Water Heater Services
A water heater is an appliance that’s easy to forget about—until you’re taking cold showers. And by then, it’s too late for preventive maintenance. That’s why it’s important to call in your local ARS/Rescue Rooter plumber when your water heater shows signs of trouble. We'll address the issue with a prompt, thorough repair backed by our Exceptional Service Guarantee.
Water Heater Repair
If you’re noticing your hot water isn’t as hot as you’d like it to be or notice discolored water from the hot water tap, it might be time to get your hot water heater checked out. Over time, water heaters often suffer from sediment build-up that can damage the tank. To remove these sediments, it may be necessary to drain and flush your tank. Some DIYers can do this themselves, but we recommend that a professional perform this task to avoid any potential issues.
If you spot metal or rust in your tank’s water, call ARS/Rescue Rooter immediately. These particles may indicate the anode rod needs to be replaced. The anode rod’s purpose is to be sacrificial by design to attract corrosive chemicals in the water and keep them from rusting the tank liner.
If the water heater liner corrodes, the unit can start leaking—and if the drain pan under the water heater is old or incorrectly installed, you may end up with water damage to your floors, ceilings or wall, depending on the location of your appliance.
Caution: Be sure to turn off the power at your circuit breaker or shut off the gas before doing any kind of water heater inspection.
Water Heater Installation
Installing on a new water heater used to be relatively straightforward: take out the old one and replace it with a newer model. Today, you have more options to consider, many of which can improve energy efficiency and the green living profile of your home while saving you money at the same time. Typically, you’ll have a choice between gas, electric, tankless, and even solar-powered water heaters.
Choose the right water heater for you:
More options can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you’re more likely to get exactly what you want without having to compromise. On the other, you’ll have to do more research to understand the pros and cons of each type of water heater and which ones comply with the latest Department of Energy water heater standards. Luckily, the expert plumbers at your local ARS/Rescue Rooter can guide you through the process. Here are a few things to consider when you’re shopping for a new water heater:
- Number of people living in your home (hot water demand)
- How well your old unit supplied your demand
- Fuel type, availability and cost
- Estimated energy efficiency of various models
- Length of warranty
- Maintenance and repair information
- Cost of unit as it relates to annual operating cost
- Local municipal code requirements
Energy efficiency considerations:
Although gas and electric water heaters can lose some efficiency because water is constantly being heated in the tank, current efficiency standards are much improved over the past. Spending a little extra upfront will give you a more efficient water heater, saving you money in the long run. Look for an R-12 to R-25 insulation rating.
With tankless water heaters, you can save money by not heating and reheating the same water in the tank.
Water heater prices vary for a wide range of reasons, including the local municipal code/permit requirements, water line connections, gas line, strapping, access, and type of water heater. Contacting a professional plumber for a free in-person evaluation is the best way to check pricing. A “blind” quote over the phone is often inaccurate.
Water Heater Maintenance
Your water heater—whether it is gas, electric, tankless, or solar powered—works hard every day to provide you with hot water for your showers, dish washing, laundry, and more. If you want it to last as long as possible, it’s important to keep an eye on how it’s functioning and conduct regular water heater maintenance. If your water temperature is inconsistent lately, it might just need a quick tune-up, which happens to be one of our specialties at ARS/Rescue Rooter.
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There are a number of different water heater types and sizes. Even if you strategically chose a unit based on important factors like the number of people living in your home, fuel type, availability, and cost—as well as length of warranty and repair information—regular use means you’ll still need to perform maintenance to keep it in good condition.
With regular water heater maintenance from ARS/Rescue Rooter, you’ll increase the efficiency, lifespan, and safety of your unit. Treat your water heater to a cleaning and tune-up as part of our Home Service Plan, or opt for a maintenance call for your water heater only.
To keep your traditional tank hot water heater in tip-top operating condition, our home plumbing experts will:
- Check the pressure relief valve
- Drain your tank to remove any sediment (if recommended)
- Inspect the tank and connections for rust, wear, or corrosion
- Replace worn anode rods—which attract rust in order to protect the tank interior—and other old parts
Tankless Water Heaters
There's never a good time to run out of hot water—especially if you're halfway through a shower. But there is a way to make sure you always have hot water on hand no matter how much your household demands it. With a tankless water heater, you can have instant access to all the hot water you need. And that's not the only benefit they provide: they take up a lot less space, have a longer lifespan, save energy because they don’t have to keep a tank full of water heated around the clock, and ultimately save you money in operating costs in the long run.
If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you have a number of different options, from the traditional gas or electric tank models to an energy-saving tankless version. But this is a significant investment to make, and it's not always easy to tell which type is best suited for you and your home. That’s why the plumbers at ARS/Rescue Rooter are always available to provide a no-cost analysis of the tankless water heater pros and cons and help you decide on next steps. If you do decide to go with a tankless water heater, you can expect higher upfront costs—but the long term advantages might fit better with your needs and budget. Our plumbers can install your new unit and get you started on the road to savings as soon as possible.
How does a tankless water heater work?
Whether you have a gas or an electric tankless water heater, it’s capable of supplying your home with an almost endless supply of hot water on demand. Without a tank, the water is instantly heated as it passes through the device. That means there is less energy spent on maintaining a high temperature for water that isn’t being used.
Just like any other appliance, there are a few components that keep your tankless water heater going. Regular maintenance will make sure these parts are in good condition:
- Heat exchanger: Made of copper tube or stainless steel, a small quantity of water is stored inside, transferring the heat to the water that is flowing through.
- Safety features: Includes sensors to detect temperature and water flow, fan speed monitoring and a valve for pressure relief.
- Combustion elements: In gas units only; includes a combustion chamber, gas valves, and combustion fan.
- Venting: Gas water heaters vent air out using a direct vent, power vent, or atmospheric vent.
Tankless Water Heater Repair
You’ve already made the switch to a tankless water heater, so you’re enjoying advantages like a smaller unit with a longer lifespan and more cost and energy efficiency. But that doesn’t mean your tankless water heater will never run into issues. Luckily, ARS/Rescue Rooter can help with that. Our expert plumbers know how to repair all kinds of water heaters, including tankless, so give us a call and we’ll help you enjoy more comfort—and hot showers.
Although tankless water heaters are generally reliable, there are a few reasons you might be experiencing lukewarm or cold water. If you have hard water, over time, the minerals might clog up the openings and need to be cleaned out. Tankless water heaters generally need to be flushed out every six months to two years, depending on the quality of your water and the effects of regular wear and tear. Give your local plumber at ARS/Rescue Rooter a call and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient time to make sure your water heater is working as efficiently as possible.
Tankless Water Heater Maintenance
There are plenty of benefits to having a tankless water heater. Not only do they take up less space, but they also tend to last a lot longer, saving you money and energy in the long run. That being said, regular tankless water heater maintenance is still important to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. The qualified plumbers at ARS/Rescue Rooter are happy to give your tankless water heater a tuneup—just give us a call and we’ll make sure your water heater is working properly. To keep your tankless water heater running well, it’s important to do two types of regular maintenance: checking the in-line screen filter for debris and flushing the unit to keep it free of scale and lime, particularly in homes with hard water and without a whole home water softener system.
Give ARS/Rescue Rooter a call at 866-399-2885 for advice on your best water heater options and expert repair and installation.