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Plumbing

Top 7 Shower Faucet Leak Questions

A leaking shower faucet might sound like a simple, easy fix. What many homeowners don’t know it that repairing or…
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Plumbing

Top 5 Faucet Repair Questions

Faucet drips and leaks are common plumbing problems for homeowners. TLC plumber Shannon answers the top five questions about faucet…
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Energy Efficiency

Why is my gas bill so high?

If your natural gas cost shot through the roof recently, you might be wondering if your furnace is to blame.…
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Heating

How Does A Furnace Work?

Furnaces are the most common heat source for homes in New Mexico. It’s important to know how your furnace works…
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Press Releases

TLC Plumbing Voted Best Places To Work

No excerpt…
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Air Conditioning

What is a Whole House Humidifier?

New Mexico has a dry climate (yes, we’re stating the obvious). Many New Mexico residents prefer it that way, but…
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Air Conditioning

Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Your Home

Every homeowner needs to know these five things about their house. It will make service calls go smoother and might…
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Air Conditioning

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Refrigerated Air

Summertime in New Mexico brings bright sunshine, toasty temperatures, and wonderings about refrigerated air and how to stay cool. You…
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Commercial

How do backflow preventers work?

Backflow preventers systems are designed to keep harmful contaminants from getting into the municipal water supply. These systems are required…
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Air Conditioning

When is the Best Time to Start Using my Swamp Cooler?

Chico Apachito, Your HVAC Expert Chico has lived his whole life in New Mexico. He grew up in Alamo on…
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Commercial

Why you should get an electrical inspection for your business

Electrical system inspections can prevent unexpected power failures or other electrical problems that can impact your business.…
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Furnaces

How Much Does A Furnace Repair Cost In Albuquerque?

Having issues with your furnace? Think it may be time to call in professional help? If so, you’re probably asking…
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Press Releases

TLC Plumbing Voted Best Plumbing Company in ABQ

No excerpt…
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Furnaces

How much does a new furnace cost?

Cost is probably the biggest factor weighing on your mind if you need a new furnace. It’s also one of…
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Commercial

12 Ways to improve heating and cooling efficiency for your business

It’s no secret that the more efficient your HVAC system, the more you get out of your heating and cooling…
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Community

We will play again

TLC Partners with Local Sports Association to Encourage Kids to Stay Motivated During the Pandemic…
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Air Conditioning

Why Is My AC Blowing Hot Air? A New Mexico Tech Answers

So you’ve noticed that your air conditioner is blowing not-so-cool air. In fact, the air you feel coming from your…
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Air Conditioning

Top 4 Summer Tips for Homeowners

We’re about halfway through the summer! What should you be thinking about when it comes to your home? We asked…
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Air Conditioning

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Central AC in New Mexico?

If you’re in the market for a replacement AC, the first question on your mind is probably, “How much will…
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Commercial

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Business

As everyone has begun to deal with the “new normal” brought about by the many changes as a result of…
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Commercial

What Business Owners Need to Know About Wire Theft in New Mexico

Wire theft is a common problem for business owners in New Mexico. When the copper wire in your electrical system…
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Air Conditioning

How Much Does an AC Repair Cost in New Mexico?

That’s a tough question to answer. It really all depends on what’s wrong with your AC system— and believe us,…
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Air Conditioning

Should I Get a Swamp Cooler or Refrigerated Air?

Should I Get a Swamp Cooler or Refrigerated Air? Choosing between a swamp cooler and refrigerated air isn’t an easy…
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Commercial

Commercial Building Tips During Covid-19

Many businesses in Albuquerque are pivoting and working hard to find ways to make things work during these challenging times.…
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Air Conditioning

4 Spring Refrigerated Air Conditioning Tips

Spring is right around the corner. Even though New Mexico weather is unpredictable, there’s no doubt it’s getting warmer. Cooling…
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Air Conditioning

5 Spring Swamp Cooler Tips

Spring is right around the corner. Even though New Mexico weather is unpredictable, there’s no doubt it’s getting warmer. Cooling…
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Heating

