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Emergency Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning Services in Hartford, CT

Dependable Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Repair in Hartford

If your heating system breaks down late in the evening on a frigid winter night, you shouldn’t have to suffer through until morning before your heat is restored. Likewise, on a broiling hot Saturday afternoon, waiting until Monday morning for your AC to be repaired could lead to overheating, especially for young children, elderly individuals, and pets. That’s why our licensed technicians at HARP Home Services are available around the clock, 24/7, for emergency HVAC repair in Hartford and throughout Connecticut.

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We operate our business by the Golden Rule—treat others how we would want to be treated—and we know that we’d want professional repairs done as soon as possible in urgent situations!

We’re available to come to your assistance any hour of the day, any day of the year, including weekends and holidays. What’s more, we never charge emergency fees, ever. That means you’ll pay the same reasonable, upfront price whether the issue happens at noon or at midnight.

Contact us for emergency heating, cooling, and plumbing repairs, such as:

Emergency Air Conditioning Repair, Tune-Up, & Replacement Services

Our team of certified technicians offers dependable emergency air conditioning repair, replacement, and installation services to homes in Hartford and other areas of Connecticut. We offer services for single-stage, two-stage, and variable-speed central air conditioning systems. The licensed HVAC contractors at HARP Home Services have been providing fast and trustworthy heating and air conditioning services for over 25 years. Book an appointment to receive assistance with a heating or cooling issue. We offer emergency air conditioning services in areas of Connecticut such as New Haven, Bristol, Hartford, New Britain, and Waterbury.

Single-Stage, Two-Stage, and Variable-Speed Air Conditioners: The Differences

When it comes to keeping your home cool and collective, there are a variety of air conditioners to choose from. The three main types of air conditioners available to customers are single-stage, two-stage, and variable-speed air conditioners.
Don’t know the differences between the three? No worries. HARP Home Services has you covered with a breakdown of the differences among these air components and how they can best suit your home. Let’s take a look below.

Differences Between Single-Stage & Two-Stage Air Conditioners
The difference between one-stage and two-stage air conditioners falls on the system’s operational speeds: a one-stage compressor is either functioning at 100% capacity or is entirely off. On the other hand, a two-stage compressor is engineered to operate at full capacity or 70% capacity.

A traditional one-stage model will shut on and off depending on your desired thermostat setting. For instance, if you set your thermostat to 69 degrees, the air conditioner will let the home’s temperature get to 70 degrees before powering on. From there, it will cool the interior temperature of your home to 69 or even 68 degrees, and the cycle continues.

On the contrary, the two-stage compressor system is a more efficient choice. This system will work less hard when the temperature is close, using less energy and reducing the constant cycling process.

Differences Between Two-Stage & Variable-Speed Air Conditioners
When it comes to high-efficiency, a variable-speed air conditioner reigns overall. A variable-speed AC system can have over 700 distinct compressor settings working with varied airflow levels. Variable-speed air conditioners typically feature a SEER rating of 20 and higher. A SEER rating indicates the efficiency of your system.

Though a two-stage compressor operates at a higher efficiency than a traditional one-stage compressor, a variable-speed unit is top tier and uses only the power necessary to sustain a consistent temperature in your home. We offer emergency variable-speed air conditioning installation and repair services in areas of Connecticut such as Waterbury, New Haven, Hamden, and Bristol.

Emergency Furnace, Heat Pump, & Boiler Repair, Replacement, & Tune-Up Services

When you invest in a furnace to heat your home, you expect it to last for years. Even though regular maintenance and tune-ups can reduce the need for expensive repairs, there’s always a chance that there will be unexpected issues.
If you find yourself in need of furnace repair in Hartford or other areas in Connecticut, give the staff at HARP Home Services a call to get the job done right. Our team of licensed technicians offers trustworthy emergency heating services in areas of Connecticut such as Waterbury, New Haven, Bristol, and Hamden. Our team of licensed, factory-trained furnace repair technicians is ready and waiting to help you whenever you need us.

Advantages of New Energy-Efficient Furnaces

Saving a little money on your monthly heating bill goes a long way—and it starts with a new energy-efficient furnace. Sure, energy-efficient furnaces cost more money upfront. However, the latest furnaces for sale feature long-lasting benefits that give your home, family, and wallet a little more comfort. To help you choose a new furnace for your house, we have compiled a list of the benefits of energy-efficient furnaces.

High AFUE Ratings
An AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating measures the overall efficiency of a furnace. Simply put, the higher the AFUE rating, the more efficient your furnace will be. Typically a high-efficiency furnace will have an AFUE rating of 95% and use substantially less fuel to warm your home than a typical furnace unit with an 80% AFUE rating. Essentially, with a high-efficiency furnace, you’ll be able to save money on your heating expenses each year.

To best determine a furnace’s AFUE percentage, you must divide the amount of fuel provided to the heater by the amount of heat generated by the unit. For example, if you have an AFUE of 80%, this means that 80% of fuel energy is actually used throughout the heating cycle while the other 20% is lost during the combustion process. Our team will help you find a furnace with a high AFUE rating to ensure you are prepared for the winter season.

Emergency Water Heater Repair, Installation, & Replacement Services

There’s no way to predict when your water heater is going to break down. When it does, it can seriously disrupt your daily routine. You use hot water for everything from washing clothes to cooking to bathing, so no time is a good time to be without it.

