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How Can You Protect Your Water Heater?

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Even during scorching summer heat, Phoenix-area homeowners still rely tremendously on their water heaters. Having continuous hot water is something that all of us rely on whenever we want to take a shower, clean dishes or wash a load of clothes. A well-functioning water heater is not only an investment in your home, it’s necessary for busy households. In other words, it’s not something to take for granted. Water heaters require regular maintenance and upkeep just like other home appliances.

Preventing Water Heater Corrosion

The most common reason why a water heater fails or leaks is corrosion, particularly in Arizona where mineral content is high in the water. It’s important to keep an eye on key trouble spots that are most commonly impacted by corrosion to maintain the lifespan of your water heater. These include electrical elements, combustion chambers, anodes and vent pipes.

Identifying Leaks

Water heater leaks can certainly come from a tank that is corroded. They can also occur where the cold-water supply line comes in or where the hot-water line goes out. Frequently, these leaks start small and are difficult to detect. Over time, they can cause tremendous damage as they saturate drywall and floors.

Because of the challenge of identifying a leak, it’s always a good idea to provide ample space around your water heater to be able to evaluate it on a regular basis. If it is blocked by garage items like furniture, bicycles or boxes, leaks are far more likely to go unnoticed until costly damage has already occurred.

Every homeowner is wise to get into the habit of inspecting and monitoring their water heater on a frequent basis. This includes checking for moisture around the plumbing connections and areas of sitting water on top or below the tank.

What Happens When the Tank Fails?

Unfortunately, some water heater tanks burst, particularly those that haven’t been properly maintained. Don’t panic. This is the time to call your local water heater specialist for a new installation. If your tank is relatively new, it may even still be under warranty. At Cool Blew Inc., we offer valley-wide emergency service. Call us at 623-872-2900.

80% of Americans Have Hard Water. Should You Invest in a Water Softener?

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You have probably heard many great things about water softeners and how they can improve the texture of your hair, boost skin appearance and extend the lifespan of your custom appliances. Yet water softeners are also an investment, and not all households necessarily need them. How do you know if you could benefit from a water softener? Let’s find out!

What are Water Softeners? How Do They Work?

Water softeners have an important job: they remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium from the water and replace them with a softer mineral like sodium or potassium. Not all water is created equal, however. Some states and some communities have softer water than others.

In Arizona, hard water is a given. The Water Quality Association states that water is moderately hard when it contains 3.5 to 7.0 grains per gallon of calcium and magnesium ions. In some parts of Arizona, these levels can be as much as 20 grains per gallon. Though not dangerous, this can make your water hard, causing effects on your hair, skin, appliances and plumbing.

Is Hard Water Really That Bad?

It’s estimated that approximately 80 percent of the water in America is hard. If the majority of Americans are living with hard water, then what’s the big deal?

Some people don’t like that hard water can cause things like the following:

  • Mineral buildup occurs in plumbing and appliances, creating rust, corrosion and shortened lifespans.
  • Some appliances – specifically dishwashers, washers and water heaters – can be shorted because of the excess of minerals.
  • When doing laundry, whites look grayer after being washed.
  • Drinking hard water can have a mineral-heavy taste. A distillation unit or reverse-osmosis system can help.
  • It’s more difficult to clean showers, tubs and sinks because of the buildup of soap scum.
  • Hard water doesn’t thoroughly rinse away soaps, detergents and shampoos, creating skin irritation and dryness.
  • Adverse health effects have been documented from increased exposure to calcium and magnesium, such as increased cardiovascular disease, reproductive failure and cancer.

Can You Benefit from a Water Softener?

A water softener installed by an HVAC service in Peoria is guaranteed to offer some benefits because of the hard water in your home. One of the key advantages is that it will increase the lifespan of your appliances. Though water softeners cost an average of $1,000 to $2,000, they can double the lifespan of some appliances.

