How to Maintain Your Air Conditioner During Summer Months

Vacationing is the highlight of the summer for many families. Before leaving for an extended trip out of town, most people pack their bags and make arrangements for someone to get the mail. Another thing you must do is maintain your air conditioner while you are away. Taking a few moments to get the air conditioner ready could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unexpected repair bills.

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Maintain Your Air Conditioner (General Maintenance)

Before leaving on vacation, learning how to maintain your air conditioner will go a long way in protecting your whole HVAC system. To help ensure a healthy air conditioner over the summer:

  • Check and replace air conditioning filters every 30 days. Write the date on the filter itself and set reminders on your calendar so you never forget.
  • Turn the thermostat up, but do not turn the air conditioning off completely. The heat buildup in your home can damage things like art, wooden floors, doors, and more. In addition, your refrigerator will have to work extra hard and you could make things very uncomfortable for any pets that you may have. Instead of turning the system off, turn the thermostat up to 85 degrees while away on vacation (or any significant period of time). This also applies in the winter; set your thermostat back, but do not turn it off completely.
  • Check around your outdoor A/C unit for encroaching landscaping and debris. Clear away anything near the outdoor unit to maintain a clearance of 3 feet minimum. This will ensure proper airflow.
  • Use the garden hose to wash off the condenser unit’s coils. Clean coils are better able to dissipate heat and could save you a lot of money on your air conditioning bill. Here is a video that shows you how to do it:
  • Arrange for a professional air conditioning tune-up. A qualified service technician will perform a thorough inspection of the system to detect any potential problems. Give Boulden Brothers a call for 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our services.

Preparing for Storms

While you’re away from home, it is possible that severe weather conditions could affect your home and air conditioner. When severe weather arrives, so does the possibility of a power outage or lightning strike that could cause damage to the air conditioning system. Preparing for this possibility could prevent the need for system replacement due to catastrophic damage.

  • If severe weather is likely during your absence from home, you should unplug or at least turn off your air conditioning.
  • Remove any items from the yard that could become airborne during high winds. These items could hit the outdoor unit and damage it.
  • Ask a trusted technician to check on the system after a severe weather event occurs.
  • Install whole home surge protection by a professional electrician to protect all of your electronics and appliances. Your whole home surge protector diverts the electrical surge to a grounding wire.

In addition to air conditioning maintenance and replacement, Boulden Brothers also offers quite a number of other related products and services: surge protectors, ultra violet lights, filters, humidifiers, thermostats, and air cleaning systems.

Learning how to maintain your air conditioner over summer will not only reduces utility costs while you’re away, but it also help to ensure that there will be no unpleasant surprises when you return from your trip. For more ideas on getting your air conditioner ready for summer weather, call us now!


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Springtime! Time for an Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Keep your HVAC unit running smoothly, use less energy, and stay cool this summer with a routine HVAC maintenance and air conditioning tune-up.

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Schedule an Air Conditioning Tune-Up in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Contact us. Don’t try  conducting your own air conditioning tune-up no matter how many Youtube videos you’ve seen! Give us a call and schedule your annual HVAC maintenance check-up before the hottest days of summer come. A professional is needed to prevent damaging your air conditioner and to ensure that it’s properly maintained.
  2. Always schedule for spring. We highly recommend you schedule your HVAC tune-up in the spring. You’ll avoid a major breakdown during the summer, when the temperature is at its peak. Like any other complicated machine, routine maintenance will keep your system running more efficient for longer.
  3. Know your basics. Here’s a quick checklist to go over with your HVAC contractor when they arrive:

• Check for proper refrigerant levels

• Check all electrical components and controls

• Clean evaporator and condenser coils

• Check oil motors

• Calibrate thermostat

• Check the condenser

• Check, clean and/or replace furnace filters

Just like a car, your air conditioner needs regular maintenance. Your service technician will clean what he finds dirty, such as your coils, and perform any needed repairs. Regular tune-ups can save hundreds of dollars in repairs annually.