Cody’s End of Heating Season Checklist

Nobody wants to pay for furnace repairs right before spring hits. That’s why we asked Cody to give us a…
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Air Conditioning

Older Air Conditioner? R22 Refrigerant Phase Out Information

Updated on 12/15/19 to reflect changes in EPA regulations. R22 refrigerant is being phased out, here’s what that means for…
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Drains

Rich’s Plumbing & Drains Tips

It has been said that knowledge is power. That’s especially true when it comes to the plumbing in your home.…
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Drains

Mike’s Tips for Keeping Your Drains Clear

In light of everything going on in our world today, many of us are working and caring for our children…
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FAQ

Why is my Furnace Making Knocking Sounds?

You start your furnace up on a cold morning and… What is that? It sounds like a house-elf is trying…
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Drains

Why is my Washing Machine Backing Up?

Laundry is a chore that most of us don’t enjoy because it takes a lot of time. The last thing…
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Winter

Keanu’s Winterizing Tips for Heating and Cooling

Winter is coming, and even though New Mexico stays relatively mild, it still drops below freezing. It’s important to make…
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Commercial

Preventive Maintenance for Commercial Properties

Understanding the Return on Investment for Your Business Preventive maintenance tends to be one of those things that get pushed…
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Plumbing

Top 4 Signs You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

Have you ever wondered if something’s wrong with your water heater, but you didn’t know how to tell? Here are…
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Remodel

Top Closet Remodel Ideas

Every space is unique, with its own special storage needs and challenges. Whether you have a large walk-in closet or…
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Remodel

Trendy Pantry Remodel Ideas

The pantry and the kitchen work together to bring the magic of food to your table! A dose of creativity…
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Electrical

Aluminum Wiring: Why You Should Get an Electrical Inspection

If you’re a homeowner in Albuquerque, you’ve probably heard about aluminum wiring. How do you know if you have it?…
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Plumbing

How to Avoid These Costly Plumbing Problems

Calling the plumber isn’t something most of us enjoy doing. When you have a plumbing problem, it is usually unexpected.…
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Air Conditioning

What is a Duct Balancing Service?

Why Are Some Rooms in My Home Hot or Cold? Is there a room in your home that just doesn’t…
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Electrical

When should I call an electrician?

It’s really easy to forget how dangerous electricity is. We use it for almost everything we do, and it makes…
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Electrical

Why you need an annual electrical inspection

All of our homes are run by an invisible power that most of us take for granted: electricity. It’s easy…
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Plumbing

Mistakes You Make Before You Call a Plumber

Some of us are handy people. Many of us are not, but those of you who are good with tools…
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Remodel

6 Kitchen Remodel Trends That Won’t Go Out of Style

You know your kitchen needs a new look. It’s time for it to join the 21st Century, but where do…
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Air Conditioning

5 Ways to Keep Your Air Ducts Clean Longer

Ducts are an important part of many heating and cooling systems. Refrigerated air, furnaces, and swamp coolers have of air…
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Plumbing

How to Prevent Plumbing Problems from High Water Pressure

It is every homeowner’s nightmare. You come home from vacation or a long day at work to find a flood…
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Air Conditioning

How a Swamp Cooler Thermostat can Make Your Home More Comfortable

If you have a swamp cooler in your home, you are familiar with the balancing act of keeping the house…
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Heating

What should I do if I smell gas?

Natural gas is one of the most common fuels used in New Mexico homes. Many water heaters, furnaces, clothes dryers…
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Electrical

Protect your Home from Germs using UV Lights

This flu season has been rough so far. And with the Coronavirus in the news, it can be unsettling to…
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Plumbing

How to Avoid These Top 3 Winter Plumbing Disasters

It’s starting to get cold around here! The temperature has already dipped below freezing several times in Albuquerque (how about…
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Heating

Heating System Safety Checklist

Ensure your heating system is operating safely Winter brings thoughts of cozying up by the fireplace, hot chocolate, and warm…
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Home

How to Prepare for Major Home Equipment Purchases

Most of us are familiar with Murphy’s Law. Ole Murphy likes to burst onto the scene at the worst possible…
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Electrical