Installing a water softener prevents calcium and magnesium from building up in your plumbing, meaning that you will see less corrosion and clogs. Plus, cleaning your showers and tubs will be easier thanks to less soap scum, and you’re bound to see softer skin, hair and clothes, cleaner glassware and whiter fabrics.

When it comes to your health, things aren’t quite as clear. First, calcium and magnesium are essential elements to the body, so an immediate decrease in them may cause adverse health effects. Second, if you are on a strict low-salt diet, talk to your doctor about adding a water softener to your home. The additional salt in your water supply could be cause for concern.

Bottom line: If you’re only concerned about the chemicals in your water, use a water filtration system and not a water softener. If you’re looking to see more life from your appliances and enjoy softer skin, hair and linens, opt for a water softener installed by an AC service in Peoria.

Cool Blew has a great team of technicians who can answer your questions about water softeners and help you choose one that is right for your needs and budget. Call us today for an estimate!

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Polybutylene Plumbing: A Problem In Older Arizona Homes and Businesses

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Polybutylene Plumbing: A Problem In Older Arizona Homes and BusinessesMany older homes and offices were built with materials that wouldn’t be used today. Some of the materials that were once considered safe we now know are harmful – asbestos and lead paint are the most common examples. Polybutylene piping is now considered one of these dangerous materials. Unfortunately, it was used in many older Arizona homes and businesses. Many homeowners and commercial property owners are unknowingly at risk.

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What Are The Components Of A Gas Water Heater?

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Components Of A Gas Water HeaterKnowledge is power and knowing more about your gas water heater and how it works means that you can take better control over your home appliances as well as your bills. By understanding the parts that make up your water heater, you can start to troubleshoot problems, attempt minor repairs, or just feel more knowledgeable when it’s time for a service call.

Components Of A Gas Water Heater

The following are the components of a gas water heater, where to find them, their functions and important tips. Continue reading

4 Benefits Of Tankless Water Heaters

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4 Benefits Of Tankless Water Heaters-www.CoolBlew.comTankless water heaters are becoming more popular and are starting to be more common in households these days. They have proven to be more efficient, last longer and help reduce monthly electric bills.

Remember, every home’s set-up and every family’s needs are different, but if you are considering going tankless with your water heating system, check out these 4 benefits of tankless water heaters. Continue reading

What You Need To Know About The 2015 Water Heater Efficiency Regulation Changes

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2015 Water Heater Efficiency Regulation Changes-CoolBlewThe new 2015 water heater regulations have had a major impact on new water heaters purchased in the United States. Congress passed guidelines, and they went into effect in April 2015.

The regulations require greater energy efficiency for all electric, gas and propane units. Depending on the type and size of a heater, they have resulted in efficiency improvements of three to 30 percent. This cuts operating costs and protects the environment.

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Everything You Need To Know About Water Heaters

Everything You Need To Know About Water Heaters-Cool BlewLike other household appliances, water heaters have become more energy efficient over the past decade. While the cost of heating water accounted for 25% of the total energy bills a decade ago, today, it accounts for only 18% of the total utility bill, according to the Department of Energy.

Thus, homeowners with older systems should consider installing modern, high–efficiency systems. The most common types of water heaters include:
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What Is The “Cold Water Sandwich” Effect?

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Cold Water Sandwich Effect - Cool Blew Inc.If you own a tankless water heater, you have probably experienced what is best described as a “cold water sandwich”.

This phenomenon occurs when you step in the shower with warm water flowing only to be shocked when cold water blasts out of the faucet. The cold blast only lasts a second or two and is followed by warm water again. If this has happened to you, you may wonder why. Continue reading

What You Need to Know about Garbage Disposals

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garbage disposalIf you’re like most homeowners, you use your garbage disposal every day. Yet, you probably don’t think too much about this kitchen workhorse until it breaks. On today’s blog post, as your Phoenix plumber, we wanted to share with you a little background information about this essential piece of machinery and how you can keep it running as long as possible. Continue reading