The high winds, heavy snow and ice accumulation of winter storms can create widespread electricity outages that last for days. To make matters worse, leaving your home to obtain supplies or find temporary shelter can be dangerous if the roads are also compromised by inclement weather. You can’t prevent power outages, but you can prepare for them. And if you don’t prepare in time, there are still things you can do to add warmth to your home during a power outage.
Prep Your Home Before the Winter Storm Season
The best way to handle power outages is to prepare for them well ahead of time. If you wait until a storm is in the forecast to prepare, you may find needed items out of stock, time too limited to complete needed tasks, or technicians and plumbers all booked up.
When electricity goes out in the winter, so does your main heat source, whether that is a furnace, boiler or electric heat. Even gas furnaces cannot run without electricity. To prepare, research alternative heat sources that don’t need electricity.
Install an Infrared Garage Heater
Natural gas infrared heaters like our Auto-Ray Infrared Garage Heater provide excellent sources of heat with absolutely no electricity. Infrared garage heaters keep your garage warm all winter long for pennies a day. Your heated garage will also provide warmth to the adjacent rooms in your home, and will also help keep the exposed pipes in your garage from freezing. Infrared garage heaters create a great warm zone in your home during winter electrical outages.
Have Your Water Heater Checked
Did you know your tank water heater can be an alternative heat source? Most tank type water heaters do not use electricity. Even if it needs electricity to ignite the gas and heat the water, the heated water left in your tank after the power has gone out can be used to fill a bathtub, which can raise the temperature in your bathroom enough to bring you some comfort. Get your water heater tuned up by our expert plumbers to ensure it is working reliably, and while they are in your home, ask them what type of ignition system it uses.
Insulate Your Plumbing
The heat in your home is the only thing keeping your pipes from freezing during the coldest weather, and once a frozen pipe thaws it can burst and flood your home. Have our expert plumbers perform a plumbing safety inspection, and ask them which of your pipes would be most vulnerable if you lost heat during a power outage. Some pipes can be insulated to help prevent freezing and bursting.
If you don’t have a generator, consider your options. A portable generator can run selected appliances like your furnace and a few small electronics long enough to get you through a day of no electricity. Some generators turn on automatically during a power outage and provide your home with uninterrupted electricity.
Install Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Smoke Detectors
Heating your home in winter is a potentially dangerous proposition, even without a power outage. Your home should have carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors on every level and preferably in every bedroom. There are several good options available, and some even connect to the internet via your WiFi connection and can warn you through an app on your phone if danger is present, which is nice if you keep your phone by your bed.
It is especially important to have CO and smoke detectors in place if you are utilizing alternative heat sources during a power outage. Combustible heat sources produce CO, which has no smell, and can cause drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death. Even your gas furnace may produce CO, which is why it is important to get a furnace safety check every year.
Stock up on Fuel
Fill up on fuel for your generator if you have one. Keep your cars full of fuel too – they can be temporary warming stations while running – outside of the garage of course. And if you are lucky enough to have a wood stove, get your log supply stocked up.
Stock up on Water
Power outages can rob your home of not only warmth, but of water. Electricity is needed to run water pumps, so homes on well water can lose their water when they lose their electricity. Even homes on municipal water aren’t safe if a power outage disables the water plant pumps; you will have only a small amount of pressure left in your pipes until you lose your water completely. Keep a stock of drinking water on hand just in case the worst happens, and use water from your tap sparingly.
Purchase Battery Back Ups for your Devices
You can purchase battery back ups that will recharge your phones if you find yourself away from electricity sources. Buy these for your cell phones at least, and consider purchasing them for your computers as well. It is important to have a charged phone during weather emergencies, so keep these devices charged and ready to use.
Act Quickly Once You Lose Power
Once the power has gone out, you won’t have long before your home becomes uncomfortably cold, and possibly dangerous to children, the sick and pets. Take these steps to make sure your family stays safe.
Consider Leaving Your Home
If your family and pets are “portable,” your best course of action might be to move them to a hotel for the night. Hotels usually have back up generators in case they lose power, but it is always good to ask to make sure. Be careful making this decision however, as the same conditions that cause winter power outages can cause dangerous driving conditions.
If you find it unwise to leave home, remember that you can always use your vehicles as temporary warming stations if taken outside of the garage first. To remove your car from your garage after your power goes out you will have to open the garage door manually, which may not be possible until you first disconnect the mechanical door opener from the garage door.
