Do you think that once you’ve seen one toilet, you’ve seen them all? Think again. American-style toilets aren’t the norm around the world. In Southern Europe, you’ll find toilets with no seats, which is thought to help with sanitation. In Asia, squat toilets are common. Find out more facts about plumbing around the world, as well as some surprising facts about the history of plumbing, in this infographic from Ace Plumbing. Our Sacramento plumbing company can handle all of your sewer and plumbing repair needs, as well as any heating and air conditioning repair needs. The facts provided in this infographic are sure to surprise your family and friends, so impress them with your plumbing knowledge and share this info with them.
The heating and cooling of air are among the many luxuries that modern society tends to take for granted. However, there were many years and many stages between the first air conditioners and the commodity we have come to rely upon today. Here is a look back at the history and development of air conditioning.
1758 – 1902
It was in 1753 that Benjamin Franklin, who was responsible for many inventions at the time, discovered the relationship between evaporation and cooling. He and John Hadley found out that the evaporation of other liquids could freeze water. This same epiphany occurred to Michael Faraday in England in 1820. Ten years later, Dr. John Gorrie lacked the funding to propel his early air conditioner to the mainstream. Gorrie’s machine blew air over ice in order to cool rooms. In 1881, a new device was invented that could effectively lower room temperature, but at the cost of an incredible amount of ice. 1902 saw the invention of the Apparatus for Treating Air, which blew air over chilled coils.
1906 – 1942
Stuart Cramer coined the term “air conditioning” in 1906 when he invented the first form of humidifier. The first home unit was used in 1914, and individual units followed in 1931. The first car air conditioner followed eight years later, in 1939. Air conditioning became popular enough in 1942 that the government built a power plant dedicated to the electrical load.
1947 - 1994
Air conditioning continued to grow in popularity from 1947 to the 1950’s. In fact, 1953 saw a million units sold in one year. Freon made its debut in the 1970’s when central air conditioning became mainstream, but was banned internationally in 1994. This pushed developers to create coolants that were not harmful to the environment.
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When your water heater starts to fail, several aspects of your life may begin to suffer. The quicker you spot the signs of failure, the quicker you can replace or repair your water heater and continue to live comfortably. Here are a few signs that your water heater could be failing and in need of repair or replacement.
If you notice that your water fluctuates in temperature and will not stay consistent, this is a sign that your water heater could be failing. If you are experiencing this problem, examine the thermostat on your water-heating unit. A setting between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit provides an optimal temperature for your hot water. If it is already set within this temperature range, your heater is likely at fault.
If you have sediment in your tank, you may hear strange sounds when you use your water. These sounds include knocking, squealing, or creaking. Giving the tank a flush can help solve the problem if sediment build up is indeed the cause, but there is also a chance that your heating element has burnt out. If this is the case, a water heater replacement becomes necessary.
Lack of Hot Water
The purpose of your water heater is to provide hot water; if it is not adequately doing its job, it’s time to either replace the water heater itself or one or more of its components. A malfunctioning heating element can cause a complete lack of hot water, and a broken gas thermocouple can have the same effect.
If you notice signs that your water heater could be failing, contact Ace Plumbing. We have been Sacramento’s home for heating, sewer repair, and other plumbing needs for more than 40 years. For more information about our residential and commercial plumbing services, feel free to visit our website or call us at (916) 455-4548.
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