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How do you clear a blocked drain?

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Unclogging Your Drains

Two of the grossest things you may encounter as a homeowner: 1). A kitchen sink full of dishes that won’t drain. 2). Taking a shower with water backing up ankle-deep because it can’t drain. Both examples need an unclog drain, and that is what we will discuss in this article today. Who doesn’t have some type of unclog drain cleaner under a sink, or at least a plunger? 

If you don’t, whether you are a homeowner or a renter, you need to be able to unclog drain at home. Invest in some unclog drain equipment like a plunger and some type of off-the-shelf drain cleaner. You must be ready to unclog drains with no warning, so by having the equipment and supplies on hand, you’ll be ready. Dial 412-561-3624 to schedule a time for us to come unclog a drain in Pittsburgh, PA.

How do you unclog a severely clogged drain?

A stubborn clog is not fun, and it is tempting to ignore it, hoping it will clear itself. However, that can lead to ore plumbing problems, maybe even worse than to simply unclog drain. Sometimes, homeowners simply ignore it because they don’t know what to do or have tried a few things that didn’t work.  Here we offer six tactics to unclog drains in the bathroom or kitchen: 

Boiling Water: Try this tactic before you try any other method – pour boiling water into the drain. Often, food, grease, and other debris that are clogging drain will break loose or dissolve with boiling hot water. 

Baking Soda with Vinegar:  Not just to unclog drains, but this combo is a powerhouse cleaner for many things around the house, and the best part, both are all natural products. You can do this two ways with the first one being mix an equal part of baking soda with vinegar and pour into the clogged drain. The other way is to pour an equal amount of baking soda in the drain, then follow that with pouring an equal amount of vinegar in the drain. You’ll hear and see a fizzing action and that is the two products removing the grime, gunk, and hair. 

A Wire Clothes Hanger: This is old school but a magnificent plumbing tool, especially if you don’t have any equipment that unclog drains, like a plunger. Straighten a wire clothes hanger and push a slightly curved end into the drain and go fishing! The goal is to pull the clogging matter out, not push it further down. 

A Shop Vac: If you don’t have a shop vac, maybe you can borrow one. Cover the vent, then set the shop vac to liquids. Make a tight seal over the drain with the vac hose, then turn it on to the highest setting. Hopefully, the suction will unclog drain. 

A Drain Snake: This is a low-budget and low-tech way that has unclog drains for years, tried and true. Insert the snake in the drain and start turning the handle, pushing until you hit resistance. Start rotating the snake until it frees up and then run water, so you’ll know if you have an unclog drain. 

Caustic Soda: This may be from your high school sophomore year chemistry, but remember caustic soda is the same as sodium hydroxide and can cause chemical burns. This should be use with the utmost caution and not with kids in the room.  Wear eye protection and gloves, then pour three-quarters of a gallon cold water in a plastic bucket, then 3 cups of caustic soda. Use a wooden spoon and stir until dissolved. The mixture will fizz as it heats, that when you need to pour it into the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Next pour boiling water in the drain to flush. If that didn’t unclog drain, repeat the steps. 

Professional Plumber: If none of these tactics worked, call a professional plumber. You may have a bigger issue than trying to unclog drains. 

How do you clear a slow bathtub drain?

To unclog drain in a bathtub is usually the easiest of drains to unclog. Using the methods that we talked about above with a little twist to each one as follows: 

The Baking Soda and Vinegar Method: Again, these are all natural products and will be the safest on the pipes and the environment. The mixture is a little different from what we discussed earlier. 

Pour ½ cup of baking soda in the drain.

Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the drain.

Let it sit for 5 minutes as it foams up.

Run hot water in the drain for 1 to 2 minutes.

If the drain still has a clog, try the next method 

Commercial Chemical Based Method: There are many brands on the market today at your local grocery or hardware store. We can’t stress enough how important it is to follow the instructions on the packaging. 

Read the instructions and follow them exactly as stated. 

Wear eye protection and gloves before starting. 

Do not mix any of the chemical products or home-made products! 

The Plunger Method: An old school and inexpensive method that works 99% of the time. It may not unclog drain that is filled with an enormous hair ball because it needs to create a suction below the clog and at the drain opening. 

Rub petroleum jelly on the edge of the suction end to create a good seal. 

Run water in the bathtub to cover the rubber end of the plunger.

Vigorously plunge up and down on the bathtub drain.

Be prepared for hair balls, soap scum, and other debris to pop up. 

Do not put whatever comes up back in the drain! Place it in the trash. 

Remove the Stopper Method: If none of the following methods have worked, time to get down to the dirty and nasty. 

Unscrew and remove the drain stopper.

Remove any hair and other debris that comes up with the stopper.

If the stopper isn’t stuck, then get a plumber’s snake and follow the next method’s steps. 

Plumbers’ Snake Method:  A household tool that every homeowner should have. 

Feed the plumber’s snake down into the drain until it reaches the clog.

Turn the handle until you can pull the clog matter up.

Run water into the drain to make sure it is clear. 

If you don’t have an unclog drain, repeat the process. 

The Professional Plumber Method: When all the above fails, call your plumber. 

Will bleach unclog a drain?

No, it does not dissolve or eat through the debris that typically clogs drains like soap scum and toothpaste. It helps to pour three-fourths cup of household bleach and follow with hot water to flush, deodorize, and sanitize a drain once a week. However, to unclog drains, bleach is an ineffective method. 

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What can dissolve hair in a drain?

Contrary to what we just said, bleach candissolve hair and possibly unclog drains. Because bleach is a chemical and hair is acidic, the mixture will neutralize the reaction between the two and the bleach will dissolve any acidic fiber properties.

Try one cup of bleach and allow it to sit five minutes. If this doesn’t unclog drain of hair, you can try another round of the bleach, but keep in mind that the hair clog will have collected other debris like floss, soap scum, and more.

