1 Task to Make Sure Your AC is Ready for Summer

A Spring Tip to Prevent an Air Conditioner Emergency

outside air conditioning condenser unit serviced by Standard in Manhattan, KSMuch of the summer work we do in homes all across Manhattan, Wamego, Junction City and surrounding towns comes down to one thing: fixing an air conditioner. Over the hottest days, we are flooded with phone calls from homeowners who suddenly find out their AC system isn’t working.

We usually can quickly solve their problem with simple maintenance or tune-ups. Sometimes more of a repair is needed for the air conditioning system. And then there are times when the system is too broken down (or simply too old) to be worth a large repair. In those times, our technicians work hard to get a new air conditioning system installed.

It is quite common for a breakdown or problem to happen without the homeowner having any clue there was a looming problem. It can be quite a surprise to wake up sweating because suddenly your AC has started blowing hot air instead of cold. It doesn’t take long during some of our hot Manhattan summers for a home’s inside temperature to shoot up when there’s not a cooling system doing its job properly.

As we know, another hot Kansas summer will be here before we know it. Before it comes, we want homeowners to know the best thing they can do to avoid any sort of air conditioner emergency.

There is one simple thing you need to do.

The 1 Best Way to Avoid an AC Emergency

You need to turn your air conditioner on. Yes, that’s pretty much it. But there is a catch. It’s when you turn your AC that make this simple step be effective.

You need to test your AC unit in the spring. When it’s blustery and chilly outside, it may seem odd to be thinking about needing your AC. But that is precisely when you need to turn it on for a test run. This time of year Kansans are not relying on their AC, and also probably not needing their furnace as much as they did. At Standard and other HVAC companies across Manhattan, this our slow time. While we often schedule heating and cooling installation and maintenance checks during this time, we are not getting a lot of calls for repairs. We are more readily available to come to your home right away, often the same day.

Finding out your air conditioner isn’t putting out cold air in March or April means we’ll definitely get to fixing the problem before you need your home’s cooling system. However, if you wait until the first 80-degree day to find out your AC is broken, you’ll likely have to wait. You won’t just have to wait for work from us at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, but any reliable, professional HVAC technician will also be swamped with AC repairs at that time. You and your family will unfortunately be left sweating it out until a technician is available. Some will resort to using a less reputable repair person for the job.

A Manhattan Homeowner’s Spring Air Conditioner Test

To test if your AC is working, set your thermostat several degrees below current temperature. Also make sure that it is set to the COOL setting.

Do you hear your outside AC unit kick on? If you do, you’re not out of the woods yet. A running air conditioner doesn’t mean everything is in working order.

Check to see if you feel cold (not just cool) air coming from your vents. Your cooling system likely already has cool air inside it that you may immediately feel, but that is not air that’s actually been cooled by the system. Wait to ensure that the air you are feeling is cold, air-conditioned air. You may need to turn your thermostat down a few more degrees to help you make sure it is cold air created by your air conditioning system.

Beyond the Spring AC Test

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that an air conditioner you test in March or April will work just as well in June or July. A lot can happen over a couple months. Dirt and pollen could clog up your outside unit and cause problems. A rodent could take to nibbling on exposed wires to your AC unit. There are a variety of other issues that could happen that a homeowner may easily miss.

How can you be sure your AC is ready for the next Kansas summer? Contact us. Our team of experienced heating and air technicians can not only repair broken air conditioners, we can maintain and tune-up working systems to ensure they continue working throughout the next season and beyond.

With a Spring AC Check & Tune-Up, one of our experienced HVAC technicians will come out and do all necessary testing of your home’s air conditioning system. We will make sure that your AC is working properly and efficiently. An inefficient system can waste energy and possibly leave you with a larger than expected energy bill.