5 Tips for a Safe Holiday Light Set-Up

It’s officially that time of year again! We’re in full swing of the holiday season, which means that people across…
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Bathroom Remodeling

Top 5 Shower Remodels

If you are thinking about updating your shower, you have tons of options! Recent bathroom trends are elegant and functional.…
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Safety

How Do I Know I Have a Carbon Monoxide Leak

Every day, we are exposed to carbon monoxide (CO), a gas commonly found in the air inside and outside of…
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Home

What You Need to Know Before Buying a House

Buying a new home is a big commitment! It requires a lot of thought and attention to detail. Many aspiring…
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Plumbing

How do I know if I need leak detection services?

A water leak in your home can be expensive and frustrating. Leaks can cause water damage and unusually high water…
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Air Conditioning

How can Preventive Maintenance Save You Money?

How Can TLC’s Preventive Maintenance Agreement Save You Money? It is easy to take our home’s plumbing, electrical, heating and…
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Electrical

5 Common Home Electrical Problems

Electrical issues can be frustrating and sometimes hazardous. Here are the top 5 electrical problems our electricians see. Top 5…
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Drains

Why is my toilet always clogged?

A clogged toilet happens to everyone on occasion, but if it happens to you all the time, you may need…
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Remodel

8 Remodel Ideas to Freshen Up Your Home

Many homeowners would agree that a remodeled room or house feels fresh and new! It is exciting to make your…
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Drains

What are drain cleanouts and why do you need them?

Many things can clog drains in your home. Roots, feminine hygiene products and even toys can make their way down…
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Remodel

5 Steps to Creating the Perfect Man Cave or She Shed

Have you ever wished for a place you could call your own? Man caves and she sheds are popular ways…
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Air Conditioning

What’s the Cost of Comfort?

If you are struggling to stay cool with your swamp cooler, you may be thinking about converting to refrigerated air.…
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Swamp Coolers

How to Clean Swamp Cooler Pads

If you have a Mastercool or Aerocool, cleaning your swamp cooler pads is something that should be done on an…
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Air Conditioning

Difference between an Attic Fan and Whole House Fan?

Attic Fan vs Whole House Fan If your home has an attic, you are probably aware of how hot it…
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Remodel

Top 10 Trendy Outdoor Space Upgrades for 2018

Outdoor space upgrades are popular and trendy this year! From furniture to architecture, the family outdoor living space is becoming…
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Energy Efficiency

How Do I Save Money on my Water Bill?

Summer usually means an increase in your water bill. Much of this is normal based on outdoor watering, running the…
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FAQ

How much does a tankless water heater cost?

Tankless water heaters are typically more expensive to install than standard water heaters.  The cost difference is due to the process to…
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FAQ

Why does my water heater smell?

Wondering why your hot water smells like rotten eggs? The most common odor problem from water heaters is a rotten…
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Air Quality

Why You Need to Change Your Home’s Air Filter

When was the last time you changed the air filter in your home’s central heating and air conditioning system? Has…
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Water Softener

What is the Problem with Hard Water?

What Is the Problem With Hard Water? If you are a homeowner in New Mexico, you have probably heard about…
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New Mexico

Viante New Mexico – A Vision for New Mexico

TLC’s purpose has always been to improve the quality of life for our employees and the community. We have spent…
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Water Softener

How to Remove Hard Water Stains

Did you know that 95% of homes in New Mexico have hard water? Our soil is rich in minerals such…
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Air Quality

Why You Should Get Your Air Ducts In Your Home Cleaned

Most homeowners have no idea what goes on inside their home’s air vents. The fact is they can be littered…
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Water Heaters

How Much Does a Water Heater Cost?

Cost is one of those questions that everyone has on their mind when making a large purchase – and rightfully…
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Plumbing

What is a Hot Water Recirculating Pump?

Have you ever wondered why your hot water faucet gives you cold water when you first turn it on? Depending…
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Water Heaters

What Size Hot Water Tank Do I Need?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heaters consume 14%-25% of a home’s annual energy usage. So when it’s…
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Air Quality

What is an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) System?

