Water Heater Installation & Repair
With the right maintenance, the traditional water heaters in your home typically have a lifespan of approximately ten years, and are necessary for the functionality of your home. The plumbers at JP’s plumbing are dedicated to assisting you in all of the maintenance, replacement, and installation needs that come with owning a water heater.
Typical signs of a failing water heater that you'll notice begins with a failure to heat up water to the desired temperature, a rumbling or buzzing sound, and in some cases a rotten egg smell. Oftentimes, the age of your water heater will be the deciding factor of whether the best course of action is to repair or replace the device when these signs begin to show. Providing the expert technicians at JP's Plumbing and Heating with details about your water heater will allow them to give you experienced advice and help you make an informed decision about what the best course of action is.
General water heater maintenance can reduce issues. We recommend having your water heater serviced once each year to clean out mineral scaling, check the heating element, ensure temperature and pressure valves are functioning correctly, and clean out and blockages for the drain pipes in case of emergencies.
If your faucet only puts out cold water when you turn the 'hot' knob, then there is a good chance that the heating element in your water heater has gone bad. Our plumbing techs would be happy to get this changed out and do a water heater check-up during the process to ensure you aren't going to be needing a replacement sooner than later.
Electric Water Heaters
Gas Water Heaters
Electric water heaters are the clean, safe, and efficient water heating option. With a larger range of sizing options and a lower purchase price, these modern options are great for almost every home. However, electric water heaters do not operate during power failures and have higher operating costs than their counterparts.
If you live in an area that is prone to blackouts and value the reliability of a water heater that will operate independently of the power grid, a Gas powered water heater may be the option for you. While traditional gas powered water heaters are more dirty and less efficient than electric water heaters, they are more energy efficient with lower operating costs in the long run.
Tankless Water Heaters
Storage Tank Water Heaters
Though storage tank water heaters are more commonly found in homes, tankless water heaters are gaining popularity due to their efficiency. Rather than storing hot water in a tank, these water heaters heat your water as it passes through the system, eliminating extra energy and costs associated with storing hot water. At JP's Plumbing and Heating, we carry Navien brand tankless water heaters.
While tankless water heaters may be a great option for efficiency, we do not recommend an electric tankless water heater. These are typically not the best option due to limited space in the electrical panels of most homes, as well as the decreased longevity of these systems.
Storage Tank water heaters are the traditional option for a water heater unit in your home. These systems hold a reserve of hot water, which it dispenses on demand to the water sources throughout your home. When cold water enters the bottom of your water heater tank, it is heated by either a gas flame or electric elements inside the tank.
These systems can be less energy efficient than other tankless options, but cost less upfront to install and ultimately, studies have shown that the returns in efficiency that tankless water heaters can offer only offset the increased installation costs in certain cases.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
While most think of traditional options when considering how to heat the water in their homes, an electric heat pump is an excellent, highly efficient option that is better than conventional water heaters. These systems work almost like a refrigerator in reverse, capturing warm air and transmitting the heat to the water, and are a great option for almost any home!
You can count on the plumbers at JP’s Plumbing and Heating to correctly diagnose the issue with your water heater, and provide you with honest, truly beneficial service options that are in the best interest of you and your household.
In some cases, leaks will form around weld spots and in others, your water heater will begin showing signs of wear. No matter what the case, when you need to install a new water heater, or you just want to schedule some maintenance and mild repairs, we have what you need. We currently carry Bradford White water heaters as well as HTP brand water heaters.
Water Heater Expansion Tanks
Considering installing an expansion tank? Most every home can benefit from these tanks, which help to control the pressure of your water heater system while also reducing the energy used at the same time. More importantly, they are also extremely important for home safety. As water heats and cools, they expand and contract, helping to reduce the risk of damage to your HVAC system and your home.
Top Causes of Boiler Accidents
Your boiler may very well be one of the most dangerous appliances in your home. According to the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, the leading cause of boiler accidents was associated with operator error or poor maintenance. In order, the leading causes of boiler accidents are:
- Operator error or poor maintenace
- Low water cutoff
- Unknown causes
- Limit controls
- Burner failure
- Faulty design/fabrication
- Improper installation
- Safety valve failure
- Improper repair