Furnace Fiasco Prevention

Seeing the Signs of Damage

 

Bosie Furnace RepairIn many cases, having your furnace professionally maintained on a yearly basis can catch minor problems before they turn into major and expensive repairs. However, in between tune-ups, problems can still occur that you should not ignore or wait until your next appointment to address. Your furnace will usually give you signs that there is a problem before a breakdown occurs.

Strange Noises

New noises, including banging, screeching, whining or popping coming from your furnace are not a good sign. These sounds can be caused by a variety of problems ranging from a minor issue to a major problem.

It could be anything from a loose fan belt, an ignition problem, a small part needing adjustment or replacement, or a motor getting ready to fail. These noises will not go away on their own and if addressed early enough, may save you an expensive repair bill. As parts begin to malfunction, added wear and tear carries over to the rest of the furnace's components as the system tries to compensate until it finally breaks down.

Unexplained Increase in Utilities Bills

If your electric or natural gas bills have been steadily increasing for no apparent reason, it could be that your furnace is not working as efficient as it should. It could be as simple as an airflow problem from your furnace being excessively dirty or having clogged air filters. On the more serious side, it may be possible that your furnace is nearing its end of life. As your furnace struggles to keep up with producing heat, it will use more electricity and gas to operate.

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An old malfunctioning furnace may give off dangerous carbon monoxide fumes. Signs of exposure to this gas include nausea, headaches and light-headedness. If you or your family begin to experience these sudden symptoms, it is important turn your furnace off immediately, get everyone out of the house, and call the fire department or gas company to turn off your gas.

Your furnace will need to be inspected and repairs made before turning it back on. It may be possible that your furnace needs to be replaced if there are cracks in it that are allowing carbon monoxide fumes to leak into your home.

 

If you suspect a faulty furnace, don't hesitate to schedule maintenance services. Call (208) 466-9447 and let Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Air get your home back in order.  

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Digital Setback Thermostat

 

 

Boise HVACWhat is a digital setback thermostat?

A digital setback thermostat is a programmable thermostat. The thermostat can be programmed to adjust the temperature and output based on different times of the day. Users can input their preferred temperature for specific times of the day and days of the week.

The heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is then prompted to turn on or off in order to reach the desired temperature. The digital screens allow for easy use and simple temperature monitoring. Digital setback thermostats can be used in both residential and commercial settings.

What are the benefits of a digital setback thermostat?

Digital setback thermostats benefit your wallet and the environment while increasing your level of comfort.

The amount of money that can be saved from digital setback thermostats can be easily seen within the first couple months of use. Digital setback thermostats trigger your heating and air conditioning system to operate only when needed to reach the programmed temperature goals. There is no longer a need to leave your heater running all day simply to have a warm house to come home to.

A properly programmed digital setback thermostat will allow for a decreased utilization of your heater during the day when no one is at home and will quickly heat up your house before your arrival. This greatly decreases your utility bills by eliminating unused resources. Digital setback thermostats also reduce the wear and tear on your appliances from unneeded use, therefore, extending the life of your appliances.

In addition to saving money, use of digital setback thermostats also benefits the environment. Gas and electric usage takes its toll on the environment. Any opportunity to decrease the use of these resources greatly helps maintain the environment.

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In addition to saving money and helping the environment, you get to experience the additional benefit of added comfort. Your location will have the ideal temperature as determined by you. Whether you prefer a constant temperature while home or your ideal temperature changes throughout the day, a digital setback thermostat allows you to program your ideal heating and cooling levels.

How do I get a digital setback thermostat?

Digital setback thermostats can be installed by your local HVAC technician. Proper installation is important to ensure correct use and optimal benefits. Having a digital setback thermostat installed will bring benefits for years to come.

Upgrade your Boise home thermostat today! Just Call Wickstrom Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling at (208) 466-9447, and see what advantages a new digital setback thermostat can do for your home.

