The Sunny Plumber Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heaters’

New Water Heater? Skip the Tank!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

sunny-plumbersIt doesn’t matter if you are on a pretty strict budget or if you have disposable income to spare. Replacing a water heater is nobody’s idea of a good, fun way to spend money. That doesn’t mean it’s not a necessary expense, though. Every water heater, regardless of make, model, and maintenance practices, has a limited lifespan. You’re going to need to replace yours eventually. When you do, you should think long and hard about what type of water heater you’ll choose as a replacement.

For many homeowners, the term water heater means one thing: a tank water heater. If the time has come for a water heater replacement in Tucson, though, or if you need a new water heater installed in a new home, you may want to think outside of the tank. They’re great systems, of course. But tankless water heaters also have some benefits to offer that tank models cannot really match. The Sunny Plumber Tucson has some tips about why you may want to skip the tank.

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Is This It? Time for a New Water Heater?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

logoWhen it comes to an appliance that is as important as your water heater—something you use every single day, throughout the day, and for many different uses—you really need to know that it is in the great working shape necessary to get the job of heating water effectively done right. Of course, no water heater is going to last forever, either. While you don’t want to be wasting money on a premature replacement, you also really don’t want to wind up with a completely broken down system on your hands.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the reasons that you may want to replace your water heater. Planning out your replacement will save you the serious inconvenience of waiting for that replacement to happen when your water heater goes belly up at an inopportune time. Of course, you cannot always get out ahead of problems that you may encounter with your water heater. Scheduling your water heater services in Tucson with The Sunny Plumber Tucson, however, will give you the best chance of doing so.

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What You Need to Know About the Water Heater Anode Rod

Monday, September 21st, 2015

With the amount of exposure that water heaters have to water, rust is almost a foregone conclusion. After all, most water heaters are storing and heating water 24/7. So why is it that water heaters don’t rust out and rupture after a couple of years? The answer lies in a part called the anode rod. This part is extremely important to the health of the water heater, and if it isn’t taken care of you could be in for a lot of unnecessary trouble. Read on for more information.

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Why Your Water Heater Output Is Dropping

Monday, August 31st, 2015

No one likes taking a cold shower, especially not when they’re in the middle of a hot shower and then it becomes a cold shower. Gradual or sudden drops in hot water output is a common problem for water heaters, and an incredibly frustrating one. There are a number of different possible causes for this issue, all of which will require professional repairs. Let’s take a look at a couple of the possible causes for drops in water heater output.

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Common Water Heater Problems

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Water heaters are incredibly sturdy systems. They have to be in order to properly cope with the level of demand that they are constantly placed under. However, they are not invincible systems. There are a wide variety of different issues that can harm your water heater. In order to get them repaired as quickly as possible, it helps to know what symptoms to watch for. The faster you can identify a problem with your water heater, the faster you can get it repaired. Let’s take a look at some of those problems and their symptoms now.

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Typical Water Heater Maintenance Procedures

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

We’ve written before about how important water heater maintenance is to maintaining the health of your system. Scheduling a water heater maintenance appointment even once a year can help your system last for years longer and be more effective. What we haven’t really gotten into is what actually happens during a water heater maintenance appointment. If you know what we actually do during water heater maintenance, it will be easier to visualize how helpful the process can actually be. With that in mind, here are a couple of the more common procedures that happen during a water heater maintenance appointment.

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Why You Should Schedule Water Heater Maintenance Annually

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Your water heater is one of the busiest appliances in your home. You may not use your heater or air conditioner every day, but you almost certainly use your water heater. This frequent use results in a lot of wear and tear on your water heater system. If not addressed, this wear can build into some serious problems that affect the performance of your system. If you want to keep your water heater to last as long as possible, it is recommended that you schedule professional maintenance at least once a year. Read on to find out how water heater maintenance can benefit you.

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When is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Water heaters, like all things, have an expiration date. No matter how well you take care of your water heater, you will eventually have to replace it with a new one. The important thing is to know when the ideal time to do this is. There are a number of signs that you can look for to determine if your water heater is in need of replacement. Read on for 3 of the most common signs.

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Why You Need to Monitor the State of Your Anode Rod

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The average storage tank water heater is put under a pretty incredible amount of stress on a regular basis. Even when you aren’t using hot water, the water heater is keeping gallons and gallons of it at the ready, just in case you need it. This constant exposure to water opens up the water heater to rusting. Considering the pressure exerted by all of that stored water, the water heater should eventually degrade to the point of rupturing. So why aren’t we constantly hearing about people’s water heaters bursting? Because there’s a part in every water heater that protects it from rusting. Read on to find out more about the sacrificial anode rod, and why you should check on it at least once a year.

What is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

The sacrificial anode rod is a metal rod, made of aluminum or magnesium, which is screwed into the top of your water heater storage tank. It’s difficult to explain the actual science behind the anode rod, but in layman’s terms it protects the water heater by degrading away in its place. As long as the anode rod is in the tank, it will corrode away instead of the tank itself. Though this is excellent protection, it doesn’t last forever.

Why You Need to Check It

Eventually, the anode rod will degrade to the point where it can no longer protect the water heater. When that happens, the tank will start to rust and eventually need replacing. For this reason, you need to check your anode rod at least once a year. If the rod looks like it’s reaching the end of its lifespan, it will need to be replaced in order to keep the tank in good health.

If you don’t know how to check or replace your anode rod, give us a call and we’ll be happy to do it for you. The Sunny Plumber provides water heater services throughout Tucson, AZ.

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Plumbing Tip: Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

For new homeowners or those that have not replaced any appliances recently, the amount of options on the market can be overwhelming. There are so many different types of heaters and air conditioners available, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Water heaters have also seen a lot of innovation in recent years. If you are ready to purchase a new water heater for your home, consider a tankless water heater installation. The Tucson plumbing professionals at The Sunny Plumber can help you decide if this is the right option for your home.

One of the greatest advantages of using a tankless water heater in your home is the great efficiency with which they operate. Tankless water heaters do not maintain a reservoir of hot water. Instead, they heat only the necessary water on demand, as it is called for. In doing so, they are able to eliminate the problem of standby energy loss. Standby energy loss occurs when heated water is stored for use. While it is waiting to be used, some of the heat inevitably escapes, and your water heater must replace that lost energy. This puts unnecessary wear and tear on the water heater, as well as costing you more money.

Another reason that you may want to consider a Tucson tankless water heater installation is if you have room in your home. Tankless water heaters are a great way to save space, and can be installed easily in a closet or other area. This keeps them out of the way, freeing up space that could be better utilized.

Plus, when you use a tankless water heater you will never need to worry about your supply of hot water running out. Cold water is always available, and it is super-heated as you need it. There is not reservoir to deplete, which means that you can use your hot water any time, in any quantity, with the confidence that it will last as long as you need it to.

To learn more about the advantages of a tankless water heater, call the Tucson plumbers at The Sunny Plumber. We can answer any questions you may have. Let us help you decide if a tankless water heater is right for you. Contact The Sunny Plumber in Tucson, AZ today!

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