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Water Heater Solutions

When it comes to water heaters, Wood’s Plumbing in Tucson is the only plumber you’ll ever need. We are the trusted name when it comes to American water heater sales, installation, repair, and service. As a bonus, we are also ACT hot water certified.

Our expertise spans across kitchen plumbing, bathroom plumbing, shower valve repairs, and much more! Plumbing inspections are also available upon request.

Water Heaters

If you’re looking to install a tankless water heater in your home, then get in touch with us right away. Tankless water heaters don’t have a tank to store hot water. Rather, whenever there is a demand for hot water, the water flows into the water heater, triggering the heating elements or burner. As the water is heated by the burner, it flows to wherever the demand is located. When the demand is turned off, the heating system also turns off until the next demand is created.

Tankless water heater manufacturers state that tankless units use up to 30 to 50 percent less energy than tank type units. These energy savings of 30 to 50 percent apply to only 30 percent of the bill, not your total energy bill. This roughly converts to approximately $100 in annual savings for the average household.

Maintaining Your Water Heater

  • Regular maintenance extends the unit’s life expectancy
  • Boosts performance of water heater
  • Annual draining and flushing to minimize mineral buildup
  • Check temperature and pressure-relief valve
  • Check for leaks
  • Anode rod replacement

One of the major causes of water heater problems is the buildup of minerals in the heater’s tanks. These deposits are left behind during the heating process. As the deposits build up, it becomes harder to heat the water. Hence, your heater should be drained and flushed on an annual basis. When you contact us, we’ll also check the temperature and pressure relief valve, shut-off valve and drain valve for proper operation.

Repairing or Replacing Your Water Heater

If your water heater breaks down, it doesn’t always mean you need to replace it. There are many possible reasons why your heater has stopped working. For example, it could be as simple as a bad thermal coupling or a defective gas regulator. Compared to the cost of a new heater, these repairs are relatively inexpensive.

When you’ve got a water heater problem, call Wood’s Plumbing. Let us check your heater to determine the cause of the problem. We can then discuss your options with you so that you can make an informed decision about repairs or replacements.

Water Heater Expansion Tanks

A safety device known as a water heater expansion tank (sometimes called a thermal expansion tank) can help minimize the risk of pressure damage to the plumbing system. Since water expands when it is heated due to thermal expansion, the water heater creates extra water volume every time it heats water. 

A water heater expansion tank is necessary when you run a closed water system. Keeping in mind the possibility of contamination, closed systems are good. However, there is a downside. A closed system does not allow for water expansion caused by thermal expansion when water is heated by the water heater. Thermal expansion causes fluctuation in water pressure within the home water supply system. It can also cause problems for water heaters, water piping and fixtures in the home. Therefore, you would need an expansion tank in order to protect your system.

Hot Water Recirculation Pumps

Is the water in your faucet or shower slow to heat up? If so, then it could be the first sign of a problem with your recirculation pump. Even if it seems as if the problem is with your heater, the recirculation pump is the more likely culprit. If “almost instant hot water” sounds good to you, but your home doesn’t have a recirculation loop, all is not necessarily lost. Adding a recirculation loop to your existing plumbing is possible.

If the water piping in your home runs overhead, above the ceiling, and you have an attic for access to the system, then adding a recirculation loop is not too difficult or too expensive. If your water piping runs overhead but you don’t have an attic, it’s still possible, but it will be more complicated and expensive. Finally, if your water piping runs underground, it’s still possible, but it will be very complicated and expensive. No matter how complex your plumbing system is, you can count on us to find a way to work around it to ensure that you have instant access to hot water.

Inspection List

  • Main sewer line
  • Water service entrance
  • Water softener loop or sediment filter
  • Evaporative coolers
  • Water heaters
  • Toilets
  • Lavatories and sinks
  • Whirlpool and garden tubs
  • Showers and tub / showers
  • Washer box
  • Hose bibs
  • Pool fill valve and irrigation supply

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