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Water Heater 101

What to do if your water heater is taking too long to heat your water...

Waiting for hot water while washing your dishes or during your morning shower can be a time-consuming aspect of your long day. But what is causing the delay of hot water to your faucets? And more importantly, can you fix this problem and get hot water in a snap?
These questions are important since quick access to hot water isn’t just an issue of convenience. When you’re waiting for your water to travel from the hot water heater to your tap, you’re not just wasting time, you’re also wasting money. Let’s talk about some of the reasons hot water might take a long time to reach the taps and what you can do to get (nearly) instant hot water.
Before you can address the issue of slow hot water delivery, you need to know what the cause is. In many cases, a combination of factors can slow down the delivery of hot water.
One of the most basic reasons many homeowners are forced to wait for hot water to come out of the faucet is that there’s water already in the pipes. Water starts flowing from the faucet as soon as you turn it on, and the water that comes out first won’t come directly from your hot water heater. Instead, the water that’s currently sitting in the pipes leading up to the faucet arrives first. That water might be chilly or room temperature.
Another reason it can take a while for hot water to flow from a faucet is the water has to travel a considerable distance from your water heater to the sink, shower or tub. For example, if your water heater is located in the basement, it can take a relatively long time for hot water to get to the sink in your second-floor bathroom.
If hot water has to travel through dozens of yards of winding pipework before it reaches your fixture, cold water will flow while the hot water is making its way there. This can be an inconvenience that also results in wasted water.
A volume, or flow, restrictor can also contribute to a hot water delay. Many fixtures, like your showerhead, are designed to have a low flow rate. Some have a volume restrictor installed. The purpose of these devices is to reduce the amount of water that comes through your fixture.
While these are great for conserving water and saving on costs, they can cause a delay in your water delivery. When water comes through at a slower rate, this can mean you have to wait longer for hot water. The delay can be more noticeable if you’re already dealing with another hot water issue, such as a long distance from the water heater in your home.
If your water used to heat quickly, but now you’re noticing that it’s taking longer for hot water to get to your fixtures or you’re running out of hot water too soon, a malfunctioning water heater may be to blame. Most water heaters are made to last between eight and 12 years. If your water heater is nearing the end of its intended lifespan, it could have some difficulty doing its job or might breakdown completely.
If your water heater seems to be less effective than it used to be, you should call a service professional to come take a look at it and diagnose the problem. There may be a maintenance issue they can fix, or they may let you know it’s time to replace the heater.
One problem that can compromise your water heater’s effectiveness is sediment buildup. The water that flows through our homes has minerals in it, such as calcium and magnesium. It’s normal for water to have some mineral content. However, some households have hard water, which contains more than 60 milligrams of dissolved minerals per liter of water.
Minerals can build up at the bottom of the heater’s tank, particularly in homes with hard water. As sediment builds up over time, it leaves little space for water in the tank. A tank with a reduced water capacity will run out of hot water more quickly than a tank that’s free of sediment.
Even if your hot water heater is working properly, it could still struggle to deliver a steady supply of hot water when it’s cold outside. If you live in an area such as the Northeast United States where winter means freezing temperatures, then you may have noticed this issue before. When the outside air is cold, the water that enters your home underground will also be cold.
This means your water heater has to work harder to get the water to the target temperature, typically 120 or 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the hot water starts to travel from your tank to a fixture in your home, it can be cooled down by cold pipes in your walls. You’re likely to experience cooling if your water has to travel a long distance from the tank.
Finally, the water pipes in your home can contribute to the problem of hot water delivery. The diameter of the pipes might influence how long it takes hot water to come out of a faucet. Pipes that are larger in diameter hold more water, meaning it takes longer for hot water to get from point A to point B.
The thickness of the pipe’s wall also affects the quality of your hot water delivery. For metal pipes, the thicker the material, the more the pipe walls are capable of pulling heat from the water as it makes its way through the pipe. If you have galvanized pipes, which are thicker than copper pipes, you might notice your water cools off on its way to your fixture.
Now that we’ve covered some common causes for a delay in hot water, let’s talk about what you can do to get hot water faster in the shower and at the kitchen sink. Thankfully, there are several solutions you can try.
If you think your water pipes are to blame for your hot water troubles, adding insulation might improve your situation. Insulating your pipes will help warm them and keep the heat in so they can more effectively deliver hot water. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, insulated pipes can keep the temperature of the water inside two to four degrees higher than non-insulated pipes.
