Westland Heating & Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Water Heaters’

Signs of Trouble with Your Water Heater

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Water HeaterYour water heater is one of the most important components in your plumbing system, and with proper care can last for many years without a problem. Unfortunately, it can be easy to lose track of it amid our busy day-to-day lives. Water heaters tend to do their jobs quietly and without much complaint, and they’re often located in out-of-the-way spots in the home, such as the basement or the garage. When problems arise, they tend to sneak up on you unexpectedly, and by the time you notice a problem, the damage is often quite extensive.

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Why Are Lime Deposits a Problem for Your Water Heater?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Lime deposits are a common problem here in Avon, OH, and no doubt you’ve had to deal with them before now. They’re actually calcium deposits caused by hard water (or water with a high mineral content), and if you’ve ever experienced that gross white build-up on your faucet or shower head, you’ve definitely made its acquaintance. Hard water in the home can be dealt with with a little elbow grease or a water softening system for your entire home. But lime deposits can show up in your water heater as well, and when they do, they can be very hard to get rid of.

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Schedule Regular Maintenance for Your Water Heater

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Winter is on its way, and with temperatures dropping rapidly here in Bay Village, OH, it’s time to give your various home appliances a good hard look to make sure they’re ready for cold weather. This is especially true for your water heater, which needs to provide hot water for bathing and cleaning no matter how cold it gets outside. It can be hard to spot problems with a water heater, since it’s usually parked in an out-of-the-way spot like the basement or garage, and rarely shows signs of an issue until its far too late. Regular maintenance for your water heater, conducted by a trained technician, could be the perfect way to get it ready for the winter.

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Signs of Trouble with Your Water Heater

Monday, July 4th, 2016

We recommend regular maintenance for your water heater here in Bay Village, OH, in part because problems with it don’t tend to arise until it’s far too late. We rarely notice our water heaters, since they usually operate silently and are often tucked away in the basement or another part of the home that we don’t visit every day. By the time you spot signs of trouble, the problem may be very serious indeed. That makes it all the more important to be able to notice the early signals and summon a trained plumber to address them right away. They could spell the difference between a comparatively simple water heater repair job and a very costly one.

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How to Drain Your Water Heater

Monday, June 6th, 2016

We always recommend regular water heater maintenance for all homeowners in the Avon, OH area. Of all the appliances in your home, water heaters are the most vulnerable to neglect, since they do their jobs quietly and are usually tucked away in little-visited corners of the house. Annual maintenance can help you get a handle on any problems before they get out of control, and you can even take steps yourself to help out the process.

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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 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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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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Fairview Park, OH Water Heater Tip: What to Consider Before Buying a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are thinking about upgrading to a tankless water heater in your Fairview Park, OH area home, call Westland Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ll be glad to help you choose the most cost-effective model for your home and hot water needs. Here’s how tankless models work and some of the benefits.

Unlike tank water heaters that use a large tank of water and that have standby heat loss, tankless water heaters provide instant hot water without using a tank. They heat the water on demand – only using energy when you need hot water. They provide energy savings because they both consume less energy and don’t have any standby losses. However, if you have a large home with a big demand for hot water, a tankless water heater might have problems providing all the hot water you need. You should consult with a professional to find out if a tankless water heater is right for your home.

A professional can discuss flow rate with you. While tankless units vary in size, their capabilities depend on flow rate and how much hot water is needed. A professional can help you determine your hot water needs and help you select the right size tankless for your home. Another factor to consider is the first hour rating (FHR), which is measured by how many gallons of hot water can be delivered in one hour. Our professional installers will know which size is best for your needs.

If you are interested in a new water heater, call the Fairview Park, OH water heater experts at Westland Heating and Air Conditioning to handle all your tankless hot water heater installation needs.

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