Preparing for a Power Outage in Rio Rancho

What would you do if the power went out in Rio Rancho?

Depending on where you are, let’s say Home?

Are you ready for this? Can you find out if it’s your house or your town?

What if it was a power outage for an extended period?

“One of our customer’s recently retold the story of a power outage that happened while they were on vacation at an individual cabin resort. The place had all the amenities of home, if you had power. Lightning struck the area’s transformer and the nearest new one was 3 hours away. They were luckily prepared for camping, so when the power came on the next day, they were no worse for the wear.”

Are you familiar with the rule of 3s in survival?

Three minutes without air.

Three hours without shelter.

Three days without water.

Three weeks without food.

And according to a teenager, 3 seconds without a device.

Items you should have on hand at home in an emergency

  • Flashlight or lantern
    Check every month that your flashlights work and your lanterns are fueled or charged
  • Supply of Fresh Water
        Don’t assume that your water will work in your home if the power goes out. If the main system’s water pumps aren’t operating or if you have a pumping system yourself you may not have water. A 5 Gallon jug lasts 4 people drinking normally only 2 days.
  • A fully charged cell phone or iPad (a back up battery)
    Also, have your favorite movies downloaded on a device. While everyone else is playing Parcheesi, you can be watching movies. But, remember, no power, no wi-fi. And cell towers may be affected by power outages as well.
  • Dry foods / Foods that don’t require microwave or electric stove
  • Important documents like Driver’s License and Passport
  • A Battery or hand cranked radio
    Yes you need a radio with batteries. If the power goes out the internet goes down, local radio may be one of your only sources of information.
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Poncho or rain coat
  • Utility knife / Cooking knife
  • Cordage / Rope

For extended periods, consider a gas cooking stove so you can boil water and cook food.

Items you should have in your car for an emergency

  • Jack and tire iron
  • Flashlight / Floodlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Glass or stainless water bottle with water
  • Poncho or rain coat

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Weekend Plumbing Tip – Bacon

It’s Friday, and the temperature finally dropped a bit, so we thought we’d celebrate weekends!

One way to not have to call your plumber on the weekend has to do with what you put down your disposal. Bacon is still the number one weekend offender. Sure that grease flows smoothly down the drain, but when it hits cool pipes or gets doused in cold water, it can seal up your drain. Also, avoid putting fibrous materials from your weekend bbq into your disposal. Corn husks, celery, broccoli stem, etc. can seize up your motor and can lead to drainage problems as it builds up in your pipes. But, we’re here for you if you need us.


Summer is warming up, cooler days for you ahead

Time to Schedule Maintenance

Heat Trends and Air Conditioning

dirty ac compressor coilWe have been telling everyone for a couple months now that the heat would sneak up on you. How’s your air conditioning unit working? It’s June and that means warmer temperatures. Based on June averages, New Mexico can see it’s hottest temperatures of the year at the end of June and beginning of July. Combine that with higher precipitation trends in July and your swamp cooler can’t even keep up. Dirty air conditioning units can reduce efficiency.

Swamp Coolers

June is a time for making sure your equipment is running optimally. If you are running an evaporative cooler, you need to make sure to refresh your pads and make sure connections are clear of mineral build up. Pads need to be getting thoroughly saturated for full cooling potential. Caring for you cooler is a lot of work, schedule routine maintenance with us to stay on top of it.

Refrigerated Air Conditioners

If you really want to keep cool with the smallest amount of work, then you should convert that swamp cooler or upgrade that low efficiency air conditioning unit. Jones Mechanical is your HVAC expert that can walk you through the right unit for your space.

I can’t tell you what a difference it has made since we switched to refrigerated air. We’ve had it a couple years now and besides normal up-keep it has been worry free. It keeps the house right where I want it on a hot day.

Call Jones Mechanical to schedule a Free Estimate for changing your old cooler into an air conditioner.

For refrigerated air conditioning maintenance, it is recommended that you do an annual check-up. We aim to keep the unit running in optimal condition and maintain it’s energy efficiency. Regular cleaning of your air conditioning compressor and coils is recommended in New Mexico weather conditions. Rio Rancho air conditioning units and air filters collect a lot of dust and require cleaning and replacements. Jones Mechanical annual customers receive an annual check up that includes evaluations and recommendations.

Our check up includes:

  • Checking temperature variance between the home’s thermostat and the unit.  We don’t want to see energy efficiency go out of wack by 5 degrees and suddenly your electric bill is rising with the temperature.
  • Check freon levels. Decline in efficiency can indicate other problems like low freon levels.
  • Checking condition of compressor / coils. Regular cleaning to make sure coils are free of dust and debris is recommended.
  • Check home for carbon monoxide emissions.

For an additional fee, we will include:

  • Complete cleaning of AC Coil and removal of debris from the compressor.
  • Clean and evaluate compressor unit.
  • Charge Freon if needed.
  • Replace air flow filter if appropriate.

Changing your air filter on a regular schedule is highly advised in Rio Rancho’s dust, wind and heat.

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Change over to swamp cooler

Warm temperatures are rising fast. Don’t be caught off-guard by a sudden heat wave. Contact Jones Mechanical and get your seasonal change over scheduled today! No need to mess with it yourself. Your mechanical team can do it for you. Take the hassles out of the annual ritual of changing from your heater to your evaporative cooler. We can do it for you.

If you are looking to make the big move to refrigerated cooling, we can help you there too. Ask us about switching to a new energy efficient Airtemp AC system and keep the cold air coming rain or shine.

