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How do I choose the best water heater to meet my needs?

You should choose a water heater based on the number of people in the home and also your "peak" time for which you are using the most water.

I smell gas in the house. What should I do?

If you smell gas in the home, first and foremost, DO NOT use any type of phone, computer, appliance, elevator, or garage door opener. Also, DO NOT touch electrical outlets, switches, or doorbells. DO NOT SMOKE, USE A LIGHTER, MATCH, OR ANY OTHER OPEN FLAME. Secondly, everyone present should leave the premises immediately and be sure to leave ALL doors and windows OPEN. Finally, once everyone involved is safe, be sure to call your local gas company. You may also contact your local fire department.

What would cause a loss of electrical power?

There are many factors which would contribute to a power loss. Some would include the weather such as a rainstorm, an energy shortage, or even a tree or other large object which has fallen into a power line. Call your local electric company to confirm any power outages. If there are no power outages but your power is still out please do not hesitate to Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. at 903-892-9925 or 903-465-3903, or at our Allen location 972-562-6292. We will gladly be at your assistance.
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What can I do to prepare for a power outage?

As a back up power system, you can have a generator complete with a generator panel installed into your home or office. Please feel free to contact the experts at Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. for a consultation.

How does an air conditioner work?

In reality, an air conditioning system is exactly that, a system where two parts work together to maintain the comfort of your home. The unit that is outside of your home is where the refrigerant is contained and the coil inside your home where the refrigerant is distributed. As air is transported across the coils, the refrigerant removes the heat from the air. Consequently, the air is not only cooled but also dehumidified.

Should the need arise, do you have an emergency service available?

ABSOLUTELY! Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. takes great pride in our commitment to serving our community when needed. Just give a call 24 hours daily and we will gladly be at your service!!
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Should I keep my thermostat in the "On" or "Auto" position?

It is highly recommended that your thermostat should ALWAYS be in the "AUTO' position.

What can I do to prevent my pipes from freezing during cold weather?

Repairing pipes due to bursting from freezing can be extremely expensive. Here are some tips our experts at Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. highly recommend.

  • Make sure to keep your home weatherized. From caulking windows and doorways to extra insulation, all of which will prevent unneeded drafts of air.
  • During the cold days, make sure your home stays at 70 degrees.
  • Leaving cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks open during the colder days will allow warmer air to get to your pipes.
  • Make sure that pipes located outside are well insulated or covered.
  • Leave your faucets trickling water to prevent freezing.

How exactly does a generator work if I don't have electricity?

Because a generator runs on fuel or LPG, it will provide a power source without the use of electricity.
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I live in the small town of Celina. Do you service my area?

Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. is proud to service residential and commercial customers throughout Grayson and Collin county including the cities of Allen, Bells, Celina, Denison, Fairview, Farmersville, Frisco, Gunter, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, New Hope, Plano, Pottsboro, Princeton, Prosper, Sherman, Tioga, Tom Bean and Whitesboro.

How often should I clean and replace my air filters?

In able to maintain the very highest possible efficiency of your A/C system, our air conditioning specialists at Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. recommend cleaning your filters at least once every thirty days. However, this may fluctuate depending upon usage.

I have heard the term "SEER". What does it mean?

Your Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or "SEER" refers to exactly how efficient your unit is utilizing electricity. Bottom line, the higher your "SEER" rating is the greater efficiency you will receive from your unit. Before 1992 a typical "SEER" rating would be approximately 6.0. However, during that year, governmental regulations were established for new homes and the minimum "SEER" rating became 10.0 "SEER". To receive the true benefits of a "high efficiency" system, your system must be at a minimum of 13.0 "SEER" and a maximum of 20.0 "SEER".
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What is an air to air heat pump?

By reversing it's cycle, an air to air heat pump has the capability to remove the warm air from the outside and bring it inside during the colder months, an air to air heat pump can be extremely cost effective. Due to the fact that the pump is not actually creating the air but just moving the air from one place to another, they tend to be a great financial benefit. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation regarding your new air to air heat pump, please call Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc.

What is the average lifespan of a gas water heater?

A quality gas water heater should last between 5-14 years.

What type of laws do electrical contractors have to abide by?

As an electrical contractor, Hutchins Plumbing & A/c Inc. is committed to remaining to full compliance with the National electric Codes. We must also follow all state and local building codes in force. We are also committed to numerous continuing education requirements which test our knowledge of theory and current technical innovations.

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If I lose power, what should I do?

The benefit of an emergency generator is that the generator acts automatically and simultaneously with the main circuit breaker. When power is lost, the generator automatically senses the loss signals to turn on the generator. Irregardless of whether anyone is home or not, within moments, your home's power will be restored. Once the power of the circuit breaker is restored, the generator also knows to make to switch back to the main power source.

Are tankless water heaters more efficient?

Because tankless water heaters are not even recognized by Federal standard regulations, no you will always get the best results from a standard tank water heater.

How do I thaw out a frozen pipe without the risk of bursting?

When thawing out a frozen pipe, be very careful! If necessary you can always rely on the experts at Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. However, you can start the procedure by applying a standard electric heating pad around the pipe. You can also use a hairdryer, portable space heater, or simply wrap the pipes in towels soaked in hot water.
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We hope these questions have answered some of your own. If you any further questions or we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to call us at one of our phone numbers listed below. For your convenience, you may also request services from this site.

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to serving you in the near future!

214-383-3136 Allen
903-465-3903 Denison
214-436-4725 Frisco
972-562-6292 McKinney
972-312-0703 Plano
972-479-9313 Richardson

Hutchins Plumbing & A/C Inc. proudly services Grayson County and Collin County including the cities of Allen, Bells, Collinsville, Denison, Fairview, Farmersville, Frisco, Gordonville, Gunter, Howe, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, New Hope, Plano, Pottsboro, Princeton, Prosper, Richardson, Sachse, Sadler, Sherman, Southmayd, Tioga, Tom Bean, Van Alstyne, Whitesboro, Whitewright, and Wylie.

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