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The Dip Tube and Water Heater Repair

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

If you’re trying to take a shower, and you get drenched with ice cold water when you were expecting hot, it’s not hard to figure out what the problem is. Your pilot light for your water heater has likely gone out. If you’re getting lukewarm water, however, the problem can be a little harder to diagnose. Outwardly, everything could seem to be working fine. Inside your water heater, however, you have a problem. Let’s take a look at what a dip tube is, and why you might need yours replaced.

The Dip Tube

The dip tube is a tube inside your water heater responsible for separating the cold incoming water from the hot outgoing water. It’s a little like a heat exchanger in that way. The dip tube is connected directly to the cold water inlet, and extends almost to the bottom of the water heater. When cold water flows into the water heater, the dip tube directs it to the bottom of the tank. Once there, the cold water naturally separates from the warm water rising to the top of the tank. This also helps the cold water to heat faster, as it is closer to the burners.

A defective dip tube will corrode and crack over time, causing cold water to disperse throughout the water heater tank and mix with the warm water. This is what causes the water to come out of your faucet tepid. So, how do you tell if your dip tube is responsible for your water heater issues? First, check to see when it was made.

Between the years of 1993 and 1997, the vast majority of water heater manufacturers were using plastic dip tubes from one supplier. The problem is that these dip tubes were highly flawed, and have a tendency to disintegrate over time. This has the added problem of scattering plastic pieces throughout the system, which can clog filters and cause damage.

If your heater was not made during those years, but you still have an issue, call Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We provide water heater repair services throughout Radnor.

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What Type of Specialty Cartridge Do I Need for Water Treatment?

Monday, October 27th, 2014

If you have concerns about the quality of the water coming into your home from the municipal supply, you should look into scheduling installation of a whole-house water treatment system that will take care of your worries—and provide you with better tasting water in the process!

You cannot install a whole-house water treatment system on your own, however. To start with, you won’t know what issues in your water need addressing, and there is a large spectrum of systems available to target different contaminants. Professional plumbers with experience with water treatment will provide you with thorough water testing and then suggest the best system to set up to cleanse your water.

Specialty cartridges for general water filtration systems

One of the tasks that professionals will take care of when it comes to treating the water for your home is helping you to select the right type of cartridge and housing that will address the contamination coming from the municipal water supply. When you have a general whole-house water filtration system installed, you may need these specialty cartridges to target specific problems that a general filter will not fix.

So what sort of cartridge do you need for your home? There are specialty cartridges that can address almost any problem. For example, cartridges can de-ionize your water. If you are experiencing issues from high levels of hard water minerals (magnesium, calcium), a water softener cartridge will assist. Cartridges can also eliminate harmful chemicals that may seep into the water through the ground, such as arsenic and nitrates. If you have issues from bacteria entering the water, there are cartridges that will counteract this problem as well.

But… which one should you have for your general water filtration system? The only way to tell for certain is to have professionals test your water. If you are having a new filtration system put in, ask the installers about what specialty cartridges you may need to make the system as effective as possible.

The water treatment specialists at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling work on a wide variety of water treatment systems in Radnor, PA to purify water in homes: acid neutralizers, water softeners, chemical feed pumps, reverse osmosis systems, UV disinfectants, and more. If you will benefit from a specialty cartridge in your filtration system, you can trust to us to help you select the right one.

If you are interested in water treatment systems in Radnor, PA, give the team at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling a call.

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Which Air Conditioning Services Do I Need?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The modern air conditioner is a complex and intricate appliance. Servicing it requires a technician with special training and professional-grade tools. It isn’t a job you can do on your own, so when you need assistance with air conditioning in Radnor, PA, make sure you call experienced professionals for the job.

But what services should you have for your air conditioning system, aside from the work done to install it in the first place? We’ll go over the two services you should schedule for your air conditioning if you want it to work effectively and efficiently for many years.

To handle all necessary AC services, look to one company: Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We have helped homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery Counties stay cool since 1976.

