At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Assessing and Addressing Slow Water Heating Concerns

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

slow water heating concernsMany of us have experienced one of the most frustrating winter plumbing concerns out there: You turn on the hot water faucet, whether from the sink or shower, and it takes what feels like forever to get any actual hot water. Water stays cold for up to a minute or two, wasting you valuable water and showcasing a prominent sign that something might be amiss with your water heater or delivery system.

When you come to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, we can help if this has happened to you. Our HVAC professionals can assess your system and determine what the issue is, then offer cost-effective solutions. Let’s look at what some of these causes might be for slow hot water delivery, plus dive into whether our modern tankless water heater systems might be the right choice for your if you’re experiencing this issue.

Possible Explanations

  • Proximity: The primary cause of slow hot water delivery in many homes simply comes down to how far away certain water features are from the water heater. This is particularly concerning if pipes are old and may have buildups in them.
  • Water heater issues: Especially if your model is over 10 years old, it may be failing or becoming far less efficient. We can provide inspections that will help you determine whether repairs will suffice or you need a new heater altogether. In many cases, the issue is sediment that’s built up over years, causing the heater to take longer in between refills. We can flush the tank out and leave you with a virtually brand new heater, so long as it hasn’t degraded too far.
  • Low volume restrictor: Are these issues taking place in a home you’ve recently moved into? It’s possible the home has a low volume restrictor installed on certain fixtures, which will delay water delivery in some cases.

How a Tankless System Helps

If our assessment of your system reveals that you need a new water heater, we strongly recommend considering one of our tankless options. These whole-house heaters use a different kind of heating technology for your home – rather than keeping water in a pre-heated tank, tankless heaters heat “on-demand” using a high-efficiency heat exchanger.

What this means is, anytime you turn on a hot water tap or appliance in the home, the system kicks in. The heating element is powerful enough to heat water virtually instantly, which avoids the need for a tank to constantly keep many gallons of water hot. In turn, this can lower your energy bill and water bill alike – you use less energy to keep water hot, and also waste less water waiting for the heat to appear.

For more on issues with water heating and whether a tankless option is right for you, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.

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Are Tankless Water Heaters Truly More Efficient?

Monday, October 8th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterYou may have heard all kinds of things about the efficiency and performance of tankless water heaters, especially if you’re doing your research into water heater upgrades. You might have a tank water heater right now, or maybe you’re just wondering if your tankless water heater is really the best choice for your home.

If you’re debating whether a tankless water heater is truly the most efficient option for your home, we’ll help you figure it out below.

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What to Do About Water Heater Sediment Buildup

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Every appliance in your household goes through wear-and-tear, and often requires a thorough cleaning. Although it’s easy to forget about it, your water heater is also another one of those appliances. One of the most common issues for water heaters in Salt Lake City is sediment buildup. In this post, we’ll tell you all about it, the dangers, and what you can do.

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Signs that You Need Water Heater Repair

Monday, May 21st, 2018

water-heater-repairNo one wants to have to repair their water heater. It’s something you probably never even think about. But when something happens to cause you trouble with your water heater, it becomes apparent immediately. Look for these signs that you need water heater repair to catch minor problems before they become major. Throughout Salt Lake City, we offer comprehensive water heater repair for both tank and tankless systems!

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Flush Your Water Heater Every Few Months

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Your water heater is a key part of your home, but because it operates so quietly, trouble has a way of sneaking up on you. Many of the water heater repair calls we take here in Draper, UT come about because the homeowner wasn’t aware of the issue until it was too late. The best way to combat that tendency is to schedule a water heater maintenance session for your water heater once a year from a qualified professional plumbing service. You can help your own cause on this front by periodically flushing your water heater to clear sediment from the bottom. If left untreated, that sediment forms a barrier between the water and the heat source, reducing the heater’s efficiency and increasing strain on the system. The good news is that flushing the water heater is very easy to accomplish. All of you need is a hose and either access to a water drain or a bucket large enough to hold all of the water in your tank. Here are the steps to take to flush your water heater the right way.

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Think About Installing a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Here in Holladay, UT, we’re accustomed to getting our hot water from a traditional tank water heater, which is an inexpensive and efficient model. But it’s not the only type of water heater out there, and depending upon your circumstances, you may want to consider an alternative model, specifically a tankless water heater. They’re smaller than tank models and usually fit beneath the sink or near the show faucet they’re intended to serve. The bring a number of tangible benefits to the table, which you should seriously consider if you’re in the market for a new water heater.

How They Work

Just as their name implies, tankless water heaters do their jobs without relying on a tank. Traditional systems heat the water in the tank before piping it to your outlets. Tankless systems use heated coils and other technology to heat the water instantly as it passes through the pipes. The downside is that they’re more expensive to install and work bast in smaller homes with fewer residents (or places that don’t see regular use, such as vacation homes). With that said, it can provide a number of benefits that tank models simply can’t

What are the Benefits?

Tankless models benefit because they provide hot water instantly, instead of forcing you to wait while the hot water from the tank gets to your outlet. In addition, since they heat the water “on demand” as it were, it means you’ll never run out of  hot water while you’re showering or cooking. As a side benefit, those features mean you use a lot less water on the average than you do with a tank model, and since tankless water heaters heat the water more efficiently, they tend to cost less in monthly heating bills as well. When applied judiciously over time, those features can save up more than enough to offset the increased cost of installation.

Call At Your Service Plumbing, Heating and Air for more on tankless water heaters!

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What is an Anode Rod?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

If you’ve had work done on your water heater or just had a new one installed in your Salt Lake City, UT home,  you may have heard the term “anode rod” passed around. It’s a vital part of your system, because it’s what keeps the sides of the water heater rusting due to the constant exposure to water. The anode rod prevents rust and keeps rusty flakes and powder out of your drinking water, which makes it one of the most important components of any sort in your system. What is an anode rod and how does it work? The answers can help explain why timely water heater maintenance is absolutely essential.

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Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance

Monday, February 15th, 2016

We rarely think about our water heaters until they run into trouble, which can be frustrating. Water heaters do their job quietly and without fuss, typically in the corners of your Salt Lake City, UT house like the basement. When they run into trouble, it’s usually big trouble, and owing to the nature of water heaters, usually necessitates replacing the entire unit. It doesn’t have to be that way. A timely maintenance call from a trained professional once or twice a year can not only prevent a catastrophic breakdown, but help your water heater last much longer than it might otherwise. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of water heater maintenance, demonstrating why it’s a good idea to schedule one today.

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3 Signs That You Need to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, September 28th, 2015

No one likes to think about replacing their water heater, but no appliance is perfect and even the most stalwart water heater reaches a point where it’s easier simply to install a no one than let it continue functioning. Here in Salt Lake City, UT, the high salt content in our air can accelerate corrosion, which means you should keep a careful eye out for the signs that you need to replace your water heater. Here’s three in particular, which you should use as a guide when making your decision.

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3 Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, July 20th, 2015

If you’re a homeowner in Salt Lake City, UT, you’re probably accustomed to the traditional tanked water heater in your garage or basement. The model has been in use for decades and remains a reliable means of heating water in your home. But it’s not the only means you have available. A tankless water heater offers a number of advantages over a tanked model, and while you certainly shouldn’t trade in a traditional water heater if yours is working fine, you might want to consider a tankless version if the time has come to replace a worn-out unit. Tankless water heaters cost a little more to install, but there are 3 big advantages that offset that.

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