Water Heater Leaking? Here Are 2 Parts to Check

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Have you discovered water around your water heater but aren’t sure where the water came from? A leak can indicate that your tank has eroded and needs replacing, but the problem is oftentimes much simpler and cheaper to fix. There are a couple of places to check for problems and potential leaks before you jump to replacing your entire unit. Drain Valve The drain valve is located near the bottom of the tank and is used when you need to remove water from the tank for repairs or for yearly tank flushing. A leaking drain valve is often easy to diagnose because the water will pool directly under the valve. But you can also test to make sure the drain valve is the source. Hook a garden hose up to the drain valve. Place the remaining end of the hose over a floor drain or out a window. Insert a flat-head screwdriver in the notch on top of the drain valve and turn the screwdriver counterclockwise to open the valve. Water should start flowing out of the hose. Turn the screwdriver clockwise to shut the valve. Remove the hose and check for signs that the water flow didn’t stop. Note that it’s normal for the valve to still drip a few times once it’s closed, but if the drip continues or is more powerful than a drip, your unit needs a new drain valve. You can purchase a new valve at the hardware store and replace the part after you have fully drained the tank. Temperature and Pressure Release Valve The temperature and pressure release valve is a safety feature that ensures the water inside the heater doesn’t become overly hot or overly pressurized, which can lead to burns or the potential explosion of your tank. Water can leak out of this valve during the normal course of operation. But frequent leaks out of the valve mean that either your unit is set at too high of a temperature—which means the valve is being tripped too often—or that the valve is broken and needs to be replaced. You can check the temperature using your owner’s manual to both find the unit’s thermostats and to find the recommended upper temperature for the unit. If the temperature setting checks out, you can replace the valve yourself if you have a lot of appliance repair experience. If you are a novice, call in a plumber from a service like Actionaire Inc to replace the temperature and pressure relief valve. A mistake during installation can render the valve nonfunctional and can make your unit equally nonfunctional—or, worse, make your water heater...

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4 Warning Signs That Indicates It’s Time For Air Conditioning Repair

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Your air conditioner is one of the greatest privileges since it keeps you and your family cool in the summer heat. You can continue to live comfortably in your home all day long, even when the sun is beating down on it. However, air conditioners run into problems from time to time. Because of this, you are going to need air conditioning repair to ensure that your AC unit is running at its highest efficiency. Here are four warning signs that indicate it is time for you to call in the professionals for repairs: AC Won’t Turn On: Obviously, if your air conditioning is not turning on, there’s a problem. The most common reason for this is because the power isn’t reaching the AC unit or the thermostat is not set correctly. Before calling the professionals, you can check the thermostat to be sure that it is set to cool, is at the right temperature, and has a good battery. You can also flip the circuit breaker to see if this helps power the AC unit. If these things don’t work, you will need to call in the professionals.  Poor Air Flow: You will notice poor air flow if you are having to turn the AC up higher than you usually do. This is typically because of a dirty air filter, which you can easily replace on your own. A dirty air filter will clog up the air flow and prevent your home from becoming cool quickly. However, if changing the filter does not work, the professionals will need to come in and either replace a broken component or clean the interior of the AC from other debris that is blocking the air flow.  Strange Noises: A strange noise when you turn on the AC unit can indicate that some screws are loose, which you can attempt to find and tighten yourself. However, if you are unable to locate a loose screw, the problem could be bigger. When the fans are bent inside of the unit or the blower is broken, it will make a strange noise. You will need to call in the professionals who will inspect and replace the fans or the blower depending on what the specific problem is.  Puddle of Water: If you notice a puddle of water near the AC unit, this could indicate that one of the tubes is disconnected. This is going to prevent the air from getting cool quickly, so you will want to call in the professionals right away. They will be able to resolve this issue quickly by opening up the AC and reconnecting the tube.  By knowing some of the warning signs that your AC needs repairs, you will know what you can do yourself right away or when you need to call in the pros (like those from Arlington Heating & Air Conditioning and other...