Remember, cold pipes pull some heat from your water as it travels through them, so keeping pipes warmer can help to head off this issue. Insulation around your pipes has some other benefits, in addition to preventing heat loss. Insulated pipes can reduce mold growth. You might notice that your plumbing is quieter once you add insulation.
Insulation is especially helpful for pipes in exterior walls and for longer stretches piping. Each type of pipe insulation is different, so make sure you do some research before choosing the right option for your piping. Some common choices include fiberglass pipe wrap and rubber or foam tubular pipe sticks.
For most homes, an ideal solution for your cold-water problems is installing a hot water recirculating system. These systems circulate your unused water back to the heater, keeping hot water located in certain parts of your home and reducing your wait time. By having a hot water recirculating system, you not only don’t have to wait so long for warm water, but you’re also saving energy, money and water.
Another option for newer homes is a pipe installation that circulates water in a loop from your home’s furthest fixture, eliminating water travel to and from the hot water heater. For older homes, this installation isn’t practical, so a similar solution is having a pump installed in the water heater and a sink-like device at the furthest fixture, which creates a different type of water circulation system using your home’s existing pipes.
Because recirculation pumps are designed to reuse cold water sitting in your pipes rather than dump it down the drain, they can save water, energy and money. It’s worth noting that if you opt for a system that operates constantly instead of as-needed, you could end up using more energy instead of less.
If part of your problem is a showerhead or sink faucet with a low flow rate, a simple solution is to replace those fixtures with models that have a higher flow rate. Flow rate is measured in gallons per minute (GPM), which tells you how much water will come through the fixture over the course of a minute. As of 1994, the maximum flow rate for showerheads sold in the US is 2.5 GPM. If you want increased flow, look for a fixture with a flow rate near the maximum allowed amount.
If you’re considering replacing your low flow rate fixtures, remember that the purpose of these fixtures is to reduce your water consumption, which also reduces your water bill. With a higher output showerhead, your showers will likely last the same amount of time as they did before. Only now, you’ll be using more water during that time.
That said, if a showerhead with a higher flow rate prevents you from standing around for a long time waiting for the water to heat up, it could also save you from wasting all that cold water that comes through before the hot water gets there. You can always try this solution and switch back to lower flow rate fixtures if you feel you’re using too much water or you don’t notice a difference in your hot water wait time.
A more major change you can make to help speed up your home’s hot water delivery is to replace your water heater altogether. Instead of installing a new tank model, consider upgrading to a tankless water heater. As the name suggests, these water heaters don’t store hot water in a tank. Instead, they heat water as it flows through the system. These water heaters are also sometimes called on-demand heaters because of how they operate.
When you turn on a faucet, water travels through a pipe into the tankless heater and is then heated with gas or electricity. You get a constant flow of hot water instead of waiting for a storage tank to fill with water. A hot water on-demand system can heat water at a rate of two to five gallons of water per minute, which is typically enough to keep hot water running in your shower and a sink without running out.
Keep in mind that a tankless water heater where your old tank water heater used to be may still be far away from certain fixtures. If you’re looking for a quick solution to get hot water to your faucet faster, consider installing point-of-use units at places in your home that would otherwise be far from your water heater. Tankless water heaters, especially when placed at multiple points throughout your home, can greatly improve your ability to access hot water on demand.
Finally, you can help prevent hot water issues by actively maintaining the health of your hot water heater through preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance is focused on catching issues early or stopping them entirely rather than waiting until something breaks to perform maintenance tasks.
Having a service professional come out to take a look at your water heater periodically can help you catch issues when they are minor and before they turn into a major issue or a total failure of your system. This is especially critical for water heaters that are nearing the end of their intended life span or are past it. In some cases, of course, replacing your water heater is the best or only course of action, since even a well-maintained water heater won’t last forever.
Signs it’s time to replace your unit include if the heater is leaking, rusted or corroded or if your water output is only lukewarm or cold. If you want to know more about the health of your water heater and whether it may be time to replace it, call a professional to take a look and give you their advice.
If you’re wondering why it’s taking so long to get hot water in your home, contact the experts at Ready Plumbing. We help residents of the Twin Cities with all their heating and cooling needs and offer 24-hour emergency service and flat-rate pricing. CALL TODAY! (651) 204-9196​

