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    How to Keep Your Tankless Water Heater from Freezing

    Last updated 11 months ago

    One of the first steps in keeping your tankless water heater damage-free is making sure it doesn’t freeze. Water heaters that break down due to negligence are often not covered by manufacturer’s warranties. The best way to keep this kind of damage from occurring is to drain the system of excess water before the first freeze of the season.

    Allow the water to cool for several hours, making sure the heater is off and unplugged. After this, shut off the water supply and drain the liquid from the system. It’s recommended that you detach any pipes and hoses, along with the inlet water filter, so that these parts can dry out as well. If your heater is stored outside, cover it with some form of insulation to keep it sufficiently warm. Any ice or snow that accumulates on its surface should be cleared away as soon as possible.

    Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical is the best place to turn in times of crisis. Our repair specialists are always ready to help you with any problem at any hour of the day. Call (206) 720-2040 to learn more about our services. 

    Crucial Furnace Safety Tips for Winter

    Last updated 11 months ago

    When cold weather arrives, many homeowners throughout the Seattle area quickly turn to their indoor heating system. However, a furnace that hasn’t been properly maintained poses a threat to the safety of its user. Take a look at these tips to find out more about staying safe while enjoying the coziness of your furnace’s warmth.                                                                                           

    Schedule a Preemptive Examination

    You can have your furnace inspected at any time, but the safest thing to do is to try and have it done before the first use of the year. This way, there will be plenty of time to identify and repair any problems before the climate reaches its worst. Never try to perform this kind of inspection on your own, as the process is best left in the hands of a professional.

    Check the Pipes for Leaks

    Leaks are a tremendous fire hazard. There should be no cracks or unusual openings along the surface of your furnace’s flue pipe. Although leaks aren’t always fully visible to the naked eye, the presence of soot along the seams often indicates that something isn’t right. Faulty pipes should be repaired by a specialist as soon as possible to reduce the risk of fire.

    Inspect the Walls and Ceiling

    The walls and ceiling around your furnace and along the chimney line can indicate if repairs may be necessary. They might feel abnormally warm to the touch, or perhaps you’ll be able to spot some discoloration in certain areas. These signs often mean you should ask your heating specialist about repairs.

    Since 1999, Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical has been one of Seattle’s most reputed plumbing companies. We provide our customers with 90-day financing on all repair services to ensure that even those working with limited budgets can have safely functioning furnaces. Call (206) 720-2040 or contact us online to learn more about what we have to offer.

    How to Insert a Furnace Air Filter

    Last updated 11 months ago

    A dirty air filter can impede the flow of hot air through your home and even stain your furnace motor. In other words, changing the furnace air filter is the easiest thing you can do to improve your comfort and increase the lifespan of your heating equipment. After locating the filter, pull it out and closely inspect it. If the filter is dirty, be sure to discard it. Your new filter will have airflow arrows imprinted along the sides of the filter. These arrows are always meant to point in the direction of the airflow. Slide the filter into the filter air box and close up the filter. It’s really that easy!

    If you are having any trouble locating your furnace filter, or if you don’t know how to replace the filter, contact Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical. We provide heating and furnace repair throughout the Seattle area. No furnace problem is too big or small for our experienced heating repair technicians. Call us at (206) 720-2040 to schedule an appointment

    The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Imagine if you could run the dishwasher and the washing machine at the same time, or even take a soothing hot shower while the laundry finishes up. This isn’t fantasy or science fiction; it’s possible with a tankless water heater. The basic idea behind a tankless water heater is that it heats water as you need it instead of continually heating water stored in a tank. In addition to providing virtually endless amounts of hot water, a tankless water heater can dramatically reduce your monthly bills. Read on to learn a bit more about how these amazing water heaters work.

    “On Demand” Water Heating

    A traditional water heater continually heats the water to maintain a constant temperature, even when it’s not being used. This is called standby heat loss and it wastes energy and money. To avoid standby heat loss, a tankless water heater only heats as much water as necessary. For this reason, tankless water heaters are often referred to as “on demand” water heaters, and why they can significantly reduce your monthly bills. Talk to your water heater supplier to learn how much you could save every month by switching to tankless.

    Point-of-Use vs. Whole-House

    In order to provide hot water needed throughout the house, a tankless water heater uses a powerful heat exchanger to raise the temperature of the water in a matter of seconds. There are two varieties of tankless water heater systems: point-of-use and whole-house heaters. Point-of-use systems are compact and only heat water for one of two outlets. Whole-house tankless water heaters are larger and more expensive, but can provide hot water on demand for multiple outlets throughout the home.

    If you are thinking about replacing your traditional water heater with a tankless system, contact Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical. Our water heater experts are happy to answer any questions you have about tankless systems, including whether or not the switch to tankless is a good financial decision. Contact us online or call (206) 720-2040 for additional information.


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