For some quick air conditioning tune-up tips:

  • Change your air filter every month to help unit run at peak efficiency.
  • Keep thermostat away from any heat sources for accurate measurements.
  • Set thermostat as high as possible. For every 1 degree you raise the thermostat, energy and costs decrease by about 3%.
  • Keep windows, drapes, and shades closed while the sun is out to reduce solar heat gain.

For even more air conditioning tips and tricks, see our other blog posts:

SPRING AIR CONDITIONING TUNE-UP TIPS

TIPS FOR BUYING AN AIR CONDITIONER (ANSWER MAN VIDEOS)

Don’t get caught in the heat; know your A/C is ready to work before you need it! Call Boulden Brothers to schedule your A/C tune-up today!\

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Propane Grilling Safety – Do’s and Don’ts

Propane Grilling Safety

You know it’s springtime when you start to smell backyard barbecues. Not too hot, not too cold, spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy a tasty grilled meal.

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Outdoor grilling is a spring and summer must-have. But, you don’t want to make it memorable for the wrong reasons.

According the NFPA propane grilling safety (National Fire Protection Association):

  • In 2012, 16,900 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.
  • One of every six (16%) home structure fires in which grills were involved in ignition, something that could catch fire was too close to the grill.
  • Overall, leaks or breaks were factors in one of every five reported grill fires.
  • Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts.
  • July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June, and August.
  • 8,800 home fires are started by grills each year, on average.

Propane Gas Grill Do’s and Don’ts         

In order to avoid a barbecue blaze, follow these propane grilling do’s and don’ts:

Propane Grilling Do’s

  • Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Always follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.
  • Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off and keep the cylinder valve fully closed when not in use.
  • Make sure the gas grill is shut off and completely cooled before covering it after use.
  • Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Be sure to store them outdoors away from sources of ignition (i.e. heat, matches, or lighters).
  • When a cylinder is refilled, have your Delaware Propane Supplier check for dents, damage, rust, or leaks.
  • After filling, take the cylinder home immediately. While transporting, keep the vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped.
  • When a grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from the propane gas retailer to keep out dirt, insects, and moisture.
  • Before lighting a propane gas grill burner, test the gas fittings for leaks. The NFPA provides this leak detection solution:

Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

Propane Grilling Don’ts 

  • Do not bring cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage.
  • Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder.
  • Do not leave the cylinder in a vehicle.
  • Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
  • Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.
  • Do not use, store, or transport a cylinder where it could be exposed to high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders under or near the grill).

Source: montclairnjusa.org – Propane Grilling Safety Tips

For a couple more propane grilling safety tips, take a look at the NFPA‘s safety tips on grilling:

propane safety tips

For more information on propane grilling safety, read the CPSC’s (Consumer Product Safety Commission) latest propane safety standards and our own Propane Safety Page.

We also wanted to share this great trick for estimating how much propane you have left in your tank:

Propane isn’t just for grilling in the spring and summer. If you are interested in a clean and energy-efficient energy source for hot water and home heating, call Boulden Brothers Propane at (800) 296-2553. You can also read our propane blog archives for more information.


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Spring Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

The average lifespan of a properly maintained air conditioner is between 10 and 12 years. A number of factors play into its lifespan, but regular air conditioning maintenance is by far the biggest one. By following these guidelines, you can rest assured your unit has a better chance of survival.

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Also, if you have not scheduled annual air conditioning maintenance with a professional, you could lose out on any warranty claims you may have. Most warranties are only valid if the system has been maintained to a certain standard, including periodic filter changes.

Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Here are some ways you can keep you warranty, improve your indoor air quality, reduce wear and tear, and increase energy efficiency:

1.)  Change Air Filters Regularly

Dirty air filters greatly reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency; they are the leading cause of air-flow inefficiencies. When gone unchanged, they cause your air conditioner to work harder, shortening the life span of your unit. Additionally, a dirty air filter increases your unit’s wear and tear and severely compromises your indoor air quality (dust, dander, spores, and other allergens).