Our Last Few Suggestions to Unclog Drains

These days, finding all natural ways to do things around the house is important, for our pocketbooks and the environment. So,how do you unclog a drain naturally?The next time you are faced with trying to unclog drains, in the bathtub, shower, or a sink, keep these all natural methods in mind:

  • Baking Soda with Vinegar: Pour half of a cup of baking soda and half of a cup of vinegar down the clogged drain and plug it off, allow the mixture to sit 60 minutes. Next, pour boiling water down the drain. Repeat the process if necessary, to unclog drain. 
  • Baking Soda with Lemon Juice: Pour half of a cup of baking soda with half a cup of lemon juice down the clogged drain and plug it off, allow to sit for 60 minutes. Now add a pot of boiling water to unclog drain. 
  • Baking Soda with Salt: Are you starting to see a pattern here with baking soda? Mix half a cup of table salt with half of a cup of baking soda and pour into the clogged drain. Let sit for thirty minutes if you’re needing the sink or tub, overnight is better.  Then add boiling hot water and this should unclog drain. 
  • Baking Soda with Salt and Cream of Tartar: Pour half of a cup of baking soda, half a cup of salt with two tablespoons cream of tartar in a container with a lid. Shake well to mix the three ingredients and then pour ½ into the clogged drain. Pour boiling hot water and allow to sit for 60 minutes. Then pour let water run for a few minutes to rinse any residue of the solution and make sure it unclog drain. 
  • Salt with Borax and Vinegar: Pour one-fourth cup of salt and one-fourth cup of Borax down the clogged drain. Then follow with half cup vinegar and a pot of boiling hot water. Let this mixture sit for 60 minutes or longer, then let hot water from tap run to rinse the drain of any residue and make sure it has unclog drain.

What to do if your heat is not working?

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Keeping warm during the colder months

Summer is upon us and we’re getting ready for those fun-filled, hot, lazy days. Does this mean you forget about the heater? Probably. Then come September, you turn on the heat and nothing but cold air. So, you call the heating repair company to save the day (or night) with a heating urgent repair emergency call. 

You can avoid all of this, including that off-hours emergency phone call that most heating repair companies offer, at a premium price. Hey, when it will be down to freezing that first night and your heat isn’t working, it’s worth the cost, right? But then, if you take steps now, and follow a routine inspection and maintenance, maybe you won’t need that emergency heating repair.

Why is cold air coming out of my vents when the heat is on?

Keep the scenario we created at the start of this article. It’s the first freezing night in September, you crank on the heat, but instead of warm air, you get a blast of cold air. Cold air blowing from the heater is not good, but it doesn’t mean you need to call the heating repair guys… yet.

There are several possibilities of what’s wrong, so let’s look at a few things and try to narrow it down, and maybe even fix it! 

Thermostat Needs Adjusting

This may seem trivial, but it happens too often. The emergency heating repair technicians arrive, and the thermostat was simply in the wrong setting. Check the following thermostat:

  • The thermostat fan setting is on HEAT, not COOL
  • The thermostat fan setting is on AUTO, not ON

Why do these fan settings make a difference? First, you want heat in the winter, so the setting needs to be on HEAT. Second, your furnace has an indoor fan that pushes the hot air through the air ducts and out the vents.

If the fan setting is set to ON, the fan will run non-stop, even after the furnace has turned off. This means it is blowing non-heated air through the vents. Still have cold air coming out of the vents, or the fan is still running? Time to call for a professional heating repair service.

Air Ducts Are Leaking 

If the ductwork has any leaks, then the air from the attic is getting sucked into the vents, and during the winter, that will be cold air. Even with the thermostat in the AUTO and HEAT setting, that cold air from the attic is mixing with the warm air the furnace is putting out and cooling it down. 

Unfortunately, unless you want to climb around the attic checking the air ducts and repairing or replacing them, you need to call a professional heating repair service. 

Fan Limit Switch

You turn on the heat and the air is blowing chilly for a few minutes, then starts blowing warm, only to turn chilly again, then the fan turns off completely. This is likely a problem with the fan limit switch. This is located under your furnace hood and its job is to tell the furnace blower it is time to turn on.  

If this switch is in good working order, you shouldn’t feel anything but warm air during the winter because it is what allows the burner to heat up before the fan turns on. It also keeps the fan blowing until the burner cools off once it turns off. 

When you find that switch, and it is in the right position, but you’re still not getting steady heat blowing, then you must call a professional heating repair service. 

Overheating Furnace

Your furnace blows hot air, but that turns cold quick before shutting off altogether. Then it repeats this routine over and over, but your house is till cold.  This is likely the furnace overheating and the heat exchanger is too hot. The fan limit switch that we discussed earlier will keep turning the burners off, but the fan wills stay on while the heat exchanger cools off. Once that has happened, the furnace repeats the effort to warm your house, but all you’re getting is cold air. 

Make sure the air filter is clean and positioned correctly. Clean it or replace it and install correctly. A clogged or misaligned filter will keep the furnace from cutting on and off erratically. Next, check the supply vents in each room. When any of them are closed, it forces the air to stay inside the ducts, and that extra pressures the furnace blower, then it slows down. When the furnace blower slows down, it isn’t pushing the cool air over the heat exchanger and it overheats.

If there is a clean filter in the right position and all the supply vents are open, but you’re still not getting that toasty warm air, you need to call a professional heating repair service.

How do I reset my thermostat?

This is one thing that you shouldn’t need to call a heating repair service to do! Here are the easy to follow steps that reset your thermostat.

  1. Turn your AC/heating system down at the Thermostat.
  2. Locate the circuit breaker box and reset the breaker marked HVAC or AC/Heat.
  3. Wait thirty seconds.
  4. Turn the AC/heating thermostat back on.

If this did not accomplish the intended goal, repeat. If it still doesn’t accomplish your mission, then you will need to call a heating repair service.

How do you reset your heater?

An overheated furnace motor or an electrical interruption will cause the furnace switch to trip and shut off the furnace before the circuit breaker can trip. There is a reset switch on the furnace blower motor and pressing that reset button will usually reset the system and turn the furnace back on.

Can a heating element be repaired?

Heating elements will burn out from time to time, or sag, and become misshaped. The heating element itself is not repairable, but it can be replaced in most cases. Some are easy to get to and with YouTube videos, you can learn to replace it yourself or call a heating repair service company, which is usually the safest method, and if your furnace is gas-powered, this is recommended.

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How do I fix my heater?

Unfortunately, furnaces need replacing eventually, but some problems you can fix yourself, sometimes you must call a heating repair service company.  We reviewed some possible issues earlier in this piece, and now we’re going to briefly review some other possible issues:

Heater Doesn’t Light or Stay On

Check the pilot light or electronic ignition. If you have an older system, check the pilot is on and if your system is newer, clean the sensors.

Heater Staying on or Controls are Malfunctioning

If the furnace is blowing non-stop hot air, check the thermostat is sitting AUTO. If it is, then there are two possible problems: 

  • Broken Thermostat
  • Malfunctioning Blower Motor 

First, inspect the thermostat wiring and confirm it is plugged in. Next, check reset the thermostat to factory settings. If these things do not fix the problem, replacing the thermostat is recommended. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you must call a professional heating repair service.

