Leaky Hot Water Heater?

By Chuck Foertsch

June 15, 2019

Just. Great. You turned your faucet on and let it run and run and no hot water.  You check your hot water heater and you noticed water pooling around the bottom. So is this serious, do you need to call a plumber? The seriousness of the problem depends on WHERE the leak is coming from at the bottom.

Step 1: Look at these 2 places:

  • The drain valve (the spigot at the bottom of the tank that drains the water heater of sediment)

  • The water heater's tank

The drain valve: If the leak is here-good news-the repair is simple and relatively inexpensive. You just need a plumber to replace the faulty drain valve.

The tank: If the leak is coming from the tank you'll need to replace the water heater. Most likely, sediment (minerals) has built up at the bottom of the tank, corroding the tank's inner lining.

Step 2: Turn off the water heater and water supply Now that you know where the leak is, you'll want to slow the leak to prevent further water damage. First, turn off the water heater.

  • For electric water heaters, find the water heater's circuit breaker and flip it to "off."

  • For gas water heaters, look on your water heater for an on/off switch or dial. Turn it to "off."

Now, shut off the cold water supply. To do that, look for a lever or dial above your water heater. Pull the lever or turn the dial clockwise. WARNING: Your water heater may be hot. So be careful that you don't come in contact with the tank as you reach for the dial or lever.

Step 3: Call a plumber for help. If the drain valve is leaking water, call a plumber to replace the valve. Like I  said, it's a relatively inexpensive repair. If the water heater's tank is leaking, you'll need to call a plumber to replace your water heater.   Feel free to give me a call at the shop at Aurora. 701-242-7202,



Does Switching Back and Forth Between Heat and AC Hurt Your HVAC System? 

By Austin Heyen 

May 30, 2019 

Spring in the Midwest can give us quite the temperature variation; it’s hot one day and cold the next. Sometimes we get all four seasons in one week. It can be a challenge to regulate your home’s temperature. During the day you may need to turn your air conditioning on, but at night you may find that it is too cold to fall asleep. Because of this many homeowners switch units back and forth between heat and air conditioning. 

But will this switching back and forth damage your unit? 

The good news is, NO! Generally, doing this will not cause any problems with your system and inherently it isn’t bad for your unit. There are a few important things you should know before switching back and forth. 

Because of the demands that switching back and forth puts on your HVAC unit, preventative maintenance of your HVAC system becomes even more important to make sure everything runs smoothly. Here are some more tips to ensure that you are switching between heat and air conditioning in the safest way possible. 

● Let your unit completely finish its current cycle before switching it. Once it has stopped, shut your unit off completely. 

● Wait five or more minutes between turning off one system and turning on the other. If you switch them too quickly an electrical issue could arise and you are at risk of tripping your breakers. 

● Make sure you don’t set the temperature to something drastically different right away when switching between systems. Raise or lower the temperature by just a couple of degrees at a time. This will keep your system from overworking, and it will help it operate more efficiently. 

If you find it hard to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, contact the professional technicians at Aurora Plumbing, Electrical, Heating and Cooling. We are available to inspect your system, make any necessary repairs and tune-ups, and offer advice on the best way for you to stay comfortable in your home. Also, keep in mind that your HVAC system is an investment and it is important to keep it operating efficiently. Please give me a call at Aurora if you have any questions, 701-242-7202.