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HEADS UP...ITS GETTING COLD!! 30 DEGREES FOR A HIGH ON THURSDAY.... Disconnect your water hose from your outdoor hose bib. Close your foundation vents and seal them from the inside of your crawl space with insulation. Anywhere you see light from the outside, cold air will follow. If you have cold spots or sinks on a outside wall where the risers may freeze, turn your faucets on to a fast drip and keep the vanity doors open for inside heat. If you have a aquatherm system in your house you should already know that your heat comes from your gas hot water heater. Hot water is pumped through a coil in the air handler. The fan blows air through the coil and the air is heated by the hot water circulating through the coil. With that being said the hot water may not be as hot on extreme cold days. So if that does happen, go to the hot water heater and turn the temperature up on the thermostat. If you take one or more showers early in the morning, you will be using up your hot water that would be used to heat your house, or on the flip side you will be taking a cold shower because most of your hot water is being used to heat your home. A simple fix for that is to use most of your hot water in the evening so the tank will re-heat over night. You should at least have a 50 gallon 65,000 BTU gas water heater for a 2 1/2 bath home. If you don't, your water heater is undersized for a aquatherm system. Tommy Guirkin Guirkin Plumbing, Heating and A/C 804-741-6630

About Your Gas Fireplace: Almost everyone has one. Most people don't burn wood anymore due to the mess so it comes down to either vented or unvented gas logs or a direct vent fireplace. Most older homes were built with a wood burning brick fireplace. It is fairly easy to install either vented or unvented gas logs. You run a gas line from the natural gas meter or LP tank into the fire box and hook your logs up. Now whether you use vented or unvented gas logs, that is a decision you need to make. Vented gas logs look nice but they burn very dirty. They give off soot and carbon monoxide. Because of this the damper has to remain open 100% of the time. With the damper open the logs will create a draft up the chimney and when this happens, your old heat pump that is 15+ years old cannot keep up. Causing your electric meter to spin even faster. When next months electric bill comes and its $150-$200 higher than last month you start to think maybe I made a mistake buying vented logs. Now this is a typical scenario in older homes with original windows and insulation in the attic and crawl space. If you don't service the burner and clean the soot off the logs, a downdraft can blow the soot into your home and before you know it you have $2000-$3000 worth of soot damage and believe me, no one wants to go through that as these problems always seem to occur at the worse possible time. So if you are going to buy a set of vented logs, having a fall service done is key. Keep the burner and the logs clean and make sure the logs are stacked per the manufacturer recommendations. Now on the flip side of this, unvented logs are safe with no soot and no carbon monoxide to worry about. Because of this you have the option to open your damper or keep it closed. There are regulations that must be met with vented or unvented gas logs. These are in place for your safety and well being. Unvented logs give off a clean moist heat. People will buy unvented logs for no other reason than to have a source of back up heat in their home. Some of our customers will heat their whole house with the logs. The Empire logs come with a on/off remote, variable flame control or a thermostatic remote depending on your preference. So remember, no draft, no soot. Just clean moist heat and a great looking fireplace. When the power goes out you will have both light and heat. But remember to service them in the fall before lighting. If you have a direct vent fireplace the vent will terminate about 6" off the ground and your inside front glass will not open. These units are problematic when not serviced on a regular basis. The logs will fall and soot and creasol will build up on the inside of the glass to the point where you wont be able to see the logs. Some direct vent fireplaces have fan motors and some don't. Some are wired for fans but were never installed. There are no universal parts for direct vent fireplaces. Each manufacturer has their own parts and are not usually interchangeable with other manufacturers. Some of the older manufacturers have gone out of business creating a problem with getting parts. When a direct vent gets dirty it will give off CO2. Your eyes will burn, soot will build up on your mantle. When this happens people will cut the gas off to them and just let them sit, sometimes for years. All they ever needed was to be serviced and put back into operation. Its a small fee to pay to enjoy your fireplace. Gas logs and direct vent fireplaces can be set up to burn either natural gas or LP gas. LP gas is a little more expensive to operate than natural gas. There are restrictions where the tank can sit on the outside of your home. Usually a 100 gallon tank is used for gas logs or direct vent fireplaces. Guirkin Plumbing and Heating does a turn key job. We will sell you the logs, do all of the gas piping and line up the LP tank if one is needed. This method gives the homeowner a 100% warranty on the logs, parts and labor for one full year and usually a free service after the first year. REMEMBER, IF ITS NOT WORKING, CALL GUIRKIN PLUMBING, HEATING AND A/C LLC AT 804-741-6630. Thanks, Tommy Guirkin