Once you have contacted a heating repair service, and the work is completed, ask the technician about their heating repair and replacement program. In most cases, heating repair companies offer their heating repair free estimate if you don’t have any work done. Some to charge though, so verify this when you call to schedule your heating repair service. Call 412-561-3624 today for your heater repair needs in Pittsburgh, PA.

What Causes Sewer Backflow

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Can heavy rain cause sewer backflows?

Sewer backflows are caused when the system experiences a reversing of water flow due to a drop in water pressure, resulting in back pressure or back siphonage. Upon experiencing this event, whatever is in the directly connected part of the system will, unfortunately, reverse course. Heavy rain and flooding can cause such an instance that the sewer system would backflow. Often enough the result of backflow ends up being a blockage on individual service lines. Such problems can be caused by: 

  • Waste
  • Grease
  • Trees and plants
  • Shifting of the ground resulting in the moving of pipes
  • Broken pipes

Much of the reason for sewer backflow do occur from occasional negligence and on occasion due to a lack of proper equipment leading to your sewer lines. With that mentioned, the prevention of sewer backup outside of external factors is highly possible with mindful practices. Safely disposing of grease helps prevent one of the most common causes outright. The reason people should not drain grease into their sink or other entrance to sewers is that it hardens when cooled. Often times it either hardens on the sides of the piping or the mass catches onto the edges, causing a buildup. For prevention, it is recommended that homeowners pour a mixture of hot water and vinegar down the sink to keep the pathways clean. While this will not always be a surefire way of keeping your drains absolutely clean, it will help in preventing major buildups if done regularly. 

It should also be mentioned that sewer backflow can also be prevented when being mindful of where your pipes are in the ground and where your plants grow. Tending to your trees especially and the roots that could damage the pipe is crucial if a tree grows to close to piping. There are two more methods of preventing sewer backflow in the form of a backflow valve and a backflow preventer.

How do I know if I have a sewer backflow valve?

Such devices are required by many municipalities on homes. Installation doubly requires a plumbing permit. While in many places in Pennsylvania the backflow valve is easily spotted, more often than not it can be hard to tell if there is one in your system. However, if you are in a location that receives heavy amounts of rain or a slight amount of flooding, there is a strong likelihood you do indeed have one. 

To locate your backwater valve, one can easily be found if you have a basement. The general appearance is a rectangular or circular part in your piping located in the floor. Such devices generally have an easy to remove cover to keep anything on the interior inside and so anyone that needs to apply maintenance can access it. Those that have a sump pump will not have to look for the valve. Another place it may be found is where the main water line connects to the emergency sprinkler system if it is not underground in a designated spot. 

The importance of a backflow valve can be seen in it being required in most homes. Working with a simple mechanism, the backflow valve prevents sewer backflow by remaining flat when the water is going away from the home. In the event the flow reverses then the switch pops up and creates a blockage. While not one hundred percent effective to much larger scale events, the backflow valve does present a highly successful preventative to sewer backflow.

Such devices are required by many municipalities on homes. Installation doubly requires a plumbing permit. While in many places in Pennsylvania the backflow valve is easily spotted, more often than not it can be hard to tell if there is one in your system. However, if you are in a location that receives heavy amounts of rain or a slight amount of flooding, there is a strong likelihood you do indeed have one. 

To locate your backwater valve, one can easily be found if you have a basement. The general appearance is a rectangular or circular part in your piping located in the floor. Such devices generally have an easy to remove cover to keep anything on the interior inside and so anyone that needs to apply maintenance can access it. Those that have a sump pump will not have to look for the valve. Another place it may be found is where the main water line connects to the emergency sprinkler system if it is not underground in a designated spot. 

The importance of a backflow valve can be seen in it being required in most homes. Working with a simple mechanism, the backflow valve prevents sewer backflow by remaining flat when the water is going away from the home. In the event the flow reverses then the switch pops up and creates a blockage. While not one hundred percent effective to much larger scale events, the backflow valve does present a highly successful preventative to sewer backflow.

How do I know if I have a sewer backflow preventer?

Due to the nature of the device, a sewer backflow preventer is often in a location that cannot be regularly seen unless through extensive digging. While some people may have them in their basements, this part is connected directly to the sewer line. That said, if you have culinary or city water connected to your home then you should have a backwater preventer.

The larger difference between a backwater valve and a preventer is seen in purpose. A backwater valve prevents sewer backwater from entering into your drainage and other water-related systems. It stops the water flow at the point of exit by closing the door when activated through a switch in pressure. A backwater preventer prevents clean and drinking water from escaping your system.

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How to stop sewer backflow?

The key to stopping sewer backflow is through prevention. As mentioned, be mindful of what you throw down your drains or toilets. Grease, in particular, can block up youf system and create a headache in itself. Regularly drain hot water with vinegar down your drain to make double sure it is clean and clear. Trim your plants and trees to avoid bursting of pipes. Then speak to your plumber about a backflow valve and a backwater preventer if you cannot clearly see them in a basement.

Due to how the water system in most homes is built, stopping sewer backflow outright can be difficult, especially in times of storms and flooding. The first step, in this case, is to make sure your faucets are positioned high enough above the pooling area to be shut off without touching the contaminated water. The next is to make sure the source is not a conventional clog that can be fixed with a plunger or wiring. If the problem is persistent, we can help with a call to 412-561-3624 for more information and steps to take care of the problem.

When Is It Time to Replace a Water Heater?

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When Is It Time to Replace a Water Heater?

If your water heater is over ten years old, it’s a good idea for you to schedule an appointment for some routine maintenance. That’s because the older a water heater gets, the more likely there is to be sediment build-up, corrosion, and increased mineral deposits in your water. There are many symptoms to be aware of when dealing with older water heaters. Water heater problems include leaks, rusty water, rumbling and noise, and noticeable water around the water heater. If you find any of these warning signs occurring with your system, please call a licensed and insured plumber. He or she will be able to find the root of your water heater problems.

How Much Do New Water Heaters Cost

When contemplating any important purchase, it’s crucial to run the numbers. Nation-wide, the average cost of water heater installation can range anywhere from $500 to $1,000 dollars. This price is ultimately determined by a number of factors. For instance, what type of water heater is necessary? What size is appropriate for the household? Homeowners should also consider that the final cost of a water heater replacement is attributed to the cost of the new unit, and the amount of labor necessary for the installation.

Why is My Hot Water Heater Not Working?