Because of filter variation you should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on when to change them out; however, most experts recommend that you change your filters out every month.

2.) Place Barriers Around Your Air Conditioner

Your first instinct might be to place bushes and shrubs around your unit; however, they reduce airflow to it. A better option would be to place a fence around your unit, as it will keep dogs from being able to urinate on it. Dog urine is very acidic and can eat away at your air conditioner. If you decide bushes and shrubs are better for you and your home, keep them at least 18-24 inches away from your unit.

3.) Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Just like a car, your air conditioner needs regular maintenance. Your service technician will clean what he finds dirty, such as your coils, and perform any needed repairs. Regular tune-ups can save hundreds of dollars in repairs annually.

For more information on air conditioning maintenance or other home maintenance such as propane, plumbing, and electrical, call the home experts at (302) 368-3848. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

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Earth Day 2015: Energy Efficiency Infographic

Happy Earth Day!

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the worldwide event known as Earth Day! The Earth Day theme this year, chosen by Earth Day Network, is It’s Our Turn to Lead. We shouldn’t wait for the rest of the world to change before we do. Let’s take the initiative and show everyone that we can take the world in a new direction, one small change at a time.

Implementing just one green tip from this energy efficiency infographic will save you both energy and money this year. Don’t delay, go green today!

Home Energy Efficiency INFOGRAPHIC

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Call Boulden Brothers for expert plumbing and electrical services including leak detection, pipe repair, low-flow plumbing, appliance replacement, GFCI installation, rewiring, fixture replacement, and more.

For more green tips and tricks around the home, Meet Dan, The Answer Man in our new series of videos answering commonly asked questions in easy-to-understand language.

Celebrate Earth Day by making addressing some of these green tips in our energy efficiency infographic!  No matter what type of home service you need, Boulden Brothers has you covered! We have the customer service team and expert technicians available to tackle any installation, maintenance, or repair job.

If you have any further questions on how to create a green, energy-efficient home, talk to the licensed, trained technicians at Boulden Brothers.

Visit us on our websiteFacebook, Twitter, and Google+ or give us a call at (302) 368-3848 for more green tips. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

Get the answers you need in our new video library

Boulden Brothers works hard to earn your trust. That’s why we’re picky about who wears our uniform. That’s also why we provide 24-hour service because you can’t pick when an emergency will happen. Now, Boulden Brothers is doing even more to be worthy of your trust: meet Dan, The Boulden Brothers Answer Man. We’ve put together a series of videos to answer commonly asked questions in easy-to-understand language. Our goal: help you understand what to expect when you schedule service from Boulden Brothers.

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Green Kitchen Tips for Earth Day

With Earth Day on Wednesday, it seems that everyone is looking for ways to “green” their home. To ease you into the idea of creating an eco-friendly, green home, we are going to start off slow. This post is all about how to create a more efficient and comfortable kitchen.

Earth Day 2015 Green Kitchen

5 Green Kitchen Tips & Tricks

1. DISHWASHER

  • Only run your dishwasher when it is completely full.
  • Your dishwasher uses less water than washing dishes by hand. Most energy-efficient models can clean your dishes without you having to pre-rinse or wash them first. Simply scrape off any food and leave it to your dishwasher to do the rest.

2. RECYCLE

  • Composting is a great way to create free fertilizer for your plants and minimizes your consumer waste.
  • Keep bags in your car so you can save on paper and plastic when running errands.
  • In Newark, Delaware there is no need to sort your recyclables, but you should always double check with your city.
    Acceptable Items

    • Glass (clear, green and brown)
    • Plastic Bottles (narrow neck bottles only)
    • Metals (steel and aluminum)
    • Paper (newspapers, magazines, phone books and junk mail)
    • And More
  • Use cloth towels and rags instead of paper towels to save money and paper.
  • Use reusable water bottles instead of buying bottled water.

