Just Moved in? Our 10 Best Blogs for New Homeowners

Moving to a new home is an exciting, and stressful, time. To help you settle in, we’ve collected all the information you need about your new home’s plumbing and HVAC systems, straight from the experts at Chas Roberts. Here are our ten best blogs for new homeowners.

What Counts as a “Plumbing Emergency”

Maybe the sink in your new master bathroom springs a leak in the middle of the night. Or, you discover that the toilet in your guest room doesn’t always flush as it should. Either way, you may be left wondering “is this an emergency, or can it wait until morning?”. Our guide to What Counts as a “Plumbing Emergency” can help you determine if you need to call an emergency plumber or if you can buy some time with a quick fix for the problem.

The Best time to Schedule A/C Maintenance

Your new home’s air conditioner needs regular maintenance to keep it running in peak condition. Whether you’re an Arizona native or gearing up for our sweltering summers for the first time, your air conditioner needs to be up to the triple-digit challenges. In The Best Time to Schedule A/C Maintenance, we cover why it’s a smart idea to get ahead of the rush and schedule your maintenance appointment in the early spring. We also share the benefits of regular maintenance and why skipping an appointment could cost you later.

Why You Need the MVP Plan This Year

When it comes to seasonal maintenance, the MVP plan is the perfect way to guarantee that your HVAC system is ready for whatever conditions mother nature throws at it. It’s exclusive to Chas Roberts and consists of two maintenance visits per year that meet, or exceed, all manufacturer and extended warranty requirements for system maintenance. You’ll also enjoy priority service, exclusive offers, and a 24-hour emergency response time—so you can always reach us when problems happen outside of business hours. In Why You Need the MVP Plan This Year, we explain why signing up for the MVP Plan is one of the smartest decisions new homeowners can make.

Hard Water 101

85% of homes in the United States have some degree of hard water, and Arizona is no exception. If you’re used to renting, you may have resigned yourself to deal with the cloudy spots on dishes, soap scum, and other negative effects of hard water. But, as a homeowner, you’re in a position to take real action and address the challenges of hard water in your home. In Hard Water 101 we give a crash course on everything you need to know about hard water—including what you can do about it to make sure it doesn’t cause problems like mineral buildup, shorter appliance lifespan, and water heater failure.

Which Water Treatment System is Right for Your Home?

Does the water in your new home have a less than pleasant taste? Don’t worry—there’s plenty you can do about it. From particle filtration to distillation, there are a variety of options if you’re not satisfied with the taste, smell, or color of your tap water. Our guide, Which Water Treatment System is Right for Your Home?, provides an overview of the most common water treatment systems and tips on how to choose the one that’s right for your home.

Understanding How Your Hot Water Heater Works

If you’re a first-time homeowner, it might be your first time owning a hot water heater of your own. By understanding the main parts and mechanics that keep your hot water heater up and running, you’ll be better prepared to act when things go wrong. Check out our guide to Understanding How Your Hot Water Heater Works.

8 Things to Have in Your Emergency Plumbing Kit

As a homeowner, having an emergency plumbing kit on hand is essential for fixing small problems and preventing further damage from larger ones. After all, nobody wants to get caught facing an overflowing toilet without a plunger. From a five-gallon bucket to pipe wrenches, plungers and more, we provide a blueprint for plumbing-preparedness in 8 Things to Have in Your Emergency Plumbing Kit.

8 Ways to Get Rid of Sewer Gas Smell

If you’re greeted by an unpleasant smell whenever you walk by your new kitchen or bathroom, you may be dealing with sewer gas. Sewer gas smell thrives in wet, dark, compact areas that we often overlook. In our guide to the 8 Ways to Get Rid of Sewer Gas Smell, we break down everything from checking for leaks to cleaning seldom-used sink overflows.

7 Reasons Your Energy Bills are Getting Higher

If you’re used to renting an apartment, condo or smaller home, you may be in for sticker shock when you see the utility bill for your new home. More square footage means more work for your HVAC system as it powers on to heat or cool your home. But, if your bills keep getting higher, higher, and higher, then it’s time to act. From dirty air filters to refrigerant leaks and thermostat settings, get to know the 7 Reasons Your Energy Bills are Getting Higher. With our tips, you can save money (and energy) in your new home.

Common Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

If you’re a handy homeowner ready to take simple plumbing maintenance and repairs into your own hands, then make sure you’re not setting yourself up for a costly mistake. Your home’s plumbing system is a complex system with many parts, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can cause major harm. In Common Plumbing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, we cover the dos and don’ts of at-home plumbing jobs, and when you should call a professional.

Chas Roberts: A homeowner’s best friend

Whether you need someone to fix your air conditioner, unclog a drain, troubleshoot a broken hot water heater or anything else in the world of plumbing and HVAC, look no further than the experts at Chas Roberts. Contact us for repairs, replacements, emergencies and everything in between.