Reliance Plumbing Sewer & Drainage, Inc. Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Do Tankless Water Heaters Require Maintenance?

Monday, July 1st, 2024

While any kind of water heater is ultimately doing the same job—heating up water—they don’t do it in exactly the same ways. This means the different systems might not have the same needs, right? Well, there are definitely some things that are not quite the same. But whether your water heater is a tank system or tankless, it still needs care. Here are the details about tankless water heater maintenance.

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Why You Need to Have Regular Maintenance for Your Water Heater

Monday, March 25th, 2024

Your water heater is often one of the most overlooked and vital appliances in your home. It quietly works behind the scenes to provide you with hot water for showers, baths, dishes, and laundry. However, like any other appliance, your water heater requires regular maintenance to ensure it continues to function efficiently and reliably. In this article, we will explore why regular maintenance for your water heater is crucial and how removing the water heater scale in Skokie IL  can save you money and hassle in the long run.

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Do Water Heaters Need Annual Maintenance?

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Short answer: Yes!

Longer answer: Yes, absolutely!

We hope this is enough for you to reach out to us to schedule water heater maintenance—especially if it’s something you have never had done before. But if you want to hang around for a bit longer, we’ll give you a more in-depth explanation about the importance of water heater maintenance.

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Changes a Tankless Water Heater May Require in Your House

Monday, March 27th, 2023

We are big advocates for tankless water heaters at Reliance. Installing a tankless unit in a house is a great way to cut down on energy costs—keep in mind that a home’s water heater consumes more power than almost any other appliance. Tankless water heaters also save space, last for years longer, and have the benefit of never running out of hot water.

There are downsides to tankless water heaters compared to more traditional water heaters, however. One is the initial cost of installation. A tankless water heater can pay back that initial cost in a few years, but it can present a barrier for some homes. In addition to the price tag, tankless water heaters can’t always be simply snapped into place after taking out the home’s older water heater. The home may need several plumbing and electrical upgrades to accommodate the new water heater. We’ll look at several below.

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No Water in Your Home? What to Do About It

Monday, February 13th, 2023

When it comes to major plumbing emergencies, one of the biggest and most likely to cause a homeowner to panic is when there’s no water from any of the faucets or taps. Running water is a necessity for modern daily life, so if you run into a “no water” situation, you’ll want to find out what’s wrong and have it corrected, quickly.

We’ll look at several of the most common reasons for having no running water in your house and what you can do about them. If you need to call for 24-hour plumbing in Skokie, IL, our team is standing by to help you. We’re experts when it comes to handling all types of plumbing emergencies.

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Meet the Two Types of Hybrid Water Heaters

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Today people often associate the word hybrid with hybrid electric cars that combine a combustion engine with electrical power. Hybrid is also a description for a type of water heater. Two types, actually, both of which offer specific benefits for homes. Not every home is suited for one of these hybrid water heaters, but we strongly recommend customers who are looking into water heaters in Winnetka, IL for a new installation consider the possibility of installing one.

Ah, but which one? Let’s look closer at the two water heaters that fall under the “hybrid” name.

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How to Tell Your Water Heater Is Ready for a Replacement

Monday, September 26th, 2022

water-heater-tankIt would be wonderful if water heaters lasted forever. “The last water heater you’ll ever need to buy!” But such water heaters don’t exist, nor will they. 

We’re experts when it comes to water heaters, and if you need repairs for one, you can call us for 24-hour plumbing in Libertyville, IL. Repairs might not be the best plan, however, and we’re going to look over signs that your current water heater is ready to go to the recycling yard. A new water heater is often a far better choice than trying to continue with a slowly failing one that racks up big bills for poor performance.

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How the Water Heater Can Raise Your Energy Bills

Monday, September 12th, 2022

Few appliances in a home use up as much power as the water heater. Heating and air conditioning systems account for significant power consumption, but these are seasonal appliances. A water heater will run almost every day, and whether it’s an electric or gas-powered unit, it’s probably the biggest source of energy consumption in your house.

So when you start to see a sharp rise in your utility bills, one of the first culprits to consider is the water heater. Is your home’s water heater responsible for these high energy costs?

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Rust on the Water Heater—What It Means

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Run-down HouseIf you have a standard storage tank water heater, you probably know that rust isn’t something you want to see developing on it. Rust is the major enemy of metal that comes into contact with water, and it quickly weakens the metal until it turns useless.

The good news about rust on a water heater is that all water heaters are specially designed to resist rust and other types of corrosion. Proper maintenance for a water heater will make it unlikely for corrosion to appear until late in the unit’s service life. Below we’ll explain more about rust (and corrosion) vs. your water heater and what you may need to do in case it happens.

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What You Need to Know About Water Heater Tank Flushes

Monday, March 28th, 2022

tank water heaterThe water heater in your house can account for around 17% of the energy used in your home each year. That makes it the appliance that consumes the most power of any single indoor appliance in the household. Unlike a gas-powered furnace, you rely on your water heater almost every day, so it’s especially important to have it well taken care of. Without regular maintenance, a water heater can quickly become a huge energy drain and will wear down far faster.

The water heater tank flush is one of the key parts of regular maintenance that keeps a water heater running at higher energy efficiency and helps ensure a long service life. We’ll answer some important questions about tank flushes in this post. 

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