Sump Pump Failure

Sump pumps are the silent heroes of basements, and homes in general. Here in Anchorage, sump pumps quietly protect your home from flooding. It only takes that one major rainfall or ice storm to foil your sump pump’s success rate. Our professional plumbers at Alkota Plumbing and Heating recommend keeping your sump pump regularly maintained […]

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HVAC Heat Systems in the Fall

Maintaining your heating equipment ensures it’ll run smoothly the way it should when you need it. Investing your time and money in these seasonal maintenance tasks goes a long way to protect both your home and your HVAC investment. Well-running systems are more energy efficient, so they end up costing you less to run all […]

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5 Common Plumbing Mistakes to Avoid

In Anchorage, the plumbers at Alokota Plumbing and Heating get called out to people’s houses for all kinds of different reasons. Sometimes it is a big and serious situation, other times it is something smaller and more common. Here is a list of the most common plumbing mistakes that we see: Using the Wrong Tool […]

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Preventative Furnace Maintenance

A furnace is crucial to comfort in Alaska, but it’s so often ignored when it comes to home maintenance. Often our more visual home-maintenance projects take seniority over those harder to see, thus easier to ignore. To avoid costly, inconvenient, and possibly dangerous emergency repairs, you should always remember your regular furnace maintenance tasks, as […]

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Air Cleaner vs. Air Purifier

When trying to improve the indoor air quality in your home, you may consider installing an air cleaner or air purifier. These devices filter unwanted contaminants out of your home’s air—allowing you to breathe easier and healthier air. But, how do you know what the difference is between air cleaners and air purifier and which […]

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Thermostat Troubleshooting

A thermostat is a heat-activated switch. It has a temperature sensor that causes the switch to open or close which in turn completes or disrupts the electrical circuit that runs your heating and cooling system. The first thing to check if your HVAC system is not working is your thermostat. Things to Check: Is the […]

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Oil Furnaces vs. Gas Furnaces

From an environmental stand point and at the global level, gas is better than oil because natural gas produces 25 percent less carbon dioxide than oil. From a safety stand point oil is better because oil is not explosive and creates no harmful fumes. Gas furnaces are the number one cause of carbon monoxide related […]

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Well Pump Knowledge

A well pump is part of your well system, and like any other system and investment in your home, you need to know something about it to ensure its proper installation, maintenance, and service. Call us at Alkota, and we can help you in these areas, so you can protect your investment. Types and Installation […]

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Air Handler Knowledge

An HVAC air handler unit (AHU) may resemble a furnace in appearance, but its purpose is very different. It conditions and circulates both cool and hot air, depending on what time of year it is. An air handler works in tandem with your air conditioner or heat pump to help you get the most efficiency […]

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Should I Have My Thermostat on On or Auto?

On your thermostat, there’s a furnace-fan setting for either “On” or “Auto.” Which option is the best choice? There are devotees of both settings, each believing their setting is the optimum one to choose. But in reality, it’s more of a pros-and-cons type of situation. It really depends on which benefits are a priority for […]

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