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What Are the Signs Your Water Heater Is Going Bad?

Water heater with hose attached

Unexpected Water Heater Issues

It is one of those things that happens unexpectedly for most us, and usually at an inconvenient time. The hot water heater quits heating water, or even worse, leaks water, flooding the basement, garage, or hall closet. Was there something telling you this was about to happen that a water heater repair could have prevented?

Can you get your water heater repaired or does it need to be replaced?  

If water heater repairs are possible, do plumbers fix water heaters? Yes, sometimes water heater repairs are possible, especially if the unit is less than 10 years old.  And yes, most plumbers can do water heater repairs. When you call to request water heater repair, they will advise you if they offer that service.

Most homeowners will replace a water heater when they have any trouble, like a water heater is not heating enough water.  Sometimes, a problem like that, water heater repairs are possible though. You need to have some basic understanding how a water heater works first to realize when water heater repairs are possible and when they need to be replaced. 

Water heaters are powered by either electricity or gas. Otherwise, how their basic functions work is similar. An overview of an electric water heater working: 

The Electric Water Heater

An electric water heater has a thermostat, a T&P valve (temperature pressure relief valve), a drain valve, an anode rode, and an insulated tank. Cold water enters an electric water heater through the dip tube. There are 2 electric elements inside the tank that heats that water. As the water heats, it rises inside the tank and is moved through the plumbing to where a hot water faucet is opened. 

The Gas Water Heater

A gas-powered water heater has a little more going on inside but works pretty much the same way as the electric water heater.  The cold water comes into the tank through the dip tube, but a gas burner heats the water instead. 

This gas burner releases an extremely hot, toxic air up through the chimney that comes out of the water heater tank top.  That toxic air is released outside as the chimney and the water surrounding the chimney inside the tank heats up. 

Like the electric water heater, as the heat rises, the heated water goes through the plumbing and is dispersed to open hot water faucets at the temperature you have the thermostat set, pulling power from the connected gas line. 

Additional Notes: 

All water heaters have protective measures like the T&P valve (the temperature and pressure-relief valve) that opens and releases water when the water temperature is too hot or there is too much pressure inside the tank. The T&P valve is what keeps the water tank from exploding. Over time, the T&P valve goes bad and is a common water heater repair. 

The tank on all water heaters is insulated inside. This keeps the water warm for a period and keeps the exterior from getting hot to the touch. All water heaters have an anode rod that is made of a metal. This part of a water is sacrificed because it will rust itself, preventing the water tank from rusting. When the water is coming from the faucets rusted looking, this is an indicator that a water heater repair to replace the rod is needed – usually every 2 years depending on the water quality. 

Another common water heater repair is the drain valve. This is located on the side of all water heaters tank. The tank should be drain of all water inside the once a year and flushed using a water hose. This removes the sediment build-up that is common for any water heater. 

Can I flush my water heater myself?

Absolutely, the owner’s manual will have instruction on the process. The typical steps is to connect a garden water hose to the drain, turn the hot water valve at the water heater on and let it run until the water is no longer rusty. If the water keeps coming out rusty, you should have a professional plumber inspect the unit, many any possible water heater repairs, like replacing the anode rod. Or they may recommend a new water heater instead, which will often be because of the age of the unit. 

What makes a water heater smells like sulfur? 

When a water heater is smelling like sulfur, that is a bacterium releasing inside the tank. Sulfate-reducing bacteria is caused by small amounts of hydrogen being released. It is harmless health-wise, but the odor is unpleasant. 

When you notice this rotten egg smell, turn on cold water at each faucet. If that odor isn’t coming out with the cold water, the problem is your water heater has stagnant water inside the tank. You can DIY water heater repair by flushing it out as we describe above. If that doesn’t get rid of the smell, call a plumber for a professional assessment and water heater repair. If your water heater is around 12 years old, they will typically recommend a new water heater. 

If you are on a water well system, it could be a matter of bacteria and sulfur in the water itself. There are water purifiers to help with this that can be professional installed or DIY installation. If you have a water softener system in place, and the anode rod is made of magnesium, a professional plumber and replace it with an anode rode bad of aluminum and zinc, the odor will dissipate. 

What does it mean when water heater is leaking from bottom? 

When your water heater is leaking from the bottom, you have a serious issue that could be any of the following three things: 

  • Drain Valve Broke: Located to the side near the bottom of the tank is a drain valve. Over time, these become clogged and rusted with residue from the water. If the water is leaking from this, a water heater repair is possible by replacing the drain valve. 
  • T&R Valve: The Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve releases pressure from the tank if it has too much or if the water inside the tank gets too hot. If you notice water leaking close to the bottom of the water heater, inspect the discharge pipe. If there is water there, the T&R Valve needs to be replaced, which requires a professional water heater repair. 
  • Water Tank Damaged:  There could be a possible internal issue with the water heater tank developing a leak, usually from a build-up of sediment. If the water tank hasn’t ever been drained and flushed, that build-up of minerals will rust the tank, cracks and holes develop, and water begins to leak. At that point, a water heater repair isn’t possible, you’ll need a new water heater. 

How long do water heaters last?

The quality of the water system you have, and the quality of the water heater will make a difference.  With poor water quality a low-end water heater, 5 to 6 years is an average lifetime. With good water quality and a good quality water heater, you can get 12 to 15 years when proper maintenance is followed (flushing). At 10 years, you’re on borrowed time no matter the quality of the water or water heater. 

Can a water heater explode?

It is rare, but yes, water heaters will explode.  If you notice any of the following, schedule a water heater repair and inspection immediately: 

  • T&R Valve Leaking
  • Knocking & Rattling Sounds from Water Heater Tank
  • Rotten Egg Odor

A poor water heater installation job can cause a water heater to explode too. Which why having it installed by a professional instead of doing it yourself is recommended. 

Modern Water Heater

When Water Heater Repair Isn’t Possible


So, the plumber tells you your water heater is done and you need to replace the unit. Which water heater is best? Choose a water heater that offers the following features: 

  • Warranty: Three years is average, the better water heaters will hae a 10-to-12-year warranty. These cost more but are worth if you can afford that upgrade. 
  • Anti-scale device: This is supposed to reduce mineral scale buildup at the bottom of the tank. That scaling process shortens the life of the heating element, and most 12-year warranty water heaters have this feature built-in. 
  • Brass vs. plastic drain valve: Choose the unit with a brass drain valve. 
  • Glass-lined tank: Corrosion is reduced with these water heaters, again, the higher-end is more likely to have this feature, with a 12 year warranty.
  • Digital display: This can help you monitor the different levels and customize the operation of your water heater, like vacation mode.

