House Call Company Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater’

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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Plumbing FAQ: Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth It?

Monday, September 25th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterThere are a lot of different systems and appliances we use in our homes to live comfortably and conveniently. Few of these systems and appliances work quite as hard as the water heater. Whenever you shower, do the laundry, run the dishwasher, or simply wash your hands, you are counting on your water heater to provide you with the hot water needed. For precisely this reason, it is vital that you have the right water heater installed in your home.

There are more options than you may realize when it comes to water heaters. One system we recommend in certain situations is the tankless water heater. While tankless water heaters are not for everyone or every situation, they can benefit some homeowners greatly. Our Chesapeake, VA plumbing professionals have some information to share with you to help determine if a tankless water heater is the right system for your needs.

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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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Top Plumbing Problems During the Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The day after Christmas, plumbers can see business grow between 20% and 40% over a normal day!! plumber fixing central heating system

Given the increase of pipe usage with holiday guests, we want homeowners to prepare for common plumbing issues before it’s too late. One thing residents do not want this winter is a plumbing problem – luckily the experts (aka House Call Company) can help! 🙂

  1. No Hot Water – Properly functioning water heaters are necessary during the holidays. To ensure yours is not overwhelmed, turn up the heat to maximize its capability, 120 degrees F, to help the hot water last longer.
  2. Garbage Disposal – Rather than instructing guests to put left over food in the garbage disposal and risk clogs, we recommend disposing of table scraps in the trash.
  3. Toilet Clogs – It seems like common sense, but you don’t want to take the chance that someone flushes down the wrong thing. Have a waste basket handy for guests to throw away trash. Still have concerns? A funny reminder on the countertop may do just the trick (and serve as interesting reading material).
  4. Frozen Pipes – While the temperature in Hampton Roads doesn’t typically get below freezing until January, it’s a good preventive measure to fit your pipes with insulation or foam the walls and slabs where they reside. In severe cold weather, let uninsulated faucets drip to prevent bursting.

“This holiday season, we don’t want homeowners to deal with plumbing problems while entertaining,” said Raymond Walsh, general manager of House Call Company. “A little preemptive maintenance can go a long way to help prevent water damage and save thousands of dollars in repairs!”

If you know your plumbing system isn’t in good condition, don’t wait for a sign of trouble. Call the professionals immediately. Our plumbers carry leak detection equipment, which can help track down the problem’s source. Give us a call today!

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