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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.

 

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.

 

There are some projects that you as the average DIY enthusiast can do yourself. For instance, if your kitchen sink faucet is dripping, you can find some online instructions and figure it out. But there are other plumbing projects that require a skilled professional to do correctly. Homeowners that try to do these projects themselves might end up paying more in the long run if they do it incorrectly.

 

Some plumbing projects are complex, potentially dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, or can even do damage to neighbor’s plumbing. If you want to know how to avoid causing damage or a potentially dangerous situation, check out these signs you need to call a professional, such as Anthony Plumbing, then read Kansas City plumber reviews.

  1. The Hot Water Heater is Not Working

If your hot water heater isn’t working, one of the first things that you should remember is that the water is heated by gas and electricity. Sometimes a water heater can be repaired, but other times it needs replacement. Either way, if you make a mistake with connecting the water heater to the gas or electrical source, you could cause damage to your home or put you and your family in an unhealthy or even dangerous situation. When an experienced professional performs the job, you can feel confident that you and your family are safe. Always call a professional service, such as Anthony Plumbing, to take care of water heater issues.

  1. Burst or Broken Pipes

In the winter, pipes can burst if they become too cold, and they can break if they’re old and worn out. This can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Not only should you call Anthony Plumbing, which is a company that has experience with many types of plumbing repairs, but you’ll also need to make a homeowner’s insurance claim, and you’ll need to talk to a water and fire restoration company.

 

A plumber is necessary because they’ll be able to pinpoint where the leak is coming from, and they’ll be able to fix it with the correct tools in a way that provides long-lasting results. A qualified plumber also understands the building codes of the area, so they know how to ensure that your plumbing is up to date on the current requirements. They’ll also be able to suggest a business that can dry out and replace drywall, cabinets, and anything else that got wet so that you don’t have problems with mold later. Furthermore, your insurance company might require that a professional do this type of work.

  1. You Need to Install New Appliances

If you’re installing a dishwasher or another major appliance that needs a water source, you should have a professional do the work. This is the type of job that, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up paying more in the long run. If your dishwasher or other appliance leaks when you’re gone or asleep, this could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs if you have to replace flooring and drywall, and you’ll need to pay someone to install the dishwasher correctly.

 

On top of that, it’s likely that your insurance won’t cover the damage since you chose to do the installation yourself and the damage isn’t from a flood or another type of natural disaster. When you call in a professional, they’ll have the proper tools and experience to ensure that everything is connected correctly and securely.

  1. Low Water Pressure

Try these steps to know why there’s low water pressure throughout your home. The first step is to inspect the valve next to the water meter for your home. This will usually be on the side or back of your home on the outside, and it can be either a lever or a knob. The color will also usually either be yellow or red. Your problem might be as simple as a valve that is partially closed. You should also check the house’s main shutoff to ensure that it’s completely open. This lever or knob might either be in your basement, laundry room, or another utility room inside of your house. If both of these valves are completely open, you could have one of several problems, and all of them require an experienced plumber to fix. For instance, you might have pipes that are old and have corroded.

 

As most metal pipes age and water flows through them, they begin to oxidize, which is why you might begin to see rust in your water. When pipes corrode, the corrosion gets flaky, and the corrosion begins to expand inside of the pipe. This expansion constricts the water flow. You could also have a failing pressure regulator. This valve will most likely be near the main water shutoff inside of your home. If your home is older, you might not have one since this wasn’t a requirement of building codes a few years ago. One of the plumbing services in your area can save you from further problems later and fix your current water pressure problems.

  1. Brown Tap Water

If you’re seeing brown tap water, there are a couple of possible reasons, and you might need to call a plumber. It could be a problem with your city water, or you might be seeing brown water because the fire hydrants were just drained for the season. Call your local water department to find out if the problem is on their end. Otherwise, simply talk to your neighbors to find out if they’re experiencing the same problems. If only your home is experiencing this, you can run the water for several minutes to see if it clears.

 

While drinking brown water isn’t necessarily harmful to you, it doesn’t taste great, and unless you recently replaced your pipes, it’s likely a sign that your pipes are rusting on the inside. If it’s only hot water that’s brown, the rust might be coming from your water heater. Either way, you’ll need Anthony Plumbing to determine if the rusty water is coming from your water heater. Anthony Plumbing can also do the work for you so that you avoid more repairs later and can enjoy fresh-tasting water that looks as refreshing as it tastes.