Plumbing Problems that are Best Left to Plumbers

Decreased Water Pressure
Losing water pressure can be super annoying, and you will probably want to fix the situation as soon as you notice it. However, this isn’t such a good idea. For one, the exact cause of your loss in water pressure can be exceedingly difficult to find and pinpoint. For another, whatever you do to find the source of the pressure loss could make the problem much worse. A professional plumber has specialized equipment for finding and fixing such problems with minimal if any, damage to the home.
No Hot Water
Your trusty hot water heater is an extremely important part of your home’s plumbing system. It’s responsible for hot showers, cleaning dishes, and anything else you might need hot or even warm water for. But what do you do if your water heater stops heating water? Although it will be highly tempting, you should refrain from investigating. Your water heater has some pretty complex parts, and it’s totally integrated with the plumbing and electrical or gas systems in your home. Damage to any one of those systems could be catastrophic.
Blocked Pipe
Blocked pipes are tricky. You can go to any hardware store and purchase liquid drain cleaner or a consumer-grade plumbing snake, but what do those things do to your pipes? Although these items are widely available, they can actually do more damage than good. If you suspect there’s a blockage somewhere in your plumbing system, call the professionals at Master Plumbing right away!

Give Ready Plumbing a call at (651) 204-9196 or contact us online to get more information on how our expert plumbers can help you with your dripping faucet (or just about anything else plumbing related!). We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured.

Fall Plumbing Tips

Five Most Common Fall Plumbing Tasks

It’s fall in Minnesota and that means winter is just around the corner. As the leaves and temperature drop, it’s time for a little fall plumbing maintenance. Maintenance that could prevent plumbing problems this winter
1. Disconnecting Your Outdoor Hose
Failing to disconnect your outdoor water hose before temps drop below freezing can cause the outside water faucet to freeze and possibly even burst the pipe.
2. Turn Off Outside Water
Even if the spigots are closed, there can still be water in the pipe and with a harsh Minnesota winter, that water can still freeze, leading to leaks, drips and even burst pipes. Even a tiny crack can unleash enough water to cause serious damage or flooding.
3. Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can’t do their job and remove rainwater and snow melt away from your home unless you have gutter guards. When they are clogged, they can lead to lots of different problems wreaking havoc on your entire house from the roof to the plumbing and the foundation.
4. Drain Your Water Heater
Your water heater works harder during winter months. Annual water heater maintenance can help prevent sediment buildup and rust. By draining it in the fall, you’ll help lengthen its life and make sure it’s ready for a long winter ahead.
5. Insulate Pipes or Upgrade
Both interior and exterior pipes can be susceptible to freezing in the winter. Make sure they are all properly insulated. Insulating your plumbing could prevent burst pipes once temps dip below freezing.
If you have old plumbing you might want to consider, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), a type of flexible plastic, which is currently replacing traditional copper and galvanized steel as water supply lines in both new construction and remodeling projects.

Fall Plumbing Maintenance is crucial for your peace of mind.

Simple plumbing maintenance is designed to keep your home’s plumbing system working its best through the winter to potentially save you time and money later. A simple mistake, like leaving your water hose connected or failing to insulate exposed pipes could lead to frozen, cracked or even burst pipes this winter. Completing your fall plumbing maintenance can help prevent these issues in the long run.
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Is Your Heating and Air Systems up to Snuff?

