The Different Kinds of Furnaces

In Anchorage there is probably few appliances that are more essential to your home comfort than a furnace. There are three different types of furnaces available, and a few things that factor into which kind will work for you. You should consider your heating requirements, duct work and insulation, size of you home and number […]

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How Does My Gas Furnace Work?

A gas furnace create heat by burning natural gas. This gas is usually methane combined with other carbon based gasses. The Ignitor The process starts with the ignitor. The ignition source for older furnaces is a pilot light, newer furnaces use an electronic starter. With a pilot light, the regulator supplies a very small bit […]

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Gas Fireplaces and Safety

Gas fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular. With the flip of a switch you can sit back and enjoy a cozy, warm fire without the mess of real logs or smoke and fumes. Gas fireplaces burn with up to 90% efficiency rating, meaning almost no pollution. Gas fireplaces are designed to look so similar to a […]

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How Do I Know When to Replace My Furnace?

There are few simple things to take into consideration when thinking about your furnace and when or how soon you will need a new one. How old is your Furnace? The average life expectancy of a furnace is 15-20 years. The closer to you get to this age range the more attention you should pay […]

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The Importance of Furnace Maintenance

Furnace Maintenance

Before starting any kind of routine maintenance or cleaning make sure you have taken the proper safety precautions, such as turning your appliance off. If at any point you question what you are doing or think you might damage your furnace or hurt yourself, do NOT proceed. Call us and we will be happy to […]

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How to Fix a Clogged Drain at Home?

Clogged Drain

What Is In My Clogged Drains? Bathroom – hair and soap residue will clog sink and shower drains and flushing large amounts of paper or other paper products down the toilet can cause a clog. Kitchen – food, grease and dirt will clog a kitchen. Utilize your garbage disposal whenever you can and don’t put […]

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How to Save Money on my Heating Bill

Is your energy bill too high in the winter time? Are you looking for ways to cut costs? There are a number of simple things that you can do at home to save you money. Some of them are big projects but most are simple things that you can do in your day to day […]

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Tips for Hiring a Plumber

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Hiring a qualified, experienced and honest plumber is an important step for a homeowner. It is important to find a plumber that knows what he/she is doing. They are responsible for parts of your house that are crucial to your daily life and if they fail to execute their job correctly it can result in […]

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Why is my Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

American Standard Furnace Gold 80

There are a number of reasons that your furnace might be blowing cold air. Here are a few things to do before calling one of the experts at Alkota Plumbing & Heating. Check your Thermostat Make sure your thermostat is set on the correct setting. If it is set to “ON” the blower will run […]

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Carbon Monoxide, Indoor Air Quality and You!

Alkota Heating and Cooling provides maintenance and service on all possible CO producing appliances as well as Carbon Monoxide detectors for your home and office. What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless, tasteless gas. It is formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon, or the incomplete burning of natural gas and other […]

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