The professionals at Inland Empire Plumbing install, repair and replace any water heater, whether residential, commercial or industrial; including natural gas, solar, propane, tankless or electrical water heaters.
Our plumbers have been helping keep our customers water hot, for over 20 years; fully bonded and licensed. We can quickly diagnose and repair any issue that you may be experiencing with your water heater or distribution system. We guarantee that our work is performed to code, so that you can enjoy peace of mind and satisfaction.
Leaking tanks and no hot water can be disruptive to your life, so we offer professional emergency services any time of the day or night.
We offer the Bradford White water heaters to customers. There are so many brands of water heaters available, but most of them originate from the same manufacturer, just dressed up differently. Bradford White is the brand that most quality plumbing companies use, because they are the best of the best, and are the most energy efficient American-made water heaters in the industry. These water heaters are built to stand the test of time, including a line of models for every size and purpose, whether you need a gas, oil, electric, indirect-powered or solar unit.
Tank-style water heaters come in a variety of sizes, gallon capacities, shapes, energy efficiency ratings, and recovery rates. It’s important to be sure that you install a water heater that is sized appropriately for your home or building’s needs. The number of fixtures served, and occupant expectancy and purpose will help you determine the proper size needed.
Average water heaters for a standard home, range between 40 and 50 gallons, and an over-sized heater could be a huge energy waster. Water heaters are built to heat your water and keep it warm, much like your home heating system, so an oversized water heater could be costing you money for water that you may not even use. The reverse is true for under-sized water heaters; not heating and storing enough water to keep up with your regular usage. Our plumbing experts will evaluate your needs promptly and install the proper sized water heater for your home.
Since water heaters are one of the top energy consumers in the home, it’s vital that you maintain a temperature setting that is as low as you can comfortably manage. The typical recommended temperature for energy efficiency and comfort is about 125 degrees Fahrenheit. If you own an electric water heater, then it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you allow a professional to adjust your temperature settings, in order to avoid potential electrocution.
In addition to being energy-efficient-compliant by lowering the water heater temperature, you are also lowering the risk of scalding for elderly household members and curious children.
Due to the increased insulation and enhanced production materials, older water heaters will not be as energy efficient as the newer models; you can help ease the consumption by wrapping your older heater with a special water-heater blanket, which should help avoid heat loss. Maintaining lower temperature settings, as previously mentioned, will also help reduce energy consumption.
If you own a water heater than is older than 8 years, it may be more economical in the long run, to replace it with our energy-efficient Bradford White water heater models. While it may cost you more money up-front, a newer water heater will help to reduce your energy bills and stave off potential leaks for a longer period of time. Safety over the course of time is well worth the extra cost in the beginning.
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A leaking water heater is nothing but a ticking time bomb, as many people have experienced first-hand. It is a dangerous and destructive piece of equipment that cannot be repaired; for safety reasons, leaking water heaters MUST be replaced.
If you are experiencing a leaking water heater, here are some tips to follow:
Turn off the water supply to the heater; the shut-off valve should be somewhat easy to spot, as it is typically right above the heater. Then, you need to shut off the power, so that the heater can begin to cool down. Open the nearby hot water faucet and relieve the water pressure; this will show you that the cut-off valve is holding properly.
For single-handed faucets, keep the handles positioned on the cold side, instead of the middle, as this will help avoid cold water flow back into the water heater tank.
Performing these simple steps with help ensure that your water heater leak is under control, or at the very least, the leak will be slowed enough to last until a plumber can get there. If the leak is indoors, be sure to use mops and towels to protect the rest of your house.
Once you have completed these tasks, call the plumbing experts at Inland Empire Plumbing to service your water heater replacement needs.
Good news! A water heater that isn’t producing hot water is a fixable issue, and can be done quickly and affordably by a professional plumber, like the ones at Inland Empire Plumbing. We service all water heater brands, and will diagnose and repair your issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our plumbing experts will suggest to you, the best route for getting your water back to the hot-shower-status.
Before paying to repair your water heater, it would be economical to think about the age and condition of your water heater, and whether or not it would be cheaper in the long run, to repair or replace your water heater unit. If your water heater is inside your house, on a second floor, or located in an attic, then it may be considerably safer to replace your water heater, rather than repair it.
