Why Is My Heater Leaking Water?

If you notice water leaking from your heater it may not be that the tank has failed. There are some things to assess before you decide to have a professional replace your water heater. Luckily, you can fix these yourself at little to no expense. Leaking Drain Valve There’s a valve at the bottom of your tank. This is used to drain the tank for routine cleanings or when your water heater needs replacement. If water is leaking out of the valve, make sure it is fully closed. Turn the valve in a clockwise direction. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then the valve probably needs to be replaced. You can buy one at a hardware store. Leaking Pressure Relief Valve This valve releases water when the water in your tank gets too hot. It’s a safety device. While this valve is on top of your tank, the leak will appear at the bottom of the tank. Make sure the thermostat isn’t set any higher than 120 degrees. If the temperature is correct, this valve needs to be replaced. is based in Trinity, Texas. We install, repair and replace water heaters throughout the greater Huntsville and Trinity area. The Tank...

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The Biggest Reasons Your Heating Bill is Too High

Without a fully operational furnace, the interior of a home would freeze on those brutally cold winter nights. Homeowners appreciate the warm airflow, but they might not like how high their monthly bills are. Sometimes, those heating bills really are more than they should be. Once you know what’s causing your heating bill to be costly, you may be able to take steps to lower them. The Thermostat Is Set Too High The higher the temperature, the harder your furnace works, relying on more gas to reach the desired temperature. If you want a home to stay at 71 degrees 24 hours a day, expect a higher heating bill. Lowering the temperature could still deliver a comfortable home at a lower cost. The Filter Is Dirty A dirty filter causes all kinds of problems, and some of them can be serious. A dirty filter might restrict airflow and cause other issues with the system. Efficiency suffers. If the furnace compensates to work harder, then costs may go up. The furnace could even overheat, leading to significant damage. sends technicians capable of providing repair and maintenance work. If someone in the Trinity region needs a new heater installed, the company can...

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Why Is My Heating System Blowing Cold Air?

A furnace that kicks out cold air isn’t going to do a lot for you during the year’s colder months. If you are noticing that your furnace is blowing out cold air, and therefore not warming the home, then it’s time to get to the bottom of it right away. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your furnace is dead. The staff at in Trinity, Texas, can help you pinpoint the problem. Truthfully, you might even be able to diagnose the problem on your own by checking on these four components of your heating system: 1. Thermostat You may have your thermostat set to the “On” setting, which means that whether or not your furnace is on, the fan is going to keep circulating air throughout your home. By switching it to the “Auto” setting, you can make sure it’s only running when your furnace is producing warm air. 2. Pilot Light If your burners are filthy or a draft of air invades your furnace, your pilot light could go out. This means that your burners will not ignite when your furnace is running, so it’s left to blow out cold air only. You can relight the pilot but take all...

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3 Ways to Clean Your Heating System

A clean furnace operates efficiently, safely, and effectively. You don’t have to be a heating and cooling expert to do your part in maintaining a well-functioning unit. Simply keeping your furnace and system components clean will have a major impact on your heater’s efficiency. The following are three ways that virtually anyone can clean and maintain an efficient furnace. However, if you encounter problems that are more technical in nature, it’s important to connect with trusted HVAC professionals like those on staff at in Trinity, Texas, instead of trying to complete the work yourself. 1. Give the Inside of Your Furnace a Thorough Cleaning Once a Year Dust, dirt, and grime are sworn enemies of the delicate inner workings of a furnace. Make sure to keep dust at bay by removing the cover of your unit once a year and gently vacuuming the inside of it. You can use your home’s vacuum or a small Shop-Vac to target dust. 2. Clean Your Air Filter or Replace it Completely Keeping a clean air filter in place is one of the most important things you can do to facilitate an efficient furnace. Some units are equipped with reusable filters, while others are...

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Busting These 3 Heating Myths Could Save You Money

You want to save money whenever possible, but following these heating myths may cause you to do just the opposite. Learning the truth about these common misconceptions may help you to reduce your power bills. 1. Turning Up the Thermostat Will Warm You Faster There’s no need to set your thermostat at a high temperature when you’re in a hurry for the house to warm up. Doing so won’t make the furnace operate more quickly. When you turn the heat up higher than normal, there’s a good chance that you’ll forget to readjust it once the regular temperature has been reached. This can lead to unnecessarily high power bills. 2. Sealing Off Rooms Will Improve Your Energy Consumption In an attempt to save money, it’s common for people to close the vents and the doors in unused rooms. The reason is that the furnace will then have less work to do. However, furnaces don’t operate like that. The system will still put out the same amount of warm air, which will be forced through the vents that are open. Redistributing the air in this way requires more energy than it does to simply heat all your rooms evenly. It also...