Standard’s Spring AC Check & Tune-Up Includes:

• Install new 1” filter (or clean re-usable one)
• Check Freon levels
• Clean condenser
• Check condensate drain and clean if necessary
• Check evaporator coil, electrical connections and compressor
• Clean and check thermostat
• Check and record all electrical readings
• Check, adjust and align belts

Because a tune-up of your cooling system is the best way to ensure your home is ready for a hot Manhattan summer, we are offering a special deal. Contact Standard today to take advantage of our Spring AC Check and Tune-Up Special available up until May 31, 2022.

It is our commitment to provide the heating and air service you need as quickly as possible. If you allow us to service your air conditioning system before the summer sets in, you can have peace of mind that your system was checked and maintained by experienced AC professionals.

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Annual Heating & Cooling Maintenance to Make Sure Your AC is Ready for Summer

While this special can have you set for summer, Standard does provide a maintenance service all year round. With our VIP Maintenance program, you can receive maintenance checks, tune-ups, discounts on repairs and a variety of other great benefits all year long. There are great reasons to become a VIP member.  Call us at (785) 776-5012 to see how Standard in Manhattan can take the worry and work of home maintenance off your hands.

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Sink Gurgles When I Flush the Toilet

Troubleshooting Toilet Clog with Gurgling Bathroom Sink

 

A lot of things can happen in your pipes. That means a lot can go wrong. Some problems are worse than others.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning has provided quality plumbing repair to communities in and around Manhattan for a century! So you can imagine that we have seen everything that can go wrong with pipes and home plumbing.

While often we get calls for what homeowners are seeing, sometimes they tell us about the toilet and sink problem they are hearing.

Gurgling. Bubbling. These are not things you want to hear coming from your sink simply because you flushed the toilet.

It sounds wrong to hear a sink gurgle when you’re not using it. And for a good reason. It is not supposed to.

Does a sink that gurgles after a toilet flushes mean you have a big problem? Not necessarily. We will go over the possible things that can cause a gurgling sound from your sink and some troubleshooting steps to get it fixed.

 

When a Sink Gurgles After a Toilet Flushes

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Whenever there is a gurgling sound coming from a sink, there is likely an airflow problem in your pipes. The sound is actually from air passing through the sink P-trap, which is not supposed to happen.

Air flows easily through the lines in a plumbing system working as it should. This airflow helps waste run smoothly out of your home. So a gurgling sound indicates that there is negative air pressure building up in the drain line. There is a negative airflow happening that is pushing back through the drains.

If your pipes are not getting vented properly, the water flow may be affected and even become blocked.

 

 

Gurgling Sink is Sign of a Clog

You don’t want to ignore this warning sign of problems in your pipes. It means you likely have a clog in one of a few places.

There could be a clog in your drain line, not far from your toilet. A drain line clog typically happens when someone puts wrong things down a toilet. Most often, with this type of clog, your toilet will be backing up and overflowing. Fortunately, it will likely be easy to fix with just a plunger.

The other likely place for a clog is deeper in the sewer lines. There may be a clog in the main sewer line that connects to your community’s sewer system, or the clog may be in your home’s vent stack. This vent stack is a pipe that releases sewer gas out through your roof.

 

sink gurgles when toilet flushes

 

Troubleshooting Step: Plunge the toilet

Whether or not you have a clogged toilet, the best way to fix the problem is by plunging your toilet.

#1
Close off the drain to nearby sinks. This is important as it helps ensure optimum air pressure happens as you are plunging. You can use duct tape to seal off sink drains.

 

#2
With a good plunger (read about some top-reviewed plungers), pump it into your toilet a dozen or more times.

 

#3
Open sinks back up and flush the toilet. If there is no longer a gurgling sound coming from the sink, you may likely have solved your problem! However, if your sink is still bubbling or gurgling, you should try plunging again to push out the clog.

 

#4
If the plunger does not fix it, you can try tackling the clog with an auger, also known as a plumber’s snake. This tool often is able to remove clogs that plungers can’t.

