Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing and HVAC

Wall mount heaters are excellent for supplementing the heat for an individual room such as a bedroom, bathroom, or other living space needing additional heat. Modern wall mount heaters are attractive and quite energy efficient, and give that extra heat in the room(s) where you need it most. Some excellent advantage of wall mount heaters is that they don’t take up floor space, and they are silent and make the room cozy.

Yes. The primary reason is that venting problems an occur. A wall furnace is a long space heater cut into or affixed to the outside of an internal wall of a domestic dwelling. Most homes and businesses are heated by complex systems that are far more advanced than what was available even two decades ago. These systems are very ecologically safe, but they require accurate and professional service.

Whether you have an older heating systems or not,older homes should be serviced professionally from time to time. Our concern on servicing these appliances is your safety, the heat exchangers and the gas combustion are checked and if deemed safe the appliance is then serviced and necessary repairs are made.

If you are finding it hard to get the temperature of your room to the desired level, it might be an indication that the thermostat is not working. Since your thermostat controls your entire heating or air conditioning system, a failure can result in discomfort for your entire family. Like other parts of your furnace, your thermostat has several working parts that can deteriorate over time and need repair or replacement.

When you have a heating or air conditioning problem the first thing we will check is your thermostat when beginning our diagnostics. You can save hundreds of dollars a year with a properly running thermostat.

If your water heater is leaking, making strange noises, overheating or failing to work, you need to shut it down immediately to avoid worse problems and possible flooding. Referring to the diagram above, follow these steps:

1. Turn the gas or electricity off. Gas: Twist the dial on the top of the thermostat from the ON to the OFF position. Then twist the gas valve OFF. Electric: Switch the circuit breaker for the water heater to the OFF position.Do NOT attempt to disconnect wiring.

2. Turn the water supply off. Turn the handle on the water valve CLOCKWISE until it stops. To verify that the hot water is off, turn the nearest fixture to hot inside the house. Within a few minutes, or less, the hot water supply should cease. If the water does not stop, turn off the main water valve for the entire house.

3. Drain Water Heater.

  • a. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.
  • b. Make sure the hose connection and hose are in good condition to avoid scalding from hot water.
  • c. Run the other end of the hose to a lower place where you can drain rusty, hot water without causing damage.
  • d. Open a hot water faucet in the house to let air enter the tank as the water heater drains.

4. OPEN THE RELIEF VALVE. Flip handle so it is sticking straight out or up. (CAUTION: Scalding hot water).

5. Call Class Act Plumbing, Heating & Air for service.

Some of my competitors will tell you to change your air filters every month. That could result in extra unnecessary cost. Basically, you need to change your A/C filters when your air filters are dirty!

Picking how frequently to change your air filters can depend upon a number of aspects:

  • Type of filter your A/C system requires.
  • The overall air quality of your city.
  • Family pets – number and type
  • Number of residents in your home
  • Is there construction or high winds that generate excessive dust?

For your normal 1" -3" air filters, the manufacturer recommends bi-monthly replacement. This is generally a great rule. But that may or may night be right for you.

  • Do you have allergies? Consider upgrading the air filter or change them even more frequently than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Is your home in a remote area, only occasionally occupied, or in an area where there are fewer vehicles around? You might be OK replacing your air filters once a year.
  • Why do animals matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can block your air filter quickly.

Taking all these things into consideration here are our recommendations.

  • Rarely utilized homes or single resident homes without family pets or allergies: Change 6-12 months
  • Typical rural house without animals: Change every 90 days
  • Numerous animals or have allergic reactions: Change every 30-45 days

Finally if you go to change your filter and it’s not dirty yet put it back and wait 30 days. If it is filthy, consider modifying your schedule to change it 30 days earlier.

Programmable thermostats offer you round the clock flexibility in your temperature level settings. By making basic adjustments to your temperature settings you can conserve around 10% a year on your cooling and heating expenses.

Some modifications might be:

  • Turning your thermostats back 1 °-- 5 °
  • Setting your night time (sleeping) temperature higher or perhaps off
  • Adjusting your thermostat to reduce usage when you are away at work
  • Another method to utilize a programmable thermostat is to set up a spit room system allowing you to adjust temperatures in rooms not being utilized or shut them off entirely.

Today's valve toilets use 1.28 gallons of water per flush or less. Brand-new cutting-edge high-efficiency toilets today are readily available with gravity-flush, pressure-assist, and flush-o-meter valve mechanisms. Pressure-assist toilets, which compress air at the top of the refill tank to increase the flush speed, use as little as 0.8 gallons of water per flush (gpf) and typically attain excellent performance.This is 50% below maximum gpf of 1.6 set by the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

No! Baby wipes will flush but they do not travel through the septic system properly and are not biodegradable. All sanitary products are not biodegradable and are also bad for sewer plants.