There are a number of reasons why your water heater has fallen into disrepair. Please review the following potential reasons to find out more:

  • The power isn’t working. In order to alleviate this problem, shut off the power to the heater’s circuit breaker. Taking that first important safety step will allow you to investigate the electrical apparatus of the water heater. 
  • Your unit is too small to meet the demands of the household. Unfortunately, this occurs more often than you would think. It is important to ensure that the demand for the water heater is not exceeding its capacity. 
  • The heating elements have failed. A steady supply of lukewarm water to the shower means that there is possibly a defective upper heating element. The best way to ascertain this is to contact a licensed and insured plumbing company.
  • Leaks. If your water heater is leaking, you have a serious problem. The only rational solution is a water heater replacement. Water leaks are usually the result of leaking valves and plumbing connections, but the problem can also lie with tank problems.

Who Can Fix a Water Heater?

There are many different companies in the area that perform residential services, including residential flat roofing. But in terms of who can fix a water heater, it’s important to consider your options. There may be many different plumbing services in your area, but you should trust your home or property to the true experts. Ask a friend or neighbor for a good referral. You can also conduct an internet search of all viable plumbing companies in your area. For your final selection, you should choose a plumbing company that is licensed, certified and insured. They may cost more than the competition, but a good plumbing fix is always better than a bad plumbing fix.

What Happens During a Repair Appointment?

This is an excellent question because homeowners should be aware of what they are getting into. During a run-of-the-mill water heater repair appointment, a certified plumber will examine your water heater and recommend repairs. They will also ostensibly give you a quote. At that point, customers can decide whether or not they want to move forward with the repairs, or whether they would rather opt to replace the unit entirely. In most cases, the repair can be completed on the same day as the diagnostic.

Hot Water Boiler Repair Near Me

In order to find a hot water boiler repair company that is near you, an internet search is recommended. Simply type in, “hot water boiler repair near me”, and a range of companies will show up. Please feel free to review the reviews and services. You can then select a company that suits your purposes and can be held accountable for their services.

Hot Water Boiler Repair

Not having hot water is more than an inconvenience. Without the ability to take hot showers or do dishes and laundry properly, homeowners can feel burdened by the need for repair. Luckily, across the country, there are more than a few excellent hot water boiler repair resources. The real goal is finding an affordable and reputable plumbing company. Once your hot water boiler is replaced or repaired, things should go right back to normal in the household. That means increased efficiency and hygiene.

Tankless Hot Water Heaters Repair

For many homeowners, a tankless, on-demand hot water heater is a choice that suits their desire to live a more energy-efficient lifestyle. Tankless water heaters heat water without the need for storing a reserve of water in a tank. When these units need to be repaired or replaced, it’s always important to be specific when referring to the type of unit that needs to be repaired. That’s because tankless hot water heaters are quite different from their tank counterparts. Tankless water heaters tend to last much longer too – as long as twenty or more years. They won’t need repairs as often, but perhaps a little maintenance is required. To understand more about your tankless water heater, please feel free to consult your local insured plumbing expert.

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Hot Water Heat Pump Repairs

There are a number of reasons why your heat pump may need repairs. For instance, a clogged air filter will have a wide range of negative repercussions for your heat pump. When the filter becomes too clogged with dirt and debris, it restricts the amount of air that enters, thus constricting airflow. Two other possible issues are a thermostat issue and leaking refrigerant. In order to understand the reason why your hot water heat pump isn’t working, consult a licensed and insured plumber.

Would you like to schedule an appointment? Our friendly operators at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating are available now at 412-561-3624. Discover more about hot water boiler repair service in Pittsburgh, PA.

How Do You Fix Toilet?

A Plumber Repairs a Toilet

How do you fix toilet?

From clogs to constant running, having a toilet that’s not working right can be a hassle. Depending on the situation, you can do toilet repair yourself or hire a professional like those at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. With the right tools and skills, you can follow the steps below to make common toilet repairs.

Steps to repair toilet:

  • Repair toilet valve leak: If the shutoff valve behind the tank is leaking, this is usually a simple repair. Often this just requires tightening the packing nut by making a one-eighth turn. Should the leak persists, shut off your water, disassemble the valve without disconnecting it, and clean the washer.
  • Replace ballcock or refill valve: You may need to replace the ballcock valve to manage the water level in the tank. You can also bend the arm either up or down to manage the water levels. 
  • Repair flush valve: The plastic or brass fitting attached to the bottom opening of the tank. Inside is the overflow tube. Place a refill tube on the overflow tube to restore the standing water level in the toilet bowl and keep the trap sealed.
  • Fix running toilet: Usually this is a result of the flapper incorrectly seating itself in the flush valve’s opening. The flapper either needs to be adjusted or replaced.

Never hesitate to call Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating for help with toilet repair in Pittsburgh, PA. You can reach us at 412-561-3624.

Toilet repair vs replacement

If you are having problems with your toilet like leaks or if it’s continuously running, it may just need to be repaired, but these problems may require you to replace the toilet. How do you decide whether to repair or replace your toilet? 

One of the primary reasons you might want to get a new toilet is if you are continually having to repair it or if the repairs you make don’t help fix the problems. You also might notice that your toilet no longer looks clean. That’s because over time, as scratches accumulate, they begin to collect dirt and grime, that sets into the porcelain and stains the bowl.

If your porcelain is damaged or cracked, you’ll need to replace it as soon as possible. Although the damage may not seem to affect the toilet’s function early on, in time the crack will break thoroughly and you’ll find yourself in a bathroom full of water. Constant clogs are also signs it’s time to replace the toilet. Flushing frequently to get the clog cleared will increase water usage. You can also save money by installing a new toilet that’s more energy efficient and uses less water.

When it comes to bathroom remodeling, you’ll definitely want to replace your old toilet with a new one, especially one that is energy efficient.

How do I get my toilet to stop running?

When your toilet is continually running, it usually means water is spilling into the overflow tube and the fill valve isn’t shutting off. To stop it from running continuously is a fairly simple toilet repair. You’ll have to adjust the water level in the tank by adjusting the float in the tank. If the float is set too low, the flush will be weak, and too high it overflows. The float needs to be adjusted by bending the brass rod that connects to the float and flushing the toilet until the water hits the marked level on the tank. 

Will a running toilet increase water bill?

A running toilet caused by a major leak will use up thousands of gallons of water monthly if a toilet repair or replacement isn’t made. This high usage can cost as much as $200 extra per month on you water bill, which amounts to about $2,500 per year. While minor or moderate leaks won’t waste as much water as a major leak, you may still find yourself paying an additional $70 or more per month on your bills. 

Why does my toilet keep flushing?

