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Smart Reasons to Get a Smart Thermostat

There are a lot of different ways to save energy (and dollars) in your home. A great way to do that is by having more control over your heating and cooling system and improving the type of thermostat you have. And that’s all the more reason to have a smart thermostat.controlling-smart-thermostat-with-tablet

What is a smart thermostat?

Smart thermostats are just like programmable thermostats in that they let you customize a schedule for your HVAC system to follow. The big difference is that smart thermostats connect to your wi-fi enabled devices and can offer a world of convenience. Why does that matter? Well, there are a few reasons.

They’re a lazy person’s dream.

At the very least, smart thermostats allow you to adjust your home’s temperature without getting up. So when you’ve finally settled into bed for the night, but want to turn the thermostat down a few degrees, you can just easily do it from your tablet or computer.

They offer on-the-go convenience.

Since they’re connected to your devices, you can control your smart thermostat from anywhere with a wifi connection. If you go on vacation and forget to adjust your unit, you can quickly do so on your phone.

They learn your behaviors.

Over time, your smart thermostat can learn your heating and cooling behaviors, and automatically adjust the temperature of your home to reflect those habits. For example, if you tend to turn down your thermostat on the weekends, your smart unit can learn and adjust to that.

At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we offer smart thermostats that can be connected to the internet for control outside of the home, as well as live weather updates, and much more. One of our favorites — the Trane TCONT950 — even allows users to display slideshows, turning the thermostat into a digital picture frame! For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

Why You Need a Tankless Water Heater

In you’re in the market for a new water heater, you more than likely have the option of added a tankless unit to your home. When it comes to convenience, a tankless trumps tank-based units. But there are plenty of other reasons to have a tankless water heater in your home.

You’ll Never Run Out of Hot Watertankless-water-heater-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Tankless units only heat water as needed, so as long as your shower or other appliance needs it, it’ll keep producing hot water. Tank-based units store hot water, so when it’s out, you’re stuck waiting for more water to be heated.

Tankless Units are More Efficient

Since you’re only heating water when you need it, you’re not wasting energy (and money) heating water that will just sit in a tank and need to be reheated later on. Plus, less waste means less wear-and-tear on your unit.

They Take Up Less Room

Tankless units don’t need their own area like tank-based units do. Some tankless water heaters can be installed on walls or even outside if you install an anti-freeze kit with it. If you’re really tight on space, smaller units can be stored under sinks or in closets near the areas they’ll be used.

You’ll Save Money on Your Energy Bill

Since a tankless water heater is more efficient and less wasteful, you won’t be spending as much on your energy bills each month.

If you think a tankless water heater will be a good fit for your home, contact Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We’re here to help guide you towards the best water heating system for your home needs and your wallet. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.



Why You Should Let an HVAC Expert Determine What AC You Need

When it comes to appliance shopping, picking out an AC is a lot harder than shopping for toaster or microwave. This is going to be the system responsible for keeping you and your family comfortable throughout the summer. If it’s not the best fit for your home, you’re going to have bigger problems than just unpopped popcorn. So how do you determine what AC you need? Well, you shouldn’t — you should let the experts do that. There are several reasons why you should let an HVAC expert determine what AC you need in yohvac-expert-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plubmingur home.

They can determine the proper size you need.

HVAC experts make it their mission to determine what size AC is needed to cool your home. Many homeowners end up with units that are too big or too small and then get high energy bills because that unit works too hard cooling the house. Experts can use square footage methods to determine what size AC is best for your home.

They can take outside factors into account.

Besides just using square footage, HVAC experts also take note of things like doors and window gaps, your ideal comfort level, and the area surrounding your home when determining what AC you need. For example, if your home is heavily shaded by trees, you may not need as big of a unit as square footage methods would suggest — but only an expert will know how big of a difference that can make.

They can install your unit properly and successfully.

How your unit is installed can account for 75% of how it runs. Once your HVAC expert determines what AC is best for your home, he or she can install it properly and save you from any safety concerns that may arise if you tried to install the unit yourself.

Wahl Family, Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing offers free in-home estimates for fully installed replacement and new air conditioning systems. If you’re in need of AC installation or repairs in the Pittsburgh metro area, give us a call at 412-276-9245.

Mitsubishi Cooling Systems

When you’re picking a cooling system for your home or business, you’ll want to choose a reputable brand, as well as a company who has experience installing that brand. At Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing, we are a certified Home Depot Service Provider and carry reliable brands, such as Mitsubishi. If you’re considering a Mitsubishi cooling system, these are some of the options you have.

Room Air ConditionersMitsubishi-cooling-system-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Mitsubishi offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor units to meet all your air conditioning needs. You can match your interior design with wall-mounted and floor-standing units or even ceiling-recessed cassettes — there’s a fit for everyone.

Package Air Conditioners — Mr. Slim

Mitsubishi’s Mr. Slim Series features small-to-medium-sized split-type room air conditioners that are both high-performing and easy to install. The goal of the Series is to create the best match for your AC needs while using inverter-base units to achieve industry-leading quiet operation.