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3 Options For A Modern Energy Efficient Cooling

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Old mechanical systems can be costly to maintain and inefficient, which is why you may be considering updating an air conditioner or other system in your home. With air conditioning, there are many modern systems available that are much more energy efficient that the older systems. This can include something like geothermal HVAC or ductless AC systems. If you want an air conditioner that is more efficient, here are some of the options you may want to consider: 1. Geothermal Systems For A Conventional HVAC Solution Geothermal systems have been a popular choice for energy efficient cooling for many decades. These are systems that have a circuit of pipes that exchange heat in the ground, providing your heating and cooling with a consistent temperature that reduces the amount of energy that is needed to heat or cool your home. If you want a more conventional solution, this can be a good choice that will also provide you with savings for heating your home during the winter months. It can also be combined with thermal storage from solar collectors on the roof. 2. Ductless Air Conditioners To Add Cooling To Your Home If your home does not currently have cooling, you may be looking for an affordable air conditioning system to keep your home cool. Another good choice is ductless AC systems, which require less work and renovations to have installed than typical ducted systems. They can also be combined with several indoor units to give your home a zoned air conditioning design. This is ideal for smaller homes or areas with mild summer weather and minimal cooling needs. 3. Ventilation Systems To Help Keep Your Home Cool With Less AC Ventilation may be another improvement that you want to consider for your home. This can reduce the need for air conditioning by giving you a natural way to cool your home. You can have a home ventilation system installed, which will allow you to ventilate your home for cooling when you really do not need an AC. This can be a great investment for homes in cooler climates where AC is not essential. If you want an air conditioner that is more energy efficient, these are some of the options that you may want to consider for your home. If you are ready to update the AC in your home, contact an HVAC contractor like Daniel’s Heating Air & Plumbing Inc and talk with them about the best energy efficient options for your...

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How To Fix Your AC Contactor

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Air conditioners need regular maintenance if you want to make sure they are fully operational and energy efficient. However, most homeowners don’t have the time, money or patience to have an HVAC contractor come to their house and service their AC system every year. Most AC repairs should be done by HVAC contractors, but there are some jobs that you can do on your own. One very common problem with AC units is a bad contactor. This article explains what a contactor is and how to replace it. What is a Contactor? A contactor is basic device that all AC units (and most large electrical devices) have. It is vital to the operation of the air conditioner because it converts the low voltage signal coming from the thermostat to power up the unit. So, if the contactor is bad, the AC will not turn on when the thermostat tells it to. In severe cases, your AC will not turn on at all because the contactor is so damaged. At first, your AC will be inconsistent and might not turn on right when the thermostat tells it to. Luckily, contactors are very affordable and quite easy to replace. Turn off the Power and Find the Contactor Before you begin any work on your contactor, turn of the power to your AC unit. This means you need to cut the power at the breaker panel. Next, find the contactor. The contactor is about the size of cell phone and it is in the electrical panel of the AC unit. It is easy to find because the panel is marked with a voltage sign. The panel door can be swung open easily, no tools required. Change the Contactor To remove the contactor, you will first need to remove the input and output wires. This is easy to do with a simple flathead screwdriver. Then, you will need a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws that mount the contactor to the unit. Take the old contactor to a home improvement store and get a like-for-like replacement. This is the best way to ensure that you don’t get a incompatible model. Most contactors look very similar, so it can be easy to confuse them. Finally, you just need to reverse the steps and attach the new contactor and all its wires. Turn the power back on and test your system by turning on your thermostat and setting the temperature as low as it will go. Your AC should fire up automatically. If this does not solve the problem, there could be an alternative issue that you need to fix. Contact a service like Dependable Air Conditioning Co Inc for professional...

