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Tuesday, 23 March 2021 14:07

Should Room Vents Be Left Open or Closed?

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When areas of your home are too hot or too cold, regardless of how you set the thermostat temperature, it would seem to make sense to open or close air registers to control the temperature in each room. Or, you may decide that unoccupied rooms should have air registers closed and doors closed to save on heating and cooling costs.

Here's why this is not a good idea to manage the climate in your home by selectively opening and closing air vents. When a central heating, cooling and ventilation system (HVAC) is installed in a home the amount of air volume carefully calculated to match the size of the furnace and air conditioner.  By sectioning off areas of your home you will not make the the system work less, it will simply send the same amount of conditioned air to the remaining air ducts and vents throughout your home. Add to this the fact that a typical home's duct work loses 20-30% of conditioned air though leaks, and even more energy is being wasted.
 
Closing air vents and doors also increases the air pressure inside your home's air ducts. This in turn causes the blower fan work harder to force the air through the system. This will increase the risk of the AC evaporator coil freezing or the furnace heat exchanger overheating.

The important point to remember is that your home's heating and cooling is designed to work as a system, using the air volume inside your entire home. Closing one or two air registers is not going to cause significant issues, but for each vent that is closed remember that the overall performance of your central heating and cooling system is being compromised.

If you have uneven temperatures in your home, have the system inspected by a qualified HVAC technician. They will check the size of your heating and cooling system, the duct work and other components to find solutions for rooms that are either to hot or too cold.
 
Have questions about your home's heating and cooling system? Give MR Plumbing, Heating, Air, Electrical a call, we're here to answer all your heating and cooling questions.
Monday, 22 March 2021 15:43

Water Heater Leaking? Here's What to Do

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Water Heater Repair

A leaking water heater can range from a small, barely noticeable drip to a major flood. Either way, the damage to your home and property can be extensive. Water can damage your walls and floors and over time lead to unhealthy mold and mildew.

As water heaters age, the risk of leaks causes by corrosion or valve failure increases. Even though you may notice water near the water heater, it may not be coming from the tank itself, but could be a leak from a nearby appliance. It's also fairly common to have condensation on pipes drip onto the floor, especially during humid summer months. Look closely around the base of the water heater, the supply lines at the top of the water heater tank and around the valves for signs of leaks. Water heater leaks typically occur in one of these locations: the cold water inlet and hot water outlet, the pressure relief valve, the drain valve, and the bottom of the tank. 

If the leak is determined to be from the water heater unit, the first step is to turn off the power. If it's an electric water heater, turn the power off from the circuit breaker panel. For a gas water heater, shut off the power supply that is attached to the unit. This is done by turning a knob to the OFF position. Next, turn off the water at the cold water shut-off valve located near the top of the water heater.
 
In some cases water heater leaks can be repaired, for example, a valve or pipe connection can often be replaced. However, in the case of older water heater tanks, replacement is usually a safer and more cost-effective option. Repairing a water heater is not a DIY project, but a job that should be handled by a professional plumber.

Preventing Damage From Water Heater Leaks

For an extra measure of protection from water heater leaks, specially designed drain pans can be installed underneath the water heater to divert water leaks to a floor drain. These can prevent a significant amount of damage, particularly if the water heater is located on an upper level of the home. There are also special water leak alarms that can turn off the water supply when a leak is detected from the water heater or another source in the home.

Have water heater questions? Call MR Plumbing, Heating Air Conditioning and Electrical. We can help with all your water heater repair and installation needs.

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 22:54

Plumbing Systems to Check When Buying a Home

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Plumbing Inspection For New Home Buyers

Buying a home is a big investment. By doing your research and ensuring that the plumbing system is functioning correctly, you can avoid making costly mistakes.

1. Water Heater

Ask you realtor or the homeowner if they know the age of the water heater. A water heater will typically last 10-12 years. Inspect the outside of the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of wear and deterioration.

2. Water Leaks

Check faucets, pipes, and appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers and ice makers for signs of leaks. Even if there are no signs of water, look for stains or signs of mildew that could be caused by a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and often get worse over time, have your plumber check the plumbing system and repair any leaks prior to purchase.

3. Check the Sump Pump

A broken sump pump can lead to extensive water damage. To test wether it's working, slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pump pit with water. The sump pump should turn on and remove the water. If it doesn't, check the power supply.

4. Water Saving Toilets

Check toilets to see if they are newer, low-flow models. Toilets manufactured since the last 90's are mandated to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. Look for cracks in the toilet tank or signs of water leaking around the base of the toilet.

5. Sewer and Drain Lines

Ask about the age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Has it been repaired in the past? Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection will help find potential problems like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems.

Need a plumbing inspection before buying a new home? Call MR Plumbing. We can inspect the home to ensure that everything is in good working order and provide you with a list of issues that need correcting.
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