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems – City Multi

These Mitsubishi cooling systems offer distributed airflow as well as independent control of indoor units. These units were also built with consideration for the environment and use minimal energy, are high-performing, and aim to maximize room comfort.

Air Curtain

If you own a business, especially one with an open-front design, then you need a Mitsubishi air curtain. These units create a wall of air that protects you and your customers from temperature swings as well as polluted air. They are designed to be powerful, yet quiet, and are viable energy-efficient solutions to keeping your business comfortable and clean.

If you want more information on Mitsubishi cooling systems, give Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing a call! We carry a variety of Mitsubishi products and provide air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repairs. Upgrade your cooling system today and call us at 412-276-9245.

Easy Ways to Stop Wasting Water

Did you know that water accounts for ⅓ of your utility bill? Going through the motions every day, you may not realize how much water you’re using, much less how much you’re wasting. With a few simple changes in your actions around your home, you can stop wasting water and save yourself money on your utility bills.

Turn Your Faucets Off

When you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands, don’t leave the faucet running. All you’re doing is letting perfectly good water go right down your drain. Instead, turn the faucet on to wet your hands or brush, turn it off while you’re washing or brushing, and turn it back on to rinse.wasting-water-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

Water Your Yard During Certain Times

It’s better to water your grass and plants during the early morning or late evening since
it’s cooler and the water will actually stay on your greenery. Watering during the middle of the day is a waste since the hot sun evaporates the water more quickly, causing you to water your yard more often.

Take Shorter Showers

Let’s be honest — you spend about 25% of your time in the shower actually washing and the other 75% daydreaming and singing for an imaginary audience. Start using your shower just to get clean, and then relax somewhere without running water. You’ll be amazed how much you’ll save.

Stop Using Your Toilet as a Garbage Can

The only thing that should go down your toilet is human waste. Wipes, sanitary items, and other garbage don’t belong in there, especially if that’s all you’re getting rid of. Your toilet uses about seven gallons of water per flush, so just toss any garbage into your trash can.

Fix Your Leaks

A big reason people end up wasting water is because leaks go undetected. If you think you have any leaks in your home, call a plumber to replace them right away.

Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing is your one stop shop for all of your home or commercial property’s plumbing needs. From our family to yours, we bring 30 plus years’ experience in the business and are confident that we can solve even the toughest plumbing problems. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 412-276-9245.

Getting Your Home Ready for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and we know that you’re all excited for the unofficial start of summer! If you’re planning on having guests over to BBQ this weekend, here are a few things you should do to make sure your home is as ready to celebrate as you are.

Clean the Outdoor Furniture

No one wants to sit on furniture that still has winter grime on it. Wipe down your furniture with some all-purpose cleaner, and make sure it passes the white shorts test — sit on it in white shorts, and see if there’s anything on your clothing when you get up.

Flush the Drainsmemorial-day-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

There’s going to be a lot of people going in and out of your bathroom, washing their hands
. Flush your drains with some baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water to get rid of any clogs that could be brewing.

Check Your Disposal

BBQing means you’re going to have a lot of food scraps. Ensure your disposal is running properly, and run it with some ice cubes and lemon juice to clean it. And remember — don’t pour any grease or fibrous foods down there when cooking!

Check the Gas Lines

If you’re using a propane BBQ, make sure all the gas lines are tight and working properly. Leaking gas can pose serious threats to your weekend and health, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.  

Change Your Air Filters

If it becomes too hot to be outside, guests will retreat into your home to relax. Changing your air filters on your HVAC unit ensures that you and your guests will be breathing clean air and that your unit will be running more efficiently.

If you need help getting your home ready for Memorial Day, or if you need emergency services day of, contact Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing. We offer 24/7 emergency HVAC and plumbing services for homes in the Pittsburgh metro area and are always there when you need us. We’ve been around since 1980, so call us at 412-276-9245.

How to Avoid a Plumbing Disaster

With summer coming up, you’re probably going to have a lot of people over your house to enjoy the nice weather. That’s all good and well until your garbage disposal clogs from all your cooking scraps or your bathroom sink won’t drain. Not to worry — you can avoid a plumbing disaster with a few preventative

Don’t Pour Grease Down Your Disposal

Keep your kitchen sinks clog free and dispose of cooking oil and oily foods elsewhere. Oil can solidify in your disposal, clogging and potentially even damaging it. Pour the oil into a can, allow it to solidify, and throw it away instead.

Use Inexpensive Hair Traps

Ladies — you know full well how much hair you shed when you shower. If you let it flow down the drain, you risk forming a pretty gross clog. Invest in cheap plastic or metal traps that catch hair and allow for easy clog prevention.

Use Baking Soda Treatments

You don’t need to use harsh, store-bought chemicals to keep your drains clog-free. Once a month, sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda with a splash of water in your sink and tub drains. Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain, and let the mixture sit a few hours or overnight. Flush it out with hot water, and you have an easy DIY drain treatment.

Go Easy On Faucet Handles

It may be habit to turn your faucet handles tightly to make sure the water is totally off, but you may be doing more harm than good. Turning them too tightly wears down the washers more quickly. Only turn the handle as far is goes without force to avoid leaks.