About Your Gas Fireplace: Almost everyone has one. Most people don't burn wood anymore due to the mess so it comes down to either vented or unvented gas logs or a direct vent fireplace. Most older homes were built with a wood burning brick fireplace. It is fairly easy to install either vented or unvented gas logs. You run a gas line from the natural gas meter or LP tank into the fire box and hook your logs up. Now whether you use vented or unvented gas logs, that is a decision you need to make. Vented gas logs look nice but they burn very dirty. They give off soot and carbon monoxide. Because of this the damper has to remain open 100% of the time. With the damper open the logs will create a draft up the chimney and when this happens, your old heat pump that is 15+ years old cannot keep up. Causing your electric meter to spin even faster. When next months electric bill comes and its $150-$200 higher than last month you start to think maybe I made a mistake buying vented logs. Now this is a typical scenario in older homes with original windows and insulation in the attic and crawl space. If you don't service the burner and clean the soot off the logs, a downdraft can blow the soot into your home and before you know it you have $2000-$3000 worth of soot damage and believe me, no one wants to go through that as these problems always seem to occur at the worse possible time. So if you are going to buy a set of vented logs, having a fall service done is key. Keep the burner and the logs clean and make sure the logs are stacked per the manufacturer recommendations. Now on the flip side of this, unvented logs are safe with no soot and no carbon monoxide to worry about. Because of this you have the option to open your damper or keep it closed. There are regulations that must be met with vented or unvented gas logs. These are in place for your safety and well being. Unvented logs give off a clean moist heat. People will buy unvented logs for no other reason than to have a source of back up heat in their home. Some of our customers will heat their whole house with the logs. The Empire logs come with a on/off remote, variable flame control or a thermostatic remote depending on your preference. So remember, no draft, no soot. Just clean moist heat and a great looking fireplace. When the power goes out you will have both light and heat. But remember to service them in the fall before lighting. If you have a direct vent fireplace the vent will terminate about 6" off the ground and your inside front glass will not open. These units are problematic when not serviced on a regular basis. The logs will fall and soot and creasol will build up on the inside of the glass to the point where you wont be able to see the logs. Some direct vent fireplaces have fan motors and some don't. Some are wired for fans but were never installed. There are no universal parts for direct vent fireplaces. Each manufacturer has their own parts and are not usually interchangeable with other manufacturers. Some of the older manufacturers have gone out of business creating a problem with getting parts. When a direct vent gets dirty it will give off CO2. Your eyes will burn, soot will build up on your mantle. When this happens people will cut the gas off to them and just let them sit, sometimes for years. All they ever needed was to be serviced and put back into operation. Its a small fee to pay to enjoy your fireplace. Gas logs and direct vent fireplaces can be set up to burn either natural gas or LP gas. LP gas is a little more expensive to operate than natural gas. There are restrictions where the tank can sit on the outside of your home. Usually a 100 gallon tank is used for gas logs or direct vent fireplaces. Guirkin Plumbing and Heating does a turn key job. We will sell you the logs, do all of the gas piping and line up the LP tank if one is needed. This method gives the homeowner a 100% warranty on the logs, parts and labor for one full year and usually a free service after the first year. REMEMBER, IF ITS NOT WORKING, CALL GUIRKIN PLUMBING, HEATING AND A/C LLC AT 804-741-6630. Thanks, Tommy Guirkin

Hot Water Heater Know How: Your water heater is one of the biggest energy users in your house. Only the furnace or central air conditioner uses more. Proper care and maintenence will save you money, energy and grief by keeping it working efficiently and smoothly for a long time. Make it a practice to drain at least a bucket of water from the drain spigot at the bottom of the heater every three months. This keeps sediment from accumulating in the bottom which reduces the heating efficiency. Test the temperature/pressure relief valve by pulling up or pushing down on the handle. If hot water surts out of the overflow pippe it is working. If your heater doesnt have a temperature/pressure relief valve it is imperative that you install one. All of the newer water heaters have a energy cutoff device that automatically stops the powert, or fuel to the unit if the water heater becomes