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

Yes, Tankless Water Heaters Need Tune-Ups Too

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Tankless water heaterThe traditional water heater—the storage tank model—is pretty big, usually very noticeable, and often a bit noisy. As such, many homeowners realize a system such as this needs occasional maintenance, and are likely to schedule that service on a regular basis.

After all, scaling can have a major impact on a water heater, enabling a mineral build up that clangs around noisily inside the tank, causing issues with pressure, temperature, and potentially even corrosion. They also may need flushing on occasion to offset this issue.

What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that if they have a tankless water heater, it also needs maintenance. And you may be surprised to learn that much of the maintenance performed on tankless systems is similar to that of storage tank water heaters. Keep reading to learn more, and be sure to call our team for your next water heater maintenance appointment.

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Does Your Water Heater Need Maintenance?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

tankless water heater on groundOne of the most common questions we get about Glenview, IL water heater installation or replacement is whether or not these systems need regular maintenance, like other components of one’s plumbing system and home.

The short answer is “yes.”

Take the traditional storage tank water heater, for instance. Maintenance is required to check for scaling, which is essentially a mineral buildup that can cause problems with pressure, temperature, and possibly even corrosion. Tank water heaters may often need flushing, which we can do during maintenance. These systems also have a component called the anode rod, to absorb rust—this needs to be replaced every few years.

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Water Heater Scaling: Should You Be Concerned?

Monday, March 19th, 2018

tank water heaterYou may have heard the term “hard water” before, especially if you’ve ever read any of our other blogs. It can sound like a pretty intimidating term, in regards to your water quality, but fortunately it’s not actually harmful to your health (it’s another story for your plumbing system though, which we’ll get to below).

Hard water describes water that has an excess of the minerals calcium and magnesium. And in your Glenview, IL water heater, this hard water causes a process called scaling—when the deposits are left behind inside the tank. In a faucet it’s fairly easy to get rid of scaling, but in a water heater it’s a different story.

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Is This the Year for a New Water Heater?

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

storage tank water heaterWhen it comes to our numerous home appliances, we all wish they would last forever. Unfortunately though, our major appliances like heating systems, air conditioner, plumbing components, and water heaters take on a considerable amount of wear and tear throughout the years. This means that eventually, they will need to be replaced. The problem is that sometimes it can be tough to know when exactly some of these appliances need replacement, particularly the water heater.

When you are ready to replace the system, or if you fear you need repairs—or even if you’d like to schedule water heater maintenance, you can trust our Palatine, IL plumbing professionals for the job. But given that your water heater is almost certainly hidden from plain view, we want to give you a bit of help in determining when it’s showing signs of failing.

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These Signs Indicate You Need Professional Water Heater Repairs

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Pipes of a heating systemNo matter what season we’re in, and no matter what the temperatures are outside, there’s one appliance within your home that you need on a daily basis—and that’s your water heater. It’s easy to take this system for granted, until something goes wrong with it and you aren’t able to get hot water from your taps.

When you think about the amount of stress that a water heater goes through, you’ll understand that you can’t expect it to work 100% effectively throughout its entire lifespan, especially without investing in important Glenview, IL water heater services, such as annual maintenance and timely repairs. But aside from being alerted to repair needs during your tune-up appointment, how can you tell when your water heater is in trouble?

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Is It Time to Invest in a Tankless Water Heater?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

tankless water heater inside homeHas it come time to replace the water heater in your home? Perhaps yours has broken down, or you’re tired of paying for frequent repairs. Whatever the reason is that you’re looking to schedule a water heater replacement, remember that there are options to consider. There’s no rule that you have to stick with the same type of water heater you’ve always had.

When it is time for your new Glenview, IL tankless water heater installation, you’d do well to consider a tankless water heater. There are a number of benefits to having a tankless system in your home, and we’ve highlighted some of those benefits below.

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Is Your Water Heater in Trouble?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

closeup female hands under the stream of splashing water - skin care conceptNo matter what time of the year it is and no matter what the temperature is outdoors, there is one heating system you’ll always be using within your home—the water heater. It’s easy to take this appliance for granted, and the fact that you’ll get hot water from the taps whenever you need it.

Think about the amount of stress a water heater undergoes though—it works 365 days a year. Therefore, you can probably understand that you can’t expect it to work 100% free of malfunctions throughout its entire lifespan. At some point, you might need to invest in professional water heater services in Wilmette, IL, in order to have your system repaired, or potentially even replaced. Of course, it helps to know the warning signs that something has gone wrong with your water heater, which we’ve covered below.

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Don’t Believe These Tankless Water Heater Misconceptions

Monday, July 24th, 2017

tankless-water-heater-misconceptionsSomething that we often recommend to our customers is a tankless water heater installation in Skokie, IL, when it comes time to switch out their aging storage tank water heater. There are a number of benefits that tankless water heaters bring to a household, including an unlimited supply of hot water, a longer lifespan, and a reduction in energy bills.

However, as is the case with many things that are innovative and new, there are often some outdated beliefs and misconceptions. The internet makes it even easier for certain rumors and myths to spread rapidly, but we’re here to combat against that! Keep reading to see what some of the biggest tankless water heater misconceptions are, and what you can learn from them.

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Schedule Water Heater Maintenance Today!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

With cold weather here in Glenview, IL and only expected to get worse, you need hot water for your home to be more reliable than ever. The last thing you need is a water heater that can’t do the job, or worse: one that suffers a serious problem right when you need it the most. The best thing you can do to prevent such a problem is schedule a water heater maintenance session today. Not only will it allow your technician to spot a potential problem before it gets started, but will provide numerous other benefits designed to lower your bills and extend the life of your system. Here’s a quick look at some of the specifics.

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3 Repair Issues Faced by Tankless Water Heaters

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Tankless water heaters are a viable alternative to more traditional models, heating the water directly as it travels towards your faucet or shower head. It offers many advantages, including lower operating costs and a never-ending supply of hot water so you’ll never run out. But like any other system, they can run into problems from time to time, and as fall turns to winter here in Glenview, IL, you’ll need to keep an eye out for such trouble. Here are 3 common repair issues faced by tankless water heaters.

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