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Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Voted Best Plumber in Kansas City

Who is the best plumber in Kansas City? Well, if you ask the readers of Pitch Magazine the answer is Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Anthony PHC was voted as “Best Plumber” in The Pitch Magazine’s addition of “Best of Kansas City 2017”.

In response to hearing the news, Steve Burbridge, Owner exclaimed, “We strive to provide the best service experience every hour of every day so it is always great to get validation that I believe our hard working plumbers deserve.”

This award comes on the heals of being recognized as the “Best Plumbing & HVAC Company” in Johnson County by the readers of Lifestyle Magazine as well as “Best HVAC Company” by the readers of Leawood Lifestyle Magazine.

“It’s great to be recognized throughout the entire metro area!”, said Steve Burbridge. “We are very grateful for our amazing customers!”

Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is an award-winning service company dedicated to indoor comfort, safety, health and energy savings.

There are many choices when finding a service provider and Anthony PHC is proud to have been serving Metro Kansas City since 1951 and has the highest referral rate of any plumbing, heating and cooling company in the area.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not calling out a plumber to take care of a dangerous problem. By neglecting your fixtures and drains, you create even bigger issues for yourself. In this post, we’ll go over the different plumbing problems you may encounter, troubleshooting tips for the simple fixes and which problems require emergency plumbing in Kansas City.

Preventing Problems

You can prevent expensive repairs by conducting regular maintenance on your appliances. Complete your own maintenance inspection by examining exposed pipes around your house and checking for signs of moisture (when it isn’t humid). You can easily search for indicators of corrosion on brass or copper fittings. Corrosion indicates a slow leak since it occurs more quickly on damp metal. Ensure all your water faucets have a steady flow, but keep in mind that water pressure varies depending on faucet style and purpose. You can also look at drainage speed and flush toilets to check efficiency.

maintenance checklist

Common Issues

Clogged Sinks

Clogged sinks are one of the most common plumbing problems out there. Clogged drains can be caused by hair, unprocessed food pieces, and more. Though this issue isn’t an emergency, it can cause the water flow to stop completely if it becomes too severe. You can use shower drain protectors to keep hair out of your drain and prevent the issue altogether.

To fix the problem, use a plunger to dislodge a clog with air pressure. Keep in mind that it can’t make the clog disappear completely.  Commercial drain cleaners and clog removers are an option, but they can sometimes damage pipe materials if they’re utilized too often. You can check to see how bad the damage is by shining a light down the pipe. If the clump is near the mouth of the drain, you can use a pair of pliers or tweezers to remove the obstruction. The best way to prevent clogs is by installing drain screens, but we’re the ones to call if you require emergency plumbing in Kansas City!

unclogging a sink

Clogged Toilet

We’re all familiar with this plumbing mishap…the clogged toilet. It’s embarrassing and inconvenient, but luckily there’s a quick fix! If you notice strange noises or leaking within your toilet, try some DIY tips. If the problem continues, you may have to deal with leaks and structural damage. Plus, raw sewage backups can create health issues in your homes. You can tell if the drain or trap is blocked when you see water rising to the rim and draining slowly after being flushed. A good troubleshooting technique is to bring out a trusty plunger. If that doesn’t work, use a snake to burrow into the blockage. Pull some of the snake from the drum and tighten the nut at the top of the snake body. After that, rotate the drum of the snake to ensure it gets the job done! When all else fails, contact emergency plumbing in Kansas City.

Running Toilet

A running toilet is another common problem that plagues homes around the world. Jiggling the toilet handle can only patch the problem for so long. Toilets run when the flapper valve that lets the water pass from the tank to the bowl doesn’t fit properly. It could also be that the float isn’t balanced or the fill tube comes loose. You can purchase a toilet repair kit, but it may not be able to do the trick is there are more complex, underlying issues. If you’ve already checked out the flapper, float apparatus and fill tube, the culprit could be sediment. A tip off that you may have a silent leak is higher water bills.  You can check for a leak by adding a few drops of food coloring to the upper tank, waiting 15-20 minutes and looking for any hint of color. If there’s tinted water, the flapper valve isn’t working properly. Once you’ve identified the issue, you can contact us for toilet repair.

parts of a toilet

Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets and toilets not only drive you insane, but also increase your utilities cost. You may have to deal with rust and mold growth as well. According to Aqua Plumbing, “when you turn off the tap, rubber or silicone-based washers form a water-tight seal that prevents more water from pushing its way through the pipes and out of the faucet”. If the washers become stiff, dislodged or torn, that’s where you get the drips. You’ll need specialized tools to replace the washers, so it’s sometimes more affordable to just hire a professional to do it for you. For those who neglect their leaks, the valve seat can be become corroded, requiring even more plumbing assistance. If you have ceramic plates that work together to form a seal rather than washers, repair jobs will be even more complicated. You’ll be able to tell if you have ceramic discs or a canister tap if you have a lever-operated sink or tub. We offer faucet repair services day and night!

Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can go undetected for several weeks, but it’s important to identify and fix the problem before it becomes a huge money investment. Leaks normally occur at joints, but can be temporarily fixed with commercial joint fillers and fitting compounds. This quick fix eventually requires a more permanent solution in the form of pipe or fitting replacement. If you have a leaky U-joint beneath your sink, you can use a compression clamp or leak tape to keep the water from spraying. A leaking water heater valve can be replaced by a professional, but you may need an entirely new system if the heater wall is rusted through. A leaky washing machine hose can cause mold and rust, so get this taken care of as soon as possible.

leaky pipes

Low Water Pressure

One of the worst things to encounter after a long day is a shower with low water pressure. If your stream is more like a trickle, it may be an issue with the pipes in your home or the municipal water supply. The most common reason for this issue is a build-up of deposits or sediment on faucet aerators, though this normally happens in systems without filters. Soaking your aerator in vinegar overnight can often do the trick. If that’s not it, a leak in the pipes might be your problem.

Other Issues

Some other problems to be concerned about are broken water lines (caused by poor water quality or water pressure), burst pipes (freeze-thaw cycle issue), a lack of hot water or a sewer system backup. You’ll be able to tell if you have a sewer system backup if you experience multiple drain clogs, gross odors emitting from the drains, gurgling toilets and pools of water near floor drains.

Questions to Ask

Can the Issue Wait?