If you think you may need water heater repair or replacement, give us a call at (508) 272-1196.

When should you call a plumber for a clogged drain?

close-up of an overflowing sink

Dealing With Clogs

Baking and cooking take place in kitchens everywhere. And in homes everywhere, people are taking showers, brushing their teeth, using the toilet – plumbing is constantly in use. And the result of that – drains get clogged and sinks, tubs, and toilets get backed up. All this leads to an increase in drain cleaning services

Is a clogged drain an emergency?

This could be a matter of opinion when you’re the one with a backed-up sink flooding your kitchen. For the most part, a clogged drain is considered a minor problem and can usually be resolved easily. However, there are times when it can become an emergency requiring a professional drain cleaning service. 

A flooding sink is definitely an indication of a clogged drain. That clogged drain can be a simple overflow or it could be a main sewer line that’s backed up. If you’re having recurring clogs, even with routine drain cleaning, you need professional drain cleaning services. You may even need the main line to your home cleaned. 

What is main drain cleaning?

The main sewer line is where everything that goes into your drains and toilet ends up. This single drain line handles everything from the smaller lines in your home. Every home has a drain cleanout, anywhere from 3” to 6” round, white, pipe that is typically located outside near the bathroom or kitchen area. 

This is primarily used by plumbing professionals, as it provides easy access for drain cleaning services. This drain cleaning point allows them to reach the clogs in the main sewage line underground from the foundation to the municipal sewage system. This drain cleaning service can be semi-expensive, but not as much as the potential damage that can happen from severely clogged main drains. 

How do you know if your main drain is clogged?

There are some early indications of a main drain clogging like bubbling or gurgling noises in any of the drains. If your toilet bubbles when flushed is another indication that you’re going to need professional drain cleaning services sooner than later. A common indicator, common in homes with a lot of trees and cement foundation, is when wastewater backs up into the shower or tub from the toilet or the washing machine. 

How do you unclog a severely clogged drain?

When the bathroom or kitchen sink is draining slowly, there are things you can do that can get it moving again without having to call a professional for drain cleaning service. Some of these ways are all natural ingredients you probably have in your home now and others may take some certain drain cleaning equipment. Keep reading and consider printing this out for future reference: 

Kitchen Ingredients 

Two standby ingredients every home should have is baking soda and vinegar. Pour equal amounts of both into the slow or clogged drain and follow up with boiling hot water. Wait 20 to 30 minutes and then add more boiling hot water. Other methods using basic kitchen ingredients include:

  • Baking Soda and Salt – Again, equal parts of each ingredient poured down the drain and wait 20 to 30 minutes with hot water.
  • Lemon, Salt and Vinegar – In a bowl, mix together equal parts of salt and vinegar then half as much lemon juice. Pour this mixture in the drain and wait 20 to 30 minutes. Follow up with boiling hot water.
  • Salt and Hot Water – Pour half cup of salt then follow with boiling hot water in the drain. Wait the standard 20 to 30 minutes and add more boiling hot water. 

If the drain clog is from FOG (fat, oil, and grease), the hot water will melt the clog, but distribute it further down the drain to cause a clog later. Getting a professional drain cleaning service may be needed when you know that is what caused the clog.

Household Items or Auger, Drain Snake 

Take a wire clothes hanger and straighten it out, leaving a small hook shape on one end. Then stick the hook end in the drain and fish around for anything that may be obstructing the drain.

Or you can purchase a household auger or drain snake at the local hardware store or home improvement center. Follow the same steps of fishing around in the drain. These store-bought items will go further than a wire coat hanger and have better flexibility.

A Shop Vac 

You can use a wet and dry shop vacuum and see what you can get sucked up from the clogged drain. 

A Plunger 

Basic household equipment no home should be without is a plunger but note: there are different types of plungers! One for toilets is different from one for sinks. Having one of each is not a bad thing for any household. Consider them as small investments in plumbing prevention. 

 Hydrogen Peroxide and Other Chemicals 

If the all-natural household methods didn’t work, time to get the chemicals out. With eye protection and rubber gloves, the room well-ventilated, try these methods.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Mix together 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1 quart of water and pour down the clogged drain. Wait 20 to 30 minutes. 
  • Caustic Soda  – Also known as sodium hydroxide, an active ingredient in most OTC drain cleaners. Using a wooden spoon mix 3 cups of the soda with 3/4 gallon of cold water and when it begins fizzing and heating up, pour into the clogged drain and wait 20 to 30 minutes. Then pour in boiling hot water. This should be a last attempt because the sodium hydroxide can damage pipes with overuse. 

How do you clear a completely clogged drain?

Trying the methods we just discussed first could be the solution. If none of these work, you’ll need the drain cleaning services of a professional plumber. This could be from the main drain as we discussed earlier. 

How do you clear a clogged drain naturally?

 The following drain cleaning methods will work on regularly clogged drains. The best part of these methods, most homes have them in their kitchen already! 

  • Baking Soda and Salt – Again, equal parts of each ingredient poured down the drain and wait 20 to 30 minutes with hot water.
  • Lemon, Salt and Vinegar – In a bowl, mix together equal parts of salt and vinegar then half as much lemon juice. Pour this mixture in the drain and wait 20 to 30 minutes. Follow up with boiling hot water.
  • Salt and Hot Water – Pour half cup of salt then follow with boiling hot water in the drain. Wait the standard 20 to 30 minutes and add more boiling hot water. 
girl plunging a kitchen sink

A Few Last Words 

So, if the methods we have covered here didn’t work well for you, what is the best drain cleaner for clogged drains? Generally, plumbers warn against using these because they have been known to damage pipes. Of course, the products claim to be perfectly safe for drains. 

  1. Drano Max Gel Liquid Clog Remover – Tried & Tested for Decades
  2. Liquid Plumr Clog Destroyer and Hair Clog Eliminator – Longtime Product
  3. Bio-Clean – for the Eco-Conscious Homeowner
  4. Green Gobbler Drain Opening Pacs – for the Eco-Conscious 
  5. XionLab Safer Drain Opener

If you aren’t having much luck with the methods suggested, you can try one of these – just be sure to follow the directions precisely for utmost safety.

How can I prevent a clogged drain?

plunger next to a clogged bathtub drain

Protect Your Plumbing

As a homeowner or even a renter, there are basic things to do to maintain a household. Mowing the lawn, changing the air filter, paying the utilities, and clogged drain prevention. The lawn, the air filter, and the utilities all make sense, but you may wonder why we listed clogged drain prevention

As Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, meaning it is easier to prevent something from happening than it is to repair it afterward. It is also less expensive. And that is where we stand on clogged drain prevention. If you can take the steps each day to prevent your drains from clogging, there won’t be that aggravating, usually ill-timed, clogged drain and backed-up sink to deal with. 

