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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 21:41

Conventional vs. Tankless Water Heaters

When choosing a new water heater there are many factors to consider, including whether to go tankless. In this video we explain the difference between tankless and conventional water heaters.

Tankless water heaters heat water in basically same way as tank water heaters, except they don't store the heated water. Instead, tankless water heaters heat water on demand when it's needed. This greatly reduces the amount of energy needed to heat water and ensures that there is a virtually endless supply of hot water.

When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water is drawn into the tankless water heater. A sensor detects the flow and activates a gas burner, which warms a heat exchanger. The water circulates around the heat exchanger and exits the water heater when it reaches a pre-set temperature.

By heating water only when needed, rather than maintaining a full tank of hot water at all times, tankless water heaters operate with greater efficiency than standard tank-type water heaters. In addition to greater efficiency, tankless water heaters will last about five to 10 years longer than a conventional tank heater. They also take up much less space, when mounted to an exterior wall.

On the downside, a tankless system can cost significantly more than tank-style heater and are more complicated to install than traditional water heaters. The trade-off is immediate energy savings and a greater lifespan with the tankless unit.

Have questions about tankless water heaters? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help answer all your plumbing and hot water questions.

Monday, 11 February 2019 19:31

Water Heaters and Water Quality Problems

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If you're noticing changes to the water coming out ouf your tap – such as strange colors, tastes or odors – the cause may be your water heater.

To find out if the water heater is the cause, note the following:

• Does the problem only occur first thing in the morning?
• Does it happen after the water has not been used for a while?
• Does the problem clear up after you run the water for a few minutes?
• Is the problem isolated to the hot rather than cold running faucet?

If any of the above cases is true, it could be caused by your water heater.

Water Heater Odors

Bad smells, such as a sulphur odors, are sometimes caused by bacteria growing in the water heater tank. When the water heater goes unused for long periods of time bacteria, while usually harmless, can cause unpleasant odors. A sulphur, or rotten egg odor, is sometimes caused by a corroded anode rod inside the water heater. The rod should be inspected and replaced if needed.

Hard water can also cause sediment to accumulate at the bottom of the tank, causing odors. Installing a water softener should fix the problem.

Hot Water Discoloration

Brown, red or yellow tinted water can be caused by rust from a corroded water heater tank, or pipes inside the home. The iron present in most water is not a significant health risk, but it can stain clothing and dishes and leave drinking water with a metallic taste. Your plumber can help track down the cause and determine if the water heater is the source of the problem.

White or tan particles in the water are usually a sign of calcium or magnesium. While not generally harmful to ingest, the minerals can clog pipes and drains over time. A water filtration system or water softener can remove the minerals from the water.

Have concerns about water quality in your home? Give Anthony's Plumbing a call. We can help identify the cause of the problem and recommend effective solutions for cleaner, better tasting water!

Published in Plumbing Tips & Advice
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 14:27

How To Tell The Age of Your Water Heater

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Knowing how old your water heater is can be helpful when planning for replacement and knowing when you're better off replacing the unit instead of putting money towards repairs. In most cases, if a water heater is more than 10 years old you should consider replacement.As water heaters enter their second decade the risk of developing leaks increases, which can potentially cause damage to your home. Tankless water, or on-demand water heaters, have a life expectancy of around 20 years when properly maintained. 

You can find the age of your water heater by looking for the serial number on the manufacturer’s sticker near the top of the water heater. The serial number contains the date that the water heater was manufactured. It will not be in a standard date formt, but will have a date code such as "G062052658".

G is for the month and G is the seventh letter in the alphabet, so it represents the seventh month, July. Next, the first two digits of the serial number are 06, which represents the year, 2006. So this water heater was made in July 2006. Each manufacturer uses a similar date code, but they may vary – so check the manufacturer’s website to learn more.

How Do You Know It's Time To Replace Your Old Water Heater?

If your water heater is getting on in years you may begin to notice that it doesn't maintain hot temperatures long enough, or it quickly runs out of hot water after just a few minutes. Sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank can reduce heating efficiency over time. Flushing the tank at least once a year can remove this sediment, improving heating efficiency and extending the lifespan of the unit. Sudden loss of hot water is often a symptom of a broken dip tube. The dip tube sends the cold water supply to the bottom of the tank where the burner is located. If the dip tub breaks, the cold water will enter at the top of the tank, where the hot water exits, leading to a cold shower. Anthony's Plumbing can inspect the dip tub and make sure it is connected and working correctly.

If there are water leaks around the tank, or significant signs of corrosion, it may be time to consider replacing the unit before a major water leak occurs, causing damage to your home. A plumber should inspect the water heater to ensure it is in good working condiiton.

Have questions about your home's water heater? Call Anthony's Plumbing. We can help answer all your plumbing questions.

