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What Is Water Heater Vacation Mode?

What Is Vacation Mode On My Home Water Heater?

Vacation mode is a water heater setting that enables water heater users to reduce a water heater’s energy consumption, while powering it with just enough energy to prevent frozen pipes.

Water heater users can turn their heater to these settings, when away from their premises during the winter, to save energy and reduce utility bills. It is not necessary to set a water heater’s setting to vacation mode during the summer, as the heater can be switched off, to save energy, without any risk of water freezing inside the pipes.

Why You Should Use Vacation Mode Settings

Saves Energy And Is Good For The Environment


Most water heating systems use electricity, gas or other fuels to heat the water. The higher the thermostat readings are set, the greater the required water heating degree, and the more energy the heater consumes.

Using vacation mode settings (low-temperature readings), lowers the heater’s energy consumption. Low energy consumption translates to reduced depletion of the resources/ fuel that powers the water heater.

Reduces Utility Bills

When a water heater is set at a high degree/ temperature reading, it consumes much energy in order to heat the water to the desired temperature. Lowering the settings to vacation mode reduces the heater’s energy consumption, which, in turn, lowers utility bills. Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions technicians can install a heater that has vacation mode settings in your premises anytime you want.

Keeps Your Water Heater In Perfect Running Condition

Vacation modes settings reduce your water heater’s energy consumption and full blown operation, thereby reducing the risk of the water heater’s components wearing out. It also reduces corrosion and build-up of minerals inside your heaters plumbing. Again, since vacation mode settings do not completely cut off power supply to your heater, water inside the pipes is maintained at room temperature and not frozen.

Vacation mode settings are lower-than-standard settings on a water heater. A water heater set at this setting consumes minimal energy, saving energy and the environment, yet sufficient energy to flow through the system and prevent frozen plumbing.

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Tucson Water Quality

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As a Tucson Resident, are you satisfied with your drinking water? Based on the U.S. EPA’s standards of clean drinking water, our normal city tap water meets basic criteria. Yet Tucson residents spend millions of dollars every year on filters, water services and bottled water. Why are we spending so much time refusing to use tap water?

Many people are becoming more alarmed that there isn’t more testing done. Impurities such as pharmaceuticals, care products, cleaning products and other byproducts are categorized as “emerging contaminants” and are not currently regulated by the EPA. Another reason would be TCE (trichloroethylene), a well-known chemical throughout Tucson in the 1980s when people in South Tucson took ill from drinking from contaminated wells. Also the Colorado River project, called CAP, is a large reason long-term Tucson residents do not trust regular drinking water. Early reports of brown and red water flowing from tap water was a long standing concern.

While we use chlorine to disinfect water from harmful bateria and organisms, chlorine has a lot of negatives. In addition to being just one more chemical that we are exposed to on a regular basis, chlorine as a disinfectant produces byproducts such as trihalomethanes, or THMs. These chemicals can cause cancer. However, they are regulated by the EPA and while our water table is tested to be meet the EPA’s standards, most people would choose not to consume them at all given the choice.

Just like you, we live in Tucson and we care about the things we put in our bodies affect those around us. Our employees, our families and our friends deserve to drink clean water that is completely contaminate free. That is why Cool Breeze continually seeks out solutions that we would recommend to everyone within our own families, from air conditioning accessories that kill harmful bateria to water solutions that remove harmful organisms and chemicals.

There IS a Solution

Let Cool Breeze Comfort Solutions recommend one of our whole home water filtration systems! They are easy to install, economical and they provide clean water to your entire home to the whole family. The other advantage is that it just doesn’t affect tap water. It’s long been known that contaminates can easily be absorbed through the skin during a shower or bath. Our complete home water filter systems handle ALL the water in your home.

Give us a call today to learn more and we’ll be happy to provide a quote and recommendation!

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Emergency Plumbing Tips

I am Tim from Boulden Plumbing based out of Newark, DE, here to share some plumbing tips.