Before you call someone out for emergency plumbing in Kansas City, ask yourself whether the issue can wait until the next day. A water leak in your basement requires immediate attention to prevent flood damage, but a faulty toilet can wait until the next morning if you have alternate toilet options. An issue may be more pressing depending on the time of year as well. A broken sink in the middle of the summer will be a problem, as will a faulty heater in the middle of the winter. In some cases, you can shut off the water without having to call in outside help. Simply locate the water shutoff valve and determine whether you need to shut off the main one or a specific valve. This will hold off the problem until the morning when you can call a plumber.

Will Waiting Cause More Damage?

You need to ask yourself whether putting off a repair will cause even more damage. If the answer is yes, opt for emergency plumbing in Kansas City. You can cut down on damage by using buckets and rags to soak up a leak, but don’t delay a permanent fix. Failure to nip these issues in the bud can results in floor, ceiling and wall damage.

ceiling damage

Is this My Problem?

Sometimes, it’s not your responsibility to fix the problem. The water company and utility provider will be able to tell you if the issue is affecting the whole neighborhood rather than just your home. An example of this would be malfunctions with city water supplies. This saves you money, since repairs are made at no cost to you!

Things to Consider

Make sure you know exactly how much you’ll be paying for the repair. On top of service fees, you may be charged an extra fee for emergency services completed at night or on the weekends. We’ll be able to give you a ballpark estimate to fix your problem before we come out to your home. Do some comparison shopping and take into account reviews before making the call. There are some plumbing tasks that you can’t complete unless you’re a trained professional, like new construction that needs building permits and installation of new pipes/tubs. Seek out emergency plumbing in Kansas City if:

  • There’s a septic tank leak
  • The sewer line breaks or leaks
  • You have water heater issues

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Check out our blog post on ‘Plumbing for Dummies’ for more troubleshooting tips, and contact us for emergency plumbing in Kansas City or for any of your HVAC and plumbing needs!

Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is honored to have been voted as a “Neighborhood Favorite” in more than 175 Kansas City metro neighborhoods by users of the App Nextdoor!

Residents in the cities of Overland Park, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Stilwell, Fairway, Kansas City, Mission, Leawood, Mission Hills, Raymore, Olathe, and Lenexa voted Anthony PHC as their preferred plumbing, heating & cooling service provider in a recent survey. Neighbors across the country have made over 17 million recommendations for their favorite local businesses on Nextdoor.

“We are very grateful that our customers feel compelled to share their great experiences with their neighbors on Nextdoor. We truly believe that customer testimonials are the most powerful form of advertising”, Steve Burbridge, Owner said. “Being a Neighborhood favorite is validation of our mission to provide the best customer experience every hour of every day.”

Today, neighbors in more than 160,000 neighborhoods use Nextdoor to get to know one another, exchange local advice and share recommendations. Recommendations for local businesses are one of the most popular topics on Nextdoor, accounting for more than 25 percent of all neighborhood conversations. Neighborhood Favorites now makes it even easier for neighbors to find, recommend, and support the best local businesses in their neighborhoods.

“The best businesses are the ones recommended by neighbors,” said Nirav Tolia, Co-Founder and CEO of Nextdoor. “From the local coffee shop that knows your order to the dry cleaner who has your pick-up ready when you arrive, every neighbor has local businesses they love.

Anthony PHC is grateful to have been selected as a 2017 Neighborhood Favorite!

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If you can think back to your middle school days, you’ll remember that it’s pretty hot and steamy underneath Earth’s surface. This high temperature is due to magma below the crust. Though outdoor temperatures may change depending on the season, underground temperatures remain relatively consistent due to Earth’s insulation. You’ll find this temperature consistency a mere 4-6 feet below the surface. When magma stays trapped in the Earth’s surface, it can heat underground water. These hot water pools that remain underground are called geothermal reservoirs, and can be harnessed to heat and cool homes and businesses via geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal heating is created when natural heat is pulled to the Earth’s surface. This heat can also be used for electrical purposes. Keep in mind that geothermal HVAC systems have been used for more than 60 years in the U.S.—this is a proven method to cut down on utility bills, consolidate heating/cooling, and tap into a renewable resource. This guide will cover the advantages of geothermal energy as well as a breakdown of how this process works.

earth inner heat

Geothermal Heat Pump and Geothermal System

A geothermal heat pump is composed of loops of buried pipes that change function depending on the season. In colder months, heat from the ground is pulled into homes and circulated through a duct system. The system reverses in warmer months; a home’s heat is picked up by the circulating fluids inside the pipes and transferred into the Earth. With a heat pump, an air delivery system uses ducts and a heat exchanger buried in the ground to transfer this heat. A geothermal system is made up of an indoor handling unit, underground pipes (called an ‘Earth loop’), and a pump to reinjection well. The pipes in this system are composed of polyethylene and can be buried vertically or horizontally depending on your space requirements. If an aquifer is available, you also have the option to design an ‘open loop’ system. ‘Open loop’ means a well is drilled into the underground water. Water is pumped up, runs past a heat exchanger and returns to the same aquifer through reinjection. A geothermal heating and cooling system is composed of the heat-pump unit, a liquid heat-exchanger medium, and an air-delivery system (ductwork) or radiant heating.

What is Geothermal Energy?

Geothermal energy is the energy stored as heat beneath the Earth’s surface. Geothermal springs have been used for hundreds of years by Native Americans, Romans, and Chinese to heat water for cooking and bathing, but we’ve come a long way. We can now utilize geothermal energy to generate electricity through power plants, one of the many advantages of geothermal energy. Once a geothermal resource is identified, wells are drilled a few kilometers deep and the hot water is extracted. Electricity-generating power plants convert hydrothermal fluids to electricity. Depending on the state of the fluid and temperature, this conversion takes place via dry steam, flash steam or a binary cycle. The dry steam method extracts steam out of fractures in the ground and harvests hot water and steam that can then drive turbines on electricity generators.

geothermal power plant

Advantages of Geothermal Energy

  • Great for the planet

If you’re looking into geothermal heating and cooling or geothermal energy for electrical appliances, keep in mind that it doesn’t involve any form of combustion. This is one of the best advantages of geothermal energy! Geothermal has less greenhouse gas emissions, and binary geothermal power plants release NO greenhouse gases. Geothermal power plants generate 1/8th of the CO2 emissions associates with typical coal power plants. The geothermal heat pumps used for heating and cooling are also considered one of the most efficient options available. This status is due to their low electricity requirement (electricity is only used to operate the unit’s fan, compressor and pump). Plus, geothermal energy has a small land-use footprint, producing huge amounts of electricity without taking up much space. Even the United States Environmental Protection Agency agrees that geothermal heating and cooling is the most environmentally-safe and cost-effective option on the market.

