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Where Does your Responsibility End, and the Local Water Authority’s Begin?  Your Plumber Must Determine

Maintenance of your sewer main is shared by you and your local water authority.  If a back up occurs on your part of the sewer main, or “on-property,” it is your responsibility to fix it and to pay for it.  If it happens on your local water authority’s part of the system, or “off-property,” it is their responsibility to fix it and to pay for it.

It is up to the homeowner’s plumber to make the determination on whose part of the sewer main the back up is located, and to let the local water authority know if there is a problem with their part of the sewer system.  So it is important to make sure you hire a plumber who specializes in diagnosing sewer back ups.

How Can You Tell if Your Back Up is “On-Property” or “Off-Property?”

The place where your responsibility ends and the local water authority’s begins is in your lateral sewer main.  The lateral is the sewer main that runs from your house and connects to the local water authority’s sewer main.  Every home on your block has a lateral sewer main that connects to the sewer main of the local water authority, which is also called a sewer main, so differentiating between the two in conversation can be confusing.

So at what spot in your lateral sewer main does your responsibility ends and the local authority’s responsibility begin?  It is different in every home, and it is up to your plumber to determine whose portion of the lateral main the back up resides on, yours or the local water authority’s.  That is why it is important to choose a plumber who specializes in diagnosing sewer back ups.

A Sewer Back Up is an Expensive Problem, Unless it is Not Your Problem…

Your plumber should be able to tell you which main is affected, your lateral main or the local authority’s sewer main.  And if the back up is in the lateral main, your plumber needs to be able to tell you if the back up is in the “on-property” portion of the lateral, or in the “off-property” portion.  Your local water authority relies on the plumbers hired by homeowners to let them know when there are off-property back ups so they can send the proper teams out to correct the problems.

Camera and Diagnostic Equipment are Critical to Determine where the Back Up is Located

Luckily Anthony’s plumbers have cameras to make the job of diagnosing and repairing sewer back ups easier.  If your plumber finds that your back up is off-property, they will be able to take pictures to prove where the blockage is.  These cameras also have receivers and digital location systems which identify the location and depth of pipes.

In some cases it may cost extra for a plumber to use this diagnostic equipment, but it is well worth the money for homeowners if it can determine that back ups are off-property.  Cameras allow plumbers to make better and faster repairs to your pipes which can also save you money in labor.  They can quickly tell you where the blockage is, and determine if there are sewer pipe repairs are needed as well, and where, to minimize digging.

The Benefits of Opening vs. Cleaning

There is a difference between opening a sewer main to temporarily resolve a back up, and cleaning a sewer main completely, especially in price.  Many plumbers will advise homeowners to opt for opening a pipe, which involves punching a hole in the back up with a snake, leaving only a partial opening, rather than completely cleaning the pipe.  It is much easier and more affordable to open a pipe than clean it out completely, and homeowners appreciate the cost savings.  To avoid the need for repeated drain openings and to provide a more permanent fix, a sewer main needs to be thoroughly cleaned, not just opened.

When Your Plumber Fixes Off-Property Back Ups, They Need to Tell the Local Water Authority

If your plumber determines that your back up is “off-property,” they will still fix the back up for you and have the local water authority reimburse you for the work.  Even if your plumber is able to correct a back up that is off-property, the local water authority still wants to be informed by your plumber so they can keep an eye on it and make further repairs if necessary.  A sewer main back up can cause devastating damage to multiple homeowners if left unchecked, even so as to require a house to be condemned if waste backs up and ruins electrical and HVAC equipment.  Water levels can rise quickly during a sewer main break, before there is time to intercede.  So the role of the plumber in diagnosing and reporting sewer main problems is a critical one.

How Do I Know if My Back Up is in the Sewer Main Lateral or Just the Floor Drain?

Sewer main back ups require much heavier snakes to open your 3 to 4 inch lateral than snakes that can negotiate a 2 inch branch line to your floor drain, so it is important to know where your back up resides, so you can call the right plumber.  The easiest test is to check to see if toilet paper or human waste is present in the standing water.  If no waste is present, have a spotter watch the floor drain while you run cold water into a bathtub somewhere else in the house for several minutes.  If the spotter never sees any water rise, then the back up is in the floor drain.  If water does rise, then the back up is in the sewer main lateral or local authority’s sewer main.  Sometimes sewer main back ups can cause water to back up in your toilet or bathtub instead of your floor drain, even though the floor drain is lower.

