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Signs of a Gas Leak

The smell of gas, or the additive utility companies add to natural gas services, is a sure sign of a gas leak. But, it is not the only sign. Homeowners should be vigilant for other less noticeable clues. Some gas leaks are slow enough to go unnoticed posing a safety risk to your family; natural gas leaks can cause symptoms much like carbon monoxide poisoning including dizziness, headaches, respiratory problems, nausea and possibly more serious ailments, and also pose a...

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Do Tankless Water Heaters Save Money?

Tankless water heaters offer tremendous benefits such as endless hot water, space savings, and increased operating efficiency, but homeowners often ask, do tankless water heaters really save money? Tankless water heaters are on-demand water heaters that heat water as it is used. Because they do not store water and heat continuously, tankless water heaters offer many benefits. One homeowner favorite benefit is endless hot water. For households with large or extended families, it is common to run out of hot water,...

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What Is a Gas Leak?

Gas leaks can be dangerous, especially if the leak is inside of your home. Luckily, many gas leaks are easily detected and leaks such as carbon monoxide can be monitored with household devices to keep your family safe. Gas leaks can occur for many reasons and it is important for homeowners to understand what a gas leak is, what are its causes, what to do in the event of a gas leak, and how to take preventative measures. There are...

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Tankless Water Heaters Advantages

While Tankless Water Heaters are not new, they have been gaining in popularity in the United States over the past decade or so. Bill Howe Plumbing has been installing tankless water heaters in San Diego for over 20 years with brands Rinnai and Noritz. There are many advantages of tankless water heaters including efficiency and endless hot water. What is a Tankless Water Heater? Much like the name implies, a tankless water heater differs from a traditional water heater in that a...

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Is My Hot Water Heater Broken?

How Water Heaters Work Edwin Ruud is credited as the inventor of what we know of as the modern water heater. Although there were iterations of the water heater prior to 1889, Ruud added the safety elements that made them safe for residential use. A basic storage water heater tank holds anywhere from 30-100 gallons for residential use, contains either an internal heating element or an ignition and pilot, water lines going in and out, a temperature and pressure relief valve...

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Can Water Heaters Leak?

In 1889, Edwin Ruud built on previous models of residential water heating and invented the first, safe, storage hot water heater. Ruud hot water heaters have been around since the first invention and are part of the company Rheem, that many people know of today. In fact, Bill Howe Plumbing has been installing Ruud water heaters for over 30 years because of the incredible reliability, warranties, and professional grade models built to last. But even when our appliances, large and small,...

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Home Air Conditioning Installation

From first contact to your in-home evaluation, homeowners can expect to receive excellent customer service, a professional estimator who knows HVAC, details on all system options presented, schedule information and who will show up to perform the installation, and a time frame for the installation. The day of a new home air conditioning system installation is the most important day of the system itself. Installation must be precise, performed by trained and knowledgeable specialists, and homeowners should receive the best customer...

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Split System vs Package Unit

When you think of home air conditioning systems, the most important component is that it keeps you cool, it doesn't run up your utility bills, and it's affordable. But how often do homeowners think about what type of system they have, what it means, and when it's time for replacement, what kind of system is best? There are two basic types of central forced air systems in a residential home, a split system and a package unit. Both systems are equally...

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What is An Electric Air Cleaner?

When homeowners are concerned about the quality of their homes’ indoor air system, there are a lot of choices to improve indoor air quality. Homeowners can choose to install higher efficiency heating & air conditioning systems, high MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value)  rated filters that will keep circulated air clear, UV light air cleaners, and even electronic air cleaners. In previous articles, we have talked about MERV filters and UV light applications, but what about Electric, or electrostatic, air cleaners?...

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How Often Should I Change My AC Filter?

The filter for your home air conditioning system is often overlooked but is one of the most important components of running the A/C efficiently and keeping particles from circulating in your home.  Before discussing how often a homeowner should change an AC filter, it is important to know exactly how air conditioning works and where the filter comes into play. Are All Filters Created Equal? No, filters come in a variety of sizes and types for HVAC systems, which is why...

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