Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

A water heater operates for almost 15 to 20 years only if it is maintained properly. But that doesn’t mean that all the water heaters can serve for a long time. Sometimes due to lack of proper care, the water heater might show a baffling response. They can be treated well after a slight repair. Is your water heater behaving strangely these days? Are you confused whether to repair once again or replace the tankless water heater? If yes, then you must check these signs mentioned below that will clear all your doubts regarding your water heater.

  1. 1. The aging signs that indicates replacement – if your water heater has crossed that guaranteed period and has served nearly more than 15 years then it might be the time that it needs a substitute. It depends on the quality of water heater, the number of times it has encountered repairs and several changes in temperature and pressure valves. Also, note the voltage fluctuation, or a problem in the fuses or in the main circuit board that can lead to several other issues in the main unit. If you do not have any idea about the age of your tankless water heater, locate the serial number of the manufacturing. That sticker would definitely have the date but it is not easy to read. For example, the number written on the sticker is C10453639. The letter ‘C’ stands for the third month March and next two digits, 10 which indicates the year, 2010. If you still face the confusion, then log in to the product site.
  2. The reduction in the temperature of the water – the temperature may decrease due to many reasons. There might possibly a fault in the temperature panel or the temperature valve, and even in the electrical bridge between the water heater and electrical supply. It might also happen due to sediment layer beneath the surface of the water heater that obstructs the heating capability. If you are unable to receive heated water and the temperature has dropped even if you have regulated it high, then do assess the tankless water heater internally. You can further change the thermostat or the valves, or replace the gas burner in the case for gas water heaters.
  3. Unnecessary leakages– if you have discovered excess tickling and dripping of water from the heater, then it’s time that the water heater needs a replacement. The plumbing pipes may break down, the pipes may get thinner or the vents which can also be replaced but if it still gets prolonged, due to erosion, then you should start looking for a new one. Do not neglect tiny holes because if the water heater bursts, there might be an overflow of water. Before judging it, do take the advice from an expert.
  4. Discoloration of hot water – if you notice a change in the color dispatched from the faucet, then do investigate the internal parts that may lead you to the cause of this. It usually happens when a layer of sediment settles on the surface of the water heater. Another reason that can bring discoloration of water is due to rusty rods. With time and exposure to air and water, the surface itself begins to rust and corrodes. Therefore it is necessary that you should check the anode rods, the valves, and the surface seasonally because this will help you in maintaining a hygienic life and keep you and your family away from water-borne diseases or any foreign germs.
  5. Unfamiliar noises – if you get to hear any strange sounds from the tankless water heater, then immediately switch off the power supply connected to the heater. It might happen due to many reasons. There can be a fault in the heating room, the anode rods may mail fail to function, water getting heated up too much or unwanted deposition in the heater. These are few reasons that are the core reason for the sounds. If it rapidly increases, urgently call a mechanic or look for a new water heater. Here we have found excellent resource to check tankless water heater reviews must see before buying it.

The aforementioned reasons are the crucial points that a water heater user should never neglect. Since water heaters play an important role in our lives, starting from early morning warm baths, to providing water for dishwashing and for cleaning clothes, they are indeed vital. So, even they do need love and care annually or monthly. A daily checkup can increase their lifetime to 20 years. Therefore, if you find any of these signs, consult a professional and replace your water heater.

Husqvarna Chainsaws – Best Gas Chainsaw You Should Buy

Planning on Buying a gas powered Chainsaw?  I must recommend Husqvarna, the brand which manufactured world’s top class gas chainsaw in the market for decades.

So, if you now decided to purchase a Husqvarna chainsaw – Get The Facts First…

Husqvarna chainsaws are a line of products manufactured by a leading manufacturer of chainsaws and other power tools to be used in the construction industry. Husqvarna chain saws are considered to be professional tools and are widely used by professional wood workers and foresters world wide. These chainsaws are top of the line, as many users will testify. If you buy a chainsaw made by husqvarna and would need to take good care of it –so you would enjoy it for years to come.

