We actually had an A/C issue that was affecting our heat in the winter (just today). Our A/C compressor outside was shutting off and then turning back on for minutes after the heat was on. It is getting rather cold in Phoenix this weekend and with no heat we would be very cold not just uncomfortable. I called Parker & Sons and they had a...
These days, it is easy to take home heating for granted, sleeping comfortably through cold nights without giving thought to the systems that keep you warm. However, it took thousands of years to develop modern HVAC systems. Here’s a brief history of the technological changes that led to the development of modern heating systems.
Rudimentary systems of heating involving simple fires were used until just a few thousand years ago. The first complex heating systems are thought to have originated with the Ancient Romans, who developed a system known as the hypocaust. In the hypocaust system, furnaces underground would transfer heat through spaces under the floor and through pipes in the walls—not wholly unlike modern-day HVAC systems.
The industrial revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries utterly transformed central heating, with the heating of large spaces suddenly made possible through steam-powered engines. Angier March Perkins, an American engineer, developed some of the first steam-heating systems, installing the very first in the home of John Horley Palmer, a wealthy British financier who wanted to grow grapes in the cold English climate. While most Americans continued to burn wood to heat their homes throughout the 19th Century, central home heating systems became increasingly common during the early 1900s.
Today, most homes in developed countries like the United States contain central heating systems. These usually operate using a boiler, furnace, heat pump, and blower to distribute warm air throughout the home. Ventilation systems help maintain air quality by promoting constant circulation between outdoor and indoor air. While gas-powered furnaces are the most common heating units today, other systems are also widely used, including geothermal, steam radiant, and hydronic systems.
If you are seeking a new HVAC system for your home, contact Parker & Sons, Inc. We keep homeowners throughout the Phoenix area comfortable with our heating, cooling, and plumbing services. To schedule an appointment with an experienced HVAC technician, call our office at (480) 963-1829.
Having a licensed plumber insulate your pipes is the best way to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. If a frozen pipe does burst, taking a few immediate actions can help stave off a costly mess.
First, you’ll want to turn off your home’s main water supply. If a hot water pipe has burst, also shut off the valve to your hot water heater. As a safety measure, shut off the electricity in the affected room. Finally, call a licensed plumber and your insurance company to begin cleaning up the mess. Get more tips by watching this video.
At Parker & Sons, Inc., we offer prompt plumbing services to help you clean up the mess after a burst pipe or other emergency. Call us at (480) 963-1829 to schedule a visit from a qualified Phoenix plumber.
A broken sewer line is a problem that can cause severe damage to your home. Knowing what causes sewer lines to fail can help you prevent or address damage before it causes a mess in your yard or home. Here are some of the most common causes of sewer line damage:
Tree Roots Infiltrating the Sewer Line
Though sewer lines may appear impenetrable, tree roots have a way of getting in. Tree root infiltration is the most common cause of sewer line damage. Aging sewer lines are the most commonly affected, with roots growing through tiny cracks in corroded metal and breaking the line entirely if left unchecked. To prevent tree root damage, plant only small, slow-growing trees near sewer lines and be sure to replace aging lines with newer, more durable materials.
Corrosion of Sewer Line Materials
While sewer lines are built to last a lifetime, minerals in the water can wear away at the metal lines over time. Corroded sewer lines can leak for years before eventually collapsing entirely, so be on the lookout for signs of leakage in your yard, basement, or crawlspace. If you know that your home’s sewer line is quite old, it is always a good idea to call a licensed plumber to inspect for signs of corrosion.
Buildup of Grease and Oils
Food materials like grease and oil don’t damage your sewer lines directly, but they are a leading cause of sewer clogs and backups. Over time, grease from food waste builds up along the walls of your sewer line, trapping materials that can eventually build into a blockage. Be sure to have your sewer lines cleaned often to prevent the accumulation of these materials.
If your sewer line has been damaged or if you want to prevent problems before they occur, contact Parker & Sons, Inc. We provide plumbing, drain cleaning, and HVAC services to homeowners throughout the Phoenix area. Call us at (480) 963-1829 to speak with a licensed plumber today.
Water heater problems like sediment buildup and leaks are generally preventable with regular maintenance. Calling an experienced plumber to repair or maintain your water heater is the best way to prolong its life. Here’s a quick guide to the importance of keeping your water heater maintained.
Avoiding Sediment Buildup
If you’ve noticed that the water from your tap is not running as hot as normal or that you are not getting any hot water, it may be because your water heater unit has a buildup of sediment. Sediment accumulates over time in your tank as the minerals naturally found in water settle at the bottom of the tank. Large amounts of sediment lessen the amount of hot water available for your use and can damage the heating element of your water heater. Be sure to empty some water from the bottom of your water heater every three months to prevent sediment buildup.
Catching Leaks Before They Become Worse
Water heaters with severe leaks usually need to be replaced. That’s why it is especially important to find and address signs of leakage before they become costly problems. A qualified plumber can inspect your tank for corrosion and recommend fixes to prolong its life. However, if your water heater is an older model, it may make more financial sense to purchase a newer, more energy efficient model. Replacing your water heater every 10 to 15 years will prevent most problems with corrosion.
Prolonging the Life of Your Water Heater
Over time, a host of problems can develop in your water heater, including broken pilot lights, heating elements, and thermometers. Regular tune-ups will prevent many of these issues, saving you time and money and prolonging the life of your unit.
Regular maintenance is the surest way to keep your water heater functioning properly. For water heater maintenance and repair, count on the plumbing and HVAC technicians at Parker & Sons, Inc. To schedule an at-home inspection, call our Phoenix office at (480) 963-1829.