Westland Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Keep your Water Heater Running with Annual Maintenance

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Appliances like your water heater rarely cause trouble until the problem is severe. By the time you realize something’s wrong, it’s too late to take little measures, and you may even have to replace your water heater entirely rather than settle for less expensive repairs. In Rocky River, OH you can call in a service that conducts annual maintenance checks, designed not only to detect repair issues early and schedule a session to correct them before they cause much damage, but to help your system avoid wear and tear to boot. What, specifically, does a maintenance visit do for your water heater? Read on for the answers.

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3 Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Tankless water heaters represent a radical departure from traditional tank models, and not every home can benefit from their use. They work best in Westlake, OH homes with comparatively small numbers of residents, although multiple units can be installed to handle larger workloads. If your circumstances fit that, however, or you own a vacation home where tank models can sometimes be problematic, then you might want to seriously consider the benefits of tankless water heaters. We’ve laid out three of the most important ones to think about.

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3 Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Water heater repairs have a way of sneaking up on people, mostly because water heaters are placed in out-of-the-way parts of the house and tend to do their jobs very quietly. Our weather in Westlake, OH can wreak plenty of havoc on other parts of the house without having to add the water heater to the mix. But like any other appliance, water heaters can suffer wear and tear over time, and if yours hasn’t been serviced in a while then all of those years of work may come back to bite you. You can help your cause out by watching for signs that your water heater needs repairs, then summoning trained help quickly when you do. Here are 3 of them that bear particular mention.

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Signs That Your Water Heater Needs Repairs

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We rarely think about our water heaters, since they’re often tucked in an out-of-the-way part of the house and do their job quietly and without complaint. Trouble can always arise, however, especially if your system hasn’t been serviced in a while and/or you have an especially old water heater. Here in Westlake, OH, professionals can repair most problems with your water heater, but you need to be able to spot the signs that your water heater needs repairs before you can summon assistance. Here’s a few telltale signs to watch for.

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What Does a Tankless Water Heater Do for Me?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

If you’re in the market for a new water heater, you may have heard about tankless models, which replace the big cylinders of the traditional model with a much smaller and sleeker unit. It can provide a number of advantages over the traditional model, enough to offset the larger start-up costs that are often involved. Here in Westlake, OH, you can talk to a qualified technician about what a tankless water heater can do for you. We’ve provided a quick breakdown of some of the advantages.

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How a Failed Anode Rod can Lead to Water Heater Repair

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The typical storage tank water heater is exposed to millions of gallons of water over its lifetime. The most popular kind of water heater in the country, the storage tank water heater, keeps a large amount of water heated at all times in case it is needed. This leaves these systems extremely vulnerable to rust, which can rupture the tank and cause thousands of dollars in water damage to the surrounding area.

Why, then, does that not happen more often? Because of a safety part called the sacrificial anode rod. Read on to find out more about the sacrificial anode rod, and what can happen if it fails.

What is it?

The anode rod is a long metal rod, formed around a steel wire, which is inserted into the storage tank of your water heater. It is often made of either magnesium or aluminum, though zinc is also used in larger systems. While the anode rod is in the tank, it will degrade instead of the tank itself. This is where it gets the “sacrificial” part of its name. As long as the sacrificial anode rod is intact, then the water heater tank will be protected from rusting. There comes a point, however, when the anode rod is just too degraded to continue protecting the tank.

When the Anode Rod Fails

Once the anode rod has degraded down to the steel wire, it loses the ability to protect the water heater. At that point, the water heater will begin to rust. As the rust eats through the lining of the tank, it will weaken it to the point that the tank will start to spring leaks. Eventually, the tank will lose too much structural integrity and rupture. That is why it is so important to check your anode rod at least once a year, and replace it if need be.

If you aren’t sure how to check or replace your anode rod, call Westland Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide water heater repair services throughout Westlake, OH. 

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Water Heater Components: The Dip Tube

Friday, January 30th, 2015

As you’ve certainly noticed before, your conventional water heater is quite large. And although these system may look like they contain a lot of complicated mechanisms that would be difficult to fix, many of the parts that are often responsible for water heater trouble can be somewhat simple to repair when the job is completed by a trained technician. One of these parts is the dip tube, a piece that is vital to water heater operation despite its simple design.

Storage tank water heaters, the most common type of water heater found in home, are still in such widespread use today despite the development of tankless water heaters that are much smaller. Much of the credit for the longevity of the storage tank goes to its simple but effective design. Water flows into the tank through the water supply pipe that feeds to the top of it. It moves into a long pipe that leads to the bottom of the tank known as the dip tube.

The cold water that first enters the tank must be pushed to the bottom of the tank for two reasons. First, this is where the burner is located, or it’s where one of two electric heating elements are positioned in an electric unit. Second, the heat rising principle establishes that the warm water will naturally rise over the denser cold water to the top of the tank. Hot water waits at the top of the tank and flows out through a smaller pipe at the top whenever you turn on a hot water tap.

So without a dip tube to force cold water to the bottom of the tank, water is not able to stay warm for very long. When you first turn on your hot water, it may be sufficient, but as your hot shower goes on, you’ll notice cooler water or patches of warm and cool. If the dip tube splits in half or cracks apart, cold water is able to stat at the top of the tank before it is heated. When this happens, a technician will usually replace the tube rather than attempting to seal the leak.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about our available water heater services in the Westlake area or to schedule an appointment today.

