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Stay on Top of Your Home with Duke City Heating & Cooling

By Jake Levin

Paul and Mike Franco enjoy making peoples' dreams come true as the owners of Duke City Heating & Cooling.

Located in Albuquerque, N.M., Franco can help people with all their heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing needs at their homes and always sets out to exceed a customer's expectations. Whether that's running power to a Jacuzzi tub that someone's always wanted or installing refrigerated air in a home, Franco takes pride in all of it.

"The appreciation we receive after a job is done knowing that we were able to make a home more livable or comfortable is very rewarding," Franco said. "We are a very diverse company which makes every day different."

Licensed for plumbing, electric and mechanical projects, Franco pointed out that the majority of the work Duke City Heating & Cooling performs is done on a referral basis. Even though some repairs may seem simple and able to be done on your own, Franco explained the importance of leaving it to the experts to avoid property damage.

"Leaky fixtures can cause water damage and waste water," Franco said. "Improper installation of a water heater can lead to gas leaks or other damage. There are many rules that have to be followed to insure proper installation of plumbing and HVAC equipment installations that most people are not familiar with. Water heaters, for example, have updated codes that must be followed to pass an inspection and operate safely. Because we do this work day in and day out we are able to do things efficiently and safely. We follow building codes and pull permits when required."

Even in New Mexico, the winters can be unforgiving. Franco recommends that residents check their filter(s) on their furnace and put fresh batteries in their thermostat, if they are battery operated. This way, you can avoid a service call for a simple matter that could lead to a bigger issue.

Franco also said that residents with evaporative coolers should shut those units down and make sure to drain the pan, remove the belt, disconnect the motor and pump and install the damper to get it ready for the winter. This changeover service is provided by Duke City Heating & Cooling, as is starting a furnace, installing a new filter and performing a carbon monoxide test.

"A carbon monoxide test is very important if you have an older furnace or if you are unsure of the operation," Franco said. "We also check for proper operation and can help with any repairs that might be needed."

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