You probably have insurance on your house, your car, your health, your spouse, and maybe even your pets. But what…
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Water Heaters

How Does a Water Heater Work?

Being a knowledgeable homeowner empowers you to make informed decisions about your home, so it’s important to know the basics…
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Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodel

As we move into 2018 and approach the Spring months, one of the big activities is to plan what to…
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Press Releases

TLC Gives Back to Community

TLC Partners with Winair and Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Properties to Give Back to the Community ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico –…
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Water Heaters

Why You Should Call a Professional to Install Your Water Heater

If you’re considering installing a new water heater yourself, you may want to reconsider after you’ve been able to evaluate…
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Drains

What You May Not Know About Drain Cleaners

While liquid drain cleaners can be a quick and easy fix for slow or clogged drains, the problem is that…
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Plumbing

How to know if your toilet is leaking

Finding out if your toilet is leaking can be tricky. Leaks will often go unnoticed until you get hit with…
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Furnaces

Everything You Need to Know About Your Furnace

Being a knowledgeable homeowner empowers you to make informed decisions about your home, so it’s important to know the basics…
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Electrical

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

If you are still reeling from this week’s episode of This Is Us, you’re not alone. **SPOILER ALERT** if you…
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Plumbing

How to Prevent a Frozen Outdoor Faucet

Winterizing your outdoor faucet, also known as a hose bib or water spigot, is a simple project. If it’s not…
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Boilers

Top 11 Heating Problems

The cold weather probably has you thinking about your heater and it’s important to keep your home warm for you…
Press Releases

TLC Earns Recognition as New Mexico Family-Friendly Workplace

TLC Earns Recognition as New Mexico Family-Friendly Workplace (ALBUQUERQUE) – TLC earned a distinction for its workplace policies by Family…
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Water Heaters

When To Replace Your Water Heater

As a homeowner you know that like any appliance, water heaters break down over time and need to be replaced.…
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Energy Efficiency

How to Reduce Your Winter Heating Gas Bill

For many, winter utility bills can be a pocketbook pain point. In fact, home heating is the largest energy expense…
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Energy Efficiency

How to Reduce Cold Air Drafts in Your Home

Chances are you’re paying much more in utility bills during the winter months to heat your home. Here are 7…
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Heating

What temperature should I set my Thermostat?

What Temperature Should you Set your Home Heating System Thermostat to During Winter? People often ask us what they should…
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Drains

The Difference Between Plumbing and Drain Problems

Many people may not know that there’s a difference between plumbing and drain problems and we often equate them to…
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Boilers

Best Time of Year to Winterize Your Home

Fall is here! It’s the time of year when it’s tempting to run your AC during the day and your…
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Water Treatment System

How to remove chlorine from your water?

Removing chlorine from your water will eliminate the taste and smell of your water. Find out how TLC can help.…
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Albuquerque

Balloon Fiesta Insider Information: The Best Days to Attend 2017

It’s almost that magical time again in the Land of Enchantment where green chile aroma fills the air, the morning…
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Press Releases

Why The Healthy Workforce Ordinance is Bad for Albuquerque Businesses

Paid sick leave is a good thing, isn’t it?  I agree, but the Healthy Workforce Ordinance (paid sick leave) that…
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Air Quality

How to Combat Fall Allergies in New Mexico

It is the season for swollen eyes, runny noses and sneezing. If New Mexico’s second round of allergy season snuck…
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Holiday

What’s with Zozobra? A brief history on this Santa Fe tradition

If you have never heard of Zozobra many local Santa Feans describe it as, “They make this giant man-thing and…
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Swamp Coolers

Why does my swamp cooler smell like fish?