If you know that you need a plumber but aren’t sure who to call, check out some Kansas City plumber reviews. Ignoring signs that you need professional plumbing services won’t make the problem go away, and you could cause more damage to your plumbing and home the longer you let it go. It’s always best to fix problems early rather than let them become worse.

Angie's List 2018 Super Service AwardWe at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are proud to have earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2018.  This is the 12th year in a row that Anthony PHC has earned this esteemed award.

The Angie’s List Super Service Award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List for the year, and reflects our consistently high level of customer service.

“Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” says Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

As an Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winner, we have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

Anthony PHC has been listed on Angie’s List since 2005, and we have won the Angie’s List Super Service award every year since 2007.

Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. We are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. At Anthony PHC Kansas City, we are honored to be considered a top-rated service professional by Angie’s List, and we extend our thanks to the thousands of homeowners who have rated us highly on Angie’s List.  To visit us on Angie’s List, click here.

Tools of a Plumber in Kansas CityHow to Find the Best Plumber in Kansas City

If you live in a home or own a home, there is one thing that is probably going to need attention at some point while living there. Plumbing issues aren’t something that you want to just leave for an extended period. It’s important to take care of them when they come up. A plumber can help to make a difference and Anthony Plumbing is a great option to have on-call. Call Anthony!


Why You Need a Plumber On-Call 

Plumbing can be an irritating problem to deal with when things inevitably go wrong, so you want to make sure that you have the best plumber to call when they do. When plumbing, issues come up, you have very little time to figure out if it’s going to be an emergency or not so it’s important to have a plumber on call at a moment’s notice.
Imagine it being late afternoon and you’re planning on having guests over soon but all the sudden your toilet starts overflowing. If you don’t have someone that you can turn to when your bathroom starts leaking, how will you handle the issue quickly and effectively?

While you may be handy on fixing things around the house, would you say that you are confident that you can fix a messy toilet leak or broken pipe before it causes more problems?
Sometimes plumbing problems can lead to smelly situations and no one wants to spend more time than necessary holding their breath due to a horrible stench. It just makes more sense to have a plumber on hand than to have to scramble to find one when you need one. You can always call Anthony!

What to Look for in a Plumber in Kansas City

There are many things that you should look for when shopping around for a go-to plumber that you can depend on when the going gets tough in your toilets and sinks. The following are some important things to pay attention to:

  • Experience-This should go without saying but what you want to be sure about is that the plumbing company has experience. A plumber in Kansas City is more apt to spot the problem the first time around. They know what they’re doing and you won’t have to worry about them damaging your home, which could happen with inexperience Kansas City plumbers. An experienced plumber can spot things that maybe you didn’t even realize and save you from more serious issues in the future.
  • Cleanliness-How clean are they? Not exactly them as a person-although that also helps-but do they leave a mess when they leave? Do they make a battle scene out of your bathroom or kitchen sink? You’re going to want to find a plumber in Kansas City that is well-known for being clean during and after providing plumbing services.
  • Reviews-While Kansas City plumber reviews aren’t always something that you should pay attention to if there are one or two slightly negative ones, however if you find review after review stating that the plumber is not reliable, you will want to look elsewhere.
  • Insurance-You may want to consider finding a plumber in Kansas City that has some type of insurance coverage for their business. While most plumbers exercise caution and will take great care of your home while working on it, there are careless ones as well that can break things. Insurance will help to cover repairs if needed.

How to Find a Good Plumber in Kansas City

There are several ways to find a dependable plumber that you can have on-call, 24/7. If you’re at a loss on how to find someone you can trust for your plumbing needs, consider the following tips:

  • Do you have friends that have on-call plumbers? You most likely do, so ask around and see who your friends might suggest. Find out why they like their plumber and try to get more than just one option from your friend group, so you can decide on the best one.
  • Do some research. Finding the right plumber offering plumbing services in Kansas City will take time and research. Spend some time online looking for a plumber in Kansas City. Pay attention to the Kansas City plumber reviews that you read. While not all Kansas City Reviews are going to be real or honest, if you find a few options that seem to have a good reputation, take your time to get in touch.
  • Ask things you need to know. For example, you want to work with a licensed plumber, so you’ll want to ask the potential plumber if they are licensed. Ask them if their insurance is up to date, whether they require a deposit, and even how quickly they expect to finish the job.