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Three AC Fan Problems That Can Affect Your AC Performance

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If you’re noticing poor performance from your AC unit that you’ve tracked down to the fan itself, you’re well on the road to having your unit back in working order. You may even be able to take care of the problem on your own, depending on what type of issue the fan is dealing with. Here are three problems the AC fan may develop and what you can do about them. 1. Fan blockage Blockage can occur in two ways. The most obvious way is when debris gets inside the unit itself and physically obstructs the fan. It’s hard to miss this problem if you’re outside inspecting your unit. But another blockage can occur when nearby debris obstructs airflow to the unit itself. Thick bushes, weeds, and piles of dead leaves can cause this problem. Make sure your unit has enough “breathing room” to take in air freely. One or two feet in each direction, and four feet from the top, is best. Air blockage can also be caused by building walls, other AC units, and piles of snow from the roof. 2. Physical damage The fan blades are long and relatively thin, and they can twist and warp with surprising ease. Whether your two-year-old stuck his toy inside the unit or whether a falling branch poked its way through the top, fan blade damage may be the result. Replacing the fan may be the only option in some of these cases. Other ways the fan can become damaged include: Hitting loose parts inside the unit Bending when you (or a maintenance professional) open the unit to do repairs The longer you put off repairing or replacing the fan, the more damage you’re likely to have. This is because a bent or damaged fan blade can end up hitting other parts of the unit, damaging itself further and damaging them at the same time. An AC unit is designed efficiently without a lot of extra space inside, so even a slightly bent fan could be touching other parts. And the more damaged the fan blade is, the more strain is put on other parts of the unit (such as the compressor), which may ultimately overheat and fail from lack of air if the problem is ignored. 3. Connection problems During the course of normal operation, a fan screw may occasionally work loose. This is an easy fix as long as you catch it in time. If you hear a strange rattling sound from the fan, this could be the cause. To keep the fan in good working order you should check it periodically for loose screws, rust, and dirt. Cleaning the fan may also alleviate strange sounds. These three fan problems are all capable of keeping your AC unit from working at its best. You can increase your unit’s chances of success by cleaning the fan periodically, checking its screws, giving it room to breathe, and protecting it from violent damage. To learn more, speak with a business like Tailor Made Maintenance...

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3 Ways To Get The Best Price For Heating Oil This Winter

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During the winter season, your heating bill can become quite expensive, especially if you are home most of the time and need to keep the heater set at a comfortable temperature all day long. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can save on the price of heating oil to ensure that your expenses aren’t as much as they otherwise would be. Here’s how: Select a Good Payment Plan:  There are three payment plan options that you have for heating oil, which are a fixed plan, market price plan, and a pre-buy plan. A fixed plan means that you are spending the same amount on oil for an entire year despite market price changes. A market price plan means that you are spending only the market price each time you need more heating oil. This can sometimes save you money, especially if the market price continues to stay low. A pre-buy plan means you spend a set amount for the estimated amount of oil that you believe you will need that winter. To determine which payment plan is right for you, it’s best to check how the market prices have been for the past year. If they have been high, then consider pre-buying the oil or choosing a fixed plan during a time when heating oil costs are unusually low.  Join Oil Buying Group:  There are probably many oil buying groups in your area. These groups work by being able to have high negotiating power with oil companies due to their large number of members. This allows the group to receive great discounts on oil and the oil companies benefit by having a continuous, large order from the group every year. Keep in mind that you can join these groups for free and receive a pretty high discount each season. Join a Heating Assistance Program: There are many heating assistance programs available through the government for homeowners that meet certain criteria. For example, homeowners with a low income are typically eligible for these programs. You can determine whether or not you are available by going on your local government’s web page, searching for the benefit programs available and apply. It may take some time before you receive a denial or acceptance into the program, so be sure that you apply well before the winter season arrives.  By knowing these three ways that you can save on heating oil, you can be sure that during the winter season, you won’t have to worry about high costs taking away from your holidays and...