 

If these steps don’t fix the problem, the clog is probably too far down to easily reach. A longer motorized tool may be needed. However, if the clog is deeper into the sewer lines, a different tactic will be required.

Your best option is to call for a repair from a professional with drain and sewer experience like the plumbers here at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. One of our experienced and trained plumbers will be able to diagnose the source of the clog and completely fix it.

Standard has been plumbing homes and businesses in Manhattan, KS since 1923! You can trust us with your home’s pipes. Call us today for a quick repair – (785) 776-5012.

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Don’t Ignore a Gurgling Sink

A gurgling sink is a sign you have a problem. It may be a relatively minor problem like a clog that can easily be removed, but it should not get ignored.

If you don’t fix the issue now, it could turn into a big problem later, and one that is more expensive to fix. A clog that does not get removed can get worse and cause damage in your home, like cracking pipes or collapsing sewer lines. Waste may start backing up into toilets or bathtubs.

 

Preventing a Clog

Drains get clogged in many different ways, but fortunately, the problem can be avoided many times.

Remember this important rule: Toilet paper is the only thing to flush down a toilet (other than waste).

You should never flush any other type of paper. That includes paper towels and wet wipes. Do not flush down the wet wipes that claim to be flushable. They can still cause clogs and problems to your plumbing system.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning provides professional drain cleaning service to the entire Manhattan area, including Wamego and Junction City. We provide a full range of plumbing services, including service on pipes and sewers. So you can count on our team of experienced plumbers to handle whatever problem is happening in your pipes.

If you have a stubborn clog or any other plumbing issue, request service conveniently online or call Standard at (785) 776-5012.

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Mold in Your Ductless Mini Split

HVAC: Maintenance How to Clean a Mini Split Unit

Does your ductless system have mold?

Ductless mini splits are becoming much more popular options in America for providing comfort for living and work spaces. They are modern HVAC systems that provide heating and cooling for homes, offices, and other places. As the name suggests, they require no ductwork. So these ductless mini split systems are an excellent option for spaces where it is not possible or feasible to install ductwork. But they can face their own unique problems, including finding mold in the mini split.

 

Standard Heating & AIr is Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor in Manhattan area for ductless mini splits

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning are professional installers of ductless mini split systems here in Manhattan and surrounding Kansas communities. We are the area’s Diamond Contractor for Mitsubishi ductless systems.

We provide full service for ductless units including repair and maintenance work on any brand or type of ductless system. Our techs are experienced at handling whatever problem is happening. They have often been called out to handle a repair on a mini split unit that was completely preventable.

Just as traditional heating and cooling devices need regular maintenance, so does a mini-split unit. One of the most common problems we run into here at Standard is servicing a mini split unit that is dirty and moldy.

A dirty mini split can lead to several problems. Having mold inside a unit that is dispersing air throughout your living space can greatly decrease the quality of the air you breathe.

Mold in mini split system

Finding Mold in Your Mini Split

Finding out that you have mold in your ductless mini split can be quite alarming, not to mention disgusting. But unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think.

When not properly maintained, the inside of your ductless mini split could become a home for mold and mildew. A ductless unit with mold inside emits mold spores into the air you breathe. This damages your indoor air quality and can make create problems for your home and also be detrimental to you and your family’s health.

Whenever mold is found or suspected, a homeowner should not ignore it. Mold can cause a variety of problems, especially to the health of the people and pets living in the home. The Environmental Protection Agency lists the Ten Things You Should Know About Mold.

5 signs you have mold in your mini split

5 signs of a Mold Problem

While opening your mini split unit will likely reveal whether you have a mold problem, there are some other tell-tale signs that you may notice, including:

  1. A bad odor that may smell like a dirty sock or something cheesy
  2. Black or odd-colored splotches on the wall unit, visible when lifting the cover on the air handler
  3. Finding a lot of moisture or standing water beneath your ductless unit
  4. Having increased difficulty with respiratory problems
  5. Experiencing more allergy-like symptoms inside your home

 

How to Clean Mold from Mini Split

So what can you do when you find disgusting black mold in your mini split? One option you have is to call for cleaning and maintenance from Standard Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning. Our mini split cleaning and tune-up services start at $79.99. We can quickly come out to get your system completely cleaned so you can quickly go back to having clean, fresh air again.