If your water heater is located inside of your home, as previously mentioned, then it could be a threat to your home and safety when it starts leaking. Below are tips to keep you safe, and things to keep an eye out for:
Water heaters are often a neglected fixture in the home, especially since we don’t really “use it” in the traditional sense; its function is automatic hot water supply, with little to no user interaction, until there’s a leak or malfunction.
If you have an older model water heater inside of your home, you can’t afford to ignore it. While many tanks don’t erupt suddenly, flooding your home, they DO give tell-tale signs that you need to look out for. Some of the more obvious warnings are dampness or moisture around the bottom of the tank, or rusting. If you see any of these signs, you shouldn’t wait it out; it is important for your safety that you call Inland Empire Plumbing right away! Our water heater experts will arrive promptly and install a new, high-quality Bradford White water heater, therefore curing your problems before they’ve had a chance to develop into a severe safety hazard. Please remember that water heaters are major appliances, and need to be handled by trained professionals, as there are plumbing codes that MUST be followed for your protection.
While it is hard to predict the life expectancy of your water heater, there are a few things you should still consider:
Larger families can use significantly more hot water than a small family, which causes your water heater to age faster. Running your tank at a higher temperature setting will also cause your water heater to age faster than those kept at a lower setting.
The brand of water heater you have will also affect the lifespan of your appliance. As mentioned previously, different manufacturers can produce different quality units, some being cheaper and thin-walled, while others are higher-grade, thick-walled tanks. Since the thicker tank will take longer to corrode, they will last longer than the cheaper models.
The water that is supplied to your home can also affect the lifespan of your water heater. Some water will be more corrosive than others, as water can come from a variety of sources.
The “typical” life expectancy for a water heater is 8 to 12 years, so if yours is near that age, then it’s time to look out for any telltale signs of wear; this is especially important if your water heater is inside the home. If you aren’t sure about your water heater, don’t hesitate, just call us. We know the different brands of water heaters, and are familiar with the local areas, as we have been dealing with water heaters for more than 20 years. We can answer any questions, and provide professional water heater advice.
Now that we’ve covered the tank-type water heaters, it’s time to discuss the tankless, “on-demand” water heaters, since they are quickly gaining popularity.
Just as the name suggests, tankless water heaters are, in fact, tankless. Instead of storing water in a tank and keeping it hot, tankless water heaters heat the water as it passes through. This way, the water heater is more efficient by using power and energy ONLY when there is a demand for hot water. Anytime water is drawn from a hot water source in the home, a flow-switch activates the water-heating system. If there is no hot water being used, then none will be heated, therefore saving you between 30 and 60% on your energy costs.
Not only are tankless water heaters more efficient at heating water as you need it, they are also size-efficient. Unlike the tank-type water heater, they use a gallon-per-minute (GPM) rating instead of the typical gallon-capacity rating of a tank heater. Due to their smaller size (about the size of a briefcase or small suitcase), they can be wall mounted to save space, and be located in an area of the home that will yield faster hot water delivery. Smaller units can be used to supply hot water to one particular bathroom or fixture, whereas a larger one that is located centrally can accommodate the entire house. Since these tankless heaters don’t store a lot of water, they are less likely to flood a home if a leak starts; this makes them safer to keep in the home than the standard tank-type models. The lifespan of a tankless water heater is considerably longer than its tank-type relatives; they can typically last 20 to 25 years with proper care and maintenance.
Tankless water heaters are initially more expensive than tank-type water heaters, especially when it is being “changed out”, as there is extra plumbing work than must be done, plus additional power requirements than are needed to accommodate an entirely different water heating system.
If you are replacing another tankless unit, or installing a water heating system for the first time, it is easier and definitely more cost-efficient than the former method.
The initial investment may take a few years to recoup, but the process could be accelerated if you look into the following options:
You also need to consider your home’s water-flow, as it will greatly impact the performance of your new tankless water heater. Make sure that your home is updated to proper plumbing codes, using water-saving, flow-restricting devices such as shower heads and faucet aerators. You should always consult with a professional plumber, like the experts at Inland Empire Plumbing before attempting any project of this nature, to ensure the fixtures are sized and installed properly.
Whenever you are undertaking a water heater replacement, you should always make sure that the person doing the work is a professional who will adhere to plumbing codes; if you need to pull a permit or inspection, in exchange for peace of mind, do it.
Depending on the codes, you may want to consider the following:
We hope this article has been beneficial to your education on water heater repair and installation. For any other questions, service requests or estimates, please contact Inland Empire Plumbing, and we will be happy to serve you!
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