How Do You Clear a Back Up in the Lateral Sewer Main?

You can never clear a lateral sewer main back up through the floor drain, so if the plumber you call attempts to do so you have not chosen the right plumber.  Lateral back ups can only be cleared through your home’s main inside clean out which is located on the lower level and capped by a screw on plug.  Occasionally homeowners make the mistake covering up access to clean outs during remodeling; if that is the case, laterals back ups must be cleared by removing a toilet and snaking from there.  If worst comes to worst a lateral back up can also be cleared from the stack which extends above the roof where the sewer gases escape, but the cost of hoisting equipment to the roof can be great.

Choose Wisely, and Seek Professional Advice

Sewer back ups put your life on hold, but don’t get in a hurry and hire the first plumber available or the cheapest one you can find.  Be patient and qualify plumbers carefully; you will save a lot of money and time and aggravation.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO and we will help you through this process.  For more information on fixing and preventing different drain issues, click here to read our blog on “Easing Drain Pain.

 

frozen AC coilWhen 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.

anthony technicianpara Español,haga clic aquíAir-conditioning systems are one of those appliances you rarely think about until something goes wrong. And if you’re caught without AC in the middle of summer when HVAC technicians are at their busiest, you could face some miserable days of heat at home.

Fortunately, there are some telltale signs homeowners can usually identify before an AC system breaks down completely. Are you seeing any of the following? Better get your air conditioner replaced sooner than later.

1. Your AC is more than 10 years old

Air conditioners wear out just like any other household appliance. A well-maintained AC system will last 10 to 15 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

However, systems that have not been maintained over their lifespan will not last the full 10 years. Steve Burbridge, owner of Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, recommends having a tune-up by a professional HVAC technician to keep your system in good working order. The technician can inspect the unit’s components, identify and fix any issues and clean the indoor and outdoor coils.

2. Your energy bills are rising

Before you blame global warming for your rising energy costs, consider whether your high energy bills could be the result of faulty, failing or inefficient machinery. An AC system that is working inefficiently will run more frequently, using up more electricity while not adequately cooling your house.

Many utility companies provide comparison charts of how your bill has changed month over month and year over year. They also often provide an average temperature for each day of the month, information that can help you identify whether higher utility costs are associated with outdoor temperature or something else.

Newer cooling systems will also tend to be more energy-efficient than older models. Investing in an energy-efficient system could provide you dividends in the long run.

3. Your system uses ozone-depleting refrigerant (R22)

In 2020, the ozone-depleting refrigerant R22 will no longer be manufactured. Used as a coolant for air conditioners beginning with the first models produced in the 1950s, R22 has been found by researchers to be contributing to the thinning of the earth’s ozone.

Burbridge recommends homeowners have an HVAC technician inspect their system to determine what kind of refrigerant it uses. More recently produced models use ozone-friendly refrigerant, such as 410A.

“If their system uses ozone-depleting refrigerant and it needs any repairs, it doesn’t make sense to invest any money in it,” Burbridge said.

4. Repeat breakdowns

repair costs vs age of acWhether your AC system has reached the end of its lifespan or not, having multiple serious repair jobs in a row could indicate it is near wearing out. Recall that systems last only as long as they’re maintained well, and some simply don’t last as long as others. If you’ve already fixed one issue and more are popping up, it might be best to cut your losses and replace.

Older air conditioners will also have more aesthetic issues. “Rust is a major problem, along with being noisier than newer models,” Burbridge said. “People with air conditioners that are near windows or backyard patios could benefit from the newer and quieter AC units built today.”

For more information on how to recognize when your cooling system needs replacing, contact Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in the Kansas City area today.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.

 

ecm fan motor being added to furnaceAfter July 3, 2019, residential furnace manufacturers must include energy-efficient electronically commutated low-wattage motors (ECM’s) on their furnace fans, instead of the permanent split capacitor (PSC) induction blower motors normally used.

The Department of Energy (DOE) has updated their Furnace Efficiency Rating (FER) standards, mandating that these energy conserving motors be used starting July 3, 2019 in all new furnaces, with the expectation that these new standards will result in significant conservation of energy and reduction of carbon pollution.

