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Adjusting Your Water Heater Temperature

One of the easiest things you can do to help your wallet and the planet out this summer is to try adjusting the temperature on your water heater. Your water heater might seem unrelated to keeping you cool, but it’s a big part of your home’s infrastructure and can help you cut down on energy use during this peak energy-consumption season.

Not sure how to do adjust your water heater or how to set the best water heater temperature? This guide shows you how you can complete this small fix yourself.

Common Problems with Baseboard Heaters

A baseboard heater fits against the wall near the floor, providing heat from the ground up. They are easy to install and can accommodate any living space. Like any heating system, baseboard heaters run into problems from time to time. Use this guide to figure out why your baseboard heater might be having issues. How … Continued

Supply vs Return Vents

Hidden behind the walls of your home is a vast network of air ducts. They connect to virtually every room of your house and provide a pathway through which air can travel to and from your HVAC system. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between supply and return vents and provide tips on how … Continued

Common Bathroom Leaks and What They Mean for You

Every year, says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide — equal to how much water more than 11 million homes would use annually. While some leaks are easily detectible, others may go unnoticed for months, ratcheting up your water bill and potentially causing damage to your home. … Continued

HVAC Tips for Pennsylvania Homeowners

Your HVAC system controls the internal temperature of your home. As a homeowner, you should know how to clean and troubleshoot your HVAC system to make sure it functions properly. Here are 10 of the best HVAC tips to remember as you take care of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. 1. Know What Kind … Continued

How to Know if the Air in Your House is Too Dry

In winter, we keep the windows and doors shut, run the furnace all the time, use our fireplaces and create really dry air inside our homes. That warm and toasty home feels good when it’s cold outside. But here are some signs the air in your home is too dry:

Toilet Repairs May be Needed due to In-Tank Cleaners

Given the dirty nature of bathrooms, and toilets in particular, all homeowners want to find fast and easy ways to clean in these spaces. That’s why many choose to use the drop-in toilet cleaners that often come in the form of bleach-chlorine tablets. These tablets may seem like simple solutions, but they are often more … Continued

What Is an Air Conditioning Wet Switch/Float Switch?

Air conditioning is a convenience we rely on during the hottest days of summer and — for those of us who live in the Southern United States — for many months of the year. While these useful appliances don’t usually give us any trouble, they are also known to leak, which can cause extensive water damage … Continued

What to Look Out for to Avoid Hiring Scammy or Unlicensed Contractors

Hiring an unlicensed contractor, or one who might scam you when seeking out plumbing or HVAC services in Pennsylvania, can be disastrous. When you need plumbing services, you want to be sure you’re hiring a certified, licensed plumber in Lancaster, PA or wherever you need service.

The Benefits of Home Performance Testing

Of all the services that you engage for your home, one of the most neglected may be home performance testing. There are numerous benefits of home performance testing, and if you haven’t considered home performance testing in Westchester, PA, Coatesville, or homes throughout Lancaster and Chester County, you are missing out on an important opportunity. … Continued

Why Choose Summers & Zim’s

Why should you trust the plumbing professionals at Summers & Zim’s for all your residential plumbing needs? At Summers & Zim’s, we pride ourselves on our good natured disposition, unmatched plumbing experience paired with numerous certifications and focus on providing our customers with exceptional service and personalized plumbing repair and installation solutions. We’re proud to be certified by the Master Plumbing License, North American Technician Excellence, Inc. and the Environmental Protection Agency.

With our dedication to our customers, we also ensure consistent quality and satisfaction with our one-of-a-kind 5 Point Guarantee:

5-Point Guarantee

  • Design Guarantee

    For all of our repairs and installations, we guarantee it will perform as intended. If it’s not what you expected, we’ll make adjustments or replacements at no extra cost.

  • No Lemons Guarantee

    If you have a recent plumbing fixture installed and a piece of it fails to perform reliably, we’ll install a new one at no additional cost.

  • $500 No Frustration Guarantee

    If your new plumbing installation does not perform as promised or expected within the first two years, we’ll pay you $500 for the inconvenience.

  • Home Protection Guarantee

    While working in your home, if our team accidentally damages any part of your home, we will cover any repair or replacement costs.

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

    If your new system installation does not meet your needs or expectations, we’ll remove the item and return 100 percent of your investment.