3. COOKING

  • Instead of using your oven for small meals, consider switching to toaster ovens, microwaves, slow cookers, or a smaller convection oven. You can use up to 30% less energy. It also reduces the amount of heat, meaning less of a need for air conditioning.
  • Match the amount of heat on your stove top to the smallest pot or pan that can accomplish the goal.
  • To avoid “vampire power” – energy that is lost when items are plugged in – make sure to unplug things when they’re not in use. Unplug as many devices as you can before going on a trip!

4. REFRIGERATOR

  • We all do it, but try not to browse the refrigerator for too long. Keeping the door open for extended amounts of time wastes a lot of energy.
  • Ensure that the door can fully close by examining the rubber seal. Take your hand and feel around the rubber seal for air leaks. If you notice your refrigerator leaking air, see about getting it sealed or repaired immediately.
  • Many homeowners have multiple fridges. See if you really need the extra fridge and how much energy you may be wasting here. You may not need that extra fridge space, but if you do, make sure to get an energy-efficient model that is the appropriate size.
  • If you do end up replacing your refrigerator, make sure the new one has the official Energy Star federal designation, which means that it meets high standards for energy efficiency.

5. LIGHTING

  • Swap out your light bulbs with Energy Star Certified Light Bulbs.
  • You will use 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
  • You will also cut cut cooling costs, since energy-efficient light bulbs produce 70-90% less heat.
For another green kitchen tip, you should always have a properly functioning plumbing and electrical system. The average home loses more than 10,000 gallons of water a year on undetected plumbing leaks (epa.gov).

Call Boulden Brothers for expert plumbing and electrical services including leak detection, pipe repair, low-flow plumbing, appliance replacement, GFCI installation, rewiring, fixture replacement, and more.

Celebrate Earth Day by making addressing some of these green kitchen tips!  No matter what type of plumbing services you need, Boulden Brothers is the best choice in the Wilmington & Dover, DE area. We know kitchens and have the skilled plumbers on staff to tackle any installation, maintenance, or repair job.

If you have any further questions on how to create a green kitchen, talk to the licensed, trained technicians at Boulden Brothers.

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Krystal Klear Water Filtration Benefits

As the weather begins to warm up, you’ll find yourself using a lot more water. The quality of our indoor air and the quality of our water are the most important health factors in our lives. Do you know how clean your tap water is?

Water Filtration Benefits

According to delawareonline.com:

About 70 percent of the state’s northern tip uses water from the Brandywine, White Clay and Red Clay creeks, sources with a rainbow of problems, including vulnerability to runoff, chemical spills, municipal discharges and drought.

In northern Delaware in particular, the problem with polluted drinking water is especially concerning. Water quality is important for both short and long-term health. In order to protect you and your family from a host of contaminated water problems, it is highly recommended that you install purification technologies to ensure your drinking water is safe and reliable.

Boulden Brothers is committed to providing our customers with the finest quality water at affordable prices. Read on to find out how our Krystal Klear Water Treatment System can solve your all of your water issues!

Krystal Klear Water Treatment System

Krystal Klear Water Filtration Benefit

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Tap water is full of harmful chemicals and contaminants you encounter each day when showering, cooking, cleaning and more. We have worked closely with some of the industry’s leading brands and technology, and have determined Krystal Klear to be the most effective and affordable water treatment solution for removing contaminants and keeping them out.

Water Filtration Benefits:

Krystal Klear water treatment systems are designed to help you with:

  • Healthy, vibrant hair – removes harmful chemicals that dull and damage your hair
  • Nourish dry skin – reduces dry skin and scalp
  • Brighter clothes – brightens, softens, and extends the life of your clothes
  • Cleaner water – helps everything in your kitchen look and taste better
  • Healthier, tastier water – removes harmful chemicals from your drinking water; makes food and drink taste great
  • Saves money – reduces need for soaps, detergents, lotions, and more
  • Low maintenance – stays maintenance-free for 7-8 years
  • Cleaner fixtures – no more lime, scale, or rust buildup on drains and fixtures

As you can see, there are numerous benefits to a Krystal Klear water treatment system. Contact Boulden Brothers today for more information on these products.

