Make Yourself Aware When Purchasing A New Water Heater – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR, INC.

MAKE YOURSELF AWARE OF ALL REQUIREMENTS INVOLVED WHEN YOU PURCHASE A NEW WATER HEATER. THERE ARE COMPLIANCE CODES INVOLVED WHEN REPLACING A HOT WATER HEATER.

Water Pressure Regulators

If your water pressure is above 80 PSI, it’s recommended to install a pressure regulating valve. As population density increases, water pressure goes up as well. However, high water pressure can damage your plumbing and fixtures, including your hot water heater. Pressure regulating valves will prevent unnecessary stress on your plumbing system.

Venting

In addition to placement in a certain area, the CO emissions of a water heater require it be properly vented. This will prevent any CO from entering your home and living areas. The vents must be made of a proper material and keep specific clearance from combustible materials.

Approved location

Gas water heaters emit carbon monoxide (CO) when they run. 10,000 people die in the U.S. every year from CO poisoning so it’s important the water heater is placed in approved location. For example, in some areas, water heaters are not allowed to be installed in closets, unless they are only used for it.

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Carbon Monoxide and Water Heaters – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR, INC.

WHY CO2 AND WATER HEATERS??

Approved location:

Gas water heaters emit carbon monoxide (CO) when they run. 10,000 people die in the U.S. every year from CO poisoning so it’s important the water heater is placed in an approved location. For example, in some areas, water heaters are not allowed to be installed in closets, unless they are only used for it.

Venting:

In addition to placement in a certain area, the CO emissions of a water heater require it be properly vented. This will prevent any CO from entering your home and living areas. The vents must be made of a proper material and keep specific clearance from combustible materials.

CO Detector:

A carbon monoxide detector or CO detector is a device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide (CO) gas in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. In the late 1990s Underwriters Laboratories (UL) changed their definition of a single station CO detector with a sound device in it to a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.

Ace Hi Plumbing, Heating & Air Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Ace Hi has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

Thank you Angie’s List members!

“Only about 5 percent of the Plumbing and Hvac companies in Northern Colorado have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s list. Companies are graded on a A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo to company names in search results on AngiesList.com

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service. Angie’s list connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Winterize Outdoor Faucets – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR

Winter comes along and apparently tries to destroy our water lines every year. The best way to minimize the damage from cold weather on household plumbing is to do a little preventive winterizing. A good starting point is to winterize outside faucets and fixtures. These few steps will take a small amount of time but they could save you a lot of money and inconvenience.

Disconnect

 It is very important to remove hoses, splitters or connections from the spigot during the winter, no matter what kind of hose bibs you have, freeze proof or not. Not removing hoses or any other connections from the hose bib can trap water and can therefore cause the fixture to freeze. This is always a difficult step to take because most people will want to use the outside water until the very point when freezing weather begins. It’s best to preempt the cold weather by disconnecting hoses early since even one night of freezing weather can cause a break in the pipes.

Inspect

 Leak detection and repair is the next step to winterize outside faucets. Check all hose bibs, yard hydrants and other fixtures for leaks and drips. Repair or replace the fixture if you do find any leaks or drips before the temperature drops to freezing. Water dripping, no matter how slowly, can block up and freeze in the pipe or fixture. Although a frozen outdoor faucet may not be apparent until the next season it may be possible to minimize the damage by repairing the leak before the winter.

Drain

Get as much water out of the pipes to winterize outdoor faucets. If you have a hose bib that is not freeze proof the best way to do this is to shut off that line if possible and drain it down. If you cannot isolate the water supply to hose bib to shut it off be sure to use extra insulation in the next step.

For a frost free hose bib or a yard hydrant, this step isn’t necessary since the fixture design keeps water well back away from the end of the spigot. Just as with regular hose bibs, however, hoses and other attachments should be removed from frost free hose bibs and yard hydrants before the winter or they may not drain down properly.

Protect

Protect outdoor faucets with insulation. An easy way to do this is to install a hose bib cover on each outdoor fixture including frost free hose bibs. Hose bib covers are square or dome shaped to fit right over outdoor faucets. They are made of thick foam so they are quite effective at keeping most of the cold away from the valve. When covering regular hose bibs that could not be drained extra insulation can be installed inside the hose bib cover to keep it warm and dry throughout the winter. In most situations, however, the hose bib cover will provide enough insulation.