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  • Geothermal is renewable

Many ask, ‘is geothermal energy renewable?’ Yes! And it’s one of the major selling points of this option. As a base-load renewable power source, production takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the weather, these power plants can operate. It’s expected that geothermal will overpower coal in the traditional utility system in the years to come, presenting a greener option that’s more scalable. Smaller plants can be set up and tailored to applications in individual communities. With geothermal reservoirs naturally replenished, we don’t have to worry about these sources running dry. In fact, geothermal energy will be around for as long as Earth exists.

  • Job opportunities

These geothermal power plants are expected to crop up in more rural areas, creating jobs in smaller cities that rarely experience this level of employment growth. In 2012, a power complex built in Imperial Valley, CA created jobs for 323 workers. The investment cost $1 billion and took four years to complete, but there were 57 jobs that opened up after the project was completed, including maintenance, operations and engineering. Advantages of geothermal energy can be long-term.

geothermal worker

  • Geothermal is limitless

No matter where you live, you have access to Earth’s internal heat. The tricky part is finding a way to extract this heat, but technological advancements have made this extraction process easier. Geothermal heat pumps, for example, have made it possible for people to harvest hot water from reservoirs below the surface to heat homes and businesses. Electricity conversion requires more advanced resources, but industry professionals are working to makes this process easier for everyone.

  • Utility bill savings

There is a high up-front cost for geothermal energy systems, mostly due to the expensive buried loop systems that are required. However, this initial cost is offset by the savings you’ll receive in the long run. Once the system is running, utility bills can decrease by up to 50%, one of the most popular advantages of geothermal energy  In fact, a 30%-60% savings on heating and 25%-50% saving on cooling can cover the initial cost within three years. Lower maintenance costs mean it can be installed and then left alone for years afterward. To alleviate the financial strain, many institutions offer to tie the upfront cost of installation to monthly mortgage remittances or other interest financing options. A 2,000 square-foot home can be heated and cooled for as little as $1/day with a geothermal system. Plus, you can have it set up to supplement your home’s conventional water heater, saving you up to 30% on hot water costs every year. With a simple modification, you can have your geothermal system generating some, if not all, of your hot water. Hot water is stored in your water heater for later use, and heat extracted from the building is sent to the water heater during the cooling cycle. This savings calculator tells you how much you can expect to save by switching to geothermal energy.

advantages of geothermal energy utility bill savings

  • High efficiency and low maintenance

The great thing about geothermal heat pumps is that they’re incredibly efficient (using only 25%-50% electric power for geothermal heating and cooling). The life expectancy is much higher for a geothermal system’s parts compared to other heating and cooling mechanisms. Because they have few mobile parts and are housed in a building, they can last a lot longer. The pipes have a warranty of up to 25 years, though the system can only last up to 20 years. Where other options might require frequent maintenance, a geothermal system only needs periodic checks, annual coil cleaning and filter changes when installed properly. A geothermal heat pump’s efficiency is determined by its coefficient of performance (COP), a ratio that compares how much energy the system moves to how much it uses. With a geothermal heat pump, you can expect your COPs to be between 3.0 and 5.0. For every unit of energy used to power the system, 3-5 units are supplied as heat.

  • Geothermal tax credit

If you purchased a and installed a geothermal system prior, you can claim a credit of 30% of qualified expenditures for a system that serves a dwelling unit located in the U.S. on your purchase for your personal tax credit. This system must be owned and used as a residence by the taxpayer. This federal tax credit includes all expenditures related to labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and piping/wiring to interconnect a system to the home. According to energy.gov, “if the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward to the succeeding taxable year”. For geothermal system qualification, your system must have been installed prior to 2017. There is no maximum credit for systems placed in service after 2008, but the geothermal heat pump must meet federal Energy Star criteria. To qualify for geothermal tax credit 2017, your system must have been placed in service on or after January 1, 2008 and on or before December 31, 2016. Finally, the home served by the system does not have to be the taxpayer’s principle residence.

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  • Other advantages of geothermal energy

  1. Quiet
  2. No threat of combustion
  3. Clean/safe (no odors or carbon monoxide)
  4. Heats and cools home evenly
  5. Provides dehumidified air in the summer
  6. Power output can be predicted
  7. No fuel required

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If you’re interested in a more thorough look into the advantages of geothermal energy, contact us. We would love to help you get set up with a geothermal heating and cooling system or answer any questions you may have.

There are upsides and downsides to tankless hot water heaters; It’s all a matter of how much hot water your home requires and whether you are willing to wait for your investment to pay off. While tankless heaters are more expensive (sometimes three times the amount of a traditional water heater), they have a longer life-span and can lower your utility bill significantly. If you’re using 41 gallons or less of hot water daily, a tankless hot water heater can be 24%-34% more energy efficient than storage tank water heaters. If you use more hot water (like 86 gallons a day), they can be 8%-14% more energy efficient. Life expectancy is typically more than 20 years with a tankless water heater. In this guide, we’ll go over the key advantages to a tankless water heater, how to calculate the size and type you’ll need, how they work and what differentiates the different types. We’ll also go over some aspects you might have to sacrifice when investing in a tankless water heater.

Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

There are several advantages to choosing a tankless water heater over a tank heater. What really differentiates a tankless water heater from a traditional water heater is that they can eliminate standby heat loss. Where a regular hot water heater is constantly heating and storing water, tankless hot water heaters heat water on demand. This means there is no hot water sitting idly in a tank and losing heat. Some tankless water heaters are controlled via a thermostat, giving you more flexibility to vary output temperature. Another perk is that they take up less space and are better for the environment—the rusty tank doesn’t get thrown in a landfill. Your larger, traditional heaters take up a huge amount of space with their 30-50 gallon tanks. Some that hold 40-60 gallons can be 60 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Compare that to a tankless water heater that’s roughly the size of a large computer, and you can see why these bad boys are so popular in homes with little free space.

water heater size difference

These tankless hot water heaters are rated by the maximum temperature rise possible at a given flow rate. You’ll need to figure out how many hot water devices you intend to use at any one time (ie: running the washer and shower at the same time) and add up the flow rate (in gallons per minute). You’ll want to shoot for this desired flow rate when looking for the best tankless water heater. To cut down on the flow-rate, you can invest in low-flow water fixtures.

