Steer Clear of These Holiday Plumbing Mishaps

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Christmas is a busy time of year for your plumbing. From visiting relatives to elaborate meals, your drains are getting more traffic than they normally do. Avoid extra stress during the holidays by avoiding these common holiday plumbing mistakes!

Is That Really in my Water?

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If you fill your glass from the tap, you may be drinking more than just water. In Albuquerque, there are a number of contaminants in tap water that you may not even know are there. With TLC Plumbing, you can get crisp, truly pure water in your home every time you are thirsty.

Avoid These Thanksgiving Drain Disasters


(Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in November 2014, but has been updated to reflect current information and tips.) With the all of the food and company that comes with Thanksgiving, it’s no wonder that the day after is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers. At TLC Plumbing, we’ve seen it all and are here … Read More

How to Control Heating Costs With Your Thermostat


Coming home to a cold home isn’t fun, but many homeowners do it in the interest of saving money on heating bills. Why sit in a cold room for 20 minutes, waiting for the house to warm up when you can save just as much money with a programmable thermostat?

Get to Know Your Heater


How well do you know your heater? There are probably more types of heating out there than you think. TLC Plumbing looks at the variety of heaters in New Mexico homes and their benefits. Also, it’s good to know what type of heater you have if you ever need service or repairs.

3 Common Swamp Cooler Problems

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Cooler weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about your swamp cooler. You’re going to need it when it gets warm again!

Why It’s a Good Time to Upgrade Your Water Heater

Is your water heater gurgling or popping? Do you know how old it is? Water heater energy standards are changing. The average life of a water heater is 10-15 years. Right now, homeowners have a unique opportunity to upgrade their water heater and save money at the same time. How Water Heaters are Changing In 2015, NAECA regulations will require … Read More

Reasons You Should Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector

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Every day, we live with carbon monoxide in our air, inside and outside our homes. So, why do you need a carbon monoxide detector? TLC Plumbing has put together a list of the top reasons why you need a carbon monoxide detector in your New Mexico home.

4 Reasons to Get a Furnace Tune Up

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October is on our doorstep, which means it’s time to pack up the short sleeves and fire up the furnace. But, before you do that, consider getting a furnace tune up. It could save you money and even improve the air quality of your home. 

Sub-Contractor of the Year

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Every year, the American Subcontractors Association honors exceptional companies in the construction industry, recognizing them for their outstanding service, excellence in their field, and professionalism.

TLC Best Place to Work

At TLC Plumbing, we’re committed to creating a great work environment for our employees day in and day out. Every three months or so, we hold a quarterly meeting to energize, motivate, and inspire our employees to continue offering high quality service for your home or business. At every quarterly meeting, we recognize the hard work and achievements of employees who … Read More

Save Water With Your Swamp Cooler

Compared to cities like Phoenix or Las Cruces, Albuquerque is actually somewhat temperate, thanks in part to the river and the mountains which help cool us down. Still, it can get hot here. And even though people somehow lived here for centuries without evaporative cooling, you can bet if they had had the option, they would have taken it. Evaporative … Read More

Injured Citizen Receives an Unexpected Gift

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If you were watching the news this week, you may have caught the story of Modesto Montano, a Rio Rancho resident who fell from his ladder and injured himself while repairing his swamp cooler on Monday. Adrian Tenorio, an astute 5th grader, noticed the incident and called 911. His quick thinking made the news, but the story doesn’t end there. … Read More

Deciding the Best Time to Run Your Cooler

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Every family has their own schedule. Between work, school, activities, and dinner, it’s important to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Especially during the summer months! Knowing the best time of day to run your swamp cooler is the best way to maximize cooling power while

Why You Should Consider a Digital Thermostat


Summer is officially in full swing. That means the days are long, hot, and full of glorious New Mexico sunshine. Sure, there are plenty of ways to cool off – a dip in the pool, a popsicle. But, nothing beats the cool, refreshing relief of an evaporative cooling system in your home.

How to Optimize Airflow in Your Home Swamp Cooler Efficiency


Good airflow is an essential component to any cooling system, but it is especially important for swamp coolers. Without proper airflow, a swamp cooler cannot run effectively. That means that your cooler has to run longer to get your home to a comfortable temperature – potentially costing you more money on utility bills.

Why You Need a Professional to Convert to Natural Gas

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For many years, propane was a practical and effective way to produce energy. But, with the cost of fuel on the rise, many New Mexico communities are choosing more affordable and energy-efficient energy solutions by switching to natural gas.

5 Reasons to Schedule Your Spring Changeover Today


Spring has finally arrived! With abundant sunshine and life blooming at every turn, a heating and cooling changeover may be the last thing on your mind. But, in between the refreshing bike rides and gardening, here are 5 reasons to schedule your spring changeover during the month of April:

Why We Are Attending the QNM Learning Summit

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Quality is a Priority at TLC Plumbing In 1991, a challenge began. The challenge was to make New Mexico a “Quality State” by improving performance throughout every industry – government, education, business, and even plumbing! TLC Plumbing is proud and honored to be participating in this year’s Quality New Mexico Learning Summit where we will be discovering, sharing, and learning … Read More

Why You Want to See Inside Your Drain Lines and Duct Work


With the development of technology, plumbers are now able to perform inspections of drain lines and duct work to diagnose problems quickly. But, you shouldn’t wait until a clog comes along to inspect the inside of these important areas of your home. Here’s why:

Avoid Septic Tank Failure


  Your septic system was created to give you many years of service, but like many things, it can get overwhelmed and break.

Flushable Wipes Causing Sewer Problems

Next time you decide to flush that wipe down the toilet, you may want to reconsider. Happening more often than not, sewers are becoming clogged after the pre-moistened towelettes being packaged as “flushable” are being tossed down the commode.

Water Softeners in Albuquerque


Without notice, your family uses numerous gallons of water a day, and depending on your location in Albuquerque, chances are the water that runs through your home’s plumbing requires a different type of treatment to extend the life of your appliances and your fixtures, glassware stay spot free.

All About the Water Heater

It seems easy enough – we turn on the shower and hot water comes on. But, instant hot water actually has a long history! A Little Hot Water History Before the hot water heater was invented, natural sources like

10 Reasons to Install Ductless Air Conditioners

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When it’s time to upgrade your heating and cooling system, you may want to do more than install a new air conditioner.  At TLC Plumbing, we can recommend and install ductless split systems that provide quality thermal control that is highly energy efficient. So why switch to this system?