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Does My Home Need a Humidifier in the Winter?

Humidity inside your home can be important for improved comfort and lung health during the winter. Too much humidity, on the other hand, can be a bad thing, promoting the formation of mold, mildew and other unpleasant things. Too little humidity can lead to a variety of other problems, including: Dry nose/nose bleeds Dry skin Static electricity Respiratory ailments Itchy throats So, what’s the right amount of humidity to have in your home during the winter? According to the EPA, homeowners should ideally have between 30 and 50 percent humidity inside their home. Lower humidity is often better. How Can You Tell Humidity Levels in Your Home? The easiest way is to use a device called a “hygrometer.” You can purchase them at your local hardware store or online if you prefer. They are a small investment that can help you determine your indoor humidity levels accurately and consistently. If your hygrometer indicates that your humidity level is above 50 percent, you may want to look into methods for removing humidity from your home. If it indicates levels are below 30 percent, you may want to consider options for adding moisture into your home. Are Humidifiers the Only Option for...

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How To Save Money On Energy Bills This Winter

As colder temperatures arrive here in Texas, many residents are seeing their utility bills skyrocket. Here are some tips to help you reduce energy costs this winter. Insulate Your Home Homes that are not adequately insulated allow warm air to escape and cold drafts to enter, causing your furnace to work overtime. You can begin recouping your losses by weather-stripping doors and windows. Take Advantage of the Sun The solar orb is a free heat source, so keep curtains on south-facing windows open on sunny days to help warm your home. Be sure to cover the windows again at sunset to keep heat inside. Humidify Your Home If your home becomes especially dry during the winter, invest in a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air holds heat better and helps you feel warmer. Another way to raise indoor humidity: purchase a set of houseplants. Unplug Your Appliances Be sure to unplug your holiday lights before leaving the house or retiring for the night. Unplug your appliances when you’re not using them, too. Even when they’re turned off, they still draw power as long as they’re connected to an outlet, adding to your energy bill. Use exhaust fans sparingly, also, as...

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Furnace vs. Boiler

With Huntsville’s average low temperature hovering near 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months, making sure your central heating plan is dialed in is certainly a top priority. While you can go with individual space heaters if you’re not going to be moving around a lot, when it comes to efficiently heating the whole house, there’s really one heavyweight bout to consider. Furnaces A furnace works by heating air centrally and then blowing that air around your house through ductwork to heat up the room. Any room with an open vent is going to get a fairly even warm air distribution. This ductwork is also used by your central cooling, which, if you are familiar with summer in Trinity, you know how important central air is to your sanity. So, on the upside, you are repurposing the same ductwork, so your infrastructure cost is pretty low. The downside is that you have to keep warm air constantly moving, which can spread dust, pet hair, and other particulate matter which may have a negative effect on indoor air quality. So it is important to have your filter changed often and serviced regularly. Boilers Boilers work on a different principle, known as...

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How Do Geothermal Heating Systems Work?

Geothermal Systems – What Are They? The word ‘geothermal’ is often heard in conjunction with natural springs in Iceland. But the heat of the Earth is of far more utility there than just for warm-water recreation in an otherwise frosty climate; a full 70% of the nation’s entire energy needs are met by geothermal means. Did you know that this energy solution is available to you, too? It’s a highly elegant system; the Earth’s scorching inner layers house molten rock that produces a phenomenal amount of heat, churning away at thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. On top of that, the Earth absorbs almost half of all the solar-generated energy we receive from the sun. So while the air temperature can vary dramatically from day to day, the ground holds heat in a much more consistent and stable pattern. This sustains a regular, moderate temperature that can be found, and used for home energy needs, at a level just below the Earth’s surface. Bryant®, the Geothermal Leader Bryant® geothermal heating and cooling systems tap into the Earth’s surface to use this thermal energy found underground, or in a pond or well water. Geothermal heat pumps are able to maintain very high efficiencies on even the coldest...

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