What to Look Out For

In a perfect world, one would be able to trust anybody they hire. One would hope that someone that says they know what they’re doing does but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Here are a few things to watch out for when shopping around for a plumber:

  • Do they answer your questions with confidence? If there are a lot of hems and haws and the plumber doesn’t give a straightforward answer, it could be that they are new on the job and may not actually have the experience you’re looking for. While they may not be able to answer what, the exact problem may be without looking at it, they should be able to give you clear answers for other specifics they should know.
  • Do they have a business address? A person who knows something about plumbing is very different than someone who is a licensed and insured plumber. Someone who claims to be a plumber yet doesn’t have a business address or anything pertaining to a business could be a red flag.
  • Are they licensed? When it comes to your home, you want to protect it. That means that you don’t want someone working on your plumbing system in your home that doesn’t meet the standard they should. A licensed plumber will be registered locally and will be able to provide you with quality work that can pass inspection. If they aren’t licensed, keep looking!

Why You Should Call Anthony Plumbing 

Anthony Plumbing is the place to call when you have plumbing issues. We’re on call for whenever you may need us, provide top plumbing services, and have the experience that you’re looking for. We want to fix your plumbing problem and we will if given the opportunity. With our experience dating back to 1951, you can only imagine why we should be your one-stop destination for reliable plumbing help. As a professional plumbing company, all of the plumbing technicians are highly-trained and are people that you can depend on. If you’re looking for some of the most reliable plumbing services in Kansas City, don’t hesitate to call Anthony Plumbing today!

 

Perry mad with plunger

While Black Friday may be a hectic day for retailers, it is also the busiest day of the year for plumbers.  But before you laugh, it’s not just because of clogged toilets! Clogged drains and broken garbage disposals make up many of the calls we receive at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Not to worry, we will be happy to come out to your house if your Black Friday turns into a “Brown Friday.”  But fortunately there are some things you can do to make sure your money goes to more fun things than clogged drains.

Leftovers in the Sink cause Broken Garbage Disposal and Clogged Drains

The No. 1 culprit for plumbing problems after Thanksgiving is homeowners trying to use their sink or garbage disposal as a garbage can. Throw your fruit peels, egg shells, bones, skin and all leftovers in the trash can, not down the sink. This fibrous food material gets trapped in your garbage disposal blades and can cause the motor to overheat or die.

Place fatty oils and grease into containers and place them into your trash.  It is a common misconception that fats, if followed by hot water, are okay to place in the drain.  Even when followed by hot water, fats eventually cool and clog pipes.  However, if you use cold water the fats will float on the water and may not clog the drain.

Place a large garbage can and/or compost bucket in a prominent place in the kitchen, so guests aren’t tempted to place food in the sink.

Flushing Garbage causes Clogged Toilet

Bodily functions and toilet paper are the only items toilets are built to handle.  Never should anyone place cotton balls, swabs, cleansing cloths, dental floss or similar items  into the toilet – these must go into the trash.

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The biggest offender is feminine hygiene products – these should never be placed in toilets, period (no pun intended).  Putting a sign to this effect in your bathroom when you h

ave guests over, along with a large waste basket, might prevent an embarrassing issue from becoming even more embarrassing.

Protect your Bathroom Showers and Sinks to Prevent Clogged Drains

If you have showers and sinks that drain a bit slow, have Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling come in and clean your drains BEFORE your guests arrive.  It is

easier, faster and cheaper to clear a clog in its early stages than after it becomes really stuck.

Make sure the drain strainers in all shower, bathtub and sink drains stay in place and cleared of debris.  It doesn’t take much hair to clog a drain.  Ask guests to wait 15 minutes between showers and dishwasher runs to allow drains to clear.

Again, place large waste receptacles in bathrooms so guests don’t feel the need to dispose of items in the drain.

If in Doubt, Dial A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (913 or 816) for a Whole-Home Plumbing Inspection

The best way to prevent plumbing problems is with a whole-home plumbing inspection.  Our highly trained plumbers will come to your home and let you know what preventative drain cleaning or other measures can be taken to help your plumbing, and your holiday, to “run smoothly.”  Call us anytime at 913-268-4669 or 816-268-4669, or complete our Online Scheduler at https://www.anthonyphc.com/schedule-service/ and we will give you a call.