If you’ve found yourself or your family members constantly feeling under the weather, don’t just brush it off as a side effect of the season. It’s entirely possible that poor indoor air quality is the culprit, and as the experts at Ready Plumbing Heating & Air know, air quality problems are usually a result of HVAC problems.

Here’s how your home’s heating and ventilation systems could be making you sick.

Simply put, the typical home is a hotbed for dust, dander, and airborne particulates that can trigger and exacerbate allergies. Neglecting regular HVAC maintenance — or household chores — allows an array of allergens to come out and play. So, if you’re sniffling, sneezing, coughing, rubbing your itchy eyes, blowing your nose, and wondering what’s wrong.
this infographic will give you a clearer picture of how air quality problems can occur.
Respiratory Problems
Dust is a relatively minor issue when you consider what happens if mold, mildew, or bacteria start to grow in hidden-away nooks and crannies throughout your home. Often, this is caused by leaky plumbing or appliances or excess condensation in air ducts, and the problem develops slowly and progressively over time.
Breathing in contaminants for too long can result in lung irritation and even lung disease. It can cause people to develop asthma or to make life miserable for asthma sufferers.
In addition to respiratory problems, indoor air contaminants have been shown to cause headaches and fatigue.
As illustrated above, homeowners definitely don’t want too much moisture in their air — but they also don’t want too little of it. A lack of humidity can lead to dry, itchy, and irritated skin, bloody noses, and general dehydration.
Residents of Boise, ID, and the surrounding communities are used to dealing with the effects of lower humidity. However, with the right help, it’s possible to balance the moisture levels in your indoor air for better health and comfort.
The Solution
Creating a healthier living environment could be as simple as calling the experts at Ready Plumbing Heating & Air. We can’t promise any medical miracles, but we can make a huge difference in the air you breathe through all of the following services:
Heating and Air Repair, Installation and Maintenance!

Tips to save Money

Plumbing problems can be such a dilemma for homeowners. Some of the most common issues include leaks, clogs, and sewer or septic issues. Not only can these problems cause considerable damage to your home and ruin your day, but they can also take a bite out of your budget.
Learning some preventive maintenance and keeping your plumbing in good condition can save you money on your utility bill and can save you from unnecessary costs from damages. We have listed our top 10 tips below to get you on the right track towards an optimized plumbing system:

Lower Water Temperature on Water Heater

Lowering the temperature of your water heater 10 degrees can save you around 5 percent on your energy bill. By default, most water heaters are set to 140 degrees, and by lowering it up to 120 degrees you can expect to save up to 10 percent on energy costs.
Moreover, setting up your water heater into “vacation mode” while you’re not in your home can also help you save on energy costs since you will conserve on wasted heating.
Finally, draining your water heater can also be an effective way to keep your plumbing flowing freely. Your water heater accumulates sediment over time, especially if you have hard water. By draining it, your water will be easier to heat and will have more pure water inside.

Avoid using chemicals and Liquid Drain Cleaners

Pouring chemicals down your drains could create some plumbing nightmares. These chemicals tend to lubricate the clog instead of removing it, making it more difficult to clear in the long run.
Also, liquid drains cleaners generate heat, which is due to the fact that it functions by creating chemical reactions within the drain pipe. This heat can cause some nasty damage to the pipe. The chemicals will rest on the clogged area, creating the potential to weaken or even melt the pipe.
Repair a Leaky Toilet
A leaky toilet may seem like a minor annoyance, but it can lead to an unexpectedly high water bill or damage the fixture further over time, leading to a replacement being necessary. A toilet that continually drips or refills every 20 minutes can waste up to 7,000 gallons a month. It can take as little as $3 to fix a bad flapper and can save you up to $840 in a year. If you replace that toilet altogether with a low flow model, the savings can be well over $1000 in a single year.
Clean your drains
Don’t allow any food debris, hair, greases, and other things to go down to your drains as it may start to build up a clog. A clog which causes backups and will lead to pipe breakage.
Check your drains frequently to find any problems. If your drain hasn’t been working right, give Ready Plumbing a call 651-204-9196.

