It is easy to take hot water for granted in your home…until it is gone. Lukewarm showers, cold water for laundry and rusty-looking water for cleaning dishes are all signs that your hot water heater is on the blink. And if you experience water leaks or mineral build up around your hot water heater, it’s definitely time for a replacement. The average life of a tradition water heater is 13 years if properly maintained.
The NATE-certified technicians at Wheeler’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can usually respond immediately to hot water heater failure calls. Emergency water heater replacement can be done the same day. The first step is to completely shut off the offending hot water heater by turning off the gas supply and water inlet valves to prevent damage to your home. Then we can determine the best course of action for a replacement. We can provide you with advice on advantages and disadvantage of all options for your home.
Hot Water Heater Load Calculation
Our hot water heater experts perform a basic load assessment that will determine the maximum amount of hot water consumed during any one-hour period. This is called the peak-hour demand. Then they will determine the type and size of water heater that will provide your home with the most effective and efficient hot water. This system helps us determine your daily water flow requirements to support the hot water demands of all of the occupants of your home.
Common Water Heater Problems
Many of the hot water heaters we service suffer from common problems, such as:
Mineral build-up from low maintenance
High temperature settings that cause premature fractures of the tank liners
Leaky pressure relief valves
Damaged or broken dip tubes
Faulty gas ignition and pilot systems
Tankless vs. Traditional vs. Solar Water Heaters
At Wheeler’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling we service and install standard, tankless and solar water heaters. When it has been determined that a new hot water heater is required, we can help you determine whether a traditional 40- or 50-gallon water heater is sufficient or if a new power vent, tankless or solar water heater is a better option.
Rather than storing – and heating – large amounts of hot water in a tank like traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters heat the water on demand only when you need it, making them more energy efficient (up to 94%). Tankless water heaters provide an endless stream of clean hot water without temperature fluctuation. Tankless water heaters have other advantages such 2x longevity over traditional water heaters and saving space with smaller footprints. Tankless water heaters do require more gas capacity, and have different exhaust requirements over traditional water heaters. The hot water will not arrive to your taps any more quickly, just more efficiently and in endless supply.
Solar water heaters are typically used in conjunction with a gas back-up or electric water heater and use sun power to heat your water. Gone are the days of the 6-8 big bulk panels on your roof and giant storage tanks filling the basement. Solar water heating has become more efficient as well. The 300+ days of sun in Colorado each year can make solar water heating a truly economical – and green – addition to your home.
While tankless and solar water heaters have higher initial investments, the operations costs yearly are dramatically reduced, making the long-term savings worth it. Heating water accounts for up to 20 percent of the average home’s energy budget. All of the clients we have installed tankless water heaters for say they will never go back to a standard water heater.
We service all brands of hot water heaters, including:
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A testimony to our outstanding service is that more than 90% of our business comes from referrals from clients. Our attention to detail, high quality work and use of high quality equipment has earned us an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and a Five Star rating on Yelp and Google.
Don’t wait until a damaged hot water heater floods your home. If you are experiencing problems with your hot water, please contact the hot water heater experts at Wheeler’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Brighton, Colorado to schedule a service call.