When it comes to water heaters, Wood's Plumbing in Tucson is the only plumber you
will ever need. We are the trusted name with regard to American water heater sales, installation, repair, and service. As an added bonus, we are ACT hot water certified.
Our expertise spans across kitchen plumbing, bathroom plumbing, shower valve repairs and more. Plumbing inspections are available upon request.
If you're looking to install a tankless water heater in your home, get in touch with us right away. Tankless water heaters do not have a tank for storage of hot water. Rather, when 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 where 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 30 to 50 percent less energy than tank type units. This energy savings of 30 to 50 percent applies to only 30 percent of the bill, not your total energy bill. This roughly converts to approximately $100.00 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 accumulation of these deposits increase, it becomes harder to heat the water. Hence, it is recommended that the water heaters be drained and flushed annually. When you contact us, we will 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 gives up on you, it does not mean you need to replace it. There are several reasons why your water heater has stopped working. Contact the professionals at Wood's Plumbing and we will diagnose the problem for you. It could be as simple as a bad thermal coupling or a defective gas regulator. These repairs are relatively inexpensive when compared to buying a new heater.
Let us check your water heater to determine the cause of the problem. We can, then, discuss options with you so that you can make an informed decision about repairs or replacements.
Water Heater Expansion Tanks
A water heater expansion tank is necessary when you run a closed water system. If you have a pressure-reducing valve installed on your water supply because of excessively high water pressure or if you've had a backflow preventer installed, you have a “closed water system” and, now, need an expansion tank installed with your water heater. A closed water system allows water to enter your home, but does not allow water from your home to flow backwards to re-enter and, possibly, contaminate the public water supply. Water heater expansion tanks are required by building codes for closed water systems.
Keeping in mind the possibility of contamination, closed systems are good, however, there is a down side. 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, and can cause problems for water heaters, water piping and fixtures in the home.
Hot Water Recirculation Pumps
The first sign of problem with your recirculation pump is when the faucet or shower takes a long time to bring out the hot water. Although it might look like it's a problem with your heater, it's most likely the recirculation pump. 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 over head, above the ceiling, and you have an attic for access to the system, adding a recirculation loop is not too difficult or too expensive.
If your water piping runs over head but you do not have an attic, it is still possible, but more complicated and expensive. If your water piping runs underground, it is 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.