Calculating Temperature Rise

When deciding which type to go with, you should consider both the flow rate and the temperature rise (ie: difference between groundwater temperature and desired output temperature). You can use this map to see the average groundwater temperature for your area. Simply subtract your ground water temperature from your desired output temperature. You’ll want to shoot for 100-115 degrees Fahrenheit for your water to be heated. If your groundwater temperature is 60 degrees and you want your shower at 110 degrees, that’s going to be a 50-degree rise.

ground water temperature for US

Calculating Flow Rate

Flow rate can be calculated by adding up the GPM for the household water fixtures you’ll need at one time. A bathroom faucet with low-flow is estimated at 0.5-1.5 GPM. Most faucets installed past 1992 are set at 2.2 GPM and 3.0 and 5.0 GPM post-1992. A kitchen faucet could be anywhere from 3.0-7.0 GPM. Since kitchen faucets don’t use aerators, there are no low-flow numbers. A shower’s low flow rate it normally pegged at 1.0-2.0 GPM. Pre-1922 heads can range anywhere from 4.0-8.0 GPM. If you notice that hot water isn’t reaching your faucet as quickly as you would like, you can add a circulation system to the heat source. Depending on the tankless model you choose, it may already be designed for a circulation system add-on—no reconfiguring piping or buffer tank necessary.

tankless water heater flow rate

What Size Tankless Water Heater Do I Need?

Here’s an example from Compact Alliance to help you use these figures to calculate the tankless hot water heater necessary for your needs:

An average shower will be between 104–106° and uses 2.6 gallons of water. Assuming your water temperature is 40° coming into your home, and you want to produce enough hot water to run 2 showers at the same time, what temperature rise would you need to produce to accomplish this?

Answer: You’ll need to raise the incoming water temperature from 40 degrees to 105. You’ll need to be able to heat at least 5.2 gallons of water, so you’ll need a tankless water heater that can produce at least a 60 degree rise in temperature at 5.2 gallons per minute.

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Water is heated when the hot water tap is turned on. The cold water travels via a pipe into the unit, where it is then heated with a gas burner or electric elements (heating coils). A powerful heat exchanger transfers the heat from one source to another. This exchanger is activated by the flow of water. Flow sensors measure the exact flow rate and takes into account the temperature readings at the heater’s inlet/outlet. This data is sent to the temperature controller. Combustion gases safely exit through a dedicated, sealed vent system.

how tankless water heater works

Unlike with a storage tank, you don’t have to wait for the storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. The downside to tankless heaters is that their output limits the flow rate. The average tankless water heater heats water at about 2-5 gallons per minute. The gas fire tankless water hearers have a higher flow rate than electric ones, but they’re still strained when multiple hot water sources are running at once. To remedy the issues, you can install two or more tankless hot water heaters or install separate heaters for different appliances that use up a lot of hot water. To install these systems properly, you’ll need to take into consideration fuel type, climate, local building code requirements and safety issues.

Tankless Water Heater Pros & Cons

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates gas-fired tankless water heaters save an average of $108 in energy costs each year compared to traditional tanks. Electric tankless heaters save $44/yr. However, you have to compare this number to the cost of the heaters themselves. A tankless water heater can cost anywhere from $1,000-$3,000. You’ll need to make sure that your home can handle a tankless water heater. If you have electric-only utilities, for example, you’ll need to upgrade your electrical system. This can be a costly endeavor. Sometimes, tankless water heaters require more intricate installation as well. Your home’s gas piping, gas meter and gas line to the meter may not be the appropriate size for the high gas load that will be replacing the conventional storage gas heater. When not installed properly, these heaters may underperform or present a safety hazard to your home.

tankless vs. tank hot water heater

Energy Efficient

Tankless water heaters that utilize natural gases are 23% more efficient than a traditional storage version (60% efficiency). Gas-powered tankless water heaters qualify for a $300 tax rebate as well. You’ll be able to calculate how much hot water the heater can deliver over a set period of time by taking into account the first-hour rating for storage-tank water heaters and the gallons-per-minute rating for tankless water heaters. Hot water heaters typically provides 3.5 gallons of hot water per minute. If your home uses less than 41 gallons of hot water each day, you’re the perfect candidate for a tankless heater. In your case, they can be 23%-34% more energy efficient according to Energy.gov.

Types of Heaters

There are a couple different types of tankless heaters: point-of-use and whole-house. Point-of-use systems can only heat water for one or two outlets. You can stick them under a cabinet or in a closet, because they’re so small. You’ll be able to reduce water loss by decreasing lag time (time it takes for the hot water to reach your faucet). In larger houses, this lag time can last several minutes. You can also pick between electric, propane or natural gas models. Where point-of-use models are typically electric, whole-house systems utilize natural gas or propane.

gas tankless water heater

The gas and propane-powered heaters are more powerful, which makes them ideal for whole-house systems. The key difference between a whole-home gas tankless water heater and a standard gas heater is the storage tank. An Energy Star certified tankless water heater harnesses the power of a secondary heat exchanger to reduce energy consumption by 9% compared to a conventional gas tankless water heater. This secondary exchanger take out extra heat from the combustion gas and cools it to condensation. This is where they get the name ‘gas condensing’. They also require venting through a vertical PVC pipe and condensation drain. You’ll see electric models more in  point-of-use scenarios, though some people purchase two in parallel. Those seeking a shower in a pool house or hot water for an outdoor kitchen are better off with a small, electric tankless heater. Plus, electric models don’t create greenhouse gases and can be operated with a remote control. You don’t have to worry about flooding from a ruptured tank either.

Getting the Best Tankless Water Heater

We want to help you get the best tankless water heater for your hot water needs and budget. If you’re interested in a tankless hot water heater, contact us. Our certified technicians can answer any questions you have and get the job done on YOUR schedule.

Before Replacing your furnace…

1. Bigger is Not Better

A unit too large for your home can lead to the following problems.

  • Dramatic High and Low Temperature swings.
  • Hot Air moving in short, strong bursts can feel like a warm front blowing through your room.
  • Leads to a shorter life of your furnace, and parts may break or crack leading to additional problems such as carbon monoxide leakage.
  • Waste of energy, and it will show up on your utility bills.

 

 

2. A New Furnace Will Not Automatically Solve Your Problems

  • Your Ductwork may need to be sealed or insulated, or you may have connectivity issues.
  • Your Attic insulation levels may not be adequate. The biggest air leakage occurs in the attic through electrical and plumbing penetrations, light fixtures, gaps in corners, and recessed lighting.