Safely Add Heat to the House
Turn up your infrared garage heater if you have one. Fifty degrees is a good temperature for normal use, but they can be turned up much higher, which will not only get your garage toasty but will help heat your adjacent rooms.
If you have a wood stove, fire it up and keep it burning. If you have a limited amount of wood, burn at regular intervals, letting it get quite cold between burns. Think twice before using your wood burning or gas fireplace; unless it has a fan to circulate heat, you may lose more heat up the chimney than you generate by burning wood or gas. Never use your fireplace without opening the flue first, and only use your fireplace or wood stove if it, and your chimney, have been inspected recently and are in safe working condition.
Use the sun for heat. If it’s a sunny day, open the blinds on the windows on the sunny side of the house. Place dark blankets on the floor, furniture or bed in direct sun to soak up the sun’s heat. As soon as the sun goes down re-insulate the windows the best you can.
Run a bathtub of hot water; it will add heat to the rooms around the bathroom. You could take a hot shower to warm up, too. Standard tank type water heaters do not use electricity so you can take advantage of always having hot water.
Insulate Your Home and Yourselves
Eliminate heat loss to your home by closing curtains and blocking drafts. Only open your doors if it is absolutely necessary. Move to the warmest room of the house and camp out there. This might be the basement during the winter, due the insulating power of the earth. Bring your warmest blankets and coats with you.
Eliminate heat loss to your body by putting on layers including long underwear, warm socks and a hat. Consider using chemical hand and foot warmers, but never directly on skin. Even self-heating pain relief pads can work in a pinch, but they get very hot and can burn the skin as well.
Staying hydrated can help you stay warm so make sure you drink enough. Do not drink alcohol as it will lower your body temperature. Your body requires more food to stay warm in the cold so make sure you eat enough, too.
Use Water Wisely
It is best to conserve water for drinking in case the power outage stops water pumps from getting water to your home. But if the temperature outside is well below freezing, do turn on your faucets and let a pencil sized stream of water run to prevent your pipes from freezing. As far as flushing your toilets, use the yellow-mellow, brown-down rule.
Give Us a Call
Call us before, during or after a power outage for help. There are always ways we can help you, and we want to help if we can. You can reach us by calling A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, or by clicking here to schedule service.
Maestro HVAC Zoning Solves Your Home’s Hot Zones and Cold Zones
You have 2 or more thermostats in your car, so why should you be content with only 1 thermostat in your home? If you want it warmer in some areas of your home and cooler in others, then an HVAC zoning system is for you. Or if you have rooms that are always too hot or too cold compared to the rest of your home and you want to even out the temperatures, you also can benefit from an HVAC zoning system.
Most homes have areas that suffer because a single thermostat located in one area controls the temperature in all parts of the home. The thermostat only knows the temperature where the thermostat is actually located. You simply cannot achieve whole home comfort with one thermostat, just like you can’t control all your lighting with one light switch. Our Maestro Zoning system lets you control the temperature in all areas of your home by allowing you to send conditioned air when and where it is needed. You will feel more air than you have ever felt before out of your system.
Maestro Zoning Allows You to Control Which Rooms Get Cooled and Heated Air
An HVAC zoning system consists of 2 or more thermostats placed in problem areas in your home, and an electronic monitor which activates dampers in your ductwork to move conditioned air directly to those rooms where a greater supply is needed. Anthony’s Maestro Zoning system can be installed quickly and easily in your home, to make every room a Goldilocks room, that is “just right” temperature wise.
By giving homeowners more control over how they heat and cool their home, Maestro Zoning enables the creation of comfort zones that are customizable, which keeps all family members happy while saving money on energy bills at the same time, by sending conditioned air only to the zones that need it and only when they need it.
How Zoning Works
Zoning is a simple, economical way to gain better air flow to problem areas without adding an additional heating and cooling system. Using automatic dampers (which are pneumatically activated so there are no motors that eventually fail) in your vent work, a zoning system allows you to control the temperature independently in separate areas of your home by opening some dampers and closing others.
The brain of the zoning system is an electronic monitor which activates the dampers as ordered by the individual thermostats in the areas served. It can even be used with wireless thermostats that can be carried from room to room to ensure the desired temperature in that room. You can also control thermostats with your cell phone.
