Water Heaters

contrast shower with water streamOf all the energy hungry appliances in your home, your hot water heater is among the top two. They have been known to cost upwards of $800 in energy costs on the high end of the spectrum and in areas of the country that have higher than average utility rates. Why do they use so much energy? Conventional hot water heaters keep water stored and constantly heated in their tanks even when it’s not needed, which uses a lot of energy.

Energy efficiency is on the minds of homeowners across the country and tankless hot water heaters are a great way to reduce your home’s energy footprint. Since they only heat water on an as-needed basis, tankless units can lead to big energy saving. An Energy Star certified gas-powered tankless hot water heater can save a family of four $1,800 over its lifetime!

The cost to purchase and install a tankless unit is higher than a conventional one, but many homeowners feel their energy savings and benefits make it a wise investment. There are also federal rebates available on certain gas models that can help to recoup the cost.

Take a look at some of the other tankless hot water heater benefits!

Enough hot water for everyone

Running out of hot water during the winter isn’t just frustrating but it can be a downright embarrassing plumbing problem especially when you have guests! With tankless hot water heater, you’ll never have to worry about coordinating showers. Since the water is only heated when needed, there’s plenty to go around for everyone. Models with high output allow you to shower while doing other chores that require hot water.

Clearer, cleaner water

Did you know that a buildup of scale, sediment, and rust can form on the inside of a conventional hot water tank over time? This debris can have a negative impact on the clarity and quality of the water you use to cook and bathe with. Without a tank for debris to cling to, you can enjoy fresher, cleaner water with a tankless hot water heater.

More closet and floor space

Since they don’t have a bulky tank and are mounted directly on a wall, tankless hot water heaters free up valuable floor and closet space that can be used for other purposes.

Reliability you can count on

The average life expectancy of conventional hot water heaters is roughly 8-10 years whereas a tankless unit has a life expectancy that’s nearly double that! In addition, most have service warranties between 10 to 15 years, providing you with greater peace of mind.

At Rooter-Man, we understand the decision to install a tankless hot water heater is a big one, but it’s one our friendly and experienced plumbers are happy to help with. Our water heater service can help you weigh your options to decide if a tankless unit is a good fit for you. Call us today!

rootermanWhen a water heater has a problem, many people think they must immediately run out to purchase a replacement. However, this isn’t always necessary. Depending on the condition and age of your water heater, our plumbers may be able to effectively repair it so that you don’t have to purchase a new water heater in Conroe.  If your water heater has one of the following issues, a repair or some maintenance may do the trick!

Leaking Water – Overheating water inside your tank may be released by the pressure relief valve. In this case, lowering the thermostat temperature or replacing the relief valve may solve the problem. However, if water is leaking from the bottom of your tank because of corrosion, it may be time for a water heater replacement.

Rusty-Looking Water – Water heaters are equipped with anode rods that dissolve to prevent rust from forming inside the tank. Once the rod is gone, you’ll begin to see rust-colored water when using your plumbing fixtures. The good news is that this rod can be replaced! However, in some cases, discolored water can be a sign of a more serious problem, and your plumber may recommend replacing your hot water piping system or your water heater.

Water That is No Longer Hot – If you own a gas water heater, you’ll first want to check the pilot light. You may need to replace the water heater control valve if you see that the pilot is on. If you relight the pilot light and it continues to go out, there may be an issue with the thermocouple. If you own an electric water heater, your local plumber may need to replace the upper heating element or thermostat.

Water That Smells Unpleasant  – The water inside your tank can actually become infected with bacteria that make the water smell. By getting proper water heater maintenance, including a tank flush, you should be able to avoid or fix this issue.

Noises From Within the Water Heater – This is most likely caused by a buildup of sediment which can make your water heater perform inefficiently. Flushing the water heater will take care of this problem as well.

Don’t spend money on a water heater replacement if you just need a simple repair! Our friendly plumbers are here to help you with water heater repairs and water heater maintenance in Conroe and North Houston; just give us a call today!

Portrait of a pretty girl holding two glasses with clean water iSmelly water is never a good thing. Who wants to shower in smelly water? Who wants to drink it? If your water has an unpleasant odor, it could have bacteria in it, and, although the bacteria may not physically harm you, you’ll need to banish the bacteria to get rid of the stink! Don’t worry, your Magnolia and North Houston plumbers are here to help you find out where the smell is coming from.

Is my water heater making my water smell bad?

