Welcome to Winters Home Services
Winters Home Services offers complete plumbing, air conditioning, and heating services, so that you are always comfortable in your home or office. We have experienced professionals to make sure everything is working properly so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Quality Plumbing Service
If you are in need of a plumbing service, then look no further. Whether it’s a small leak, frozen pipes, or a backed up sewer line, we can help. Only professional plumbers should handle your plumbing issues, no matter how big or small, in order to make sure your plumbing is functioning at its best. It is important to deal with every plumbing issue promptly to avoid further costly repairs in the future. Let our expert plumbers handle your plumbing repairs, installations, and maintenance to ensure that everything is in order.
Service your heater before the cold arrives
Before the seasons turn, it is a good idea to have a professional heating company service your heater to make sure it will be working properly when you need it. A comfortable room temperature is a must in your home or workplace, so we take care of your full heating needs. With just one phone call to Winters Company before the cold season begins, you can give winter a warm welcome. We will take care of your boiler and furnace repairs or replacements, new unit installations, and more.
Air conditioning solutions
Just as your heater should be checked before the cold arrives, so should your air conditioner before the heat does. Winters Company can make sure your air conditioner is cooling to its full potential, and not working too hard, so as not to raise your electricity bill. Our expert technicians can handle all of your residential and commercial air conditioning repairs, replacements, installations, and maintenance checks. For dependable air conditioning repairs, you can call Winters Company at any time of the day and we will be there.
A water heater lasts for about a decade or more, so we usually take it for granted and not remember how much we need it, until it stops working. There are ways to maintain your water heater regularly to possibly extend its life. You would be surprised how some basic maintenance pays off!
- A Clean Tank
The first and most important thing to do is to make sure the tank is clean. Drain your water heater regularly to avoid sediments building up. The buildup causes drips and clogs. Buildup of minerals, such as calcium and lime, slows down heat transfer and overheats the tank bottom. The overheating can weaken the steel and damages the glass lining. This also creates a playground for corrosive anaerobic bacteria, lowering the energy efficiency of the tank.
Drain your water heater three or four times a year. Drain two or three gallons of water is usually enough to flush out sediments, but to ensure cleanliness, keep the water flowing until you no longer see particles in your bucket.
Follow the steps suggested by the manufacturer. Turn off the water supply. If you hear gurgling noises coming from the tank, it’s just air entering the system as water drains out, so no need to worry. To restart your water heater, open the shutoff valve and allow the hot water run at any faucet to purge air from the system. Then turn on the power of the water heater or relight the pilot. If you need help relighting your pilot, watch the video below.
- Anode Rods
Anode rods work to release ions that prevent the tank from rusting. It runs down the middle of the tank to catch mineral build up to prevent corrosion. After your water heater is about three years old, start checking the rod once a year to ensure the health of your water heater. If the rod has been depleted, the inside of the water tank will begin to rust, then leak. You can use a wrench to loosen the rods from the top of the tank to check them. Make sure they look solid when you pull out the rods. If they need to be replaced, call us and we will take care of it for you.
We urge homeowners to be proactive and have simple repairs done to prolong their water heater’s life.
On gas heaters, make sure the thermal coupling gets replaced every now and then. The thermal coupling keeps the pilot light lit. The gas valve, which heats the tank, may need to be replaced as well. These are all minor repairs that are not very costly.
On electric water heaters, changing the element, which heats the entire tank, may be required.
Water heater is an important purchase you make for your home, it is responsible for 25 percent of your home’s total energy consumption. So be sure to maintain it after your purchase, so you can extend its life and get the best bang for your buck.
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