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November 12, 2018
HVAC systems should be serviced annually by a qualified HVAC technician

Estimated Life Expectancy Chart for Homes

This article details the predicted life expectancy of appliances, products, materials, systems, and components. It is worth noting that these life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular recommended maintenance and conditions of normal wear and tear, and not extreme weather or other conditions, neglect, over-use or abuse. Therefore, they should be used as guidelines only, and not relied upon as guarantees […]
September 4, 2018
Tankless water heaters will save homeowners a substantial amount in energy costs

Tankless Water Heaters

  There is perhaps no more appropriately named plumbing fixture in the whole world than the tankless water heater. No deception, no confusion: It’s a water heater that has no hot-water storage tank. So, where does the hot water come from? Good question! Tankless water heaters, while relatively new, are growing in popularity with both plumbing contractors and homeowners. These compact units are designed to provide […]
June 11, 2018
Home inspectors may use a smoke pen to detect a backdraft issue

Backdrafting

Backdrafting is the reverse flow of gas in the flues of fuel-fired appliances that results in the intrusion of combustion byproducts into the living space. Many fuel-fired water heaters and boilers use household air and lack an induced draft, which makes them especially vulnerable to backdrafting when indoor air pressure becomes unusually low. How does backdrafting happen? Fuel-fired water heaters, boilers, wall heaters, and furnaces are […]
May 18, 2018
TPR valves are vital safety devices for every water heater

TPR Valves and Discharge Piping

Temperature/pressure-relief or TPR valves are safety devices installed on water heating appliances, such as boilers and domestic water supply heaters. TPRs are designed to automatically release water in the event that pressure or temperature in the water tank exceeds safe levels. If temperature sensors and safety devices such as TPRs malfunction, water in the system may become superheated (exceed the boiling point). Once the tank ruptures […]