Water Heater Replacement & Maintenance
Hot water technology has changed over the years. There are now various types of water heaters with different efficiency levels that can save you on your energy costs over time. If you’re in need of water heater services of any kind, look no further than our experienced Atlanta water heater experts at Casteel. In the event that you are dealing with a water heater emergency and are in need of immediate assistance, we proudly provide emergency plumbing repairs.
Traditional Tank Water Heater Services
Most homeowners have conventional water heaters that come with a tank where hot water is stored. While these are cost-efficient at first buy, they are not the most efficient or reliable way for you to receive hot water, especially if your unit is outdated. If your water heater is more than 8 years old, it might be time to consider replacing it with a new energy-efficient model. That’s where the plumbers at Casteel comes in.
Tankless Water Heater Services
While tankless water heaters cost more upfront, they help you save so much water that the costs you save from your reduced water bill can actually pay off your unit in just a few years. In addition to saving you up to 50% of the water you’d use with a conventional water heater, these units are much easier to maintain. They also break down less often and have a lifespan of 20 years or more. When you schedule our ongoing plumbing maintenance and inspections, you can rest easy knowing that we will check in on your unit regularly to help prevent serious issues.
Hybrid Water Heater Services
Hybrid tank-tankless water heaters make life simpler by giving you more hot water to meet your daily needs. Many of us fall into a routine of planning our lives around hot water without even realizing it. Fortunately, the hybrid tank-tankless water heaters that we offer provide the best of both worlds. By installing a unit that’s similar to a standard tank water heater, you can experience hot water right when you need it for as long as you need it.
3 Ordinary Water Heater Problems
Are you frustrated with the lukewarm water in your home? Lukewarm water typically indicates a hot water heater malfunction. This stems from three primary issues:
- Damaged Dip Tube
A dip tube is a plastic rod that incoming water travels through to enter the water heater tank. If working correctly, a functioning dip tube pushes water to the bottom of the tank; this is where the water heats up effectively.
If broken, a dip tube will not move the water down to the bottom for heating. This means that cold water will travel in your home’s hot water lines instead.
- Sediment Buildup in the Tank
Sediment buildup is another reason for a water heater malfunction. Typically, water that travels to your water heater tank contains minerals, debris, and sand particles.
As the water heats at the bottom of your tank, minerals will collect there as well. Over time, this buildup of debris makes it harder to effectively heat your cold water. As a result, your water becomes lukewarm.
- Malfunctioning Heating Components
An aging water heater, especially without regular tune-ups, can be the cause of your lukewarm water.
Water heaters, between 10-15 years, will start to have failure problems with the thermostat, thermal switch, and other heating components. The best way to maintain your water heater is to schedule regular maintenance. Around the end of your water heater’s lifespan, you should start to find a new water heater.
Hot Water Heater Replacement & Installation Services Offered by Casteel
Allow our team to help you navigate through your water heater options. You can rest assured that your water heater installation will be prompt and professional. It’s our guarantee to serve you with the utmost care.
When you call our licensed and certified plumbers, here’s what you can expect from the best:
- We will deliver and install your new water heater
- We will remove your old water heater and clean up any leftover parts or debris
- All necessary installation components include supply lines
- We offer amazing customer service
No matter what types of repairs, maintenance, or installation services you need, let our Atlanta water heater experts handle the details so that you can get back to normal life with hot water.
Don’t let your hard-earned dollars be wasted on an inefficient system. Call Casteel at 1-770-637-3301 to schedule an inspection today!
How a Gas Water Heater Works
A gas water heater is a heat transfer process powered by gas to warm water. This method of heating begins with cold water. Coldwater moves into the standard tank water heater through a dip tube—a plastic pipe connected to the tank. From there, a gas burner will heat the water and while doing so will release very hot toxicities up through a funnel, or chimney, located in the center of the water heater tank. The funnel pushes the toxic air outside while simultaneously warming the metal of the chimney—which in turn heats the surrounding water.