 

 

3. Heat Pumps Really Do Work

  • Just like a furnace and AC, – it heats and cools your home.
  • Summer: It pulls heat and humidity from inside your home to the outside. Winter: It pulls heat from the outside air into your home.
  • Heat Pumps require a back up furnace to heat when temperature drops below 20 Degrees.

4. Humidifiers Aren’t Always the Answer

  • Adding a Humidifier to your furnace to solve dry air problems is a band aid.
  • The home is not air tight, letting cold dry air into the home.
  • A whole-home survey by an Anthony PHC Comfort Advisor will help indicate any leaking air.

5. Electric Furnaces are Not a Better Deal

  • Contractors may recommend an electric furnace because installing a new flu to meet code will take extra work.
  • Downside is your utility bill. Electric furnaces will cost 1 to 2 times the money to operate because the cost of electricity is much higher than natural gas.
  • Gas furnaces can maintain a higher comfort level and heat your home much faster than an electric furnace.
  • Natural Gas is a cleaner fuel than coal powered electricity with lower level emissions.

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  • In order for you manufacturers warranty on your new furnace to stay valid, annual maintenance is required.
  • An Easy Way to maintain annual maintenance is with the Anthony Service Agreement Program (A.S.A.P.) which comes standard with your Anthony PHC furnace installation.

7. Don’t Replace it with a Replica

  • Do Not replace with exact same model. Dated units, even if it is brand new, might not meet new efficiency standards or code.
  • Replacing the unit with a new high efficiency model will save you money over the long run and allow you to enjoy better comfort and lower utility bills now.

8. Ask for Load Calculations

  • Undersized units – Cannot keep up with the comfort needs of the home.
  • Oversized Units – Create bigger problems: Short Cycling, dehumidification, shorten life cycle.
  • The Correct Size – is based on square footage of your living space, but each home has unique factors such as insulation levels, number of windows and doors, how many people live there.

 

Whether you live in Lenexa or Liberty or somewhere in between understanding as much as you can about replacing your furnace before you buy will help prevent any type of buyers remorse in the long run.

If you are interested in receiving a FREE ESTIMATE from a Comfort Advisor call (913) 353-8444 or Click Here.

Cleaner Air in Your Home

If you’ve noticed dust, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold spores and bacteria invading your home, an electronic air cleaner is the perfect solution. Pollution isn’t a curse exclusive to the outdoors. In fact, trapped indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Even though you may have filters in your furnace and air conditioner, these filters only stop about 15% of harmful airborne particles. We’ll go over the different types of contaminants that can enter your home, how these contaminants affect your health, how electronic air cleaners work to combat these contaminants, types of air cleaners, and other ways you can improve the air quality of you home aside from electronic air cleaners.

Types of Pollutants

Before we look at electronic air cleaners, we’ll go over the different types of pollutants that they fight off. Particulate matter might include dust, smoke, pollen, animal dander, tobaccos, or smoke. Dust mites, mold, bacteria and viruses can also fester in your home. Gaseous pollutants come from combustions processes, and can be caused by cooking stoves, vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke. Building materials, cleaning products, pesticides, paints, and adhesives may also be the culprit. Sometimes lead in house dust, formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon or cleaner chemicals might be the issue. Pollutants can be introduced to the home via a new mattress, furniture, carper cleaners or paint. You’ll need to watch out for all these pollutants in your home and react if you notice signs of their presence. pollutant

How Contaminants Affect Your Health

According to the EPA, many health issues can arise immediately after being exposed to bad indoor air quality. You may experience irritated eyes/nose/throat, headaches, dizziness and fatigue. If you have asthma, your symptoms may be aggravated by pollutant exposure. We often recommend humidifiers for those with asthma, but an electronic air cleaner can do the trick as well. Your age and pre-existing medical conditions play a part in how strongly you’ll react to pollutants in the air. You may become sensitized to biological or chemical pollutants due to repeated exposure. Symptoms appear similar to a cold or viral disease, so it may take a while for you to pick up on the fact that your air is the problem. You’ll be able to distinguish the two by checking when and where symptoms occur. If you notice your ailments fading when you’re away from your home for an extended period of time, air quality is most likely the issue. You may experience side effects years after exposure or only notice a health difference after long or repeated periods of exposure.  These effects can include such serious health problems as respiratory disease, heart disease and cancer. Everyone reacts differently, but you should be sure to remedy the problem with an electronic air cleaner if indoor air quality is harming your health.

Types of Air Cleaners

Investing in an air cleaner will increase the efficiency of your comfort system, reduce odors, lower operating costs and destroy harmful airborne contaminants. The two types of air conditioners are (1) arrestors and (2) non-arrestors. Arrestors physically trap pollutants while non-arrestors alter the pollutant characteristics without capturing them.

Mechanical Air Filters (Arrestor)

Otherwise known as media filters, these air cleaner systems utilize a mesh material, such as fiberglass fibers, to trap particles. They remove dust by capturing it in the filter medium, which is the material that makes up the filter elements. The HEPA (high efficiency particle arrestor) is one of the most efficient on the market. It can trap 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. The effectiveness of a mechanical air filter is measured by MERV ratings (minimum efficiency reporting value). If your filter has a lower MERV rating, chances are it will need more maintenance. Many of these filters are also washable.

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Electronic Air Cleaner (Arrestor)

Electronic air cleaners aren’t filters, but rather an electric field that ionizes particles that pass through. These ionized particles are then drawn down to two, oppositely-charged collector plates on the cleaner and are caught there. You’ll need to provide an external power source to get these babies running. Electronic air cleaners are often necessary because they can remove contamination that is too small for a mechanical filter to catch. These types of cleaners require maintenance, since the plates accumulate particles. You should wash the air cleaner’s metal cells every 8 days unless you have an electronically-charged media air cleaner. These specialized units last one year, but require no cleaning at all.

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Ionic Air Cleaners and Ozone Air Cleaners (Non-Arrestors)

An Ionic air cleaner generates an electrical charge (negative ions) that makes the pollutants in the air become ‘sticky’. The ions attach to airborne molecules, making them negatively charged and attractive to the positively charged particles nearby. They cling to the ceiling and walls in the room, preventing them from drifting around your home. This may cause dirty surfaces in the area surrounding the air purifier. One downside is that they may produce ozone as a byproduct. Ozone air cleaners create a type of oxygen that combines with pollutants and alters their chemical make-up. They’re used primarily for smoke and odor removal. Large amounts of ozone are not healthy for your body. What makes an ionic air cleaner so tempting aside from that is that they are quiet, energy efficient and don’t require replacement filters.

