Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Lansdale’

Hidden Leaks Cause More Problems Than You May Think

Monday, June 10th, 2019

pipe-copper-leakingOne of the big problems with hidden leaks in a home’s plumbing is that they’re … hidden. People often won’t know they’re there until they begin to cause trouble. And make no mistake, hidden leaks can cause plenty of trouble—probably much more so than you imagine.

We strongly recommend you have occasional leak detection for your plumbing in Lansdale, PA to uncover these hidden spots. We also recommend scheduling leak detection as soon as you notice an abrupt spike in your water usage or you see physical evidence of leaks, such as staining on the walls or ceiling and warped wood floors. No matter how small you might think the leak is, the consequences can be steep for your home and maybe even your health!

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What to Do If Your Toilet Overflows

Monday, March 18th, 2019

toilet-with-button-flushThis is one of the most common plumbing problems we get emergency calls about. We understand—it’s alarming to have a toilet suddenly start spilling water onto a bathroom floor with no signs of stopping!

We have good news for you! An overflowing toilet doesn’t have to be a major disaster for your home. First of all, we can fix it—and we provide same-day service so you won’t have to go with an unusable bathroom for long. We know how important this room is to your household’s daily life, and we’ll be there fast to have the toilet fixed.

Second, if you take the right steps, you can prevent further problems from the overflowing toilet and stop water damage. Below are guidelines for what to do when you encounter this sudden plumbing trouble.

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Sizing Up or Down: How We Know the Size of Your New Heater

Monday, February 4th, 2019

heating-cooling-iconsNobody wants to have to deal with putting in a new central heating system in the middle of winter, but if your old heater has to go, or you’re in a new house that hasn’t had its first installation yet, then you don’t have much choice. But as long as you rely on professional HVAC service in Lansdale, PA, there’s no reason the replacement/installation shouldn’t go fast and end up delivering you the exact right heater for your needs. And a big part of doing the job right is accurately sizing the new heating system.

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Time to Start Thinking About Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

air-conditioner-maintenance Summer is not too far off, now. That means that you need to start getting your home ready for the coming hot months. You’re probably going to be using your air conditioner a fair amount this summer, which means that now is the time to make sure it’s ready for the extra demand. The best way to do that is to make sure to schedule preventive air conditioning maintenance. Read on to find out why air conditioning maintenance is so important, and why spring is the ideal time for it.

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Want to Destroy Your Heating System? Follow These Awful Tips!

Monday, March 5th, 2018

BurnerNormally, we post here about all the things that you should be doing to keep your home systems in top condition. This time, though, we figured we’d take a slightly different route. We’re going to be using this week to go over some of the best ways to completely ruin your heating system in a short amount of time. In case this isn’t already obvious, you should absolutely not follow any of the tips below! In-fact, you should do the opposite. But, in the interests of having some fun and changing things up, here are some great tips for destroying your heater.

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It’s Never Too Late to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

We are officially in summer, and while you may be thinking that you’ll just wait to schedule maintenance for your AC until after the season, keep in mind that it is never too late do so. While there may be better times than others to schedule maintenance for your air conditioning system, the bottom line is that it really is a necessary service, so do it when you can do it. The experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling are here to help with all of your air conditioning needs, so call us today and schedule a maintenance appointment for your AC in Lansdale, PA.

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Can a Ductless AC Really Provide Whole Home Cooling?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

With so many choices for whole home air conditioning, it can be hard to know which system is the best fit for your home. You may also have concerns that systems like a ductless air conditioner may not have the power to fully cool your home as needed. This simply isn’t true. When you choose to install and use a ductless AC in your Lansdale, PA, home, you can rest assured that it can more than handle your cooling needs. Why? Let’s take a look.

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Signs that You Need a New Water Heater

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Eventually, you will need to call a professional to schedule new water heater installation if your unit is broken down completely and will not provide any hot water to your home. This can come as a surprise right in the middle of a shower or before you’ve completed a large load of laundry. Instead of waiting for your water heater to fail entirely, you may decide that it makes more sense to schedule replacement around the end of your unit’s lifespan. Look out for the signs that your water heater may need replacement sooner rather than later.