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Get cleaner, healthier water today and take advantage of our current Krystal Klear coupon. Hurry, it expires soon!

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Improve the health of you, your family, and all your water-using appliances with Krystal Klear water filtration.

The last thing you need to worry about is the drinking water in your home. Call us today at (302) 368-3848 to make sure it is safe and clean, and will continue to be for years to come.

If you are worried about your water supply and would like to find out water treatment options, let the experts at BOULDEN BROTHERS walk you through the process. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (302) 368-3848.

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What NOT to Flush Down the Toilet

Are you guilty of using the toilet as a trashcan?

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We all use the toilet every day. And not just for human waste. In our experience, people use the toilet as a trash disposal. You couldn’t imagine the things that we have cleared out of toilets; from cell phones and credit cards to children’s toys and crumpled up paper, we’ve seen it all.

We know, it is tempting to flush nearly anything down the toilet. It’s like a black hole; just dump, flush, and it’s gone – out of sight out of mind. To do this, however, is to risk damaging septic tanks and city wastewater treatment centers, as well as causing toxic environmental pollution and the embarrassment that comes with your plumber finding the cause of the problem. People don’t think about this until one day they have a huge clog or septic tank problem and have to spend lots of money to fix it.

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What NOT to Flush Down the Toilet

To help you save embarrassment, thousands of dollars in expensive plumbing repairs, and avoid polluting the environment, pay attention to this list of things that you must never, EVER, flush down the toilet:

1. Feminine Products

Tampons and other feminine hygiene products are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet.

2. Cooking Grease/Food

Grease should never be poured down any drain, period. It may look like a liquid that can easily be dumped down a drain, but when it cools, it will congeal and clog up your pipes. Collect your grease in a glass jar and throw it in the trash, or save the grease and reuse it, especially bacon grease…mmmm.

3. Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes/Cleaning Pads

These “adult baby wipes” are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. They are also increasingly causing clogs and backups in sewage pipes across the country. Although some of these brands might say they are flushable on the box, there are groups that are revising the guidelines, so soon all wet wipes will have a noticeable DO NOT FLUSH symbol on the packaging. If you must use these, throw them away in the trash can. Keep one close to the toilet. Flushing wet wipes can easily turn into an expensive mistake when you have to call a plumber to snake your toilet.

4. Dental Floss

Floss is not biodegradable and can cause serious clogs and environmental damage.

5. Q-tips/Cotton Balls

You might think that cotton will break down, since some toilet paper is made from cotton linen (Cottonelle/Cottonsoft), but they don’t! They will clump together, causing stoppages at bends in the pipes.

6. Diapers

Just because there is human waste inside does not mean that they are OK to flush. Diapers are made to expand in water. In the unlikely case you actually get the diaper to flush, it will likely get caught in the U-bend of the pipe.

7. Pills

You may think it is a good idea to put pills out of harm’s way, but you are probably doing more harm than good by flushing them. They have toxic effects on groundwater supplies and wildlife. There are many community-based “take back you meds programs.” On September 27th, the DEA will be heading a “National Take-Back Day.” There will be many collection sites throughout Delaware on this day. Locations can be found here.

8. Paper Towels/Tissues

If you really want to save money and help the environment, you will use washable cloths and rags, but if you have to use paper towels, throw them in the trash, not the toilet. Tissues and paper towels are not made to dissolve like toilet paper; throw them in the trash.

9. Cigarette Butts

What a waste of water! Each flush uses up to three gallons. They look gross floating in the water and they are full of toxic chemicals that end up going straight into the groundwater supply. If you have to smoke, throw the butts away properly.