Furnace Repair vs Furnace Replacement

At some point in your time as a homeowner you are going to inevitably need furnace services. Depending on the age of your home, the need for a furnace home repair or replacement service may come sooner than you think. Having an understanding of the warning signs to look for that may mean you need to purchase a new unit or invest in furnace home repair can make your life much easier. It gives you the chance to get professional help before the situation becomes so dire that you and your family are left out in the cold. Being able to recognize the signs in advance can also help you budget for your anticipated needs with ease.

Signs You Need a Furnace Repair in Kansas City

One of the biggest questions homeowners have is whether or not they need furnace repairs in Kansas City or if they should consider installing a whole new unit. While you can always contact a repair technician to find out more, some homeowners prefer to have an idea of the type of work they are looking at before calling. If you notice any one of the following signs, your furnace may need to be repaired:

• You haven’t had it serviced for at least a year
• You notice pools of water around the base of the furnace
• The odd sound can be heard in the middle of the night
• Airflow is weak
• The thermostat is no longer functioning properly
• Your heating bill rises without cause
• There is cold air coming from the furnace of the vents
• Constant or near-constant cycling starts to occur
• Your HVAC unit is approaching 10 years of age

Most furnaces can last for upwards of 15 years; some as long as 20. However, once your furnace hits 10, you be sure you are having it serviced twice a year, as this is when many problems start to happen. Investing in regular maintenance can prolong its lifespan by at least a few years, saving you a lot of money. Service should happen in the fall, before you turn the unit on for the winter, and once more in the spring before you are about to shut it off for the season. Booking your service appointment early on in the fall gives you a chance to have any issues taken care of before the cold weather hits, offering you and your family a bit of additional protection against the cold.

Signs You Need a New Furnace Installation in Kansas City

Unfortunately, not all issues can be resolved by repairing your old unit. In some cases, you may need to consider new furnace installation in Kansas City instead. If you are experiencing issues, your technician can let you know which route is best, but there are a few signs you may be able to spot on you own. If you happen to notice any one of the following, be sure to contact a professional as soon as you can:

• A heating bill that is unexpectedly high
• A dry or dusty home
• Uneven temperatures throughout your home
• Cool temperatures throughout your home
• Visible signs of rust on the unit itself
• Strange noises can be heard
• The flame is yellow
• You notice strange smells
• Your furnace has already been repaired
• Your furnace is over 15 years old

While not all of these are urgent signs, things can progress quickly once you start to notice one or two symptoms. This is why you should get in touch with your local installation service as soon as possible. Additionally, if you have had your furnace repaired more than twice in the last year, you may want to think about having it replaced regardless of age. Replacement is a more expensive up-front cost, but it does save you a lot in repair costs and heating bills later on down the road.

Why Invest in Furnace Home Repair or Replacement?

Some homeowners may wonder why they should spend the money to hire a furnace repair service, especially if they feel they can complete the task themselves. While this may seem like a cost-cutting measure, it is often to your detriment. Furnace services should only be completed by someone who is experienced and knowledgeable about the field. Not only does hiring an experienced technician mean that your repair can be completed quickly and properly, without the need to contact services for the same mistake again, it is also much safer. There are a ton of things that can go wrong with DIY repairs, so to keep you and your family safe, hire the pros and call Anthony for your furnace replacement in Kansas City.

How to Find Furnace Services

When you are looking for furnace services, be sure to find a company that offers more than just repairs or replacement. A full-service heating and cooling company is ideal, because you can trust them to give you accurate information about your needs without bias or self-interest. Try to find one with years of experience operating in your area, as it gives them familiarity with the climate and the unique needs Kansas City residents have.

Speed is key when it comes to furnace repair or installation. You and your family do not want to be left in the cold for too long, which is why you should take the time to look for a reputable and experienced company. Read reviews and spend some time on their website learning more about the services offered. You want to be sure that you hire skilled and licensed technicians to take care of this incredibly important job. So then Contact Anthony Heating and Cooling

The pros at Anthony Heating and Cooling have been offering Kansas City residents quality furnace repair services since 1951. With a focus on trust and quality care for all clients, they have developed a fantastic reputation for being one of the area’s most reliable furnace repair services. They offer all clients 24-hour service, so you know there is going to be someone there should an emergency strike. In fact, this 24-hour service is not just restricted to technicians. Anytime you call, day or night, you are greeted by one of their compassionate office staff members, who are eager to find a way to help you with your furnace needs.