The 2 key air conditioning services you need

  • Regular maintenance: Similar to car, an air conditioner needs regular “tune-ups” to ameliorate the effects of wear and tear and aging. You need to schedule a maintenance visit from a professional technician once a year. Without this regular work, an AC will start to lose efficiency and be prone to more repairs. A complete inspection and tune-up for an AC should take about an hour, and it will cover all the components of the system: coils, compressor, motors, electrical system, condensate drain, ventilation, thermostat, etc. The technician will handle adjustments and tightening connections, and clean off the coils and the condensate pan. If the technician catches any spots where the system requires repairs, he or she will help you arrange for the necessary repair work.
  • Targeted repairs: Although today’s air conditioners are built to high standards, no machine can ever be 100% repair-free. Eventually, you will need to call for repairs from a specialist. If you have regular maintenance done, the technicians will usually catch the problems in time before they start to cause serious malfunctions. But whenever you sense something amiss with the AC, such as strange noises from the cabinets or a drop in cooling power, you need to call for a repair technician to locate what is wrong and then fix it. Ignoring repair issues will lead to poor performance and likely full system breakdown.

If you combine these two services—maintenance once a year, repairs done promptly as needed—you should have an air conditioner that will exceed its estimated lifespan and deliver you many years of quality cooling.

Call us today to get started with maintenance, and keep our contact information handy for repairs. Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers same-day service for repairs as well as maintenance plans for all major brands, makes, and models of air conditioning in Radnor, PA.

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How Video Pipe Inspection Helps with Drain Cleaning

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

For taking care of the simple sink clogs that hassle you during a typical day, the old-fashioned plunger will often do the job. But the technology used for modern professional drain cleaning has moved into the realms of miniaturization and fiber-optics. When you need serious cleansing for major clogs or other troubles with your drains, call on technicians with the latest in video pipe inspection equipment to handle the job.

For work on your plumbing in Radnor, PA that will keep your water flowing, contact Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today. We offer same-day service and satisfaction guaranteed.

Video pipe inspection

For drain cleaning, plumbers usually start with motorized drain augers (a.k.a. drain snakes) and hydro-jetting equipment. Video pipe inspection moves to the next level, and allows plumbers to investigate trickier issues with drain cleaning and discover what sort of damages and clogs they are dealing with, and where exactly they are located. Video pipe inspection removes the guesswork and much of the trial-and-error that were once necessary parts of drain cleaning.

Video pipe inspection equipment consists of a miniaturized camera and a powerful LED light mounted on the end of a long, flexible fiber optic cable. The inspector sends the cable down into a drain and guides it deep into the plumbing. The camera feeds its signal back to a video monitor, where the plumber can observe conditions within the pipe interior.

The knowledge a plumber gleans from the video camera feed will help him or her determine the best approach to cleaning the drain or fixing the damage. This information is especially helpful if it locates places where the plumber will need to access the pipe itself to repair or replace it; with the location pinpointed, the plumber will not need to tear out building material or cabinets to try to find the issue, but can apply a surgical repair.

Video pipe inspection will also inform a plumber about the type of build-up developing inside pipes. This will not only assist with cleaning the pipes, it will help you avoid clogs in the future: you’ll know exactly what you shouldn’t be putting down your drains.

Using video inspection equipment requires training: make sure you hire a plumber with the experience and technical knowledge necessary. Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling has helped homeowners for over 30 years keep their plumbing in Radnor, PA clean. Trust our skilled technicians to use all the resources available to them, from drain snakes to video inspection equipment, to solve your drain troubles.

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4 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Monday, February 24th, 2014

A bathroom remodel can enhance your life with more attractive designs and improved functions. A well-done remodel will also increase the value of your home, making it a great place to invest your money. If you are interested in bathroom remodeling in Radnor, PA, call our remodeling experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today. We can design and perform a remodeling job will satisfy all your expectations.

Right now there are a few trends in remodeling that we’d like to bring to your attention. These will help you visualize what you might want done with your bathroom when you schedule a remodeling job.

1. Standalone bathtubs

Once upon a time, all bathtubs were freestanding, but after the middle of the 20th century, this type of design started to vanish in favor of built-in models. But today, freestanding tubs have become a mark of luxury in high-class hotels. Placing a freestanding tub in your bathroom can add an element of class and relaxation to the space.

2. New options for your shower

There’s no reason for you to stay with the same standard shower head you’ve had for years. Take advantage of detachable shower heads, multiple shower heads, and different pressure options like rain and massage jets. You can also install a curbless shower, which will reduce the chance of injury when stepping into or out of the shower.

3. Incorporate relaxing hues

Why should the bathroom in your home have the same bright, bland colors of a public restroom? To create a more soothing and welcoming space, have the bathroom remodeled in earth-tones and use natural stones and tiles.

