How do I know if I need a new water heater?


Imagine coming home after a long, exhausting day of work to find a large puddle of water covering your floor. It’s not a great experience, but it happens all the time.

Top 5 Hard Water Problems

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Water spots on dishes. Crusty build up on the dishwasher or around the faucets. The need to use more laundry soap than is recommended to get clothes clean. These are just some of the problems caused by hard water. So what exactly is “hard water?” It is water with a higher than normal mineral content. The two most common culprits … Read More

Why is my furnace running constantly?


A furnace that is running properly cycles on and off to maintain the temperature in your home. If your furnace is running constantly, it’s a sign that you may have a problem.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Drain Tips


(Editor’s Note this article was originally posted in November 2015.  However, it has been updated to include current information and tips.) It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday. While many of us are looking forward to the food and festivities, there’s something very important that gets overlooked until it’s time to clean up… your drains. … Read More

Why is my water bill so high?

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If you’ve recently received a water bill that is much higher than normal you’re probably wondering if you have a problem? You’re probably right, having a higher water bill than normal is a warning sign of possible leaks around your home. Most people don’t even realize they have a problem until 1 or 2 things happen:

Top 5 Stress Reducers


Stress affects most of us in some form or another. And while a little stress is ok, often times many of us have too much stress which can make you sick and wear you down both physically and mentally. It’s important to be aware of your stress levels and find ways to reduce stress. Stress means different things to different … Read More

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend

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This Blog was originally posted in 2015 and we’ve since updated it to reflect the most recent Daylight Savings information for 2017. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————— This weekend marks the end of Daylight Savings Time and its time to turn our clocks back.

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Carpet or Laminate Flooring

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When remodeling or updating your home, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Some of those decisions are small and easy to make. But other choices, like what flooring to go with maybe really important. Laminate is very popular right now to use in living area and bedrooms instead of carpet. Here are a few things to consider … Read More

How to Choose a Furnace Filter For Your Home


The cold weather hit us fast and unexpectedly this week. Which is quite common for New Mexico. One day it is warm and the next day the temperature drops. If you’re like many of our customers you are starting to crank up the heat for these cooler days and nights. The most important thing you need to do for your … Read More

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Fire Prevention


(Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2015, it has been updated to reflect current information). Your safety is important to us, so we wanted share a common cause of house fires: your clothes’ dryer. If you’re like most folks, you rely on your washer and daily on a daily or weekly basis. It’s easy to take these … Read More

11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Balloon Fiesta

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It’s that time of year again the balloons are going up this morning and that means the Balloon Fiesta is here and the weather is getting colder. The Balloon Fiesta draws attention for locals and many tourists that travel from around the world to attend the Balloon Fiesta. We visited with our very own Tom McConnell, pilot of the New … Read More

Top 5 Things to do in Fall in Santa Fe

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It’s hard to believe that fall is upon us. The kids are back in school and the temperature is starting to drop. Fall is an amazing time of year in Santa Fe. With the change of season brings fun events, our favorite foods, age-old traditions and cool, crisp weather.

14 Things To Do To Prepare Your Home Before Your Vacation

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Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in 2015. However, it has been updated to reflect current information. Winter usually signals the beginning of the holiday season and for many, that means traveling to see family. Before you leave your home for that holiday vacation, take some time to give your home a little TLC and to give your self … Read More

Top Bathroom Remodel Trends

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If you own an older home, you may have a dated bathroom or two. Maybe you may have the peachy-pink painted walls, and peach, pink, or cream linoleum flooring. Or you’re blessed with the avocado green and brown look, or the beat up plastic shower and tub liners. Perhaps an old vanity with a plain countertop, and tired-looking wood underneath.

School Bus Back to School Safety Tips

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Editor’s note,this blog was originally posted in August 2015 but it has been updated to reflect current, valid information  Kids, the school bus and you The new school year is right around the corner.  That means busy days for parents and kids, an increase in morning traffic, and school buses and school crossings. It’s time for all of us to … Read More

Is Hard Water Raining on Your Day?


