Winter is Coming! It’s Time for Furnace Repair

Your home’s heating system sits dormant for months at a time, making it impossible to know if furnace repair is needed until something goes wrong during cold weather. Systems that are idle for long periods often underperform when restarted for the first time. Protect your family or business from any sudden surprises in winter that can occur with a furnace that hasn’t been used for a stretch of time during the warmer months. Take the time to conduct furnace repair before the cold truly sets in. Preventative Maintenance for Your Furnace The professionals at Mr. Green Plumbing can inspect your furnace and complete the maintenance to keep your home or business warm and comfortable.  Depending on the model and type of furnace you have, preventative maintenance can include changing filters, checking the fan belts, cleaning air vents and ducts, lubricating bearings and bleeding the valves if necessary.  (Source:  How to Prepare Your Furnace for Winter, The Dollar Stretcher) Maintenance tasks such as these can prevent minor problems such as an underperforming system as well as major problems such as dirty or dusty air vents and ducts causing carbon monoxide exposure.  Regular maintenance and repair can also save money by extending the life of your furnace. Furnace Repair by Mr. Green Plumbing During the annual inspection, issues with your furnace can be discovered and addressed before they cause an inconvenience for you and your family.  Mr. Green’s certified heating technicians can diagnose and correct the problem quickly and efficiently.  If your furnace is beyond repair, we can assist you with selecting the best replacement model for your needs and provide professional installation with service you can trust.  We provide a full range of quality furnace options and are qualified to design a system that will provide the most efficient and consistent heat for your home or business. Call now for your furnace inspection and preventative maintenance before winter arrives and the maintenance turns into the need for furnace repair....

Read More

Don’t Wait for a Plumbing Disaster to Strike! 3 Tips to Prepare for a Plumbing Emergency

Do you know what to do in a plumbing emergency? Knowing a few basic action steps can mean the difference between a simple repair and a catastrophic flood cleanup. Take a few minutes to learn how to minimize water damage to your home when a plumbing emergency strikes. 1. Shut off the water Perhaps the most important step to take when your plumbing springs a leak is to turn off the water. Often the fastest way to do this is by shutting off the water main, which is where water enters your home from city pipes. Locate your water main shutoff valve now and be sure you understand how to turn it on and off, so you can act quickly if disaster strikes. Sometimes, rather than shutting down the entire water supply, you can turn off water to the particular appliance or fixture affected. For instance, if you can isolate the problem to a kitchen or bathroom sink, you can shut off the knob that controls water to that fixture. As you did with the water main valve, you should take a quick look ahead of time to quickly know where everything is located and how it works in case there is a plumbing problem. 2. Shut off your water heater If a plumbing emergency requires you to shut off your water main, be sure to shut off your water heater as well. You’ll need to close the valve that allows water to flow into your water heater and also turn off the power to the unit. Be sure to do both steps, because if the power is not also disconnected when you cut off water to your water heater, pressure inside the unit will begin to increase and could eventually cause the heater to explode. Some units are electric, and some run on gas. It’s important to know ahead of time which power source your unit runs on and know how to turn the unit off. 3. Patch Leaks Until a Professional Arrives Once water is cut off and you’ve shut down your water heater, you’ve taken important steps to avert a major disaster. However, there will still be water in your pipes that can leak and cause damage to your home. Minimize the mess and cleanup by temporarily patching any leaks. Keep a supply of plumber’s tape, rags and a couple of buckets on hand. Use these...

Read More

5 Things to Check on Your Heater Before Winter

When temperatures first start to turn colder is the time to prepare your home for Colorado’s winter weather. Areas around Denver experienced low temperatures and record snowfall through late November and December in 2016, and it is impossible to tell when winter will descend on the Mile High City in 2017.  That makes right now the best time to check your heater before winter. A quick check of your heater before Colorado’s coldest season can prevent a big issue in your home. As well, this seasonal inspection helps your house to be eco-friendly, which has a corresponding benefit for your pocketbook. An annual inspection of your heater also extends the life of your heater and prevents your heating system from becoming a fire hazard, even on Denver’s coldest nights. So, what should you be looking for during this pre-winter inspection? Read on to learn the five things you need to check on your heater before winter.   #1: Check Your Air Filter Dirt, dust, and debris build up in the air filters of every single heater. It is actually the air filter’s job to catch this debris and prevent it from floating deeper into the heater. Best practice is to check and change your air filters every three months, but the most important time to put in new filters is before starting your heater for the winter. A clean air filter will keep your heater running smoothly and effectively. You will have cleaner, healthier air circulated through your home and save costs for repairs or maintenance later on. Plus, clean air filters can even keep your heater running longer.   #2: Take a Look at the Blower Belt One of the most important parts of your heater is the blower belt. Over time this rubber belt can become worn, and it will start to crack. To inspect this part of the furnace you need to turn off the power to the heater and remove the cover over the air handler. Once off, the blower belt will be visible, and you can look for wear and tear. If there are cracks or other damage to the rubber blower belt, it is necessary to replace the part. Once your heater is up and running for winter, it is easy to identify a problem with the blower belt. This large, rubber belt makes a lot of noise when it is damaged or...