  • Leaks: Technicians can repair many leaks on the spot. Sometimes, a technician simply needs to make some adjustments to the temperature, flush the tank, or replace the temperature and pressure valve. However, when the leak comes directly from the tank, there may be no saving your unit, and a sudden flood is a definite possibility.
  • Rust: One of the reasons that water heaters leak is when rust and corrosion wear away the steel tank. Your tank is protected from corrosion via the sacrificial anode rod, and with proper maintenance this should not happen before your unit has outlived its expected age range. However, if your tank does begin to corrode, it will require replacement. This may be indicated by leaks in the tank or discoloration in the water when you turn on a hot water tap.
  • Poor Performance: If your water heater just does not seem to be working the way you would like it to, it could be a sign that your system is approaching the end of its life. Many people inherit their water heaters when they purchase their homes and may be unsure of how old the unit is. Poor performance is a good indication of impending failure, although it could also point to a number of other problems, from a broken dip tube to sediment buildup.
  • Old Age: If you know how long you’ve had your unit, you may simply decide to replace it now before it gives out someday soon. Most storage tank water heaters go about 10-15 years before they can no longer run effectively or efficiently. A new water heater may offer better performance and save you some money over time.

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling has been dedicated to quality customer service for over 30 years. For water heater installation in Lansdale, give us a call!

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How Do Storage Tank Water Heaters Work?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

As water flows from the water main to your home through a series of pipes, it’s usually much cooler than what you’d expect from a hot shower. The water heater, then, is an important asset to your home which is vital for many everyday activities around the home. And while there are a few different types of units available today, the storage tank water heater remains the most common type of unit used in homes. Yet many homeowners are unsure of how these systems heat water. Why is the tank so large? How does hot water enter the faucet? To answer these questions, we’ve put together this short guide to hot water heaters.

There are two types of systems that use different heating elements to heat the water: gas and electric. While these systems may look large and complex, they actually rely on a natural process of heat exchange in order to keep water heated. First, cold water enters the tank through a large pipe that leads all the way to the bottom. Here there may be a burner located underneath the tank, or an electric heating element may be located toward the bottom. Here’s where science takes over; hot water naturally rises above the cooler denser water. Another small pipe is located towards the top of the tank. This pipe picks up the heated water and carries it to the faucet. Water continues to re-enter the tank in order to keep a large supply of hot water on hand.

A few more key elements of hot water heaters help keep everything in working order. For example, a thermostat helps monitor the temperature while a pressure valve keeps the water pressure at a safe level. One problem you’ll want to avoid at all costs is rust, but the anode rod can prevent rust from damaging your system, increasing its lifespan. When rust damages the storage tank of your unit, you’ll likely need to replace your water heater. The anode rod attracts corrosive elements that may cause your unit to rust through, so it’s important to replace this rod when it becomes too worn down.

If you’re not sure whether you want a gas or electric water heater, or if you want to talk to an expert about hot water heaters in Lansdale, call the experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today!

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Ways to Tell You Need Water Line Replacement

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Perhaps the most important part of your home’s plumbing is the water line. Your plumbing system is all about moving water from one place to another, but without the water line from the municipal supply you wouldn’t have any water in your plumbing at all.

Water lines are durable and should last for many decades. But sometimes they can wear down, corrode (especially for pipes made from older galvanized steel instead of copper), suffer damage, or have tree roots infiltrate and block them. Repairs can sometimes restore the water line, but there are situations when you should have the line replaced in whole or part.

Below are some of the signs to look for that it’s time to consider water line replacement in Lansdale, PA.

Call the dependable staff at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling when you need the work done; we can take care of it fast, and we’ll provide a free estimate for the replacement.

Signs you may need water line replacement

  • Drop in water pressure: If the water pressure coming from all taps and fixtures shows a decline that you cannot explain, it may be due to a water line that is blocked or leaking. Make sure that it is not a municipal problem (see if a neighbor is encountering similar difficulties) and then call for plumbers to investigate.
  • Discolored water: When a water line starts to corrode, it will change the color of the water from the taps to a rusty-brown, similar to what you might see when turning on a tap after a few weeks. This could also come from a municipal supply issue, but have a professional plumber look into it to see if the water line is at fault.
  • Water coming up through the yard or sidewalk: Should a section of the water line break, a large amount of water will start to rise to the surface. This will result in damp areas and pools on your yard that don’t come from rain or sprinklers. Sometimes the water will start rising up through the sidewalk. Don’t hesitate when you see this evidence for a severely damaged water line: call for plumbing help immediately.

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers same-day service for your plumbing needs. When you require water line replacement in Lansdale, PA, make us your first call. We are fully licensed, insured, and bonded, and we perform line replacement in accordance with the PA-adopted International Residential Code.

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