You could also try to clean the mold out of your ductless unit yourself. Opening and cleaning a mini split is typically not too difficult and does not require great technical skill. Cleaning mold from your mini split is something just about any homeowner can handle themselves.

Process to Clean Mold out of a Mini Split

  1. Start by turning off your system.
  2. Flip up the top cover in order to remove the filters.
  3. Find the two filters right at the top and pull them up and out.
  4. Take those filters to a sink and rinse them off.
  5. Allow the filters to completely dry (wait at least 20 minutes)
  6. Put the filters back in the mini split unit.
  7. Put the cover back on. It should click in place.

It is important to note that some mini-split systems have an additional antimicrobial, anti-allergy filter. If your has that, remove it from the larger filter before washing as this special filter should not be cleaned. Reattach it back to the other filters once they are completely dry.

Mold in ductless mini split

Following those steps you should be able to successfully remove any dust, debris, and mold. But if the mold in your ductless unit is a bigger problem or if mold is apparent on parts of your mini split system other than the filters, you may need professional service. Call us at Standard for a thorough mini split cleaning and tune-up by contacting us online or by calling (785) 776-5012.

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How to Prevent Mold Problems

6. Mini split mold control preventionThe best way to prevent mold from developing in your mini split is by keeping the unit always turned on.

You can prevent future mold problems by simply not turning off your system, even when you don’t need it on. Unlike a furnace and AC system, mini splits do not cycle on and off again repeatedly. These units will instead continue operating in low-power mode.

When a mini split is on, the device is doing more than just working to provide the desired temperature. It is also draining moisture. When you turn the mini split off, it cannot work to remove the moisture. And so that moisture stays inside the unit causing mold to form.

For ductless mini split system installment, repair or maintenance in Manhattan, Wamego, Junction City or the surrounding communities, call the Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning mini split experts at (785) 776-5012.

 

Furnace Blowing Cold Air: 4 Troubleshooting Steps

Why Are My Vents Not Blowing Hot Air?

 

Troubleshooting steps for furnace blowing cold air

 

The middle of a cold Manhattan winter is a bad time for a furnace to break down. The coldest days of the season are the busiest for our repair technicians at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning.

Top furnace problems during cold weatherWaiting in a cold home until a technician can arrive is something you want to avoid. With this article on one of the biggest furnace issues that can happen in cold weather, you will have some troubleshooting steps to get the heater back on yourself.

 

One of the most distressing problems a homeowner can experience is when your vents are not blowing hot air. It may seem like your air conditioner is running.

While you may be worried your furnace has died, that probably isn’t the case. When a furnace appears to be blowing cold air, it’s a problem that can usually be fixed.

What to do first when your furnace is blowing cold air

Do not immediately call for a repair. While you may need a professional to fix your problem, you can eliminate some minor issues that may be causing the cool air first.

Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Manhattan is here whenever you need a professional heating technician to service your furnace. Just call us at (785) 776-5012, or you can schedule service online. But before you do, we want to arm you with troubleshooting steps that could save you time and money by avoiding paying for a service repair.

Furnace Blows Cold: 4 Troubleshooting Steps

Here are the four basic steps a homeowner can try before calling a professional HVAC repair technician. You don’t need a lot of experience in home repair to tackle some of the most common reasons why a furnace can stop working. Most of these steps can be done easily and with little or no money.

Run through these questions. If the answer is yes to any of them (or even several of them), then you have the opportunity to fix the root of the problem quickly yourself.