To be able to prevent clogged drains, knowing what causes a clogged drain can be helpful. While a clogged drain may seem more of an annoyance than anything, when drains are clogged and pipes are blocked for a period of time, major problems can quickly occur. The slow-draining water will lead to flooding and corrosion that can start because water is sitting inside metal pipes. Eight of the more common causes of a clogged drain are: 

  • HAIR: The biggest drain clogger is hair as it binds together with grease, soap scum, toothpaste, and other materials. The best clogged drain prevention for hair is to purchase drain guards and empty them daily. 
  • SOAP: As we just mentioned, hair easily binds with soap scum, and bar soap itself is the worse offender in soaps for clogged drains. They contain fat or grease and when mixed with the water, the minerals cause it to harden, creating what we know as soap scum. Your best clogged drain prevention is to use a bath soap that doesn’t contain these greases or fats. 
  • DIRT: Yes, you’re going to wash off dirt as you wash your hands, but before you do, shake off the excess. You may think your drain and pipes are there for washing anything away. But while you want to get excess dirt off you and your clothes, it can build up and cause issues in your drains. A simple step in clogged drain prevention is to shake off and then rinse any excess dirt and mud from your clothes and body outside before washing them inside.
  • FOOD WASTE: The biggest clogged drain prevention you can practice is to not put food into a drain. Even with a garbage disposal, you should be cautious of what you’re putting in there. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, noodles, fat, grease, and oil are some of the worst things you can put in a drain. 
  • MINERAL BUILDUP: Minerals are in our water and that creates hard water, leading to unsolvable masses that clog drains fast. One solution that can count as clogged drain prevention is to install a water softener. If that isn’t doable, you should have a professional plumber come descale your drains pipes every four to six months. 
  • SMALL OBJECTS: This can be a problem in homes with small children, but small objects flushed or washed down the drain can cause major havoc to your plumbing. Be sure to instruct your children to flush nothing more than human waste and toilet paper. There are toilet lid locks that are a great clogged drain prevention method if you’re having this issue.
  • EXCESS TOILET PAPER: Another common drain clogging problem in households with children is using too much toilet paper. Most of the time, a plunger will help shift the wads of toilet paper and get them flushed on through, but sometimes, it will take the services of a professional plumber. 
  • TREE ROOTS: The sewer lines running underground will age and the ground shifting will cause them to crack. This can leak moisture, and that attracts tree roots. The tree roots then force their way into the cracks and clog the sewer line. This is usually remedied by having your sewer line pressure jet cleaned.  Keeping an eye on how your trees are growing and trying to anticipate tree roots growing into pipes is one method for clogged drain prevention. 

Can a clogged drain cause a leak?

Oh yes, a clogged drain can definitely cause a leak – among other things!  The six most common repercussions of clogged drains that clogged drain prevention steps can help you avoid are: 

Leaks

Any pipe that is clogged at the drain can cause leaks to any plumbing fixture connected to the drain. This includes the bathtubs, garbage disposal, sinks, and toilets. A clogged drain will cause water to back up because it has nowhere to go. Then the standing water will start leaking through the caulking and seals, and you may not even realize this when it happens. So it leaks undetected for a while, damaging anything around like wood shelves or flooring, and then mold forms and spreads, causing more damage.

Odors

A lot of different things are put down your drains including food, gunk, hair, and other waste. These things bind up and can cause a drain clog to accumulate, and then bacteria forms, then the odor starts. That odor won’t stay in the drain; it will permeate throughout your house, which can be embarrassing when you have guests.

Contamination

A clogged drain from waste buildup can increase the chance of water contamination because it is passing through the waste and bacteria in your pipes. Any water stuck in the pipes will backflow, creating dirty drinking water.  

Pests

A clogged drain and a blocked pipe will produce stagnant water, and that attracts insects. Insects like mosquitoes live in stagnant water, breeding and laying eggs. The standing water in a clogged drain is food for insects too, so they have found a 24/7 buffet.  Other than mosquitos, cockroaches, drain flies, fruit flies, and phorid flies are all drain clog insects. 

Health 

Bacteria form in a clogged drain, and this will contaminate water, which can also create mold and breed disease-carrying insects, all posing a serious health risk to your home for you and your family. Health issues that are associated with water from clogged drains include campylobacteriosis, typhoid, and Legionnaires’ disease. Many people will suffer from peptic ulcers in the lining of their stomach. The airborne mold spores can cause respiratory problems and affect the nervous system too. 

Structural 

As we have mentioned, clogged drains can cause water to backflow. This backflow water will soak into the foundation, damaging it and weakening it. Cracked foundations are breeding grounds for more insects, including wood-destroying insects like termites.  

What can I pour down a drain to unclog it?

One of the best clogged drain cleaners is in your kitchen: baking soda, vinegar, and water. Pour a half cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a half cup of vinegar, and then plug off the drain immediately with a rag. This mixture will bubble up, and then dissolve the clog. Wait one hour and pour a full pot of boiling hot water down the drain, and then let water from the tap run for three to five minutes. 
And what is the best homemade remedy for clogged drains? You can do the process we described above with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water once a month as a clogged drain prevention step in all of your sinks, showers, and tubs. You can also use a cup of baking soda, a cup of table salt, and a cup of white vinegar all poured into the drain together. After ten minutes, pour boiling water into the drain to flush.

Can plunging make a clog worse?

If too much force is applied in the plunging process, it can damage the line and p-trap. While some force is needed, it is advised to plunge for a limited amount of time before deciding another method is needed or choosing to call a plumber. 

close-up of a sink drain being plunged

In Closing – What To Do if Your Drain Won’t Unclog

Knowing some things you can do and how to unclog a completely clogged drain is important for daily household life and can save you money by not having to call a plumber. In addition to following the clogged drain prevention steps we’ve mentioned here, there are some other things to remember.

Can you use drain cleaner with standing water? A professional plumber will advise against using any chemical drain cleaner ever. Why? It can damage the pipes if used repeatedly, and if you’re pouring it into a drain where there is standing water, it can splash back up in your face. The same is true with the splash if you plunge the drain after pouring a drain cleaner into the sink or tub. However, sometimes, it is a desperate means for desperate times, so if you find that this is the only option you have, wear protective eyewear and gloves. Make sure you are following the manufacturer’s instructions all the way through. 

What is plumbing maintenance?

Toilet surrounded by plumbing tools.

Know Your Plumbing Maintenance Needs

Your plumbing is one of the most essential parts of your home. From water coming in to sewage and wastewater going out, plumbing is something we have come to expect and need. With something so important to our daily lives, like our cars, air conditioning, heating, and plumbing, maintenance should be a priority. 

