Don’t let a faulty water heater stand between you and a long, hot shower or a soothing soak in your tub. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your hot water tank, get it fixed now.
But there’s a lot more at stake when your hot water heater isn’t working: your safety, your utility budget, and your property.
But you don’t necessarily need a new unit — have an experienced professional from Daniel Fish Plumbing take a look. You may be able to save considerably and get by with repair services and a good maintenance plan.
More and more people are choosing tankless water heaters over traditional tanks these days, and for good reason. As consumers are becoming more green in their choices the tankless is at an all time high in choice when new or a replacement water heater is needed. The tankless water heaters only use gas or electricity to provide hot water on demand, reducing standby energy losses that cost you money.
In addition, tankless heaters typically last about twice as long as standard heater. A tankless water heater only needs to be installed once. Only parts need to be replaced when the time comes for repair.
However, your tankless heater needs to be professionally installed for optimal energy efficiency, and no one knows tankless heaters better than we do. With state-of-the art in the knowledge of tankless plumbing technology, we have the tools to tackle any job, big or small, residential or commercial. Plus our experience and relationships with manufacturers allow us to offer all parts and labor at unbeatable prices!
We start by determining your demand, location, and application for hot water, then we customize a system designed to fit your needs and budget. Your project will be professional from consultation to cleanup to ensure your complete satisfaction with the process and we will work around your schedule.
We offer the best brands that have the least problems proven in the industry.
We mostly install residential tankless heaters, but they can also be used in garages, pool houses, hot tubs, outdoor sinks, etc. Whether your plans are for residential or commercial applications, one thing you can count on is saving energy, which in turn helps save money, and the environment!
7 Reasons Not to Delay Fixing Your Faulty Water Heater
- Risk of catastrophic failure resulting in a burst tank. While this may sound extreme, it’s actually one of the top sources of residential water damage. There are several reasons a tank might burst and we can help you take preventive measures so this nightmare doesn’t happen to you.
- Risk of extensive property damage to your home. It doesn’t take a burst tank to ruin ceilings, floors, and walls. A slow leak from your tank can cause thousands of dollars in damage, too.
- Liability risk. If you live in a condo and your hot water tank leaks or bursts, you can be found liable for damage when water seeps into your neighbors’ units.
- Draining of your bank account. When water heaters get old, you can kiss efficiency goodbye. Not only will your shower experience become seriously downgraded with cooler water but your energy bills will begin to creep up, too. Even when new, your water heater can be the biggest energy hog in the house. When they get old, they become increasingly expensive to operate.
- Water quality concerns. Sediment and mineral buildup can result in rusty, corroded water coming out of your tank. That’s what gets delivered to your kitchen sink and your bathrooms for family use.
- Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Sometimes, old water tanks don’t combust properly and the result is a carbon monoxide leak. In other cases, the system properly vented due to negligent or inexperienced installation. When either occurs, your family is in serious danger of poisoning from this deadly gas.
- Mold. This occurs when there’s a slow leak from your hot water tank. Unfortunately, a leaking hot water tank is hard to spot. This is what allows mold to take hold and grow, unseen. But even if you don’t see mold around your tank, it could be lurking in hidden spots in your home.
How to Tell When You Need Water Heater Repair Services
Not sure if you need to call in the experts? Here are the warning signs to look out for when your water heater could be about to go:
- Your water just doesn’t get very hot any more
- Your water doesn’t look clean
- Your water heater is getting old (12+ years)
- There’s a metallic taste to your water
- There appears to be rust in your water
- You hear strange noises coming from the heater
Was Your Water Heater Installed Properly?
The source of your water heater problems might just be in the way it was installed. If the tank is the wrong size, you’ll have one of two problems:
- You won’t have enough water (if it’s too small)
- You’ll be paying too much every month for your hot water (if it’s too big)
Even die-hard do-it-yourself homeowners admit that when it comes to their water heater, it’s better to work with a professional. From sizing of the tank to sizing of the gas main to so much more, there’s a lot of expertise involved to get it right.
Experience is priceless in this industry and the team at Daniel Fish Plumbing are specialists in the installation of all types of water heater systems. They’re licensed, professional, and knowledgeable and they can usually fix your problem the very same day.
What if Your Old Water Heater is Beyond Repair?
There are only so many rounds of repairs that a water heater can withstand. After a certain point, you’re jeopardizing your comfort, your finances, and maybe even your health by holding onto that old water heater.
Daniel Fish Plumbing doesn’t just repair water heaters… we help homeowners install new systems, too. Our plumbers know all about conventional gas and electric water heaters and can advise you on the best model for your home and your needs. We’re very familiar with all the major brands.
We also help Camarillo-area homeowners find and install the newer tankless water heaters. If you’re not yet familiar with all the benefits of going “tankless”, you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
Tankless Heater Installation & Repair
We have seen an uptick in demand for tankless water heaters (or “on-demand” water heaters). People choose to go “tankless” for a variety of reasons but chief among those reasons are less energy consumption and superior performance.
Tankless water heaters only work when they have to: when you turn on a faucet in your home. When you don’t need not water, the appliance rests. That’s where the energy savings happens: there is far less standby energy, so there is less waste. That typically translates into lower monthly energy bills, too.