 

The 4 steps to fixing vents not blowing hot air


#1: IS THE THERMOSTAT SET TOO LOW?

Thermostat set incorrectly to OFF causes furnace blowing cold airMake sure that your thermostat is set for a temperature higher than the current temperature in your home. It is possible someone else in the home lowered the setting without you being aware.

You also want to make sure it is set to HEAT and not COOL or OFF.

While that may put a kid in timeout or a spouse in hot water, this is the easiest problem to fix, at least technically.

If this is the problem, simply setting the temperature up several degrees than it is now should pretty quickly cause your furnace to blow warm air again.

 

#2: IS THE THERMOSTAT FAN ON?

While you’re checking the thermostat, make sure you see what the FAN setting is. If it is set to ON, that could make it feel like cold air is coming up through your vents.

If the air in your home is already at the set temperature, the furnace will not be heating. Yet air will still be pushed out of your vents. Compared to the existing temperature, that air will probably feel cold, even air-conditioned.

Make sure your fan is set to AUTO. That will cause the blower fan to run only when the furnace is working to heat your home.

 

#3: IS YOUR AIR FILTER DIRTY?

Dirty air filter can cause my vents not blowing hot airHaving a clean air filter is vital for your home’s entire HVAC system. It can even make a furnace start to blow cold air.

A dirty furnace filter can block a sufficient amount of air from flowing through the ductwork. This can cause the heat exchanger to overheat, possibly creating dangerous problems like a cracked heat exchanger with a carbon monoxide leak. A furnace may shut off its burners as a safety precaution if this happens.

Change a dirty filter, even if it’s ahead of schedule for your regular changing. It may need to be changed more frequently than you realize.

 

#4: IS THE PILOT LIGHT OUT?

If you have a gas furnace with a pilot light, you may find that it is not lit. Check where your burners are to make sure a flame is still burning.

If you need help, check this article for how to relight your furnace’s pilot light.

 

HOMEOWNER DIY vs HVAC Professional Repair

Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning has 24/7 emergency AC repair service in Manhattan, KSWhile those are the easy steps for homeowners to try to fix the problem themselves, none may end up solving your problem. There are various other (and more complicated) issues that can cause a furnace to stop blowing hot air.

If you need a professional to fix the problem, call Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning at (785) 776-5012. We are available for 24/7 emergency furnace repair Manhattan, Wamego, Junction City and surrounding Kansas towns.

We can repair and service any type or model of furnace or heating system. We have hundreds of positive customer reviews and are the HVAC team trusted across the Manhattan, KS area.

 

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7 Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

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A Plumber’s Advice to Avoid a Holiday Disaster

 

Thanksgiving Plumbing Problems

Are you having guests over for the holidays? While many of you will be busy on Thanksgiving Day hosting a family dinner, it is the day after Thanksgiving that is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

Overhead photo of a thanksgiving meal at a table including turkey, pie and wineFun Fact: Black Friday is the busiest day for plumbers in America.

All your extra company and extra food is going to put a strain on your drain on more of your home’s plumbing systems.

 

How Thanksgiving affects your Home’s Plumbing System

  • Toilets get flushed more
  • Extra showers are taken
  • Toilets & showers that are rarely will now be used regularly
  • More fats and foods will go down the drain, putting your garbage disposal to the test
  • It’s more likely a kid could put a random toy down your sink or toilet

A lot of families will find themselves with urgent plumbing problems over the Thanksgiving holiday. And while more of you will call plumbers like those at Standard Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, there are likely not enough plumbers in the Manhattan area to handle everyone’s plumbing problems as fast as each of the homeowners in need would like.