 One of the most important things you can do to keep a freeze proof faucet from freezing during the cold season is to remove the hose. If a hose is attached to the faucet it can prevent residual water from draining. The trapped water can freeze and completely defeat the purpose of the freeze proof faucet. Frost free hose bibs should be covered as well because although they are resistant to freezing they are not completely frost proof in the coldest weather. There are rubber gaskets and washers inside the frost free hose bibs that will benefit from the extra protection from the cold that a hose bib cover can provide.

No matter which faucet cover style you use they will help protect most faucets from some of the hardest freezes. Using covers as part of your plumbing winterizing routine can save you time and money in the spring when most outdoor freeze damage becomes obvious.

Avoid Frozen Pipes! – The Importance of Heat Tape – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR

Before the cold season, you should do a yearly pre-season inspection to ensure that your heat tapes are plugged into a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlet and that the outlet has power to it. You can also have a switch installed inside the home to turn on the heat tapes as necessary if you don’t already. Insulating your pipes is necessary but it is not always enough when the temperatures stay cold for days at a time, therefore, installing quality heat tape can be a lifesaver when water lines are exposed to freezing temperatures. If you have ever experienced frozen or broken waterlines, you know what a good idea it is to be prepared.

Types of Heat Tape

There are a few different types of heat tape that can be used on water lines. Knowing what options are available will help you make the best decision when winterizing your home plumbing.

  • Self regulating heating cable: This type of heat tape can be cut to any length for a custom fit. Quite a few brands make this relatively new type of heat cable that automatically varies its heat output with changes in the surrounding temperatures. Often this type of heat tape can even be overlapped safely (check the manufacturer’s instructions) and there is no temperature control required. You can buy self regulating heat cable by the roll and sometimes even by the foot in some hardware or home improvement stores. A connection kit with an end plug and outlet are required for this type of heat tape.
  • Non regulating heating cable: This type of heat tape is regulated by a thermostat. It can be purchased by the foot or in a roll as well. The heating cable can be custom fit to your application because it can be cut to any size that is needed and the ends are then added to the length of cable. This type of heat tape will require a connection kit with an end plug and outlet as well as a thermostat to regulate the temperature.
  • Heated water hoses: These are great for anyone who needs to use water hoses in the winter. Heated water hoses come in many lengths and they are made by many manufactures. Having a heated water hose means you can have reliable running water in freezing temperatures. Heated hoses have wires that are embedded into the hose wall. When they are plugged in the wires heat the hose all the way through to the end. These hoses will shut off automatically in warm weather to save on electricity and prevent overheating.
  • Automatic electric heat cable kits: Heat tape kits are now smarter than ever and probably come in just about any length you might need in an already pre-terminated complete package with a power indicator light at the plug. Most of these units come with a built in thermostat that will turn on and off saving electricity because it only heats when the temperature is cold enough. Installing the new complete package heat tape is quick and easy.

Mobile Home Skirting

The main reason behind the importance of mobile home skirting is that it can save you money on things like utilities and it can protect your home from environmental elements like flooding, provide support for the mobile home itself, and add insulation and protection from rodents, animals and pests which often use this space as a shelter. The effects of climatic factors can also be held responsible for the cracks and ruptures in flooring and the elements placed below your mobile home. Skirting can efficiently help to reduce ruptures and cracks thereby protecting your home.

Various Types of Skirting

There are many different types of mobile home skirting that exist, leaving you with a vast array of options. Some important factors you should also consider include what exactly you want to do with it including aesthetics vs saving money on heating and cooling, or both. Also, what type of budget you’re working with.

  • Vinyl is one of the most popular choices because it’s easily the cheapest one for mobile home owners. it is easy to install, flexible, very washable and durable. Although, compared to other materials, vinyl is quite flimsy and if you have any case of extreme weather or various animals getting under your mobile home, investing your money into something more durable or stronger would be wise.
  • Galvanized metal and aluminum are both economic and also come in an array of styles and color, with natural metal seen as beneficial, since it can help insulate your home with light-reflecting capabilities.
  • Concrete and stone are the least popular considering it is very costly and extremely hard to work with due to its lack of flexibility, since mobile homes tend to shift a lot, leaving holes and cracks. In general, when dealing with heavy material, you’ll have to understand that they usually do require things like ventilation and sometimes professional installation.
  • Brick is probably the best option in terms of aesthetic and attractiveness. However, brick is expensive and requires masonry equipment and mortar, so you might want to hire a professional to do this for you. It is also very reliable in extreme conditions.