4. Designer grab bars and safety height toilets

These safety designs are a must if you have people in your home with special access needs. But any bathroom can benefit from their additional safety now that they are designed to fit into the décor rather than appear merely functional.

There are many more fantastic additions and enhancements you can make to your bathroom during a remodel. Talk to your designer about how you can make your bathroom more inviting, useful, and relaxing.

If you use Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling for your bathroom remodel in Radnor, PA, you’ll have a dependable company that only uses reliable “green” plumbing products to do the job. We offer a large range of remodeling services, including ceramic tiles, showers and tubs, whirlpool spas, special showerheads, heated towel racks, and all types of fixtures. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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3 Things to Look for in a Plumber

Monday, January 6th, 2014

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, you should only hire a top rate-plumber to handle repairs and installations, whether it’s something as simple as unclogging a kitchen drain or getting a garbage disposal running once again, or a task as large and involved as installing a new hot water heater or replacing a sewer line.

However, you might not know exactly how to tell a good plumber from a mediocre one, or a great one from a good one. With so many options for plumbing contractors, whom should you hire?

Here are 3 things we think you should focus on when you’re looking for a plumber in Radnor, PA. Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling has excellent plumbers on staff, and they fit all the criteria for a quality plumber who will get the job done right the first time.

3 Signs of a Great Plumber

  • Many years in the business: Training and education are important for any plumber, but there is nothing like actual experience to bolster it. Look for a plumber who has many years working with all kinds of plumbing and all sizes of jobs. Not only do those years speak for experience, they also indicate a trust built up with clients and the community.
  • Licensed, insured, and bonded: Look for a plumber who has the necessary accreditation for the job. Nothing will indicate an amateur quicker than a person who claims to be a plumber, but has no license or insurance to back up that claim.
  • A satisfaction guarantee: When you hire professionals, you should expect the satisfaction from their work; if you don’t receive it, the professionals should be willing to return your money. A plumber with a satisfaction guarantee is a plumber who has strong confidence in his or her ability to provide you with excellent service.

Contact Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling has served the communities of Bucks and Montgomery counties since 1976, and in that time we’ve earned the trust of many clients. We are licensed, bonded, insured, and promise same day service with your satisfaction guaranteed. We offer a variety of plumbing services, including hi-tech video camera pipe inspections and full bathroom remodeling. Whatever you need from your plumber in Radnor, PA, Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling can deliver it.

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What You Need To Know About Replacing Your Bathtub

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Bathtub replacement is a major undertaking requiring a serious professional. In towns like Radnor, plumbers must often contended with older houses featuring equally old bathtubs. That means incorporating more modern codes and materials into a home that might not be built for it, as well as incorporating the owner’s vision for what a bathtub should be. The better informed you are about the process, the more readily you can understand the need for expert installation. Here’s what you need to know about replacing your bathtub.

  • You may need to either remove walls or add some additional pipes. Sometimes both. Modern tubs are usually placed between three walls, which means that the walls will need to be opened up before the tub can be removed. In the case of a free-standing “claw-foot” tub, you still need to install new pipes in order to meet the operating parameters of the new tub. Either way, there’s a lot to consider, from the existence of load-bearing beams in the walls themselves to the the placement of other fixtures such as the toilet and sink.
  • You need a plan to remove the old tub as well as installing the new one. This can be a problem in a house with narrow doorways, or which has undergone alterations since the tub went in. Whoever you hire needs a logistical plan for getting all of the equipment in and out, no matter how small your bathroom might be.
  • Plan for other installation costs besides the tub. When calculating your costs, you may need to factor in such things as new tiling, new lighting and additional plumbing. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a tub that you won’t be happy with, or that looks out of place in the new bathroom.

If you need plumbing services in Radnor, PA, call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We can handle big projects and can talk at length about what you need to know about replacing your bathtub. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us show you how much of a difference we can make!

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How Does a Tankless Water Heater Work?

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Mention water heaters and most people think of the traditional tanked model, with the large white cylinder sitting in their basement. There is, however, another option: tankless water heaters, which get rid of the bulky tank and some of the problems that come with it. But how do they work and what separates them from traditional tanked models? And can they work in your Radnor, PA home?

Traditional models heat the water in the tank, then store it for use when you’re ready. Tankless heaters, on the other hand, use a gas heater or an electrical heater to warm up the cold water on demand. When you turn on the hot water faucet, the heater turns on and water passes through it, heating up very quickly. That makes the water heating process much more efficient, and makes it so the quantity of hot water you are able to use at one time is not limited by the size of your water tank.