Maestro Zoning is Right for Any House
Zoning is all about the comfort of the homeowner, and any home can benefit from zoning if the homeowner wants more control over the temperature in different areas of their home. Homes with hard to cool or hard to heat areas, or with multiple levels that require more than one thermostat are perfect for zoning. These include homes with:
- multiple levels, like two stories or split levels
- rooms over the garage or added onto the back
- finished areas in the basement or attic
- expansive glass areas that let in ambient heat
- family members who prefer different temperatures than others
- home offices
- portions of the home built over a concrete slab floor
- wings extending off the main living area in multiple directions
- large, open areas such as vaulted ceilings or lofts
Zoning Beats the Heat in Two Story Homes or Bedrooms over the Garage
Since a thermostat only knows the temperature of the area it’s located in, your home can suffer from stark temperature variances in different rooms. Because thermostats are normally located on a home’s first level, rooms on upper levels can be unbearably hot because of the “stack effect” of warm air rising. Also, second floor areas have more heat gain because the ceiling is the hot attic. And if you are the unlucky one who’s bedroom is over the garage, you know that no matter how much the AC is cranked in the house your room is always hot in the summer. Rooms over garages are always cold in the winter, too.
Maestro Zoning is a great option for homes with these configurations. Rather than install window units in your upstairs bedrooms or keep your lower levels uncomfortably cool in an attempt to accommodate the upper levels, zoning has become a must-have solution for any two-story home.
Zoning Eliminates Arguments Over Temperature
No more arguments over temperature in the house – with Maestro Zoning you have control of the temperature in your room, and your family members have control over theirs. The dampers in the ductwork are activated by the electronic monitor depending on the set temperature from individual thermostats in the areas served. These dampers allow cooled air to be sent into warmer rooms while restricting air flow to other rooms. Since each room, or “zone” has a different thermostat, one person can enjoy a warmer room while another luxuriates in their own much cooler zone.
Call our Maestro Zoning Experts for a Free Estimate
Call our Maestro Zoning experts today for a free estimate, and we will come to your house and explore the many options available to customize a zoning system to meet your needs. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO or click here to submit your information and we will contact you at a time that is convenient for you.
When your central AC blows hot air, it often means you have a frozen coil. Frozen may sound like a good problem for an AC to have, but your system cannot cool your home if the coil is iced over.
It is important to know that AC technicians cannot fix your frozen coil problem until the coil thaws. So if your AC is not producing cold air, take these steps before you call your technician:
1. Check your filter
A dirty filter could be the only issue preventing your AC from cooling your air, and that is an easy fix. Turn off your furnace fan by turning your system to OFF on your thermostat. Locate your return vent, unscrew the cover (if any), and pull out your filter. If it’s dirty, simply replace it. Write down the size indicated on the edge of the filter, and purchase a new one at a home improvement store. With your system still OFF, pull out the dirty filter, paying attention to which way the air flow arrow points on the edge of the filter, and put the new filter in facing the same direction.
2. Thaw out your AC
If your filter is not dirty, try thawing out your AC coil. First, switch your thermostat to OFF and your fan to ON. This will start defrosting your coil, which is located inside the air handling unit next to your furnace. Call an expert technician from a reputable heating and cooling company and set up an appointment to have them come look at your AC unit after the coil thaws. Give your unit a few hours to fully defrost, and head to a movie theater or restaurant to stay cool.
To see if your coil is thawed, locate your air handler and the frozen coil. Check the condensate pan underneath the coil to make sure it is draining properly, and not leaking and causing damage to your floor.
3. Turn your AC back on
After a few hours, check your coil. It should be dry and free of frost or ice. Switch your thermostat back to “cool” to turn your AC back on. If the air comes out cooler than room temperature, you have fixed your AC problem! If not, it is now ready for your technician to make any necessary repairs. Even if your AC is working again, it is good to have your technician inspect the system, as a frozen coil usually a sign that something is wrong.
Don’t be stuck with a non-functioning AC system on a hot day when the demand for technicians is high, and the wait for service is long. Get your checked annually, before trouble starts. Call Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, (913-268-4669), or click here to schedule a service call.
The Clock is Ticking – What’s Your Plan?
If your AC uses the refrigerant known as R-22, it is time to plan your replacement strategy. If you have to add refrigerant to your AC unit, then your time may be up this year.