City Hydrant Flushing

Keeping the city’s fire hydrant system operational requires regular maintenance. Here what you need to know about hydrant flushing when it’s happening in your neighborhood. One of the biggest sign of a hydrant flush is a large amount of water in gutters and storm drains. One side effect can be the water from your tap may become discolored. If this happens, run the cold water through your faucet for 3-5 minutes and it should clear up.

Performed properly, UDF saves significant amounts of water, improves water quality, and pays immense dividends in asset awareness and management for years to come. Data collection is done during the flushing sequences and it will be uploaded to the City’s hydraulic model; it is important to update the flow and pressure data obtained from the sequences as they are being performed.

Signs will be placed at the entrance to the flushing zones a few days prior to flushing. Door hangers will be manually placed in the area a few days before the scheduled flushing. Please see below for flushing areas.

Just like the plumbing in your home, the routine maintenance of our hydrant system has cost saving benefits. Call Jones Mechanical today to learn more about our maintenance plans that help keep your plumbing and HVAC in top operation condition.

Air Conditioning Rebates from PNM

Air Conditioning Rebates

In the middle of the day, summertime, you have to run your cooler all the time. And if it rains forget it.

Spring is officially here. Before the heat takes you by surprise, now is a great time to upgrade to a new air conditioning system. These incentives from PNM are for improving the energy efficiency of your home’s cooling system. See the chart for savings and call us to schedule a consultation for the right system for your home.

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Swamp coolers fail, when the rain comes. Take control of your air conditioning in your home. Buy a new cooler or upgrade to a refrigerated air conditioning system.

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You will be amazed by the difference a new cooling system can make on both your utility bill and the overall comfort of your home.

“We upgraded from a swamp cooler to a new Airtemp air conditioning system and our home has never been more comfortable. I have an office in our home, so I spend more time here than most people end up being home. In the middle of the day, summertime, you have to run your cooler all the time. And if it rains forget it. We got this new air conditioner and it’s helped on the electric bill and it keeps the house a whole lot cooler.”

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

Carbon Monoxide is a real danger to you and your loved ones. While natural gas is one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels available, a malfunctioning heater unit could be responsible for a fatal carbon monoxide build up in your home. One of the main reasons we recommend an annual inspection of your heater and hot water heater as well as a full test for carbon monoxide in your home is to detect the issue before it becomes an emergency. If you ever suspect that your home may have carbon monoxide, get out of the home immediately. Exposure may include symptoms like nausea, trouble breathing, nausea and headache.

wall-heaterIn case of an Emergency

If you have reason to suspect carbon monoxide, leave and call 911. Or for a non-urgent situation, New Mexico Gas Co. at 888-664-2726.

Recommendations to stay ahead of Carbon Dioxide

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. They should be place near bedrooms and your natural gas appliances
  • Have your natural gas heater and water heater checked and maintained annually. This should also include a bi-annual testing of your home to see if we detect any presence of carbon monoxide.
  • Maintain your appliances to make certain that they are receiving enough oxygen. A blue flame indicates normal oxygen levels, yellow flame is an indicator that something is off.

Call us today, if you haven’t already scheduled your winter maintenance service call.


Holiday Plumbing Emergency Survival Guide

Happy Holidays!

The Holidays are full of plumbing challenges that can be overcome with a little preparation. You want to prepare especially if you are having company. You never know when your niece might use a shampoo that makes your septic tank foam over or when your 12 year old is going to help clean up by dumping bacon grease down the drain. Here are some holiday tips and emergency numbers in case your have a plumbing emergency in Rio Rancho this season.


Preventive Measures

  1. Keep a bacon/grease container under the sink and make sure to remind “helpers” to use it. An old coffee can or glass jar kept in the kitchen can prevent a call to the plumber. When grease is hot, it is liquid. But, when it hits the cold pipes it goes solid quickly and if anything else is backing up your line the whole thing becomes clogged.
  2. Ugh. Hair clogging the drain! There are a number of non-corrosive enzymes available that can break down the hair without breaking down your pipes. However, if you have a clogged tub already, you may need to call out your plumber to clear unclog your drain. Then you can maintain it with the enzyme.
  3. Keep your pipes above 40º, especially if you are traveling. The easiest mistake to make is to think you can save money by turning off the heat while you are gone. A ruptured pipe is way more expensive than your heating bill. Another good idea is to cover your outside faucets and insulate/warm exposed pipes that might be susceptible to freeze and rupture.
  4. Make sure to change your air filter monthly. Winter’s dry and windy conditions add to dust build up in air filters. More sensitive machines can shut down if the air flow is restricted by a dirty filter. For best performance in desert conditions, you should change them out monthly.


  1. Know where your water main shut-off is and know how to shut it down if you have a rupture.
  2. Have your emergency numbers available or programmed into your phone.
    Jones Mechanical – (505)934-0817
    Rio Rancho Fire Department:

    • Station #1: 2810 Southern Blvd.
    • Station #2: 1490 Cherry Road
    • Station #3: 1650 Riverside Drive
    • Station #4: 3309 19th Avenue
      (non-operational/equipment storage only)
    • Station #5: 5301 Santa Fe Hills Blvd.
    • Station #6: 3125 Mariposa Parkway
    • Station #7: 641 Rockaway Blvd.
    • Burn Line: 505-891-7268
  3. If you smell gas – a rotten egg odor – or if you suspect that you have a gas leak, leave the building immediately and call the New Mexico Gas Company emergency line at (888)664-2726.

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