As you know, your swamp cooler works by using water to moisten your swamp cooler pads, so that as the…
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New Mexico

Family Friendly Hiking In New Mexico

New Mexico is known for its many outdoor wonders especially the many hiking trails. Got the itch to take your family…
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Swamp Coolers

Hard Water and Your Swamp Cooler

Hard water and your swamp cooler problems If you have a swamp cooler and have hard water you need to…
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Holiday

4 Safety Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Celebrating our nation’s freedom with food and fireworks is fun. The 4th of July is a special time to make…
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Albuquerque

Summer Activities for Kids in Albuquerque

Earlier we wrote about summer actives for kids in Santa Fe. In part 2 of our series, we are reviewing…
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Santa Fe

Summer Activities for Kids in Santa Fe

Summer, is officially in Santa Fe and it is hot outside. Are you a few weeks into the kid’s summer break…
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Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Options in Santa Fe

You’d be hard-pressed to find a New Mexican complaining about the plethora of bright sunny days and our relatively mild…
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Plumbing

Why you should shut off your water when you leave town for vacation

Why Should You Shut of Your Water When on Vacation? With the start of summer and the end of school,…
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Air Conditioning

Save Money By Buying Online? Not So Fast…

Undoubtedly, online shopping has drastically changed the way that Americans consume goods. The reality is that every online purchase is…
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Water Heaters

Tank Vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Tank and Tankless water heaters both provide hot water But what are the pros and cons of each? More and…
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Water Heaters

Tankless Water Heater Installation Process

Installing a Tankless Water Heater? We hope we’ve given you enough information in this guide to make an informed decision…
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Water Heaters

Will A Tankless Water Heater Save Money?

Our technicians explain if and how a tankless water heater can save homeowners money.…
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FAQ

Are Tankless Water Heaters Energy Efficient?

Are tankless water heaters energy efficient? Yes, but to understand how it impacts you, lets first explore how energy efficiency…
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Air Conditioning

Understanding Home Automation Options

What is Home Automation and How does it Work? Before our smartphones became an extension of our lives it was…
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Water Heaters

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

What are Tankless Water Heaters? Tankless water heaters have grown in popularity over the years. A lot of new homes…
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General

Tips On Spending Your Tax Refund

It is that time of year when we’re all working on our taxes. If you are going to be receiving…
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Plumbing

Preventing Washing Machine Hoses From Bursting

When you think of home flooding problems, you might think they’re caused by broken pipes. What many homeowners do not…
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Holiday

Valentine’s Day on a Budget

It is a known fact that restaurants mark up their menu prices around Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. They know…
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Air Conditioning

Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Rebates Available For Your Home

It’s hard to believe but we are almost through the first month of the year and while many of us…
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Water Softener

How does a water softener work?

Ever wonder how a water softener works? Water softeners use a process called ion exchange.  Softeners use resin that is…
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Furnaces

What kind of furnace should I buy?

So if you have been researching furnaces you may also be thinking what kind of furnace should I buy?  There…
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Furnaces

What size of furnace should you buy?

Most of the time when you are replacing your furnace it is typically replaced with the same size of unit…
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Furnaces

What is the most energy efficient furnace?

The most efficient Furnace you can buy is a 98% modulating variable speed furnace.  Almost every manufacturer has a variation…
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Holiday

Top 10 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again….across America, New Year’s Resolutions are being made! What better time is there to start…
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Heating

Carbon monoxide dangers in your home

Carbon monoxide dangers can happen anytime in your home. However, winter definitely increases your exposure to carbon monoxide dangers. Carbon…
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Holiday

Christmas Lights Decoration Safety Tips

Follow these important safety tips when putting up or taking down the Christmas lights this year.…
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General

Top 5 Computer Security Tips

In honor of National Computer Security Day today, we asked our IT Manager for some tips we could share.  Below…
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Water Softener

Why Choose A Kinetico Water Softener?

Why should you choose a Kinetico Water Softener? We will walk you through the things to consider when making this…
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Furnaces

How do I know when it is time to replace my furnace?

