Furnace Energy Efficiency Tips


As the chill of winter approaches, ensuring that your home’s furnace operates at peak energy efficiency becomes essential. Not only does this help you stay warm and comfortable, but it also helps keep your energy bills under control. Here are some valuable tips from our heating experts to maximize your furnace energy efficiency.Understanding AFUE Rating:AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is … Read More

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. Many homeowners have called us, concerned about furnace damage or faulty installation.
But your furnace might not be the problem at all.

How Does A Furnace Work?

What is a forced air furnace?

Furnaces are the most common heat source for homes in New Mexico. It’s important to know how your furnace works so that you can get the most out of it and recognize if something goes wrong.

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 what if you have paintings, musical instruments, exotic plants/pets, or a health condition that requires more humidity?

How Much Does A Furnace Repair Cost In Albuquerque?

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Having issues with your furnace? Think it may be time to call in professional help? If so, you’re probably asking yourself, “how much will a furnace repair cost?” While it’s nearly impossible to give an exact price of a furnace repair without having an HVAC professional diagnose the issue, the cost to repair a furnace can range anywhere from $120 … Read More

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 checklist of things to help your furnace make it to the end of the heating season.

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 to break out of your furnace. If you hear knocking, banging or squeaking sounds in your furnace, it’s a sign that something is wrong.

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 and fire places run on some form of gas. It works well, but the downside is that gas leaks can be dangerous and inconvenient.

Heating System Safety Checklist


Ensure your heating system is operating safely Winter brings thoughts of cozying up by the fireplace, hot chocolate, and warm blankets. But winter also increases the potential for house fires and other safety concerns like carbon monoxide poisoning. Get your home prepared for winter with a few simple safety precautions. Home Heating Safety Tips It is always best to leave … Read More

How can Preventive Maintenance Save You Money?

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How Can TLC’s Preventive Maintenance Agreement Save You Money? It is easy to take our home’s plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems for granted until something breaks. Even though they take the backstage, your comfort, functionality and even safety relies on them. Plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling emergencies can be costly, inconvenient and, on occasion, dangerous. How can you avoid … Read More

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 about your furnace. According to energy.gov, “heating is the largest expense in the average U.S home, accounting for about 45% of energy [costs].” Knowing more about your furnace will help keep your furnace running well, saving you time and money. … Read More

Top 11 Heating Problems

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The cold weather probably has you thinking about your heater and it’s important to keep your home warm for you and your family. Sometimes, your furnace has a hiccup and doesn’t work quite like it’s supposed to. We’ve compiled a list with 11 of the most common heating problems that homeowners experience. There are some things to look out for … Read More

How to Reduce Your Winter Heating Gas Bill

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For many, winter utility bills can be a pocketbook pain point. In fact, home heating is the largest energy expense in the average U.S. home and accounts for about 45% of energy costs. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple steps you can take today that will help reduce your utility costs immediately. We’ll also introduce you to a couple … Read More

Best Time of Year to Winterize Your Home

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Fall is here! It’s the time of year when it’s tempting to run your AC during the day and your furnace during the night. Find out what you need to know about winterizing your home in Albuquerque.

Understanding Home Automation Options

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What is Home Automation and How does it Work? Before our smartphones became an extension of our lives it was hard to believe all that would be possible in home automation. Home automation technology seemed something to exist only in the movies. But now with the latest advancements in Wi-Fi and the use of our smartphones you can control a … Read More

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 are still trying to focus on our New Year’s Resolutions tax season is quickly approaching. It’s time to sharpen your pencils, get your and receipts together. Since taxes are on everyone’s mind these days we thought it would be good to … Read More

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 are many quality reliable heating and cooling brands available.  TLC installs all makes and models of furnaces.  We are not an exclusive dealer for any one brand.  Rather, we have relationships with the suppliers for all the brands available for … Read More

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 it was before as in space.  Furnace size has two variations, BTUs (British thermal unit) and physical cabinet size.  Most furnaces are about the same size so there aren’t usually major differences when replacing your old furnace.  There are only … Read More

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 of this type of furnace.  With that said this is one of the most expensive to buy and install.  Also, not every home can have this style of furnace due to various factors like duct system design. Location of Furnace … Read More

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 monoxide can be very dangerous so learning the sources and warning signs can help keep your family safe this winter. What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide(CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can be poisonous and deadly. CO symptoms … Read More

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 family to be left without any heat. This situation isn’t one you want to find yourself in. For starters not only will you have no heat in your home, but this almost always happens after hours, which means emergency, after … 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.

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

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:

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.

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? 

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 your entire home during the cold winter months.

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 up your utility bills, inefficient heating systems can also pose a safety hazard. With over 25 years of professional HVAC experience, TLC Plumbing has the expert advice you need to save money and keep your heater safe this winter.

Is Your Heating System Ready for Winter?

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Heating systems come in all shapes and sizes, but winter only comes in one variety: cold. With a commitment to quality service, TLC Plumbing is here to help with some tips to make sure that your heating system is ready to keep you warm all winter long.

Indoor Air Quality Heating & Air Conditioning

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The new houses being built today are vastly different from those of yesteryear. Even in the last ten years there have been a lot of changes in  the rules and regulations governing the housing industry. Energy efficiency has become a very important concern for builders and homeowners alike.