Water heaters are one of the most overworked home appliances. The constant use makes them susceptible to wear-and-tear, which may give you more problems than you care to have when the system in your home hasn’t been maintained at all. Here are some of the most common water heater “red flags” that might signal the need for a much-needed repair.
Fluctuating temperatures. Is your water way hotter or cooler than preferred? Tinkering with the heater’s thermostat is a fairly simple fix. But if there’s absolutely no hot water coming from the unit, there might be a broken heating element, such as the gas thermocouple, if the unit is gas powered. Read more of this post
April 7, 2014
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The water heater is one of the most important components of a home’s plumbing system. Without the heater, families would have to endure the frigid temperatures of unheated water in the morning. No one likes the rude awakening provided by unheated water.
It is due to this that proper care of the heater becomes all the more important. Doing some maintenance work on the heater will let the owner know about the condition of the appliance and at the same time, help keep the heater running for a longer amount of time.
The maintenance checks will depend on the type of heater that is present in the household. First of all, heaters of must be turned off before inspection. One of the most important components to be checked on a gas-powered heater is the flue. Make sure that it is properly draining out the air by lighting a match going up the flue.
Whether you have a gas or electric type of heater, the units should be tested for temperature relief. Put a bucket below the extension pipe and open the valve. An open valve should have water freely flowing out of the unit and a closed valve should prevent any from escaping.
Finally, it is important to ensure the cleanliness of the tank. Drain and flush the water tank to remove any sediment deposits in it. Be careful, as the water is scorching hot.
April 7, 2014
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Dishwashers are one of the much-needed devices in every American kitchen. If you are in the market for a dishwasher replacement that’s very efficient and helps the environment, your appliance seller can encourage you to go for the best in the line. One of the most recognized models around includes the ADB1400PYS Tall-Tub by Amana Corp.
Reviews the ADB1400PYS will tell you that this is a product worth buying. The machine has normal, heavy, and one-hour wash cycle settings, manageable by an easy-to-read electronic console. Cleaning efficiency is enhanced with heated washing and drying, soil sensors to detect particles, and three filters.
The ADB1400PYS’ design allows for two sliding stainless steel racks, one on top of the other. The main rack itself has separate silverware baskets. A larger size also helps in washing items too big for regular dishwasher tubs.
The ADB1400PYS is one of the most effective dishwashers on the market. It includes a one-year warranty, with extension options included. A certified appliance repair specialist will also be on call for emergency repairs should the equipment get damaged somehow.
March 4, 2014
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Many Houstonians know the importance of an efficient air conditioning unit. Houston is a city that easily hits 90 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, so an efficient AC unit can help them be more comfortable.
However, the AC unit is susceptible to damage and problems. The AC unit must be taken care of like any other machine in order to prevent more costly problems from happening. Here are some AC problems that should make you think when you encounter them.
Current AC units are designed to run as efficiently and quietly as possible. If your air conditioner makes too much noise, then it is a sign that tells you to contact an expert as soon as possible. It probably means that a component inside the machine is getting loose, or it already has.
You would usually smell nothing when you turn the AC on. However, you should be alarmed if you smell something strange when the AC is on. It is important to check whether the filter needs cleaning or there is a decaying carcass of an animal inside the unit. If the scent is a burnt one, then there’s something wrong with the wiring.
A definite sign of a problem is if the air conditioning unit is putting out warm air. This will have a negative effect on your energy bills, and you need an expert to check it out right away.
February 28, 2014
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Imagine your house being equipped with one of the best water heaters in the market today. A preferred contractor set it up for you and educated you on the finer points of maintaining it. The water heater performs as advertised if it is connected to a well-secured water supply line. However, what if it acts up one day? An expert contractor inspects it and determines that there is nothing wrong with the heater, leaving the supply line as a prime suspect for replacement.
The initial step in the process is to locate the pressure release valve and both hot and cold water lines somewhere on the heater. Measure the lengths of the cold and hot water supply lines, accounting for any flexes or in the tubing, plus their diameter. Show the numbers during consultations with your contractor, who can then quote you for parts and labor after checking the entire system.
When the plumbing crew pushes on with the repair job, lay the groundwork for them by shutting down the power and water connections to the heater. You will also have to pull the pressure release valve to ease the pressure. The team will then proceed to replace the lines. If the water lines are the main reason why the heater’s not performing well, replacing them will help.
February 4, 2014
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You use hot water for everything, from showers to laundry. So when your water heater breaks down, it won’t be that easy to do routine tasks. When this happens to your water heater, would you play the role of household handyman to repair it, and risk damaging the heater further? Read more of this post
December 16, 2013
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As the old adage goes, “prevention is much better than cure.” So in essence, the best way to fix any problems with water heaters is to prevent them from occurring in the first place through regular maintenance. The job is hardly as simple as it sounds, though, since the first step in conducting regular maintenance is to drain the contents of the heater’s water tank, which can be time-consuming and difficult to do.
Since water heaters all come in various shapes and sizes, there are also numerous ways to drain them completely, so it may be best for people to read their unit’s instruction manual for a step-by-step process. As tedious as it sounds, this initial step is very important, as it will reveal any sediments in the water tank. These deposits usually cause the unit’s burner to perform less efficiently since they settle at the bottom and absorb most of the heat.
Insufficient heat may also be caused by a faulty gas system (for gas-based water heaters) or circuit breaker (for electric heaters), so it is also important to have these things regularly maintained. If the heating unit incorporates an anode rod, the rod should be replaced immediately if it is badly rusted. Otherwise, hot water will corrode the inner layers of the heating unit, which would cause it to fall apart over time.
November 17, 2013
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Bathing or washing with hot water may not necessarily let you kill bacteria. However, having a well-maintained shower system can help you prevent sickness within the household.
Bacteria and other microorganisms can be classified based on temperature. Those that thrive in hot conditions are called thermophiles, as they can live in temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius or higher. In turn, some bacteria, called psychrophiles, can survive and thrive under 20 degrees Celsius.
Generally, bacteria love temperatures between 20 and 45 degrees Celsius, known as the mesophilic range. As the temperature of safe bathing water commonly falls within this range, it’s safe to say that hot water isn’t as effective in killing some bacteria. This is why water utility companies make it a point to provide clean water in households and use an extensive disinfection process as part of their treatment plants.
Nevertheless, it’s always safe to assume that bacteria can still thrive in your water heater. The smell of rotten eggs in water is often an indication of bacterial presence; the stench is the result of the bacteria reacting with the anodes in water heaters. Replacing the anodes—frequently made of magnesium or aluminum—with aluminum-zinc alloy ones is often seen as a more permanent fix.