The small size makes the units easy to place, and you can connect multiple tankless water heaters throughout your house to address you needs anywhere. They can be placed in out-of-the-way locations, usually near the faucet or appliance that they serve, and most of them require access to a gas or electrical power source to work.

In homes that don’t use a lot of hot water (41 gallons a day or less), they can save a significant amount of energy over tanked models: up to 34% according to the U.S. Department of Energy. They also don’t suffer from standby heat loss, since the water in a tankless model is not stored for any period of time. On the other hand, they cost more to install initially than tanked models, and they can’t handle the same volume of water with one unit.

That’s why it pays to discuss the prospect of installing a tankless water heater with the professionals at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We’re familiar with issues of sizing and fuel type, as well as any pertinent building codes which may affect Radnor, PA residents. We can determine the best option for you, then install the tankless heater with efficiency and care. Call us today to schedule any Radnor, PA tankless water heater service you need!

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Common Problems with Kitchen Plumbing

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The plumbing in your kitchen is one of the most important components within your home. Whether you are washing vegetables for dinner, cleaning up dishes afterwards, or putting food scraps through the garbage disposal, you cannot put too much emphasis on the role that this modern convenience plays in your day to day life. That is why you must contact a professional plumber the moment you notice any problems with your kitchen plumbing in Radnor, PA. Call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today if you are concerned about the condition of any kitchen plumbing component in your home. No matter how minor the issue may be, it can cause serious disruption if given enough time.

One of the most common problems with kitchen plumbing that homeowners must deal with is a clogged drain in the kitchen sink. This isn’t very surprising, considering all of the soaking and scrubbing that goes on in there. Even when you put traps in the drains, it is impossible to completely prevent every bit of food waste from working its way into the drain. While clogged and slow moving drains are not often a high priority for many homeowners, they can actually lead to some pretty serious issues if left to their own devices. There is a fair amount of pressure in your pipes, obviously, and when a blockage throws off that pressure, cracked or even burst pipes can be the result.

Another very common issue that many homeowners wind up dealing with is a damaged garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are not used with the same frequency that many other plumbing components are. They are very susceptible to damages due to human error, though. A lot of people fail to realize that they cannot just put whatever they want down their garbage disposal. Very hard items or fibrous foods, such as corn husks and celery stalks, can result in damages to the appliance. Remember too that grease and fats from cooking are only a liquid when they are hot. If you put them down your drain and through your garbage disposal you can wind up with coagulated, solidified grease in your system.

For more information about common problems with kitchen plumbing in Radnor, PA, call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We’ll give you the information you need to use your kitchen plumbing, and all the other plumbing components throughout your home, properly. Call now to schedule any plumbing services you may need.

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Signs of a AC Fan Problem

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Your air conditioning system uses a couple different fans in order to remove heat from your home and exhaust it outside. It is truly a marvel of engineering, but like any other piece of equipment, it can eventually break down and require repair. One common issue that we get called to repair is a broken air conditioning fan. At Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we offer fast and good quality Radnor, PA air conditioning repair services and we wanted to share some of the signs that could indicate that your AC is having a fan problem.

If you have a central air conditioning system, then you likely have two different fans: one in the indoor unit and one in the outdoor condensing unit. Whenever you run your AC these fans need to operate constantly. Because of all that use, there are a couple common problems that can arise.

  • New noises – Your fan uses a motor, a belt and a fan blade in order to move air. One common way that you can tell if your fans aren’t working well is if they start to make new noises. If you hear squealing coming from your fans it usually means that the fan belt is old and needs to be replaced. Rattling or grinding noises can indicate that the fan motor bearing need to be replaced or lubricated.
  • Fans won’t turn on – Another common issue is when your fans just won’t turn on. This could be caused by a couple different things. First, it could be that the fan motor is broken or that the system isn’t plugged in any more. But it could also be the capacitor for the motor. Capacitors are kind of like boosters for your air conditioning system’s motors. They store electric charge and then release it when the motors need to start up. If your fans aren’t starting it could be that their capacitors need to be replaced.

When you start to notice any issues with your home’s air conditioning system it is usually best to call immediately for repairs. Call the Radnor, PA air conditioning repair professionals at Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and we’ll be able to get your system fixed as quickly as possible.

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