Because of Environmental Protection Agency concerns about R-22 effects on the ozone, it will not be produced after January 1, 2020, and the only way to acquire it will be through recycled or stockpiled supplies which will be prohibitively expensive to purchase. The price of R-22 has been increasing steadily over the last few years already, which has made R-22 AC systems too expensive to continue to run, making replacement the more affordable option.
The last AC units using R-22 were manufactured in 2010. So if your AC unit is one of these, it is already old enough to consider replacement. If your AC uses R-22 refrigerant and you’ve had to add refrigerant recently, then it is time to replace your AC system. Refrigerant doesn’t get used up – the only time you have to add refrigerant is if you have a leak. And if you have a leak, you will have to add more and more refrigerant each year.
Refrigerant leaks happen to all units eventually as they age. Refrigerant circulates under high pressure and therefore wears down and thins the inside of the tubing. Because AC units last only 10 – 15 years on average, it is time for your R-22 unit to be replaced, especially if it is leaking refrigerant.
How Do I Know if my AC Unit uses R-22?
Steve Burbridge, owner of Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, recommends homeowners have an HVAC technician inspect their system to determine what kind of refrigerant it uses. Age of the system is one determinant – no R-22 units were manufactured after 2010. But R-410A units have been manufactured since 1996, so just because your unit is old it doesn’t mean that it uses R-22.
Can I Wait One More Year?
Making a choice to wait will also put you in the same boat as all of the others who are waiting until the last minute, and prices for new AC systems go up when demand is high. And even if you are lucky enough to get a reasonably-priced replacement unit, the wait for available technicians to install it might be long. And the last thing you want to do is be faced with weeks without air conditioning during the summer heat.
What if I Can’t Afford to Replace Right Now?
Replacing a central AC unit can cost thousands of dollars, more than many of us have saved up. This is where financing comes in. Fortunately, there is financing available for just about any credit score. Click here to review the many financing options available through Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling: https://www.anthonyphc.com/financing/.
Rebates from energy companies can also help financially. KCPL offers rebates when you purchase energy-efficient AC systems installed by authorized contractors like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. For more information on rebate programs, call our us at Anthony or click here: https://www.kcpl.com/save-energy-and-money/home/rebates/heating-and-cooling.
The one bright side to incurring an extra monthly expense through financing is the reduction of energy costs that you will receive when a new unit is doing the cooling, which will help offset this expense. New AC units outperform old units significantly, no matter what their Energy Star rating is. And you will no longer have costly repair bills to pay either.
Have questions on R-22 refrigerant, AC system replacement? Call our knowledgeable experts night or day at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, or submit this form to request an estimate: https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-estimate/.
How to Decide – Which Air Conditioner to Buy?
Do you intend to replace or install a central air conditioner? What are your air conditioner considerations? Choosing an air conditioner involves a lot, that is, from price to setup, noise level to efficiency. What will guide you to choose the best air conditioner for your home? The following ten questions from Anthonys Heating and Cooling will provide you essential clues.
1. How much do you want to spend?
Window air conditioners are the cheapest room air conditioners. The standard price for a window air conditioner with basic features such as an adjustable thermostat, multiple fan speeds, a timer, and manual or electronic controls ranges from $200 to $450. Price increases with additional features such as air purifiers, onboard heating modes, remote controls, and energy-saving functions.
Through the wall AC Unit types are more expensive compared to window air conditioners; they range from $350 to $700. You need to purchase a wall sleeve for their installation.
Standard portable air conditioners can cost you from $350 to $720, depending on the features. They are often used in manufacturing facilities, to cool computer rooms and large office spaces.
Ductless mini splits are the most expensive air conditioners. Their prices range from $900 to $2500. On top of that, you need to set some amount of money for professional installers or AC replacement experts.
PTAC air conditioners are mostly used in the hospitality industry and the best option for cooling and heating single rooms.
From above you can choose which one will serve your Kansas City AC Installation needs.
2. Does your residence or office have air conditioner restrictions?
Some homeowners associations, apartment complexes, and office buildings have rules against installing windows or through-wall air conditioners for aesthetic and safety reasons. Also, due to extensive installation, a ductless mini-split air conditioner may not be an option. In these situations, AC Installation with portable units are the best alternatives.
3. What is your physical air conditioners space?
Portable air conditioners need sufficient space for their effectiveness. Both window air conditioners and through-wall air conditioners don’t need any floor space, because they either sit inside a wall or window. Mini-split systems due to their wall-mountable blower units and a large part of the AC situated outside, they take some amount of space.
