Seven Tips to Maintain Your Garbage Disposal
Use plenty of water! Run your cold water while the garbage disposal unit is running. After the disposal changes to a soft whirring sound, turn it off and let the water continue to run for 10-15 seconds in order to carry any remaining particles out of the pipes. Use COLD water. Using hot water won’t damage
How to Reduce Hard Water in Meridian, ID
Tired of dealing with the nasty effects of hard water? We don’t blame you. Nobody likes scale buildup on dishes or reduced water pressure from faucets or showers. Luckily, you can combat Meridian’s hard water by installing a whole-home water softener. A water softener is the best (and easiest) way to reduce hard water
How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Idaho
We tend to think of our homes as cleaner than the outside world, but when it comes to our home’s air, that’s not always the case. All kinds of particles and contaminants can enter your home and end up circulating throughout your home’s air (the air you breathe). To improve your home’s air quality, we
What’s the Average Cost to Repipe a House in Boise, ID?
Homeowners in Idaho often ask us, what’s the average cost to repipe a house in Boise? Here’s what we tell them: The cost to repipe a house in Boise ranges from $4,000 to $15,000+. Why the huge price range? Well, what you’ll actually pay depends on these cost factors: Size of your home Type of
Is My Plumbing Repair Covered By Homeowners Insurance?
The short answer? Maybe. Whether your plumbing repair is covered by your homeowners insurance or not all depends on: Your specific policy details If the plumbing issue happened because of neglect or lack of maintenance You see, every policy is different. Some may cover the cost to have a professional plumber fix the issue while
5 Signs You Need a New Water Heater
Water heaters don’t last forever. And the worst part? If you push a water heater past the average lifespan, there’s a very good chance that it could burst a leak and cost you thousands of dollars in water damage. That’s why smart homeowners preemptively replace their water heater when they start to see signs that it’s on
3 Signs Hard Water Is Ruining Your Boise Home’s Plumbing
All too often, we have clients call us with extensive pipe damage who end up having to completely repipe their home (which can cost up to $15,000 in the Boise area). You see, Boise has “hard water”. And over time, hard water causes limescale buildup inside your home’s pipes that, if left untreated, can destroy
3 Common Winter Plumbing Problems in Boise
Last year, Boise had a particularly snowy winter and near-record low temperatures. As a result, we got a lot of calls from homeowners who weren’t prepared for the winter plumbing problems that followed. To better prepare you this season, we’ll show you how to prevent 3 common winter plumbing problems: Frozen pipes Water heater failure
A Guide to Winterizing the Pipes in Your Boise Home
As temperatures drop lower and lower, homeowners have an increasingly smaller window to winterize their indoor and outdoor pipes. To help you protect your home and prevent winter plumbing problems, we’ll walk you through the steps of proper Boise plumbing winterization. How to winterize house (indoor) pipes Many homeowners neglect their indoor plumbing when they prepare
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Tankless Water Heater in Idaho?
In Idaho, it can cost anywhere from $2,800 to $5,400 to install a tankless water heater. So what causes the price to fluctuate? Well, the price of a tankless water heater installation depends on 4 main factors: Type of water heater (electric vs natural gas) Whole-home vs point-of-use units Size of the water heater Labor
Cost to Install a New Toilet in Idaho
The cost to install a new toilet in Idaho costs around $450 on average. But what you’ll actually pay depends on these factors… The style of toilet you choose Toilet flushing features Your home’s existing plumbing The contractor you hire Let’s go into more detail about each of these cost factors… Don’t need to know
How Much Does it Cost to Replace My Water Heater in Idaho?
The cost to replace a tank water heater in Idaho ranges from $900 to $2,100. We know—that’s a pretty big price range. But the reason the cost varies so much is because it depends on these cost factors: Difficulty of installation Type of water heater (gas vs electric) Size of water heater The contractor you
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Garbage Disposal in Idaho?
The cost to install a garbage disposal in Idaho is around $500, but the cost can range from $378 to $1,000. Wondering what it will cost you? Well, your particular garbage disposal installation cost depends on the following cost factors: The type of garbage disposal you get Your kitchen’s electrical wiring The plumbing contractor you hire
How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Tank Water Heater in Idaho?
In need of a water heater repair company? We can help. But before you give us a call, you probably want to know about price. So here’s the scoop: The cost to repair a tank water heater in Idaho starts at $183, but could be as high as $800+. Wondering why the price can vary? Well, the
Which Is Better? Gas vs Electric Tank Water Heaters in Idaho
In the market for a new water heater? If so, you may be confused on whether to go with a gas or electric tank water heater. Here are our suggestions: If you have access to natural gas, a gas water heater is always the best option. If you don’t have access to natural gas, it
What Size Tank Water Heater Do I Need? A Boise Plumber Answers
Shopping for a new tank water heater? If so, you may be wondering what size tank you need. You can calculate what size water heater tank you need using 2 different methods: Match your household size to gallons (for an estimate) Find your peak hour demand (for an exact calculation) We’ll cover these 2 methods in this
How Much Does an Air Conditioner Repair Cost in Boise, Idaho?
