The Plumbing Connection

Volume 1 | Issue 10

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Tech Talk

Water Heaters and Internal Noises

Indeed, water heaters are essential but often overlooked appliances in homes. The noises they can make, especially when near sleeping quarters, can be quite disruptive. Here are some insights into these noises and how to address them:

  • Clattering Noises in Gas Heaters: The clattering noises in gas water heaters are typically caused by sediment and lime buildup at the bottom of the tank. When the gas burner operates, water droplets bubble through this sediment, creating the noise. Periodic flushing of the tank can help alleviate this issue.
  • "Singing" or "Hissing" Sounds in Electric Heaters: Electric water heaters may produce "singing" or "hissing" sounds due to lime or scale accumulation on the heating element blades. Cleaning the heating element with vinegar or replacing it can eliminate these noises.
  • Mysterious Silent Heaters: The absence of noise in some water heaters can be influenced by various factors, such as the gas flow rate or water temperature settings. However, if you were to place another water heater under identical conditions, it might produce noise.
  • Flushing for Temporary Relief: Flushing the tank is a temporary solution to reduce noise caused by sediment or scale buildup. Regular maintenance can help prolong water heater life and reduce noise issues.
  • Water Softeners for Hard Water Areas: In regions with hard water, installing a water softener can be a long-term solution to prevent scale buildup in a water heater. This not only ensures a quieter operation but also extends the lifespan of the appliance.

Taking steps to address these issues can not only provide a quieter living environment but also improve the efficiency and longevity of your water heater. Regular maintenance and consideration of water quality are key to ensuring peace and quiet in your home.

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What's Happening at HSA?

We're Officially on TicTok

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WHEA Conference

We are delighted to announce that Herkowski Stickler & Associates proudly served as a Platinum Sponsor at the Annual Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association Conference in September. Our dedicated team, comprised of Joe Herkowski, Steve Stickler, Tyler Redling, Bryan Fonseca, and Paul Ginter, represented us with great enthusiasm.

They staffed our booth with passion, showcasing cutting-edge products that perfectly align with the latest healthcare trends. Thanks to our esteemed manufacturers such as Bradley Corporation, Whitehall Manufacturing, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company, Murdock Manufacturing, NUPI Americas Inc., Viega LLC PEX, and CECO, we were able to offer innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of healthcare facilities.

Gerber University

Penny Rimdzius and Tara Jensema had the privilege of recently attending the newly renovated and stunning Gerber University. Check out the updated displays and products! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Araceli Lee and Gerber Plumbing Fixtures for their warm hospitality and for making this educational experience possible.

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Our Hot Water Technical Team is on the Move!

The Hot Water Technical Solutions Team is on the Move! Our dedicated team has been hard at work, from completing extensive training at Bradford White's International Excellence Center to delivering on-site training to various audiences. They've also successfully completed multiple start-ups, showcasing their expertise in handling all your hot water product needs.

Whether you're looking to schedule a training session, need design assistance, or require technical support, we've got you covered! Click the link below to discover more and connect with our experts today.

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Manufacturer Highlights

Now Launched!

Introducing the latest addition to the Bradford White lineup: The Brute FT® Commercial Wall-Hung & Floor Standing Boilers! Expanding upon their trusted Brute FT® platform, these boilers come in two impressive models—301 MBH and 399 MBH. They offer incredible thermal efficiency, durability redefined, and smart technology. Click to learn more!

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Custom Murdock Units

Looking for a unique way to elevate your brand's visibility? Look no further than Murdock Manufacturing's customizable bottle-filling stations!

These stations are not only sleek and attention-grabbing, but they also provide convenient access to clean water wherever you go. It's time to get your brand noticed and leave a lasting impression. Talk to your HSA Representative today about how to get your mock-ups!

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Curious About 2024 Kitchen Trends?

Want to know more about the kitchen trends expected for 2024? The NKBA's 2024 Kitchen Design Trends Report provides valuable insights. Five takeaways from the report include Emerging Categories, Shifts in Products, Color Trends, Materials, and Space Utilization. To get the full scoop on these trends and more, we recommend checking out the NKBA's 2024 Kitchen Design Trends Report for a comprehensive overview of what's on the horizon in kitchen design.

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Have You Seen the AcornVac/Whitehall Manufacturing Mobile Showroom?

Have you had the chance to explore the AcornVac/Whitehall Manufacturing Mobile Showroom? Herkowski Stickler & Associates had the privilege of capturing an exclusive sneak peek while it was in town! For an in-depth look at the incredible product offerings inside this mobile showroom, head over to our YouTube channel. Don't miss out on this exciting showcase of innovative solutions!

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