The Sunny Plumber Phoenix Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heaters’

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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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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How to Make Your Water Heater Last Longer

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Water heaters are quite sturdy systems, and they can last a long time with proper care and maintenance. They won’t last forever, though. You can severely shorten your water heater’s lifespan if you don’t make sure to treat it properly. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make sure that your water heater lives a full and productive life. Read on to find out how you can make your water heater last as long as possible.

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Which Water Heater Is Right for You?

Monday, November 9th, 2015

For many decades, the only real option for a home water heater was the storage tank variety. In the past decade or so, though, tankless water heaters have arrived on the scene and created a conundrum: which water heater is right for which homeowner? Fortunately, we’re here to help you sort it all out. Of course, it’s best to consult with a technician in person about which water heater is best for you. Still, this should help you get started. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of each.

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Why Your Home Isn’t Getting Any Hot Water

Monday, September 21st, 2015

If you’ve ever been in the middle of a hot shower and suddenly been drenched in freezing cold water, you know how very unpleasant it can be. There are a couple of reasons why your water heater may suddenly have stopped working, none of which you can really fix on your own. However, it’s always a good idea to know a little bit about how your water heater operates. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some common reasons why your home may not be getting any hot water.

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What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Visit?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

We’ve previously discussed how important it is for you to maintain your water heater. Water heater maintenance increases the lifespan of your system, and makes it less likely to develop severe problems. However, we haven’t really gone over what actually happens when you have a technician examine your water heater system. We figured we’d go over some of the procedures we conduct during these visits, so that you can have a more complete understanding of why maintenance is so necessary.

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Why You Need to Check Your Anode Rod Every Year

Monday, May 11th, 2015

If you use a storage water heater, as most people do, your water heater is in constant contact with water from the time it is installed onward. A storage water heater keeps a large tank full of heated water available at all times, just in case the need should arise. This constant contact with water should cause quite a bit of rust, which would eventually corrode the tank to the point that it ruptures. While that does occasionally happen, it doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should.

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When is a New Water Heater Installation Necessary?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Water heaters are built to last a long time. No matter how well you take care of your water heater, however, there will eventually come a point where you are going to need a new one installed. When that time arrives, it is important that you recognize it and act as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you may have to wait several days without hot water while a new system is installed to replace the one that broke down. Read on for an outline of a few of the common signs that a new water heater installation is necessary.

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Prevent Rust in Water Heaters with Anode Rods

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Here in Gilbert, AZ, water heater maintenance should be as much a part of your home’s upkeep as doing the dishes and vacuuming the floors. Our climate is fairly harsh out here, and even if it’s in a protected place, your water heater can feel the presence of hard water and other corrosives. Once your water heater begins to rust, you need to get it replaced, which costs your time and no small amount of money. The good news is that you can prevent rust in water heater with anode rods, provided you replace the rods when they wear out.

An anode rod is made out of magnesium, aluminum or a compound of several elements: anything that will attract rust and corrosion. In basic terms, the anode rod attracts the rust so that your water tank doesn’t have to: protecting the important components in your water heater array by taking on the rust and corrosion itself.

The lifetime of an anode rod varies, depending on the composition of your water, the amount of use your household sees and the temperature the water hits. Generally speaking, however, anode rods need to be checked and possibly replaced every two years into order to stay functional. If the anode rod completely corrodes away, the same forces that corroded it will then turn on your water heater, shortening its life considerable.

A qualified plumber can check and replace anode rods for you, and as with many things in life, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. You can prevent rust in water heaters with anode rods, and the more diligently you replace disintegrating anode rods, the better off your water heater will be. Water heater maintenance can be performed by the Gilbert, AZ water heater experts at The Sunny Plumber. We can check all aspects of your water heater, including the anode rod as part of our maintenance service, and make sure that one of your home’s most important components continues to function as it should. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment. We’re ready to help!

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