May your home be as warm as the memories created within.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Washington Energy Services.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at Washington Energy Services.
Your home should be a refuge—a haven from the pollutants and allergens of the outdoors. But what if your indoor air quality is actually the opposite? What if your air ducts are super highways for dander, dust, and other contaminants? (more…)
Monday November 16th – Friday November 20th, Washington Energy Services invites you to donate new or gently used coats and other winter clothes to Clothes for Kids at our Lynnwood showroom. These coats go directly to low-income families just in time for winter. We’ll have collection bins in our lobby.
3909 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Clothes For Kids provides school clothing – including socks, underwear and shoes – to students in our community whose families qualify for free or reduced meals at school. They serve Snohomish County and the Northshore School District.
Their vision is to empower students for success one wardrobe at a time. They do this because it is the right thing to do and because these are the future citizens of our community.
Each school year, Clothes For Kids provides quality clothing for thousands of students in a retail store environment, where kids and teens can pick out their own clothes with their families. The only thing that is missing is a cash register!
Clothes For Kids is an independent, local 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported and powered by the community in which we live.
To learn more about Clothes for Kids, or to donate money directly, visit their website.
Join us as we re-pipe the hydronic heating system of a home in Snohomish, WA. This home, and all the other homes in this complex, use KITEC pipes to deliver hot water to the heating fans throughout the home.
Over the last 10-15 years when many green homes were built in the Seattle area, residences were plumbed with hydronic forced-air systems for heating. Hydronic heating is a great idea, however homeowners have discovered some disturbing news about some of the piping that was used to plumb the heating systems. (Not systems done by Washington Energy!) The product is called Kitec, and it brings an alarming issue.
Kitec consists of flexible aluminum pipe sandwiched between an inner and outer layer of plastic pipe (polyethylene or PEX pipe). Kitec pipe generally comes in two colors: orange (for hot water use) and blue (for cold water use). Kitec pipes were manufactured by IPEX USA LLC and have been used in homes across many western states, i.e., Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, California and Washington.
The main issue has been the specific brass fittings used as connectors with this pipe, and their impact on the whole hydronic system. Kitec pipe and fittings fail due to a chemical reaction known as dezincification, which results in reduced water flow and leaks. The fittings have a high concentration of lead in the brass formulation. This reacts with water over time. Dezincification occurs and a powdery white corrosion builds up in the fitting, restricting the water flow. Next comes the failure, either at the site of the connectors, or at another point in the line impacted by the restricted flow, increased pressure, or both. In both tests and in real homes, the compromised pipes and fittings have frequently caused damage from bursting and/or leaking. As these pipes are run through the walls, damage can be especially severe and unnoticed until it’s too late. If this was the kind of disaster that manifested in 30 or 40 years within a home, it would not generate these lawsuits. This plumbing can fail very quickly.
It is recommended that the only reliable way to repair and eradicate the risk inherent with the defective Kitec plumbing system is to re-pipe the lines in the house. The work is extensive, but can save you in the long run.
In-wall heating fans are connected to the hot water system in the garage.
Our plumbers neatly run the pipes to the fans throughout the house.
Back in the garage, our plumbers prepare the connections to and from the tankless water heater.
The hydronic plumbing manifold sends hot water throughout the home and also allows it to return to the system.
The lines are run neatly back to the manifolds.
The lines are labeled according to which fan they connect to.
Once the lines are connected, bled for air and tested, we fire up the tankless burner for more testing.
With everything functioning properly and no leaks – all that’s left to do is put the cover back on the tankless water heater and clean up our work area! Another job well done.
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It’s official. Summer is over, and it’s time to welcome fall’s crisp weather, crunching leaves, and smiling jack-o’-lanterns. But as you sip your pumpkin spice latte, preparing yourself for the season’s colder weather, consider preparing your home as well. (more…)
My husband and I have a two-year-old home and didn’t think we needed air conditioning so did not have it installed when we built our home. Our second summer in our home and 80 and 90 degree temps changed our mind!More
I had Washington Energy Services install a tankless water heater. They were not only able to offer me the best price, but they installed the unit very quickly and with no problems.More
Friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt. Marcus, a WES tech, came to service a tankless water heater that had failed the night before. I'm a curious homeowner who like to watch the people I hire to fix the things that I cannot.More
I had a furnace put in a couple months ago at my mom's house. The Washington energy service was very kind and efficient. The sales person Dave was approachable and really was willing to hear the needs of what my mom needed.More
Washington Energy Services has helped us out again. We have two young daughters and our furnace stopped working this winter. It was a challenge keeping the girls warm enough at night.More
I cannot say enough about how happy I am with Washington Energy, Steve Cloutier, Jim Spence the Electrician and the rest of his crew (sorry I didn't write down all the names, but they were all fantastic!)More
We had a ductless heat pump put in last year by Washington Energy and we are really enjoying it this winter. We were skeptical that it could really heat, but works great even below freezing. The crew did a great job, were very courteous, and cleaned up when they were done.More
Great Experience, Wonderful Service. Rob Cohn and the window installation team were very professional. From the first call to Rob all the way to the final inspection, the process was easy and went as planned.More
Super Fast, Friendly. Our furnace wasn't starting up right around Thanksgiving when it got real cold. Another company said they could come see us, charge us "after hours," and the wait would be about 8 days. Washington Energy said they could come that night...More
Fantastic service. They stuck by their quote over the phone. I am truly impressed. I called 3 places and got 3 quotes for a new water heater system. WESCO was the best price and they could help me the quickest -- able to come out that day...More
This summer was a breeze with my new windows I had the fan on only two days and then on low. I cannot believe how MUCH heat these windows kept out. I would stand on a pedestal in the middle of the town square and shout my feelings about these windows...More