dangerously hot. It prevents the water from boiling or bulding up steam which could possibly burst the tank. On most water heaters you can adjust the thermostat to your preferred water temperature. A rumbling sound in the heater is another indication that a defective thermostat may be allowing the water to get too hot. If you begin to get rusty water from the hot water faucet and not the cold, it indicates corrosion in your hot water tank. Drain the heater until the water runs clear which means you have removed the sediment buildup. If there is alot of rust your heater is probably terminal. Start budgeting for a new water heater. To save energy and money your water heater and at least some of your hot water piping should be insulated. If the storage tank of your water heater feels warm to the touch, it is losing heat. If it is in a closet or laundry room within the area of your house during the winter, this is not too bad because the lost heat is helping the furnace by contributing to the space heating within your home. Electric heaters have built in insulation. These heaters tend to lose 20% to 35% of their heat through the walls of the tank. If they are in a location exposed to cold outside air it can be quite a bit more. This amount of heat loss can account for two to three dollars on your gas or electric bill each month. A single roll of 3 1/8" R-11 fiberglass insulation and a roll of duct tape will cost about $20.00 and will be more than sufficient to wrap a 60 gallon water heater. This $20.00 investment will usually pay for itself in about one year and save you both money and energy for many years to come. Q: My gas water heater is leaking out of the bottom and my pilot light and my burner are not working. There is water all over my floor and it is going into my den. Help!! What should I do? A: You have to cut the cold water feed valve off. This valve is located on a cold water pipe and probably goes into the top of the water heater. Hopefully this valve will cut the flow of water off 100% and will reduce the pressure in the tank. When this happens the leak will probably stop. There is no way to fix a hole in your water heater so my advice to you is to get three prices from plumbing contractors and make your choice. But remember----your lowest price is not always your best price. Q; I ran out of hot water and my pilot is out. I tried to relight it but couldnt. What should I do? A: You have three common problems associated with gas water heaters. The thermal coupling at the bottom of your water heater has gone bad and needs to be replaced. A thermal coupling is a safety device found on most gas appliances. As it is heated by the pilot light, it generates mini-volts of electricity back to the gas valve and into your heater. If the termal coupling does not do the trick check out the gas valve. It could possibly be defective and need to be replaced. All air in the gas line should be purged before any checking is done. This job could be a expensive job or a basic plumbing repair depending on who you call to fix it. Ask your service man if he has experience to repair the problem instead of replacing the water heater. A new gas water heater usually runs from $400.00 to $600.00. Choose wisely. Thirdly it may be a blockage of fuel. Call your gas company right away. Set your temperature setting to what you are comfortable with. It is always a good idea to maintian 120 degree water temperature. Dont allow black soot to accumulate at the top of the water heater! Disconnect your vent on top of the heater once a year and clean it out. Your water heater will work more efficiently.

How important is Indoor Air Quality? Do you have pets, wood burning fireplace, moisture problems, mold, drafty crawl space or ductwork air leakage? Do you have bad allergies, asthma, children with the same? Do you change your air filters? Do you know where your air filters are located? Do you know what size the filters are? Do you have to crawl into your crawl space or attic to install an air filter? These are some of the problems that homeowners have to deal with in order to keep their equipment running in good condition. Everyone has at least 1 return filter grille and sometimes 2 or 3. How easy would it be to open the filter grille and take one the old one and replace it with a new one? No crawling around crawl spaces or falling through ceilings. Filter grilles are easy to install. You remove the old return grille and install the new filter grille, which has a removable filter door. By putting the filter in the return grille, you not only keep the equipment clean but you also keep your return ductwork clean. Electrostatic Air Filters are more efficient in collecting airborne particles than regular 1” pleated filters. The friction of air moving over the filter strands causes a static electrical field around the filter that attracts particles out of the air and holds them in the filter until you wash the filter with your garden hose, let dry and reinstall. Simple process – takes about 10-15 minutes and costs approximately $200.00 per filter and grille. Special size filters can be ordered. By removing pollutants from the air, both chemical and environmental ones, you and your family will be able to breathe cleaner air on a daily basis and lower your electric bill at the same time.