• Tips for Lowering Your Carbon Footprint When Heating and Cooling

    The old air filter

    From commuting to work to flushing the toilet, many of your daily activities have an impact on your carbon footprint. Home heating and cooling is one area in which you can lower your carbon footprint without sacrificing your comfort.

    Regularly changing your furnace and air conditioner filters and arranging routine service inspections can ensure that your heating and cooling units are working efficiently. Investing in and properly using a programmable thermostat can help you significantly reduce your carbon footprint and help you save hundreds on your heating and cooling costs. Even turning your water heater down when you go to work or travel out of town can make a difference.

    Are you concerned that your home’s heating and cooling systems are not operating as efficiently as they could be? To arrange an inspection, tune-up, or energy-efficient HVAC system upgrade for your Sacramento, Folsom, or Woodland home, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

  • Locating Your House’s Main Water Shutoff

    In case of a broken pipe, sewage backup, or other plumbing emergency, it is important to know where your home’s main water shutoff valve is. Check out this short video if you are not sure where this valve is or how to shut it off.

    In just over a minute, an expert demonstrates how to shut off your home’s water main so you can stop water from traveling into your home. He also discusses the parts of the home in which the main water valve is most frequently found.

    Shutting off your home’s water main immediately after detecting of a burst pipe, major leak, or other plumbing emergency will mitigate damage and help keep repair expenses to a minimum. After shutting off the valve in your Sacramento home, contact Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 for expedient and thorough service from a reputable plumber.

  • A Look at Common Garbage Disposal Issues

    Plumber Working On Sink

    While the garbage disposal has made the job of a home chef easier and less disgusting, even the most sophisticated blade-wielding garbage disposal is not damage-proof. To keep your garbage disposal in good working condition for as long as possible, familiarize yourself with the following garbage disposal setbacks and take precautions that will help you avoid them.

    Clogged Disposal/Jammed Flywheel

    Clogged garbage disposals are, unfortunately, very common. A clog can be caused by pouring grease, fat, highly fibrous foodstuffs, or expansive foodstuffs such as rice and pasta down the drain. Overloading your disposal can also cause a clog. Clogs can be avoided by using your disposal only as directed and cleaning it regularly with ice cubes, rock salt, and hot water. If using the tool that came with your garbage disposal to unjam the flywheel does not work, hire a plumber to safely and efficiently repair your disposal for you. Never put your fingers down the disposal and around its blades—even when the disposal’s power source is switched off.

    Leaky Disposal

    Garbage disposal leaks can spring about at the top or the bottom of the appliance. Leaks are usually the result of poor installation or faulty parts, though they can also be caused by loose fittings. Tighten your disposal’s connections, but be prepared to call your plumber if this does not stop the leak.

    Blown Fuse

    Garbage disposal issues are not always related to misuse or the condition of the disposal. If your garbage disposal is not running at all, check the outlet, wall switch, or electrical panel to make sure the disposal has power before spending time, energy, and money trying to fix it.

    If you have checked to see if any of these common problems is the cause for your kitchen garbage disposal’s stubbornness and the disposal is still not working, contact a trained and certified plumber. To speak with a dedicated, experienced, and highly qualified plumber in the Sacramento area, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548. We are available to help you solve your plumbing problems and avert plumbing disasters 24/7.

  • What to Do if Your Hot Water Heater Has a Leak

    Technician repairing an hot-water heater

    No plumbing leak is ever a good sign, but a leak in your hot water heater is an especially worrying occurrence that should be dealt with as quickly as possible. To keep the damage sustained by your hot water heater and its surroundings to a minimum, take the following steps.

    Locate Leak

    To find out how to correct your hot water heater’s leak, you must locate the source of the leak. Common leak origins include the tank’s inlet and outlet, the temperature pressure relief (TPR) valve, and the drain valve. After locating the source of the leak , refer to your most trusted plumbing resource to determine whether you can correct the leak with a DIY fix or will require professional plumbing assistance.

    Test TPR Valve

    A leak coming from the TPR valve can be very slow and easy to miss. If you suspect that the TPR valve is responsible for the leak, or if you are unable to discern where the leak is coming from, test the valve by lifting the lever that is attached to it. Be careful when you do this, as hot water should be discharged from the tank. Wait several minutes, and if there’s not even a trickle of water leaking from the tank, you may have solved the problem. If not, it’s time to enlist the help of a trained professional.

    Call a Plumbing Professional

    If you cannot pinpoint the source of the leak, or you know where water is leaking from but the quick and safe DIY fixes you put to the test are not stopping your hot water heater from leaking, contact your plumber. The sooner your water heater is attended to, the less expensive it should be to repair.

    For nearly four decades, Ace Plumbing has provided Sacramento residents with cost-effective and long-lasting plumbing solutions. To arrange to have one of our trained and experienced plumbers take a look at your home’s water heater, call (916) 455-4548.

  • Ways to Save on Home Heating Costs this Winter

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    Winter’s arrival sends many homeowners’ energy bills through the roof. Not everyone has the luxury of living somewhere with warm weather year-round, so even the most frugal individuals often have no choice but to switch on their heaters and hope for the best. But what many don’t know is that there are ways to stay warm in the winter without being forced to overspend. Tips for cost-effective indoor heating include:

    Arm Your Home with Insulation

    Additional insulation can potentially shave up to 30 percent off your monthly energy bill. It’s been proven time and again that insulating your attic is one of the most economical solutions to outrageous winter heating expenses. What’s more, this method also has the benefit of maintaining a comfortable temperature well into the summer; by minimizing heat transfer, insulation allows your home to stay warm in cold temperatures and cool when it’s hot outside.

    Install New Windows

    Many houses have windows that aren’t suited for proper climate control. Uninsulated single-pane windows promote heat transfer, causing unnecessary energy loss. Buy double-pane windows with dead-air space to keep your home from constantly losing heat. This will put less pressure on your heater and thus reduce your total energy bill.

    Minimize Hot Water Use

    Water heaters tend to stay active throughout the day. Because of this, they account for a lot of the money spent on energy. A good way to reduce spending is to reduce the heat by about 10 to 20 degrees. It’s also a good idea to minimize hot water use around the home, and if you have the means, you might replace your water heater with a tankless device.

    Ace Plumbing aims to address any HVAC or plumbing concerns that Sacramento residents might have. Our technicians are fully certified and have undergone all the training necessary to help you get through any emergency. Just call (916) 455-4548 or have a look at our website to learn more about what we can do to keep you happy and secure.