Don’t Flush Foreign Objects down the Drain

Your toilet is only made to handle waste matter and toilet paper. Everything else should go into the garbage disposal. Objects such as hair, feminine products, cigarettes, or even wipes labeled as “flushable” can cause a clogged toilet and expensive plumbing repairs. Furthermore, it will end up being expensive, as professional plumbers are required to unclog any clogged toilets.
Use the Auto Shutoff on Your Washing Machine
The drain hose in your washing machine often displaces from the drainage pipe, which causes a large flood almost instantly inside your laundry machine. Want to avoid this problem? Use your washing machine’s flood detector auto shut off. This device monitors washing machine floods and will automatically shut off the water if it determines that your unit has too much water on it.
Moreover, this prevents the overuse of water, which results in damages to your washing machine. If your current model is not equipped with an auto shut off, you may want to consider investing in a new model.
Look for Drips
Pools of water on your basement floor is a visible sign of a plumbing leakage. But, in many cases, a loose valve or broken pipe may cause condensation to build up in a specific area. Furthermore, odor-causing bacteria and mold can begin to form in these places.
Sump pump testing
Make sure your sump pump will be in working order during springtime and thunderstorms. With already saturated soil, stormwater will be finding ways into your home, and having a working sump pump can save you thousands in water damage and restoration.
Keep Pipes from Freezing
Frozen pipes can crack and burst, leaving you with a mess and an expensive plumbing repair. Prevent this problem by insulating exposed pipes. When it’s cold out, leave cabinets under sinks open to allow warm air to circulate and let cold water drip from faucets.
Other useful tips
Here are a few final tips to try out. Look at your garden hose for any signs of cracks or leaks, especially if you haven’t used it yet this season. Make sure the sump pump works, be proactive about roots, and then test the water supply valves to double check that it won’t stick.

A message regarding COVID19 from Ready Plumbing

We have been monitoring the Coronavirus carefully, and prior to the increase in cases, we began taking precautions, such as the use of 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer, limiting physical contact (i.e. handshaking), sterilizing vehicles, etc. We take our role in the community seriously and try to make every effort to ensure our clients are taken care of, but also that our technicians are safe as we enter our clients’ homes and businesses.
It is imperative that we begin to implement additional precautions for the safety of our community, staff and clients:

1.) If you are sick or have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please cancel your appointment by calling us at 612-444-3540.

2.) Please avoid physical contact with our technicians during the time of the appointment. We will greet you with a warm smile, but not a handshake at this time.

3.) Please wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds prior to our arrival for our scheduled appointment. With your permission, our technician will wash their hands as well. Please instruct them to do so, otherwise they will use the company-provided hand sanitizer. We have always utilized booties when in clients’ homes, but at this time all our technicians wear clean gloves as an additional precaution.

4.) Each technician has been equipped with hand sanitizer (over 70% alcohol) as well as disinfectant wipes in an effort to minimize risk. Masks can be utilized upon request, however the CDC does not recommend masks for healthy individuals. Masks are only recommended for those that are sick.

5.) If a technician is sick, they will be asked to stay home and get well; therefore, we ask for your patience and understanding in case an appointment must be rescheduled.

We thank you in advance for your patience during this most challenging and unprecedented time. 

What to Expect & Prepare for before we arrive!

What to Prepare for before we arrive?

Make sure there is a clear path from the front door to the access point: This path needs to be at least 3 feet wide to allow room for our drain cleaning equipment.

Remove items around the affected fixtures and access point: The plumber will need easy access to these, so remove personal items from these areas. For example, you’ll want to clear out items under sinks that are having backups.

Remove sewage waste: If there are several inches of sewage in the work area, contact a remediation company to have it removed before your plumber arrives. The plumber may not be able to diagnose and fix the problems if the access point is buried in sewage.

Be aware that drain cleaning may not be a permanent solution: In fact, if you have a damaged pipe or your sewer system gets heavy use, drain cleaning will not be a permanent solution. 

What to Expect when we arrive to do a Drain Cleaning!

