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    What's Causing Your Water Heater to Trip a Circuit Breaker?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    If your water heater regularly trips a circuit breaker, it’s probably because of a shortened wire, or a bad thermostat or heating element inside the water heater. To determine which one of these problems is the cause, you will need to cut power to the water heater and test the thermostat and heating elements. Watch the video clip to learn how to find out what’s causing your water heater to trip a circuit breaker.

    Arrow Plumbing, Inc. has years of experience providing residential and commercial plumbing services to Libertyville and surrounding areas. Call us at (847) 393-4646 or check out our website to learn about the water heater repair and maintenance services we provide. 

    Understanding How Heat Pump Water Heaters Work

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Heat pump water heaters can condition your air as well as heat your water. How they do this, however, is a mystery to most people who are not plumbers. Read on to gain some understanding in how heat pump water heaters work.

    Mechanics
    Heat pump water heaters are very efficient because they move heat from place to place rather than create it. These appliances heat a tank of water using heat from the air using similar mechanics to a refrigerator. When the heat pump water heater pulls heat from the air, it adds even more heat before depositing it into the tank, where it heats the water. This provides much greater efficiency than a conventional electric resistance water heater.

    Location
    Heat pump water heaters need to be installed in certain conditions in order to operate effectively. First, you will need to find an area that consistently stays between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also need an area that has at least 1,000 cubic feet of air space in addition to the heater. Be sure to keep them out of cool spaces because they will likely cool the area where they are installed, and they cannot operate appropriately when the temperature is too low. A good location for your heat pump water heater would be a furnace room.

    Season
    Certain types of heat pump water heaters change the way they function based on the time of year. When you use a geothermal heat pump and desuperheater, heat will be drawn from different areas depending on the season. Heat will be taken from the ground during the winter months of the year and from the air inside your home during the summer. The heated water is then moved to your storage water heater tank.

    If you are not a plumber and would therefore like to learn more about how heat pump water heaters work, talk to the plumbing professionals at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. We provide the Libertyville area with a variety of residential and commercial plumbing services. For more information about our plumbing business, please feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (847) 393-4646.

    Fixing Drain Cleanout Plumbing Problems

    Last updated 16 days ago

    If you are experiencing drain cleanout plumbing problems, you are not alone. Fortunately there are several methods you can use to prevent and combat these problems. Watch this video for tips on fixing drain cleanout plumbing problems.

    Unfortunately, drain cleanouts tend to make nice habitats for rodents and other small animals. You may find possums, raccoons, or birds making nests or other obstructions in your pipe. This can cause the smell of sewage to leak into your house as well as cause your toilets to malfunction. You can prevent this from occurring by covering the pipe with a wire mesh in order to keep animals out. You can also use a snake to clear out any obstructions.

    For more information about how to fix drain cleanout plumbing problems, contact Arrow Plumbing, Inc. or visit our website. We are proud to provide the Libertyville area with a variety of plumbing services. If you would like to know more about us, please call (847) 393-4646.

    A Look at Common Plumbing Terms

    Last updated 22 days ago

    When you hire a professional plumber, it always helps to know what he or she is talking about. This can sometimes be difficult for people who are not trained in the field. Here is a look at common plumbing terms to help you stay on the same page with your plumber.

    Types of Plumbers
    The term “plumber” can be used to refer to anyone who has undergone specialized training in the installation and repair of the plumbing system. However, there are different types of plumbers. Some may specialize in industrial, residential, or commercial work. They can also be distinguished by skill and experience. An entry level plumber is called an apprentice, and he or she will still be learning the ropes. One level higher than an apprentice is called a journeyman, which is a position that garners more responsibility. The highest level of plumber is called a master plumber; a master plumber has even more responsibility and typically over a decade of experience.

    Septic System Components
    The septic system is a network that removes sewage and is made up of the septic tank, the septic field, and piping. The septic tank is an underground container that breaks down sewage using bacteria. Waste is moved from the home into the septic tank through a series of pipes, where it is deposited and broken down. Liquid waste flows from the septic tank to the septic field to be introduced to soil.

    Water System Parts
    A plumber may measure a water system’s pressure, temperature, and quantity. Water pressure describes the amount of force that a water system exerts, while a water meter measures its quantity in gallons. A water heater gauge may monitor a water system’s temperature as well as its pressure.

    Are you confused about plumbing jargon? Call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646 for help. We are a plumbing service based out of the Libertyville area. If you would like more information about our services, please do not hesitate to visit our website. If you live in the area, stop by today and find out more about what we can do for you.

    Reasons to Trust the Professionals When it Comes to Your Plumbing

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The efforts of DIY homeowners are admirable, and there are many home improvement tasks and maintenance routines that homeowners can carry out just as well as professionals. With the exceptions of plunging toilets and repairing leaky faucets, however, plumbing work should almost always be left to qualified professionals.

    Years of training and experience, coupled with access to the right tools, enable professionals to complete plumbing repairs and installations more efficiently and effectively than homeowners can. Additionally, the risks of potentially disastrous water damage and a handful of serious dangers make the potential of saving a few dollars far from worth it in most cases.

    Are you a resident of the Libertyville, IL area who has a plumbing fixture that needs installation or a plumbing problem that needs attention? To schedule an appointment with a dedicated and experienced plumber with high customer satisfaction ratings, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. at (847) 393-4646.

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