 

7 Tips to Avoid A Plumbing Disaster

A plunger, something that should be kept in each bathroom in case of a plumbing emergency

  1. Arm every toilet. Place a plunger in each of the bathrooms
  2. Wipes are for the wastebasket.  Never flush wet wipes down a toilet. Never. Not even the ones that claim to be flushable.
  3. Do not confuse your garbage disposal for a garbage can. Throw all food waste in the trash and NOT in the garbage disposal (or at least ensure the disposal is running with COLD water if you put any food scraps down).
  4. Don’t let fatty liquids go down your pipes. Keep a jar out to contain all the fats and cooking oils you need to dispose of. Never pour these down the drain.
  5. Strainers save sinks. Put a sink strainer in your kitchen sink. This will keep large food waste from going down and stop any items (toys, jewelry, utensils, broken glass, etc.) from accidentally going doing the drain.
  6. Wait to use your dishwasher. We know dirty dishes can pile up quickly. But wait before washing a load. Your garbage disposal and dishwasher use the same drain, so running the disposal while the washer is going could mean food waste can end up on your dishes.
  7. Put a Plumber on Speed Dial. Or at least have a phone number ready. Put Standard’s phone number in your phone right now – (785) 776-5012. If you encounter a plumbing problem, calling us as soon as you need us may help you get service quicker than those who are having to spend time tracking down the number of a nearby plumber.

 

Kitchen Plumbing Tips

While you may be enjoying the delicious Thanksgiving foods, a lot of those wonderful dishes are filled with things that should never, ever go down your drain. Some foods, more than others, are tough for a garbage disposal to grind up. Others turn solid and become a blockage down the road. Some of the foods you should NEVER put down your disposal include:
A dirty plate with a fork next to a gravy container. Food should be put in the trash and not the garbage disposal

  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Coffee
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Grease, Oil, Fat

 

Bathroom Plumbing Tips

Will you be having a lot of visitors staying with you during the holiday? That can create its own set of plumbing issues, especially regarding the need for hot water.

Set a 15-minute shower rule. Make sure there are at least 15 minutes between showers, even if taken in separate bathrooms. This doesn’t just make sure the water heater tank has filled up enough for the next person to hop in the bathtub, but it also helps ensure there have been enough time for the drains to clear.

Give kids a potty talk. If children are occupying your house over the holidays, be aware they may still be learning what’s right (and what’s wrong) to go down sinks and toilets. Wipes aren’t the only bad paper product to put down a toilet. Flushing paper towels can create big problems for your pipes. Make sure all your guests know that toilet paper is the only product that is safe to be flushed.

 

A Plumber’s Best Advice BEFORE Thanksgiving Day

Have you noticed any issues or problems with your sinks or tubs as you’re getting the house ready for the holidays? Try using one of those rarely used bathrooms or showers a few times. Test it now so you don’t have to wonder if something is wrong with your plumbing.

If you notice any problems, call the plumbers at Standard today at (785) 776-5012.

What may be an easy fix now could turn into a big, wet mess later when the whole family is over. If you wait to get a plumber called on Thanksgiving or the day after (on Black Friday), you may find yourself waiting quite a while before you can get a professional plumber to come out and fix it.

If you want to be even more proactive, call Standard Plumbing for maintenance inspection & service. Even if you don’t see any signs of plumbing problems, it’s never a bad idea to be extra cautious and have your home’s pipes looked into in advance of a big holiday get-together.

Our plumbers provide regular maintenance on homes in and around the Manhattan area, including Wamego and Junction City. Contact us before the holiday season gets into full swing to schedule a plumbing maintenance service for your entire home.

 

Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Emergency

Standard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning has 24/7 emergency AC repair service in Manhattan, KSStandard is open on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday if you find yourself dealing with a plumbing emergency. We will be providing any emergency plumbing work in homes across Manhattan, KS. Standard plumbers are available on holidays and weekends with our Emergency 24/7 Service.

Get all-year home comfort security with Standard’s VIP Maintenance Program. As a VIP member, you will receive seasonal maintenance on your plumbing and heating & cooling systems. In addition, you will also receive priority scheduling whenever you call for a repair, and you never pay additional fees for emergency or weekend service.

 

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