Read More

Easy Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. We rely on hot water every day for showers, cooking, laundry, and to clean our homes. Learn how to extend the life of your water heater and keep your unit in top condition with these easy maintenance tips. Regular Inspections A good rule of thumb is to inspect your water heater every six months. Regular inspections will help ensure your unit works efficiently and can alert you of any issues before they become catastrophic. Here are a few things to look for: Do you see any signs of a leak? Look all around and underneath the unit (raised water heaters) to make sure there is no condensation or leaks. Also inspect the ground near and below the unit for signs of drips, sediment, or puddles of water. Do you have a gas water heater? Take a look at the pilot light. A solid blue light indicates the heating element is working efficiently. If the flame is split, mostly yellow, or weak, this could indicate a need for repair. Also watch out for blackened areas near the burner, which could be caused by improper combustion or back drafting. Place your hand on the pipes on top of your unit. The pipe on the left side, labeled “hot,” should feel warm, and the pipe on the right side, labeled “cold,” should feel cool. If the pipes are reversed, this could greatly reduce the efficiency of your unit ― which could lead to higher energy bills and a shorter life-span of your unit. Inspect the unit for rust or corrosion ― this could indicate that it’s time to replace your unit. Regular Maintenance There are two fairly simple maintenance steps that will keep your water heating working properly for years. If you are handy, you may want to tackle these items yourself. Or our expert plumbers can perform these steps for you to ensure your water heater remains in top shape and lasts for years to come. Replace the anode rod. The anode rod is one of the important parts in your water heater, and regular replacement is the best way to extend the life of your unit. The anode rod attracts all the corrosive elements that would normally cause rust and corrosion in your water tank. Over time, the anode rod will wear down, and when this happens...

Read More

4 Tips to Go Green with Your Heating and Cooling

Heating and cooling your home is a huge energy drain and during peak months can account for more than 50 percent of your home energy costs. In addition to costing you money, such high-energy usage also leaves a detrimental carbon footprint on the environment. With all of the energy needed to keep your home or office comfortable during sweltering summer days and icy winter nights, can you really go green with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system? Yes, you can — and there are many options for making your HVAC more energy efficient, which is great for the environment and will make your wallet happy. Here are four tips you can consider. Install a High-Efficiency Unit: You may find yourself intimidated by the upfront costs associated with replacing your HVAC system with a new high-efficiency system, but take heart, because the unit will pay for itself in just a few years through reduced energy usage. High-efficiency units can drastically cut energy usage by as much as 50 percent. The HVAC pros at Mr. Green can help you select the right unit for your home. Make Sure Your HVAC Unit is the Right Size for Your Space: When it comes to HVAC, bigger isn’t always better. Your unit should be proportionate to the space it serves. If it is too big or too small, it will run less efficiently, will waste energy and may have a shorter life-span. Ensuring that the unit is the correct size and in the right configuration will enable your unit to run continuously to rather than frequently cycling on and off, which puts unneeded additional wear and tear on your HVAC unit. Having your HVAC running all the time also maximizes dehumidification Prevent Escaped Air: Unless you’ve properly sealed windows and doors to prevent escaped air, your new top-of-the-line HVAC system will not be nearly as efficient as it could be. A trick to find leaky ducts is to light an incense stick and hold it next to a suspected leak. If the smoke blows sideways, you’ve found the leak. When installing a new HVAC system, take advantage of the opportunity to inspect and if needed replace insulation around doors and window frames. This also may be a good time to replace old windows with energy-efficient ones, helping you save even more in energy costs. Improve Your Insulation: Dollar for dollar, one of...

Read More

5 Ways to Use Technology to Lower Your Energy Bill

Most people are familiar with basics of saving money by conserving energy in our homes: turn off lights when you leave a room; use a programmable thermostat to reduce energy when you are away; keep your furnace filter, registers and vents clean to improve efficiency, etc. Yet there is so much more you can do to drastically reduce energy use, and it is easy thanks to advancements in energy technology. These five technology trends will help you cut your energy costs and become more energy efficient. Try one or more, and watch the savings start to roll in! 1. CFL and LED Bulbs One of the easiest and fastest ways to cut energy costs is to swap out incandescent bulbs with high-efficiency CFLs or LEDs. These bulbs use drastically less energy than conventional varieties. And, CFL and LED bulbs are worth the investment — each costs only a couple of dollars to power every year, and they are designed to run for 10 – 25+ years! 2. Smart Thermostats Programmable thermostats certainly reduce energy use. Yet, new high-tech smart thermostats make it even easier to save money and heat/cool your home efficiently. These devices enable you to adjust your home’s temperature according to your schedule, and you often can control them remotely via your smartphone — a great feature for on-the-go homeowners. 3. E-Vents E-vents or smart vents are a fairly new technology that allow homeowners to open and close vents remotely, usually using a smartphone app. Just replace your current vents with e-Vents, and you can easily redirect airflow throughout your home to only the rooms that need it. 4. Smart Power Adapters Did you know that conventional power adapters can account for 13 percent of a home’s energy usage? This is mainly because they continue to draw electricity even when the plugged-in device is fully charged or is turned off. Green Plug is working to create a smart power adapter that offers state-of-the-art digital control and reduces wasted energy. 5. Home Automation Home automation takes high-tech thermostats a step further and allows you to control virtually any electronic device in your home remotely. Simply log into your system and adjust your thermostat, turn off your coffee pot or control your houselights. These systems make your home safer and also make it easy to manage energy usage. Learn more about which system best fits your needs. Today’s technology...

Read More