Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Does My Water Heater Need Fall Maintenance?

Monday, October 12th, 2020

plumber-and-water-heaterWe can answer this question easily by first asking you another question: Has your water heater received maintenance this year?

If the answer is no, then our answer is: Yes, your water heater needs fall maintenance. A water heater must have inspections, cleanings, and adjustments once a year. You can have it done at any time since you always need a working water heater. If you haven’t had it done yet, however, fall is one of the ideal times. Water heaters work harder during cooler temperatures, and even if  water heaters in Santa Barbara, CA don’t undergo serious winter weather strain (Southern California, after all), you can still expect to put more demand on your water heater than during other times of the year. You want it to work at its best!

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Really Never Run Out of Hot Water?

Monday, July 20th, 2020

tankless-water-heaterYou’re considering getting a tankless water heater in Oxnard, CA to replace the old, traditional water heater in your home. We think this is a good idea. Tankless water heaters have many advantages, and for homes looking to increase their energy efficiency and enjoy an unlimited supply of hot water, going tankless is an excellent option to consider.

But you might wonder if the tales of the advantages of a tankless water heater are too good to be true—especially that part about unlimited hot water. Is it accurate that a tankless water heater will not run out of hot water, or is this just hyperbole? Is there a catch?

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Hard Water vs. Your Water Heater—The Bad News

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Wavy-water-lineHard water is water that has a high level of minerals suspended in it, principally magnesium and calcium. This isn’t harmful for drinking; after all, these minerals are found in food. However, those minerals are not good for the plumbing in a home, and they also affect the ability to keep both the house and people in it properly clean. (Soap doesn’t dissolve well in hard water, leaving to filmy deposits, itchy skin, flat hair, and more.)

Hard water is a common problem in Santa Barbara, but it’s often easy for people to ignore when they don’t see the major negative effects. We strongly recommend our local customers to find out if they’ve got hard water and to have a water softener installed if they do. There are plenty of reasons to do this, but we want to focus on one of biggest in this post—hard water can ruin your water heater.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Option?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

tankless-water-heaterWe install both storage tank water heaters (the “traditional” type of water heater) and the newest models in tankless water heaters. Although the technology behind tankless water heaters goes back more than a hundred years, only recently have homeowners become more familiar with them. This means there are still plenty of misunderstandings about tankless systems, and you may be one of the many homeowners wondering if it’s feasible to switch to a tankless water heater when you replace your current one.

We can’t offer you a definite answer on a blog post, the same way we can’t give you a single price quote on a new system. We need to perform an estimate first to help you with making the decision about your water heater replacement in Carpinteria, CA. We can, however, offer you some generalizations about tankless systems and how they can work for homes like yours.

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Does Rust Mean Your Water Heater Is Finished?

Monday, January 20th, 2020

rusted-water-heaterYour home’s water heater is made of steel. What’s the biggest weakness of steel? Corrosion. Specifically, when it comes to a water heater, rust. The steel of a water heater is no match for rust once it gets a grip.

But manufacturers of water heaters design their products to resist rust for years. Rust can still occur, often when a water heater is extremely old, such as 20 years or more. But even younger water heaters may rust because of negligence. (This is another friendly reminder to have annual inspections and maintenance for your water heater.)

The conventional wisdom is that when rust appears on a water heater, the water heater is done. Time for a new water heater installation in Oxnard, CA. But is this always true? Let’s look at your water heater and find out.

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The Amazing Secret Powers of Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, December 9th, 2019

gas-fire-boilerThe tankless water heater.

When you first hear the term, it sounds almost impossible. Like an engineless car, or a wingless plane. But we can assure you, tankless water heaters are real, and they work. They often work much better for homes than the standard storage tank water heaters. It’s almost like they have superpowers.

The technology of the tankless water heater isn’t the stuff of comic books, however. We’re going to go behind the scenes and show you these “secret” powers and the way they can benefit your household. To learn more about tankless water heaters in Santa Barbara, CA homes and to see if one is a great match for your household, speak to our experts.

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Is It Time for a New Water Heater?

Monday, November 11th, 2019

water-heater-tankBecause we enjoy mild winters in Santa Barbara and Ventura County, we don’t place too much emphasis on our household heating systems. But there is a heating system in your home that works all around the year. It’s your water heater, and fall is as good a time as any to consider the future of your current water heating system. No water heater lasts forever, and at some point you’ll need to arrange to have it replaced.

Has that time arrived? Let’s look closer…

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Help! There’s No Hot Water! 6 Possible Explanations

Monday, March 4th, 2019

hot-water-faucetMost of us can relate with the feeling of the hot water shutting off on us during a shower. If you’re using a tank water heater, then you know that you’ve simply used up all the water and will have to wait for some more.

But what if the hot water refuses to turn on at all, even after waiting for more hot water? At that point, you might have an actual problem with the water heater itself. Here are 6 possible explanations as to why that’s happening.

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Finding the Right Water Heater

Monday, December 24th, 2018

tankless-water-heaterNo home is a happy home without a water heater.

Seriously, try taking a shower or doing the dishes without a water heater!

When it comes time to install a new water heater or to replace your current one, there are many directions you can go in terms of size, fuel, and type. Choosing the right factors depends on your own needs, but in the meantime, we’ll explain what some of those factors are and how they can help you make a decision.

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Don’t Freak Out Over These Water Heater Issues

Monday, September 17th, 2018

technician-in-front-of-heaterYour water heater is acting strangely… does this mean it’s time for replacement? Well, it could, but this time, we only want to talk about problems that aren’t nearly as drastic as they seem. So relax! That doesn’t mean these problems are completely harmless, of course, but we won’t leave you in the dark on how to proceed. Here are some minor plumbing problems that you should be on the lookout for.

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