The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

What Kind of Shape Is Your Anode Rod In?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

logoThe type of answer that far too many homeowners respond to when faced with the question posed in the title is: “What’s an anode rod?”

If you use a tank water heater to provide hot water in your home, and you do not know what an anode rod is, then this is the post for you. Why? Well, the short answer is that the anode rod is all that stands between your hot water storage tank and total obliteration!

Okay, that last bit was a little melodramatic, but that does nothing to change that an anode rod really is your hot water tank’s best source of protection from the damage and eventual leaks caused by corrosion. An anode rod doesn’t last forever, either. In fact, it’s not supposed to. That means that your anode rod is going to have to be replaced at least a few times throughout the course of your water heater’s lifespan. Be sure to schedule your water heater services in Phoenix, AZ with The Sunny Plumber Phoenix.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth the Higher Price?

Monday, June 18th, 2018

logoWhen the time comes to install a water heater in a brand new home or to schedule a water heater replacement—either due to complete system failure or the desire for a better user experience—homeowners will generally choose between tank and tankless water heater models. When they’re doing their initial research (and you should be doing research before investing in a new water heater) homeowners quickly realize that tankless water heaters are more expensive. Not insignificantly so, either.

With this in mind, prospective customers often ask us if a tankless water heater is worth the money. The answer to this question is yes. The technology and benefits of a tankless water heater are reflected in the price. Does this mean that a tankless water heater, then, is the right option for every homeowner? Not at all. We’re here to help you decide if a tankless water heater in Phoenix is right for you.

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Water Heater Efficiency Tips

Monday, December 18th, 2017

water-heaterOf the many different systems and appliances that we use these days to make our lives more comfortable and convenient,  the water heater is certainly one of the most important. In fact, unlike your heating or air conditioning system, the water heater doesn’t even get an off-season. That is why it is so important that your water heater is properly sized and installed in your home. You can’t afford to encounter a subpar performance from your water heater, after all.

Speaking of “afford,” though, we should also point out that you don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to heat water for use throughout your home. While hot water is obviously going to come at some cost, there are a few ways in which you can help to make your water heater in Phoenix more efficient. Read on, and be sure to reach out to the pros here at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix with any questions that you may have. We’re happy to handle all of your water heater services.

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

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When to Call for Water Heater Repairs

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

water-heater-technicianJust because the weather outside is so hot for so much of the year in our living area does not mean that you only want cold water coursing through your residential plumbing system. Hot water is one of the most important amenities in any home, and it is so common that many homeowners take its availability for granted. This is precisely why it is so troublesome to run into problems with your water heater. Any disruption to your hot water supply is going to cause serious inconvenience in your home.

The moment that you have any reason at all to suspect that there is a problem with your water heater, contact a member of our team to schedule professional water heater repair in Phoenix, AZ. Whatever the issue may be, it must be properly diagnosed and expertly resolved, preferably in a very prompt manner. We have some of the finest water heater technicians around on our staff, and we are happy to get that water heated back up to working reliably for you.

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Water Heater FAQ: Tank or Tankless?

Monday, September 25th, 2017

If we were to write you a blank check, chances are that you’d go out and spend your funds on something a bit more exciting than a water heater. We get it: we’re plumbers, and even we don’t think that a water heater is the most enticing item that someone can purchase. It is one of the most necessary, however. If you want to live in the comfort and convenience that you deserve, then you need more than a good water heater. You need a water heater that is going to suit your needs completely.

When it comes down to choosing a new water heater in Apache Junction, there are two systems that most homeowners are going to be looking at. These are the tank and the tankless water heaters. Like any other appliance, both of these systems have pros and cons. In order to help you choose your new water heater confidently, we’ve put together some information to help you better understand some of these points of comparison between tank and tankless models.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

replace-water-heater-timeA good number of homeowners throughout the Phoenix area still use the traditional storage tank model of water heater in their homes to provide hot water for cooking, cleaning, and other tasks—and for good reason. Tank water heaters are very quiet and often able to be tucked away in rarely-used areas of the home such as the basement, or the garage.

Of course, because of this, problems can crop up pretty quickly and go unnoticed. If your water heater is over 10 to 15 years old, then this problem can lead to a fundamental breakdown, which only leaves you with one option: water heater replacement in Phoenix, AZ. But wouldn’t it be nice to know it’s almost time to replace your water heater—before you actually have to do so? This way there is a minimal disruption to your home comfort and convenience.

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Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, June 5th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterA water heater is a water heater is a water heater, right? Not even close! If you have never purchased your own water heater, or if you have not done so in a long time, then chances are that you may be surprised at just how many options you have waiting for you when the time comes to replace your existing system or to install one in a new property. One of the most popular types of water heater today is the tankless water heater. Before you decide on what type of system you’ll use for heating water in your home, consider all of your options.

The tankless water heater has surged in popularity for many different reasons. If you want to learn more about the benefits of using a tankless water heater in Maricopa, AZ, just read the following information. If you have any questions, or if you do decide that a tankless water heater is the right option for your home, remember that our plumbers are here to install and service the new system properly.

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Water Heater Tips: Avoiding Scalds

Monday, May 8th, 2017

thermostat-in-the-redAs hot as it may get in our area during the long, arduous summer season, we still have plenty of need for hot water in our homes. When you shower in the morning, run the dishwasher, or do your laundry, you’re using water that is heated by your water heater in Phoenix, AZ. It is a hardworking appliance, to say the least, and today’s water heaters are some of the most durable appliances on the market. It is important to remember, though, that misuse of your water heater can be dangerous.

Today, we are going to talk about the dangers of scalding yourself while using a tank water heater. There are some potential issues, as well as some user misunderstanding, which can make painful and dangerous scalds a real possibility. Keeping this information in mind, and working with a professional plumber as needed, can help to ensure that you and everyone else in your home uses hot water safely. 

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What Does an Anode Rod Do?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

tank-water-heaterIf you were to name the most important appliance in your home, what would it be? Many homeowners would go with their water heaters. The water heater in your home is a true workhorse, providing you with the hot water that you need in order to shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and so much more. If you use a tank water heater in Phoenix, AZ, then you depend a lot on a component that you may not even know exists. This is the anode rod.

While the anode rod may not exactly be a household name, it really should be in those homes outfitted with tank water heaters. The anode rod provides a vital function in order to protect your tank water heater from harm. The anode rod also does not last forever, so it is important that you know for certain what type of condition yours is in.

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