Water Heater 101
Your water heater is an essential—and likely overlooked—appliance in your Pennsylvania home.
When it works, hot water flows when you need it. When it malfunctions, you’re stuck taking a cold shower. Plus, you risk the possibility that it may leak water, creating a mess and potentially damaging your home.
How do you know if you should repair your water heater, when to replace it, and what kind to buy?
Our qualified plumbers and skilled HVAC technicians work with all forms and brands of water heaters. They can answer your questions about repairs, replacement, and installation. We offer plumbing and HVAC solutions that fit your comfort level and budget.
Water Heater Replacement and Installation
Before investing in a new water heater, consider the age of your existing unit. Storage tank water heaters typically last 10 to 12 years. Tankless heaters that provide water on demand have a service life of 20 years or more. Maintenance is the key to long service life.
We also can guide you through the extensive selection of water heater models and makes when it is time to replace your aging equipment. We work with all kinds of water heaters, including those fueled by electricity, gas, or propane.
Here is a sampling of the kinds of heaters we install:
- Traditional tank-style units heat and store water until you use it.
- Tankless water heaters typically cost more than storage-style versions but are more energy efficient because they heat water only when it is needed. When you turn on the hot water tap, a heating element in your tankless unit heats cold water as it flows past. It is smaller than a traditional tank-style heater.
- A heat pump water heater transfers heat from surrounding air into a tank where it heats and stores water. Heat pumps are highly efficient because they extract heat from the air rather than create it by burning fossil fuels.
- An indirect-fired water heater does not contain a heating element. It uses your boiler or furnace as a heat source for water.
- A point of use water heater can be tankless or include a small storage tank. It installs where hot water is needed. For example, you might place it at a sink on a second or third floor far from the central water heater or in a shower located in a home addition.
We also offer convenient financing options to help you purchase the equipment you deserve.
Water Heater Maintenance and Repair
At All Seasons Comfort Control, we recommend an annual water heater tune-up, especially in areas with hard water.
According to the Philadelphia Water Department, the more calcium and magnesium carbonates water contains, the harder it is. The department, which serves customers in four counties, notes that water in the city of Philadelphia is “moderately hard.”
Calcium and magnesium can build up on the bottom of a water heater storage tank or in pipes that serve a tankless water heater. Sediment can interfere with the hot water supply, and calcium deposits may cause the heating element to burn out. A noisy water heater with a popping or banging sound may indicate mineral buildup.
During a tune-up, we inspect flush the heater, inspect the burner and the anode rod, and check the temperature and pressure valve to ensure the heater in your Yardley home is operating safely and at peak efficiency. We may recommend a water softener or other solution to avert future mineral buildup.
Leaks, rusty water, and unheated water are signs you need repair and possibly replacement. Call us before a tiny leak becomes a flood. Our plumbers and technicians are available 24/7 year-round. We do not charge extra for emergency service.
And be sure to ask about our All Seasons Comfort Club designed to save you significant money on service calls, tune-ups, repairs, and parts. Join today!