For homeowners, this means the initial price of residential furnaces will be increasing due to the higher cost of the ECM motors.  But though the initial cost for a new furnace will be going up, the DOE estimates these motors will save an average consumer about $340 to $500 over the lifetime of their furnace, even after accounting for the increased upfront cost, due to significant savings in energy costs.

ecm high efficiency motorECM motors are expected to keep homeowners 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.  And homeowners will be more inclined to operate their furnace fans all the time, therefore cleaning the air consistently.

The net effect on the homeowner’s energy usage by the ECM motors may be reduced by as much as 46%, which depending on the home and the furnace model, could result in as much as $67.00 per year in energy savings.

Although the old furnaces with PSC induction motors may still be in stock for a short time after July 3, they will only be available while supplies last.  Some homeowners may opt for repairing an old furnace, but it can be a costly decision when compared to the energy savings of replacing it with an energy efficient furnace.  The question then is, “how expensive does a furnace repair need to be before it’s not worth it?” Even for less expensive repairs, depending upon how old your furnace is, replacement may be a more cost-effective option.

To help you make the best choice possible, Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will help you assess when and if you should replace your furnace.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.

Why You Need a Dependable 24-Hour Emergency Plumber in Kansas City

Customers in Kansas City sometimes need the assistance of a reliable plumber on short notice. Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling offers fast services across the Metro Area. Contact us now for assistance by dialing 816-407-8444 or 913-353-8444!

 

We Offer Vital 24/7 Plumbing Services

Our respected local firm performs emergency plumbing. We answer customer service requests at every hour of the day or night. We hire dependable, well-qualified plumbers.

For your peace of mind, we’ll send you a brief pre-appointment email when you call. It will include a photo of your repair technician. You’ll have the ability to recognize our service technicians before you invite us into your home.

 

Plumbing Assistance Around The Clock

Our company offers 24-hour emergency plumbing assistance. If you’ve searched the telephone directory under “Residential Plumbing Kansas City” you’ve seen our listing. Our plumbers live in this area. We respond to emergency requests quickly!

 

Service on Request

Today, homeowners sometimes require very quick residential plumbing service. A pipe leaking water or a toilet running constantly causes great inconvenience. Call us to obtain cost-effective solutions for plumbing emergencies.

 

Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Offers Full-Service Assistance

We furnish full-service plumbing expertise to help people in Kansas City. (In addition to supplying fast 24/7 repairs, we also offer complete HVAC services.) Customers ask us to perform many different types of plumbing contractor services.

 

How Our Company Helps Customers

If you can’t repair plumbing system equipment cost-effectively, we’ll assist you in finding replacement products. We perform a wide variety of plumbing projects for customers. Think of us as your convenient one-stop plumbing (and HVAC) service center! Contact us whenever you need any of these services:

  • The Installation of Bathtubs, Sinks, Tubs, And Toilets;
  • Hot Water Heater Installation/Repair/Replacement;
  • Garbage Disposal Repair/Replacement Services;
  • The Installation of Water Softeners;
  • The Installation/Repair of Outdoor Faucets;
  • Expert Drain Cleaning Services;
  • Sump Pump Installation/Repair/Replacement;
  • Other Plumbing And HVAC Contractor Services.

We Know Residential Plumbing Kansas City

Our plumbing technicians possess personal familiarity with Kansas City. As local residents, we know roadways in this region well. We’ll endeavor to reach your address quickly, using the most direct routes to minimize travel times.

 

5 Key Reasons to Ask For Emergency Plumbing Services

Many different types of plumbing problems cause customers to request emergency plumbing assistance. A pipe leaking or rattling noisily, a clogged toilet, or a dripping faucet all distress homeowners. Feel free to call Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling on an emergency basis whenever you’d like to receive extra fast service.

 

Certain situations really do demand the services of a skilled repair technician quickly. Asking for 24/7 plumbing assistance helps bring customers greater peace of mind when these types of problems arise. We’ve listed five circumstances in which Kansas City residents frequently prefer to seek a plumber’s help right away:

  • Frozen or Broken Pipe Problems;
  • Unusual Plumbing System Odors;
  • No Hot Water;
  • Running, Clogged, or Leaky Toilets;
  • Sluggish (or Clogged) Drains;

Frozen or Broken Pipe Problems

Bitterly cold temperatures sometimes occur in Kansas City during winter months. An extended period of chill weather may cause some residential pipes to freeze. Ice readily damages pipes. It may cause metal or PEX pipes to twist or bend out of position. When the ice thaws, a household sometimes discovers a broken pipe gushing water indoors. Consider requesting emergency assistance from a qualified plumber in this situation. We know how to unfreeze water pipes carefully to minimize damage. We also provide fast help resolving water leaks.