More often than not, if your toilet keeps flushing automatically, you have a malfunctioning flush valve seal. The toilet repair will require you to repair the valve. The valve has to seal completely to prevent leaks and flow into the bowl continually.

Toilet repair tools

If you are planning do-it-yourself toilet repair, you’ll normally just need three tools to accomplish the job. These tools are long nose pliers, an adjustable wrench, and thick pliable wire. Long nose pliers are used to repair components like the chain on your toilet flusher. To loosen any bolts, you’ll need a wrench, and wire can be used for several applications including making a temporary fix for a snapped chain.

How much does a plumber charge to fix a toilet?

Depending on the type of repair that’s required, a toilet repair can cost anywhere between $130 and $310. Repairs can range from unclogging a toilet, which averages about $160 to repair, to putting on a new seat, which could cost as much as $225. At minimum, you can expect to pay about $50 for a plumber to come out for a service call. Hourly labor charges may also apply.

A Woman Flushes a Toilet.

Toilet repair near me

If you are having problems with your toilet and need toilet repair in Pittsburgh, PA, count on the reliable plumbers at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. Our prices are competitive and affordable. You can get help from us by calling 412-561-3624.

How do I know if my water heater is bad?

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Water Heater Issues

Every homeowner is grateful for the water heater. It’s nice to be able to turn on the faucet and like magic, we almost immediately have hot water at our access. Before the invention of the water heater, water was heated with fire or was made from other natural resources such as hot springs or natural gas. Every time somebody needed to bathe or wash dishes, they would have heat water over a fire. 

And then, Edwin Rudd invented an automatic storage water heater in 1889, and it has become the water heater unit we know today. Now, water is heated by the process of heat transfers from a source of energy to the tank, where the water is waiting for us when we turn that faucet on.

But what do we do when the water heater quits? We can either replace it, which is most homeowners do, or we can call a professional for hot water heater repair. Before servicing the water heater, the technician can advise if water heater repair or replacement of the unit is the best choice.

What Would Cause a Hot Water Heater to Stop Working?

Is there anything worse than to jump into the shower and have that warm water turn cold? Or running a bath and the water takes forever to get hot? If you have experienced either of these, then you already know, that often indicates a water heater problem. But do you have any idea what could have happened that made it quit working?

Some of the reasons that a water heater quits working are:

  • Pilot light – this applies only to gas water heaters. This is an easy and simple fix too! First check to see if the pilot light is still lit and if not, follow the instructions in the owner’s manual and relight it.
  • Gas line leak – Again, this applies to gas water heater s only. If you smell gas leaking around the water heater, recognized as a rotten egg odor, then turn the gas off immediately and call a professional plumber.
  • Heating element – Often the heating element will go out and this can be fixed by replacing the element. Once a water heater has reached 10 years lifespan, replacing it is the best solution.
  • Sediment buildup – Over time, a build-up of water contaminants is created at the bottom of a water heater and become hard. This will reduce its ability to heat enough water. By draining your water heater regularly, this can be prevented. If the water is hard where you live, adding a water softening agent to your home’s water supply can help prevent this as well. However, if the water heater is old and the tank has become rusty, that buildup cannot be removed, and the only solution is to replace the unit.
  • The thermostat – Check the unit’s thermostat if it seems as though the hot water you are getting is not as hot as it used to be. If it appears to have been lowered, try increasing, give the water time to heat up and then run the water again to see if it gets hot quicker. If not, this indicates the thermostat is not working properly and needs to be replaced.

Your home is your biggest investment, and just like your concrete driveway or roofing, the electrical and plumbing systems are a major part of that investment. Calling a professional plumber to repair or replace your water heater can protect your investment ensuring you have hot water for years to come.

Turning up water heater

Can a Water Heater Be Repaired?

It depends on the problem and the age of the water heater. Like any other appliance in your home, it’s lifespan can be extended with regular maintenance. And there are some repairs you can do to keep a water heater working as well, like replacing the heating element or the pressure-relief valve. It can also be an electrical problem if the water heater isn’t working properly, check for a blown fuse or tripped breaker. It may not be a water heater failure at all.

When is a water heater beyond repair? By the time a water heater reaches the age of 8 to 12 years according to most manufacturers, it has lived up to its life expectancy. How long a water heater lasts is dependent upon several factors:

  • Installation Quality
  • Location
  • Maintenance Schedule
  • Water Quality

So, if it quits heating water, is erratic in heating, or starts leaking, replacement is recommended. Or if it is older than 10 or 12 years, you may want to consider having your water heater replaced for energy-saving purpose.

What Trips the Reset Button on a Hot Water Heater?

The reset button on a water heater is there for safety. When the temperature inside the unit reaches over 180 degrees Fahrenheit, it automatically shuts the water heater off. So, what can cause this to happen? Here are four of the most common reasons a water heater reset button trips:

The Thermostat

The thermostat is how the water temperature inside the tank is measured and determines when the heating element should shut off. When a thermostat quits or gets stuck, it won’t turn the heating element off or on and will either not heat the water at all or, won’t quit heating it. In either case, the thermostat needs to be replaced.

Electrical Connection

A loose electrical connection is hazardous regardless of where it is, and with a water heater, a loose electrical connection will trigger the reset button.

Heating Element

Power will keep flowing even when there is a short in the heating element, even if the thermostat has shut off its power. In this case, the heating element will keep heating the water, and thus, trip the reset button.

Bad Reset Button

With normal wear and tear, all a water heater’s parts will eventually stop working, including the reset button.  When any of the parts are not working to full capacity, it will trip the reset button continually, no matter the temperature inside the tank. A reset button is part of the water heater’s thermostat and when it goes bad, it can, and should, be replaced.

So, how can you determine what is causing the reset button to trip? This can be a dangerous and tricky thing to diagnose because of the 240 volts of electric power running to the water heater. It is highly recommended that you call a professional plumber to check your water heater. They have the experience and knowledge of working with the electrical, plumbing and wiring of a water heater.

Do Plumbers Fix Hot Water Heaters?

When you have a water heater issue, it may lie in the electronic components, plumbing components, or fuel components. If the issues with your water heater indicate it is the electrical system within your home, an electrician is needed. Those problems could be one of the following:

  • The circuit breaker for the water heater keeps tripping
  • The fuse keeps blowing or overheating
  • There is loose wiring to the water heater

Indication when to call a plumber would be:

  • An unusually noisy water heater
  • Rusty water
  • Hot water pressure decreases
  • Water doesn’t heat up
  • A Leaky water heater
  • For a gas water heater, the pilot light won’t stay lit

Is It Dangerous to Have a Leaking Water Heater?

