Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Water Heaters’

Is It Time for a Water Heater Upgrade?

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Pipes of a heating systemYour home’s water heater was built to last a long time, especially if you give it proper care and maintenance. However, no matter how well you take care of this system, eventually it will need an upgrade. The trick is to be able to identify when you’ll need an upgrade.

The last thing you need is to find out your water heater has permanently failed, while taking a shower or doing something else that requires effective hot water usage. Keep reading to learn some of the warning signs to watch out for that indicated it’s time for you to go shopping for water heaters in Olympia, WA.

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Water Heaters: Why Is Water Temperature So Important?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Pipes of a heating systemDo you have a storage tank type water heater? This is the most commonly found water heaters in Olympia, WA in homes today, so we wouldn’t be surprised. Even with recent developments in technology, resulting in the spread of systems such as tankless water heaters and heat pump water heaters, the storage tank water heater remains a reliable way to enjoy a steady supply of warm-hot water.

So, what if you are one of those who has a storage tank water heater? Is there anything specific you should know. Well, you should know about your risks. Yes, these systems are ultimately safe, so long as they are professionally installed and properly cared for. But there are risks involved, too, such as the threat of scalding that comes with a water heater whose temperature is set too high.

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The Positive Impact of Maintenance for Your Water Heater

Monday, February 19th, 2018

tankless water heater on floorYou may have seen us mention in the past just how important maintenance is for your storage tank water heater. For one, this guarantees its safe and efficient use. Secondly, a huge part of storage tank water heater maintenance is checking the anode rod, or rather, the component responsible for absorbing rust that would otherwise affect the lining of the water heater.

Maintenance isn’t just for conventional storage tank Olympia, WA water heaters, though. This service is vital for tankless systems as well. Many of the tasks performed during tankless system maintenance are the same as for a storage tank system, but some aspects are different and require specialized attention—such as the problem with scaling.

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Why Doesn’t a Water Heater Rust?

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Tank water heaters are designed to last for many years, and if properly treated, can provide hot water on a moment’s notice throughout your Olympia, WA home. You may wonder why your tank doesn’t rust after all those years, and indeed if rust appears there’s usually something very wrong. Rusty water in your faucet means there’s rust coating the inside of the tank, and tank breaches usually mean you have to replace the entire water heater. So why doesn’t a water heater rust? In other words, why aren’t you dealing with issues like rust in your water on a weekly basis? The answer lies in one of the water heater’s most important components: the anode rod.

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3 Crucial Parts of Water Heater Maintenance

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your home, and yet we rarely pay any attention to it until serious trouble arises. You can prevent a lot of problems with your water heater by scheduling a regular maintenance session from a qualified plumber, and here in Olympia, WA, you have an expert company you can turn to. But it helps to understand what goes into water heater maintenance and why that can help yours function at its best. Here are 3 crucial parts of water heater maintenance that every servicing session should involve.

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When Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Water heaters often do their jobs quietly and without a fuss, and unless some major disaster befalls it, we don’t tend to think much about them. That can make it hard to determine when your old water heater is ready to be put out to pasture. With good maintenances, a water heater can be expected to give you many years of faithful work, but everything wears out, and sooner or later you need a reliable service to install a new one. Here in Olympia, WA, there are services who can perform the job with professionalism and care, but you still need to call them when the time has come. “When should I replace my water heater?” you ask. We’ve included a quick list of tips below.

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Tanked vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

If you’re a homeowner in Olympia, WA, you probably have a traditional tanked water heater in your home. But why they do yeoman work, they’re not the only type of water heater out there. Tankless water heaters get rid of the bulky tank in favor of heating the water directly as it flows through the pipes toward your faucet or shower. The model offers a number of benefits over tanked models, though in some aspects, tanked water heaters do better for you than their tankless counterparts. Tanked vs. tankless water heaters: which is better? We’ve provided a quick breakdown below.

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Signs That You Need Water Heater Repair

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Your water heater is one of the great unsung heroes of your household, tirelessly doing its job year in and year out without complaint. That lets a lot of homeowners take their water heater for granted, which can catch them by surprise when problems arise. That doesn’t need to happen to you. In Olympia, WA, trained professionals are on hand to help repair any problems with your water heater quickly and efficiently, and when you spot the signs that you need water heater repair, you can call them in before it becomes a major issue. Here’s a quick list of red flags you should keep an eye out for.

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3 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Mention the term “water heaters” and most people tend to think of traditional tank models: the giant tubes in our basement or closet tasked with providing hot water for the household. Though they can do the job efficiently enough, they’re not the only options out there. Here in Olympia, WA, tankless water heaters can be installed by trained professionals, and though the cost of putting one in can be greater than a new tank model, the advantages often greatly outweigh the additional costs. If you’re looking at installing a new system, here are 3 benefits of tankless water heaters that you should be aware of while making your decision.

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Why Is Sizing Important for Water Heater Tanks?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

When you need a large plumbing installation, such as a new water heater, it’s important that you let a trained professional handle all of the heavy work. One misstep can cause water to flood into your home, and faulty installation can mean you’ll end up with some large repairs early on.

But what’s also important is that you let a trained professional choose the proper size unit for your home. To some homeowners, this may not seem like a complicated task. If you have budgetary limitations, you may opt for a smaller system. Or, you may choose a larger unit to ensure you get enough hot water. But these assumptions can cost you money in repairs and on your energy bills over time. That’s why it’s important to let a professional help you through every step of the process.

Here’s why sizing a storage tank water heater is not a job for the inexperienced. And when you need water heater service in Olympia, trust one of the plumbing experts at Brooks Plumbing.

Sizing Storage Tank Water Heaters

Sizing a water heater depends on a couple of factors. For one, a technician must determine the amount of hot water used during the busiest hour of the day. This is referred to as the FHR, or first hour rating, because many households use a lot of hot water early in the first hours of the day. A technician may be able to make calculations based on the number of people in the home, but some homeowners have additional water heating needs to take into account.

The home’s FHR should match up to the unit’s FHR. However, you’ll also need to consider the EF, or energy factor. This number lets you know how much of the energy used by the water heater is used as hot water. When factoring the size of the unit into your budget, you should also consider this factor to help you choose a system that is cost-effective over time.

A system that is too small will not get the job done, but an oversized system will cost you a lot more every month. For water heater service in Olympia, let the professionals at Brooks Plumbing do the work for you. Call us today!

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