What Is Considered a Plumbing Emergency?

A plumbing issue can crop up at any moment, and it’s never pleasant when it happens. Even a minor issue like a leaky pipe can damage your home, but the issue isn’t always so simple. A plumbing emergency can lead to serious damage within your home, or expensive pipe, drain, and fixture repairs. In a plumbing crisis, acting fast can save you a lot of money in repairs. The experts at Guin Service are here to discuss what constitutes a plumbing emergency, and three common plumbing problems that may require calling a plumber for back-up. What Is a Plumbing Emergency? While any plumbing issue may be alarming to find, they’re not always considered a plumbing emergency. A dripping leak isn’t […]

Why Isn’t My AC Cooling My Home?

Nothing is worse than a home that is sweltering hot. An AC unit that isn’t cooling your home can leave you and your family uncomfortable and cause interruptions in your daily routines. At Guin Services, our experienced technicians can repair your air conditioning unit and restore your home’s temperature back to a comfortable state. To avoid the chaos of the heat, we are highlighting the top reasons why your AC unit may not be cooling your home and when it’s time to call a professional. Old AC Unit The first thing to determine is how long the issue has been going on. If it is a new occurrence, then you may need to get your AC unit serviced. Regular maintenance, […]

3 Ways To Avoid Costly Air Conditioning Repair This Summer

With record high temperatures, the summer is not the season to experience a breakdown of your air conditioning unit. While you may be tempted to DIY your air conditioning repair just to get by, 100-degree weather is not the time for faulty, temporary solutions!   Are you debating whether it’s time to call a professional HVAC company to get cool air? This guide from our Guin Service HVAC experts will highlight common AC repair and service problems, so you can begin troubleshooting and beat the summer heat!  What To Do When Your Air Conditioning…   1. Runs with Limited Airflow If your air conditioning system is running, but there isn’t much airflow, start by inspecting the air filter. If you haven’t […]

Five Most Overlooked HVAC & Plumbing Issues: Summer Edition

Summer is coming and for the greater Birmingham area, that means hot weather, which will put a strain on our HVAC and plumbing systems. We all know that extreme surges of heat will put a strain on our AC systems, but did you know that the summer can be harsh on your heating system as well? Luckily, Guin Service is here to provide you with the summer’s five most commonly overlooked HVAC and plumbing issues.  From the systems we leave idle over the summer to those that are tested in ways we wouldn’t otherwise imagine, there’s much more to know about summer HVAC and plumbing maintenance than meets the eye. Let’s take a look at what Guin’s experts have to […]

4 Easy Ways To Prep For Power Outages

With tornado season incoming, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for power outages. When the power goes down, everything in your home stops dead in its tracks– the AC unit shuts off, your refrigerated goods start spoiling, and the lights fade away. And if you aren’t prepared, a power outage can put your family’s health and safety at serious risk. But we don’t want that to happen to you! To help you stay safe and ready for tornado season, we’re sharing a few helpful tips you can start using right now. Here are 4 easy ways to prep for power outages, from your friends at Guin. Tip #1: Stock up on batteries, flashlights, candles, and matches to stay […]

Summer Is Near: Let’s Talk Air Conditioning Installation

Here at Guin Service, it’s our job—and our passion—to consider all sorts of plumbing and HVAC scenarios. We dwell upon the darkest situations to ensure that you never meet their fate. One recurring nightmare that plagues our entire staff involves a hot Alabama summer in which one of our customers goes without proper air conditioning.  Terrifying! In all seriousness, making sure you’re prepared for summer is a very serious matter. Too many folks with precarious air conditioning units wait until the last minute—only to find their AC going out on the first May scorcher. Some AC units that have been working just fine may run into unforeseen issues at the worst possible time. Today, we’re going to talk about why […]

Guin Guard: Winter Water Heater Maintenance

Wintertime spares no element of your home’s plumbing and HVAC systems from the effects of relentless cold, wind, and precipitation. Ensuring the warmth, comfort, and even the safety of you and your family requires vigilance to myriad items, such as water pipes, central heating, and, of course, water heater maintenance. Here at Guin Service, we stress winterizing all of these essential home functions—including one that’s particularly important. Today, we’re focusing on winterizing and maintaining your water heater.  While it’s important to also check on your water heater prior to the winter months, midwinter maintenance ensures that your heater is free of dormant or budding problems. Showers, dishwashers, sinks, you name it—your water heater is the source. The last thing you […]