 

Unusual Plumbing System Odors

If you notice the smell of either gas or sewage, you should consider obtaining plumbing assistance quickly. (If you smell gas in the home, evacuate the premises and contact the gas company or the fire department first for immediate assistance turning off the gas.) Foul odors emanating from the plumbing system may indicate a broken sewer line or a backflow issue, both causes for concern. Your home’s plumbing system should operate in an odor-free condition.

 

No Hot Water

Do hot water taps in your home supply only cold water? If so, it makes sense to contact us for rapid assistance. Sometimes hot water heater problems prevent a plumbing system from supplying a reliable flow of heated water. We install, repair, and replace both water heaters with tanks and newer, energy efficient “tankless” water heaters. This service contributes to the comfort of daily life for residents of Kansas City.

 

A Running, Clogged, or Leaking Toilet

Sometimes plumbing issues affect the operation of residential toilets. Running, leaking, or badly clogged toilets typically require the attention of a skilled plumbing repair technician. Many different situations cause these types of problems. Our company installs bathroom fixtures (including toilets) for customers. Sometimes a leaking toilet simply requires re-sealing. We fix a wide variety of problems with bathroom toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers to assist our customers. Call us anytime to request experienced toilet repair services.

 

Sluggish (or Clogged) Drains

In addition to toilet repair, poorly performing drains frequently cause a high level of distress to homeowners. We offer fast, reliable drain cleaning and rooter services. Living in a residence with poorly emptying sinks and drains proves exceedingly unpleasant. Water should flow quickly and dependably through household drains. Very poor drain performance often indicates a problem elsewhere in the plumbing system. For example, a clog or a break in a sewer line sometimes prevents the rapid flow of dirty water down a drain. Drainage problems may also occur if sludge and debris build up inside drain pipes. We offer fast, expert drain cleaning services!

 

Trust Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling

We hope you’ll choose us whenever you need the skills of talented emergency plumbers. Kansas City today has become a huge metropolis. We offer fast, trustworthy, dependable, friendly emergency service on request!

We value your business. Why should you select us as your emergency plumbers? Customers choose us for several reasons:

 

Read Our Kansas City Plumber Reviews

First, we encourage you to spend some time reading our Kansas City plumber reviews. Research our company. You’ll discover many testimonials about our firm online. We’ve built a solid reputation as a dependable, trusted plumber in this community.

 

Why Customers Prefer Us

Additionally, the advantages we offer our customers please local residents. Some of these benefits include:

  • Fast, Responsive Service;
  • Carefully Screened Employees;
  • Full-Service Plumbing And HVAC Assistance;
  • Friendly, Local Technicians;
  • Courteous Service;
  • Affordable Prices, And More!

 

Contact Us Today

If your home has sustained plumbing system damage, we’ll provide solutions. A skilled repair technician from Anthony Plumbing, Heating, Cooling will visit your address quickly. Rely on us to solve plumbing problems for your household.

 

Our affordably priced company offers fast, responsive assistance. Dial 816-407-8444 or 913-353-8444 now to schedule a visit from a plumbing repair technician. We serve households across the Kansas City Metro Area!

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.

sump pump claim deniedFlood Insurance Does Not Cover Sump Pump Failure

For Midwest homeowners adding flood insurance is common practice, but they might not know that neither flood insurance nor a homeowner’s policy covers sump pump failure. Sump pump failure riders or endorsements are available, but even they won’t protect against sump pump failure if the post-flood inspection finds the pump wasn’t maintained properly.

Sump Pump Riders Don’t Cover Damage if Pump is Not Maintained Properly

When submitting an insurance claim for sump pump failure, claims adjusters look for ways to prove your due diligence so they can prove your case to underwriters. Your pump will be inspected. If it isn’t found to be in good working order or you failed to keep it operational, your claim could be denied based on improper, or lack of, maintenance. You could also face an insurance premium increase.

What is Proof of Proper Maintenance?

Having your pump regularly inspected and maintained by professional plumbers like Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling eliminates sump pump operational issues, and gives you the proof for insurance companies that the pump was inspected by a professional.  Maintenance is critical to a sump pump’s function. But even a properly maintained pump can fail at any time due to age or inactivity, so regular inspections are needed.

Does My Sump Pump Need a Battery Back Up to Satisfy Insurance Companies?

