5 Signs Your Water Heater is About to Fail
Turning on the faucet and having clean, safe hot and cold water is something most of us take for granted. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it might be time to consider a replacement for your water heater before there is a real problem.
1. Age of the water heater
2. Rusty water
Rusty water from the hot water faucet is an indication that the water heater is rusting on the inside and may soon develop a leak. It is possible that the rust is coming from galvanized pipes. A simple test is to drain water from the tank into a bucket. Do this a few times. If by the third bucketful the water is still rusty, it is the water heater and not the pipes.
3. Rumbling and noises
Over time, sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank and with repeated heating that sediment begins to harden. The two outcomes of this are: 1) the water heater becomes less efficient, requiring more energy to produce the same amount of hot water, and 2) the extra effort causes greater wear and tear on the system, including tiny holes. If you notice even small leaks around your water heater, it is probably time to replace it.
4. Metallic smell
A metallic smell or taste is another sign that the water heater is breaking down and should be replaced.
5. Leakage around the water heater
As the water heats, the metal in the tank expands and after many years tiny holes or fractures can develop allowing water to leak. Even just the detection of moisture or a small amount of water can indicate a leak. It is important, however, to check for other sources, such as the fittings or connections to the tank.
Don’t wait for your water heater to quit completely or cause a major leak. If you have any concerns, contact your local Rheem Pro Partners today to assess the condition of your water heater.
– August 16th 2017
Modulating Rheem Furnace R97V Review
The Rheem Furnace R97V offers the ultimate in comfort and maximum efficiency, as well as exceptional quality and reliability. This latest entry in the Prestige Series is an excellent choice for Colorado and Wyoming homeowners.
Comfort & Performance
The Rheem R97V combines 3 key features for maximum benefit.
- A modulating gas valve – Modulating operation saves energy and optimizes comfort throughout your home. Because it automatically adjusts to minimize cold spots you don’t have to worry about adjusting the temperature yourself.
- A variable-speed ECM blower motor – Variable speed allows for incremental adjustments, so whatever the conditions are outdoors, you experience just the right amount of air flow indoors. The variable speed motor also provides better humidity control and the new patented heat exchanger design improves airflow and reduces operating sound.
- The EcoNetTM Control Center* lets you easily adjust your comfort settings from home or away and receive important alerts and reminders about your system.
Installation & Maintenance Savings
The R97V has a smart design for easy installation which means less expense to you. The PlusOne Diagnostics 7-segment LED display makes service calls quick and easy as well.
Peace of Mind
All this comfort, performance, efficiency and savings also comes with one of the best warranties in the industry. That translates to fewer repair bills and worry-free operation.
Find out if the Modulating Rheem Furnace R97V is right for your home. Contact your local Rheem Pro Partners today for free estimate.
– March 25th 2017
What You Need to Know About Furnace Filters
Maybe it is on your to-do list, or maybe you’ve thought about putting it on your to-do list… If replacing your furnace filter is not part of your regular home maintenance, though, it should be. This is one of the simplest, low-cost steps you can take to protect one of the most important investments in your home.
How a Furnace Works
While there are different models, most furnaces work by drawing in air from return ducts throughout your home, warming it over a heat exchanger, and then blowing the heated air with a fan through ducts that open into the various rooms. This is known as “forced-air.”
What a Furnace Filter Does
When the air comes into the furnace through the return ducts, it typically carries with it dust, hair and other debris. The purpose of the furnace filter is to keep all of that dirt from collecting in the blower fan. This has several benefits. It prevents damage and excess wear on your furnace; it helps keep your furnace running efficiently; and it keeps all that dirt from recirculating in your home, reducing allergens and improving your indoor air quality.
The furnace filter is only effective until it becomes full, however, so to keep your furnace, functioning properly, it should be replaced with a new one every 1-3 months, depending on the type.
How Filters are Rated
Furnace filters are rated on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale, which runs from 1-16. The higher the rating, the more particles the filter will trap. Higher ratings aren’t necessarily better, however. The highest rated filters may not allow enough air to flow through and can make your furnace work harder (less efficiently). Most furnaces work best with a filter rated between 8 and 11. Check with your furnace manufacturer to determine if your model has a recommended maximum MERV rating.
The most common filters are the disposable, pleated variety. These are made of paper and polyester. They vary in price from a few dollars up to $40, depending on the rating, size and brand. Pleated filters should be checked monthly, to make sure there are no blockages, and replaced every 3 months.
Another type of disposable filter is made of fiberglass. This is the cheapest, but also the flimsiest. Fiberglass filters have the lowest MERV rating and should be replaced monthly, so consider that when you are pricing them against longer-lasting pleated filters.
Permanent reusable filters are expensive, but last up to 5 years with proper cleaning (every 3 months). Also called washable filters, they have either an aluminum or plastic frame and are more efficient than disposables. Clean them with a vacuum and water.