When the temperature drops in New Mexico the last thing you want is your furnace to go out and your…
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Plumbing

10 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter in New Mexico

For the most part, the temperatures have been fairly mild as we gear up for colder temperatures in New Mexico.…
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Bathroom Remodeling

Modern Bathroom Remodel by TLC (7 Photos)

TLC’s Modern Bathroom Remodel Recently TLC was hired to completely remodel this master bathroom in a home built in the…
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Albuquerque

Best Places to View Balloons From Balloon Fiesta

When the chill is in the air here in Albuquerque, we all know Fall is just around the corner and…
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Albuquerque

Things to do with your kids this summer in Albuquerque

Keeping your kids busy is always a challenge, especially in summer when they have lots of free time on their…
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Press Releases

TLC Family Health Care Clinic

DaVita to Manage TLC Family Healthcare Clinic Facility Caters to TLC Plumbing & Utility Employees and Family Members ALBUQUERQUE, NM…
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Air Conditioning

Swamp Cooler vs. Refrigerated Air Conditioning

One of the biggest reasons most homeowners in New Mexico choose to convert to refrigerated air is temperature control. As…
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Air Conditioning

How to choose an HVAC Contractor

So you’ve done your homework and are ready to convert your swamp cooler to refrigerated air.  Now that you have…
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Air Conditioning

What is SEER rating

What is SEER rating and what you need to know? If you have central air conditioning in your home or are…
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Air Conditioning

Will Energy Costs Go Up With Refrigerated Air Conditioning?

The simple answer is yes, in most cases your energy bill will rise because you will use more electricity with…
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Air Conditioning

Swamp Cooler Maintenance Tips

Those hot summer temperatures are just around the corner, are you ready? We are getting closer and closer to those…
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Air Conditioning

How much is it to convert to refrigerated air?

Are you dreading the hot temperatures? Worried that your swamp cooler will not be able to cool your home? If…
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Air Conditioning

What are the Best Swamp Cooler Pads?

Honestly, this is a question that we get a lot this time of year. There are two different types of…
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Drains

Plumbing Tips For Pet Lovers

It’s no secret that owning a pet can improve your life. Owning a dog lowers the chance of heart disease,…
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Drains

Why is my washing machine not draining?

There are two main reasons why a washing machine is not draining. The first thing we typically ask customers is…
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Remodel

How to choose a professional for your remodeling project

With so many home improvement shows on TV today, it is easy to get inspired and get some great ideas…
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Plumbing

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.…
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Water Softener

Top 5 Hard Water Problems

Water spots on dishes. Crusty build up on the dishwasher or around the faucets. The need to use more laundry…
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Energy Efficiency

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…
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Drains

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…
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Plumbing

Why is my water bill so high?

If you’ve recently received a water bill that is much higher than normal you’re probably wondering if you have a…
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Top 5 Stress Reducers

Stress affects most of us in some form or another. And while a little stress is ok, often times many…
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General

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend

This Blog was originally posted in 2015 and we’ve since updated it to reflect the most recent Daylight Savings information for…
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General

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Carpet or Laminate Flooring

When remodeling or updating your home, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Some of those decisions are…
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Furnaces

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…
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Drains

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…
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General

11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Balloon Fiesta

It’s that time of year again the balloons are going up this morning and that means the Balloon Fiesta is…
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Furnaces

Why You Should Get a Professional Furnace Inspection This Fall

There are several reasons to get your furnace inspected by a professional. It isn’t just about making sure everything runs…
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General

Top 5 Things to do in Fall in Santa Fe

Its hard to believe that fall is upon us. The kids are back in school and the temperature is starting…
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General

14 Things To Do To Prepare Your Home Before Your Vacation

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally posted in 2015. However, it has been updated to reflect current information. Winter usually…
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Press Releases

APD Alliance Benefits Local Contractor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ron Burnett Phone: (505)362-6701 Email: rburnett@tlcplumbing.com APD Alliance Benefits Local Contractor…
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Remodel

Top Bathroom Remodel Trends

If you own an older home, you may have a dated bathroom or two. Maybe you may have the peachy-pink…
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General

School Bus Back to School Safety Tips

Editor’s note,this blog was originally posted in August 2015 but it has been updated to reflect current, valid information  Kids,…
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Water Softener

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…
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Air Conditioning

Things To Consider Before Converting To Refrigerated Air Conditioning

Refrigerated air or central air conditioning is very comfortable and more homeowners in Albuquerque and Santa Fe are making the…
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Air Conditioning

Why is my swamp cooler not working?