When you contact us for plumbing or professional drain cleaning service, we’ll greet you in a friendly, professional manner and put on shoe covers before entering your home.

To get more background on the history of your home and your plumbing system, we’ll ask a series of questions, including whether or not you’ve had drain or plumbing problems before and, if so, what those were.

The average drain cleaning service takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete. If, during your drain cleaning service, we discover sewer line damage that requires excavation and replacement, we’ll work with you to schedule the sewer line replacement service.

Set a clear agenda for the service upfront: We do this so that you fully understand the diagnostic process, the drain cleaning service, and the camera inspection.

Set up for service: After establishing clear access to the service area, we’ll put down drop cloths to protect your home.
• Run the drain cleaning machine: This is when the cleaning happens! With our machine, the sewer line will be cleared of holding sewage. If, however, we believe the clog is outside or the line cannot be cleared, we’ll recommend an immediate camera inspection to determine the severity of the problem.

Perform diagnostics: We’ll test your plumbing fixtures and inspect the location of any backups. This step helps us decide what equipment is best suited for the job at hand.

Test your fixtures: Once the sewage has drained out of the sewer line, we will run several fixtures simultaneously to test flow.

Conduct a final camera inspection: After cleaning your drains and clearing your sewer line, we’ll do a camera inspection to identify the cause of the clog. This may uncover damaged or broken sewer lines, in which case our plumber would recommend sewer line repair or replacement (so you don’t continue to experience drain and sewer line problems).

Lowering Heating Bills Over the Winter

Your home’s HVAC system is very likely to be responsible for the lion’s share of energy use inside your home, especially over the winter season. It’s therefore logical that saving money on energy costs should maintain a strong focus on lowering heating costs, which is why keeping your furnace in tip-top shape is so important.When your home’s furnace and HVAC system are poorly functioning or affected by clogged ducts, dirty vents, and other issues, it’s going to create a storm of unsatisfactory conditions, from an uncomfortable indoor temperature to sky-high utility costs as your unit works harder to keep up.

Replace, Repair, Or Clean Out Your Air Ducts, Vents, and FiltersProper airflow is critical for the optimal performance and health of your HVAC system. If your air ducts, vents, and filters are clogged and dirty, broken, or blocked with debris, your indoor climate and entire home heating system will suffer. Additionally, inadequate heating due to these issues is also likely to make your utility costs higher, a direct result of your HVAC system working harder to meet the settings on your thermostat. To improve efficiency of furnace systems and to lower energy bills each month, make sure your home’s HVAC system consists of clean, perfectly working vents, ducts, and filters for a more comfortable, less expensive indoor existence. If you’re not sure how to do this, contact your local HVAC professionals to inspect your unit and provide the proper care it needs for superior efficiency this season.

Locate and Seal Drafty Areas
Your home’s worst enemies in the fight against energy loss are drafts. Drafts are typically located near windows, around doors, and in attics, and are responsible for letting in cold air during the winter, while letting out the warm air that’s inside. You can locate drafts easily by performing a search throughout your home, stopping near target areas to sense any temperature changes—especially near windows and exterior doors. Once you’ve found out where the air is escaping, provide weather sealant in the areas where extra draft protection is necessary to eliminate further energy loss in your home.

Keep Your Home Stable
Find out what the recommended temperature settings are for optimal energy-efficiency in your home throughout the seasons, and keep your thermostat set accordingly. This information might be in your HVAC owner’s manual or contact your local HVAC repair services company for assistance.

If your thermostat is older or has been having problems, find out about replacing it with a digital one. Digital thermostats have a variety of energy-saving features that you can use to keep costs down.

Provide Your HVAC System With Regular Maintenance
Your home’s HVAC system is one of the most important features of your home—especially in the Midwest, where the season’s temperature changes can be drastic. Avoid expensive repairs or a possible need to replace your HVAC system too early by giving it the proper and regular maintenance it needs to perform efficiently.

Your HVAC system works overtime in the winter and summer months, which are ideal times to have a professional take a look at your unit to make sure it’s working properly and in good condition.

Ready Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help you keep your Furnace running at maximum efficiency.