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Why Pool Heater Maintenance Is Necessary

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

When you installed a heater in your swimming pool, you expected it to provide you with year-round fun and comfort for many years to come. But without proper maintenance, you may notice reduced heating, poor efficiency, or other sudden repair needs right when you wanted to use your swimming pool the most. At Westland Heating and Air Conditioning, we recommend scheduling maintenance every year for pool heaters in Bay Village, as they must remain tough in order to keep up with the sometimes harsh winter climate.

Can I Perform Maintenance on My Own?

There are a few things you can do on your own to maintain your pool heater. For example, purchasing a pool cover and utilizing it whenever you are not planning on using your pool can reduce up to 50% of standard heat loss. This means your pool heater won’t have to work quite as hard, which lets you pay less on your energy bills. Furthermore, the parts won’t wear down quite as quickly. You can also reduce some heat loss if you put up a cabana or a fence to eliminate some of the chill that may be caused by incoming wind.

You can ask a technician what the most efficient thermostat setting is for your model of heater. Many modern thermostats contain an efficiency setting or comfort setting that can help keep your pool at a reasonable temperature and prevent overheating or excessive energy use. If this is not the case with your unit, keep yours set at around 70 degrees when the pool will not be in use for several days, or turn it off if you’ll be gone for a couple of weeks (as long as freezing weather is not in the forecast).

But no matter what steps you take to keep your pool heater maintained on your own, annual professional maintenance is still a necessity. This is because pool heaters contain many mechanical parts that must be inspected, cleaned, and fine-tuned to ensure maximum efficiency and as little wear and tear as possible. Professional maintenance can help you to save on your utilities and possibly keep your unit free of repairs.

Call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to contact professionals with experience in maintaining, installing, or repairing pool heaters in Bay Village. We follow the safest procedures to make sure you can enjoy your swimming pool throughout the year.

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When Is a Standard Tank Water Heater a Better Option Than Tankless?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

When you need a new water heater, you want to choose the option that’s best for your home. There’s a lot of talk about the efficiency of tankless water heaters, but are these always the right choice? Despite the high efficiency of tankless systems, standard storage tank water heaters remain the most popular units found in homes today. This is because every home has different needs, and efficiency is not the highest concern for every homeowner.

Storage tank water heaters are sometimes critiqued for their energy usage. Water is stored in a 20 to 80 gallon tank and heated by a gas burner or electric heating element, so that hot water is available for use at any time. This means you are paying to heat water that may not be used for quite some time. Tankless water heaters are a solution to this problem, as they only heat water on demand. As soon as a hot water tap is turned on, water flows past a heating element that heats it immediately. As soon as the tap is turned off, the unit shuts down.

While tankless units are more efficient than storage tank heaters, they are considerably more costly. A tankless water heater will save you money every month, but it will take years to offset the initial cost. And sometimes, the cost of installation is just a more important factor. Tankless water heaters also run into problems when multiple people need hot water at a time, so you may even need to install 2 or 3 tankless units.

Another reason to install a storage tank water heater is if you haven’t had problems in the past. Are you replacing an older storage tank system? If your previous unit worked well, you probably won’t run into many problems with a new one either. Sometimes, storage tank water heaters have a problem heating water as quickly as it refills. But if this has never been much of a problem for you before, it probably won’t be with your newer system. And, many manufacturers offer systems with greater recovery rates as an alternative to their standard systems.

When you need a new water heater in Avon, let the experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning help you decide whether a storage tank water heater is the best option for you. Give us a call today!

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Why Am I Not Getting Enough Hot Water In My House?

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Your hot water heater contains a tank that provides instant hot water whenever you need it. If you use enough hot water, that reservoir will start to run down and you may sense the water cooling off a bit. That’s not abnormal. But what happens when a lack of hot water becomes a consistent issue; when you find yourself constantly asking, “why am I not getting enough hot water in my house?” Here in North Olmstead, professional water heater repair services can put those more serious problems at bay, but it helps to understand what those problems are first.

The first culprit in the case of a lack of hot water is the thermocouple, which turns off the gas when the pilot light isn’t on. If it’s malfunctioning, you might not be getting any hot water. It may also be functioning perfectly, in which case there is a problem with the pilot light itself.

The trouble may also lie with a faulty thermostat, which is misreading the temperature and sending “hot” water along that is anything but. Alternately, you could be dealing with a clogged vent or flue which prevents the water heater from venting. It might also be the dip tube, which forces cold water to the bottom of the tank and allows hot water to rise up for use. If it isn’t working, you could be getting cold water mixed in with your hot water.

Regardless of the causes, a certified expert can determine why you are not getting enough hot water in your house, then propose a viable solution. In most cases, that involves replacing the faulty component: usually a simple operation though one that requires professional expertise. In some cases, you may need to replace the entire water heater, especially if it’s an older unit with more problems than simply failing to provide hot water. And regardless if it’s a repair job or a replacement, it pays to set up a regular service plan to keep the heater running at peak capacity. Westland Heating and Air Conditioning handles North Olmstead water heater issues; call us today to set up a consultation!

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