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Before You Install a New Water Heater…

Posted by admin on May 7, 2017 in Troubleshooting, Water Heaters

Just because you aren’t getting hot water does not mean you need a new water heater.  If your water heater is new or newer there are cheaper repairs that need to be ruled out first.  If your water heater is brand new, make sure your thermostat is set correctly.  It may need nothing more than to be turned up.  If your water heater is electric, check your breaker and make sure you have power to the unit.  Your heater has a built in safety device that will turn off the power if it is overheating.  Usually, a new thermostat is all you will need to repair the water heater.  If your heater is a gas unit, make sure the pilot is lit.  If it won’t light, a new thermocouple may solve the problem.  Take the time to cross an inexpensive repair off your list before you replace your perfectly good water heater.

 
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Is a Recirculation System What You Need?

Posted by admin on Mar 15, 2015 in Water Heaters

If you turn on your faucet and then wait forever for the water to heat up, a recirculation system may be what you are looking for.  A recirculation pump installed on your water heater circulates hot water through your house, so there is minimal to no wait time for the water to heat up.  You can have a timer installed, so the hot water is only circulated during hours of use or run it full time.  Either way, you are saving time, water, and money!

 
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Water Heater Regulations Are Coming

Posted by admin on Jan 25, 2015 in Water Heaters

We let you know in December of last year that new water heater regulations would increase your prices while decreasing your options.  While of course the government justifies these changes by siting environmental benefits, there will be a cost and for some it will be large.  Heaters will be required to have more insulation making them larger which will make it harder to place them in tight spaces.  The addition of venting and condensation drains will also be required in some cases and that may make it impossible to put a new heater in its existing place.  More skill and knowledge will be required to replace the water heaters of the future limiting the homeowner’s ability to install his own heater.  If you would like to learn more you can visit the Department of Energy’s site: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/27.

These regulations go into affect April 16, 2015.  We will educate you throughout the year on the different regulations and how they will affect you.

 
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How’s Your Plumbing?

Posted by admin on Jan 11, 2015 in Troubleshooting, Water Heaters

During the holidays any flaws in your plumbing system become evident.  Did your water heater keep up when you had guests?  Did your tubs and showers and sinks drain quickly and efficiently?  How did your garbage disposal perform?  Was it able to digest the extra food your family and friends left on their plates?  Did any of your leaking faucets become a problem?  Now that the holidays are behind us, it may be time to repair or replace your faulty plumbing!

 
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Now’s the Time to Upgrade Your Water Heater

Posted by admin on Dec 14, 2014 in Water Heaters

If you know you need a new water heater or have been thinking of upgrading your old one, now is the time.  The EPA is going to institute their new water heater regulations in the beginning of 2015 making your choices fewer and more expensive.  We will let you know more specifics next week, but the time to replace your water heater is now!

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