Published in Plumbing Tips & Advice
Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:51

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

At the end of the day, you want to be able to take a nice hot shower or bath. But if you have a problem with your water heater, then that nice hot shower or bath might have to wait. Fortunately, with our water heater maintenance guide, you can prevent issues that could get in the way of your comfort.

Five Steps for Maintaining Your Hot Water Heater

Keep your appliance in good working order by following these five steps:

  1. Clear space around the appliance. If your water heater is located in a room you typically use for storage, make sure it’s free of clutter. It can easily happen that you don’t notice clutter building up and getting too close to the appliance. However, you should maintain at least two feet of clearance around it in order for it to operate safely and properly.
  2. Shut off the water supply and the power. In order to perform maintenance, you need to be safe. Turn off the power supply—the switch will be located close to the water heater—and shut off the water supply valve.
  3. Test the TPR valve. The TPR valve is the temperature-pressure relief valve. This valve opens to release vapor if the pressure inside the tank gets too high, so it needs to be working properly. Place a bucket below the pipe under the TPR and open the valve quickly two to three times. If the valve leaks, it will need to be replaced.
  4. Check the anode rod. The anode rod is housed inside the water tank. Its function is to attract minerals and other elements that could corrode the tank. Over time, the anode rod can will either corrode or get coated with calcium, at which point you’ll need to replace it. To check it, lift the anode rod out of the tank and visually inspect it. If it’s coated in sediment or if it’s less than half an inch in diameter, you should purchase a new one.
  5. Flush the tank. You need to flush the tank several times a year to prevent sediment from building up inside of it. To do this, attach a hose to the drain valve and let all of the water drain out of the tank into a bucket. This will remove most of the sediment. If the water is cloudy, briefly open the cold water supply valve to let more water into the tank. Stir the sediment, then drain the tank again. Repeat this process until the water coming out of the tank is clear.

Insulate the Tank and Pipes

Did you know that you can save energy and protect your pipes from cooler temperatures by insulating your water heater tank? You can purchase special insulation sleeves at your local hardware store or online. Note that modern models have built-in insulation, so check the manufacturer’s manual before investing in any insulation materials for your hot water heater.

How Anthony’s Can Help

If your water heater needs professional work, give us a call. Our water heater technicians have seen every problem possible, and we’ve got a fully up-to-date arsenal that will let us solve any issue you have, including (but not limited to):

• Faulty temperature sensors
• Improper installation.
• Sediment build-up in pipes
• Defective heating element
• Damaged pilot light
• Corrosion
• Leaks around fittings or valves

At Anthony’s Plumbing, we want you to have the best possible equipment at the fairest price. We offer deals on American-made, Bradford White brand water heaters that are high efficiency, affordable, and durable so you won’t need to worry about another breakdown anymore.

For all of your water heater needs, call Anthony’s Plumbing today! 

Thursday, 01 November 2018 13:10

3 Reasons To Choose a Tankles Water Heater

Your water heater only has one job: to supply your home with readily available hot water. You rely on it to keep your showers hot and your dishes clean, but without the right water heater, those seemingly simple tasks are frustrating and expensive. Traditional water heaters are slow, clunky, and inefficient, and your family deserves a better hot water solution. That’s why you need tankless water heater installation in Glendale, AZ. Anthony’s Plumbing, a top-rated plumber in the Glendale area, specializes in tankless water heaters, and they want to share these three ways that installing a tankless water heater in your home will benefit your entire family.

  1. Consistent Hot Water: If you have a large family and a traditional water heater, you know that you never want to be the last one to make it the shower in the morning. Families everywhere are fighting to be the first one into the bathroom, because they know that their traditional water heater can’t keep up with the household’s hot water demands. Once the tank is emptied, you have to wait for the water to get hot again, and that could take hours. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, heat water instantly and supply a never-ending supply of hot water.
  2. Save on Storage Space: A water heater tank is big, bulky, and awkwardly shaped. It sits in your basement, garage, or utility room taking up space that you could be using for storage. In comparison, tankless water heaters are small and compact. They take up next to no floor space, and they can be installed anywhere. If you’re tight on space, you could rent a storage shed, or you could invest in tankless water heater installation in Glendale, AZ.
  3. Long-Term Savings: Water heaters are known for being energy wasters, but tankless models are beginning to challenge that claim. Tankless water heaters don’t waste energy by keeping an entire tank of water hot. Water is heated instantly, and this means that they require very little energy to do their job. Your energy bills will immediately drop, and your home will instantly be more energy efficient. Tankless water heaters also last longer than traditional water heaters. You won’t have to worry about replacing it in 8-10 years, and repairs will be few and far between.

Anthony’s Plumbing has spent the last 15 years building a business based on honesty and quality service. Deciding whether or not tankless water heater installation in Glendale, AZ is right for your property is an important decision, and the trained technicians at Anthony’s Plumbing will give you honest reviews and advice. Schedule a consultation by calling them today.

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