Our team offers fast and reliable emergency water heater and plumbing services in Hartford and other areas in Connecticut. We’re available around the clock for emergencies and we always arrive promptly and prepared to complete the job. Let our licensed plumbers identify and remedy the issue so that you can get back to your normal routine.

Electric Water Heaters vs. Gas Water Heaters

You’re considering a water heater system, but what should you choose? The two main types of heaters are gas and electric water heaters. Let’s take a look at the benefits of an electric water heater versus the benefits of a gas water heater.

Cost

If looking for a more affordable option, an electric water heater typically has a cheaper upfront cost. Electric water heaters also require cheaper maintenance and installation, unlike a gas water heater that’ll need additional piping, a new ventilation system, and more maintenance. Electric water heater installations are quicker and simpler to install.

While electric water heaters have a lower upfront cost, gas water heaters are overall cheaper when it comes to monthly costs. This is because propane is more expensive than natural gas. Gas water heaters cost less money to run per month.

Efficiency 

When it comes to efficiency, overall electric water heaters are more effective across the board. Traditional gas water heaters have efficiency numbers that vary from 0.5 to 0.7. On the other hand, electric water heaters have efficiency numbers that are higher than 0.9.

Since electric water heaters don’t require venting pipes, they are more efficient when compared to gas water heaters.

Gas water heaters also have better flow rates when it comes to water heaters. Gas water heaters are known to heat up water faster and recover much more quickly than electric water heaters. Especially for homes that have a heavy hot water usage, gas water heaters are the better solution.

Safety

Though both electric and gas water heaters are generally safe for your home, electric water heaters are not subjected to potential gas leaks and are less likely to experience an electrical safety issue in comparison to a gas water heater.

Out of the two, gas water heaters are the more resourceful water heater option because you can still use them amidst a power outage. Unlike electric water heaters, a gas water heater does not use power to operate.

Emergency Sump Pump Repair, Installation, & Tune-Up Services

You know how important your sump pump can be. During storms, the rainy season, and even when the snow melts, your sump pump works overtime to keep your basement safe and dry. It protects the lowest areas of your property from flooding and water damage by removing excess water.

Our team can help ensure your sump pump is functioning in prime condition all year round. We offer emergency sump pump and plumbing installation or repair services in Hartford and other areas of Connecticut. Contact us today for peace of mind during the next storm.

Ordinary Sump Pump Noises

When your sump pump starts making strange noises, it’s trying to tell you something. Let’s take a look at the different sounds a sump pump makes and what each noise indicates.

  • Thunk Noise
  • Does your sump pump sound like someone is hitting it with a hammer? This may be your check valve. A check valve operates much like a door: it opens when water moves through it and closes once the water is gone. For most sump pump systems, usually replacing the value with a “silent check valve” should do the trick. A silent check valve is located at home improvement stores.

  • Rumbling Noise
  • Rumbling noises are quite common in older sump pumps. Before completely replacing your unit, you can try installing a rubber stopper to the pump. This usually stops it from vibrating against the wall of the pit. Or you can try lubricating the motor. However, if neither of these solutions stops the rumbling noise, it may be time to hire an emergency plumber to replace your sump pump.

  • Beeping Noise
  • If you hear a beeping sound coming from your sump pump, this could be your sump pump’s alarm or battery backup system. This could be from a variety of causes: a sump pump component is failing, the pump is not coming on or operating effectively, or your battery backup is almost out of charge. You may need to call an HVAC professional to effectively determine the issue.

Emergency Drain Cleaning Services

Don’t live with slow-flowing or clogged drains! Our professional plumbers provide safe and effective emergency drain cleaning and plumbing services in Hartford and other areas in Connecticut. Rather than calling for professional help, many homeowners attempt to tackle the issue themselves by purchasing harsh chemicals. These chemicals are not only ineffective, but they can also damage your plumbing system over time which will require a more expensive pipe repair.

4 Things to Never Put Down the Drain

The majority of clogged drains comes from what you put in them. Let’s take a look at five things you should never put down your drain.

  1. Kitty Litter
  2. Even “flushable” cat litter should not go down your drains, ever. For a long time, cat litter has been known to cause clog drains, and even worse, create major problems for septic systems. Cat little can also collect bacteria from your cat’s feces, which can find its way into the water supply, and threaten the wellbeing of animals such as sea otters.

  3. Eggshells
  4. Though eggshells may seem harmless, eggshells can break down and gather in your drain over time, sticking to grease, fat, and other oily substances. This in turn creates thicks globs that clog your pipes.

  5. Grease & Oil
  6. Never pour grease or oil down the drain in your kitchen. These two types of materials become stuck to the walls of your pipes. This will cause moderate to severe drain blockages in your home.

    Avoid the disposing of bacon grease, meat fat, and other types of substances down your drain. We offer emergency drain cleaning and plumbing services to households in Hamden, Hartford, Bristol, New Haven, and other surrounding areas of Connecticut.

  7. Paper Towels
  8. You may think papery substances, such as paper towels and cotton, will dissolve easily, but that’s not the case. Paper towels are created to be absorbent, which makes them susceptible to drain clogs.

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Our Hartford technicians undergo extensive training to ensure our HVAC and emergency plumbing services are always as accurate and efficient as possible. We are committed to giving you the same exceptional workmanship on every job, including our 24/7 emergency services.

Contact HARP Home Services for urgent AC, Heating, & Plumbing services anytime, day or night, We’re available for 24/7 emergency service!

Contact HARP Home Services for AC, Heating, & Plumbing services anytime, day or night, We’re available for 24/7 emergency service!

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