Ultra-Violet Air Cleaners (Non-Arrestors)

If you choose to go with an ultra-violet lamp, you’ll have it installed in your heating and cooling system to destroy bacteria, mold, and viruses. Performance is dependent on the speed of the air and light intensity. UV air filters can destroy particles without any filtration. The UV rays incinerate particles as they pass through, making it easier for those with asthma, lung complications and allergies. Since UV air filters don’t use actual filters, you don’t have to worry about dirty filters further contaminating your home. UV air purifiers will need new bulbs at least once every couple of years.ultraviolet cleaners

How to Keep Your Air Clean

There are several ways you can keep your air clean aside from an air cleaner, but we recommend air cleaners when pollutants are negatively affecting your health. Aside from air cleaners, you can maintain the cleanliness of your floors, keep a healthy level of humidity, keep smoke out of your home, test for radon and regulating fragrances.

1. Clean Floors

One thing you can do to fight pollutants is keep your floors fresh by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, strong suction, and rotating brushes. This will suck up any lead, pollen, pet dander, dust mites and brominated fire-retardant chemicals that may be festering there. Be sure to get the walls, carpet edges and upholstered furniture. And keep in mind that your vacuum filter needs to be cleaned out regularly. Other options for floor cleanliness are mopping with microfiber mops and placing floor mats at your front door to keep dirt from entering your home. You can also ask guests to remove their shoes at the door.microfiber mop

2. Healthy Humidity Level

Since dust mites and mold flourish in humid climates, you should keep your humidity levels between 30% and 50% to snuff them out. Combine a dehumidifier and run your air conditioner in the summer to reduce indoor air pollen. Other tactics for dehumidifying include (1) using an exhaust fan while cooking, (2) fixing leaky plumbing and (3) venting the clothes dryer to the outside.

3. Remove Smoke

Not only does smoking in your home yellow the walls, but it also creates second-hand smoke. This smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals which can increase a child’s risk of ear and respiratory infections, cancer, asthma and infant death.

4. Conduct a Radon Test

Radon is a key contributor to lung cancer (second leading cause in U.S.). Since radon is colorless and odorless, you never know when it has invaded your home. This radioactive gas is formed from the natural decay of uranium found in soil, and it enters your home through cracks in the foundation. There’s also a correlation between granite countertops and increased radon levels. You can check out this guide on purchasing a radon test kit if you suspect radon may be the culprit.

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5. Make Your Home Smell Good

It may surprise you to hear that synthetic fragrances in bleaches/detergent and air fresheners can pollute your home air with chemicals. One plug-in air freshener on the market was found to release 20 volatile organic compounds, seven of which were considered ‘toxic’ or ‘hazardous’ under U.S. federal laws. Companies are able to trick consumers into purchasing these products by simply listing ‘fragrance’ on the label. Many don’t realize that fragrances are made from petroleum products which haven’t been tested for negative effects on human health. To minimize the chemicals being released into your home, you can stick with fragrance-free/naturally-scented products, use mild cleaners, cut out aerosol sprays, open windows to let in fresh air, bring plants into your home and use lemons/baking soda to create a fresh scent.

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If you’re considering an air cleaner for you home, contact us. We would love to answer any questions you may have and get you set up with the system that fits your budget and needs.

Best Plumbing in Johnson County and Best Heating & Cooling company in Johnson County.

The results are in! Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has been voted by the readers of Johnson County Lifestyle Magazine as the BEST service provider in two categories! After a record number of votes Anthony PHC was selected as the BEST Plumbing and BEST Heating & Cooling company in the area!

Additionally, Anthony PHC was voted by the readers of Leawood Lifestyle Magazine as the BEST Heating & Cooling company in the city.

Since 1951, Anthony Plumbing, Heating Cooling is Kansas City’s most trusted plumbing, heating and cooling provider with “The Technicians You Can Trust With Your House Keys!®”.

Anthony PHC has the largest customer referral network in the Kansas City area. All Anthony PHC technicians are drug tested and background checked, and, holding to a strong heritage of expertise and customer satisfaction, AnthonyPHC technicians participate in weekly classroom and hands-on training.

The Anthony Service Agreement Program (A.S.A.P.), extends the life of customer’s heating, cooling and plumbing system with annual preventative maintenance including semi-annual tune-ups and is widely supported by manufacturers and customers. Anthony PHC provides service seven days a week and is always open to attend to our customer’s needs.

Anthony PHC specializes in plumbing, heating and cooling service, maintenance and installation. Furthermore, Anthony PHC is an industry leader in home automation with its Anthony MyHome line of products.

Owner & Home Comfort Expert, Steve Burbridge proclaims, “We are honored to have been voted as the best plumbing, heating and cooling company in the area as we strive every day to provide solutions for our customers to be safe, healthy, and comfortable with the least amount of energy use. We welcome anyone who is not a current customer to see why we truly are “The Technicians You Can TRUST With Your House Keys!®”.

Is your AC blowing hot air?

There are several reasons why your home AC may be blowing hot air. We’ll go over the different causes, reasons for malfunctions, and troubleshooting for the problem. We’ll also go over causes for your car AC blowing hot air and some quick fixes outside visiting a mechanic.

Home AC Blowing Hot Air

1. Thermostat Setting

If you’ve noticed that your AC is blowing hot air, the first step is to make sure that your thermostat system is set to ‘cool’ and your fan is on ‘auto’ (if you don’t have a whole-home air cleaner). When your fan is on, it’s constantly blowing air through your vents. It can be active even when your system isn’t cooling the air that’s leaving the vents. It’s a good way to improve air quality for those with a whole-home air cleaner, but it doesn’t do much to cool your home if the system isn’t set to ‘cool’. This is a common reason warm/neutral air might be blowing through your vents. You should also lower your temperature setting to be at least 5 degrees below what the room temperature says on the thermostat. Make sure your unit’s temperature isn’t set too high on auto either. Remember to change the setting from ‘heat’ to ‘cool’ in the summertime.ac blowing hot air thermostat

2. Dirty Condenser Unit

Otherwise known as the outside unit, the condenser unit may be the culprit for an AC blowing hot air. The inside and outside unit work together to remove heat from within the home. If there’s anything interfering with the system’s moving parts (dirt, leaves, tall grass, etc.), you’ll need to remove this blockage to get your AC working the way it should. If there’s restricted airflow, the condenser coil won’t be able to do its job. Use a broom to get rid of visible debris and trim brushes, weeds and tall grass that may be interfering with airflow.