Winter Storm Warning: Guin Guard to the Rescue

W.C. Guin opened Guin Services in 1958. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few winters—64 of them to be exact. Over the course of six decades, our technicians have witnessed firsthand the catastrophes that winter weather has brought upon Alabama’s households. That’s why we created Guin Guard: to protect the greater Birmingham area from the perils winter brings upon your plumbing and HVAC systems.  The Guin Guard program is straightforward, offering our customers routine HVAC and plumbing maintenance and repair. But the benefits are far more extensive than the program’s simple mission may suggest. Let’s take a closer look at the many ways in which Guin Guard protects you and your family from the perils of winter storms, warnings, and […]

Winter is Coming: Guin’s Go-To HVAC Checklist

Here we go again. It seems like just a few weeks ago temperatures were in the 70s and 80s. Suddenly, the trees are barren, the sky is gray, and there’s a festive chill in the air. That means it’s time to prepare for winter with  Guin’s go-to HVAC winter checklist!  Here at Guin Service, our mission is to ensure our customers’ HVAC systems are operational and well-maintained. The volatility of our climate across the eastern half of the United States becomes exaggerated as we get further into the winter months. Let’s take a look at how you can check in with your HVAC system prior to the deep freeze.  Check & Change The Filters Frankly, it’s best to change your […]

Can ionizers make your home or business safer?

Here at Guin, we have been focusing a lot on air quality. In particular, we have discussed how to improve the air quality in your home and office. In past blogs, we have suggested particular home and office remedies to poor air quality. Today, we’d like to share our thoughts on ionizers. The Benefits Of Ionizers In our most recent blog, we mentioned that, according to the EPA, the air inside your house or place of business is 2.5 times worse than the air outside. An ionizer can help keep your home or business safe from various harmful particulates known as pathogens. An ionizer works by positively or negatively charging the air inside of your ductwork, and inside your home […]

How can UV lights keep my house or business safe

Despite the impacts of global emissions, indoor air quality remains far worse than the outdoors’. According to the EPA, the air inside your home or business is two-and-a-half times worse than the air outside. That’s far beyond significant, bordering on the extreme. Here at Guin Service, we’re doing everything we can to get the word out about this disparity.  But getting the word out doesn’t mean much without also offering solutions. In recent years, professionals have found one of the best ways to combat indoor air quality: UV lights.  Ultraviolet Light Kills Pathogens They say sunlight is the best disinfectant. Much of this is a result of UV light. Sunlight is chock full of ultraviolet rays, which are heavily filtered […]

What should you do to prepare your home for summer?

One thing’s for certain, Alabama summers are hot. There are many ways to help cool yourself down, and the best place to start is with your HVAC unit. In fact, the first thing you can do to prepare your home for summer is to get your unit serviced. The last thing you want is to experience difficulties or malfunctions during a 95-degree day, drenched in humidity! So here’s the scoop: The number one cause for HVAC unit breakdown is dirt. At Guin Service, we can help you by routinely servicing your system one to four times a year.  Tips for Prepping for Summer HVAC Service Will Help You Beat The Heat The number one cause of HVAC breakdown is inconsistent […]

The importance and benefits of preventative maintenance

Here at Guin Service, we don’t just pay lip service about offering the full suite of plumbing and HVAC solutions. We offer them because we’re capable of resolving any and all problems within your plumbing and HVAC systems. Today, we’re going to talk about preventative maintenance.  Residential plumbing and HVAC systems can go awry from the smallest cracks and misalignments. These details are often overlooked by homeowners and result from a lack of preventative maintenance. That is, many of us are well aware of the need to repair and retool our plumbing and HVAC systems when a problem arises. But just as important is preventive maintenance, which helps your plumbing and HVAC systems keep running smoothly without a hitch.  Of […]

The top five benefits of ductless air conditioning

It feels like spring just arrived, and yet, already, we’re halfway through April. That means it’s time to talk air conditioning! Here at Guin Service, we offer everything from installation to maintenance. Plus, you can always count on us to consult with you on any issues, including all your air conditioning needs. Today, we want to discuss the benefits of ductless air conditioning. Ductless air conditioning systems, as you might imagine, do not require any ductwork. These air conditioning systems are simply mounted on the wall, supplying cool, quiet air conditioning to your home. Just a couple of units can provide all the cooling you need! How does ductless air conditioning work? Ductless AC, often referred to as mini-splits, hooks […]