We supply and install high-quality water heaters for any home or business. Our Universal Plumbing technicians can help you choose the right water heater type and size for your budget, home/business, and situation, maximizing your home's efficiency and saving you money in the long run. There are a few types of water heaters you can have installed, each having its own advantages and disadvantages:
Regular Vent Gas Water Heater
This is the most common type of water heater, and they are generally the least expensive. A natural gas water heater can heat a full tank of water much faster and cheaper than an electric water heater. They require a connection to natural gas and a properly positioned chimney to vent the carbon monoxide.
Power Vent Gas Water Heater
Power vent water heaters have a blower fan on the top of the heater that blows the carbon monoxide out a house's sidewall vent. These heaters are installed in areas where no chimney is available or accessible.
Electric Water Heater
These are slightly more expensive to run compared to gas water heaters, but they require no chimney or vent. They are typically installed in places where no natural gas connection is available, as they are powered by electricity.
Tankless Water Heater
The water heaters listed above keep water hot in a tank; tankless water heaters heat water on demand instead. These can vent through a sidewall, similar to power vent water heaters. Tankless water heaters save space and energy, and give you an unlimited supply of hot water (no more running out of hot water in the shower!), but they can be much more expensive to install and have a higher yearly maintenance cost.
Give us a call and we will help you determine which of these water heaters is right for you and your budget. (586) 459-0040
Water Heater Maintenance and Repair
An average gas water heater lasts about 10 years, but things can go wrong before then. Before you drop hundreds of dollars on installing a new one, give us a call and we'll be able to diagnose and repair any fixable problems.
In the meantime, here are a few tips to prevent any problems and extend the life span of your water heater:
1. Once a year, flush your water heater to get rid of sediment.
(If you don't know how to do this, we can do it for you.) Sediment from the water builds up in the bottom of the tank over time, which can wear away at the tank's lining and cause leaks and other serious problems down the road.
2. Set your water heater to 120°F.
Higher water temperature increases sediment buildup and risk of scalding injuries. Keeping the heater at 120° will also save you money on your energy bill if your tank's temperature was originally higher.
3. Check the condition of the anode rod every three years.
(Again, we can do this for you.) The anode rod is a long metal rod inside the tank that attracts corrosive elements in the water. Hot water is especially corrosive, and without a functioning anode rod in the tank, the water can quickly corrode the steel lining of the tank. Regularly making sure your tank's anode rod hasn't worn down too much (and replacing it with a new one if it has) can extend the lifespan of your water heater, sometimes double it.
If you suspect something isn't right with your water heater, or you'd like a thorough water heater inspection, call us at (586) 459-0040. We'll make sure everything is in good shape and running smoothly.
Choosing a Water Heater
Universal Plumbing & Sewer will bring a new water heater out to your home or business, install the new one and remove the old one for your convenience. You will have peace of mind knowing that one of our licensed plumbers installed your water heater and made sure it was fully up to code. Use the chart below to help determine the size of water heater that will best fit your situation.
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