Performance Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Does Your Tankless Water Heater Need Maintenance?

Monday, January 17th, 2022

tankless-water-heater-on-green-tiled-wallWhen it comes to storage tank water heaters—the more “traditional” type of water heater–they can be pretty big, and noticeable, sometimes even a bit noisy depending on where on your property they’re located. In other words, it can be hard not to pay attention to these systems, and you probably do think about the care they need throughout the years.

If you’ve never heard of this problem before, tank water heaters can suffer from something called scaling, which is when mineral buildup forms inside the tank, leading to problems with temperature, water pressure, and potentially even corrosion. Because of this, they need to be professionally maintained and flushed on an annual basis.

What many homeowners don’t realize is that tankless water heaters need maintenance too, and for the same reason!

That’s right… despite their unique setup, much of the maintenance that’s needed for a conventional storage tank water heater is actually needed for a tankless water heater as well. Read on to learn more.

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Signs That It’s Time to Upgrade Your Water Heater

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

water-heaterAt the end of a hot day or at the end of a heavy workout, a cool shower sounds great, right? What doesn’t sound so great is being surprised by cool or even icy water hitting you in the shower when you were trying to take a hot one! This is clearly a sign that something is amiss with your water heater, and while it may be a repairable problem, there’s also a chance, depending on other factors, that it might be time for a water heater upgrade.

The lack of hot water, then, is not the only sign that your water heater is starting to fail. But it’s one of a few that should definitely alert you to something being wrong, which means you should give our team a call ASAP. We’ll share some signs below that indicate something is off with your water heater. If you’ve picked up on any of them, it means it’s time to start looking at your replacement options.

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What’s the Role of the Anode Rod in your Tank Water Heater?

Monday, December 6th, 2021

rusted-out-anode-rod-next-to-water-heater-tankIf we were to ask you to name one of the most important appliances in your home, that you likely take for granted, what would it be? If you said water heater, we’re bound to agree! The water heater in your home works pretty much 24/7 to allow you to shower whenever you want, wash dishes, do laundry, and more. If you’re using a tank model water heater, then you rely pretty heavily on one particular component–the anode rod.

The anode rod isn’t exactly a household name, but it has a really important role in a tank water heater. It provides an essential function to protect your tank water heater from harm. It also doesn’t last as long as the water heater itself, so it’s important that you know what kind of condition yours is in. Read on to learn more!

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Here’s Why Your Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance

Monday, November 8th, 2021

tankless-water-heater-on-tiled-wallIf you’ve ever seen a storage-tank water heater, which you probably have, then you know they are big, pretty noticeable, and can even be a bit noisy. In other words, it’s difficult not to pay attention to a traditional water heater, if that’s what you have in your household.

You probably know that it needs maintenance every now and then from a professional plumber. A condition known as scaling can have a negative effect on it, allowing mineral buildup from calcium, magnesium, and iron. These mineral deposits cause problems with temperature, water pressure, and eventually corrosion if left for too long. Therefore, your tank water heater needs occasional flushing.

So, if you install a tankless water heater, does this mean you won’t need maintenance? Negative–you will need to have a tankless system professionally maintained as well. Perhaps not as often, depending on some factors, but much of the maintenance done on tank systems is also needed on their tankless counterparts, due, again, to scaling. Read on to learn more!

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What Does the Anode Rod Do for Your Water Heater?

Monday, September 13th, 2021

water-heaterIf we asked you to name the most important home comfort appliance in your home, what would you name? If you said your water heater, then we’re definitely on the same wavelength! The water heater within your home is a true workhorse. It provides you with the hot water you need to take a shower, wash dishes, do the laundry, and so much more. If you’re using a tank water heater, then there is a component that you rely on heavily for this to all happen, even though you’ve likely never heard about it–the anode rod.

No, the anode rod is not a household name, but it really is important for homes outfitted with storage tank type water heaters. It provides an essential function after all. The anode rod doesn’t last the entire lifespan of the water heater though, so it’s important for you to know the condition that yours is in. Read on to learn more!

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What You Should Know about Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, July 19th, 2021

technicians-hands-working-on-water-linesWhen most folks envision a water heater, they see a big tank, with pipes and water lines coming out of it. What if you take away the tank, though?

Maybe you’re scratching your head–if you’ve never actually seen a tankless system in action, this is understandable. But it’s just what it sounds like! It’s a water heater that does not require the use of a tank holding gallons of hot water. It’s a great piece of technology with a number of benefits.

Read on to learn what these benefits are!

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Do Water Heaters Need Maintenance?

Monday, June 21st, 2021

sink-faucet-with-hot-water-coming-outThe short answer to this is, “yes.” Why? Because of something called hard water and scaling. You’ve likely heard these terms before, but maybe you didn’t quite understand what they meant. Hard water refers to a water supply that has a large amount of minerals in it—namely calcium, magnesium, and iron. For most people, this is perfectly safe to ingest. But it’s not so great for your plumbing system, including the water heater.

The mineral deposits that get left behind are what result in scaling. Scaling can negatively impact your water heater in worse ways than any other portion of your plumbing system. While you’re able to clean scaling out of a faucet with a wrench and some vinegar, it’s not so easy when it comes to your water heater. Read on to learn more!

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Here’s Why Tankless Water Heaters Need Maintenance Too…

Monday, March 29th, 2021

techs-hands-working-on-tankless-systemSince tankless water heaters are so much smaller and have less components than a traditional tank water heater, many homeowners might think theirs doesn’t actually need maintenance, but this actually isn’t the case.

We understand why you might not think that a tankless system needs routine service like this. Tank systems are big, sometimes fairly noisy, and a pretty apparent presence in the home, right? Alternatively, tankless systems are just a small addition to the home. But yes, they do need maintenance, and this service will be pretty close to what a storage tank needs too. Read on to learn why!

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Is Your Water Heater Struggling?

Monday, March 1st, 2021

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If there’s any home comfort appliance that doesn’t get enough credit for how much it does for your household, it’s probably your water heater.

These systems are built durably, going under a lot of stress throughout the year—some of them never even turn off for that long, staying on to maintain a steady, standing supply of hot water at all times. However, even the sturdiest system will eventually need repair and even replacement.

There will be times when a water heater malfunctions, and it’s important that you understand when it’s time to call a pro. One of the main signs of a water heater that’s struggling is that you notice a drop in hot water output. If you discover this, it’s time to give us a call. This can happen for a number of reasons, which we’ve covered below:

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Should You Upgrade to a Higher Efficiency Water Heater?

Monday, January 4th, 2021

pipes-and-water-heater-tankYour water heater is probably the most underrated appliance in your home. Think about it—you use it every day, but do you really think about it every day? Chances are, the answer to that is no. That is, no, until something goes wrong with it.

The fact of the matter is, no water heater lasts forever. But the good news is, if yours is getting ready to fail, upgrading to a new, higher efficiency model is only going to benefit you! Today’s water heaters are much more efficient than those of even 5-10 years ago, which means that when you replace yours, you’ll start saving energy and subsequently start saving money each month.

But, how do you know it’s actually time to replace this system? Many homeowners, after all, wait until it’s too late to upgrade theirs—meaning their water heater completely breaks down and they’re left without hot water for days. This doesn’t have to be your story! Read on as we uncover the signs that it’s time for you to make the upgrade.

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