Don't Let Your Drain Cause You Pain

Benefits of Annual Drain Cleaning

Boise PlumberDo you take your drains for granted? With a life being as busy as it is, chances are you do. Unfortunately, this could result in pipe and home damages down the road. That's why you should invest in annual drain cleaning. Not only can you prevent costly repairs but you will benefit in a variety of ways. First and foremost, you'll be protecting your biggest investment, your home or business.

Avoid the Hassle

Often times your main drain plug is located in an area you'd rather not enter, such as under your home or in a crawlspace. It's unpleasant to crawl where you could get hurt or come face to face with spiders or other unsavory creatures. Not only that, most wouldn't want to deal with the mess that's gathered in the drain over the years. A professional plumber knows just how to clean and remove any build up to avoid further damage.

Plumbing That Works

You pay for water, and your home is an investment. Shouldn't you enjoy the fruits of your labor? You'll appreciate free flowing drains that allow fixtures to operate as they should. No more slow draining or backup issues will plague your day to day routine. Isn't the simple yearly maintenance worth it? Roots, grease, and debris should all be cleared from pipes, and it's not something that an inexperienced individual should handle. Advancements in plumbing technology, like CCTV camera and hydro jets, can detect potential problems with ease.

Save Money

Having your drains cleaned yearly is an easy way to save money. When pipes become clogged it only results in damage. This damage is often times not only to the pipe, but possibly your home. Sewage backup can destroy your home's interior in a matter of minutes. That's why it's smart to invest in cleaning and inspection. If you wait until there's a problem, it could make a small issue a huge one. Your plumbing likely runs underground and making repairs on underground pipes isn't cheap. Boise Drain Cleaning

Invest in a worry-free home with affordable and professional cleaning - at least yearly. You'll be glad you did!

Get The drains of your  Boise home cleaned and inspected before it's an emergency! Call Wickstrom Plumbing at (208) 466-9447 to schedule an appointment. 

Heater Troubles? Get a Tune-Up!

Signs Your Heating Unit Needs a Tune-Up

 

Boise HVACAn HVAC system and heating units themselves can be expensive items to repair, regular maintenance should be undertaken by a qualified company, like ourselves, at least once a year. By completing regular maintenance a homeowner can often avoid the major issues of costly repairs and extend the average 12 year lifespan of a heating system, with the added benefit of lower utility bills often added into the bargain.

Leaking Water Around the Furnace

A common symptom many people find they have with their HVAC system is the issue of water puddling around the base of the furnace, which can be a sign that the system is encountering the first symptoms of problems that could grow over time.

Our company understands how and why these issues occur and will work with the homeowner in a bid to resolve the issue quickly and easily during a routine maintenance checkup that takes place during the times the system is not often used in the Fall and Spring.

Strange Noises can be Heard

A sign that all is not well in the heating system is usually the fact that strange noises can be heard coming from the system, these commonly occur during the period the system is starting up.

These noises can often be handled with ease by our team of technicians who will often find the problem is the loosening of parts over time as the heating system is in use for prolonged periods of time. Sometimes further repairs are needed, but by keeping up with the required maintenance the costliest repairs can often be avoided.

Not Feeling as Hot as the Year Before

Maintenance of a heating system is paramount to the interior comfort level being maintained. Many homeowners call our service after beginning to feel as though they are not as comfortable as they were in previous years within their home, often the heat will turn on and off at irregular intervals to make it difficult for the home to reach the desired heat level.Boise HVAC TuneUp

By completing regular maintenance on the heating system the individual homeowner will see most of these problems be avoided as our technicians will take care of the issues before they become a major problem during a scheduled tuneup.

Is the heater in your Boise area home not working  quite like it used to? Call Wickstrom Plumbing at  208-466-9447 for a professional tuneup!  

10 Reasons to Get a Garbage Disposal

Eliminate the Stink in Your Sink Once and For All

Boise PlumberBenefits For Your Kitchen

1. Cleaner Kitchen & Food Prep - Trash bins can be a very messy and inefficient way to get rid of waste, especially food. The correct place to remove food waste is inside of a garbage disposal which liquefies and drains the food right down to your septic tank where you never have to deal with it again. If you want to enjoy a cleaner kitchen, install a garbage disposal.

