At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for February, 2016

3 Ways a Water Treatment Systems Benefits You

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Water treatment systems are used to remove minerals from hard water deposits, as well as clearing up bacteria and other contaminants from your water. Hard water isn’t actively harmful – the deposits are usually benign minerals like calcium and magnesium – but it can cause a lot of problems in your household, and here in Park City, UT, it can be a constant issue. Water treatment systems help you get around all of that, making for a healthier and happier household. How exactly? We’ve provided a quick list of 3 ways a water treatment system can benefit you.

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What is an Anode Rod?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If you’ve had work done on your water heater or just had a new one installed in your Salt Lake City, UT home,  you may have heard the term “anode rod” passed around. It’s a vital part of your system, because it’s what keeps the sides of the water heater rusting due to the constant exposure to water. The anode rod prevents rust and keeps rusty flakes and powder out of your drinking water, which makes it one of the most important components of any sort in your system. What is an anode rod and how does it work? The answers can help explain why timely water heater maintenance is absolutely essential.

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Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance

Monday, February 15th, 2016

We rarely think about our water heaters until they run into trouble, which can be frustrating. Water heaters do their job quietly and without fuss, typically in the corners of your Salt Lake City, UT house like the basement. When they run into trouble, it’s usually big trouble, and owing to the nature of water heaters, usually necessitates replacing the entire unit. It doesn’t have to be that way. A timely maintenance call from a trained professional once or twice a year can not only prevent a catastrophic breakdown, but help your water heater last much longer than it might otherwise. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of water heater maintenance, demonstrating why it’s a good idea to schedule one today.

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Reasons for Furnace Shutdown

Monday, February 8th, 2016

We often talk about problems with your furnace that can be hard to detect: requiring knowledge of subtle clues and signs to figure out what’s wrong before calling in a repair service.  Today we’re going to talk about one of the most obvious problems in existence: the heater failing to start up when you turn it on. It’s simple enough to spot that there’s a problem, but pinpointing the cause is a little tougher. Some of the causes can be identified and corrected by a homeowner, which you should look into immediately upon detecting the problem. Others, however require a professional touch, and if you can’t solve the problem immediately, your best bet is to call in a trained technician. Here’s a quick look at some of the most common reasons for furnace shutdown.

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How to Best Prevent a Cracked Heat Exchanger

Monday, February 1st, 2016

If you’ve ever dealt with a cracked heat exchanger, you know how troublesome that can be. They shift the heat generated by the burners to the air which is blown into your home, while venting trace gases and other toxic components out of the system via an exhaust pipe. When a heat exchanger is cracked, it can spread that exhaust into your home, creating an active hazard.  If you spot a cracked heat exchanger, you need to shut down your heat immediately and call a repair technician. That can be tough, especially in the throes of a Salt Lake City, UT cold spell, but the alternative is a threat to your home.

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