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3. Dirty Air Filter

Since the air filter protects the inside of your AC unit from dust and dirt, it can prevent proper airflow if not properly maintained. Those who live in warmer climates needs to check their air filter once a month. The filter alone won’t be the cause of your AC blowing hot air. However, it can add to the problem and reduce cooling efficiency. To fix this issue, turn off the unit, order a new filter or clean the dirty filter, then reinstall the filter.

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4. Low Refrigerant

When your AC unit is losing refrigerant, the air blowing throughout your home will not be cool. It’s an issue that requires a professional to come take a look at it, because you can’t see a leak with the naked eye. Since refrigerant isn’t ‘used up’ over time, low refrigerant indicates a leak. If you don’t fix the leak, the refrigerant you add will just continue to escape. These leaks could be caused by a loose joint due to frequent use or perhaps the unit was assembled poorly by the manufacturer. Another common culprit is a worn service valve. This is typically caused by turning on the AC after inactivity all winter. You can prevent leakage by having the unit serviced before turning it on for the summer or right after turning it on.

5. Leaky Air Ducts

Other leaks can be responsible for AC blowing hot air. Leaks in air ducts can mess up the system’s cooling process, so contact a professional to locate the ducts within your walls, attic or basement and seal the leaks. When cooled or heated air leaves through the duct leaks, your AC has to run longer to match the thermostat setting. This means you have a higher energy bill on top of warm air. You’ll also have to deal with more AC repairs, hot/cold spots in your home and more frequent filter changing. In most houses, 20-30% of the air moving through the duct system is wasted due to holes, poorly connected ducts and leaks.

leaky air duct

6. Loss of Power to Outside Unit

When the outside unit loses power but the inside unit doesn’t, you might notice your AC blowing hot air. Power can be lost in the circuit breaker (check to see if it got tripped) or an emergency shutoff switch. You’ll find this switch on your home’s exterior wall next to the outside AC unit. If the breaker switch (pictured below) is your problem, flip it all the way off and then back on. Normally, breakers flip on or off due to power overload. With too much current, it switches off as a safety precaution. If flipping the breaker back on doesn’t do the trick, contact an Anthony PHC technician. In the even that your breaker is dead, an electrician will need to be called in.ac breaker valve

7. Air Conditioner Freezing

Air conditioners can freeze solid into a block of ice, a common reason for your AC blowing hot air.  The part of your AC that’s frozen is the evaporator coil. It blocks cool air from entering your home. The motor is what’s providing the heat if the fan isn’t frozen as well. This freezing occurs when condensation builds up within the unit. If the temperature at which the AC Is blowing falls below 32 degrees, the freezing process begins. Where we see this most often is on hot days when homeowners crank up their AC to the highest setting. To prevent this, keep your thermostat between 70 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit on auto. To combat a frozen air conditioner, turn it off and let it thaw over the span of a couple hours. Then, turn the unit back on again. If the problem continues, you may need to contact a professional.frozen ac

8. Bad Compressor

Your compressor collects cool, low-pressure refrigerant gas from inside, then squeezes the refrigerant and raises its temperature/pressure.  When this happens, the transformed refrigerant exits the compressor as a hot, high-pressure gas. If the compressor isn’t working properly, the whole system collapses. Normally these compressors go out due to electrical failures, overheating and refrigerant coming back to the compressor. Compressors are sturdy parts, typically lasting at least 10 years and into 20. This part can be replaced, though it may be more cost-efficient to just purchase a new AC unit.

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9. Electrical Problems

If a wire is frayed or damaged, it can cause your AC to underperform or break entirely. Wires can undergo damage from overheating or family pets, so it’s important to keep your wires unexposed. An AC repair company can take care of your broken wires.

Car AC Blowing Hot Air

1. Blocked/Broken Condenser

The condenser, which looks similar to the radiator, is located at the front of your vehicle. It turns the hot, compressed refrigerant into an ambient temperature as it comes from your compressor. It also uses the air your car is traveling through. Without a working condenser, the warm refrigerant travels through the expansion valve. This results in the AC blowing hot air. Condensers are susceptible to blockage because they’re located at the front of the vehicle. You can remove any debris that may be causing the blockage, or remove the condenser yourself if you feel confident in your mechanical skills. The condenser is mounted in with a few bolts and there are 2 refrigerant lines which you will need to remove. If the puncture isn’t visible to the naked eye, you can use UV dye in your AC system to find the puncture point.

car ac unit

2. Low Refrigerant

Refrigerant turns hot air into cold air by taking in and releasing heat, leaving the cool air behind. Low refrigerant can be caused by a loose connection, the escape of refrigerant as time goes on, or an old hose. Even a minuscule leak can be the cause of your car AC blowing hot air. A common refrigerant is Freon, a liquid which is similar to motor oil and radiant coolant. To identify a refrigerant leak, you can check for oily residue around the AC hose units or connections. Leaks can occur in the compressor, condenser and/or evaporator.

3. Broken Cooling Fans

Another possibility is that the vehicle has a broken cooling fan. Condensers need air moving over them to cool the refrigerant. This fan can wear out and eventually die. Another issue may be that the cooling fans blew a fuse or was clogged. Other electrical system failures might include issues with the relays or pressure switches.

4. Worn Out Compressor

The compressor circulates refrigerant through several stages to remove the heat from your car, but it can wear out over time due to contamination or other failed parts. To prevent your compressor from going out, you should run it for 10 minutes once a month in the off season. This can be done by turning on the defroster. You can also visit a mechanical for an AC checkup.

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While these are some troubleshooting tactics that you can try when your AC is blowing hot air , we recommend contacting a professional if these tips don’t fix the problem. Our certified technicians receive 100 hours of training each year, and we pride ourselves on being the ‘technicians you can trust with your house keys’. Check out our blog post on air conditioning repair to learn more about how the system works and what you can do to maintain a healthy system.

Furnace Repair

If you’re considering furnace repair in Kansas City, there are a few things you should know about furnaces first. In this post, we’ll go over the different parts that make up a gas furnace, as well as how these parts interact to give you a heated home. For troubleshooting purposes, this can be a good guide to determine exactly which part of your furnace is in need of repair. Though we don’t recommend conducting furnace repair in Kansas City on your own, understanding how your system works can always be beneficial.