2. Space Advantage - Instead of having a huge trash bin that handles all your food waste, the garbage disposal bin is hidden under your sink. You will no longer have to find a space for a trash bin and no matter how hard you try, it always ends up in an awkward corner where you trip on it.

Environmental & City Benefits

3. Landfill Issue - Having your food be eliminated by a garbage disposal is the best alternative to having the garbage services transport the waste to landfill. This completely solves the environmental issue that has been arising from normal waste.

4. Waste Transportation Cost - This may not directly effect you but it does effect the city you live in. Every house that has trash pick up instead of a garbage disposal creates tremendous costs for transportation to the landfill. Garbage disposals decrease this cost significantly.

5. Energy Is Produced From Food Waste - The food waste that is dumped down your garbage disposal is sent to your local municipal water treatment plant. They then use the waste to create energy for power.

6. Fertilizer Is Produced From Food Waste - Another use for the food waste that goes down your garbage disposal is for fertilizer. The same plant that uses the waste for energy also often uses it to produce fertilizer. This is more environmental friendly and cost efficient.

Benefits For You

7. Mistake Of Water & Electricity Concern - People often think that garbage disposals use too much electricity and drive the bills up higher. This is actually a misconception. Only 1% of your total water usage is driven by the garbage disposal. The electricity usage for the garbage disposal will only cost you, at most, 50 cents.

8. Quiet Garbage Disposal Options - Many people think that one of the biggest disadvantage of having a garbage disposal is the noise factor. There are now options for garbage disposals to come with super quiet grinding. This is no disruption at all.

9. Speed & Convenience - When having a garbage disposal, kitchen clean up is much faster and more efficient. Garbage disposals also operate with just a switch of a button too.Boise Garbage Disposal Services

10. Durability - Garbage disposals are very hassle free because they are extremely durable. You will not have to worry about expensive repairs or maintenance.

Smelling a stink in the sink of your Boise area home? That means you need a garbage disposal. Call Wickstrom Plumbing at (208) 466-9447, and have an expert install one today!

Heater Maintenance

Warm is Where the Heart Is

 

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How do I determine if I need heater maintenance?

Maintenance on a home or businesses’ heater should be done routinely. Routine maintenance is the only method that will ensure that the system runs efficiently and properly. If maintenance has not been routinely performed on a heater, it could become an unforeseen hazard that could imperil the building’s inhabitants. This means that if the heater maintenance has been neglected it should be performed immediately.

In addition, some maintenance will allow the system to function optimally. This means that these systems will perform more efficiently and return the savings on the utility bills that the manufacturers promised. This is important because this rating is one of the chief selling points of these systems and a major factor in why a particular system is chosen.

Maintenance should also be performed before periods of heavy use such as the winter months. In some cases, this schedule of routine maintenance can prevent problems that could cause the systems to fail in times when they are needed most, and also prevent hazardous problems that could possibly cause fires.

Why is heater maintenance important?

Because some issues can cause problems like fires, heater maintenance is of the utmost importance. It is also important because if systems run improperly, the wear on their parts become more severe and rigorously limits the working life of heating systems.

This shortened working life means that the systems will have to be replaced much sooner than maintained systems and will cost the owner more because of the increased incidence of necessary repairs. In addition, these repairs can interrupt service in the most severe weather. This means that it will take longer to acquire a technician, and parts and labor will be more expensive.

What are some signs of needing heater maintenance?

Seasonal changes in weather can be a sign that it is time to have a system’s routine maintenance performed by a reputable HVAC company before the system is used heavily in the winter and summer months. In addition, if the system is not performing efficiently, a maintenance check should be instituted.

One way that people can alleviate some issues is to change the filter on the heater. If the system does not return to prior performance, a qualified HVAC technician or company should be employed to assess the system.Boise Heating

If the heater in your Boise area home is not working so hot, it's high time you call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating and Cooling at (208) 466-9447. We've got you covered from installation to repairs and everything in between! 

Leaky Faucet Got You Down?

Consider Replacing Your Fixtures! 

