D'Spain Sales and Service Blog

How Tankless Water Heaters Save You Money

January 30th, 2023


If you’re thinking about replacing your water heater sometime in the near future, you might be wondering about some of the different options that are on the market these days. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various types? What will work best for your home? How much hot water do you actually use? And why are there such significant differences in cost?

We’d like to discuss tankless water heaters today, and one of your top concerns might be that they are more expensive than tank or storage water heaters. It’s true! What if we could demonstrate that you would actually save money with a tankless water heater, even though the system is pricier? Give us a chance, and we’ll lay out our case.

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What Repairs Do Electric Furnaces Need?

January 16th, 2023


There are so many reasons to love your electric furnace. It doesn’t require you to connect to a natural gas line, which can be very expensive if your home has never been connected. It is perfectly efficient, converting all the energy it uses into heat for your home. It will never cause you concern about carbon monoxide or fuel leaks.

Another major benefit of electric furnaces is that they require fewer repairs than gas furnaces. However, everything requires repair occasionally. We’ll be covering some of the main problems that can occur with electric furnaces as well as some tips for decreasing the likelihood that repairs will be needed.

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How to Care for Your Tankless Water Heater

December 19th, 2022


If you’re more familiar with tank water heaters but have transitioned to a tankless system, you may have some questions about the differences between the two and how to meet the needs of your new system. Although the two approaches to heating water for your home are obviously different, you may be surprised to hear just how similar their maintenance needs are.

The first thing to know is that your tankless water heater does require professional maintenance, just like a tank system. It is usually done annually, but your plumber may have specific recommendations based on your system and the water in your home.

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4 Signs That Your Furnace Is Struggling

December 5th, 2022


As you think about using your furnace for the first time this winter, you might be concerned about whether it’s working as well as it should be. It’s common to be unfamiliar with the signs of a furnace in need of repair, so it can be helpful to learn about how your furnace tells you that it’s in trouble.

First, there are two things that you can do to lower your chances of encountering furnace problems, so before you get cozy and settled for the winter, you should do these tasks.

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Here’s Why Professional Drain Cleaning Is So Important

November 21st, 2022


If you think calling a professional to clean your drains is something you should do when you have a bothersome or recurring clog, well, you’re half right. When you have a problem like that, it’s definitely time for professional help. But drain cleaning is also something you should have done routinely, as part of your home’s general maintenance.

We’d like to help you understand both why drain cleaning is so important and why it’s critical to have it done by a trained professional.

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Should You Get a Gas or Electric Furnace?

November 7th, 2022


When your home requires a new furnace, it’s easy to be intimidated by the process and all the considerations that you have to weigh.

We at D’Spain strongly believe that you deserve clear and complete information. We don’t want to sell you the product that will make us the most money in the short term. We want to sell you the product that is the best choice for you and your home, because our goal is to have customers that are satisfied in the long term.

This is a better investment for us, because satisfied customers are returning customers. And it’s a better investment for you, because you will be secure in the knowledge that you made the best decision about your furnace.

Since there is a lot to consider, we’d like to focus on the main choices that will narrow your selection options.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Electrical Panel?

October 24th, 2022

fire-and-smoke-from-electrical-outletIf you’re lucky, your electrical panel (sometimes called a circuit breaker panel) doesn’t often cross your mind. After all, in an ideal situation, nothing goes wrong and you never need to reset the breakers. But this panel plays a critical role in your home: it regulates the electrical system for your entire home, keeping you safe by shutting off power when necessary to areas where a safety hazard occurs. 

An electrical panel can last for a long time. But when it fails, it presents a serious risk. The good news is that before a major failure, there are often warning signs that your electrical panel is struggling to do its job. Here are some important things to keep an eye out for. If you notice any of these issues happening in your home, it’s time to replace your electrical panel.

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It’s That Time, Schedule This Heating Service

October 10th, 2022

technician-repairing-heaterIt may seem that summer has barely ended. You’re just starting to enjoy all that fall has to offer: football season, family celebrations, and finally a break in the hot weather. But we assure you, no matter how hard you try to ignore it, winter will come. You want to be ready for it when it does get here. And the best thing you can do to prepare is to make sure that your heater will be in good working order for that first cold snap.

Scheduling regular maintenance for your heater has many benefits, and the way to make the most of those benefits is to make sure you get it done promptly. Here are some of the things you can enjoy as a result of your heater maintenance in Bulverde, TX.

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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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