If you live in a small room, opt for the window or through-wall Kansas City AC Installation. For common spaces, a ductless mini-split system will work better while portable ones will work for large areas.
4. What type of windows do you have?
If you want portable AC, you must know they are set up to vent hot air through siding windows or double-hung windows. However, if windows are not available, some modes are adjusted to vent air through a wall hole or drop ceilings. Standard portable air conditioner installation kits cannot fit crack windows, but you can make your own customized casement window kit through Plexiglas.
On the other side, if you want to install window air conditioners, you should know they are designed for vertical sash windows only. If you have slide windows, you can install specially designed windows even though they expensive.
Mini-split conditioners and through-wall air conditioners do not need a window for installation.
Americans are aware of the dangers of heart disease and stroke and the all the messages encouraging us to eat right and exercise to reduce the risk of these deadly events. Research is now showing that air pollution is another cause of heart disease and stroke – and it is not something people can control as easily as their diet. But as the average person spends 90% of their time indoors, eliminating air pollution is a reachable goal.
Keeping your home warm is an essential part of preserving a comfortable living environment, but it can also represent many hazards such as fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and indoor air pollution.
The National Fire Protection Association reported a total of 54,030 home structure fires involving heating equipment between 2011 and 2015. Central heating units and water heaters accounted for 21 percent of those fires.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 150 Americans die every year from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning that is not caused by fires. Known as a silent killer, CO has no smell or taste, so neither people nor animals can tell when they are breathing it.
Get your furnace checked for safety by a highly-trained heating specialist
It’s a smart idea to have a highly-trained heating specialist like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling perform a safety inspection on your furnace. Their technicians will do the following:
- Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks with a state of the art inspector camera.
- Test for any dangerous gas leaks such as CO.
- Test the ignition system for safe and proper operation.
- Test the safety and control circuits.
- Ensure the exhaust is venting properly.
We often run coupons for safety inspections during the winter months. Check our coupons page for our current specials.
Watch for signs of a cracked or non-functioning heat exchanger
A gas furnace’s heat exchanger is the furnace component that actually heats the air. A cracked heat exchanger is a serious safety issue, as the gases being burned off, such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxide, could leak into your home, causing illness or, in extreme cases, death. Getting an annual furnace safety inspection will help spot cracks in heat exchangers. But homeowners should always keep an eye out for these warning signs of an improperly working heat exchanger:
- black carbon buildup (soot) inside or outside the furnace cabinet, a sign of incomplete combustion
- Excessive moisture in the space and on the windows (water is a byproduct of combustion)
- unpleasant odor similar to formaldehyde
- water on the floor at the base of the furnace
- flu-like symptoms experienced by family members
Clean your furnace
Like other appliances around the home, a furnace will function more safely and efficiently if it’s clean. Check the pilot light and main burners on your natural gas furnace to ensure they are burning blue. If they burn orange or yellow, contact a heating specialist to have it serviced.
You can also call a highly-trained heating specialist like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to have your furnace thoroughly cleaned before the winter months when you’ll be using it regularly.
Install and/or check carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a “silent killer” because you can’t see, taste or smell it in its natural form. If it is inhaled in high concentrations or slowly over time, it can cause drowsiness, dizziness, loss of consciousness, brain damage and death.
If you have natural gas heating in your home, it’s important to install CO detectors on each floor to ensure your family’s safety. Since CO doesn’t rise like smoke does, safety experts recommend installing CO alarms at knee level, which is about the height of a sleeping person’s nose and mouth.
Also consider installing “smart” detectors that will send alerts to your phone when you are away, so your pets and elderly family members stay safe when you’re not at home.
Change your furnace filter
Clean filters allow your furnace to run more efficiently and help prevent dust from circulating through your home. If you don’t know how to change your filter, schedule a visit from a heating specialist or check for videos online that walk you through the process.
Keep area around furnace clear
Garages and closets are prone to gathering clutter, but it’s important to keep the space near your furnace clear of boxes, trash, open laundry soap, paint thinners and gasoline containers or other combustible items. Keep this up year-round, whether you regularly use your furnace or not.