Contact Ready Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today at (651) 204-9196​

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Avoid Some Plumbing Issues

Plumbing problems in your home can range from minor visible nuisances, to hidden troubles that can be causing major damage to your home and your

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What’s that Funny Furnace Smell?

If a furnace is working properly, it should not be creating any sort of pungent odor. Any smell that is does create is indicative of some preventable or correctable issue that you should address. Granted, some problems may be minor and only require a couple minutes of your time to fix, but some smells foreshadow larger looming problems and breakdowns. Knowing the difference is half the battle. So, trust your senses when it comes to your furnace, if you smell something odd, don’t ignore it!

Minor Problem Furnace Odors
Dust Smells commonly occur when the furnace has been out of use for some time or right at the beginning of the heating season. This smell is caused by collected dust inside the unit burning away. While it is not immediately harmful for your furnace, over time this burnt dust leaves a residue. This residue can collect and damage internal components.

Quick Fix: To fix this issue and prevent future complications, schedule your annual Clean and Check before the first cold snap of the season.

Musty Smells are created by mold in the filter. If you had a particularly humid summer or your humidifier is making it too moist in your basement, mold can develop on the furnace filter.

Quick Fix: Just change the filter! A clean filter will immediately eliminate the smell.
Oil Smells are made by clogged filters. If your filter is too old and has been in operation too long, it can clog with dust, dirt, and debris.

Quick Fix: Try changing the filter. If the smell persists, see the Oil Smell entry below.

Major Problem Furnace Odors
Unlike the minor problems above, trained professionals will be required to correct the problems creating any of the smells below:

The Oil Smell did not go away? This means that the source of the odor could be an oil leak. This is very dangerous and it is important to turn off your furnace and contact a professional immediately.

Assuming the Smoke Smell is not caused by something ablaze inside the furnace room, a blocked chimney can cause smoke to be expelled through the ductwork.

Electrical Smells remind you of burnt plastic or metal. These tend to signified melted wires, burnt out motors, or otherwise malfunctioning electrical components.

Sulfur Smell or that “rotten egg smell” is created by an extra agent put into our natural gas which is normally odorless. Smelling it in your home and particularly near your furnace indicates a gas leak. Turn off your furnace immediately and call us.

Ready Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help you keep your Furnace running at maximum efficiency.

Contact Ready Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today at (651) 204-9196​

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Top 2 Reasons Your Furnace Isn’t Working

Winters in Minnesota rarely come in slowly. Without warning, temperatures start to plummet, and families across the area fire up their furnaces. Some of those furnaces will inevitably fail to turn on, leaving homeowners in a bind.

Furnace breakdowns and malfunctions are not loud or dramatic, but they are always cumbersome. Homeowners quickly realize something has gone wrong when their furnace won’t work.

If this is your situation, chances are one of two things is happening:

Sudden Heat Loss

The most common furnace breakdown scenario is when a furnace shuts off unexpectedly and will not turn on again. Predictably, this often happens at the worst time possible, so families wake up to find their homes freezing cold in the middle of the night.

There are a large variety of issues that can cause sudden heat loss in your home, such as a power outage, a malfunctioning pilot light, or faulty wiring in your furnace. Because there is no straightforward solution, it’s always best to call a trained professional that can assess your furnace and find a way to fix it.

Short Cycling

While this furnace issue is less common, it’s no less of a complication. Short cycling is when your furnace clicks on and off in short bursts instead of running in a sustained duration. When your furnace runs in these short bursts, your home fails to warm like it normally would. The start-stop nature of its operation also adds a lot of wear-and-tear to your unit.

The most likely cause of this problem is a dirty filter. A clogged furnace filter restricts airflow and creates a backup of air and heat in the unit. When this occurs, the furnace’s internal temperature spikes too high, which causes the safety switch to power the unit down.

After shutting down, your furnace powers back up in an attempt to heat your home, and the cycle begins anew.

Ready Plumbing, Heating and Cooling can help you keep your Furnace running at maximum efficiency.

Contact Ready Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today at (651) 204-9196​

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