Why You Should Have Your Furnace Inspected Before Turning It On for Cooler Weather

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Winter is almost here, which means it’s time to have your furnace inspected by a home heating professional . Without regular maintenance, your furnace will not operate at peak efficiency and may even put your family at risk. With a few simple chores and a thorough inspection by a skilled heating technician, you can enjoy energy-efficient heating and peace of mind all winter long.

Safety Concerns
When a furnace’s exhaust system is functioning properly, carbon monoxide and other waste gases are safely directed out of the home. Unfortunately, a dirty furnace exhaust flue or a faulty burner can result in the flow of carbon monoxide gas into your home. Carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous because it’s odorless and can cause fatal poisoning. That’s why it’s important to install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, test the detectors’ function and batteries as directed, and have your furnace inspected before it sees heavy use this winter.

Efficiency and Comfort
Since your furnace loses efficiency each year it goes without maintenance, neglecting to call a service professional can lead to extremely high energy bills. Annual furnace tune-ups allow your unit to avoid breakdowns and run at its peak efficiency , thus saving you considerable money and grief. Changing your furnace filter once a month during the heating season can also vastly improve your indoor air quality. During your furnace inspection, you might consider installing a programmable thermostat to increase your energy savings and home comfort. If you already own a programmable thermostat but don’t see a considerable difference, ask your heating techinican to check its calibration.

Ace Plumbing provides more than just plumbing services to Sacramento residents—we also offer heating installation and maintenance. With a little help from our skilled technicians, you can enjoy a comfortable and energy-efficient home this winter. Visit our website to explore our special offers, or call us at (916) 455-4548 to schedule your furnace inspection.

The Basics of Tankless Water Heater Function

Switching from a traditional storage water heater to a tankless unit can save you a lot of money on energy. If you’re interested in buying a tankless water heater, you should know how they work and how much savings you can expect.

Tankless water heaters are simple. When you turn on a fixture, cold water enters the unit, becomes heated to the desired temperature, and travels to the appropriate fixture. Before you purchase a unit, you should make sure it’s the right size for your home and uses the correct energy type. It’s important to have professional assistance when choosing and installing a tankless water heater. For more information about gas and electric water heaters, watch this helpful video.

Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to further discuss tankless water heater options. We’re happy to provide Sacramento residents with water heater advice, installation, and maintenance. 

 

Backflow Basics: Why It’s so Important to Protect Your Home and Family from Non-Potable Water

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Your home plumbing system is designed to remove wastewater and deliver uncontaminated water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. These types of water should never mix. Unfortunately, your home could be vulnerable to cross-connections and water contamination if you don’t have a professionally installed backflow prevention device .

The Basics of Backflow

At its most basic, backflow is the contamination of potable water by wastewater. Without a prevention device, pressure from backflow can cause gases, odors, or even contaminated wastewater to back up into your home drains. The result is a smelly, unsanitary mess than can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

Cross-Connections

Cross-connections of wastewater and clean, potable water occur when direct intersections of plumbing are subject to backpressure. When the pressure in a drain line overcomes the pressure in a home’s plumbing, wastewater can move back up the line and enter other pipes directly connected to the drain line. This is common in recirculating systems. For safety’s sake, you should have a plumber determine if any of your lines are vulnerable to cross-connection contamination.

Prevention

The best way to prevent backflow is to have the appropriate devices installed in your home plumbing. A plumber can install a large backflow prevention device outside your home, or several smaller devices throughout your indoor plumbing system to prevent cross-connection formation. Unfortunately, homeowners can’t always control backflow—for example, backflow sometimes occurs due to extremely high demand, such as localized firefighting. This is why prevention devices are essential.

In 2003, a study from the University of Southern California found more than 90 percent of surveyed homes were not adequately protected against backflow and cross-connection contamination. Ace Plumbing wants to keep you and your family safe. Let us analyze your system and install backflow and cross-connection prevention devices. Call us at (916) 455-4548 to take action today.

Learn More About Your Sewer Line And Gas Line Repairs And Installations With The Help Of These Resources

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Choose Ace Plumbing for professional help with all of your household plumbing , heating, and cooling repairs. For more information on our recent blog topics, look through the following resources.

Looking to have your plumbing or HVAC system inspected or repaired? Then call the professionals at (916) 455-4548 to get in touch with one of our Ace Plumbing’s  experienced plumbers  today. 

Why You Should Leave Your Hazardous Gas Line Repair or Installation to a Professional

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You should never attempt gas line work on your own. DIY-installation of these important home utilities can be dangerous and costly. Instead, leave gas line work to trained professionals. Keep reading to learn why only a certified, professional plumbing company should handle gas line repairs.

Plumbing Damage: The task of safely locating a gas line is one of most challenging parts of gas line repair. Unguided digging can lead you to damage your gas line on accident and increase your repair costs. Even worse, damage from digging can create an expensive gas leak. Consider hiring a trained professional to locate and solve your gas line issues. Plus, professional excavation methods can greatly reduce your overall repair costs.

Explosion Risks: Explosions often occur when a gas line is damaged by random digging. In fact, the American Gas Association reports that over a third of gas explosions are initially caused by “damage by outside force” to the gas line. These explosions can be deadly and have enough force to completely destroy your home. Thankfully, you can avoid these risks by letting a professional handle your excavation and repair needs.

City Fees: In the state of California, you must notify the Regional Notification Center before you begin any digging work. In fact, you can incur fees of up to $50,000 for digging without permission. On the other hand, plumbing professionals are experienced with these government-mandated digging rules. You can protect yourself from governmental disciplinary action by simply hiring a professional to do your gas line repairs.

The professionals at Ace Plumbing are fast, professional, and courteous. Call us at (916) 455-4548 to speak with the friendliest plumbing team in Sacramento. We can help you solve your gas leak problems with ease and are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week

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