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Yep, You Fixed It | Plumbing Catastrophes Caused By Ill-Advised Homeowners

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With a good monkey wrench, some duct tape, and the Internet, you probably feel like you know just what you are doing when you try to tackle a plumbing issue on your own. While it is true that there are a lot of simple plumbing tasks that you can handle, you better make sure that you know what you are doing before you get started. Otherwise, you could really fix your plumbing in a way such that a professional plumber will have to right your unfortunate wrongs. Here are a few plumbing catastrophes you could cause by trying to fix your plumbing.   You Managed to Stop the Whistle, But… When you are walking past your water heater, you notice a high-pitched whistle. It’s not a lot, but it is enough to drive you crazy and to rectify the problem, you track down the air leak and apply a good layer of duct tape–That ought to do it. However, the whistle you were hearing was pressure from the tank escaping rapidly from the hoses that are supposed to lead to a pressure valve. But, if there is air escaping somewhere else, it means the valve is not working, and being that you just stopped up the only way for the air to escape, you have likely created a high-pressure vessel right in your home.  You can probably imagine what will happen if pressure in your water heater is allowed to build. This can cause the hoses leading to the release valve to rupture, or even worse, enough pressure to build up in the tank to cause a mini explosion, a very water-filled explosion. This type of ill-informed repair can lead you to a water heater replacement, water damage, and a lot of attention from your plumber.  Well, the Banging Stopped… Air in your plumbing lines can make some of the worst racket. You may hear grunts, gurgling, and banging when things get really crazy. If you track down the loose pipe that is knocking on the walls when you flush the toilet or run the water, you may be tempted to stabilize the pipe with a few screws and a bracket. Unfortunately, this will only be a temporary fix, and will do nothing for the air in your lines. The problem here is after the pipe has been stabilized, the air will be working even harder to get through the pipe, which could easily lead you to busted water lines. Instead of trying to quiet your knocking pipes, you should be trying to get the air out of the lines, which involves a basic air bleed by turning off the main and eliminating water in the lines.  Before you get too confident with tackling your own plumbing issues, make sure you know just what it is that you are dealing with. Talk to a plumbing professional for advice and even consider allowing them to come into your home and take a...

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Tips For Dealing With Three Common Commercial Refrigeration Issues

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Commercial refrigeration systems are commonly found in many areas, from restaurants to convenience stores. These refrigerators can be complex, making it difficult to determine the source of a malfunction or repair it. As a result, most people automatically turn to a commercial refrigeration technician when their refrigerators aren’t functioning properly. Here’s a look at some of the most common issues you might have with a commercial refrigerator and how to identify them. Lack of Power to the System If the refrigerator doesn’t have power or isn’t working at all, start by making sure it’s plugged in securely. Inspect the wiring, including the length of the power cord, for any signs of damage. There should be no exposed wires. Exposed or otherwise damaged wiring can cause an electrical short, which can damage the refrigeration system. If the wiring is intact and there are no obvious signs of issues, you’ll want to have it inspected. Excessive Ice Buildup Your refrigerator should be equipped with an automatic defrosting system, so you shouldn’t see any signs of ice buildup or freezing. If you start to see ice building up on the pipes or inside the refrigeration unit, check the evaporator fan on the back of the unit to make sure that it’s running. If the evaporator is frozen, turn off the refrigerator and use a hair dryer to melt the ice. You may want to have the evaporator cleaned and inspected if it is freezing up, because it could be clogged or have particles in the lines. These things will keep the system from drawing excess liquid from the system. A commercial refrigeration technician can tell you if there’s a problem with the evaporator itself or if it just needs to be cleaned. Failing Compressor The compressor on the refrigerator is a key component, because it creates the cold air that the system needs for cooling. If the refrigerator is warm despite the fact that the system is running, that’s a sign that the compressor may be failing. Check the compressor to see if it is running. You’ll find it on the back of the refrigerator. If it’s running, you should hear a humming sound from the case. If you don’t hear a humming sound from the case, that’s a sign that the compressor isn’t running at all. If you hear the compressor start and make a clunking sound before it stops, that would indicate that it is trying to start, but the reset is engaging before it can. This is a sign of a problem with the motor inside the compressor. Additionally, if the case is hot, that indicates that the compressor is overheating. In either case, you’ll want to have a technician from a place like Pro-Staff Mechanical Inc inspect it and either replace it or service it to restore its...