My struggle with cooling my home I have a confession to make, I should know more about maintaining my cooler…
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General

How to stay cool in ABQ

Well, summer is definitely here and we’re working around the clock fixing air conditioners and repairing swamp coolers all over…
Drains

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,…
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Plumbing

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…
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Air Conditioning

How Do Swamp Coolers Work?

Swamp cooling or evaporative cooling, is a popular, cost effective way to cool your home here in the southwest. Swamp…
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General

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,…
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Plumbing

How to adjust water heater temperature

Did you know your water heater can cause burns if the temperature is too hot? How do you know if…
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Air Conditioning

What is a Wall-Mounted Ductless Air Conditioner?

A wall-mounted ductless air conditioner also referred to as a mini split system or ductless mini split system is an…
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Air Conditioning

Breezair Swamp Coolers Offer Superior Cooling

The summer heat is here and the temps are starting to soar! Are you worried about how well your swamp…
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FAQ

Why Is My Thermostat Not Working?

Thermostat Problems vs. Furnace Problems It is common for furnaces or heaters to stop working and the homeowner to believe…
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New Mexico

Solution to Water Pressure Issues

Albuquerque & Rio Rancho residents, especially those in Cabezon have experienced major pressure spikes. What does that mean for you…
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New Mexico

How to choose a Plumber you can trust?

Here are a few tips and important bits of information when choosing a plumber.…
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FAQ

Why does my furnace keep turning on and off?

Diagnosing a Furnace that Turns On and Off There are a couple of different reasons this may be happening and…
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Water Heaters

7 Important Water Heater Safety Tips

Your water heater delivers hot water that can be adjusted to your comfort level. But, it requires maintenance and care…
General

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…
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General

Benefits of Dual Flush Toilets

Over 1/3 of the water you use in the bathroom comes from your toilet. And since bathroom water amounts to…
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FAQ

What should I set my thermostat to in winter?

This is a very common question that we hear often. The answer can be different for everyone so here are…
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Holiday

Steer Clear of These Holiday Plumbing Mishaps

Christmas is a busy time of year for your plumbing. From visiting relatives to elaborate meals, your drains are getting…
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General

Is That Really in my Water?

If you fill your glass from the tap, you may be drinking more than just water. In Albuquerque, there are…
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Drains

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…
New Mexico

TLC Plumbing Listed Among New Mexico’s Top Private 100 Enterprises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mindy Gonzales Phone: (505)761-5526 Email: mgonzales@tlcplumbing.com Web: tlcplumbing.com TLC Plumbing Listed Among New Mexico’s Top 100…
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General

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…
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Heating

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…
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Swamp Coolers

3 Common Swamp Cooler Problems

Cooler weather has finally arrived, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about your swamp cooler. You’re going to need…
Services

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.…
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Services

Reasons You Should Get a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Every day, we live with carbon monoxide in our air, inside and outside our homes. So, why do you need…
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Services

4 Reasons to Get a Furnace Tune Up

October is on our doorstep, which means it’s time to pack up the short sleeves and fire up the furnace.…
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Air Conditioning

Turn Your Thermostat On and Off From Your Smartphone

Apps are awesome. From checking your bank account balance to checking your email, smartphones apps have made it convenient and…
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General

Sub-Contractor of the Year

Every year, the American Subcontractors Association honors exceptional companies in the construction industry, recognizing them for their outstanding service, excellence…
New Mexico

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…
Safety

Flood Safety Tips During Monsoon Season

Here in New Mexico, things can be so hot and dry one moment and so wet and rainy the next.…
Services

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…
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Press Releases

Injured Citizen Receives an Unexpected Gift

If you were watching the news this week, you may have caught the story of Modesto Montano, a Rio Rancho…
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Air Conditioning

Deciding the Best Time to Run Your Cooler

Every family has their own schedule. Between work, school, activities, and dinner, it’s important to maintain a comfortable temperature in…
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Air Conditioning

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.…
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Air Conditioning

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…
General

Set Up Your Application for Success

No excerpt…
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General

Why You Need a Professional to Convert to Natural Gas

For many years, propane was a practical and effective way to produce energy. But, with the cost of fuel on…
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Air Conditioning

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…
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New Mexico

Why We Are Attending the QNM Learning Summit

Quality is a Priority at TLC Plumbing In 1991, a challenge began. The challenge was to make New Mexico a…
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HVAC

How Can an HVAC/R Contractor Help My Restaurant?