Keep supply registers clean and open
While it may make sense, in theory, to close supply registers to unused rooms to save on heating bills, heating specialists suggest otherwise. A furnace needs constant, consistent airflow to function properly, or it may use up the oxygen in your home. Closed supply registers can allow water pipes to freeze even though the frozen pipe is not in the room with the closed supply register.
“It’s also possible to damage your furnace by closing too many air registers,” according to Angie’s List. “Closing off registers creates less airflow, which forces the furnace to work harder. It’s also possible that limited airflow may cause the furnace to blow air that is too hot and trip the limit safety switch in the furnace.
Replace older furnaces
Like an old car, an old furnace that requires costly repairs is signaling that it’s near the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced soon. Even if your furnace has a few years left in it, it may not be cost efficient to keep it if your energy bills during the heating season are high due to the furnace’s poor efficiency.
Newer furnaces are cleaner, operate more safely, produce less pollution, and are built to meet modern building codes. If your furnace is over 18 years old or if it is requiring frequent repairs, it may be time to replace it.
In addition, after July 3, 2019, residential furnace manufacturers must include energy-efficient electronically commutated motors (ECM’s) on their furnace fans, which are expected to save homeowners significant money on electricity bills.
ECM motors are also expected reduce carbon pollution and keep occupants more comfortable, too. First, they provide more efficient airflow. Second, they reduce temperature swings in the home by allowing the fan to run for a longer time at a reduced speed.
For more information on how to safely maintain your furnace or to determine whether it’s time to replace it, contact us today at 913-268-4669 or submit our contact form.
Do you have a Gas furnace for Back Up Heat?
Shut off your Heat Pump if you have a Gas Furnace for the Back Up Heat
Homeowners that have what has been called a hybrid heating system ( a heat pump with a gas furnace back up) should operate only with the gas furnace for the winter if gas prices are low. Natural gas prices have been very low in past years, caused by an abundance of gas available and mild fall temperatures. On the other hand electric rates continue to climb. The beauty of having a hybrid heating system is the ability to choose which source of heat is more economical to use and for this winter it certainly is natural gas.
With a typical operation of a hybrid heating system, the heat pump will operate with ambient temperatures above 32 degrees. When temperatures are below 32 degrees the gas furnace would operate. To lock out the heat pump from operating, homeowners should switch their thermostats to “emergency heat” mode. Don’t worry about the word “emergency” – think of it as auxiliary heat which is the gas furnace.
Note: In all electric homes where the backup heat source is an electric furnace, the heat pump should be operated since it is more efficient than an electric furnace.
Having your furnace work correctly is imperative to make sure that your energy bills stay low, and that your home stays the comfortable temperature that you need it to. Unfortunately, your furnace may break down for several different reasons. It is important that when you start having furnace problems, that you seek Kansas City furnace repair as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse.
In fact, some people think that they may be able to wait out their furnace repair, only to find out that they waited too long and the repair cost has gone up greatly. This is due to some problems causing other issues in your furnace. You may have multiple areas that need to be repaired. Most furnace repairs can be done affordably if it is caught before they get too bad. Read on for the 10 most common furnace problems that you may face.
1. Lack of Maintenance
Your furnace needs to have proper maintenance done to it. It is a good idea to have it maintained at least once a year. For furnaces inspections of the heating system is generally done in the summer months before it turns cold. This is done to ensure that when you turn your heat on in the winter months, it works as it should. You will need to have a Kansas City come out to do maintenance on your furnace.
They will take a look at it to ensure that there are no problems. They will also do things like clean the coil and change the filters. During the maintenance check, your HVAC technician can take a look to make sure that no components of the unit are going bad. Not having proper maintenance is detrimental to your furnace’s health. You will want to make sure that you get a service maintenance agreement as soon as possible.
2. Dirty Filters
If your air filters become clogged, this can cause your furnace to work harder than it should, and it can cause you and your family to breathe in less than quality air. Filters need to be cleaned frequently to ensure that this does not happen. Typically, you need to change your filter every 6 weeks. For some types of filters, this is not as frequent. To find out the recommendations, ask your technician or look at your service manual.
3. Wear and Tear
As your HVAC starts to age, you may start dealing with some problems with wear and tear. The older a furnace gets, the more problems you will start having. You may have things like a noisy furnace, and issues with furnace cycling. You may also find that it does not heat your home as well. When this happens, you will need to get a furnace repair KC or you may have your furnace replaced if the damage is severe.