However, while your car, air conditioning, and heating maintenance needs are pretty well established, just what is plumbing maintenance? And just why is plumbing maintenance so important? That’s because, as time goes by, the plumbing in your home will experience issues such as clogs and begin to rust. Plumbing maintenance will ensure that your plumbing pipes continue to work properly, bringing water into your home and draining it out as necessary. 

Plumbing Maintenance Checklist

Every homeowner should have a plumbing maintenance checklist they follow on a regular basis – some of it weekly, some of it monthly. After all, the plumbing system makes up 15% of your home’s value. With that in mind, consider the following plumbing maintenance tips as protection for your investment. 

Daily Plumbing Maintenance Steps:

  • Clear clogs as soon as they happen
  • Be careful what goes down the drains
  • After using the garbage disposal, run cold water for 15 seconds

Weekly Plumbing Maintenance Steps: 

  • Check under all sinks for signs of leaks
  • Check all drains and make sure they are draining 
  • Clean the washing machine lint trap

Seasonal Plumbing Maintenance Steps: 

  • Before the first cold spell, disconnect all outside water hoses and wrap pipes
  • Before summer arrives, check the exterior plumbing for leaks, taking note of any issues with sprinkler heads

Yearly Plumbing Maintenance Steps: 

  • Have a professional plumber inspect the entire house for any plumbing issues you may not have noticed. They can provide plumbing maintenance and repairs for things that are beyond your abilities with their special plumbing maintenance tools.

What do you use to clean plumbing pipes?

Every drain in your home is connected to the sewer lines, aka lateral lines. Those lines connect to a main sewer line, and from there, off to the treatment plant your wastewater goes. Sometimes, a sewer line will begin to smell, become slow draining, or exhibit odd noises. As a part of your homeowner plumbing maintenance, you can do one of the following to keep them running clean and clear. This will also work if you notice your drain is moving a little too slow: 

1. Routine Plumbing Maintenance – Clean the Drain Lines Often

There are enzyme cleaners you can buy at local big box home improvement stores. Several types are available for cleaning out drain lines. Follow the label’s instructions and use them only in large drains, like your basement drain. This type of cleaner is slow acting, so patience is needed as you wait for it to do its thing. 

2. Get a Plumber Snake

Just like a basic household plunger and toilet plunger, it is a good idea for every home to have a plumber snake on hand. These are ideal for any minor clogs the plunger can’t clear with just a little bit of effort. If you can’t get a clog cleared with the snake, call a professional plumber.

3. Baking Soda and Vinegar

An all-natural drain cleaning solution! This will degrease your drain and clear almost anything else that is causing a slow drain. From cooking grease to toothpaste and bath soap, nothing is more natural than baking soda mixed with vinegar, which is usually on hand in most homes. Pour in half a cup of baking soda, follow with a half cup of vinegar, and let it sit for 15 minutes. After that, flush with hot water for 15 minutes. 

4. Flush The Drain Lines

If you don’t have a clog, flush lines with water to keep them from clogging. Pour a little bit of drain cleaner in the drain or the toilet, and then flush with water. If you already have a clog, avoid drain cleaners and try the baking soda with vinegar method first. 

5. Preventative Drain Cleaning

Don’t wait for a clogged drain or a catastrophe. Make this a step you do for your monthly plumbing maintenance and pour baking soda in all your drains every 30 days. Not only will it scour the pipe walls, but it will freshen the drain as well. 

How do you maintain drain pipes?

The drains in your home filter and flush away debris, water, and waste. From bathing products to food particles, and with that activity, they often get clogged up. With a little common sense, you can maintain those drains with these steps for drain plumbing maintenance: 

  • Dispose common waste in other manners besides pouring them down the drain. Pour up cooking grease into a coffee can then toss the can in the trash. Throw your used coffee grounds in the garbage or start a mulch pile. Put a drain screen over the shower drain and all the sink drains too. Wipe the bathroom sink of any hair after brushing and styling your hair. 
  • Run hot water in the kitchen drains after cooking and cleaning. The hot water will help anything in the drain wash on down. 
  • Add a cup of baking soda in the kitchen drain to absorb odors and clean the pipe interiors. 
  • Pour a cup of vinegar in the drain as an acetic acid organic solvent that will remove debris and food buildup in the pipes. Let it sit for 30 minutes then run hot water for 15 minutes. Do the same in the bathtub and bathroom sinks.
  • Be careful in using store-bought cleaners, too much of some ingredients can be dangerous to the pipes, like lye. Follow instructions and wear eye protection. 

How do I clear a main line clog?

Plumbing issues aren’t easy to deal with. In fact, they’re often tricky, which is why you want to have routine plumbing maintenance – keep these things from happening! A clogged main drain line is a big problem, but you may be able to side-step calling a plumber with these tips: 

  • A Basic Clog:

The is a common and fixable clog that usually occurs near a plumbing fixture like the kitchen sink, shower, or toilet. Often you can purchase a chemical drain cleaner at the store if the plunger method doesn’t work or use the baking powder and vinegar method described above. 

  • A Stubborn Clog:

A clog is usually stubborn because you can’t reach it, or it started out small and got bigger. This requires a little more power to clear out than a basic clog, like a plumber’s snake. If this method doesn’t work, you need to call a professional plumber. 

  • For Sewer Line Cleaning: 

This can be a serious matter and if none of the steps we’ve listed have done anything, you need to call your plumber. Problems with the sewer line are major – it could be broken or have tree roots bursting through. In any case, this isn’t meant for a homeowner with DIY tendencies. 

Woman fixing a leaking pipe.

How do you clean toilet plumbing?

You should purchase a toilet plunger – these are different from household plungers and you never use a toilet plunger in the sink because of bacteria. For a slow flushing toilet, use a cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar with a half-gallon of hot water. Pour it into the toilet bowl and let it sit overnight. Then flush the toilet and if the obstruction is gone, congratulations. If not, call your plumber. Need help? Reach out to the Wicked Plumbing team by calling at (508) 272-1196.

What Is The Most Common Problem With Water Heaters?

water heater and boiler

What are the signs that your hot water heater is going out?

The water heater. Always there, always providing that hot water for a morning shower or a pre-bedtime bubble bath soak. Until it isn’t working anyway. Yes, even the water heater is an appliance that has a limited lifespan, and like any other type of appliance, they seem to quit at the most inopportune time. So, it is water heater repair or replacement? 

Personally, the three times in my life that my water heater went caput, we replaced it. However, there are some issues with a water heater, repairs are possible and much less expensive.  Having a plumbing contractor check the unit first and they will discuss the options of water heater repair and replacement if there is an option. 