 

What does that leave? Not much! Human excrement and regular toilet paper are the only things you should flush down your toilet.

 

Even the very thick and plush toilet paper can sometimes be very hard to break down. A courtesy flush is sometimes necessary to avoid clogging the drain. We love Charmin Ultra too, but be conservative with your toilet paper use.

Don’t think that you are saving water or money by stuffing as much waste into the toilet before you actually flush. Having a plumber drive to your house to fix an expensive repair is much worse, for your wallet and the environment. Single-ply toilet, 100% recycled paper, is best.

Despite all the precautions you take, you may still experience plumbing problems. Things just happen sometimes.

In the unfortunate case of a plumbing problem, pick up the phone and call the experts at Boulden Brothers Home Services at (302) 368-3848.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions you might have.

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U.S. DOE New Water Heater Regulations April 2015

Don’t get caught in hot water this April after the new water heater regulations go into effect. As you may or may not know, the Obama administration released new energy efficient regulations and standards in order to “cut carbon pollution by nearly 300 million metric tons through 2030 — equivalent to taking more than 60 million cars off the road for one year — and will save homes and businesses more than $10 billion on their energy bills.”

April 16, 2015 New Water Heater Regulations and Standards

U.S. Department of Energy New Water Heater Regulations

The new water heater regulations go into effect April 16, 2015, which means that you only have a few more weeks left to make an important decision regarding your existing water heater.

Basically, the new water heater regulations will require changes for both manufacturers and installers of hot water heater systems. As a homeowner, this means that you will be footing the bill for the extra expenses.

The U.S. DOE regulations require the biggest changes for large water heaters, so if you have a tankless, solar, or small water heater, these regulations won’t affect you as much. The larger gas and electric water heaters (greater than 55 gallons) will need to improve their energy efficiency by about 47% and 30%, respectively.

Department of Energy Water Heater Standards

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The U.S. DOE claims that “the percent of households benefitting ranges from 59 percent to 90 percent.” While you will probably benefit from the savings over the lifetime of the the new water heater regulations for gas and electric water heaters, it won’t be by much. The savings never go over $97 dollars and in some cases can go as low as -$244.

Although we are not arguing against stricter energy efficiency requirements, it’s important to remind consumers of their different options and inform them of the higher upfront costs of a water heater maintenance, repair, or installation after the new water heater regulations on April 16th.

Read on for our recommendation!

Why You Should Replace Your Water Heater Now

Although the new changes will make your water heating (about 20% of your home’s total utility expense) more energy efficient, the upfront costs are significant.

Manufacturer prices are expected to increase from the current average cost to the dealer/ distributor of $157 to a range of $187– 292…

That increased price will end up landing on your bill. Not only will the manufacturer price increase, but the stricter installation requirements, which may require new vent piping, will rise significantly as well.

We recommend that you check your water heater right now if you don’t know how old it is. There should be manufacturer and installation information right on the tank itself. If your water heater is older than 10 years old or you’ve been thinking about replacing it soon, we recommend replacing it now!

It’s sort of like whether you want $100 now or 27¢ every day for a year. If you are like most people, you will want the $100 today. And with Boulden Brother’s energy efficient gas, electric, hybrid, solar, and tankless water heaters, you will probably save more replacing your water heater now than waiting until after April 16th.

Also, if your existing water heater is in a tight space, you might need to find a different place to put the new energy efficient water heater since the added insulation makes the unit significantly larger.

More Information On Water Heaters

Call Boulden Brothers today if you have any questions about the new water heater regulations or wish to replace your existing water heater. There’s not much time left!


Boulden Brothers knows how important to have a reliable and energy efficient hot water heater. If you want to save on water heater replacement or installation costs or have any questions about the new government regulations that go into effect this April, pick up the phone and call the home experts at Boulden Brothers – (302) 368-3848.

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