Pour two glasses of water from your tap, one cold, one hot. Now step away from the sink, swirl the water around, and give each a good sniff. Does only the glass of hot water smell bad? If so, your water heater is creating the odor. Here are some things you can do to fix it:

Crank your water heater up to 160 degrees to kill the odor-causing bacteria. Just remember to turn the temperature back down again so that no one gets scalded!

Consult your local plumber about replacing your water heater’s magnesium rod if it has one.

Flush and disinfect the water heater.

Is my water softener making my water smell bad?

Compare the water that comes from your plumbing fixtures that utilitize your water softener to the water that comes from your other fixtures. If only the softened water has an odor, then there are probably bacteria growing in your water softener. You’ll want to clean, sanitize, and thoroughly flush out your water softener to remedy the problem.

Could the unpleasant odor be coming from my drain?

Sometimes people misperceive that their water smells when really the odor is coming out of their drains. Pour some water and take it far away from your drains and then smell it to be sure it’s the water. If it turns out the odor is actually exuding from your drains, you’ll need to flush and disinfect them to remove drain buildup.

The plumbers at Rooter-Man hope that this information helps you to locate the source of odor in your home. If you don’t believe your drains, water heater or water softener are to blame, you may want to contact your water supply company or have your well water tested. For plumbing service in Magnolia and North Houston, call Rooter-Man today!

Whether or not insulating your water heater is worth the money and bother depends on the water heater that you have. Older water heaters will benefit more from water heater insulation because they don’t have the quality built-in insulation of newer models.

Should I insulate my water heater in Magnolia?

You should insulate your water heater if the storage tank has an R-value of less than 24. If you’re unsure of your water heater’s R-value, no problem—just touch it with your hand. If your water heater is fairly warm or even hot, adding insulation will be beneficial. If you have a newer water heater, it will have an R-value greater than 24 and has all the insulation that it needs.

How much energy and money will I save by insulating my water heater?

Insulating your water heater isn’t going to save you a fortune, but it will save you enough to be worthwhile. Standby heat losses can be reduced by 25%-45%, saving you 4%-9% on monthly water heating costs. Insulating your water heater will cost you around $20-$30, and you should have made up for that investment after the first year.

How do I make sure I have insulated my water heater correctly?

When you wrap your water heater tank in a pre-cut jacket or blanket, you’ll need to be sure to leave certain areas uncovered. Never cover up warning labels, vents on the tops of gas water heaters, control panels, bottom air inlets, or pressure relief valves.

If you have concerns about your water heater’s efficiency or age, now may be a good time to look into purchasing a new one, so that you don’t have to worry about it breaking down unexpectedly. New standards for water heaters are taking effect in April 2015, so be sure to contact Rooter-Man Plumbers for help making sure that you choose the best water heater for your home!

Calendar for April 2015In 2015, new regulations will take effect for the manufacture and installation of all water heaters in Tomball  and the North Houston Area, purchased after April 2015. It may seem unimportant now; however, Rooter-Man Plumbing wants to make sure that all of our residential and commercial clients understand the impact of these changes.

  • Energy Efficiency

–   The biggest reason for the new regulations is to increase the energy efficiency of water heaters to lower the amount of energy used to heat water. While you may have to pay more upfront for the unit, it will ultimately save you hundreds of dollars a year. We should note that tankless water heaters already exceed the requirements and do not require changes under the new mandate.

  • Size Increased

–   The new units are larger than the previous units which will impact all of our clients. New building projects will have to be redesigned to accommodate the new size. If you are looking to replace your existing unit, you may have to find a new location for the unit if the current space is too small.

  • Installation Costs

–   Installation costs may increase given the size and complexity of the new units. We may have to send two technicians to your house to install one of the new models because of the increased size. As a result, we may have to charge more in order to cover the costs. The new units may also require more work to complete the installation, which means they will take longer to install.

While the initial cost may seem daunting, you should remember that these units are designed to save you money. Over the course of the life of the water heater, these new units could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars on energy costs each year. For more information on the changes to water heater standards in 2015 or with help deciding what option is best for you, call us today.

Homeowners and prospective home buyers frequently call our Conroe plumbing company to ask how to determine the age of a water heater. Because a water heater’s lifespan is typically between 10 and 15 years, these people want to get an idea of how long it will be before they need a water heater replacement. You probably can’t correctly guess the age of a water heater just by glancing it over, but you can get the exact date of manufacture just by looking at the serial number. Unfortunately, not all water heater manufacturers use the same method for coding the manufacture date into the serial number, but here is a run down of how some popular water heater companies are indicating the year of manufacture.