Even the best maintained pumps will cease to run during power outages typical of Midwest storms, therefore battery backup sump pumps are needed as well. Not only do battery backup sump pumps act as added “insurance” during power outages, but they also help carry the load of the regular sump pump if it is unable to pump water quickly enough during heavier rains.  If you have a Sump Pump rider with your insurance company, call them and clarify whether your sump pump has to have a battery backup in order for water damage claims to be paid.

Sump Pump Failure Claims are a Big Burden to Insurance Companies, and They Will Try to Avoid Paying Them

The reason insurance companies will try to avoid paying sump pump failure claims is because of the tremendous financial cost attributed to them. Fixing the damage caused by an indoor flood is a complicated and time-consuming process. Besides the repair or replacement of the sump pump, several steps must be taken before and after the repair to get your home back to normal. All electrical items in the vicinity of the flood will have to be unplugged, and if they cannot be accessed safely, the main electrical supply will have to be shut off. Then a water extraction service may have to be contracted to remove standing water before repairs can begin.

After standing water is extracted, damage to floors, walls and household items must be repaired. Flooring, furniture and electronics that cannot be repaired will have to be replaced, and irreplaceable keepsakes that are damaged may be lost forever. Then the moisture remaining even after the standing water has been removed must be eradicated, by opening windows, running fans and setting up dehumidifiers. Finally, homes must be tested for mold and mildew growth that the invasive water may have caused, and replacement of drywall and insulation might be needed to stop the spread of mold and mildew throughout the home.

Automated Flood Detection Cell Phone Alerts are Extra Insurance

Installing an automated flood detection and prevention system to your home is an easy and affordable way to receive alerts on your cell phone or tablet when flooding starts while you are sleeping or away from home. Flood prevention systems utilize water sensors placed near sump pumps and other water sources that activate an automated system when water is detected sending alerts to your phone, emitting an audible alarm, and providing an electronic water main valve shut-off feature that engages automatically or allows you to do it remotely.  The home automation experts at Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can install our Water Guardian system, which will equip your home with water sensors that will alert you of a possibly failing sump pump.

Don’t Take Chances, Call Us Today

The professional plumbers at Anthony Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can take the guesswork out of your Sump Pump Maintenance and handle all your Indoor Flood Prevention and Plumbing needs. For more information Call A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO 913-268-4669. www.AnthonyPHC.com.  And check our Coupons page for specials on sump pump inspections and replacement at www.AnthonyPHC.com/Coupons/.

Hereford House and Anthony PHC sizzle togetherIn 1957, inspired by the famous Kansas City stockyards and the locally headquartered American Hereford Association, the Hereford House restaurant opened.  The restaurant has grown on the steadfast principle of serving the finest beef available in an atmosphere of elegant simplicity and has truly positioned itself as a Kansas City icon.

Since 1951, Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has served Kansas City area residents with the same commitment to quality that has positioned itself as a Kansas City icon for trusted, highest quality plumbing, heating and cooling services.

Anthony Plumbing Heating & CoolingThese two Kansas City traditions have teamed up to provide a sizzling offer for area residents.  Anthony now provides it’s customers an opportunity to dine on what many call America’s finest steaks whenever they meet with a comfort advisor to obtain an estimate for a new heating and cooling system.  After going through the process of choosing the finest system for their home, Anthony gives homeowners a Hereford House gift card to enjoy the finest steak dinner in a Kansas City.

Known for generous cuts of steak, Hereford House serves locally sourced Certified Hereford Beef®, raised on family farms and ranches, then aged for a minimum of 21 days. This naturally tender beef is hand-cut in-house every day, then grilled to perfection over a charcoal flame by the area’s most talented grill masters.

Hereford House LeawoodFor anyone wanting to experience a true Kansas City tradition, dinner at Hereford House is sure to be the recommendation.  With a no-obligation estimate for a new heating and cooling system, Anthony customers receive a Hereford House gift card to enjoy.  The tradition of quality in which Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and the Hereford House have been a part of over a half-century continues together, ensuring their shared reputation for great service and the finest quality.

Anthony customers can dine at any of the four convenient Hereford House locations:  Leawood’s Town Center Plaza, Independence by the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center, Zona Rosa in the Northland, and Shawnee west of Midland Drive and I-435.

furnace safetyKeeping 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.

 

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. 

Brewing Coffee with water from a tankless 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.