Anyone who runs a restaurant knows it’s a lot of work. From the drains to the appliances, restaurants need systems…
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Drains

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…
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Drains

Avoid Septic Tank Failure

  Your septic system was created to give you many years of service, but like many things, it can get…
Drains

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…
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Water Treatment System

Water Softeners in Albuquerque

Without notice, your family uses numerous gallons of water a day, and depending on your location in Albuquerque, chances are…
Water Heaters

All About the Water Heater

It seems easy enough – we turn on the shower and hot water comes on. But, instant hot water actually…
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Air Conditioning

10 Reasons to Install Ductless Air Conditioners

When it’s time to upgrade your heating and cooling system, you may want to do more than install a new air…
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Holiday

How To Budget For Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get gifts for everyone on your list.  Committed to saving you…
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General

TLC turns on the heat for Albuquerque Seniors

On November 4, TLC technicians visited the homes of 7 senior residents to turn their heaters on in preparation for…
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Drains

Safer and Smarter Food Prep for Thanksgiving

Holiday Garbage Disposal Tips We can all somewhat agree that having a kitchen garbage disposal is extremely efficient, especially when…
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Energy Efficiency

10 Things You Might Not Know About Your Furnace

Your furnace isn’t just a hunk of metal hanging out in the garage or the hallway closet of your home;…
Plumbing

Why We Love What We Do

At TLC Plumbing, we love what we do! It’s that simple. From our workplace to our community to our customers,…
Furnaces

Forced-Air Furnace 101

Known as the most popular heating solution in Albuquerque, forced-air heating is one of the most effective ways to heat…
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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Tips For Your Heating System

In autumn and winter months, your heating can use half of the energy in your home. In addition to driving…
New Mexico

Charity Spotlight: Children’s Cancer Fund

It is a heartbreaking truth, but every year New Mexico children are diagnosed with cancer. In honor of Childhood Cancer…
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Boilers

Is Your Heating System Ready for Winter?

Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes, but winter only comes in one variety: cold. With a commitment to…
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Drinking Water System

What You Need to Know About New Mexico’s H2O

Free Water Inquiries from TLC Plumbing The water from your faucet may be drinkable, but is it pure?…
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Water Treatment System

Do You Need a Water Softener?

Why Your New Mexico Home is Better with Soft Water Hard water is a common reality in New Mexico. To…
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Drains

What to do when your sink is clogged

We live in the era of information, where anyone is but a type stroke away from finding answers to problems.…
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Air Conditioning

Get the Best Air Quality During Fire Season

When fire season in full swing, air quality is a major concern for New Mexico homeowners. While your cooling system…
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New Mexico

TLC Plumbing and PNM Working Together

TLC is proud and excited to announce that we are now members of the PNM Trade Ally Program. As a…
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Drinking Water System

Stay Refreshed in the Heat with Kinetico

On a hot day, nothing hits the spot quite like a glass of cold water. But, what if that water…
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Air Conditioning

Swamp Cooler 101: Getting Your Cooler Ready for Summer

If you’re new to New Mexico or you’ve recently moved to a home with a swamp cooler you may be…
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Air Conditioning

Swamp Cooler Conversion Efficient Solution

To Convert or not to Convert? In Albuquerque, actually New Mexico in general, we’ve all grown up with the ol’…
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HVAC

How to Troubleshoot Your Swamp Cooler

If you’re cooler doesn’t seem to be putting out enough air, there are a few simple things to check before…
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Plumbing

Water Heaters – Tankless Vs. Tank

With all the talk about going “Green” these days, the debate over tankless vs. tank type water heaters is becoming…
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Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning

The new houses being built today are vastly different from those of yesteryear. Even in the last ten years there…