If you’re asking this, good chance in the back of your mind, you fear this is about to happen, right? Since most people never give their water heater a second thought, why would you even be asking this question? Here we have a few indicating telltale signs you should be concerned that you may need water heater repair or a new water heater cause the current one is calling it quits: 

  • Water Quality: Has the water quality dropped recently? Turn on the faucet and inspect the hot water. If you’re seeing debris like minerals and sediment, the bottom of the tan is getting filled up and it has no place to go but through your faucets. The water may be muddy or rusty looking, have an odd odor, and may taste like metal. 
  • Leaking: When there is leaking around a water heater, it normally isn’t a good thing. Sometimes, it could be the water connection has loosened, but honestly, where the connections are on a water heater, somebody would have to turn the connection. It is more likely the tank has a leak and if you don’t get a water heater repair or replacement soon, you’re going to have a big mess. 
  • Temperature Inconsistent: Is difficult to control the temperature of the hot water? Sometimes it’s extremely too hot and the next time it barely gets warms? Inconsistent water temperature is an indication that your water heater is going out although, a professional plumbing contractor may be able to do a water heater repair and get you a couple of more months on this one.
  • Long Time Heating Up: When it is taking forever to get hot water in that shower every morning, water heater repair is possible by replacing the heating element or the thermostat. Or it could be the tank is full of sediment and a water heater repair would consist of flushing it, hopefully that will help. If not, time to replace the unit. 
  • Noises: If your water heater is making more than usual noises, it is trying to tell you something. You can attempt a water heater repair of flushing it out and getting that sediments out of the tank could be the answer. Or if your water heater is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a replacement. 
  • Age: Wine improves with time, water heaters don’t. This is a mechanical appliance and even if you have the highest quality and have kept it well-maintained, it isn’t going to last forever. At 10 to 15 years, any of the things we’ve listed here are indications that water heater repair is probably too late. 

What is the most common problem with water heaters?

The four most common problems that plumbers hear about when a homeowner is looking for water heater repair instead of replacement:  

Water temperature – There are 3 water temperature issues that people haves. It’s cold. It’s not hot enough. It’s too hot. 

Leaking – There are several reason why a water heater may leak, including:

  • a faulty T&P relief valve.
  • the water pressure. 
  • it is overheating.
  • a valve is stuck.
  • a plumbing connection is loose
  • heating element bolts are loose
  • gasket has gone bad
  • the tank has a leak

Discolored water – The water coming out is muddy or rusty looking. A water heater repair that can fix this is to replace the anode rod or flush the tank.

Noises – This is from a build-up of sediment in the bottom of the tank. Flushing the tank is a possible water heater repair that will stop the noise. 

How do I fix my water heater?

When you have problems with your electric water heater, there is a chance you can do your own water heater repair for some issues. Read on to find out what and how: 

  • No Hot Water: Could be the breaker or the heating element. First check the breaker and if it is flipped off, flip it back on, wait 30 minutes and see if fixed it. If not, water heater repair will be replacing the heating element. 
  • Insufficient Hot Water: This may not be a water heater repair issue at all. It may be your water heater isn’t large enough to meet the demands of your household. Upgrade to a larger unit, install low-flow water fixtures.
  • Too Hot: Adjust the thermostat to a lower setting.
  • Water Leaking: A possible water heater repair could be checking the water connections or replace the T&P valve. If the water leaking is coming from the tank, then that will need a water heater replacement. 
  • Colored, Smelly Water: When the water is coming out muddy, rusty looking and/or has an odor, then the water tank is full of sediment. You can attempt a water heater repair by flushing it out, but depending on long that has been happening, you may be looking at a replacement. 
  • Noisy: A noisy water heater isn’t a necessarily a bad thing, they all make some noise, but if it is getting louder with a low rumble or popping sounds, maybe a high pitch whine, try to flush the tank. If that water repair effort doesn’t help, you’ll need to replace the unit. 

How often should you drain your water heater?

The average home needs the water heater flushed once a year. Where the water is extremely hard, you may need to do this twice a year or more. 

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Should I replace my 15-year-old water heater?

If you’re not experiencing any of the problems we’ve discussed here, then no. While the average age is 10 to 12 years, a water heater can last up to 20 years before it begins to fail. If you’ve had water heater repairs done in the past 5 years, then yes, it may be time to replace it. At 10 year old, hot water heater repair parts are harder to find and become more costly.

If you’re water heater has quit, doing an internet search for professional how water heater repair near me or professional hot water heater repair charlotte nc. You’ll get a list of several plumbers that can give you estimates. Compare a couple of them if you’re not without hot water, but if you have no hot water you may not have that option. Call (508) 272-1196 today for your water heater installation in Somerset, MA. 

Do I Need a Water Filtration System?

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Why do I need a water filtration system?

Is the water coming into your home clean and safe? Are you sure? Because most likely, no matter where you live and where your water comes from, there is still some unwanted particles in your water. With a water filtration system, you can have cleaner and safer water. 

Whether the water in your home comes from a municipal system or a private well, the possibilities for contaminants, like  high levels of minerals can get the system. The taste is affected, your water using appliances become less efficient, and more. A water filtration system will address those issues by filtering the unwanted contaminants out, giving your family the following benefits: 

Safe drinking water. Unsafe drinking water can have dire consequences from pollutants of heavy metals and more. The health consequences can be profound and lifelong. Most municipal water systems in our country do a great job with water treatment, but even the best system can fail. With a water filtration system, you can be certain that the water in your home is clean. 

Save money. Do you buy bottled water every week? Even if you’re catching it on sale at 3 cases for $10, that is an expense that adds up, especially if everyone in the house consumers two to three bottles daily.  With a water filtration system, you can regain that money and pay for the system, with money left over! 

The environment. Plastic is filling our landfills at an alarming rate, and there is even more plastic that is tossed to the side that doesn’t make it to the landfills. A water filtration system will eliminate your family’s contribution to adding plastic bottles to the landfills. 

Plumbing issues. Even the cleanest water system in the country still has chemicals, heavy metal, and minerals coming into homes. Those contaminants are unhealthy for your family, your water-using appliances, and plumbing. The buildup those contaminants create are causing those appliances and plumbing to become corroded. Corrosion wears those things out faster, needing to be replaced sooner than normal. With a water filtration system, your appliances and plumber will have a longer lifespan. 

Ease skin irritation. Anyone with sensitive skin could be experiencing higher levels of irritations because of the water in your home. With a water filtration system, the water your family bathes ins will have fewer chemicals that have been connected to skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. Every one will have a cleaner feeling experience in bathing! 