But to optimize those energy savings, it’s important to have yours professionally installed. This not only helps maximize efficiency but also avoid possibly deadly Carbon Monoxide leaks from improper installation and venting.
The team at Daniel Fish Plumbing knows tankless heaters inside and out. We configure your customized system by taking into account the following factors:
- Your household demand for hot water
- Your home’s location
- How you will be using hot water
- Your budget
This technology is relatively new in the United States and it’s constantly improving. It’s important that the installation company you choose is up-to-date with their knowledge, industry trends, and the plumbing technology that makes the tankless units hum.
From the initial consultation to the cleanup afterward, you can expect a professionally-run project for your entire experience. We’ll design a system to fit your needs but will respect your budget, too. Working around your schedule, we ensure your complete satisfaction with the whole process.
Daniel Fish Plumbing has not only the knowledge and the experience but also the tools to optimize every job we do whether it’s a small residential job or a large commercial installation of tankless heaters. We also have ongoing relationships with manufacturers of tankless technology so we’re able to offer parts and labor at unbeatable prices.
Pros & Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
Our customers always have a lot of questions about them so we thought we’d offer this mini-guide for people interested in this technology. Here are the pros and cons of tankless water heaters:
- Long-lasting. They can last up to twice as long as conventional tank heaters. One reason is that there are fewer parts to wear out. Sediment buildup inside a tank is not an issue, of course (and neither are all the problems it causes!).
- Space-saving. They take up way less room than tank heaters. There’s just a box unit that gets mounted on the wall.
- Energy-saving. They use 30 to 50 percent less energy thank tank heaters. The main reason is that you aren’t constantly heating 50 gallons of water and letting it sit around waiting to be used!
- Convenient. You get a continuous supply of hot water from a tankless heater, whereas with a conventional heater, the hot water stops when the tank is emptied out
Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
- Professional installation. They have high-powered burners and unique venting systems and a larger gas pipe so a professional installer will be required.
- Upfront cost. They do cost more than conventional water heaters. If you buy small tankless heaters, they will only provide hot water for one faucet at a time.
And did you know that tankless waterheaters can be used in all kinds of applications? Currently, most of our projects involve residential installations of tankless technology but here are some other uses:
- Pool houses
- Hot tubs
- Outdoor sinks
Whether you have a residential project or you’re a business owner, one thing you can count on is energy savings. For more information or for a free estimate, call us today.
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Water Heater Installation & Repair FAQ’s
Q: How long do water heaters usually last?
A: Traditional water heaters (ones that have a tank) typically last around ten years. Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years and sometimes even longer.
Q: I have no idea how old my water heater is. How can I tell?
A: Look for the manufacturer’s label on the tank itself. There will be a serial number and that is the key to finding the age of the heater. Google the number along with the manufacturer’s brand name and you’ll have your answer.
Q: My water heater is sitting in a pan of rusty water. What does that mean?
A: Yikes! It means you have a leak and you should call a plumber right away.
Q: What does it mean when the hot water coming out of the faucet is rusty?
A: If only the hot water is rust-colored, not the cold water, then there’s a pretty good chance that your water heater tank is rusting away from the inside (it could also be your pipes). That’s usually the first sign of a future leak.
Q: Are water heater tanks prone to rust?
A: “Prone to rust” is an understatement! Yes, steel tanks have iron in them and iron is prone to rust. There is a rust protection device but over time that deteriorates and then ‘let the rusting begin’.
Q: My water heater makes a huge racket. What is going on?
A: When old water heater tanks get too much sediment built up inside them, that sediment (minerals) begins to harden. The minerals coat the burner, making it work harder to heat the water. The noises you hear are the sounds of water that’s trapped under those layers of sediment, trying to rise up.
Q: I have hard water. What is that doing to my water heater?
A: Hard water is harsh on your water heater. Lime can settle to the bottom of the tank, creating an insulating layer of sediment. That layer drastically reduces the efficiency of your heater, leading to higher utility bills. Eventually, the water heater tank will have reduced capacity due to expansion and further buildup. If you have an electric heater, the sediment also covers the heating elements and that makes the problem even worse.
Q: Do I have to drain my water heater? What happens if I don’t?
A: Yes, you should flush your water heater every six months or so. If you have hard water, it should be done more frequently. In addition, you should have your heater inspected every year to check for wear and tear on the shut-off valve, joints, pipes, and more. This can help prevent severe damage.
Q: What else can I do to prolong the life of my heater:
A: Once it’s reached 10 years of service, you should start thinking about a new water heater. But one thing you should be doing is having the anode rod replaced every few years. This rod is a rust inhibitor for your tank.
Q: What is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from my water heater?
A: If you have a gas water heater and it’s been neglected, there is a risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home. Sometimes a leak is due to improper installation. Others might be poorly vented. Since CO is odorless and colorless, it often goes undetected until it’s too late. If you and your family experience dizziness, headaches, weakness, or upset stomach, these could be signs of CO poisoning.
Q: Do I need a separate tankless water heater for every faucet?
A: That depends. There are large tankless units that can power a whole house but some people prefer smaller units installed next to the faucet itself.