Here in the 505 we bask in the glow – quite literally – of blue clear skies and sunshine for the vast majority of our annual 365. The rain – when it comes – is welcome and worthy of celebration. But despite all that Vitamin D, outside and free for the taking, hard water can really cause the dark clouds … Read More

Things To Consider Before Converting To Refrigerated Air Conditioning

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Refrigerated air or central air conditioning is very comfortable and more homeowners in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are making the switch to refrigerated air conditioning. Refrigerated air can keep a home at comfortable temperatures year round, no matter what the weather or climate is like outside. But is refrigerated air right for you? Here are some things you should know … Read More

Why is my swamp cooler not working?

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My struggle with cooling my home I have a confession to make, I should know more about maintaining my cooler than I do. After all, I work for an air conditioning service company. However, it wasn’t until recently that I realized I had a problem with my own swamp cooler that my husband and I had overlooked for 2 years. … Read More

How to stay cool in ABQ

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Well, summer is definitely here and we’re working around the clock fixing air conditioners and repairing swamp coolers all over town. We thought we’d share a list of our top 5 favorite things to do to stay cool in the summer when we’re not working of course, and spending time with our families.

How to clear a slow drain

Your drain system is something that largely goes unnoticed until you have a problem, whether it be a slow drain, or a completely clogged drain. Many people will reach for that liquid drain cleaner when they have a slow moving drain. However, we have a better solution for you that is safe and free of harmful chemicals. Lenzyme is different … Read More

How to Choose A New Toilet


Choosing which toilet to purchase can be a daunting task. This Guide to choosing a toilet by our Plumbing experts will get you set for your next purchase.

How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

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Swamp cooling or evaporative cooling, is a popular, cost effective way to cool your home here in the southwest. Swamp cooling works best in the hot dry climates like New Mexico. Basic swamp cooler function starts with a pan filled with water that will automatically fill as water evaporates. The water is pumped from the pan to a pad which … Read More

How do I know if I have Kitec Plumbing?


With the recent news story on KOB Channel 4 about faulty plumbing we wanted to provide you with some information, and how to identify if you have faulty plumbing from Kitec or Polybutylene piping. We compiled the following questions and answers for homeowners.

How to adjust water heater temperature

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Did you know your water heater can cause burns if the temperature is too hot? How do you know if your water heater is too hot? The easiest way to test your water temperature is to run hot water from your faucet for 3 minutes and fill a glass of water. Insert a thermometer into the water and check the … Read More

What is a Wall-Mounted Ductless Air Conditioner?

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A wall-mounted ductless air conditioner also referred to as a mini split system or ductless mini split system is an easy, convenient and efficient way to gain refrigerated air without the expense or hassle of adding ductwork to a home or business looking for air conditioning. A wall-mounted air conditioner is also an ideal solution for homes that do not … Read More

Breezair Swamp Coolers Offer Superior Cooling

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The summer heat is here and the temps are starting to soar! Are you worried about how well your swamp cooler will cool your home as the temperatures start to rise? Or is this the year you replace or upgrade your cooler? Maybe you’re thinking about refrigerated air but want to explore your air conditioning options? Let us introduce you … Read More

Why Is My Thermostat Not Working?

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Thermostat Problems vs. Furnace Problems It is common for furnaces or heaters to stop working and the homeowner to believe it is due to a bad thermostat. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re experiencing problems with your furnace or thermostat:

Solution to Water Pressure Issues

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Albuquerque & Rio Rancho residents, especially those in Cabezon have experienced major pressure spikes. What does that mean for you as a homeowner?

7 Important Water Heater Safety Tips

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Your water heater delivers hot water that can be adjusted to your comfort level. But, it requires maintenance and care to continue to operate safely. At TLC Plumbing, our water heater technicians take pride in helping you keep your home safe and comfortable. Check out these water heater safety tips to keep your family safe. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid when Dealing with Clogged Drains

So, you have a clogged drain in your home. With all of the products and services available today, there are a wide variety of options available to take care of these issues. Here are several common mistakes people make when dealing with a back up in their home.

Benefits of Dual Flush Toilets

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Over 1/3 of the water you use in the bathroom comes from your toilet. And since bathroom water amounts to almost half of a home’s total water usage, that means your toilet could be costing you money.