Ace Plumbing
For over 40 years, our professionals have provided Sacramento area customers with complete plumbing, sewer repair, heating and air services.

How Old Is Your Heating System?

The age of your heating system is a major indicator of when you may need to consider replacing it. Generally, furnace heating systems that are between 16 and 20 years old and HVACs that are 12 years old are at the age where they may fail. Even if your system lasts longer, heating repairs to a system in this age range may not be as cost-effective as getting a new system. If your heating is close to the age at which it could need to be replaced and you notice any of these other symptoms of a problem, consult with your heating and air conditioning technician to see if making repairs or replacing the unit is the right solution for you.

Increasing Energy Bills

When your energy bills go up suddenly, it is usually an indicator that something is wrong with your heating system. In some cases, a relatively simple repair such as replacing clogged filters could improve energy efficiency, but larger issues can also be to blame. When you have an older heating system, rising energy bills could be a signal that now is the time to invest in a new unit. Newer models are likely to be more energy-efficient than your current system could be even when it is working properly, so it might make more financial sense in the long run to replace your unit rather than repairing it.

Uneven Temperatures

If some of the rooms in your home feel warm while others are chilly, then you could have a problem with air distribution in your heating system. You may also notice the symptoms of an air distribution problem if your home just doesn’t seem as if it is as comfortable as the thermostat says it is. It is usually more cost-effective to replace an older heating system with air distribution issues.

At Ace Plumbing, we know that the decision to replace your heating system is a major one, and our technicians will help you make the right choice for your home and your budget. To schedule an appointment for one of our licensed heating and air conditioning experts in Sacramento to diagnose the problem with your heating, call (916) 455-4548.

Quick Tips for Caring for Your Septic Tank

When you have a septic tank, it’s important to follow some basic care strategies to avoid unnecessary plumbing repairs. This video details some of the things you can do every day to keep your septic tank in top condition.

With a septic tank, it’s very important to consider how what you put down your drain affects your system. For instance, pouring unused medications and antibiotic soaps into your drain can upset the balance of bacteria in your system that is necessary for breaking down waste. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can also benefit your septic tank.

If you do have trouble with your septic tank, Ace Plumbing is ready with septic service and emergency plumbing repairs in Sacramento. To schedule an appointment today, please call (916) 455-4548.

Essential Steps in Water Heater Maintenance

Water heaters have a way of failing at the most inopportune moments. In addition to the inconvenience of a failing water heater, replacement can be expensive. By sticking to a schedule of regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your water heater and catch any problems that do occur in the early stages, when they are cheaper for your plumber to fix. Here are some of the maintenance services your plumber may recommend to care for your hot water heater.

T&P Valve Service

T&P valves, or temperature and pressure valves, are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on a hot water heater. These valves sense when the pressure has reached the maximum level inside your water tank, at which point they open to release some of that pressure. When the valves don’t work correctly, the pressure can build to unsafe levels inside your water tank, which could lead to a tank explosion. Your plumber will test the valve by pulling the trip level to see if air is released. If it is not, the valve will need to be replaced.

Tank Flushing

Sediment buildup is a common problem in hot water heater tanks. As sediment increases, your water heater will become less efficient and your water lines will become clogged. To remove the sediment, your plumber will flush the tank. This involves draining the tank completely so that as much sediment flows out with the water as possible.

Leak Repairs

Leaks develop easily around hot water heaters, so you should periodically check for signs of water loss around your tank. When a leak is found, it is typically caused by a problem with the connections for the water supply. Your plumber will identify and repair or replace any pipes or fittings that are to blame for the leak.

Let Ace Plumbing help you keep your water heater in good condition with maintenance work and hot water heater repairs in Sacramento. To set up an appointment for service, please call (916) 455-4548.

How Trenchless Sewer Repair Can Save You Money

If you need to repair or replace a sewer line, you may be concerned that it will be expensive. In addition, the extensive digging required by traditional sewer line repair can ruin your landscaping and require you to do a lot of work to get your yard back in order. The advantage of trenchless sewer repair is that it allows you to sidestep this process. Trenchless sewer repair works by running a new line through the location of your current line, providing you with an effective replacement. By relieving you of the need to dig up your yard, trenchless sewer repair can spare you a significant expense.

As one of Sacramento’s leading plumbing companies, Ace Plumbing can provide you with trenchless sewer and water line replacement, septic service, hydro-jetting, and a wide range of other plumbing services. We’ve been proudly serving the community for more than four decades. To learn more, call (916) 455-4548.

Purchasing a House? Don't Forget to Schedule a Plumbing Inspection

There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when you’re buying a house, but one of the most important is plumbing. If you don’t have your new home’s plumbing checked out by a professional before you commit to purchasing it, you could end up with an expensive disaster. That’s why it’s so important to schedule a plumbing inspection before you sign on the dotted line. These are some of the tasks your plumbing inspector will perform:

Checking the Plumbing Pipes

The first thing you should find out is how old the pipes in your plumbing system are. Even homes with new-looking plumbing fixtures may turn out to have old, worn-out pipes, which means that you could end up with a plumbing emergency right after you buy your new house.

Checking the Shutoff Valves

If you have a plumbing crisis, it’s essential that you know how to shut off your water. This means that you need to locate all the shutoff valves in your home—and make sure that they’re functioning properly. Your plumbing inspector can check your valves and look for any symptoms of trouble.

Checking the Water Heater

No homeowner wants to have to deal with a chronically malfunctioning water heater. Whether the house has an electric water heater, a natural gas heater, or a tankless water heater, a plumbing inspector can check components such as the pilot light, look for leaky or rusting pipes, and inspect the water connections.

Checking the Fixtures

A water inspector will check and test all of the water-dispensing fixtures in your new home, including the kitchen sink tap, the bathroom sink tap, the bathtub tap and shower head, and all of the toilets. During these checks, your inspector will look for any warning signs, such as low water pressure or slow-draining sinks.

Ace Plumbing has been providing customers in Sacramento with exceptional plumbing services since 1975. We can help you with everything from septic service to trenchless sewer repair. To schedule an appointment, call (916) 455-4548.

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