Cleaner clothes. With the high level of minerals in your water, the effectiveness of washing your clothes is lost. A water filtration system will help you washing machine get your clothes cleaner and they’ll last longer with less chemicals in the water.  

Reduces limescale and  minerals. Have you noticed chalky, white deposits on your dishes and cookware? That is a buildup of minerals and limescale, typically caused by hardwater. Not only is that unattractive, but that build up is in the appliances and pipes is affecting the taste of your water too. With a water filtration system, those issues are alleviated, and your water will be better tasting. 

What does a water filtration system do?

There are different styles and types of water filtration systems, but they all remove unwanted impurities from the water coming into your home. Impurities like bacteria, chemicals, and sediments that affect the hardness, odor, and taste of your water. 

What is the difference between water filtration system vs water softener?

A water filtration system removes contaminants, resulting in cleaner water that tastes better.  A water softener removes the minerals that causes hard water, like  calcium and magnesium. A water softer has a targeted focus on contaminants, using a different process. 

What is the best water filtration system?

 Maybe you’ve decided your home could use cleaner, healthier, safer water, so you’re wonder now, what water filtration system do i need? There are several different brands and within those brands are a variety of models, styles, and types. 

There are the water filtration systems that removes chemicals, minerals, etc., that are installed on the faucet or under the sink as well as the pitcher style. You need to choose the one that is best for your budget and targets what you’re concerned with about your home’s drinking water. The following are three popular choices: 

  • Rated Best Overall: The  APEC ROES-50 Reverse Osmosis System which removes up to 1,000 various unwanted contaminants and is available through Amazon. 
  • Rated Best Faucet Attachment: The  PUR Faucet Water Filtration System fits easily to your existing faucet and removes several common contaminants. Available through Amazon and doesn’t require anu tools to connect. 
  • Rated Best Whole-House System is the Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System, also from Amazon, makes the not only the cooking and drinking water cleaner and safer, but bathing and showering too. 
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How much is a whole house water filtration system?

To have a whole house water filtration system installed by a professional, you can expect to pay as much as $1,800. This includes the initial water test, the water filtration system, and all the materials needed for the installation, as well as the labor. The contractor should offer you a written estimate that includes their guarantee and warranty. 

A DIY installation of a whole house water filtration system for home will cost up to $500. The downside to doing your own installation, there won’t be any guarantee or warranty on the work, just the equipment. 

With all these questions answered and the information provided, you may still wonder are home water filtration systems worth it? Yes, because you can’t be 100% sure how well the water from a private well or a public water supply has been filtered. Even the best of the best systems can have failures that allow contaminating, disease-producing pathogens from hazardous agricultural and  household products seep in the water system. 

Then there is the possibilities of your own water pipes having corrosion inside that is getting inside the water your family is consuming. So, the water filtration system benefits you can expect, regardless of where your water sources from are: 

  • Constant safe drinking water.
  • Saves money not buying bottled water.
  • Convenient not having to buy that bottled water.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Reduces plumbing issues.
  • Helps ease, even eliminate skin irritations.
  • Saves on soap, extends the life of your clothes.

Need water filtration system installation in Somerset, MA? Call (508) 272-1196 today.

How do I remove buildup from drain pipes?

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Clogs within drain pipes

A clogged drain is annoying, bathroom or kitchen, doesn’t matter, it is annoying. You’re preparing for guests, and the bathroom sink isn’t draining, or the kitchen drain has slowed down and almost stopped.  Dealing with clogged drain cleaning right now is not in today’s schedule, but here you are, trying to determine the best and fastest way to get things draining. 

That clogged drain bathtub problem is getting the kids off their routine, and the kitchen’s clogged drain causing a leak now, the dreaded clogged drain effect apparently. Now that clogged drain cleaning has become a more urgent matter to handle. What is the best way to clean your drains?

Any professional plumber will advise you not to use a chemical drain cleaner. The chemicals are hard on the pipes, actually damages them while they are removing the clog. Different consumer reports advise the same thing, stating that using chemicals for clogged drain cleaning will lead to more trouble, even create a gas as they react with aluminum pipes that can make you sick. 

Even worse, if you’re trying different clogged drain cleaning products because nothing is working, they get mixed together and can burst out, splashing you in the face. Those crystal chemical clogged drain cleaning products can damage not just the pipes, but your garbage disposal, septic system, sewer line, etc. All that results in more problems for you, some of them expensive problems. Often, the damage is done and the clog is still there. 

Here, we have gathered some clogged drain cleaning methods that professional plumbers recommend: 

The Bathroom –  Shower, Sink and Tub Drains

The biggest cause of clogs in the bathroom is long hair and toothpaste. When these come together and water mixes with them, you could almost build a hut with the result. For clogged drain cleaning in this area, fill the sink or shower/tub with hot water with the drain plugged. Then unplug and if the clog isn’t too severe, it should flush the drain with the hot water melting the toothpaste, taking the long hair with it to the sewer.   If the ‘s drain is still clogged, get a sink plunger and plunge the drain a few times.  The next thing to try is a plumber snake, available at your local big box home improvement store. 

The Toilet

If anything other than human waste and toilet paper have been flushed in the toilet, that could be why you’re faced with clogged drain cleaning your toilet. Human waste and toilet paper are biodegradable, other things that are supposed to be “flushable” aren’t and those result in the clogged drain cleaning process. Using a toilet plunger (these are different than the sink plunger and should never be exchanged for each other), try to get the clog busted and moving. Like the sink and shower/tub above, if the plunger doesn’t work for you, use a plumber snake and if that doesn’t accomplish clogged drain cleaning, you’ll have to call a professional. 

The Kitchen Drain

A clogged kitchen drain is a major inconvenience but using a simple mixture of dish liquid and hot water could be all your need for this clogged drain cleaning process. Let the hot water, as hot as possible, run into the drain, this softens the clog. Then add a grease removing dish liquid and keep the extreme hot water running.  If that doesn’t break the clog, then use the sink plunger while the hot water and dish liquid are in the drain. Another natural clogged drain cleaning method is pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain.  If none of this works, you’ll need to call a professional plumber. 

The best clogged drain cleaning method is not to put things in the sinks, toilet, or tub that don’t belong in drains. The next best thing you can do is practice regular maintenance with your kitchen and bathroom drains by using a natural mix of products like baking soda and vinegar to keep them clean. 

Will bleach unclog a drain?

While bleach is a great household product and can do so many things, it is not a clogged drain cleaning product. Bleach will reduce any dirt on surfaces and brightens your white clothes. Bleach is excellent at killing bacteria and terms. You won’t find a better household product that sanitizes around your home, but clogged drain cleaning is one thing it can’t do. 