The cost to repair an air conditioner in Boise Idaho ranges from $160 to $3,800, with most homeowners paying around $600 on average. We know—that’s a really big range. But that’s because home air conditioning repairs can vary a lot in price based on these 3 main factors: What’s wrong with your AC Your AC warranty The contractor you hire
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Central AC in Boise, Idaho?
The cost to install a central AC in Boise, Idaho ranges from $2,200 to $9,800, with an average cost of $5,500. That’s a pretty big price range, right? Well, that’s because price can vary based on these 5 main cost factors: The size of the AC AC efficiency Additional AC features you choose Whether you need
Is a Two-Stage Air Conditioner Worth the Extra Price in Boise, ID?
Compared to single-stage ACs, 2-stage air conditioners provide better comfort at a lower cost (which means less expensive energy bills during the summer). But those benefits come at a price—a 2-stage AC in Idaho typically costs $1,000–$2,500+ more than a single-stage AC. So should you take the plunge on a 2-stage AC? Well, it depends… Are you
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Water Filter in a Home?
Interested in a whole house water filter? The cost of a whole house water filter installation in Boise ranges from $750 to $3,000+ on average, with most homeowners paying around $1,875. However, your particular bill depends on the following factors: The type of water filter you need Whether your home is already plumbed for the
Should I Repair or Replace My Water Heater? A Boise Plumber Answers
So you’re probably wondering, “Do I really need to replace my water heater? Or can it be repaired?” Well, whether you need to repair or replace your water heater depends on the following factors: The age of your water heater The type of water heater repair you need Whether the water heater repair is covered
How Much Does it Cost to Replace Polybutylene Pipes in Boise?
The cost to replace polybutylene pipes in Boise ranges from $4,000 to $15,000. After seeing that high price range, the next question on your mind is probably, “Do I really need to replace my polybutylene pipes?” The short answer? Yes. We’ll explain more below. In this article, we’ll cover the following info: What are polybutylene pipes, and
What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need? A Boise Tech Answers
Stuck on choosing the right size AC for your home? Well, we have some good news: You don’t have to worry about choosing size for your air conditioner. You see, that’s the job of a professional. In fact, the only way to get an accurate size recommendation for your new AC is to have a professional perform a “cooling
What SEER Rating Should I Buy for My Boise Home?
In the market for a new air conditioner? You’re probably wondering what SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) you should get. Unfortunately, it’s hard to give a straight answer to “What SEER AC should I buy?”. To give an accurate SEER recommendation,a professional needs to evaluate your current system and property. However, if you’re really just looking
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Home Thermostat in Boise?
Looking to upgrade your thermostat? Well, the cost to install a new thermostat in Boise is roughly $150–$700. Most homeowners pay around $275. Your thermostat installation cost will depend on 2 things: The type of thermostat you buy The contractor you hire to install your new thermostat We cover each factor in more detail below. Want a price quote
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Furnace in Boise?
The cost to install a furnace in Boise ranges from $3,800 to $11,500+, with an average cost of $6,700. Since you’re a smart shopper, you probably want to know what determines price so you can get a better idea of what you’ll pay for a furnace installation. The only way to know exactly what you’ll pay for a new furnace is to have
How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Heat Exchanger in Boise?
Did an HVAC tech tell you that you need a new heat exchanger? If so, they probably quoted you a pretty high price. And now you’re doing your research to find out if you really need a new heat exchanger. Unfortunately, it’s true that heat exchangers are expensive to replace. Here in Boise, the cost
How Much Does a Furnace Repair Cost in Boise?
Furnace on the fritz? If so, the first question on your mind is: How much is it going to cost me to fix it? In Boise, the average cost to repair a furnace is $550, but the price ranges from $225 to $2,800+. We’ll share the factors that determine price to give you a better idea of what you could pay.
When Should I Get a New Furnace? A Boise Tech Answers
Wondering when you should replace your furnace? Energy.gov recommends looking into replacing your furnace when it’s more than 15 years old. But you likely don’t need to go out and buy a new system on your furnace’s 15th birthday—age is just one sign that you should start looking for a new furnace. Other signs include: Your
Help! My Furnace Won’t Kick On
Having a hard time getting your furnace to kick on? You might be able to fix the problem yourself. Before you call a professional, try troubleshooting the common problems below: Check the thermostat Make sure your furnace has power Empty the drain pan (on condensing furnaces only) We’ll go into more detail about how to
Dual-Fuel System vs Furnace in Boise
If you’re in the market for a new heating system, you may have come across the term “dual-fuel system.” As a quick refresher, a dual-fuel system is the combination of an electric heat pump with a gas furnace. When Boise homeowners ask us if we recommend a dual-fuel system or a gas furnace, we generally recommend going with
Why Does My Furnace Keep Going On and Off? A Boise Tech Explains
Your furnace turns on, runs only for a few short minutes and then shuts off. After a little while, it turns back on and the process repeats. Sound familiar? If so, your furnace is likely short cycling. In this article, we’ll share… 2 quick DIY fixes to stop your furnace from short cycling 3 short cycling
When Should I Get My HVAC System Tuned Up?