Before winter hits, take the time to learn more about your furnace. In particular, spend time observing how it works now so you can more easily spot the warning signs that repair or replacement are desperately needed. Contact a reputable furnace service like Anthony Heating and Cooling if you do notice any of those signs immediately to be sure that you and your family stay warm and cozy throughout the upcoming winter months.

tech tuning up furnaceThe heating and cooling industry recommends annual furnace and boiler tune-ups for a reason.  Keeping your furnace or boiler running at peak efficiency extends its life, prevents safety issues, and ensures that homeowners enjoy uninterrupted comfort all season long.

What a tune-up entails can vary by company, so homeowners should ensure that their tune-up covers an extensive checklist of both safety and efficiency tasks.  Technicians at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling employ a thorough 17-point tune-up for furnaces and boilers that includes instrument-testing, cleaning, lubricating and adjusting of all interior, exterior components of the entire system, including the system accessories such as humidifiers and air cleaners.

Furnace and Boiler Tune-Ups Save Money

Lack of maintenance is the leading cause of furnace and boiler breakdown, and repairs can cost hundreds of dollars, and replacement thousands of dollars.  Regular tune-ups extend the life of your heating system significantly and reduce the need for repairs, which can save you a great deal of money.

A furnace running at top efficiency saves money on energy bills, too.  The extensive tune-ups performed by Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling leave your heating system in factory-fresh condition, looking and running at peak efficiency.

Furnace and Boiler Tune-Ups Save Lives

Keeping your home warm is essential, but it can also represent many hazards such as fire, carbon monoxide poisoning and indoor air pollution.  Heating systems and water heaters account for 20% of house structure fires, and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning kills over 150 American each year.

Furnace and boiler tune-ups discover and eliminate potential safety hazards before they create dangerous situations in your home.  Heat exchangers are inspected for cracks that can leak CO and other dangerous gases, exhaust is tested to ensure it is venting properly, and ignition systems and safety shut-offs are tested for safe and proper operation.

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Furnace and Boiler Tune-Ups Provide Maximum Comfort

A properly tuned-up furnace and boiler heats your home faster with less energy, allowing you to place your thermostat setting where it feels best, with less worry about high energy bills and inconvenient heating system breakdowns.  A tune-up will also ensure that your air remains as clean as possible, which is critical as we seal up our windows and doors against the impending cold.

Tune-ups also ensure that the accessories on your system, such as humidifiers and air cleaners, are running at peak performance.  Keeping your indoor air clean and properly humidified will reduce the risk of sickness and allergic reactions as you enter the cold and flu season.

If in Doubt, Tune it Up

Most people wait until the really cold weather hits to call and have their furnace or boiler checked.  Typically, this is when they have heard about unfortunate tragedies associated with heating – fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, frozen water pipes – and are even more anxious to make sure their home is safe and warm.

Furnaces are more likely to break down during cold snaps when they are working overtime, and heating companies cannot always keep up with the demand for emergency repair services during these times.  It is best to tune up your furnace or boiler before the coldest weather hits, and to keep it tuned up to prevent breakdowns during cold snaps, especially if your furnace or boiler is older.  The typical furnace or boiler only lasts 18-20 years, depending on the average winter temperatures of your region.

If you have any doubts to the safety or efficiency of your furnace or boiler system and humidification and air cleaning accessories, you should schedule a tune-up before the bitter cold hits.  Call the highly-trained technicians at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for your tune-up at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO, and check for seasonal specials at www.AnthonyPHC.com/Coupons.

Now may be the time to replace your furnace with a high efficiency system. There are many factors to consider when thinking about replacing your older furnace system.

Has your furnace reached “retirement age”?

signFurnaces last an average of 18-20 years, depending on whether they have been professionally maintained or not. Age isn’t everything, though. The cost to keep the furnace running will give you additional concrete reasons to consider replacing vs. repairing.

Increased cost and frequency of furnace repairs

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. 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, you should consider replacement vs. repair.

Your heating bills have risen dramatically over the years

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. A new law is expected to provide significant savings for homeowners by cutting the electricity consumption of furnace fans. 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 billions of dollars on electricity bills and reduce carbon pollution. ECM motors will also 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. You need to assess how much it’s costing you just to keep the current furnace you have versus how much you’ll save on a new furnace. The Energy.gov AFUE chart can do just that, and we will help you decrypt it.