If a leaky water heater is left untreated, it can cause more than just an inconvenience of no hot water. Your home could be severely damaged by the issues affecting your water heater. Flooding alone could damage things like your floor, furniture, walls, and personal belongings. These damages could amount to thousands of dollars of repairs and lost items.

The exact danger of leaking water heater can be deadly, such as pressure building up in the water heater because the pressure relief valve doesn’t work. Faulty water heaters can cause carbon monoxide leaks, fire hazards, or scalding risks. Never gamble with the safety of your family and home – if the water heater is malfunctioning in any way, seek professional help immediately.

As we mentioned at the beginning of this piece, the water heater we have today has made life easier. With a properly working water heater, we no longer must gather wood for the fire and put a pot of water on to heat up. We simply turn the hot water faucet on and poof, we have hot water in a matter of minutes. Because this appliance gives us so much convenience, it is an important part of our everyday lives. Give it the attention and care it deserves by calling a professional plumber, or electrician is the best care you give a water heater. For water heater repair in Pittsburgh, PA, dial 412-561-3624 today.

Where to Start on a Bathroom Remodel?

A Bathtub Being Installed During a Remodel.

How do you plan a bathroom renovation?

A bathroom remodel is one of the most popular remodeling/renovation projects undertaken by homeowners. But, like other remodeling project, it takes planning to get the perfect bathroom for your home.

Whether you’re completely redesigning your bathroom or just making a few upgrades to modernize it, the first step in planning is developing a budget. Your minimum budget should be around $10,000. To help you with your bathroom remodel budget, get ideas online and from magazines. You will want to save, bookmark, print or cut out photos to refer to as you continue to plan. To help you with the planning, here are some basic bathroom remodel ideas:

  • Traditional bathroom: Traditional bathrooms normally feature full baths and shower.
  • Modern bathroom: Modern bathroom design is very sleek. Most modern bathrooms just have a shower stall, rather than a tub.
  • Craftsman style bathroom: Craftsman-style features hand-crafted wood cabinets or vanities. This style is often more costly.
  • Rustic bathroom: Rustic bathrooms will have features like wood walls to give it simple, comfortable look.

Of course, any of these styles could be mixed and matched depending on the individual. As you’re planning, the style you choose will be affected by the overall color scheme you choose. About 60% of your bathroom will be outfitted in the primary color, while 30% will be outfitted in a secondary color. Accent colors make up the final 10% of the color scheme.

Once you’ve set a budget, selected a style and color scheme, you plan out the layout. For a full bathroom remodel, you may change everything up, while a renovation may only require new fixtures or lights. In your planning, you’ll want to locate water lines and electrical outlets. You may want to design around them rather than repiping or rewiring your whole bathroom. In your design, you’ll want to pick a single fixture, such as tub, sink or vanity as a focal point. This will give you a more cohesive design. You also want to make sure there’s room for storage.

When you’re in the process of planning a bathroom remodel, you may want to consider a tankless water heater installation. Tankless water heaters can be placed directly in a bathroom without taking up much space, and serve as a great supplemental source for hot water. Call 412-561-3624 to find out from the experts at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating how a tankless water heater can prove valuable to you.

Also in the process of planning, you’ll want to decide whether you want to remodel the bathroom yourself or get a home contractor in for the project.

What are the steps to renovate a bathroom?

Once you’ve planned your bathroom remodel/renovation, you’ll be ready to get down to the actual work. 

  1. Demolition: Take care not to damage plumbing and wiring as you remove your old toilet and tub, then the cabinets, mirrors, floor tiles, and the rest.
  2. Installing shower and/or tub: The tub and shower are installed first.
  3. Lay down new tiles: New tiles are then put down. Make sure all flooring is waterproof.
  4. Hang drywall and paint: Once the floors are down, the drywall needs to be installed and then painted. 
  5. Install cabinets, mirrors and vanity: Some rewiring may be necessary when vanities and cabinets are installed.
  6. Install sinks and toilet: The new sink and toilet are installed.
  7. Add trim: Trim around the room and mirrors is the last step of the bathroom remodel process.

How long does a bathroom remodel take?

In an ideal world, where no workers get sick, there are no gaps between work stages, and all materials are readily available, a bathroom remodel would take about 4 to 5 weeks, if no work is done on the weekend. Realistically, expect the project to take about double the time, or about 9 to 10 weeks.

How can I remodel my bathroom for cheap?

While $10,000 to $15,000 is the average cost of a bathroom remodel, there are ways to save money and still get a nice, stylish bathroom when the work is done. One way to save is to just do a partial renovation. In some cases, just a new paint job or replacing accessories or replacing old faucets with new, modern designs, may be all that’s needed to make the bathroom look great. 

Other ways to save include revamping your design to limit the amount of tile used. Outside of new fixtures like a tub or shower, tile is one of the more expensive materials you’ll purchase in a bathroom remodel. Tile can be used sparingly in high-impact areas like the flooring or inside a shower stall. You can also save by going with less trendier styles in countertops, which can be pricey as well. 

A bathroom remodel without tub can save you money as well. It’s become trendy to replace the tub with a walk-in shower stall, even in master baths. Although tubs can be elegant and soothing, but can also take up quite a bit of space, especially in older homes, and, depending on the household, may be used less than the shower.

How do you redo a small bathroom?

The basic steps to remodel a small bathroom are about the same as for a large bathroom. Depending on the type of bathroom it is, it may not have a tub, or even a shower if it is a half bath or powder room. When remodeling smaller bathrooms, take into consideration how often it will be used, and who is using it. A complete overhaul may be unnecessary. Painting or changing out old fixtures may be all you want to do with a small bathroom. 

A Modern Installed in a Home.

Bathroom remodel and repair

If you are planning a bathroom remodel in Pittsburgh, PA, you’ll want expert plumbers like those at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating to install your tubs, toilets, showers and sinks. You’ll also want our team when you need repair services as well. Give us a call at 412-561-3624 to schedule services today.

What Are the Signs of a Broken Sewer Pipe?

Sewer Line Repair Done Through Trenching

Dealing With a Damaged Sewer Line

Owning a home or business comes with a lot of responsibility. There are seemingly hidden features that can easily be overlooked, like the sewer line. The sewer line can be used daily and often the only time many ever notice something is wrong is when things stop working completely. Many owners don’t realize there are several things to look for before things seemingly hit the fan. Regardless, when you need sewer line repair in Pittsburgh, PA, rely on Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We can help make sure your plumbing and property are in good condition. Call 412-561-3624 to learn more.