When you have a plumbing emergency, the last thing you want to do is make the problem worse, but if you don’t act fast, that’s exactly what might happen. To help you take the right actions and avoid the wrong ones, here are some quick tips for how to handle a plumbing emergency.

  • Shutting Off the Water – If a pipe bursts or you have standing water somewhere, the very first step you take is to shut off the water. Cleanup is pointless if more water pours in. So, we need to stop the flow. Usually, this water valve is located outside, but it can be found under an access panel or in the basement in some cases.
  • Flooding Toilet – Watching the water slowly rise in a toilet, dangerously close to the rim, can be scary. But, there are tricks to slow or stop the flow until the plumber arrives. The first is to turn on your sink faucet to slow down the water flow to the toilet. If you can reach it, turn off the cold water supply to your toilet as well. As soon as the tank is empty, no new water will enter.
  • Turning Off an Appliance – Sometimes the problem isn’t a house-wide problem but a specific appliance overflowing. If your washing machine or dishwasher is about to overflow, turn off the supply valve immediately. It could be several gallons of water per minute if you don’t.
  • When Electricity is Involved – If your basement floods, don’t go down there until you can be sure there is no electricity flowing into the water. That much water with live electricity is incredibly dangerous. If you can’t be sure, get a plumber out there fast.
  • Gas Leaks – Sometimes, a plumbing problem is really a gas problem. If this is the case, don’t try to fix it yourself. Get everyone out of the house and call the gas company immediately.
  • Hot Water Leakage – If you notice that hot water is leaking somewhere in your home, turn off the main water supply and then turn off the hot water heater’s energy source. There should be an emergency shutoff valve on the hot water heater for gas and a switch on the device if it is electric.

In each of these cases, the very next step you take should be to call a professional, but if you act fast you can hopefully mitigate the damage.

Tim is the president of Boulden Plumbing, a full service plumbing and drain company that serves the Wilmington & Dover metropolitan area. For more great plumbing and drain advice, visit their blog.

Hard Freeze Effects on Tucson’s Plumbing

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Tucson is widely known for its mild winters and golf all year long.  Most people come here to get out of the cold, but for those of us here last winter, we know there wasn’t much escaping the unusually cold weather.  With uncommon snow by November and record lows in February, it was a winter Tucson won’t soon forget.

It’s understandable to think when it gets cold that pipes will freeze.  What happened with a lot of the plumbing in Tucson last winter was more due to the length of the freeze.  It didn’t just get cold, it stayed cold and the longer it stays cold the more your pipes are at risk of freezing and bursting.  Tucson wasn’t prepared for two to three nights of subfreezing weather and the evidence of plumbing issues remained for weeks after.  Residents were faced with frozen pipes to their homes and irrigation systems.   Tucson plumbers were quick to respond, doing the necessary repairs around town.  The immediate, high demand for plumbing supplies caused Tucson’s stores to run out of the materials required to fix the pipes, actually causing some residents to be out of water for several weeks.  This unexpected hard freeze didn’t just affect residents; Tucson businesses also felt the chill, with hundreds of backflow units needing replacements or repairs in the weeks following the freeze.

Most of the plumbing issues could be attributed to lack of insulation and improperly maintained pipes.  To prevent a repeat of last winter’s events, you should thoroughly protect all exposed pipes around your home.  A great option is fiberglass insulation.  This insulation method will shield exposed pipes and be covered with a weather proof metal jacket; an option that is virtually maintenance free and can last up to ten years.  Another less expensive option would be to use self-adhesive foam insulation, but this doesn’t stand up to our blistering summer temperatures and may require yearly replacement.  The most effective way to prevent freezing is with heat tape.  This option may require some electrical work and is more expensive, but it will maintain an average pipe temperature of 42 degrees so as long as the electric is on the water is flowing.

With the winter months approaching, now is the best time to call Arizona Professional Plumbing at 721-9699 to schedule an appointment to get your plumbing properly insulated.