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    Diagnosing Common Water Heater Problems

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Dealing with a malfunctioning water heater can be frustrating; still, if your water heater is currently having issues, do not fret. Figuring out what is wrong with a water heater is easier than you might think. After following a few steps, you can have your water heater working in no time.

    In this video, a plumber discusses how to diagnose common water heater problems. By watching, you will find out some helpful tips for determining what is making your heater malfunction. For example, if your gas heater is not warming up water, check to see if the pilot light is on. If it isn’t, relight it with a match.

    If you do not know what is wrong with your water heater, call (206) 932-5283 to reach O’Neill Plumbing. We will accurately diagnose your water heater problem and get the appliance running again.

    Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace Your Water Heater

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Over time, all water heaters start having problems. When a water heater stops working properly, homeowners are usually not sure if they should have the appliance fixed or get a new one. Here are some helpful tips on deciding whether to repair or replace your water heater:

    Check for Leaks

    If your water heater is leaking, it is recommended that you replace, instead of attempt to repair, the appliance. This is because water heater leaks are typically caused by corrosion, which is an issue that a plumber cannot adequately fix. Getting a brand-new water heater will ensure that a serious plumbing leak does not occur in your home and cause costly property damage.

    Consider Extent of Repairs

    Before deciding whether or not you should repair or replace your water heater, think about what components have to be fixed. If only minor repairs need to be made, you should probably have the unit repaired by an experienced plumber, which won’t cost very much money. However, if you need to replace the tank or have other major repairs done, it is much more cost effective to purchase a new water heating system.

    Think About Additional Costs

    Getting a new water heater can come with additional costs. For example, when you purchase a new heater, you may also have to pay for a new heater mount, venting system, and supply pipes, among other parts. If you have money set aside, you should definitely think about replacing your heater. If you do not, it’s better to hire a plumber who can make the repairs you need. 

    For more information about repairing or replacing a water heater, talk to the professionals at O’Neill Plumbing in Seattle. We have been in business since 1917, and we are dedicated to providing the best customer service in town. To learn more about our service offerings or to make an appointment, call us today at (206) 932-5283.

    A Brief Look at the History of O'Neill Plumbing

    Last updated 1 year ago

    O’Neill Plumbing has been serving homes in the Seattle area for nearly a century. The O’Neill Plumbing company was founded by an industrious plumber named James O’Neill. This family-operated business got its start providing quality plumbing services to homes in the West Seattle area. Over the years, O’Neill plumbing has grown from a one-man operation to a full service company with three separate divisions. Today, O’Neill Plumbing provides the Seattle area with services that include contracting, underground utilities, and residential plumbing maintenance. The O’Neill family is looking forward to celebrating 100 years in business.

    When your home’s plumbing is in need of service, do not hesitate to call O’Neill Plumbing. Our many satisfied customers choose us for all of their home plumbing maintenance needs. To make a plumbing service appointment for your home in the Seattle area, give us a call at (206) 973-3582. You might also visit our website to get a better idea of the scope of our plumbing services. 

    Understanding What Causes Pipes to Burst

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The chilly days of fall have arrived, and the changing of the seasons brings additional considerations for your home plumbing system. When the outdoor temperatures drop to freezing, your plumbing can become vulnerable to the problem of frozen or burst pipes. To highlight the importance of preparing your home plumbing system for the winter months, here’s a look at how cold weather can cause your pipes to burst:

    Freezing Water and Your Pipes

    When water is exposed to freezing temperatures, it turns into ice; and as liquid water is transformed into solid ice, it expands. Water inside a pipe can freeze and expand in the same way as water in any other location. If water freezes inside a pipe, it will fill up the walls of the pipe and cause a blockage. In the area of the pipe that is upstream from the blockage, water pressure will increase at a rapid rate. Once the pressure inside the pipe reaches a certain threshold, the pipe will burst, causing water to leak everywhere.

    Preventing Frozen Pipes

    Fortunately, there are several steps that homeowners can take to reduce the risk of burst pipes during the winter. To prevent pipes from freezing, it is important to make sure that all of the pipes in the home are properly insulated. Any pipes that are exposed to outdoor air should be fitted with insulation sleeves, which will keep the water inside from freezing. You should also keep the temperature in your home above 55 degrees at all times—even when you go away on a winter vacation.

    At O’Neill Plumbing, our expert technicians can help you prepare your home’s plumbing system for the winter months. We specialize in pipe maintenance and water heater replacement, and we work on all types of pipes, including concrete, clay, and a/c pipes. For more information about the quality plumbing services we have to offer, call our location in Seattle at (206) 973-3582. 

    Winter Plumbing Maintenance Tips

    Last updated 1 year ago

    There are several simple ways to prepare your home for the winter season. To prevent frozen and burst pipes, you can fit your pipes with insulating sleeves or heated insulation tape. When you go away on vacation, remember to keep your home temperature above 55 degrees. For more winter plumbing maintenance tips, watch this video from KCLive TV.

    To ensure that your home’s pipes are ready for winter, contact O’Neill Plumbing. We provide homeowners throughout the Seattle area with a full range of seasonal plumbing maintenance services, including pipe repairs, water heater replacement, and sewer line maintenance. Call us at (206) 973-3582 to schedule a plumbing service appointment for your home today. 

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