Aurora Plumbing Company Blog

Does Your Water Heater Anode Rod Matter?

February 17th, 2020

grey-tank-water-heaterThe short answer to this question is, “yes.” But perhaps a better question to ask is, “Why does the anode rod inside my water heater matter? And why should I care?”

Let’s face it, your water heater is pretty much the most important appliance in your home. At least it’s the one we all rely on most heavily in our living spaces. It’s a true workhorse, providing us with all the heated water we need to shower, bathe, wash dishes, do the laundry, etc. And if you’re using a tank water heater to do all this, then you’re utilizing an anode rod, perhaps without even knowing it.

The anode rod isn’t exactly a household name, but considering it needs to be replaced every 3-5 years, long before the water heater itself would otherwise need to be replaced, it’s an important component to understand. Keep reading to learn more about this water heater component, and why you should care about the condition of yours.

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“My Heat Pump is Leaking Refrigerant, Is That Bad?”

February 3rd, 2020

insulated-refrigerant-lineSimply put, you don’t want to be losing refrigerant from your heat pump. Heat pumps and other air conditioning systems are installed with a set amount of refrigerant in them, and it’s designed to last the entire lifespan of your system. So if you’re losing any, it means you have a leak that needs to be repaired.

For us, not only are heat pumps vital in the summer, but they’re essential in the winter. The refrigerant process is reversed this time of year to provide us with heat in our homes. If you have a refrigerant leak, you’re about to be unpleasantly surprised by an inoperable heating system.

“Should I really be that concerned? Can a refrigerant leak wait?” These are common questions we get, and we want to stress just why refrigerant leaks are such a big deal. So, read on as we uncover some refrigerant facts.

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How to Get the Most from Your Furnace

January 20th, 2020

couple-looking-very-comfortable-in-homeWhen the holidays are over and the New Year begins, we tend to look at our bank accounts and balk at how little is actually in them. Plus, tax time is coming! With the long winter ahead, you’re likely thinking the same thing many other homeowners in our area are, “how can I save money this season?”

One method of doing so has to do with your heating system. No, we aren’t going to tell you to stop using it as much! We don’t want you to be uncomfortable—but we also don’t want you to sacrifice your budget to keep you and your family warm.

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to boost your heating efficiency so that you’re paying less for more comfort. We’ve outlined some methods below!

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Furnace Noises: What’s Abnormal?

January 6th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsWhen it’s wintertime in the greater Aurora area, homeowners want fully functioning and efficient heaters in their homes. But in order to make sure this is the case, it’s vital that you properly care for said system. Given how much use your furnace will get this season, it’s important to keep in mind the issues that can crop up.

Maybe last year you heard a faint rattling or humming noise that didn’t seem to bother you, but it got louder this year and you’re wondering if you should call in a pro. To be on the safe side, we’re going to go ahead and say, yes! You should.

Now, no furnace is completely silent. There are some sounds you can expect—like the flexing of your ductwork as it adjusts with the temperature fluctuations, or the rumble of the motor—even the whoosh of air coming through your vents. But if you hear any of the following noises, you should know that they are abnormal:

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Furnace Myths That Could Cost You

December 23rd, 2019

chalkboard-with-words-fact-and-myth-written-onThere is a lot of information out there on the web about how to best care for your HVAC system, how to conserve energy, and even how to select the best heating system for your home. Some of it is good information, but other tidbits come from unreliable sources. Unfortunately, misinformation is often what leads homeowners to use their furnaces inefficiently, therefore costing them more in the long run and/or leading to premature furnace shut down.

We’re going to go through just a few of the most common furnace myths that if you listen to, could cost you. Read on!

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The Power of Professional Drain Cleaning

December 9th, 2019

drainpipe-illustrationWhen you have a clogged drain, it’s easy to look for a quick fix. And in some cases, quick fixes work. For instance, if you have a superficial clog in a kitchen sink drain or a bathroom toilet, you may be able to relieve it with a plunger.

Or, you might reach for a bottle of chemical drain cleaner you bought at the store and—wait! Don’t do this!

Please, allow us to explain—the caustic drain cleaning liquids you can find at the hardware store could do more harm than good to your plumbing system, and we would never advise that you try to use them, even if they do temporarily relieve your drain clog. For thorough drain clog removal that will leave it less likely that buildup will occur again in the future, you need professional drain cleaning.

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Will a Dirty Air Filter Hurt Your Furnace?

November 25th, 2019

man-holding-air-filterThe short answer to this is, “yes.” The thing is, too many homeowners think that we say you should change out your furnace or air conditioner’s air filter every 1-3 months “just because.” But the truth is, we’re offering this suggestion as a way for you to get the most effective and efficient use from your HVAC system as possible. And considering how much you’ll need to use your heater this coming winter, we’ll bet good money that you’d like to prevent repair needs.

One method of doing this is by performing a simple maintenance task on your own (we know, we usually advise against self-maintenance, but this is different). You might be surprised to find just how important the small air filter component is in comparison to the rest of your HVAC system. But it’s there for an important purpose—to keep your heating system free of dirt and other debris.

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What Happens During Your Heating Maintenance Appointment?

November 11th, 2019

jets-of-a-natural-gas-furnaceIt’s that time of year again—the time when we urge our customers to schedule their heating maintenance as soon as they can. We don’t do this to pester you, but rather to stress just how important of a service it is. This is particularly true for gas-powered systems. Gas-powered heaters aren’t inherently dangerous. But if they’re not cared for the right way as they age, then they can become dangerous.

What happens is that components start wearing down and malfunctioning, the burners get covered with dirt and grime, and small problems that could have otherwise been repaired go without service—leading to subsequent problems, with the worse being cracked heat exchangers. Cracked heat exchangers leak dangerous gasses—namely, carbon monoxide—into the living space, where it has the opportunity to make you and your family ill, or worse.

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Don’t Let This Furnace Installation Mistake Haunt You

October 28th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceAre you in the market for a new furnace? With cooler weather rapidly approaching, now is a great time to solidify your purchase and schedule that installation. But this doesn’t mean you should rush! In fact, we advise against rushing into such a big investment like this.

First off, you want to make sure that a furnace makes the most sense for home. Just because it’s what you’ve always had doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from a different type of heater. For example, if your air conditioner is also ready to call it quits soon, you may consider a year-round heat pump installation.

Another factor to consider is the size of the furnace you’re purchasing. You probably already know you shouldn’t buy a furnace that’s too small for your home, right? But what about too big? Well, you may be surprised to find that purchasing too large of a furnace can haunt you from day one. Read on to learn more!

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The Time for Your Furnace Tune-Up Is Now

October 14th, 2019

technician-working-on-heating-systemTemperatures are starting to drop, the leaves are beginning to change colors, and it’s becoming clear that we’re just about done with the summer heat and ready to turn our attention to cooler temps and heater use. This makes now the perfect time to schedule furnace maintenance! And trust us, this isn’t something you should wait on.

Below, we’ve delved into the importance of heating maintenance, in order to stress just why this service is so important. Read on to learn more, and give us a call when you’re ready for your next furnace tune-up.

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