D'Spain Sales and Service Blog

What to Know about Slab Leaks

September 26th, 2022

cracked-foundationPlumbing can seem a little bit like magic: it’s largely invisible (behind walls or beneath your foundation), and if you’re not an extremely skilled practitioner, meddling with it can cause big problems! We’re going to make it a little less mysterious for you while we discuss slab leaks. You won’t become a qualified magician (or plumber) by reading this, but you’ll come to understand the special skills and tools that help the plumber do their job, and you’ll have a better idea of when to call a plumber. 

Slab leaks are an especially mysterious aspect of plumbing because they don’t even occur inside your house. A slab leak is caused by damage or degradation to the pipes that run beneath your foundation. Most of the time that slab leaks occur, it’s from the pipes that carry hot water, but leaks in cold water pipes are also possible. There are a few clues that can help you to discover such a leak and some specialized approaches that allow a plumber to fix it.

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What to Do While Waiting for AC Repairs

September 12th, 2022

man-feeling-hot-in-front-of-fanIt’s best to avoid major problems with your air conditioner by scheduling regular maintenance. That way, minor issues can be cleared up before they cause your AC unit to stop working.

But sometimes, an air conditioner suffers a sudden major malfunction. It may refuse to work at all, or it may be exhibiting symptoms that indicate it’s best to keep it turned off for safety reasons or to avoid making the problem worse until you can get air conditioning repair in Spring Branch, TX.

D’Spain Sales and Service does have excellent emergency air conditioner repair, available 24/7, and ideally your unit will be up and running again within a few hours. But occasionally a problem does take longer to resolve if, for example, an unusual part has to be ordered. If you’re going to be without air conditioning for a day or longer during a stretch of hot weather, there are some things you can do to increase your comfort in the meantime.

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Our Guide to Changing Your Air Filter Seasonally

August 15th, 2022

portable-air-conditionerAlthough the vast majority of American households have air conditioning, not everyone is confident in or knowledgeable about basic maintenance. If you’re not sure what to do to keep your air conditioner running at its best, that’s okay! You’re in good company. Many people could use a little help to get started. 

When air conditioners are inefficient or not working properly, the simplest solution is often the right one: change your air filter. Have you ever done that? Do you know how often it should be done? Follow our step-by-step guide and get that air conditioner back to peak performance.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is happy to help with anything related to air conditioner repair in Boerne, TX 

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What You Should and Shouldn’t Do for Your Drain

August 1st, 2022

Drains are sensitive parts of our plumbing systems, but they’re also the parts that we have the most contact with. Think about it: every time you cook dinner, wash your hair, or even do the dishes, you’re using your drains to ensure that the dirty water ends up far and away from your home to be cleaned up. So, you’re probably looking for a few ways to mitigate drain problems and improve the quality of your drains, right?

Well, that’s what this blog is about! With a few best practices, you can arguably improve the condition and longevity of your drains in both your bathroom and your kitchen. Just remember that drains require professional attention every now and then, so don’t hesitate to call our team to fix your clogged drain in Branch, TX.

Now, let’s get into the “shoulds” and “should nots” of drain care.

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Three Reasons to Choose a Professional Electrician

July 18th, 2022

Everyone has different exposure to professional electricians. Some people need to rely on a contractor for a lot of home work, because there are just a lot of high-tech systems and specialized technology required in homes these days. Other people are pretty handy, and they’ve either got licensed family members or people they know who can work on this kind of stuff. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, we want to be the team that can provide electrical services reliably for people who need them.

So, if you’re on the fence as to whether or not you should call us for a reliable electrician in Kerrville, TX, then keep reading. We’ll talk about three distinct reasons why calling a professional, licensed electrician is going to be better for your next electrical job than just calling a family friend or someone you know with a little bit of handy knowledge.

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Stay Cool and Content on the Fourth of July!

July 4th, 2022

Happy fourth! At the time of writing this blog post, we’re expecting sunshine and high temperatures on Independence Day, but that can absolutely change. As you all probably know, the weather is not 100% predictable!

If things go as planned, we’re sure you’re going to have a blast grilling some yummy foods, playing some tunes, and soaking up some much-needed sunshine. Though, if things get too hot, it’s always nice to have your indoor air conditioning unit on full blast so you can take a break from the almost 100-degree weather every now and then.

As your local HVAC professional, we specialize in AC repair in Bulverde and beyond. In order for your air conditioner to function properly without a hitch this holiday, we recommend you take a few steps to ease the burden on the system and keep things running smoothly. Here are just a few tips you can use to stay cool and comfy this fourth.

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Ice on Your AC Is a Bad Sign!

June 20th, 2022

Ice in your freezer is usually a good sign, especially if you’ve got an ice maker or a few sets of ice cube trays. They’re perfect for those summer drinks that keep you cool and comfortable. However, ice in other areas of your home is usually a bad sign, particularly when it comes to your air conditioner. Your AC isn’t a freezer, and it’s not supposed to cool things down to 32°F or below. If it does, then you’ll start to notice some pretty severe problems that we’ll get to down below.

We want to start this blog post by pointing you in the right direction. If you do have ice growing on your air conditioning system, we urge you to call our team for air conditioning repair in Helotes. Our team can get to work fixing the problem and ensuring that the cool air doesn’t get caught growing ice, and is instead sent through your air ducts where it belongs.

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Our Guide to the 5 Main Components of an AC

June 6th, 2022

Have you ever looked at your air conditioner’s outdoor cabinet and wondered what the heck could be inside of it? Well, those days are gone, since we’re going to go out of our way today to explain some of the most important components of an air conditioning system. From the compressor to the blower fan, we’ll talk about some of the main categories of parts that make up the inside of your air conditioning technology, and we’ll even talk about what you can do when you encounter a problem.

Knowledge is power, and we believe that the more our customers know about their cooling technology, the better off they’ll be in the future. When you encounter a problem down the line, you’ll be able to direct a professional technician to the exact place where you believe the problem is coming from, due to your extensive knowledge of air conditioning in Boerne!

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Protect Your Drain With a Mesh Screen

May 23rd, 2022

Have you ever been frustrated with a shower drain that’s starting to get clogged, but you just paid for a drain cleaning only a year ago? It can sometimes feel like there’s just nothing that can be done about clogging materials. Well, there is something that can be done about the materials clogging your shower and your kitchen sink, and we’re here to talk about it!

You’ll still need to invest in a professional plumber in Boerne, TX, but you won’t need to be so frustrated in between drain cleaning appointments. With the help of a mesh screen, your drain can avoid most of the large contaminants that would otherwise cause clogs to build up. And, to make things even easier, you can just toss the materials that get caught in the screen in the trash where they belong!

Let’s talk about some great benefits that come from such a simple device.

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Does AC Maintenance NEED to Be Professionally Done?

May 9th, 2022

This is a good question, and we understand why homeowners would ask it. Wouldn’t it be easy if we just gave you our proven inspection list and all the tips required for performing AC maintenance on your own, and you just did it yourself? It sounds like that would be more convenient, but the truth is that this would probably lead to more problems. One of our values as a company is being responsible to our customers and our community. We’re a family-owned, third-generation business, which means that many of our customers are close friends and neighbors.

Air conditioning maintenance in Boerne is a lot more complicated than just following a list of handy tips. It’s not like building a garden, or some other kind of home DIY project. Air conditioners are incredibly complex, and even one small problem could lead to expenses down the line.

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