About plumbingmbd

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far plumbingmbd has created 127 blog entries.

How Much Does Furnace Repair Cost?

According to Angi and HomeAdvisor, furnace repair cost ranges between $131-$486, with an average cost of $308. A service call for a simple furnace repair on an electric furnace can cost as little as $65, however, a substantial repair for a gas-powered furnace can run in excess of $1,250. Factors that impact the cost of furnace repair are the price of parts, labor costs, the cause of failure, the complexity of the repair, and type of fuel the furnace requires.

Common furnace repairs include replacement of the thermostat, blower motor, draft inducer motor, ignitor, thermocouple, flame sensor, gas valve, control/circuit board, and capacitor. Signs that a furnace requires a repair include heat loss, water leaks, strong fuel orders, a noisy furnace, the furnace short cycling, and a recent increase in utility bills.

To prevent repairs and keep a furnace running smoothly it is best to replace furnace filters regularly, schedule yearly inspections, and use a programmable thermostat.

Learn about costs for furnace repair, as well as steps to take to reduce the likelihood of furnace failure and how to detect an issue with a furnace.

Read More

2022-11-07T02:33:35+00:00October 27th, 2022|

Home Repairs and Renovations to Make an Old Home More Energy Efficient

Older homes are known to be less energy efficient than newer models, however, there are several home repairs and renovations that can be made to older homes to make them more energy efficient. Suggested energy efficiency updates include upgrading the HVAC system, sealing the attic and adding insulation, fixing drafty doors and windows, updating the electrical system, installing a heat pump, replacing shower heads and toilets with low-flow models, and fixing leaky faucets. Learn about these repairs that can reduce energy consumption and monthly utility bills.

Read More

2022-10-19T00:05:38+00:00October 12th, 2022|

Why Is My Electric Water Heater Not Working, and Who Can Fix It?

Common causes of an electric water heater not working or running out of water too quickly include a blown fuse, tripped circuit breaker, a faulty thermostat or heating element, or the water heater is undersized and cannot produce adequate hot water for the home. To identify the cause of the water heater not functioning properly, it is best to contact a licensed plumber or electrician. A professional plumber or electrician can diagnose the issue correctly and determine if the water heater can be repaired or needs to be replaced. Learn about common causes of an electric water heater not functioning properly and resolutions.

Read More

2022-10-19T00:00:59+00:00October 4th, 2022|

Who Installs Bathroom Exhaust Fans?

Who should install a bathroom exhaust fan is more complex than a homeowner might think. A licensed electrician, plumber, or HVAC technician can likely replace an existing exhaust fan or install a new one in a bathroom. However, who should install a bathroom exhaust fan depends on how the bathroom is set up and whether the job is a simple replacement or requires new ductwork or access to the roof.

Depending on the complexity, a bathroom fan installation may require an electrician, HVAC technician, and roofer, although a highly-skilled handyman or general contractor may be able to complete the project. Learn about the complexities of installing a bathroom exhaust ran and which licensed professionals may be required.

Read More

2022-09-20T03:42:19+00:00September 13th, 2022|

Most Common Home Renovation Projects for Empty Nesters

A home renovation to an empty nest becomes a practical option for those ready for an upgrade, but not ready to downsize. Approximately 3 out of 4 empty nesters renovate their homes after their children move out, with projects including upgrading furniture, updating an office, remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, adding a home gym or home theater room, repainting walls, replacing flooring, and adding a hobby room. Learn about common home renovations to consider after the kids are out of the house.

Read More

2022-09-25T22:42:38+00:00September 9th, 2022|

What Should I Do If My Sump Pump Runs Without Rain?

In general, a sump pump that’s working continuously without rain is experiencing an issue that needs to be fixed. However, there are troubleshooting steps to take before hiring a plumber that may help you determine the cause of the problem. Common causes of a sump pump running without rain include a rise in the water table or an increase in groundwater, melting snow, a broken float switch on the sump pump, and a clogged sump pump drain line.

Sump pumps last approximately 7-10 years, but can burn out faster if they’re too small for the volume of water or not maintained. If the sump pump is experiencing issues, it is best to hire a professional to diagnose the failure, recommend a replacement, and install it. The average cost to install a sump pump is $1,200. The cost is dependent on whether you need a pedestal or submersible pump, the size of the required sump pump, and labor cost for installation. Learn more about sump pump failure and actions to address causes.

Read More

2022-08-17T02:01:50+00:00August 15th, 2022|

Water Heater Upgrade and Other House Projects to Consider if the Climate Bill Passes

The climate bill that recently passed for 2022 offers rebates and tax breaks for qualifying homeowners who install energy-efficient products such as an energy efficient water heater. Estimated savings are approximately $1,800 in annual costs for gasoline and utility bills and can exceed $30,000 after 10 years and $140,000 after 25 years, if a household invests their energy bill savings from making energy efficiency upgrades.

There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient, including upgrading to an energy efficient water heater, installing an HVAC heat pump, adding insulation, installing rooftop solar panels, replacing drafty windows and doors, and more. For example, an energy efficient water heater will use approximate one-third of the electricity of a conventional water heater and would qualify for up to $1,750 in rebates.

Learn about home improvements that can reduce energy costs and quality for tax savings and rebates.

Read More

2022-08-14T14:15:06+00:00August 12th, 2022|

Home Improvements You Can Tackle with Your Tax Refund

A tax refund can make many small home improvement projects possible. According to the IRS, the average refund for tax year 2021 is expected to be more than $3,000, which is more than enough budget to paint a room, add a feature wall, or improve your home’s security. Home improvement projects that typically cost less than the average tax refund and can be completed quickly include adding a kitchen island; painting a house; adding a tile backsplash; replacing bathroom amenities such as cabinets, sinks, and fixtures; installing wainscoting, and upgrading a sump pump. Learn about home improvement projects that can be completed with a tax refund.

Read More

2022-04-19T02:48:33+00:00April 14th, 2022|

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Kitchen Cabinets

Roaches are unsightly in kitchen cabinets as well as other areas of a home, and can carry diseases and be a risk to pets. To get rid of cockroaches in kitchen cabinets, there are some remedies that can be used before contacting a pest control specialist. Steps include cleaning out kitchen cabinets to eliminate possible food sources, identifying and filling cracks where pests may gain entry, address possible water leaks and moisture sources, applying gel baits, and applying diatomaceous earth or boric acid to kill the insects. Learn more about remediating roach infestations in kitchen cabinets.

Read More

2022-04-19T02:25:28+00:00April 12th, 2022|

Basement Sump Pump Maintenance Tips

A sump pump works to keep a basement dry by discharging captured water from a sump pump basin that could have penetrated a basement by seeping through seams or cracks in basement walls or basement floors. To ensure the sump pump is in proper working condition, it is recommended to perform annual, and in some cases quarterly, inspections and maintenance. Sump pump maintenance steps include checking and clearing the sump pump basin of debris, checking the sump pump for corrosion and other damage, cleaning the sump pump inlet screen, lubricating sump pump bearings if recommended by the manufacturer, and clearing the sump pump discharge line of debris. Learn about basement sump pump maintenance to ensure performance.

Read More

2022-03-08T16:12:18+00:00February 28th, 2022|
Go to Top