If you do end up with a plumbing disaster, contact Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We are your one-stop shop for all of your home plumbing needs and offer 24-hour emergency plumbing services. If you need us, we’ll be there — so call 412-276-9245.

Five AC Noises and What They Mean

Clang, clang, clang, went the trolley! Just kidding — it’s your AC. Since today’s air conditioners are the quietest ever, strange noises coming from your unit are rarely a good sign. And you shouldn’t try to argue that the noises don’t bother you, and you don’t need to fix them because minor issues now can turn into bigger problems if they aren’t dealt with. (There’s a life lesson in there, just saying.) Different sounds can mean different issues, so match these AC noises to your problem.


You have a loose or broken part inside the compressor. It could be a connecting rod, a piston pin, crankshaft, or other parts that would need to be repaired, or it could also mean that our compressor needs to be replaced.


This is another telltale sign that your AC has a loose or missing part. The parts inside your unit or your compressor itself may have come loose or failed. It could also be a sign that the indoor or outdoor blower fans are out of balance and are hitting other parts in the unit. Don’t ignore these issues — they’ll get way worse as time goes on.


Some clicking when your AC turns on and off is fine, but constant clicking is not a good sign. It could be a sign of a defective control panel or failing thermostat. Since there a lot of electrical parts involved in your unit, pay close attention to clicking sounds.


A ton of things could cause your outdoor unit to make buzzing sounds, such as: loose parts, dirty condenser coils or filters, a bad or out-of-balance blower or fan blades, debris in the unit, or leaking refrigerant.


If your AC sounds like something out of a horror movie, turn it off, and call an HVAC technician right away. Screaming noises can be a sign of a refrigerant leak, which can damage your unit and pose health risks to your family.

If you’re in need of air conditioning repairs, you need Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We provide precision cooling tune-ups to keeping your AC working well and your energy bills low. For help with your cooling units, call us at 412-276-9245.

Ways to Save on Your AC Bill

Temperatures keep rising as summer gets closer, and before you know, you’ll be trying to crank your AC way up to keep your home cool and comfortable. But without the right practices, cranking your AC could cost you a good chunk of change on your energy bill. Before you go throwing your entire paycheck out the window, follow these tips for ways to save on your AC bill.

Keep the AC Low at Night

Outdoor temperatures drop at night, and so should your AC. Turning it down while you’re sleeping will cause it to run less and not cost you as much on your bills.

Use Window Units

Don’t cool your entire home if you don’t have to. Window or portable units can use up to 50% less energy than central air systems.

Rearrange Your Furniture

If any of your furniture is blocking your AC vents, your unit will have to work harder to pump cold air throughout your home. Consider moving your couch, bed, or dresser to keep the space around your vents

Watch Your Lighting

Sure, turning off your indoor lighting helps reduce heat production, but how much light are you letting in via your windows? While the sun is shining onto your home, keep the shades closed to block heat from entering and counteracting your AC unit’s efforts.

Service Your Unit

The smallest amount of maintenance can have big benefits on your AC unit. Whether you do it yourself or call the pros, a simple vacuuming, filter change, or tune-up can make a world of difference in your unit’s efficiency and your AC bill.

If you’re in need of air conditioning service or repair, you need Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing. We provide precision cooling tune-ups to keeping your AC working well and your energy bills low. For help with your cooling units, call us at 412-276-9245.

Common Toilet Problems

Throwback to the days of outhouses and public restrooms for the entire town. Except we’re sure no one misses those days and that you’re all very glad to have indoor plumbing and private bathrooms with your own toilets. As wonderful and convenient as they are, toilets can break down or get damaged from time to time, leaving you wondering what could be wrong with them. Here are some of the most common toilet problems and their causes.

Water on the Floor Around the Toilet

Moisture on your floor could damage your tile or subfloor, so this is a problem you’ll want to diagnose sooner rather than later.

  • Check the toilet’s connections — the tank bolts, fill valve, and supply tube coupling — to make sure they’re all tight and not leaking.
  • See if there’s water dripping from the outside of the tank. Condensation could be a sign of improper ventilation.
  • Make sure the wax ring around the base of the toilet isn’t cracked. If it is, you’ll need to replace it.
  • If the toilet tank is cracked, you’ll need to get a new tank altogether.

The Toilet Won’t Flush

This could be caused by a malfunctioning part in the tank.toilet-wahl-family-heating-cooling-plumbing

  • See if the handle is too loose or tight.
  • Make sure the lift arm is straight, not bent.
  • Check if the connection between the lift arm and lift chain is properly aligned, and adjust it if it’s not.

The Toilet Won’t Flush Completely

If this is happening with your toilet, there could be a few causes.

  • There may too much slack on the chain.
  • Your tank may have too low of a water level.
  • The flapper may not be the right model for your toilet.

If your toilet is acting up, there’s only one thing for you to do — #GetWahl. The trained plumbers at Wahl Family Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing can help you keep your home’s plumbing running smoothly. If something does go wrong, we have 30 plus years of experience and are confident that we can solve even the toughest plumbing problems.


If you’re in need of plumbing services in the Pittsburgh Metro area, contact us at 412-276-9245.


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