Rheem & A.O. Smith (up to 2008)

  • To find the year of manufacture for a Rheem or A.O. Smith water heater, look at the third and fourth digits of the serial number.
  • For example, if the first four digits are 8792, the year of manufacture would be 1992.
  • If this method doesn’t work for an A.O. Smith water heater, it was manufactured after 2008, and you’ll need to follow the instructions listed below under State Industries.

State Industries & A.O. Smith (after 2008)

  • The second and third digits of the serial number will indicate the year of manufacture.
  • For example, if the first three digits are B09, the year of manufacture is 2009.

American Water Heater Company

  • The first two digits indicate the manufacturing year.
  • For example, if the first two digits are 05, the year of manufacture is 2005.

Lochinvar & Bradford-White

  • The first letter of the serial number indicates the year of manufacture.
  • They don’t use the letters I, O, Q, R, U, and V. They began 20 year cycles in 1964 with the letter A; then in 1984 they started with A again; then in 2004 they started with A again.
  • For example, if the first letter of a Lochnivar or Bradford-White serial number is D, the water heater was manufactured in 1967, 1987, or 2007.

Our Conroe plumbers hope this information helps take some of the guesswork out of determining water heater ages! For water heater repairs, water heater installations, or any other plumbing service  in or around Conroe, Tomball, Klein, or Cy-Fair, give Rooter-Man a call!

 

Although people don’t hear the word scald very often, children often experience this type of injury when a North Houston home’s water heater temperature is too high. Because the water heater is out of sight, it’s easy to forget it’s there until it breaks down; however, checking the temperature and scheduling yearly maintenance can help prevent injury to children and damage to the home. Most scalds are considered first or second degree burns, but third degree burns can occur with prolonged contact—like a shower. Because September is National Baby Safety Month, we wanted to tell our customers how to change the temperature of their residential or commercial water heater to ensure every child is safe interacting with water indoors. First, you should locate the gauge, usually a dial of some sort, and it may be behind a metal plate that easily comes off by removing a few screws. Once you find the dial, you should verify that it is set to “warm” or 120°F to minimize the chances of a child being injured by the hot water. If you detect any problems with your water heater, or are unsure how to adjust or check your water heater’s temperature, give the knowledgeable technicians at Rooterman Plumbing a call. We know you want to make sure your home or business is a blessing to the children around you and we believe that is a worthy pursuit (Mark 10:13-16).

The friendly, knowledgeable technicians at Rooterman Plumbing are here to ensure your residential and commercial property’s plumbing is always running efficiently. The plumbers at Rooterman Plumbing have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance. For testimonials, money saving tips,  and coupons visit us on the web.  When you have a problem it’s Rooter Man plumbers to the rescue!

Call us today at Magnolia & Tomball: 281-351-4422, The Woodlands & Shenandoah: 281-367-9191, Klein & Spring: 281-353-1717, Cy-Fair & Cypress: 281-477-7000 or Conroe & Willis: 936-271-5084

Every time family comes to visit, everyone wants to take showers at the same time. The more people shower, the less hot water is in the tank. Inevitably, someone ends up with a cold shower halfway through. There is an alternative you could consider if you’re remodeling or looking to replace your water heater. Tankless water heaters use high-powered burners to quickly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger, which eliminates the need for a water tank and can conserve energy.  It is often called an “on demand” water heater because when a tap is turned on, only the water needed travels through the heating unit for immediate use. As a result, you wouldn’t run out of hot water for your family members. The biggest thing to consider when deciding to install a tankless water heater is the size. While it seems unbelievable, a correctly sized heating unit will deliver an endless supply of hot water as it is needed. The skilled technicians at Rooterman Plumbing can help you figure out whether you need a multipoint application (whole house tankless) or a single-point application water heater (for a bathroom sink) water heater. We will also help you determine cost. If you find this feature is not in your current budget, we can also help you determine other options. For information about your current water heater and helpful tips, visit our Water Heater Repair site. The plumbers at Rooterman Plumbing have the tools, knowledge, and experience to handle all your plumbing installation, repairs and maintenance. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web.   When you have a problem its Rooter Man plumbers to the rescue!

Call us today at Magnolia & Tomball: 281-351-4422, The Woodlands & Shenandoah: 281-367-9191, Klein & Spring: 281-353-1717, Cy-Fair & Cypress: 281-477-7000 or Conroe & Willis: 936-271-5084