Both disposable and permanent filters are available in electrostatic versions, which self-charge as air passes through them. The charge allows them to collect more particles. Homes with pets or smokers can benefit from electrostatic filters. Make sure that they are safe to use with your particular furnace.
Furnace filters are sized by thickness, height and width. Check the old filter for the size (typically printed on the frame) before buying a replacement. If your furnace takes a custom size, check with the manufacturer for where to purchase.
How to Replace Your Filter
Replacing your furnace filter is simple, but it helps to do a little preparation. First, turn off the furnace while you are changing the filter so it doesn’t turn on during the process. Next, have a trash bag ready for the old disposable filter, as it will come out full of dust and dirt. Then open the filter compartment door (between the air intake and the furnace), and slide the old filter out. If you have a permanent filter, vacuum it off before cleaning it thoroughly with water and let it dry completely. Vacuum the outside of the furnace and around the filter area if it is dusty before inserting the new filter. Look for the arrow on the filter that indicates the direction of airflow. The arrow must face the furnace side of the compartment to work properly. Slide the new/clean filter into the compartment and restart the furnace.
Check your furnace filter every month, and replace it (or clean it) every 3 months. Doing so will help keep your furnace running properly, reduce the risk of breakdowns, and keep your energy bills low.
Still need help or interested in upgrading your filter? Rheem Pro Partners are here to assist you. Contact us today!
– March 8th 2017
How Do I Heat My Home Evenly?
Hot or cold spots in your home during the winter are a common problem for people who have multi-level homes, especially older homes. The furnace is running, but one room or floor may be warmer than another. For places like Colorado and Wyoming that are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, achieving even temperatures throughout your home can be a year-round struggle. There are several likely reasons uneven heating (or cooling) occurs:
- Restricted airflow from the furnace to the registers.
- Inadequate or improperly sized and sealed ductwork.
- A heating and cooling system that’s not sufficient for the size of the home.
Here are some things you can try to fix the problem:
Partially Close the Vents Upstairs
Add a Zoning System
Switch Your Thermostat from “Auto” to “On”
Upgrade Your HVAC Equipment
Add Additional HVAC Equipment
Add a Ductless System
Have Your Ductwork Inspected
There is no cookie-cutter answer for why your home is not heated evenly. For the best solution, contact your HVAC professional to evaluate your particular situation. He or she will have the best advice for how to correct the problem.
Your Rheem Pro Partner is available for all your heating needs and concerns.
– February 28th 2017
6 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Furnace
The purchase and installation of a new furnace is a big investment and a big decision. Homeowners in Colorado and Wyoming have many options, and knowing some basic information before you start shopping can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Here are the top 6 mistakes people make when purchasing a new furnace:
1. Ignoring AFUE & Energy Efficiency
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) is the rating that shows how energy efficient a furnace is. While the highest rated (most efficient) furnaces cost more up front, choosing one with a low AFUE rating will cost you more every month in higher utility bills. Look for a rating of 17 or higher to potentially save you 50% on your energy bills, compared to older or less efficient models.
2. Not Taking Advantage of Rebates
Rebates for high-efficiency furnaces are often available from the government and the manufacturer. These rebates can make an expensive unit affordable, and allow you to purchase a more efficient unit than you thought you could, based on your budget. Don’t miss out on these savings!
3. Only Getting One Estimate
Prices can vary greatly, even among reputable HVAC contractors. It pays to get several estimates on the purchase and the installation fees.
4. Going for the Lowest Price
A low cost furnace may seem like a good deal in the short time, but over time it will cost you much more in higher energy bills. Be sure to consider the savings you’ll enjoy over the life of your furnace with a more efficient model, even if it costs a few hundred dollars more initially.
Similarly, don’t choose your contractor solely on price. The quality of your furnace installation is critical to the long-term performance of your furnace. Spending money on a new furnace only to skimp on the installation cost, risking poor quality work, will most likely end up costing you more in the future. This could also prevent your furnace from ever working properly.
5. Buying a Furnace that is Too Big or Small
Furnaces are designed to work based on the size and layout of your home. A furnace that is too big will not be more effective, and a furnace that is too small will not be less expensive to operate. The wrong size unit is more likely to break down sooner and more often and use more energy (higher monthly bills) while not properly or consistently heating your home. Make sure your HVAC professional does a load calculation to determine the correct furnace for your home.
6. Not Verifying Your Contractor’s Reputation & Expertise
Before you settle on a contractor be sure to do your homework. Get recommendations from friends or family, read reviews, and check the company’s record of service complaints with the Better Business Bureau. Ask about the technician’s certifications and ongoing training. Be sure to get a detailed written contract that spells out all the installation details, and get all your questions answered satisfactorily before signing.