4. Pilot and Electric Ignition Problems
Problems with the pilot control or the electric ignition can happen with a furnace. This is probably one of the most common problems that people see. The ignition or pilot will need to be replaced, and a technician that is experienced in this, will have no trouble doing this quickly and affordably.
5. Malfunctioning Thermostat.
Another common problem is a malfunctioning thermostat. The malfunctioning thermostat may need to be replaced or it may just need new batteries. Over time, thermostats can wear out and a new one will need to be put in its place. Having a malfunctioning thermostat can mean that your house stays cooler than what it should, or your furnace may not run all. In some cases, the thermostat may call for the furnace to run too much. This can cause an increase in your energy bills as well as too much strain on your furnace.
6. No Heat
Times when the furnace does not heat at all. This can be for a broad variety of problems. It is imperative that if you have an issue with the furnace not turning on or heating, that you call a technician immediately. Calling a technician immediately will allow them to come out to your home and fix the issue. Most of the time an issue can be fixed relatively quickly so that your home is heated effectively.
7. Not Enough Heat
Your furnace may be working, but it is not working well enough. There may be heat, making it into a few of your rooms, but your house is simply not warm enough. This could indicate an issue with your heat pump, or even your heat strips. This could also indicate there is an issue with your ductwork. A technician can come out and inspect your entire system to find out the problem. Never try to fix the problem yourself as you may miss something or you may damage your furnace.
8. Frequent Cycling
If your furnace cycling is going off and coming back on every few minutes, there may be an issue with your sequencer, thermostat or other issue. It is important to take care of this issue as soon as possible as left untreated, the heat may go out altogether. Frequent furnace cycling can also cause higher than normal power bills.
9. Constantly Running Blower
In some cases, your blower may run constantly and this will indicate an issue with your furnace that needs to be addressed quickly. A malfunctioning blower can quickly cause your power bill to go up and it can also cause issues with other parts of your furnace. If you hear your blower running constantly you will need to call for a furnace repair KC.
10. Noisy Furnace
If you have a noisy furnace, you could have issues with your fan or other components of your furnace. This noise may be so loud you hear it outside the home, or even inside all around the house. It can be a minor annoyance or a major one. Hearing a noise can eventually lead to the furnace not turning on, as well as additional common furnace problems. While you might think that is okay, and that you can deal with the noise, it is always best to have it checked out just in case. A minor noise can turn into a big noise, and cause even bigger furnace problems down the road.
If you are in need of a Kansas City furnace repair, call Anthonys Heating and Cooling today. They are proud to serve the entire Kansas City, MO area. They are well known for their quality service and affordability. They also offer 24 7 services to help make sure that you stay warm no matter what. If you suffer from one of these common furnace problems, call Anthonys Heating and Cooling today so that they can help you get the heat running in your home correctly.
Your energy bills are probably driving you crazy and have led you to look for ways to cut on these costs. Admittedly, your old water heater is one of the biggest contributors to that high energy bill, and replacing it could mean considerable savings. Tankless water heaters are a modern type of heater that work towards helping you achieve that goal.
Anthony PHC Kansas City helps you upgrade to an instant water heater.
What is wrong with Your Traditional Heater?
Your traditional tank heater provides you with hot water after having to heat the entire tank’s capacity – between 30 and 50 gallons. While you might use up all of that capacity on occasion, most of the time, however, you will barely utilize half of it on a single use. The issue here is that you have used a lot of energy to heat the entire tank’s capacity yet you do not use all of it. This equates to wasted resources and it is certainly reflected on your energy bill.
As such, this is the main reason you should focus on upgrading your water heater, as the old one is woefully out of date. Therefore, the longer your traditional tank heater continues to rest in a utility closet or basement, the more likely you will be wasting electricity.
Moreover, traditional heaters are made to last for a decade at most. Our experts at Anthony Plumbing, the premier Plumber in Kansas City recommend replacing the heater before it starts displaying performance issues to save on heating costs.
What is a Tankless Water Heater?
This is a type of heater that provides hot water only as it is needed. Also known as instant heaters, they do not produce the standby energy losses you are likely to find with traditional heaters, thereby saving you money. For a tankless water heater that makes 40 gallons or less of hot water every day, owners enjoy about 34% more energy efficiency over traditional heaters. For those who utilize a lot of hot water (more than 80 gallons) every day, this efficiency is around 14 percent.
How Does It Work?