 

Pure water dropA broken faucet is no fun. From being able to turn on hot or cold water from the faucet with a touch, you now lose control over one or the other, or maybe both. The following tips may help with this problem.

When is it necessary to replace my faucet?

There are several things to consider.

If your faucet comes loose, you don't want to have to keep tightening or replacing it to get running water. Sometimes the faucet will spurt water, or the flow will slow down to a trickle. If the faucet starts to rust or peel, that is when many people like to change their faucet. Some faucets leak or drip, which can drive homeowners crazy.

While some issues like a dripping faucet can be fixed by someone with plumbing know-how, other problems are more complex and challenging.

What are some signs of damage?

A faucet that fails to manage the water flow effectively may be done for. Some screw-in faucet handles get stripped after years of use and need to be replaced. Faucets with too much play in the way they turn or swivel can be problematic. A loose screw is one thing, but a persistent problem that is not readily fixable is another, and more difficult to address.

How can I avoid my faucet being broken in the future?

Basically, just use a faucet the way it's supposed to be used. Don't push or pull it too hard, if it swivels. Turn it off completely when not in use, but don't push overly hard on the handles. Take prompt care of any leaks or drips. If the water flow gets weak, have it checked by a plumber. Don't let the kids play with it roughly. Keep it clean and free of debris or sticky residue from dishwashing or cooking activities. Most good quality faucets will last years if they are taken good care of. Don't let them freeze in cold weather, or if they are exposed to extremely low temperatures, turn off the water supply so ice won't form and possibly damage the faucet.
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No one wants to keep replacing faucets because they are being misused. Common sense care of these devices will keep them in top working condition for years to come. If your faucet springs a leak or sprouts a problem, carefully evaluate the faucet to see what's happening, and contact an expert.

Fix those unsightly fixtures and faucets to give your Boise home a quick update. Don't let that leaky faucet ruin your home and your wallet, call the experts of Wickstrom Plumbing Company at (208) 350-6413

Keep Home Cozy: Fix Your Furnace!

new_furnace_360 Do You Need a New Furnace

 Most homes have furnaces. They keep the home warm in fall and winter and work with the air-conditioning system to keep the home cool in spring and summer. However, most people don't know how old there furnace is and when it was last replaced. The older the furnace the less energy efficient it's likely to be. Older furnaces are also more likely to leak heat and gas, and are prone to breakdowns. Old furnaces are also more likely to explode and do damage to the home and cause serious injury or death. For this reason it is important to consider evaluating your furnace for repairs, or installing a new furnace.

Do You Need a New Furnace?There are four factors you should consider when trying to decide if you need a new furnace. You should consider the age of your furnace, how efficient it is, the cost of the fuel it take to run your furnace and your home's "heating load"-the amount of energy it takes to keep the indoor temperature at about 65 degrees or so. If your furnace is more than 20 years old, it should be replaced. Newer gas furnaces use as much as 97% of the energy in the fuel it burns. This can save homeowners as much as 20% on their heating costs not matter what the price of gas or heating oil is currently. No matter what your heating load is, you could save money in the long run.
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What are the benefits of a new furnace?

An effective furnace can save you lots of money on your energy bills because new furnaces are more energy-efficient. Depending on the type of furnace you purchase, you may be entitled to rebates from the government. Plus new furnaces come with warranties which cover most replacement parts. This saves you money in the rare instance your new furnace does break down. A good furnaces are also safer and quieter than older ones.

A new furnace can not only provide your family with more warmth during the coldest months of the year, but it could also raise the value and safety of your property.Choosing the right furnace

The size furnace you need, its efficiency, and the type of fuel it uses are the most important considerations when choosing a furnace. Discuss the size of your home and your heating needs with an experienced HVAC professional and they will help you to understand your options when it comes to choosing a furnace.

Is the furnace in your Boise home not pushing out the proper heat? Get this taken care of by Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling, and call (208) 350-6413 today to get the furnace replaced.

If It's an Emergency, Call the Plumbers Today!