Plumbers do recommend using bleach to clean and deodorize the drain once a month in place of baking soda and vinegar.  Pour as much as ¾ a cup of bleach in every drain once a month and it will kill the bacteria and germs that have built up in them. Getting that clog of toothpaste and hair busted though, it won’t help with that problem.

What chemical do plumbers use to unclog drains?

Plumbers never rely on chemicals to for clogged drain cleaning. The products on the market are chemicals that weigh more than the water you’re pouring them into, and typically are going right to the pipes and eating the pipes, leaving the clog behind. 

Potassium hydroxide can be used to change grease clogs into a soft soap-like substance, and thioglycolic acid will dissolve hair. Other ingredients that have been used for clogged drain cleaning are lye, sodium hydroxide, or sulfuric acid. These are toxic products and need to be handled with special care. At this point, the safest thing you can do is call a professional plumber. 

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What do plumbers use to clean pipes?

Plumbers do not use chemicals for clogged drain cleaning, instead they use any of the following mechanical methods: 

  • DRAIN AUGERS OR PLUMBER SNAKE: A standard tool for any plumber that demolish any obstruction in the pipes. This motorized drain auger has a long, flexible metal coil that works like a corkscrew. The plumber puts the end down the drain and when they feel it hits the clog, they activate the motor, and that metal coil forces the end through the clog. It will either break it up and push it on through or pull it out when the plumber removes the auger. 
  • HYDRO-JETTER: This piece of equipment will break through practically any clog while it comprehensively cleans the drains inside, removing any grease, soap scum, and more. 
  • VIDEO INSPECTION EQUIPMENT: This small video camera is attached to a long fiber-optic cable and the plumber puts into the clogged drain. It isn’t there for clogged drain cleaning, but it will show the plumber on a small TV-type screen if there is a clogged drain or broken pipe. The plumber then knows what needs to be done for a clogged drain fix, which at this point, is repairing or replacing sewer pipes. 

Clogged drains are aggravating and in the heat of the moment, it is tempting to pour a chemical that claims to be fast acting and strong into the drain. Avoid doing that if at all possible, and if you are going to give that a try, then be sure to follow the instructions exactly. Call (508) 272-1196 today for your clogged drain needs in Somerset, MA.

Can Water Heaters Be Repaired?

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Can Water Heaters Be Repaired?

Is your water heater making strange noises? Is there a strange accumulation of water around your water heater? If so, it’s time for you to seek out water heater repair. One of the most significant problems your water heater can display is a water leak. A leaky water heater can result from a broken temperature and pressure relief valve or from a leak from a nearby plumbing connection or even the unit. These valves can be repaired but if your water heater tank is leaking, then the whole unit will need to be replaced. This is unfortunate but it is a necessary reality.

What is the Most Common Problem With Water Heaters?

There are a number of common problems that happen when one has a problematic water heater. In order to educate yourself, please review the following list.

  • As previously mentioned, a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve is a common water heater issue.
  • Bad water pressure.
  • The unit overheating.
  • A valve that is stuck.
  • A leak from a nearby pipe.
  • A deteriorated gasket.
  • The water tank itself is leaking.

Your qualified water heater professional, also known as a plumber, will be able to help you get to the bottom of your extenuating water heater issues.

What Are the Signs Your Hot Water Heater is Going Out?

Is your water heater going out? In order to understand what issues may be going on, it’s essential to conduct a little research. Warning signs of water heater failure include old age, leaking, delivering rusty water, hot water shortages, making strange noises, and the need for extensive repairs.

Should I Replace My 15 Year Old Water Heater?

Is your aging water heater between fifteen and twenty years old? Generally speaking, your water heater will benefit from routine maintenance and repairs, but the older a unit gets, the more vulnerable it will be to issues. If you are running out of hot water at a rapid rate or if your water is delivering red or rusty water, then you will want to contact a plumber as soon as possible. Your certified plumber will recommend a water heater flush, administer water heater repairs, or even recommend a replacement depending on the severity of the problems that are being observed.

What Happens If You Don’t Flush Your Water Heater?

When was the last time you had your water heater flushed? If your water heater is not regularly flushed, then it will corrode far more quickly. It’s very important to note that the sediment in a water heater can block or clog the pressure and relief valve, which as previously mentioned, is a leading cause for water heater disrepair.

How Water Heater Repair

Water heater repair is a process that should only be undertaken by a professional. This is because a true plumber will have years of experience and certifications to back up their assertions and their procedures. Normally, a plumber will start off with a visual observation of the unit, noting any rust or corrosion. Next, they will troubleshoot the water heater until they are able to come up with a list of reasons why the unit is not behaving properly.

How Water Heater Service

Water heater maintenance is an essential part of homeownership. It’s important to have heated water for your laundry, your dishwasher, your shower, and your bathtub. If you do not have hot water, your hygiene will suffer. You can call your local plumber and set up an appointment today. The best way you can protect yourself from calling the wrong plumber is to review the list of services that are offered on their website. If they advertise water heater repair, then you will have an opportunity to move forward in good faith.

How to Fix Water Heater

Are you wondering about how to fix your water heater on your own? If so, it is important to understand that this course of action is inadvisable. This is because your water heater is a sensitive piece of equipment and needs to be treated with caution and care. Whether your water heater is gas or electric, you will need a certified technician who has the ability and experience to safely fix your water heater unit. 

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How Water Heater Repair Near Me

One of the most important tools at your disposal is your smartphone or computer. With either of these two tools, you can conduct a search for your water heater needs. Use relevant search terms like “water heater repair near me,” to discover all of your available resources.

We provide the best water heater repair in Somerset, MA, and would be happy to deliver proven results to your household or property. Please feel free to reach out to us at (508) 272-1196 today.

What Does Hydronic Heating Mean?

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What Does Hydronic Heating Mean?

Hydronic heating is a form of heating that is quiet, energy-efficient, and will keep your household comfortable through the winter. Hydronic heating is understood to be a home heating system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along baseboard heaters, or through radiators. This is done in order to heat the home. Radiant heating is another name for hydronic heating. It has become more and more popular for family households that want more control in their heating zones. As a result, more energy savings can be manifested.

How Long Does Hydronic Heating Last?

Are you wondering how long your hydronic heating system will last? Hydronic heating systems will last twenty years or longer, depending on the product, how it is installed, and how much maintenance is reserved for the heating system over the years. Some experts estimate that hydronic heating systems have a range of ten to twenty years.

Can Hydronic Heating Be Used to Cool?