The tankless water heater usually heats water directly without requiring the use of a storage tank. When you turn on the hot water tap, cold water starts traveling through a pipe and into the unit. Here, the water is heated using either a gas burner or electric element as it passes through. Consequently, a tankless water heater is able to deliver as much instant hot water as you need and not a drop more. This saves you the burden of having to wait for a storage tank to fill up with hot water.
Most tankless heaters produce hot water at a rate of 2 – 5 gallons (7.6 – 15.2 liters) per minute. However, there are levels among tankless heaters as gas-fired heaters are able to produce higher flow rates than electric models. Nevertheless, due to their instant nature, a single heater typically serves a single source. Thus, it may not be able to supply enough hot water for multiple or simultaneous uses in large homes. For instance, running a shower and a dishwasher at the same time can prove to be too much to handle for a single heater. However, this problem can be quickly fixed by installing two or more tankless water heaters and connecting them in parallel. This will allow your household to run multiple hot water uses concurrently.
Reasons to Go Tankless
1. Avoiding Down Time
If you run a business whose core operations depend on providing the customers with hot water as part of the experience, going tankless is a necessity that directly connects to the bottom line.
A tankless system is nice to have if you do not use a lot of hot water. However, if your demand is high and your establishment depends on the availability of hot water, then a tankless system is a must have as you cannot afford to have down time if your hot water tanks run out.
As such, rather than limiting your business’s capabilities to the capacities of your storage tanks, a tankless water heater provides you with an infinite supply of hot water. Establishments such as salons and spas would benefit greatly from this system as it ensures that their customers are fully satisfied and not told that they cannot be afforded some services due to the unavailability of hot water.
Additionally, eateries such as restaurants may have to close their doors due to health reasons if they do not have enough hot water. A tankless system, therefore, ensures that your establishment never suffers from such scenarios. You may also create a system with several units so that even if one needs maintenance, the others will pick up the slack so that your system is not compromised.
2. Saving Space
Traditional heater tanks are voluminous contraptions. They gobble up so much space that they need to be installed in the basement, utility closet, or any other dedicated mechanical room for water heating.
Tankless heaters, on the other hand, are not as bulky as traditional tank heaters and are compact enough to be placed anywhere within the home. The advantage here is that you can place the heater as close as possible to the source. This allows for proximity that eliminates the need to wait for hot water while also eliminating wastage. It is next to impossible to install the traditional tank heater in spaces where you can fit a tankless model.
3. Increasing Home Value
In addition to ensuring that your home or establishment consumes water much more efficiently, installing a tankless heating model will become a selling point if you decide to put your house on the market. As such, you can consider the upgrade as a long-term investment. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, energy efficient upgrades such as tankless water heaters are among the top things that buyers are looking for in a home today. And because tankless water heaters can work efficiently for more than 20 years, using that reliability as a leverage point when selling your home does not hurt either.
4. Easy Maintenance
Traditional heaters often require replacement at the first sign of failure. Tankless heaters, however, rarely require replacements, and if they do, it is for individual parts that aim to extend their life.
The most important component in the tankless water heater is the heat exchanger; this component requires periodic flushing. This flush can either be done annually or every 3 – 5 years depending on the level of water hardness of the place you live. Talk to a plumber in Kansas city to advice you on this.
If you have been looking to cut on your energy bills, replacing your old water tank heater and upgrading to a tankless heater is the way to go. Traditional tanks are outdated in every sense of the word; they are bulky, slow, and unreliable in addition to facilitating energy wastage.
Tankless water heaters, however, provide you with instant hot water at the required volume. This ensures that they eliminate energy wastage. This allows you to make as much as 30 percent savings on your heating bills. Moreover, they are small so they can fit in any space.
Installation and Plumbing Services
So now if your ready to buy a new tankless water heater, the only thing left you require is help with the installation. Look no further than Anthonys give us a call and we can help you out in no time! But are you also looking for a reliable plumber in Kansas City? Anthony Plumbing has been the premier plumber in Kansas City for over 50 years. We realize the cost effects of outdated technology on your energy bills and we can help you upgrade to an efficient design that helps you save costs. In addition to plumbing services, Anthony Plumbing also offers heating services to ensure that you do not have fixtures causing energy wastage in your home.
Contact Anthony PHC Kansas City for all your plumbing services needs when looking for a plumber in Kansas City. We will be glad to help.