Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, you can count on the experts at Home Squad for all of your water heater repair needs.
You rely on your water heater to provide you with hot water day and night. One of the most significant inconveniences one can experience as a homeowner is to have the water heater fail. At Home Squad, we’ve been fixing and installing water heaters in Bothell, WA since 2004. If your water heater isn’t giving you the hot water you desire, contact us and ask about our water heater maintenance service today.
If you suspect your water heater is failing, contact us for our 21-point inspection service.
How to Maintain Your Water Heater
To keep your water heater running efficiently and to extend its lifespan as long as possible, you must perform routine maintenance on the unit. Here are a few tips to protect your water heater from breakdown.
- TEST THE TPR VALVE - The TPR (temperature pressure release) valve protects you should the water tank's pressure get too high. To test it, put a bucket under the pipe connected to the valve, then lift the valve’s tab to let water out. If water continues flowing once you let go, install a new one.
- CHECK THE ANODE ROD - If the anode rod is corroded or covered with calcium, it’s time to replace it.
- WASH OUT SEDIMENT - As your water heater ages, sediment builds up, which can harden over time and cause the system to lose efficiency.
- ADJUST THE TEMPERATURE - For every ten degrees, you lower the water temperature, you save money on your energy bills and reduce wear and tear on your water heater.
- INSULATE THE PIPES - By installing some self-sticking ⅜ inch thick foam pipe insulation, you can make the water heater more efficient.
- CALL FOR MAINTENANCE - It’s wise to hire a professional for annual water heater maintenance to ensure the system is running correctly and to fix small problems before they become large ones.
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Do I Need an Earthquake Valve?Depending on where you live, you may be required to have an earthquake valve in place by law. However, even if it is not legally required, putting in an earthquake valve is still a good idea if you live in areas prone to this type of seismic activity. Home Squad Home Services and Repair has been installing these devices for our customers all around the Bothell, WA area for years. We would be happy to discuss your individual situation with you and help you determine whether or not an earthquake valve is a reasonable precaution for you to take.
What Are Earthquake Valves?Earthquake valves automatically shut off the gas supply to your home in the event that major seismic activity is detected in the area. When motion of a certain magnitude is present underground, a mechanism in the valve will be triggered and cut off all gas flow to your home. The action of an earthquake can cause damage to gas lines and pipes. Cutting off the gas can help prevent any fires or explosions caused by those damages, potentially saving your home. These fires and explosions are often more damaging than the actual earthquake.
When is a Ductless Mini Split System a Better Choice?
You’ve probably heard of a ductless mini split system but aren’t sure if one of these systems is right for your home. Well, sometimes these are actually the better choice and here’s why.
The mini split system provides more flexible solutions as opposed to the standard HVAC. Heat pumps and central air systems force cold and hot air through ducts while mini split systems deliver air directly into the desired room, which makes it easier to get the precise temperature and requires less energy.
Because ductless mini split systems don’t lose energy through improperly sealed ductwork, they operate more efficiently, which saves you money. Also, as mentioned, these units require less power to do the same job that an HVAC system does, which also increases your energy savings.
Since HVAC systems and heat pumps force air through ductwork, it’s not uncommon for people to experience poor indoor air quality if the ductwork gets dirty. With a mini split system, you get the option of multi-stage filtration that drastically reduces the amount of allergens, particles, and dust that goes out into your home.
Finally, if your home doesn’t have ductwork, or you’re living in an apartment, a ductless mini split system is easier and cheaper to install since you don’t have to worry about cutting holes for ducts.
What Should I Check Before Calling an HVAC Contractor?
The warm summer nights here in Washington mean that residents’ air conditioners are working overtime to keep everyone cool and comfortable, and it’s bound to happen that some systems can’t handle the load and break down. If your system isn’t putting out the cold air you desire, or if it’s not firing up at all, here are a few troubleshooting tips to check before you call an AC contractor.
If the air isn’t as cold as you desire, check that the air filter is clean and make sure there aren’t any obstructions near the outside compressor. Also, check for moisture as it may be a refrigerant leak.
If the air isn’t blowing, check the thermostat and make sure it’s set a few degrees lower than the room temperature. Also, make sure the thermostat is set to ‘cooling mode’. Check to see if any circuit breakers have been tripped, and of course, make sure the air filter is clean.
If you experience frequent on/off cycling or a system that won’t shut off, check and make sure an air register isn’t blowing directly on the thermostat, which can cause it to malfunction. Also check your refrigerant levels, and the air filter.
If you notice ice on the system, it could be that dirty air filter that’s to blame, or check to see if the coils are dirty. Also inspect the vents for obstructions.
To find out more troubleshooting tips, contact us online or call us!
Where Can I Get Replacement HVAC Filters?You can purchase replacement air filters directly from Home Services and Repair. In fact, we offer a delivery service as well so you will never have to leave your home to try and find the right kind of filter for your system. When you sign up for our annual filter replacement programs, you will receive the appropriate filter for your system from USPS every 90 days. We offer a variety of high-quality filters, so that you can be sure to get the type and size that is right for your system. If you are not sure how to install the filter yourself, our team will be happy to stop by and help you with removal of the old and installation of the new.
Water Heater Repair vs. Replacement
A water heater failure often means being without hot water for a few days or worse — a flooded floor if the tank lets loose. A new water heater means a significant investment in time and money, which is why most people prefer to repair their systems than spring for a new one.
However, sometimes it’s more beneficial to purchase a new water heater instead of throwing more money into your old one. Here are a few things to consider.
If your water heater is over ten years old, if it leaks or no longer provides you with the hot water you desire, it’s time to replace it with a new unit. Also, track your energy bills. If they steadily rise or suddenly spike, it could be the water heater that’s to blame. Lastly, if the repair cost is 50 percent or more than the price of a new unit, purchasing a new one makes more sense.
Home Squad has expert technicians that can fix virtually any water heater problem you have. We offer 24/7 emergency support for times when you can’t wait on an appointment. Contact us today at (425) 312-6767 for service in Bothell, WA.