Does Rust on a Water Heater Mean It’s Finished?

January 30th, 2023
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When you combine water and metal, what do you get? You probably thought “rust,” but that’s not necessarily true. For corrosion to occur in metal (rust is a type of corrosion), it must be in contact with metal in the presence of oxygen. If you’ve ever wondered why your water heater—a metal device that holds water—doesn’t rapidly rust, the reason is that water heaters are designed to remove oxygen and/or direct contact between metal and water.

This doesn’t mean water heaters are impervious to corrosion. Far from it. Lack of maintenance can lead to corrosion setting in early on a water heater. But even with rigorous maintenance, a water heater can start to rust when it gets old enough. Does the appearance of rust mean that a water heater is done and needs to be replaced?

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FAQ: Where Does a Heat Pump Get Its Heat During Winter?

January 16th, 2023

This is a question that we often get from customers. It’s something that often confuses customers who are new to the technology of the heat pump. It wasn’t until fairly recently that heat pumps started to make a big impact in home comfort after many years as the standard for commercial buildings.

The terminology of heat pumps is a bit bewildering (they’re based on air conditioning technology and also deliver cooling). When people find out how they work, they’ll immediately have more questions, such as “Where is the heat pump getting this outdoor heat during the winter?”

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Why Does My Furnace Keep Shutting Off Early?

December 19th, 2022

It’s a cold day outside, but you’ve got a powerful gas furnace to take care of keeping you and your family cozy. You hear the furnace kick on, warm air starts to come from the vents, and then … nothing. The furnace shuts down before it could get started making your home toasty and relaxing. Later, it turns on again, and this time … nope, it shuts off early again. Maybe it was one for several minutes, or maybe less than a minute.

What’s going on? Obviously it’s a problem, and you may need professional furnace services in Rochester, NY to solve it. Below we’ll take a look at reasons for a furnace that seemingly doesn’t want to do its whole job.

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Tips to Keep Your Gas Furnace Running Safely

December 5th, 2022
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As we settle in for the winter holiday season, we’ll also settle in with our home heating systems. This is a good time to talk about how to heat your home safely with a gas furnace. The modern gas furnace is constructed with many safety features and, for the most part, you won’t have to worry that your gas furnace is inherently unsafe for your home. However, neglect of maintenance and failure to follow some basic safety precautions elevate the risk of operating a gas furnace. 

We want you and your family to enjoy a warm and safe winter this year, so we’ve listed several important tips to keep your gas furnace operating safely.

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How You Can Cut Down on Your Winter Heating Costs

November 21st, 2022

Another winter, another season of using your heater to help you and your family make it through the cold weather and enjoy cozy times indoors. You may also think of this as a time with higher energy costs and occasionally scary utility bills.

We won’t lie: heating a home costs money, especially in a place that can get as cold as Rochester during the winter. But those high heating costs you pay may be higher than they need to be. We’re experts at handling home heating in Rochester, and we have some tips on ways to reduce your heating costs this winter and every winter to come.

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Why Is My Heat Pump Stuck in Cooling Mode?

November 7th, 2022

As the weather cools down, homeowners who use heat pumps for year-round comfort will get to enjoy the best benefit of these systems: it only takes a simple adjustment to the thermostat and suddenly the heat pump goes from delivering cooled air to delivering warm air.

Or least, it should. Any heat pump can suffer from a malfunction—such as staying stuck in cooling mode or simply pushing out room temperature air. If you’re currently having this problem, you’ll want to know why and what to do about it.

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We Help Make the Roc Holiday Village 2022 Happen!

October 31st, 2022

One of the big events here in Rochester is the annual Roc Holiday Village, a magical downtown winter festival that is now entering its fourth year. Roc Holiday Village 2022 includes a skate rink, shopping, an indoor bar, visits to Santa, live music, free crafts for kids, and more.

We at Triple O have a special connection to Roc Holiday Village—we’re responsible for bringing much of the warmth that people feel there. And we mean that literally: we provide the heating for all the tents, as well as the special cozy winter igloos and winter inns that guests can rent to enjoy a warm winter paradise lounge. 

Roc Holiday Village runs from December 2–23.

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Signs It’s Time to Call Us for Boiler Repair Service

October 24th, 2022
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One of the big advantages that boilers have over forced-air heating systems like furnaces is that they have fewer moving parts and do not accumulate wear and tear as fast. Most boilers will outlast furnaces, and they will usually need fewer repairs during their service lives.

Of course, boilers still do need repairs from time to time, and not all HVAC companies offer boiler repair in Rochester, NY. But we do! We want to help you figure out when you’ve got a boiler problem that requires our assistance to fix. We offer 24-hour emergency boiler service, so please don’t hesitate to contact us when it looks like your family’s comfort is in jeopardy.

Below are the top warning signs of boiler troubles:

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Why Am I Not Getting Enough Hot Water From My Water Heater?

October 10th, 2022

Has this dilemma started to happen in your house? In the morning, family members rush to get to the showers first, because it only takes one or two showers before the hot water supply goes lukewarm and then cold. If this is a new development, it’s sending a warning about your water heater. For some reason, it isn’t heating up the same volume of hot water as before or isn’t delivering it right. 

You don’t want to ignore this problem, even if you can tolerate family members complaining about not getting hot showers. (You can’t tolerate it, don’t pretend.) A faulty water heater needs professional water heater repair in Rochester, NY right away. In some cases, you may need a replacement water heater. Below we’ll look at why you’re having this trouble with your water heater.

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What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?

September 26th, 2022

At Triple O, we’re proud to offer emergency plumbing in Rochester, NY for our customers. We know how stressful plumbing emergencies can be, especially when they strike at odd hours and you must have them repaired as soon as possible.

We have true 24/7 emergency service: that means when you call our number you won’t get routed to a machine to leave a message. A real plumber will answer the phone and dispatch help to you right away. Our plumbers are great at handling crisis situations and they’ll help ease your mind and take away the anxiety of a big plumbing problem.

You may feel hesitant about calling for a plumbing emergency because you aren’t certain if what you have in your house truly is an emergency. Maybe it can wait, or maybe there’s a simple solution you can handle yourself.

Today, we’re going to look a bit deeper into what constitutes a plumbing emergency.

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