For Boise homeowners, we generally recommend getting your HVAC system tuned up twice a year. More specifically, we recommend getting your furnace tuned up in September—October (early fall) and your AC tuned up in April–May (late spring). In this article, we’ll look at why we recommend getting a tune-up during those times of the year. Need
When Is the Best Time to Buy a New HVAC System in Boise?
In the market for a new AC or a new furnace? We’ll let you in on an industry secret: The best time to buy a new HVAC system it is in the spring (April–May) or fall (September–October). Why? During the spring and fall demand is down, which gives you 2 advantages: Moderately lower prices Flexible scheduling Let’s go into more detail
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Heat Pump in Boise?
If you’re considering a heat pump for your Boise home, your first question is probably, “How much will this cost?” Installing a heat pump in Boise ranges from $3,200 to $13,500, with the average cost being around $8,350. That’s a pretty broad price range, we know. But the cost to install your heat pump will
Does a Heat Pump Work Well in Boise?
If you’re looking for a new heating and cooling system, you may have read about heat pumps as a possible option. Our opinion? Heat pumps work well in Boise for the following reasons: They can heat AND cool your home They can heat your home at a fraction of the cost of other heating systems
What’s the Best Air Purifier for Allergies in Boise?
Everyone hates a runny nose or a sore throat. Luckily, by investing in an air purifier, you can avoid those nasty symptoms. When Boise homeowners ask us which type of air filter to get, we usually recommend a whole-house air purifier for the best allergy and hay fever relief. You can buy a portable air purifier, but a whole-home
How Much Does it Cost to Install a Ductless AC in Boise?
The cost to install a ductless (also called mini-split) system ranges from $3,000 to $20,000 in Boise. We know—that’s a very big price range. So, why does the cost vary? Well, the cost to install a ductless system can vary depending on the following factors: How many rooms you want cooled The size of the
Ductless vs Central AC: Which is Best for My Boise Home?
Debating whether to get a ductless or central AC system? Both systems work well for Boise homes, but for most homeowners, the question comes down to cost. For the lowest upfront cost, this is what we recommend: If your home already has ductwork, it’s probably cheaper to install a central AC system If your home doesn’t have
Tankless vs Tank Water Heater in Boise
Debating which type of water heater to get? Both types of water heaters have their pros and cons—so there’s not always an obvious winner. That said, choosing the right water heater for your home depends on the following factors: Your budget Your available space How many hot water appliances you run at once In this
What Size Tankless Water Heater Do I Need for My Boise Home?
In the market for a new tankless water heater? The easiest (and most accurate) way to size your tankless water heater is to have a plumber calculate the size for you. That way, you don’t have to spend time crunching numbers. But, if you want more context about how tankless units are sized and want to give
Single-Stage vs Two-Stage Furnace in Boise
If you’re looking for a new furnace, you may have heard about furnace stages. And you may be wondering if you should go with a single- or two-stage furnace. Here’s our general recommendation: If you’re on a tight budget, stick with a single-stage furnace If you want a higher level of comfort and you can afford the higher
What Size Furnace Do I Need for My Boise Home?
If so, you might be wondering what size furnace you should get. Here’s the thing, though: Only a licensed professional can answer this question after inspecting your home and current HVAC system. More specifically, a professional will need to perform a load calculation to find the correct size furnace for your home. We know you probably have more
How Much Does Furnace Maintenance Cost in Boise?
In Boise, the cost of furnace maintenance ranges from $75 to $150. Why the difference in price? The cost of furnace maintenance can vary depending on: What’s included in the maintenance checklist The contractor you choose We’ll look at both of these factors in more detail below. But first, let’s take a quick look at
3 Tips to Help Prevent the Flu This Season in Boise
There’s no getting around it—the flu is nasty. From the sore throat and runny nose to the headaches and fevers, nobody wants to catch this ugly illness. In Boise, the flu season starts right around the holiday season (late November/December) and generally lasts until February. Since the last thing you want is to catch the
Cost to Repair a Water Main in Boise
For a water main repair, most Boise homeowners will pay anywhere between $1,200 and $2,500. However, sometimes a broken water main line will be beyond repair and needs to be replaced altogether. In this case, the cost to replace a water main ranges from $3,300 to $7,500+. We know—those are pretty big price ranges. That’s because the cost varies within those