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3 Possible Reasons Your Air Conditioning Unit Has Stopped Working

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With summer right around the corner, temperatures are starting to soar across the country. So many people rely on their air conditioning units to keep their homes cool during the hot summer months. But what happens when your air conditioner stops working the way it should? You can either live through the horrendous heat or you can figure out the problem and get it fixed. Here are three possible reasons your air conditioning unit has stopped working.  1. The filter is dirty. Obviously, in warm months you want cool air to come from your vents. If you have a dirty filter, however, your unit will put out air that is much warmer than you would like. You have to change the filter on your air conditioning unit regularly to keep it working the way it is supposed to. The filter serves to filter out all of the dust, dirt, and other gross things in the air. Once the filter gets clogged up, the air conditioner has to work harder, but can’t get the air as cool anymore. For this reason, you should always check your filter each week to make sure it doesn’t need to be replaced. 2. You have a faulty thermostat. Another reason your air conditioning unit may not work is because of a faulty thermostat. In order for the air conditioning unit to turn on, the thermostat has to be working. There are several ways to troubleshoot the thermostat to see if it’s what is causing your air conditioner problems. One way is to put it on a lower setting than you usually do to see if the unit turns on. If it doesn’t, then you should look to make sure there is nothing else that can keep it from turning on, such as loose wiring, dead batteries in the thermostat, etc. If you can’t find any other explanation for the unit not turning on, you likely need to have the thermostat replaced. 3. The evaporator coil is dirty. The evaporator coil is partly responsible for cooling the air that comes through the vents in your home. If the coil is dirty, then it can’t do its job. It is important to make sure your air conditioning unit doesn’t have a dirty evaporator coil because it can cause the unit to use up significantly more energy trying to cool your home. Having a dirty evaporator coil can also lead to an entire failure of your air conditioning unit, which will cost you a lot of money to fix or replace. It is a good idea to have your air conditioning unit inspected at least once a year to make sure everything is clean and in good working order before you start using it during the summer. To learn more about air conditioning repair, contact a company like Allied Air Conditioning & Heating...

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4 Easy Ways To Save On Your Air Conditioning Bill

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When it’s hot and humid out, many people seek relief from the stifling heat from the air conditioners in their home. Unfortunately though, it can sometimes be very costly to keep an air conditioner running. However, there are a wide variety of different things that you can do in order to save money on cooling your home.  1. Keep Your Filters Clean  Air conditioners don’t work nearly as efficiently when their filters are clogged. In order to keep your air conditioner performing at its very best, it’s really important that you keep your filters clean. Make sure that you clean your filters once a month. All you need to do is run water through the filters and then let them air dry.  2. Buy A New Air Conditioner  If your air conditioner is more then 10 years old, you should definitely consider replacing it with a new air conditioning unit. The reason for this is that the newest models of air conditioners are designed to be much more energy efficient than the older models. Buying a new air conditioner would of course require you to spend money up front. However, it’s well worth the initial investment as it will help you save a considerable amount of money in the long run.  3. Cook Your Meals Wisely  Cooking with your oven tends to make your entire house feel hot. This might be great in the winter but in the summertime it’s very likely to cause you to crank up your air conditioner. Whenever possible you should avoid cooking with your oven. Cooking with a microwave, toaster oven, or crockpot will allow you to cook delicious meals for your family and it will also help your home to stay nice and cool.  4. Use Fans In Your Home  Circulating air throughout your house is an excellent way to prevent your family from feeling overheated. Ceiling fans tend to be especially effective at cooling your home. Having fans running in your home will make it so that you are less likely to rely heavily on your air conditioner. This will help to save you money since it’s generally more cost effective to run fans then it is to have air conditioners running.  There’s no doubt that having to deal with an expensive air conditioning bill can be really stressful. Luckily, trying even just one or two of these tips should help you to reduce the cost of this particular bill. If there seem to be other problems with your air conditioning unit, make sure to talk to an HVAC contractor from a business like Elite Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. An inefficient air conditioner does your bill no...

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