Parts of a Gas Furnace

A gas furnace (aka ‘home furnace’) turns gas to heat and keeps the circulation of indoor air warm. Most gas furnaces operate at 95% efficiency. They are made up of three parts, the first part is composed of a burner, heat exchanger, vent and draft inducer. The second part contains the safety devices and controls (i.e. circuit board relays, thermostat, flame sensors, etc.). Lastly is the blower and air movement. We’ll go over each of these parts to help you better understand how the system works and determine whether you require furnace repair in Kansas City.

furnace diagram

Furnace Burner

The furnace burner is the part where air and fuel are combined, resulting in heat. After this step, the heat is distributed throughout the home. In some cases, the burner has a pre-mixer that mixes the air and fuel. Because of this, combustion is more efficient. Fuel sources can include gas, oil or propane, and a furnace can have more than one burner. Once the thermostat calls for heat, the fuel valve opens and the air intake sucks in air from the exterior of the home. This mixes with the fuel and the pilot light engages. Heated air travels across the heat exchanger, sending warm air into the ductwork. Blower fans take care of the rest.

furnace burner

Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger makes it possible for heat from a fluid to pass to another fluid without the two fluids mixing together or coming into direct contact with each other. Through this process, it transfers hear from one medium to another via conduction. There are different types of heat exchangers; An air-cooled heat exchanger moves cool air through a core of fins to lower the temperature of the liquid. Shell and tube heat exchangers, on the other hand, move the fluids through and over tubes. What’s important to know about a heat exchanger is that is transfers heat without transferring the fluid that carries the heat. As far as furnace repair in Kansas City goes, this is a part that you need to maintain.

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Furnace Vent Pipe

Why is a vent pipe so important? Because it transmits emissions from the combustion process outside the building. This means you never have to worry about toxic gases and harmful byproducts of the heating process. In addition, this part prevents fires. There are three types of vents: natural, direct and sidewall. A natural vent is powered by natural air convection, and they’re standard in most modern gas furnaces. It takes air from within the home for combustion. Since warm air rises, the gases created during combustion rise through the vent. From there, the air is vented outside via a vertical pipe in the roof. A direct vent uses two pipes that are different sizes. An outer pipe sucks in the air from outside to be used for the combustion process, and the smaller pipe inside vents the exhaust fumes. They’re more costly than natural vents, but also have easier installation and less environmental pollution. Finally, the sidewall power vent (aka induced draft fan) is positioned at the end of the exhaust pipe, drawing out combustion gases and expelling them outside. It works with the furnace and is one of the most budget-friendly options out there. These types also are highly efficient and safe.

furnace vent pipe

Draft Inducer

Essentially, a draft inducer is a fan that’s positioned within the furnace near the heat exchanger. It’s one of the first parts activated once the furnace starts up the heating cycle. It turns on prior to the burners igniting in order to remove the combustion gases that hang around after the previous heating cycle. Draft inducers provide the burners with a consistent source of oxygen. The draft inducer blows the combustion gases out of your furnace before flames are lit, ensuring your furnace is safe for the home. They also improve the system’s efficiency by ensuring you get the most out of your burner’s efforts. Heat production is maximized since it runs the whole time, and heat is evenly distributed within the heat exchanger’s walls.

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Furnace Thermostat

A thermostat senses the temperature of a system to ensure the desired set point is maintained. This is a ‘closed loop’ control device, because it works to reduce the error between the desired and measured temperatures. With gas furnaces, a thermostat will start drafting the fan to create a column of air flowing up the chimney. Then, the ignitor will be heated. Open gas vales ignite the main burners, and the heat exchangers eventually reach a proper operating temperature for the main blower fans to be activated. Mechanical thermostats work by using the thermal expansion principle (things get bigger when they heat up and smaller when they cool down) to switch an electric circuit on and off. Most thermostats use bimetallic strips or gas-filled bellows.

furnace thermostat

Furnace Blower

A furnace blower moves the heated air throughout the duct work in your home, ensuring all rooms are heated evenly.  The blower motor is one of the hardest-working parts of your furnace. There are a couple different types to choose from as well. The single speed blower has only two settings: on and off. It’s either at full capacity or nothing. A variable-speed blower motor, on the other hand, gives you a soft start. This means that blowers don’t start out on full throttle when the heater is activated, but rather increase as runtime goes on. This saves on energy, because the blower motor only runs at full capacity when needed. The blower is activated when the heat sequence is initiated. The relay in the circuit board closes, thereby powering up the motor of the blower. When a desired temperature is achieved, the blower is activated by a blower relay in the circuit board.

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Safety

To ensure optimal safety with your gas furnace, you should follow these steps. For one, make sure your furnace is cleaned and checked every year by a certified Anthony PHC technician. Do this before the heating season. Install a carbon monoxide alarm in your home and change your furnace filter regularly. This filter will be located inside the front cover of the furnace and can be accessed via a door on the front of the furnace. When your filter is cleaned regularly, dust doesn’t circulate around your home. Additionally, you should maintain a clean area around your furnace and keep the burner area of your furnace clean. As a rule of thumb, you should never operate your furnace without the front-panel door properly in place. This is where carbon-monoxide poisoning becomes a possibility, since some older models don’t have a safety switch that prevents furnace operation when the panel to the blower compartment is not in place. Keep any combustibles, like paint thinners or gasoline, away from your furnace to prevent fires. By following these steps, you ensure that your furnace can run worry-free. If you’d rather a professional take care of these safety measures, you can call out an Anthony PHC representative to work on your furnace repair in Kansas City.

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Why Choose Us

What distinguishes us from the competition is that we offer a two-year, money-back, 100% satisfaction guarantee. This means that you take zero risk by deciding to go with us. A twelve-year parts and labor guarantee ensures your furnace installation in Kansas City is top-quality, and you receive a whole new unit if a major part failure pops up. Plus, we guarantee that your home will be kept at 70 degrees even when it’s zero degrees outside. We promise that your furnace will save on utilities by the time we’re through with it, and we offer a referral-rewards pay-back program. This means you can receive furnace repair for FREE if you have enough referrals under your belt. One of the most annoying things about hiring a technician is having to take a half-day so you can be home during their ridiculous time frame. Not with us. Since we’re the ‘technicians you can trust with your house keys’, all you have to do is leave your keys and let us take care of the rest. Every technician is drug-free and background tested—we have years of experience to back up our technicians’ legitimacy.

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If you choose to go with a new furnace, they are test-fired to burn-off any manufacturing oil on the heater exchange. With a noise-dampening package, you can be sure that your furnace will stay as quiet as a mouse. Not only do we file a quality control report with a new furnace installation, but we also train you on how to operate your new system. Contact us if you’d like to receive a free estimate or require furnace repair in Kansas City!