House Call Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Ask a Plumber: When to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, March 26th, 2018

water-heater-serviceBuying a new water heater is not really the most exciting way to spend a decent amount of money. It is, however, something that you are going to have to do eventually. When that time comes, you’ll obviously want to be sure that you schedule your water heater replacement with a trained professional, and only after you’ve reviewed your replacement options carefully. Of course, this does also beg the question of when, exactly, you are supposed to be replacing your water heater.

There is no single concrete answer to this question, so we cannot tell you for certain if now is the right time—though there is a situation in which a water heater will definitely require replacement, which we will discuss a bit below. For now, suffice it to say that there are a lot of different factors to take into consideration. Keep the following information in mind, and do not hesitate to reach out to our professional plumbers in Chesapeake, VA if you have any further questions.

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Enjoy Endless Hot Water with an On-Demand System

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Many homeowners still think only of tank water heaters when considering their water heating options. While the tank water heater has long ruled supreme, and is still probably the most common type in homes throughout the country, more and more homeowners have caught on to the many benefits that tankless, or on-demand, water heaters have to offer. If you are interested in improving your water heater experience, you may find that a tankless water heater is right for you.

Tankless water heaters may not be the best fit for every home or situation. For many, though, the tankless water heater offers a level of performance and consistency that tank models cannot rival. Read on, and let us know if you are ready to pursue an on-demand water heater in Virginia Beach.

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What Is an Anode Rod, And What Does It Do?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

There are a lot of appliances that we depend upon each and every day of our lives. But few play quite as major a role as our water heaters do. It is your water heater that provides you with the hot water that you need for washing dishes, doing the laundry, showering, and general cleaning.

Considering just how much you rely upon your water heater, it only makes sense that you should do everything possible in order to ensure that you get the very best performance that it has to offer. That is why it is so important that you keep a good anode rod in your hot water tank. This is a very important means of protection.

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What Are the Pros and Cons of Tank and Tankless Water Heaters?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

When you think of all that you use hot water for in your home on a daily basis, it becomes clear how vital it is that you have a great water heater installed. From doing to the laundry and running the dishwasher, to showering and general cleaning, you have a big demand for hot water in your house, and you want it delivered effectively, conveniently, and affordably. So make sure you choose your new water heater with care. Read on to learn about some of the pros and cons of both tank and tankless water heaters.

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Are You Replacing Your Water Heater? Why Not Go Tankless?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

For most people in this day and age, the idea of living without a dependable water heater in their home is unthinkable. We’re willing to bet that you are not heating up pails of water over an open flame each and every time you decide to do the laundry or bathe. You use your water heater in order to heat water for you in a far more convenient manner than this. If you are ready to replace an old, inefficient or unreliable water heater in your home, you may want to consider the use of a tankless water heater in Newport News, VA.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Me?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

No home is complete without a great water heater. Most of us cannot even fathom the idea of heating water over an open fire or atop a wood stove just to have enough hot water for bathing and cleaning the laundry in. Fortunately, we don’t have to experience such a scenario firsthand. Just as important as investing in a quality water heater, though, is ensuring that you are investing in the right type of water heater for your needs and your own personal preferences. If you’re in the market for a new water heater, make sure that you consider the use of a tankless water heater in Suffolk, VA. Read the following information, and let House Call Company know if you have any questions.

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What is a Tankless Water Heater and Should I Get One?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Whether your current water heater has broken down completely and now just sits dormant in your basement, or you’d like to avoid a complete breakdown and are committed to finding an energy efficient alternative to tank water heating, the tankless water heater offers many benefits. If you’ve seen a bit about this technology online, then you may still be wondering how it works and why you might want to consider getting one. We’re happy to help you with the brief guide below.

So, what is a tankless water heater? It’s best to begin by knowing how a conventional tank water heater works. These function by heating a large amount of water in a lined cylindrical tank. Your water is kept at temperature by a heat exchanger at the bottom of the tank, and your hot water is sent to whatever appliance or fixture calls for it. This is the standard, and it’s been in use since the inception of the residential water heater.

A tankless water heater, as its name suggests, foregoes the use of a large storage tank entirely. Instead, it heats your water on-demand, and is therefore also referred to as an on-demand water heater. It does by means of a high-efficiency copper coil exchanger that runs on either electricity or natural gas. The entire device is relatively compact, and its rectangular frame is typically installed directly on a wall. Larger homes with many fixtures, appliances, and family members may require more than a single unit to cover their hot water needs.

The benefits of the tankless system are clear enough. While storage tank water heaters suffer from standby energy loss, tankless systems do not, and this ensures that they are highly energy efficient. While the cost of the tankless system may be slightly higher upfront (depending on the make and model, of course), the long-term savings can really pay off.

Let us provide you with an exceptional tankless water heater installation. We’re also happy to answer any questions that you might have if you’re not quite ready to commit to a new system. Call our plumbers today.

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