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    Crucial Furnace Safety Tips for Winter

    Last updated 4 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) 452-4363 or contact us online to learn more about what we have to offer.

    How to Insert a Furnace Air Filter

    Last updated 4 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) 452-4363 to schedule an appointment

    The Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

    Last updated 4 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) 452-4363 for additional information.


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    Preventing Home Sewer Problems

    Last updated 4 months ago

    A broken sewer pipe can be a major headache to deal with, and the cost of sewer line repair can come as a shock if you are not prepared for it. To prevent unexpected problems, have your sewer line inspected, especially if your home is more than 40 years old. During an inspection, a sewer repair company will use a camera to look at your sewer line. This inspection will reveal any potential problems and give you the option of traditional or trenchless sewer line repair. Watch this video for more tips on preventing and dealing with home sewer problems.

    If you can’t remember the last time your sewer line was inspected, contact Beacon Plumbing, Heating & Mechanical. We use advanced video cameras to inspect the condition of your home’s sewer line, and we offer trenchless sewer line repair to maintain your property. For additional information about our sewer line inspection and repair services, call us at (206) 452-4363. 

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