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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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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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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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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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When Is a Good Time to Replace My Water Heater?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Water heaters are built to last a long time, but they don’t last forever. If your water heater is nearing the end of its life, it’s important that you be able to identify the signs. That way, you can have your system replaced before it can die on you completely. Let’s take a look at some of the more common signs that it’s time to replace your water heater.

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Signs That You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Water heaters are pretty sturdy, but they don’t last forever. You can extend the life of your water heater through maintenance and prompt repairs, but sooner or later you are going to need a new one. It pays to recognize the signs that your water heater is reaching the end of its lifespan so that you can replace it before it gives out on you. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some signs that you need to replace your water heater.

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Common Water Heater Repair Issues

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Water heaters are remarkably sturdy devices, but they can still develop problems and malfunctions over years of normal use. As with most home appliance issues, water heater problems will steadily get worse the longer they are allowed to continue. For that reason, it is a wise idea to call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem with your water heater. Let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms that will warn you that your water heater has a problem.

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How to Tell You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Your water heater is generally hidden out of sight in your home, so it may be difficult to tell whether you need water heater replacement. While problems with your unit are often a sign that you simply need repairs, it may also indicate your unit is too worn to continue running. Call for repairs whenever you notice strange noises, incorrect temperatures, or leaks, but pay attention to the following indicators that you may need to replace your water heater.

  • Old Age: Perhaps the most telling sign that your water heater needs replacement is old age. While you should check with your manufacturer for a more accurate timeline, most storage tank water heaters last about 10-15 years while tankless ones may last over 20. If your unit exceeds its expected lifespan, it’s at risk of corrosion or sudden breakdowns, an unfortunate event when you need a hot shower.
  • Rust: You turn on the hot water and notice it appears to be a reddish-brown color. Unfortunately, this may be a sign that your unit simply cannot go on. A rusted tank is at risk of troublesome leaks and corrosion. However, sometimes rust may simply mean that the anode rod—a component meant to attract particles that may cause your tank to corrode—has rusted through. This sacrificial rod protects your tank and may only need a quick professional parts replacement.
  • Lower Temperatures: Low temperatures may only be a sign of a repair need, such as a broken dip tube or a damaged heating element. But, particularly with an older system, reduced heating ability may mean that you need a new unit. Eventually, the parts of your water heater may become worn down, and, in this case, replacing your tank is often the best choice.

Replacing your water heater is a tough decision that may require some professional advice. An experienced plumber can help you decide when it’s time to give up your older unit and what type of unit might work best for replacement and save you the most money. If you need a new water heater in Phoenix, call the experts at The Sunny Plumber today!

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How to Increase Your Water Heater’s Efficiency

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Your water heater is an integral part of your home, but few homeowners think much about it until it suffers a major breakdown. When it comes to environmental issues with your water heater, Phoenix AZ makes the problem even worse. Our strong heat and dry conditions can wreak havoc on even the most reliable water heater, creating larger issues that require professional attention to address. You can help combat this by keeping your heater well maintained and exercising a few simple steps to improve its performance.

Here’s how to increase your water heater’s efficiency.

  • Arrange to have your water heater drained. Over time, scale and sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater. This forms a barrier between the water and the burners – making it harder to heat the water – as well as contributing to overall corrosion and decay. A trained professional can drain the water heater and remove the build-up before restoring the heater to its normal operating capacity. In towns like Phoenix, it’s probably best to do this at least twice a year, since our dusty weather results in a lot of sediment.
  • Add more insulation to your water heater. Placing a layer of insulation around your water heater – as well as around the pipes that connect it – will help the water inside retain the heat better. You can contact a service technician to ask about the types of insulation that work best for your heater, and to have the insulation installed.
  • Lower the water heater’s setting. Most manufacturers set their water heater temperatures higher than they need to be, sometimes by as much as 10 or 20 degrees. Set your water heater to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit; it will still get you the heat you need and improve overall efficiency a great deal.

Once you know how to increase your water heater’s efficiency, the next step is to contact a professional who can help you maintain it. The experts at The Sunny Plumber can perform repairs and maintenance on the water heater in your Phoenix AZ home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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