The drain becomes clogged.
To provide our customers with the best service available. We are a full service plumbing company our trucks are equipped with the technology and materials to get the job done. Call James Vito Plumbing and Heating today for service.
Any homeowner who has suffered through a flood knows that having a sump pump is no guarantee of a dry basement. For this reason James Vito has put together some common sump pump problems and what you can do to avoid a basement flood.
Power failure- Your sump pump is no different than any other electrical appliance in your home if there is no power! It will not work. James Vito suggests a backup battery sump pump.
Switch was stuck- There are several different pumps and each one has its pros and cons. James Vito plumbing suggests vertical floats. Tethered floats are notorious for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit, and other pits may have mechanical pressure switches that are prone to failure.
Pumps may get overwhelmed
James Vito advises that at a minimum, you need a 1/3 horsepower sump pump capable of pumping 35 gallons of water per minute. Anything less than that your sump pump might not be able to keep up with the flow of water. We advise upgrading to a 1/2 horsepower pump which can typically pump about 60 gallons per minute. James Vito advises that a sump pump should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe.
Ice in the pipes
During cold weather we can expect drops in the temperature. Winter weather means freezing temperatures. Here are some winterizing tips for your outdoor faucets. Any water that isn’t drained from exposed pipes- those that are above the front line will change to ice and expand, possible bursting the pipe. For this reason, homeowners should drain the pipes leading to their outdoor sillcocks when the weather begins to get cold and they no longer need to use an outdoor faucet or hose.
To drain a silcock, follow these steps:
- Find the shutoff valve for each sillcock.
- Shut off the valve.
- Open the sillcock and drain out any water in the pipe.
- When all the water has drained out, close the sillcock.
- Be sure to drain any garden hose and store them in a garage or basement for the winter.
Vito Services provides full service plumbing and HVAC repairs 24 hours a day. Vito services plumbers offer residential and commercial plumbing services that customers depend on for all of their local plumbing needs. For more information or need service call James Vito Plumbing and Heating!