Alan's Blog

The blog by Alan O’Neill is meant to be helpful, valuable, interesting and educational in nature. Always check with a licensed plumber or air conditioning and heating contractor such as Abacus Plumbing & Air Conditioning in Houston prior to any work on your home.

FOX7 News Discussion: Preparing your Austin, TX Home for the Winter

This article originally appeared on the FOX7 News website. Read the article here » AUSTIN, Texas – With winter fast approaching, people across the country and right here in Central Texas are bracing for a major increase in the cost of heating their home. Tim Jordan from Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical joins FOX7’s John Krinjak to talk […]

Austin, We Need To Winterize

Winterizing a Home in Texas As winter approaches your hill country homes, we’re beginning to consider our experiences of last winter. The “snowpocalypse”: of February 2021 is still affecting us months later. Some of us are paying off plumbing repair bills, while others are researching alternative heating sources. And nearly everyone is wondering how do […]

Things You Shouldn’t Flush

Stop! That Won’t Flush It’s happened to all of us. We’re in a rush and we just flush. Or we turn our back to a toddler for just a minute and find them flushing the toilet.  The next thing we know, we have a clog.  First we think, “What caused that clog?” Then, “how much […]

8 Design Trends From the Milan Furniture Fair

Over time, our Austin homes need an upgrade. Sometimes it’s because something breaks, like a lamp, or the electrical wiring is old, or sometimes, the floor plan no longer works and you need another bathroom. Some of our plans for the future of our homes require some long term planning. Tha’’s where our contractors and […]

Abacus Athlete of the Week: McCallum High School’s EZ Guenther

Congrats to EZ Guenther! Welcome back to Friday Football Fever. It’s time for one of my favorite segments we do to talk about our Abacus Athlete of the Week. This is a player who does a job on the field, off the field and in the community, and this week we’d like to honor McCallum […]

Are Tankless Water Heaters Worth The Investment?

Most homeowners don’t think about their water heater. That is until it’s leaking or broken. Your water heater is probably the most neglected appliance in your home. It isn’t designed to last very long, either. Traditional hot water heaters are designed to provide gallons of hot water at one time:  When it’s not actively heating […]

A/C parts shortage could make you sweat it out during the Texas heat

AUSTIN (KXAN) — COVID-19 has created a number of shortages, but for Texans, a parts shortage for systems to help keep you cool is raising alarms as the Texas heat is already moving in. “Obviously in the summertime business cranks up,” said Cameron Parker, HVAC service technician with Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning and Electrical. He started […]

CBS Austin featuring Abacus: As Summer looms, supply chain issues impact A/C repair materials

Abacus Austin was featured on a segment during CBS Austin’s evening news. You can read and view their coverage here » Ongoing issues with supply chains and worker vacancies are impacting one of Texas’ most vital necessities – Air Conditioning. Rain and an occasional cool front made May’s weather in Central Texas milder than what Texans are typically […]