Husqvarna Chainsaws Models

Husqvarna Chainsaws are divided into 3 major categories. The chainsaws made for professionals, the ones to be used on the farm by semi professionals and the ones made for domestic use. The main differences between the models are the tool’s weight, resistance to heat or water to be able to keep on working under extreme climates and capacity of the engine which is increased in the professional models to enable maximum power. The professional models are designed to maximize power and durability while the domestic models are made for lighter work loads and emphasize manageability, to make it possible for non professionals to use them.

Things to consider while buying a Husqvarna Chainsaw

First you have to know what it is you’d be using your chain saw for. This will determine the type of chainsaw you need. The best advice you can get is to go for the lightweight chainsaw that would still be powerful enough to get the job done. Being lightweight means that youngsters and even women would be able to handle it and being powerful means that the engine’s capacity and overall durability of the chainsaw would be sufficient for your needs. Take a close look at the features of the chainsaw before deciding to buy it to make sure it would fit your needs.

Learn about the safety features it has. You need to make sure that it has the ‘kickback’ feature that is one of the main safety features you need to prevent damage to the chain. Finally, shop around a bit. Read some gas chainsaw reviews, compare chainsaw prices and make sure you would be able to locate various chainsaw parts, just in case you’d need some.

(If you buy a husqvarna chainsaw you can usually find all the parts you’d ever need at the husqvarna chainsaw dealers)

Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen | A Detailed Guideline

stoThis is my kitchen and it’s not the smallest I’ve had. But it’s still pretty tiny, especially when you consider that we work from home, hardly ever eat out and therefore prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in our kitchen every day. My kitchen is L-shaped, small, and yet is perfect for us.There are a lot of myths about cooking in a tiny kitchen, which I’ll be debunking in this article.

The tiniest kitchen I have ever had was a kitchen-in-a-cupboard. I’d open two doors and there was a sink with a minuscule fridge below it, a single bowl sink, a two-ring gas cooker and shelves above. My current kitchen isn’t as bad as that, in fact, I love it. It’s compact, there’s plenty of space and cleaning it is so easy. Something is especially like is that everything is near at hand. I used to be a kitchen designer when I lived in England and for many years would plan huge kitchens and dream that one day I’d have one of my own. Eventually, I did but I prefer my tiny kitchen!

There’s a lot of advice on the internet about small space living – often from writers who don’t actually have that lifestyle. I enjoy living (and cooking!) in a small space and I also have employed the same principles to prepare meals in boat galleys and tiny RVs. These tips are also invaluable if you’re vacationing in self-catering accommodation – their kitchens are often tiny. They are also great if you have a new dorm room-dweller in your family and want to ensure that they get good home-cooked meals!

The entire room

cook in a tiny kitchen

Here’s another shot of our kitchen. I’ve included this because it shows the entire room. As you can see our fridge, which is much smaller than the usual American refrigerator is on the left of the room. On the right is the back door; you can just see the black doormat. As you can see, my first rule is:

START WITH A CLEAN AND UNCLUTTERED KITCHEN.

The sink is an appliance too.

A SMALL SINK

Our sink measures about twenty inches by sixteen inches but it’s used more than anything else when I’m cooking. You’ll notice that there are two items in the sink. On the right is a plastic rectangular bowl. I do the dishes in this so, when I’m cooking and I’ve finished with an item or utensil, it goes straight in there, ready to be washed.

OVER SINK DRAINER

This is intended to hold the dishes and silverware when they’be been washed. I use it for much more than this. The first step for cooking a meal is gathering the ingredients from the fridge or cupboard and putting them in the drainer. I carry it to the fridge and add the items from there, then the cupboard for any canned or dried goods. See the next image.

Decide where garbage will go.

WASTE DISPOSAL?

No, I don’t have one. I also don’t have a dog (and dogs can do a pretty good job!) So it’s important to decide what you are going to do with food scraps and peelings while you work. Piling them up on one side of he chopping board isn’t a good idea because they can overflow onto the worktop and make more mess for you to clean.

I USE A GLASS JAR

I simply put a glass jar in the sink and when I trim vegetables, add the trimmings and peelings to it. If I feel a vegetable stock coming on, I store this in the fridge so that I can add them when I make stock. This keeps all the mess under control. If necessary I move the jar from the sink to the countertop if I’m working there.

SELECT UTENSILS TOO

I know that I’m going to need a plastic or wooden spoon to stir the beans and a spatula to remove the pasties from the oven so before I start to cook I get those out and hang them from the tension rod that’s over my sink. Now I have everything to hand.