Contractor Digging for Piping to do Sewer Line Repair

Sewer Line Repair or Replace

With your property, there are several things to look for if you are concerned about a roof leak. Even if you have commercial metal roofing, there are several signs and causes for the damage. So what can cause sewer line damage? A lot of things, actually. The most common, however are:

  • Corrosion: The most common cause of sewer line problems is corrosion. Older pipes begin to wear out and become less effective. Holes start to form or connection become loose with age. Water doesn’t flow properly and leaks, creating a bigger problem.
  • Tree root infiltration: In your yard, tree roots pose a big threat to your plumbing. When planted too close to sewer lines, the roots can eventually wrap around the pipes and crush them. When that happens, trenchless repairs won’t be applicable. 
  • Ground Shifting: The ground where your pipes are is not always stable. Earthquakes and general movement of the earth can cause the pipes to move around. This can cause elbow joints to break apart, resulting in leaks and water ponding.
  • Freezing: The pipes in your home can easily freeze when temperatures drop suddenly. If water is not properly turned off ahead of time, the water freezes and expands within your pipes, causing them to burst. 

The million dollar question that everyone wants to know, though, “Is a sewer pipe covered by insurance?” Because what most of us want to know is, exactly who is responsible for sewer line repair? And the unfortunate answer is that, no, it is rarely covered by insurance. For any claim that you hope to file on your home, the damage needs to have happened by something called a covered peril. Insurance will cover any damage caused by the leaking sewer line, but they will most likely not cover the leaking sewer line itself. The same is true if something happened to your tankless water heater. Damage to the water heater will more than likely not be covered by insurance, but damage to your home will be.

Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

How do you know if your sewer line is leaking? There are a few signs to look for if you are worried about a sewer line leak.

  • Strange Sounds: Don’t discount the sound of constantly running water. If you hear what sounds like water still running, even after faucets have been turned off, you may have a sewer line problem.
  • Higher Water Bills: A tell-tale sign of sewer line and plumbing problems in general can be seen in your water bills. Spikes in your bills can indicate an issue with the water coming in or the water leaving your home. Either way, it shows you there is something wrong.
  • Water Ponding: When water and waste don’t have the usual route to take, it finds another way. If you are starting to notice water ponding in your yard, when it hasn’t rained heavily, your sewer line may be damaged. The same is true if you are noticing wet or damp floors inside your home.
  • Backup in the Tub: As mentioned, when water can’t go the usual way, it finds a new route. If water and waste bubbles up from the tub drain when you flush the toilet or use the shower, then your sewer line isn’t draining properly. 

Addressing a sewer line problem is critical for the health and safety of you and your home. Failure to do so can lead to dangerous problems that will damage your home and put your health at risk. Relying on sewer line repair contractors to inspect your plumbing as soon as you notice anything wrong can prevent major issues from occurring.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is sewer repair?
    • This is the process of digging up sewer lines placed on your property to find damage and repair it. For many, trenchless repairs may be an option, which eliminates the need to tear up their yard looking for piping.
  • How much does it cost to repair a main sewer line?
    • It can cost between $3,000 and $25,000 to dig up and repair a main sewer line. The cost varies so much based on location, amount of damage, type of damage, and more.
  • Does trenchless sewer repair work?
    • Yes, in most cases trenchless sewer repair is more effective and efficient than other options. Trenchless repairs may often be more costly, but they can provide almost immediate and lasting results.
  • Is sewer line repair covered by insurance?
    • Unfortunately, it is very rare that homeowners insurance will cover damage repairs to sewer lines. Unless the line was damaged by another party, like someone digging and damaging the sewer line, it most likely will not be covered.
Trenching to Complete Sewer Line Repair

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Are water line protection plans worth it?

A water line can become damaged for several different reasons like ground movement or tree root infiltration.

What is the Water Line?

Almost every home has one. It is used every single day, but the only time homeowners ever seem to notice it is when something goes wrong. What are we talking about? The main water line to your home. Every single house has a water line that connects to the main city source. They are all underground and built into your home, so it makes sense that many people don’t think about the water line to houses. But that water line is important to maintain because any issue with it can result in major damages to your property. If you are in need of water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA, then contact Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating at 412-561-3624.

The water line brings water in from a direct source while the sewer line drains water and waste away.

Water Line vs Sewer Line

Many people want to know what the difference is between the water line and the sewer line. The two lines serve two big, but different functions in your home. The water line is designed to primarily bring water in from a water source, whether it is from the city or a water well on your property. The sewer line on the other hand is used for draining water and waste away from the home. Both are underground and can be affected by the same things. It’s also important to note that roof drains and contents from gutters are not permitted to enter the sewer lines. So always make sure they are draining towards the street or elsewhere.

Options for Replacement

There are several reasons that can cause a water line burst. Most, if not all, of them are considered out of a homeowners control. What we tend to see happening, is the water line fittings become disjointed.

  • Ground movement
  • Soil erosion
  • Increased traffic
  • Tree root infiltration

These hazards are things that often can’t be controlled or prevented by the homeowner. For the most part, insurance companies do provide coverage for sudden and accidental water damage, which can be caused by the reasons listed above. That being said, there are several options for water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Sliplining: By far one of oldest and most used methods, sliplining is a process in which a smaller pipe is fed through the larger, damaged pipe. Sliplining is used to repair minor leaks and improve the structural ability. It can be done as one whole system or it can be broken down section by section. Either way will provide a durable and stable repair.
  • Cured-in-place (CIP) Pipe: A CIP pipe is actually a long piece of felt tube that has been saturated with polyester. Like sliplining, the CIP pipe is fed through an existing pipe and then with the help of air or water pressure, it is expanded inside the damaged pipe. Then it is left to cure which can take upwards of two days. This process helps to strengthen damaged pipes and repair leaks.  
  • Pipe Bursting: This method is typically used when a complete replacement is needed. For pipe bursting, an expander head is inserted and fed through the plumbing. The action slowly chips away at the pipes until they are completely broken up. They are removed and the same machine is used to feed the new replacement piping.

