Water Heater Repair and Installation
Don’t Take It for Granted
Out of sight and out of mind. Tucked away in a corner or a closet in your home is a 19th century invention that changed lives and hygiene. You seldom think of it — unless a family member extends shower time far beyond its capacity or it springs a leak. It’s the hot water heater, and it’s constantly at work.
Replace or Repair
The cost of a qualified professional to evaluate your hot water heater is money in the bank. A Plumbing Solutions licensed plumber can determine if the hot water heater unit has serviceable parts, how many years of the expected life remain, if your household demands exceed the performance of the existing unit, if there’s cost savings in repairing/maintenance, or if it’s time to replace. If a replacement unit is needed, we can advise on quality systems that will provide years of reliable service.
Considerations for Replacement
Traditional Tank Water Heaters
Traditional hot water heaters contain an insulated steel tank reservoir lined with glass to protect the steel from the corrosive presence of water. Unfortunately, due to manufacturing limitations and the weakening of the glass liner over time, the steel tank is subjected to water at some point. To prolong the life of the steel tank, sacrificial anode rods are installed as a second line of defense. Unknown to the majority of homeowners, sacrificial anode rods attract the corrosive elements within water and can be replaced. Maintaining the anode rods and installing a sediment flush kit can extend the life of your traditional hot water heater.
Tankless Water Heaters
Tankless systems offer hot water on demand also known as “point of use.” As the name implies, this choice of hot water delivery does not contain a water reservoir. Instead, a copper coil transfers water over a heating element once the faucet is opened. Cold water enters the water heater, and hot water exits. A common misconception of a tankless water heater is that they are more energy-efficient. A well-insulated tank can offer energy optimization that rivals a tankless system. Tankless systems, however, do not require a steel storage tank and offer exceptional space savings.
Hybrid Water Heaters
Hybrid heaters work on the principle that it’s easier to move something than make something. Also known as heat pump water heaters, hybrid water heaters use a fan, compressor and evaporator coils to pull warm outside air in, which is then heated and used to heat the fresh water supply during low demand. During periods of high demand, electric heating elements filled with hot refrigerant warm the water stored within a tank.
Plumbing Solutions of Wichita carries a hot water heater with a 6 year manufacturer’s warranty and 1 year warranty on our labor.
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Working with a Plumbing Solutions licensed plumber is a bit like tapping into a plumber’s wiki. Years of plumbing experience strengthen our understanding of what works and when. We’ve heard many of the claims of one brand versus another. We’ve worked with the latest in technology and know when traditional methods, tools and appliances may be better suited. Throw into the mix the hot water demands of your facility or family, and we’ll create a system optimized for your needs.
Has the water heater been serviced? When was the unit manufactured? Does the capacity of the tank fall in line with the demands of its use? How much will it cost to service and how much longer until it needs to be replaced? When we evaluate hot water heaters, we account for variables that translate to financial cost and quality of life. Something that saves money may be a cause for stress when the unit fails. Our goal is simple: Protect your best interest. That may be a couple of parts, or it may be a new hot water heater.
How to Choose
Brand reputation. BTUs. Storage capacity. First-hour recovery. Longevity and efficiency. How do you choose? There’s no magic bullet, as it’s all relative to your individual needs. A commercial facility will vary from a single family, and a single family’s needs will vary from a single resident. Buy too much capacity and you could be wasting money heating water you’ll never touch. Too little and the system will either underperform or be overstressed. With a 6 year manufacturer’s warranty and 1 year warranty on our labor, we can advise on an optimal solution to your individual needs.