As the heated water rises to the top of the water heater tank, the water heater will then move warm water through your home’s plumbing system, or heat-out pipe. So, when you turn on the hot water faucet, whether that maybe your sink, tube, etc, hot water will travel through the heat-out pipe. Gas water heaters are popularly sought out due to their cost-efficiency, making them typically cheaper than electricity.
Each Component of a Gas Water Heater
Understanding a gas water heater’s components is important to know how they operate. Here’s a list of each gas water heater component and its primary job.
Tank, Dip Tube, & Discharge Line
A water heater tank is a massive and critical component to your gas water heater; it bears the responsibility of holding water. Through the dip tube (a plastic rod), incoming cold water will enter and be pushed to the bottom of the tank where it’s heated.
As the water heats, it will then move to the top and leave through the discharge line, also known as the drain line. This discharge line will distribute the warm water throughout your home. In an emergency, you can use the shut-off valve located somewhere on the cold water line that travels into the tank.
Gas Burner & Assembly
When cold water travels to the bottom of the tank, it’s the gas burner that heats the water to use for your home.
The gas burner is located underneath the tank. To manage it, however, the control module is typically positioned on the side of the tank. You can use the control module to adjust the temperature and ignite the pilot light.
When you use gas to heat cold water, other hazardous gases are produced during combustion. That’s why you have an exhaust flue that vents these gases to the outdoors. The exhaust flue also functions as a heat exchanger, allowing the heat from one fluid to pass to another without intermixing.
Pressure Relief & Drain Valve
The pressure relief valve is located at the top of the tank. It’s responsible for releasing excessive pressure and temperature that may build up inside the tank, preventing possible explosions from occurring.
The drain valve is located at the bottom of the tank and is used to flush sediments. A buildup of minerals in the tank can cause extensive damage to your water heater. That’s why it’s important to have it drained every once in a while. You can do this by yourself, however, we recommend that you get a professional plumber for regular maintenance.
3 Signs It May Be Time to Replace a Water Heater
Around the time you need a water heater replacement—you’ll start to notice signs. Water heaters have an average lifespan of 10-15 years with proper maintenance. Let’s take a look at 3 signs that indicate it’s time to replace your hot water heater.
- Discolored Water & Heater Inlet Valve
As your water heater ages, the steel in your components will rust. This rusting, also known as corrosion, will eat away at your steel. Rust is one of the biggest indicators that it’s time to replace your water heater. There are primarily two places where rusting can occur: in your water or in the heater inlet valve.
If rust appears in your hot water, typically the tub and sink, this signals that you have a rusty water heater. If you notice rust around the pressure relief valve or water inlet, this means that rust is spreading within the tank. If this is the case, you will need a water heater replacement right away.
- Cold Water (Water Heater Not Able to Heat Water)
Warm water is an essential contribution to your home’s function. Without it, you’ll notice immediately. If you turn on the hot water and cold water runs, this could mean that it’s time to replace your water heater.
Before you call a professional plumber, check your water heater thermostat to make sure it’s adjusted to the proper setting. If the thermostat appears to be accurate, a lack of hot water could be the source of a broken heating component or insufficient tank size. Whatever the case may be, contact an HVAC professional right away to properly diagnose and resolve your problem.
- Water Tank is Leaking
Lastly, if you need a water heater replacement, you’ll start to experience water heater leakage around the floor of your tank. Water heater leaks can easily become your worst nightmare—soaked carpet and furnishing, even mold growth. It’s important to address water heater leakage immediately.
Water tank leaks can be caused by a variety of reasons: faulty fittings or connections, a faulty drain valve, a tank buildup, or excessive pressure. If water is leaking directly from the tank, this indicates that it may be time to replace your water heater.
Water Heater Installation, Replacement, & Repair Services Offered by Casteel
If you are in need of hot water heater repair, installation, or replacement, our fully licensed and certified plumbers are your #1 choice! Experienced workmanship, honesty, upfront prices, and fast services are exactly what you’ll get when you hire us to take care of all of your plumbing needs.
Don’t let your hard-earned dollars be wasted on an inefficient system. Call Casteel at 1-770-852-8504 to schedule an inspection today!