How a Heat Pump Works – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR

How a Heat Pump Works

Facts

  • Using electricity as its energy source, heat pumps are used for either the heating or cooling of your home by transferring heat between two reservoirs.
  • In the warmer months, the heat pump acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from the air inside your home and transferring it outside
  • During colder months, heat from outdoor air is extracted and transferred to the interior of you home. Believe it or not, even a 32° Fahrenheit day produces enough heat to warm a home via a heat pump.

Benefits

  • Year-round, energy-efficient indoor comfort for moderate climates – A central heat pump helps maintain comfortable temperatures inside your home and reduces humidity levels year-round. Homes located in regions with severely cold temperatures may either require supplemental heating or be better served with an air conditioner/furnace combination.
  • Cleaner air – As your heat pump system draws air out of various rooms in the house through the return air ducts, the air is pulled through an air filter, which removes airborne particles such as dust and lint. Sophisticated filters may remove microscopic pollutants as well. The filtered air is then routed to air supply duct work that carries it back to rooms. Whenever the air conditioner is running, this cycle repeats continually, constantly filtering and cleaning the air in your home.
  • Quieter operation – Because the compressor bearing unit of the typical central heat pump system is located outside the home, the indoor noise level from its operation is much lower that that of a free-standing air conditioning unit.

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The Dangers of Gas Furnace Flame Roll Out – ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR

What is Furnace Flame Roll Out

Gas furnaces are among the safest appliances any home can have. However, it is recommended that all furnaces have routine maintenance and repairs done. Parts that do not move still degrade from corrosion and soot damage which can lead to burners and exchangers to develop a very dangerous flame roll out condition.

A gas furnace works by mixing air and natural gas traveling through a burner that heats up a metal heat exchanger. The combustion chamber is separate from the heat exchanger that gets forced air blown over it, and is heated by the heat exchanger and then exits through the heat ducts.

The burners of the gas furnace are located at the bottom of the heat exchanger. All the parts of the gas furnace from the burners to the heat exchanger are made of metal. Over the years, corrosion and soot products start to interfere in the travel of hot gases from the flames up and out of the flue. Flames that were once confined to the immediate area of the burner spread out as a flame roll out when the air and gas exchange is impeded.

Damaged Heat Exchanger

Forced air units create air pressure outside of the heat exchanger that is greater than the pressure on the inside of the unit where the combustion process occurs. Even the smallest of holes and cracks can cause an eddy, which is a rotational movement of gases disrupting the flow of byproducts and has the same effect as restrictions in a heat exchanger passage, causing a flame rollout. Heat exchangers with cracks or hoes that have rusted through also cause flame roll out which increases the danger of carbon monoxide gas to enter into the home. CO is deadly in small concentrations, and it is also odorless and tasteless so it cannot be detected by a person’s natural senses when present.

Signs of Flame Roll Out

Flame roll out is a serious and potentially deadly safety concern. There may not be any exterior indication of a problem in the early changes but can usually be seen on some furnaces as  a discoloration of the exterior painted surfaces around the combustion chamber.

Why Furnace Flame Roll Out is Dangerous

Any gas combustion that is not properly confined to the appropriate area could obviously have consequences.  This condition is serious and requires immediate attention because it can cause damage to the insulation on electrical wiring, gas valves, and combustible materials nearby. Many surfaces have a flame roll out switch that cuts off gas to the burners when flame roll out is detected through temperature sensors. However, there have been many instances of the safety switch being circumvented by homeowners and even repair personnel.

Regular furnace maintenance is recommended to help prevent furnace flame rollout. A professional heating technician will check for malfunctions, giving you the peace of mind knowing your furnace is operating safely and efficiently all winter long.

Call Ace Hi Plumbing, Heating & Air today with any questions or concerns you may have about furnace flame roll out.