Hydronic heating is wonderfully efficient for household heating purposes. But what of the hydronic system’s ability to cool the home? Believe it or not, most hydronic systems supply both heating and cooling options. The hydronic cooling process will be very similar to the heating process. Cold water will be the main method utilized to cool the walls of the household. According to leading experts in the industry, the cooling process is far more efficient than traditional air conditioning systems.

Is Hydronic Heating More Efficient than Forced Air?

According to a leading website that specializes in heating systems, water is a better heat transfer medium than air. This means that the hydronic heating process is more energy-efficient than forced air systems. This is important to recognize if you are interested in maximizing the energy-efficiency of your household.

Does Hydronic Heating Use Electricity?

Due to the fact that the principal fuel sources for heating stem from gas and electricity, many homeowners are surprised to find that hydronic (liquid-based) systems only use a little electricity. This can be seen as a benefit for households that are off the power grid or if they are located in areas with high electricity prices.

How Hydronic Heating Works

Are you wondering how hydronic heating works? If so, please review the following bullet-pointed list to discover more.

  • The hydronic system is capable of simply heating water and moving it through sealed pipes to radiators throughout the household.
  • During this process, the water is heated at a principle source. This principle source will be at an energy-efficient gas boiler. 
  • After the water is returned, it will be reheated through the recirculating system.

What is Hydronic Heating Boilers

There is a lot of terminology to be aware of when it comes to hydronic heating. One of these terms relates to hydronic heating boilers. A hydronic heat boiler will warm your house using hot water. Furnaces use hot air to heat a home, conversely. Boilers heat but don’t actually boil water. The water will then be dispersed as either hot liquid or steam through pipes to radiators, coils, or radiant floor systems. 

Hydronic Heating Near Me

If you are looking for hydronic heating near you, you do have a list of viable ways for you to locate a responsive plumbing and heating company. The first thing that you can do is ask a friend or neighbor for a referral. After receiving the referral, you can call the company, and review their services and set up an appointment. Alternatively, you can also use your smartphone or smart device to use Google maps to locate plumbing and heating services near you. If you type in the search term, “hydronic heating near me,” you will be pleased to discover that a host of companies will pop up on your screen. Review the services and reviews in order to determine if a company is a right fit for you.

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Hydronic Heating Supplies Near Me

Your responsible plumbing company will always use the best supplies available for hydronic heating purposes. This includes the right tools, materials, and supplies. There are many different companies that sell such supplies. The supply chain for plumbers will focus on quality. The better the materials used, the longer you can expect for your hydronic heating system to function. Supplies for your hydronic and radiant system include circulator pumps, boilers, zone valves, controls, and more. Each of these items should be properly installed by a professional plumber who is skilled, with many years of experience. With an excellently installed hydronic heating system, you will enjoy immeasurable comfort for many years to come.

If you would like to discuss your needs pertaining to hydronic heating in Somerset, MA, please reach out to us today at (508) 272-1196. We would love to schedule an appointment for all of your plumbing services.

What’s the Difference Between Forced Hot Air and Central Heating?

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What is forced heat in a house?

Winter is coming any day now and it is time to get the house ready to keep us warm. No matter what type of heating your home has, central heating or forced air heating, there are steps to take to get ready, starting with a professional cleaning and inspection. 

Forced air heating system cools and heats air then distributes that air throughout the house through ducts and vents that are connected. It differs from a central air system where it has an outdoor component but still uses the ducts and vents. 

What is the difference between forced air and central heat?

Generally, when we speak of forced air, we are referring to the heating system and central air is reference to the cooling system. However, they are interchangeable. Central heating system can refer to boilers and furnaces because the heat is created in a central location before being distributed.

A forced air system suggests an HVAC system with air ducts and vents are used to send the controlled temperature  air into the building. While central heating can also be reference to a boiler system, forced air heating can only be a reference to either furnace or heat pump with air ducts. 

Central air conditioning uses the ducts, plenums, and vents delivery system of the forced air heating system to deliver cool, conditioned air. So, there is a difference, but the difference is slight when describing it between central air and forced air heating system.

What is an advantage of forced air heating?

Considering that the average household spend approximately $1200 a year on cooling and heating their home, the decision between what type of system for cooling and heating is a major one. It should be done with caution and education. Meaning, ask the questions and do the research so that you choose the one that is right for you. 

This should be something that will serve you for the next 20 years or longer. Here, we offer the pros and cons of forced air heating and help you determine why get forced air heating this time: 

The Pros of Force Air Heating 

  • Heat Up Time: Force air heating get throughout the house faster because the air heats it directly. It is able to promptly send that warm air out through the duct system versus the process of central or water heat system takes more time to heat up.
  • Easy Install: Where radiant (water) heat requires the floors be ripped up, forced air heating works with what system is in place already, making the install time easy and faster.  
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Radiant heating is more expensive than forced air heating, making forced air heating cost more efficient right from the beginning. Because it works with whatever you have in place already as far as duct work, the install is faster and easier, this helps with the cost of installation. 
  • Reliable: Force air heating has fewer working parts, so there is less to break down and need professional service calls.  

The Cons of Force Air Heating

  • Potential Mold Risks: Mold can grow inside the forced air unit then cycle throughout your house. As long as you thoroughly clean the unit as recommended by the installing company and the manufacturer, you won’t have any issues. 
  • Noise: Every system is going to make some noise, including forced air heating. It is pushing air through the ducts where the pressure builds up. Unusually loud noises needs professional attention.
  • Central Control: There is only one thermostat for forced air heating and it controls the temperature in every room, and that heat sometimes varies from room to room.  
  • Ductwork Leaks: Air ducts are typically exceptionally reliable, but there is a potential for leaks to develop, especially if the system is ill-designed. As the system ages, they ducts become weak and worn out. Annual inspection and cleaning by a professional will catch these possible leaks before they happen. 

Is forced hot air heating good?

Forced air heating is good, and it is growing in popularity for both electric and gas connected homes. It is a clean and efficient way to heat your home, but as we listed earlier, there are some cons to this type of heating.  You definitely need to weigh the pros and cons before making the final decision. 

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Is hot water heat better than forced air?

Heat from water heating system will stay warm longer once it has heated the house, but it takes it longer to heat up and get distributed.  There is that “air” blowing on you while it heats up with a water heat system, and it is quieter, both are a plus for many people. If you choose to add air conditioning later, you’ll need the ducts and vents installed since air can’t be added to a water heat system. So, the final choice is up to the homeowner and which conveniences matter the most. 

If you’re not sure how to get forced air heating, do an internet search for companies that install central heat and air units, and inquire if they offer force air heat installation too. Shop around, don’t take the first one you come across. Get several quotes and check their references. Need a forced air system? Call (508) 272-1196 today.