Do I Need a Water Heater Expansion Tank?

Monday, April 15th, 2019

blue-question-markIf you’ve never heard of a water heater expansion tank before, it might sound like nothing more than an accessory for your water heater. Or, maybe it’s some kind of device that expands the capacity of your water heater, so that you can use more hot water.

These are fine guesses, but in actuality, an expansion tank is a safety device that prevents your water heater from being damaged by water pressure. Not just anyone should have one installed, however. Whether you need one depends on how the city has configured your plumbing system.

Don’t worry—we’ll explain what expansion tanks are and if you need one.
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The Importance of the Anode Rod to Water Heaters

Monday, April 30th, 2018

water-heater-repairYour water heater is one of the most important components in your home: providing safe hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. Most water heaters do their jobs quietly and without a fuss, which means that problems can creep up on you without noticing. This is compounded by the fact that most water heaters sit in out-of-the-way parts of your house, and don’t receive much attention so long as they do their job. Because of that, by the time you notice that something is wrong, the situation may be much worse than it appears

In particular, the anode rod is a key part of keeping your water heater functional. It prevents rust in the tank, but it needs to be replaced every two or three years. Otherwise, your water heater can quietly fall apart without you ever realizing it. Here’s a quick breakdown of why the anode rod is so important. (more…)

The Importance of the Anode Rod to Water Heaters

Monday, March 19th, 2018

water-heater-repairWater heaters are designed to do their jobs quietly and without a lot of fuss. That provides a lot of benefits – and tank water heaters and eminently reliable – but it also offers a serious drawback. When trouble does rise, it can be very hard to spot. Most water heaters are located in the basement or similar out-of-the-way locations, and as long as they continue to deliver hot water, you probably don’t think of them very often.

As a result, problems can get quite extensive, and if you’re not careful, they can force you to replace the entire water heater by the time you notice that something is wrong. Luckily, a trained plumber can help you get ahead of such problems with timely maintenance, and you yourself can perform certain tasks periodically to give you a leg up on the kinds of issues that can result in serious water heater damage. (more…)

Is There Trouble with Your Water Heater?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

water-heater-repairWater heaters are indispensable parts of your household: providing safe, reliable hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing. They’re typically placed in out-of-the-way parts of the home, such as the basement or garage, and don’t make a lot of noise when they’re running. Most homeowners take them for granted, which unfortunately can turn around and bite them in the event of a breakdown. (more…)

Professional Plumbers Can Install a New Water Heater

Monday, December 25th, 2017

water-heater-installationYour water heater is one of the most important parts of your home: providing safe hot water for cooking, cleaning and bathing simply by turning on the tap. Water heaters are usually placed in out-of-the-way spots in your home: the basement, the garage, a desiccated closet, or somewhere similar. They do their jobs very quietly most of the time, which means that serious problems have a way of sneaking up on you. (more…)

Flush Your Water Heater This Fall

Monday, September 18th, 2017

water-heater-maintenanceWe live in a desert community, and that means that hard water is a problem that every homeowner needs to deal with. Arizona drinking water often carries high amounts of calcium carbonate in it, and while that’s not actively harmful (the body can absorb it), it can be awfully hard on your plumbing system. This includes the water heater, which can suffer from sediment build-up and similar issues that can cause a great deal of damage if you let it. The good news is that you can take a simple step to minimize the issue with your water heater: flushing it periodically to remove the sediment. The process is simple and straightforward, and can be accomplished in just a few minutes.  (more…)

What Are the Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

tankless-water-heatersPeople in our area are used to traditional tank water heaters in their home. They’re easy to use and perform their duties quietly and efficiently. But they’re not the only type of water heater out there, and depending upon your needs, you may want to consider an alternate model. (more…)

Tips to Keep Your Water Heater in Good Shape

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Water heaters may be pretty solid systems, but they develop problems just as often as anything else. If you want to get the maximum return on investment for your water heater, you need to make sure that you take proactive steps to keep it in good shape. Let’s take a look at some tips for getting the most out of your water heater. (more…)

Which Water Heater is Best for Me?

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

For quite a while, the only real option for residential water heaters was the tank variety. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with that method of water heating, new technologies have created more options for homeowners who want them. If you’re in the market for a new water heater system, let’s take a look at some of the options you have available to you. (more…)

How to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Water heaters are very sturdy systems. They have to be, considering they’re also subjected to some of the most severe wear and tear of any home appliance. Consider how often you use hot water in your home, likely multiple times a day. Multiply that by a few years, and it’s not hard to see how much stress you can put on your water heater just through normal use. If you want to extend the effective life of your water heater for as long as possible, it’s a good idea to follow the following tips. (more…)