Utensils I don’t use daily

SAVE SPACE IN A TINY KNIFE DRAWER

I need my can opener for the beans but it’s not something I use every day. Neither is my pizza wheel or my ladle. So these live in a plastic box that’s kept in the cupboard below. It’s easy to reach when I need it but it keeps my knife drawer uncluttered

Use a Lazy Susan

SO MANY USES

My pasties are cooking in the oven, I have a pan on the stove ready to cook the beans and now I need to get plates and silverware together and make a quick salad. But using a Lazy Susan on the countertop I can easily make use of the wasted space in the corner and it’s protecting my white surfaces too. It can be stored vertically so takes up little space and I also use it on the dining table.

Just a touch of decor

BUT WITH A PRACTICAL PURPOSE

You’ll have seen from the top photograph that I have a lovely ceramic jug and a black and white vase in the unreachable corner of my countertop. Hey, I like uncluttered rooms but I like a little decor too. But they are practical too. If I’m following a recipe, it’s a great place to keep the cookbook and the jug holds it while the vase keeps it in place. As you can see, I use clothespins to make sure that the pages stay open.

Plating the meal

I’M LAZY

It’s only steps from the kitchen to the dining table but I like to use a tray so that I don’t have to make more than one trip. I put our meal and its accompaniments on a tray. This protects the surfaces but it’s now also easy to transport everything to the table. Oh and the tray also fits perfectly on my trash can if I need extra surfaces.

Doing the dishes

AFTER THE MEAL

When items are used during cooking, I put them straight into the washing up bowl in the sink. Just before we eat, I fill the bowl with warm soapy water so that the used items are soaking. After the meal, we simply add the plates and silverware we’ve used and doing the dishes takes about three minutes tops.

DRYING THE DISHES?

I like to use a cloth but I’ve learned over the years that ‘people’ (guys) are likely to grab cloths and use them for just about anything. We don’t have a draining board but our drying mat is placed on top of the ceramic hob, the dishes are piled there and they air-dry themselves. (Once the stove top is cool of course!). Read wood stove reviews.

More tips for Cooking in a Tiny Kitchen

STORE CREATIVELY

You may not be able to store all your kitchen equipment in the room itself. We have a small storage area in our apartment building and if anything isn’t used on a regular basis, it goes into the storage area. If your pressure cooker that you only use at the holidays lives in your clothes closet, so be it.

YES, YOU CAN BUY IN BULK

Many people who have small kitchens complain that they can’t take advantage of special bulk-buying offers to save money. There’s nothing wrong with having a twelve pack of canned tomatoes under your bed! We have a suitcase stored in one of our cupboards for when we go traveling – at the moment, it contains bulk-bought cans of soda. I’ve even stored bulk purchases in the car for a few days until I’ve found them a home in the apartment. A wine rack can live in the lounge.

UNUSUAL USES

Our fresh bread lives in the halogen oven. Why not? It keeps it close to hand and when we use the oven, we just put the bread into the basket on the shelf above.

HOW MANY [INSERT ITEMS] DO I NEED?

When I first moved to the tiny apartment I found that I had seven egg whisks – seven! We don’t even eat eggs very often. And even if we did, how many egg whisks can I use at one time? It was the same with mixing bowls. I only need one medium sized bowl. For small items, I use a cereal bowl or even my jug.

PANS

I have five. Two skillets and three saucepans. They live in the drawer underneath the oven. I only really use two of them. If I really needed more space, I could give away a couple. It’s a good idea to consciously inventory your kitchen equipment to see what you really use regularly.

DOWNSIZE

When we moved to the tiny apartment I grandly declared that we’d downsize to two plates, two cereal bowls, two knives, two forks, two wineglasses and so on. This was a little impractical because we do have guests from time to time. But nevertheless it’s a good idea to donate any items you don’t use to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. The less clutter in your kitchen, the better.

ORGANIZE FOOD STORAGE

The more organized your store cupboard and your refrigerator are, the easier it will be for you to cook quickly and efficiently in a tiny kitchen.

