Water Heater Repair, Installation, and Maintenance
The hot water heater is one of the most overlooked appliances in your home or business. That is until it stops working and water heater repair or replacement is required. Most often premature failure of a water heater is a result of improper installation or a lack of proper maintenance. Replacing the sacrificial anode rod (which protects the tank from rust) every few years, and flushing the sediment build up out every year can extend the life of a water heater considerably.
Above are a couple of very troubled water heaters. On the left you will see the effects of improper installation. You will see that copper supply lines were screwed onto the galvanized metal nipples of the water heater. Connecting unlike metals causes galvanic corrosion which leads to the premature failure of the hot water heater. On the right is a water heater that has reached the end of its service life. Regular maintenance was not performed and has begun to severely rust and leak around the seams of the tank. Below you will find some pictures of the hot water heater options available to you.
Electric Water Heater Replacement with Expansion Tank.
This is a straight forward 40 gal water heater replacement in a Tampa, FL home with the addition of a an expansion tank. In certain situations expansion tanks can eliminate water pressure fluctuations and protect the pipes and fixtures in your home or business. Some municipalities are even requiring them to meet current code standards.
Rheem Non-Metallic Electric Water Heater
This Rheem, Marathon series water heater installation was completed in Temple Terrace, FL. This is a tank storage water heater but is constructed of non metallic materials so it will never rust. It is light weight and well insulated due to its polybutene tank and fiberglass shell and has a very high efficiency rating for an electric water heater.
Rheem Natural Gas Water Heater Replacement.
Like the electrical installation above, this is a straightforward natural gas water heater installation in a customers garage in Brandon, FL. This water heater was connected using new copper pipes to join with he existing copper pipe in the home. Natural gas and propane water heaters must be properly vented to expel harmful fumes from the water heating process.
Rinnai Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater Install.
This Tampa plumbing customer converted from a natural gas storage tank water heater to a tankless model that can easily be mounted on an outside wall of your home. Tankless water heaters only heat water when it is needed so there is energy efficiency that can be gained. For more information please read our residential water heater guide.
Rheem Electric Water Heater – Expansion Tank – Recirculating Pump
This is a more complex install that includes expansion tank, check valve, thermometers, and recirculating pump. This installation was for a 5 unit assisted living facility in St. Petersburg, FL. Although commercial in nature, the storage capacity and usage falls more into the residential plumbing category.
Based on the energy source, installation space, and efficiency there are many options available when looking for water heater repair or replacement. From natural gas, propane, or electric for heating, to storage tank, tankless, hybrid, and point of use systems; there is a water heater system that is right for your home or business. Be sure to always hire a licensed local plumber that will adhere to all municipal permitting and inspection requirements. In conclusion, do some research and follow our 8 simple steps to finding a good plumber to complete your water heater repair, installation, or the aforementioned preventative maintenance.
There you go. A little information to get you started if you are having problems with your water heater. Or maybe you are looking to save money on your water heating bills by upgrading to more modern and efficient unit.
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