Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Mission Viejo’

Late Winter Is a Good Time to Assess Your Heater’s Seasonal Performance

Monday, February 21st, 2022
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The weather has swung back and forth in Southern California this year. We’ll have temperatures in the low 50s one week, and the next week the thermometer will edge up toward 90°F. Your heating system has likely gone through an uneven time, working hard for a stretch, then hardly working for another stretch. 

Winter ends early in Southern California, so late February is a good time to look over the season and assess how well your heater has managed it. Some simple analysis can help you understand if you need heating repair in Mission Viejo, CA or if it’s time to have a new heating system installed.

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Explaining the Thermal Expansion Tank on Your Water Heater

Monday, February 7th, 2022
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How much do you know about your water heater? It’s okay if you answer “Not that much.” Homeowners can’t be expected to have expert knowledge of every major appliance in their house. It’s the reason you have professionals to handle jobs like repairing plumbing in Mission Viejo, CA.

We’re going to shed some light on an important part of your water heater today, the thermal expansion tank, often just called the expansion tank. Understanding the purpose of this component will give you a better sense of the workings of the water heater as well as when you may need to call for repairs.

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How Long Can I Expect My Water Heater to Last?

Monday, June 28th, 2021
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A water heater is a vital part of any household, and it is also one of the biggest sources of energy consumption in the home, whether it’s a gas-powered or electric unit. These facts together make it important to know when you need to schedule a water heater replacement in Mission Viejo: a water heater that’s too aged will put your hot water supply at risk and will cost too much to run as it drains excessive amounts of power.

So how many years can you expect to get out of your current water heater? We can’t give you a definite single answer, but we can provide you with several answers, as well as help you understand when the time has come to get a new water heater.

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How a Video Pipe Inspection Can Help Your Home Plumbing

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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The tools used for plumbing work have changed dramatically over the last few decades. One of the big leaps forward came about because of miniaturization, digital, and fiber-optic technology. Where once it was impossible to see inside the pipes of a house, tools such as video pipe inspection equipment allowed for technicians to get a close-up view of water mains, sewer lines, and other pipes.

Video pipe inspection can help with many jobs in residential plumbing. We’ll explain why this piece of equipment can make a difference in the service we offer for your home.

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Your HVAC Filter Is NOT a Way to Purify Your Air

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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People are more concerned about indoor air quality than ever before. During the fire season, we often bring up the topic of making sure to change the air filter in your HVAC system regularly, since it can trap ash and other harmful pollutants that get into the air because of drifting smoke.

But we also want to make something clear about cleaning and purifying your air: the HVAC air filter, the same one we want you to change regularly so not to damage air quality, is not actually an indoor air quality system. It isn’t an air purifier, it isn’t an air scrubber, it isn’t designed to improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe. If you are looking for better indoor air quality, talk to us to install a dedicated air purification system and/or install an air purifier in Mission Viejo, CA.

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Your AC’s Fan Isn’t Working—Here’s Why

Monday, June 1st, 2020
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You can probably figure out why a working fan in an air conditioning system is important. If there’s no fan, how will the cool air move through the vents to the rooms?

But there’s even more to it than that. There are two vital fans in an air conditioning system. The indoor fan is the one that distributes cool air through the house, and it also sends the air across the evaporator coil to cool it down in the first place. The outdoor fan is responsible for moving air over the condenser coil to release heat and then exhaust it outside. If either one isn’t working right, you won’t get cooling in your house.

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Plumbing and Earthquakes: A Few Things to Know

Monday, August 26th, 2019

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationSouthern California recently experienced a number of powerful earthquakes, the most powerful in many years. Although we were fortunate to have experience minor damage here in Orange County, these quakes are an important reminder of how we need to be vigilant about earthquake safety and preparedness. There are many resources online to help you prepare your household for emergency situations from quakes. In this post, we want to talk specifically about earthquakes and your plumbing, since the plumbing system is one of the parts of a house most vulnerable to quake damage.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater the Best of All Possible Water Heaters?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterHomes in Orange County rarely need to worry about their heating systems. The weather is warm most of the year, with only an occasional cool stretch in the winter and scattered days of rain.

But there’s one heating system that does plenty of work and does it almost every day of the year: the household water heater.

The water heater accounts for a large amount of household energy use per year, and it’s an essential item for a home’s plumbing. This is why we urge people to make upgrades from older water heaters to newer ones (especially if the current water heater is more than twenty years old). A newer water heater can make significant changes in energy savings.

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Water Heater Issues You Should Watch For

Monday, November 5th, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters may not run into problems as often as with heating and air conditioning systems, but they are still going to develop issues every once in a while. Even if you schedule preventive maintenance on a regular basis for your water heater, you need to make sure that you keep an eye out for signs that your system is in need of repairs. The earlier you can determine that your system is dealing with some sort of problem, the faster you can get the problem fixed. The following are just a few of the common signs that your water heater might be in need of repairs.

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Which Water Heater Type Should You Install?

Monday, September 10th, 2018

water-heater-tankOrange County is not a part of the U.S. where people have many concerns about “home heating.” Even the coldest winters are mild, and electric furnaces can manage the work of comfort. However, there is one home heating system that’s essential, even in sunny and warm Southern California: the water heater. This appliance accounts for the majority of heating energy any home uses, and it often puts in work 365 days a year.

So when you’re searching for a new water heater installation in Mission Viejo, CA or elsewhere in Orange County, you want to pick a unit that will do the best job, work for many years, and help conserve energy. With more types of water heaters on the market than ever before, making the choice can be difficult. We can help! Below is a short guide to your options. Schedule installation with our pro plumbers and they’ll ensure you end up with the best possible unit.

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