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Weigh the factors together

As you can see, none of these factors (age, cost to repair, energy efficiency) alone can tell you if you need to replace your furnace. They should be weighed together. To help you make the best choice possible, Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will help you assess whether you should replace your furnace or not.  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.  For more information on furnace replacement read our blog:  Eight Things You Should Know Before Replacing Your Furnace.

hot water pictureSure, you have a water heater, and it gives you hot water.  But that’s just the first step!  Getting that water hot enough, to the faucet soon enough, and lasting long enough, isn’t guaranteed without a little help.  Tankless water heaters, tank boosters, hot water recirculating systems and instant hot water dispensers are just a few of the great products available that can bring warmth to your water and save you money as well.

Tankless Water Heaters Provide Endless Hot Water at Less Cost

tankless water heater photoThe main benefit of a tankless water heater is that you never run out of hot water.  Water enters the heater only when a hot water faucet is turned on somewhere in the home, and is heated as it passes through the heater. As long as you have water, you will never run out of HOT water!

Another benefit of a tankless water heater is efficiency.  Tankless water heaters use energy to heat water only when needed, as opposed to keeping an entire tank of water hot like a traditional, tank-style water heater.

Tankless water heaters also last twice as long as traditional tank-style water heaters, about 20 years as opposed to 10.  Because water is not collected in the system, corrosion is not an issue, so leaks do not force replacement of the water heater.

Maintenance is required approximately once a year to descale the minerals that build up on the heating elements of tankless water heaters.  The harder your water the more often you will need to have the heat exchanger descaled to keep energy usage low and the lifespan of the water heater long.

For more information on the benefits of tankless water heaters, see our blog at https://www.anthonyphc.com/blog/tankless-water-heater-101/.

Tank Boosters Save Hot Water and Prevent Scalding

booster pictureTank boosters are an easy and affordable way to make your traditional tank-style water heater work better.  They work by mixing cold water from the input valve with the heated water that comes out of the hot water valve. This allows your water heater to store water at a higher temperature of 140 degrees and still come out at a desired 120 degrees. Therefore, less hot water needs to be released from the tank, which boosts your tank’s storage capacity.

Tank boosters increase the safety of your water heater, too.  By mixing heated water with cold water, scalding is prevented.  And by allowing water to be stored at 140 degrees rather than 120 degrees, legionella bacteria, which thrives in water temperatures less than 122 degrees, is eliminated.  Legionella bacteria can cause a respiratory illness known as Legionellosis, and a rare but more severe lung infection known as Legionnaires’ disease.

Recirculating Systems Reduce Wait and Prevent Wasted Water

Depending on the distance water has to travel from your water heater through your plumbing pipes, some fixtures may need to run for several minutes before hot water is delivered from the water heater.  If you are tired of waiting for hot water or don’t like the idea of wasting water, then a hot water recirculating system is the answer.

There are several types of recirculating systems, but the principle behind these is simple.  A recirculating pump installed in the plumbing pipes creates a loop that circulates the water in the hot water pipes back into the water heater for reheating, rather than letting this water go down the drain as you wait for warm water. This means that as soon as you open a faucet or turn on a shower, warm water is already present in those pipes.

Instant Hot Water Dispensers Provide Boiling Water on Demand

When installed in your kitchen, an instant hot water dispenser quickly becomes the most popular feature in your home.  Imagine instant hot water for coffee, tea, cocoa or hot cereal without waiting for water to heat in the microwave or boil on the stove.

An instant hot water dispenser is a wonderful timesaver with a multitude of uses.  Homeowners commonly use the near boiling water to clean pots and pans without soaking, loosen jar lids, blanch vegetables, remove wax residue, polish silver, warm baby food or make a quick compress for first aid.

Instant hot water dispensers can also be installed with filters to ensure you are getting the best quality water. But even without filters, the super-heated water kills parasites that might otherwise elude filtration.

Because instant hot water dispensers deliver water at over 200 degrees, safety is an issue that must be considered before installing these devices.

Put Extra Warmth into Your Water by Calling Us Now

Whatever your budget or home needs, we have a solution that will bring warmth to your water and save you money.  Let us help you explore the options!  Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y (268-4669) KS or MO.