A Quick Guide To Water Heaters and How Water Heaters Work

We have serviced and installed thousands of water heaters. You deserve to know more about your water heater. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we’ve been asked.

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Gas, Propane, Electric Water Heaters & Tankless Water Heaters

Gas & Propane Water Heaters

gas water heater

These are your standard water heaters commonly found in American homes.  They are easy to install, with dimensions and installation requirements comparable to standard power vent water heaters.

Electric Water Heaters

electric heat pump water heater

Electric heat pump water heaters are designed to dramatically decrease the cost of operation, translating into significant savings for you.  Electric heat pump water heaters are twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater and can cut annual operating costs by more than 50%.

Tankless Water Heaters

tankless water heater

An endless supply of hot water, whenever you need it—even for multiple tasks. Tankless water heaters revolutionize comfort, energy efficiency, and convenience.

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Water heating is the 2nd largest home expense; It makes up 14-18% of utility bills.

The average U.S. home spends $400-600 a year on water heating bills.

The average water heater only lasts 10-15 years until it needs to be replaced.

The average household uses 64 gallons of water every day.

Water Heaters In The 21st Century

Over the past several years there have been quite a few changes to how water heaters are designed and installed. New water heaters have more insulation and different code requirements. All water heater manufacturers now require thermal expansion tanks to be installed, while some local municipalities also require pressure-reducing valves.

How Water Heaters Work: The Basics

Tank water heaters can be powered by either gas, propane, or electricity. A tank-type heater heats up the water flowing through the heat-exchange coils and keeps the heat insulated so the water remains hot. On the top of the tank, are the supply and delivery pipes. The supply pipe guides cold water through the dip tube to the bottom of the tank and the delivery tubes take the hot water to the top of the tank; which then can be used.

Water Heater Installation Process

We make the process as easy as possible for you; we will work around your schedule for the install. We’ll install your new water heater professionally and efficiently, everything will be up-to-code and hassle-free. Our systems always include warranties.

How Water Heaters Work

Waters may seem simple from the outside but there is a lot of science that goes on under that shell.  This video does a great job going over the workings of a water heater.

4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs A Plumber!

  1. Lukewarm or cold water: Easily the most obvious sign of a water heater crisis is when the water in your home is not getting hot, especially if this occurs out of every faucet.
  2. Plastic coming from your hot water: If you have a tank water heater, your dip tube could be broken and causing your hot water to have a bit of plastic in it. 
  3. Noisy: Water heaters do not make much noise when working properly. If you notice your water heater has started to make sounds often, calling our comfort specialist out will save you from a potential water heater emergency.
  4. Stinky: Any smell you notice from your water heater should be checked out. This may be a potential maintenance issue or signs of a larger issue.

Common Causes of Water Heater Failure

  • Hot Water Neglect: The single biggest issue we run across is neglect. When your system is not properly maintained, sediment builds up. You will experience issues and potentially a full break down.

  • High Water Pressure: The silent killer of water heaters. Having too high of water pressure can cause stress on your unit, leading to problems and eventually breaking it down.  The best course of action is installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV), as well as an expansion tank.

  • Sediment Buildup: ‘Hard’ water that in your tank can cause sediment when heated up. Over time, the sediment deposits in the bottom of the tank. This will cause problems over time.

  • Transient Current: This is usually a rare occurrence and is handled during the installation process, but not always. When electrical currents jump they can send a charge through your unit and lead to corrosion.

  • Internal Rust: Over time your system will rust in addition to sediment. The anode within your water heater prevents this. When your anode rod goes out, have it replaced to prevent your unit from rusting.

  • Improper Sizing: If your water heater is improperly sized that means it ends up working double-time.  With this constant strain and expansion, it shortens the lifespan of your unit.

  • Corrosive Fumes: Something to be mindful of.  The fumes and air quality around the unit are important.  Try to keep harmful chemicals out of the same room as your water heater — gas water heaters draw in the air around it for combustion.

  • Leaking Unions or Other Segments: As your unit undergoes thermal expansion parts will shrink and expand. Have your unit inspected, cleaned, and maintained every year to ensure all rubber components are tight and snug.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

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