Emergency Plumbing 101

 

Boise PlumberPlumbing is a necessity that many take for granted in this modern culture. Once a person experiences a plumbing issue such as a backed up toilet or backed up pipes, they then realize how important a functioning plumbing system really is.

Most of the time, these plumbing emergencies are unpredictable and out of the average person's control. Fortunately, there are services to solve these types of problems and maintenance methods to prevent plumbing emergencies like this.

This is where the convenience of emergency plumbing comes into play, as it can be very difficult to have no access to the toilet for an extended period of time. Also, there are many advantages that come with emergency plumbing.

Advantages of Emergency Plumbing

Emergency plumbers are available 24/7, meaning 24 hours a day and seven days a week. This type of availability is necessary for serious plumbing problems that need to be taken care of right away. No one wants to wait hours before they are able to go to the bathroom.

Another great advantage of emergency plumbing is that they work quick and get the problem fixed fast. Emergency plumbers are also guaranteed to be fully licensed and certified, giving the plumbing problem a high-quality fix.

Certain emergency plumbers offer services at a very reasonable price. Overall, emergency plumbers are basically the top of the line plumbers. They can be very convenient on non-workdays such as Sunday and holidays, as they are available 24/7. A very large majority of plumbers aren't available during these days. Sometimes it seems that misfortune makes these type of incidents happen on these non-workdays.

This is no longer a problem, thanks to emergency plumbing. It's important to do maintenance check-ups in order to prevent an emergency plumbing incident.

Preventing and Emergency Plumbing Incident

As always, it's important to not flush certain items down the toilet. This includes things such as q-tips, cotton balls, Boise Emergency Plumbing 1tampons and other items. Using too much toilet paper can also eventually create an emergency plumbing problem. It's also wise to have a plumber do maintenance on a plumbing system.

This includes things like using a "snake" to unclog blockages in the plumbing pipes. Many don't realize it, but overtime, dirt and tree roots can accumulate in pipes.

It may not cause it problem at first, but in time it will. Maintenance check-ups will prevent future plumbing problems.

For an Emergency Plumbing job in the Boise area, Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling is the company for you! Call (208) 350-6413 and get the experts on it.

Get the Purified Air You Deserve

How Does an Air Purifier Work? 

 
Most Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. Most of the pollutants easily pass through the throat or nose directly into your lungs. Air purifiers are designed to help remove odors and airborne particles from air passing through a filter.

You can protect yourself and your family from air pollution by purifying the air. Air purifiers can remove those pollutants, making that air safe. Three steps are involved in air purification.

First, the dirt air is brought in using fans via an intake grill that is normally found on the back or the front of the unit. Then, the air passes through filters. This removes all the pollutants, allergens and any other pollutants from the air.

The last step involves redistribution of the purified air. A powerful fan distributes the purified air back into the room. Some air purifiers come with ionizers that produce negatively charged ions. These ions attach to pollen, dander and other positively charged impurities to form larger particles. The larger particles are easily trapped by the filter.

Choosing the Right Air Purifier

Choosing the right air purifier for your home can be challenging. You may need to consult an expert to help you in selecting your purifier. You can also follow these steps when choosing your air purifier. To start with, you need to select the room size. This will help choose a purifier that fully fits in your room. You also need to identify the problem that you should address. You can buy an air purifier to remove dust, allergens, eliminate odors or reduce germs. Select a cleaner with the highest clean air delivery rate.


How Does an Air Purifier Help your Home?

Air purifier can improve the health of your family. It removes dust, allergens, reduces gems and eliminates odors. Removing these pollutants saves your family from respiratory diseases.

Contaminated air can damage the lungs, cause coughing, chest pain, throat irritation and shortness of breath. It can also worsen respiratory elements such as asthma and lower the ability of your body to resist respiratory infections.

People who have allergy and asthma are more prone to adverse effects of high levels of contaminants in air. You reduce asthma attacks when you purify indoor air. This can save you from spending money on treating such ailments.

Want the fresh purified air in your Boise home? Call Wickstrom Plumbing Heating & Cooling at (208) 350-6413 and breathe in the purified air you deserve.