Climate Control Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Blog

Answers to Your Most Common Plumbing Questions

February 17th, 2020

plumber-working-on-p-trap-of-sinkThough it is arguably the vastest system in your home when it comes to comfort and convenience, not a lot of people think about the overall state of their plumbing systems. In some cases, this can become a problem, since it makes it harder to detect leaks in a timely manner. There are of course signs you can watch for—water bills that have spiked without explanation, the sound of rushing water when no appliances are on, the sound of dripping behind a wall, and the sight of small puddles within your property where there shouldn’t be.

We encourage you to not only take the proper steps when you suspect a plumbing problem, but also read below about some of the most common plumbing questions we receive and our answers.

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Do You Have a Natural Gas Furnace, But an Electric Water Heater?

February 3rd, 2020

Ever wonder why?

This combo is very popular among new home builders.  So, if your home was built after about 2005, chances are you have this gas furnace/electric water heater combo as well.  Why does this matter? Read on!

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Is a Boiler the Right Choice for Your Home?

January 20th, 2020

pressure-gauge-on-boilerWhether you’re having a new home constructed or you need to replace a dying heater, the Comfort Bear is here to help! This can be a difficult decision—what is the best type of heater for your home? Should you just stick with what you’re used to? But what if it’s not as effective or efficient as it could be?

Most homeowners in our area are used to furnaces, and for good reason! But these systems require a network of air ducts to carry heated air into various rooms. This is fine, but if you don’t have room for ducts, or if your existing ducts are old and damaged, you might want an alternative.

The Comfort Bear can’t let another moment go by without suggesting that you consider a boiler installation! These heating systems operate differently from forced-air heating. They use a process called radiant heating, which is heating up objects in rooms so they send out heat waves throughout the space. Boiler systems can utilize radiators, baseboard heaters, or in-floor piping to spread warmth throughout a space.

Selecting a new boiler system for your winter comfort can be a hard decision, but there are a number of reasons why it’s a good decision!

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Climate Control Recognized for Nonprofit Partnerships

January 13th, 2020

The Comfort Bear, along with Dave Dennis and the rest of our committed team are proud to serve our local communities. There are a number of fantastic charities throughout the Kansas City Metro area, and we love it when we can partner with them and help serve them to keep their organizations running as smoothly as possible!

We are humbled by our customer testimonials such as this one, and we look forward to continuing to service residents and businesses throughout Kansas City, MO and beyond. 

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?

January 10th, 2020

Let’s find out if a  tankless water heater right for you.

There are many opinions on tankless water heaters and it can be a little difficult to get some clear information about them.  Some say they love them, while others haven’t had a great experience with them.

So, what does a tankless water heater do and how does it work? Here’s the lowdown!

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The Most Common Misconception About Water Pressure

January 8th, 2020

It seems that a common request we get from our customers is asking for more water pressure, especially at the showerheads.  Let’s chat about what’s actually happening and what we can do to fix it.

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Why You Need a Home Plumbing Inspection

January 6th, 2020

adult-holding-child-hands-at-sink-faucetIf you’ve been following the Comfort Bear and our blog here for very long, you might have noticed some changes. The biggest one would be the change to our name! In our efforts to service your entire home and bring ultimate comfort to your living space, you can now not only contact our team for expert HVAC professionals, but reach out any time you need a plumber in Lee’s Summit, MO, too!

We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty great to the Comfort Bear.

Of course, any plumbing system can only work as well as expected if it’s properly installed and cared for. Part of that care means having your plumbing system inspected and maintained. Why so? Read on!

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These Sounds Indicate a Furnace in Disrepair

December 23rd, 2019

natural-gas-jets-of-furnaceWhen it comes to home comfort, the Comfort Bear would like to ignore strange noises coming from appliances in the home—but ultimately this would be a bad idea.

It’s easy to deny that something may be amiss with our heaters when they start making an odd sound, since fixing it can be a nuisance. But just like the Comfort Bear, you shouldn’t neglect these signs of furnace disrepair.

A rattle may be something as benign as an easy-to-fix loose panel, or it could suggest a cracked heat exchanger which can lead to a hazardous carbon monoxide leak. It’s important to protect your family—if you hear anything outside of the normal cycling of your furnace and air whooshing through your vents, please give us a call. We’ve listed below some of the common sounds you should alert us to.

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Garbage Advice – Literally!

December 20th, 2019

Here are a few tips and tricks from the pros on how to get the best performance from your garbage disposal. We will also correct a few garbage myths out there.

1. Use plenty of water when using your disposal.
The fact is, most garbage disposal clogs could have been prevented by using more water while the disposal was in use.

2. Stage food waste in the sink basin before feeding in slowly
This allows you to ensure plenty of water is assisting the disposal while grinding food waste.

3. Feed the food waste slowly
The second leading cause of disposal clogs is overloading. Disposals do a much better job if we slow down the rate we feed the food waste into the disposal. Otherwise, you could find yourself facing the next problem on the list…

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Choose a Plumber Today (and Call Them When You Need Them)!

December 18th, 2019

 

Plumbing issues might not arise too often in your home, so it’s natural to be a little in the dark when it comes to selecting a high-quality plumber.  We’ve put together a few tips you should consider when the day comes along that you need to call on a plumber.

Ultimately, now is the time to select your plumbing contractor.

STOP!  Read that last line again.  If you wait until an emergency plumbing situation where you need someone fast, you may let your guard down and sacrifice value for whatever contractor answered the phone first–a potentially expensive mistake.

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