BACK-TO-FRONT SHOPPING LIST

I can’t claim that this is original – I read it on the internet and loved the idea. Instead of keeping a shopping list of what you need keep a list of what you have. I started to do this and you can immediately see what’s in stock and what foods you should be using up.

Some small kitchen myths

I’ve seen these items of advice on the internet. They may or may not work for you but here’s why they don’t for me.

USE A KITCHEN CART, ISLAND OR FOLDING TABLE

My kitchen is way too small for any of these. If you have the room for them, you don’t have a small kitchen 🙂

USE OPEN SHELVING

Another bad idea if it can be avoided. Unless you use the items on your shelves every single day, they will attract dust and dirt and create a mammoth clean-up job. If you fry an onion, the grease gets into the air and attaches itself to items on open shelves – yuck.

HANG PANS FROM A RACK

This creates the same cleaning problems. I’ve seen photographs on the internet with lovely racks holding a dozen or more pans. I’ve never used a dozen pans for making a meal. Keep handy only what you need.

UTENSILS, KNIVES…

Home editors and journalists also like to recommend that utensils such as spatulas, lades etc. are hung on racks and that the best place to store knives is a magnetic knife rack. Again, there’s the cleaning problem, plus I rarely use more than one knife per meal – one good knife is all you need.

PULL OUT TABLES

Home editors love these as a ‘solution’ for small kitchens. If a kitchen has an area for a table to pull out to then it’s not what I’d call a small kitchen!

BUY A CHOPPING BOARD TO FIT OVER YOUR SINK

over_the_sink_cutting_board

There was a time when I thought this was a good idea and, if you have a double sink, they normally automatically arrive with a board. That’s fine but remember that if you have a kitchen sink that has a single bowl, which most small kitchens have, then your sink is out of action when the board is in place. How are you going to strain the spaghetti or wash the salad? These boards can be more trouble than they’re worth.

Final tip

KEEP CERTAIN INGREDIENTS TOGETHER
For example, I often cook curries and foods that need certain spices. I keep all of these in a tray in the cupboard. That way I don’t have to search for my curry spices, just get the tray out. For example, if you regularly bake keep flour, baking powder and other similar items in a specific basket or tray.

Dos and Don’ts when you own an air conditioner

Do you have an air conditioner of your own?

Do you wish to keep it in good working condition?

Are you in search of knowing how to maintain your air conditioner unit in a better state?

Here we are to tell you about the useful things to do and to avoid in case you are new to the use of air conditioner.

Air conditioners prove to be a blessing as they provide a comfortable temperature in the whole house and maintain the comfort for several days, both in the sweltering and freezing weather. But if they are not adequately taken care of, they might start making trouble and become a source of tension rather than comfort. Therefore you need to understand the few essential things before it’s too late.

Although there are some outstanding services providers available around the corner to help you with the air conditioner repair and maintenance, you still need to be aware of a few basic things yourself.

Living here in Euless, you would be glad to find that the most renowned Air conditioning repair in Euless, Texas is not so far away. The Abundant Air Inc. is just the answer to all your queries regarding the air conditioning, our experts know exactly how to treat your units so they would not trouble you in future anymore.

Now let us take a look at the dos and don’ts of keeping an ideal air conditioner.

  1. Do maintain the air conditioner clean. Dirt and dust are the two worst enemies of your air conditioner’s better life. Make sure to keep them out of dirt and keep cleaning it from time to time. More decent air conditioner, with clean ducts and filters, cools better compared to the one clogged with debris that has to work more.
  2. Do replace the air filters of your air conditioner in three months for the least. The air filters come in two types. If your filters are washable, you do not need to replace them, just washing them would make them good as new each time.
  3. Don’t let anything clog the end of the discharge duct of the Air Conditioner. The water must flow freely from it. Placing a bowl or bucket to collect water could clog it. Make sure that the end of the discharge duct does not touch any surface.
  4. Do make sure to get your air conditioner tuned and checked at least once in every two years by some professionals of the field. This will save you from getting stuck in a sudden situation too much extent.
  5. Do not place the outdoor units on some bricks or podiums, invest a little in the mounting assembly of the unit and place the unit well on it. This is essential to keep the outdoor unit out of the harm’s way.

Following these few dos and don’ts for your air conditioners today, will save you from any hard time in the future.

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