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Signs Your Home's Heater is in Need of Repair

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The cold season is the last time you want to have your heating system suddenly fail. Knowing how to spot issues early on can help one avoid heating repairs and stay warm throughout the winter. Read on to learn about the sings of a home heater in need of attention, because winter is coming and you don’t want to be left in the cold. 

Problem Indicators

A home’s heater will often exhibit distinct signs when something is wrong, but they won’t always originate in the heater itself.  The most obvious tells are when the heater or furnace makes a lot of abnormal and loud noises, which can indicate that the moving parts are in need of lubrication or repair. Other, less clear signs can be a sudden and intermittent spike in your utility bill, a house that isn’t quite warm enough, or uneven heating. When some rooms are colder than others, it can point to several problems and not necessarily just your heater. 

Consider contacting an experienced heating repair service to have a look at your heating systems in the case of suspected issues. Professionals quickly and accurately pinpoint the problem.  The earlier you catch something wrong, the sooner it can be repaired, especially before it potentially evolves into a larger issue. 

Preventative Maintenance

Before winter comes, it’s always a good idea to have your furnace or heater inspected by a heating repair company. There are a few routine measures that will extend the life of your heating system and keep it running efficiently, such as lubrication of the blower motor and changing the air filter. 

At Ace Plumbing, we can take care of all your heating repair needs and ensure you will settle in for a comfortably warm winter. Call us at (916) 455-4548 to make an appointment or visit our website to explore our range of heating services today.

 

How to Change a Furnace Filter

Your furnace air filter protects your home and the furnace itself from a multitude of impurities. From pet dander and dust to allergens and pollutants, the air filter is a key component of any properly operating furnace, and it should be changed about once a month. 

In this video, you can see a demonstration of how an air filter is changed at the main unit of your furnace. Pay attention to the airflow direction indicator, as this will tell you how to orient the new filter. Remove the cover on your furnace, and you should see the location of your air filter fairly easily around the blower motor. Remove the old filter, insert the new in the proper orientation, and you’re good to go for another thirty days. 

Ace Plumbing can help you keep your furnace in good condition for this heating season. Give us a call at (916) 455-4548 to learn more about our heating repair services, or visit us online for further information.

 

Happy Thanksgiving from Ace Plumbing

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from everyone at Ace Plumbing.

Plumbing Problems Got You Down? Read This!

Pipes

Don’t let small cracks transform into a major plumbing malfunction. Protect your home from leaks and flooding by brushing up on routine maintenance tips. For more information, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. 

  • About.com provides information on homeowners on keeping their garbage disposal clean and clear of debris. 
  • Learn how water jet technology can remove roots from underground drains with this eHow.com tutorial. 

Common Culprits of Clogged Drains

Clogged Drain

Homeowners unknowingly cause numerous clog problems. Review the following plumbing tips to avoid a backed up kitchen or bathroom: 

  • Greasy Combinations: Most clogs build up over time as homeowners allow food to flow down the drain. Clogs begin with a build up of sediment left by liquid grease and fatty oils from cooking. These sticky substances collect and congeal on the sides of a drainpipe. As this sticky buildup begins to restrict the movement of water down the drain, it also begins to collect additional food particles and hair that gets flushed. These tough clogs typically require the use of high-powered hydro-jetting to clear. The worst of clog ingredients can be kept out of your drains with a screen catch. 
  • Moisture-Hunting Roots: Tree and plant roots have developed acute systems for detecting water sources. It’s no surprise that plant life often makes its way toward underground water lines. Root invasions are even more likely when small leaks release water directly into the soil. These cracks in plumbing are typically the same points used by roots to access the insides of your pipes. Over time, roots become a natural net that begins to collect hair and grease inside the drain. Further build up can lead to devastating clogs and permanent pipe damage. 
  • Lost Objects: Homeowners should be diligent in keeping solid objects from traveling down the drain. Even the tiniest smallest objects can cause or contribute to a house-flooding clog. Food waste, like coffee grinds and eggshells, are common culprits. The toilet drains are more likely to clog due to flushed objects like nail polish, over-the-counter medication, and cat litter. 

Over time, a heavy-duty clog of debris and greasy oils may become impossible to remove. The growth of resilient roots may also splinter drainpipes and cause serious leaks beneath your home. In cases like these, consider an affordable trenchless replacement through Ace Plumbing. Dial (916) 455-4548 for additional strategies for clearing even the mightiest clogs.

 

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