If you are noticing any issues with your water supply or even with water drainage, contact Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We are the experts when it comes to Water line needs. Call us, 412-561-3624, for water line repair services in Pittsburgh, PA.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to repair a broken water line?
    • Depending on the damage, replacing just one broken section can cost between $500 and $1,000. But if replacing the entire main line is necessary, then it can cost any from $1,500 and $5,000. Realistically, the number can fall between $2,000 and $3,000.
  • Is a broken water main covered by homeowners insurance?
    • Most insurance policies cover any sudden or unexpected water damage caused by a damaged or malfunctioning pipe. Generally, however, the pipe itself is rarely covered by insurance, but that is something to discuss with your insurance provider.
  • How much does it cost to replace a main water line?
    • The cost breaks down to about $10-$20 per square foot of piping. Which makes the overall cost between $150 and $300. The cost also depends on the type of material used which can be cheaper or more expensive.
  • How long do water lines last?
    • It depends on the type of piping that is used, but many homeowners can see their water line last upwards of 50 years.
  • What is the best pipe to use for plumbing?
    • PVC pipes, PEX pipes, CPVC pipes, and copper pipes, are some of the best options to use for plumbing.
We can help with any water line repair needs you may have.

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When you need a reliable plumbing team for a damaged water line, look no further than Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating. We are an experienced team of licensed plumbers in your area. For water line repairs in Pittsburgh, PA, reach out to us. We’re available to help today. Call us at 412-561-3624 to schedule an appointment.

What’s Wrong with My Gas Furnace?

Propane flame inside of gas boiler furnace

What Can Cause a Furnace to Stop Working?

What’s wrong with my gas furnace? There are a number of reasons why a furnace would stop working, and while it’s a disappointing situation, there is invariably a solution. Let’s go over them briefly, and review. Lack of maintenance for your furnace ticks a fair few of the boxes. Make sure that the outside of your furnace is kept tidy, and that your air filter has been changed recently. Air filters should optimally be changed every ninety days. One of the other reasons why your furnace might not be working is due to wear and tear. An older furnace will ostensibly have more problems than a newer one.

The electric ignition could be faulty, or there might be a pilot control problem. Consult with a trusted heating and cooling specialist to diagnose problems inside the heater before tickering with your furnace yourself. Another reason why your furnace isn’t working is ostensibly because you have a malfunctioning thermostat. If you notice that your furnace doesn’t produce any heat, check the battery level in the thermostat. In some models, merely replacing the battery will do the trick.

What does it Mean When a Furnace is Short Cycling?

When your furnace is short cycling, or turning on and off frequently, there is a serious problem. The ramifications of your furnace short cycling is a higher energy bill and harm to your furnace. Four main reason why your furnace is short cycling is because:

  1. Dirty air filter. Measure the dimensions of your current air filter (there should be numbers on the side of the filter (length x width x depth) and find a replacement filter at your local hardware store.
  2. A misplaced thermostat. Have a trusted heating and cooling professional evaluate your thermostat. If your thermostat is located too close to a heat source, it will register the heat and turn off the furnace before the entire house is at an even temperature.
  3. A corroded flame sensor. A corroded or dirty flame sensor will diminish your furnaces capacity to function properly. The purpose of a flame sensor is to let the system know if there’s a flame when the gas valve is open. When the flame sensor is dirty or corroded, it won’t register the flame and your system will shut down. Call a profession to repair this issue.
  4. Blocked exhaust vents. Also known as a flue pipe, when an exhaust vent is blocked, it can cause short cycling. If debris from outside like sticks, leaves, or a bird nest blocks the pipe, hot gases will build up in the furnace and cause it to overheat.

How Long Should It Take for a Furnace to Ignite?

A furnace should start up within five minutes of the thermostat being turned on. There are no exceptions to this rule. If the furnace takes as long as fifteen minutes, there is a problem with the furnace. When the furnace takes longer than five minutes to ignite, the furnace is in the process of trying to ignite, failing, and then trying again.

Repairman vacuuming inside of a gas furnace during a cleaning.

What Would Cause a Gas Furnace Not to Ignite?

There are a number of reasons why a system would not ignite. Many of these reasons are especially applicable if you are returning to your residence after a long absence. Let’s go over them:

  • The thermostat. Troubleshoot the thermostat by making sure the thermostat is set to heat and that the temperature your thermostat is set to is accurate for your needs.
  • The gas line. Verify that that gas is turned on. If you are uncertain, there is a gas shut-off valve located outside your home. For a more localized solution, try turning on one of your gas appliances inside your home, such as your gas stove.
  • The furnace. Odd as it may sound, the switch inside your furnace may have been accidentally turned off. Check this switch to be sure it is in the ‘on’ position. Even if you have a gas system, your furnace uses electricity, and the electricity must be turned on. Located by the furnace will be a power disconnect switch. You can also check the breaker to make sure the power to the furnace has not been tripped.

How Do I Know If My Furnace is Working Correctly?

Make sure your furnace is quiet, odorless, in good condition, clean, and operating efficiently. There are a couple of indicators of this. The furnace will be soundless, or nearly. No strange odors, such as sulfur, or that of rotten eggs, can be smelled. The furnace itself, and the surrounding area, are clean and free of dust. You will be able to tell if your furnace is operating efficiently by how high your energy bill is. If you have a relatively low energy bill and do not see extreme fluctuations, this is an indicator of good efficiency.

Gas Furnace Is Loud

If your gas furnace is loud, you have a problem. Pings, pops, rumbles, and screeches are not sounds that you’d hear from a furnace that is running with high efficiency. If you are routinely hearing these sounds, it is time to have a professional step in and diagnose your furnace.

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Gas Furnace is Not Kicking On

If your gas furnace is not kicking on, one of the possible reasons why is due to an insufficient gas supply. Check the gas valve to ensure that the gas valve is turned fully on so that the furnace has a sufficient supply of gas to fire up the system. Other possible issues include making sure the pilot light is lit, that the electricity is switched on, and that your thermostat has been evaluated for any issues, including battery replacement. Find out what gas furnace repair entails.

Gas Furnace Cleaning

Gas furnace cleaning is a timely and methodical process involving a keen eye and careful maneuvering. Hiring a professional to accomplish this task is not out of the question. Many HVAC companies offer a gas furnace maintenance service, wherein they will clean your air ducts in addition to servicing your gas furnace. Call our professionals at 412-561-3624 to receive more information.

Gas Furnace Filter

There is a great variety of air filters out there that offer increasing levels of allergen prevention and fresh air quality. Ultimately, the most important factors concerning replacing your gas furnace filter are procuring the right dimensions for your furnace, and replacing said filter every ninety days. You can find the dimensions for your replacement air filter on your current, dirty air filter. Once you have these dimensions written down, head over to your local hardware store, and select a filter. While you may desire an expensive air filter that guarantees high levels of filtration, a cheaper or bargain level air filter nonetheless works in such a scenario. The professionals at Patrick E. Chase Plumbing & Heating will be happy to resolve all your gas furnace needs in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Call us today! 412-561-3624