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Water Heaters

Water Heater Buying Guide

An essential component for any home

A water heater is important for a variety of purposes around the home. Whether providing hot water for bathing, dishwashers or laundry machines, your water heaters work hard all year round. A new water heater, with new energy ratings, can help cut bills in half or heat your shower faster than your current heater. Follow these guidelines to help you get the right water heater for your home and family... read more


Selecting a Water Heater

How to Select a Storage-Tank Water Heater

How to Select a Water Heater

It is important to replace your existing water heater with one that is compatible with your home. There are several criteria you should consider before selecting a water heater. Use this guide to decide which storage-tank water heater would be best for your home.

Fuel Type

Gas water heaters: Gas water heaters use a burner at the bottom of the tank to heat water and require ventilation for exhaust gases.

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Water Heater Installation

Why Buy Professional Installation for Your Water Heater?

When it comes to installing home appliances, especially water heaters, it’s best to have professional help.  Appliance installation is a precise task that needs a trained individual to ensure proper installation and safety to your home. When professionals install your new water heater, they deliver the water heater, remove your old water heater, set up and test the new one, explain how to use and maintain it, and clean up after themselves before they leave.

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Why Buy Professional Installation for Your Water Heater?

What to Expect When a Professional Installs Your Water Heater

Soon after you buy your water heater, the installer calls to arrange a time window for the water heater installation. Basic installation includes delivering the new water heater, inspecting the plumbing and location, disconnecting the existing unit, installing the new unit in the same location, connecting it to the existing water source and gas or electric sources and testing for basic operation.

 

The condition of your home and your local code requirements might require further services, at an additional charge. For example, some California counties have specific regulations regarding gas water heater emissions.

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What to Expect When a Professional Installs Your Water Heater

Water Heater Repair

How to Fix Water Heater Problems

How to Fix Water Heater Problems

If your water loses heat quickly, doesn't heat up at all or has other issues, something may be wrong with your water heater. Most water heater problems can be easily identified; some can even be fixed without the aid of a plumber. If you're experiencing issues with your water heater, try identifying and repairing the problem yourself before calling a professional.

 

No hot water

Use a continuity tester to check the upper and lower heating elements to see if they're working properly. A continuity tester identifies a short-circuited or burned-out heating element by reading the amount of electricity it puts off...

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