Does Corrosion Mean the End of the Line for My Water Heater?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Orlando-Water -eaterCorrosion is metal’s biggest enemy, and it’s fair to say that nobody wants any appliance they own to suffer from the weakening effects of corrosion. It’s one that especially applies to water heaters, which combine metal, water, and oxygen—the perfect mixture to start the chemical reaction that leads to corrosion.

Fortunately for your water heater, it was designed with the dangers of rust and other forms of corrosion in mind. It has a number of safety designs to keep rust away: the inside of the tank is lined with glass; an overfill tank creates an air cushion for the water pressure without actually allowing oxygen into the tank; and a special device called an anode rod that runs from the top the bottom of the tank attracts corrosion to it so that it rather than the tank corrodes.

However, corrosion still can’t be prevented 100%. Your water heater may at some point start to show signs of corrosion. If this occurs, is it automatically time to replace the water heater?

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Making a Choice between Gas and Electric Water Heaters

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterYou can’t expect that your Winter Springs, FL water heater will last forever, no matter how much you would like never to have to worry about losing hot water for your showers or for cleaning dishes. (Have you ever tried to scrub out grease from pots and pans using only cold water? We don’t recommend it.) But a water heater is a device that puts in a tremendous amount of work each year, and can account for 40% of your annual heating bills. That stress means one day the water heater will either fail on you or give off enough warning signs it’s close to failing that you can have it replaced before it does.

We hope you end up in the latter situation—you won’t have to stay unshowered until the new system is put in! But no matter the reason you need to a new water heater installed, you’ll face a few important choices. One of the age-old water heater questions is “gas or electric?” Sometimes the answer is simple. Other times it’s not. But you have our professional plumbers ready to see that you have the right answer, no matter what.

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Some Important Water Heater Safety Tips

Monday, February 27th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-toolsYou may have heard stories about water heaters that turn into rockets that blast through the roof and into the sky because they haven’t been kept in good repair. This may sound a ­bit exaggerated, but it has been known to happen on occasion. (There was even a Mythbusters episode that discovered it’s not a myth.) But there are other smaller dangers that can develop in water heaters if they don’t receive regular care and some checks now and then.

We’ve put together a few tips to make sure that your water heater stays safe all around the year—and stays in great working condition. When you need extra assistance, such as repairs and maintenance, our plumbers can take care of it.

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Which Is Better: A Tankless Water Heater or a Hybrid Water Heater?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

If you’re considering replacing your old storage tank water heater with one of the new varieties of more energy-efficient water heating technology, we think you’re off to a great start. The conventional gas-powered tank water heater can still do the job of providing sufficient heated water to a home, but with so many energy-conserving alternatives that will do just as well at keeping your family supplied with hot water, there’s no reason not to look into them.

There are two very popular energy-efficient water heater models you may wish to consider: a gas tankless water heater and hybrid water heater.

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3 Benefits of Hybrid Water Heaters

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The technology behind water heaters has advanced a significant way since the only type of water heater available was a storage tank system. The standard storage tank water heater is still around and can still do an effective job for a home. However, if you are in the market for a new water heater, you should know about some of the newer types of models available, such as a hybrid water heater.

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What to Consider before Water Heater Installation

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

When it’s time for a new water heater it can be a bit stressful, especially if your older unit has broken down. Without any hot water, you may be tempted to let any technician into your home to remove the older unit and find a suitable replacement. But be aware: the water heater you purchase now may break down too soon or raise your bills significantly if you don’t have the right type of system for your home—and the right company for the job.

The Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) team will invest time in measuring your home, discussing your needs, and helping you to find the water heater that is best for everyone involved. Schedule water heater installation in Sanford, FL with one of our plumbers if you want friendly service from a name you can trust.

Things to keep in mind

Before you schedule water heater installation, there are a few things that you should know about water heaters.

  • An oversized or undersized system can be problematic. Make sure the technician is informed of your family’s hot water usage habit. A water heater that is too small may not get the job done, and a unit that is too big will use up a lot of energy over the years.
  • Affordable systems may actually cost you over time. Many homeowners feel that it’s important to save money initially when selecting a new water heater. However, inexpensive units are not usually as energy efficient as some of their competitors, and you’ll end up paying more in your monthly energy or utility bills. Select an ENERGY STAR rated water heater for optimal efficiency.
  • A tankless unit may be right for you. You may have heard that tankless water heaters use up less energy, as these heat up water instantly rather than storing hot water for later use. A tankless water heater is not right for every home, but it could be just what your family needs.
  • You can also install a hybrid heat pump water heater. You can also choose a hybrid heat pump water heater, one of the most efficient units out there because of its ability to move heat from place to place rather than generate it.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to further discuss your options for our professional water heater installation service in Sanford, FL with one of our trained professionals today.

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Common Water Heater Repairs in Orlando

Friday, June 7th, 2013

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Considering all the use that it gets on a daily basis during the course of a year, it’s no wonder that your water heater may sometimes need professional service from an Orlando plumber. While there are numerous types and brands of water heaters on the market, there are some common water heater repairs that are more or less shared by all hot water systems. Let’s take a look at a handful of them. If you’re in need of comprehensive, thorough water heater repair, look no further than Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

  • Sediment and scale buildup: Over time, your water heater accumulates sediment. Because of the volume of water that it processes, this sediment can accumulate on the bottom of the tank and begin to causes problems. The heat exchanger, which is responsible for safely transferring heat from the combustion chamber (if gas) or coils (if electric), can become inhibited by the amount of sediment buildup, and this can cause it to overwork itself. If you hear a rumbling or boiling sound, this is often the result of this problem.
  • Sacrificial anode decay: The anode rod in your tank water heater is designed to sacrifice itself to protect the steel of your water heater. The interaction between water and metal can create problems for the integrity of the container; most commonly, the problem of rust, or oxidization. The anode rod is there to absorb this interaction, so that it doesn’t occur to the sides of your tank. But it needs to be monitored periodically and replaced to avoid significant problems.
  • Leaks: Leaks occur anywhere water is contained. Your water heater is a pressurized cylindrical tank that is susceptible to leaking. If you notice a water leak, make sure you have it checked out by a professional plumber.

Call MPI today for quality plumbing services in Orlando, including water heater repair and replacement.

 

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3 Benefits to Installing a New Water Heater in Orlando

Monday, January 21st, 2013

If your water heater has stopped working, your immediate reaction is probably one of dismay. However, there are several benefits to replacing your water heater that can help turn your mood around. At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we’ve been offering complete water heater installation and water heater replacement in Orlando for years.  Here are some of the benefits of replacing your hot water heater.

Efficiency

Almost without exception, new hot water heaters offer customers greater heating efficiency. Water heaters are generally given an Energy Factor rating that measures their efficiency. This rating describes how much actual hot water is produced per unit of fuel consumed. The higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater is. New gas-fired water heaters typically have an energy factor rating of .5 to .7. By investing in a new water heater, you’ll be able to take advantage of that efficiency.

Hot Water Recovery Rate

Two other important metrics for water heaters is the First Hour Rating which measures the availability of water during the period of highest demand. The Recovery Rating is also important because it describes the water heater’s ability to replenish hot water after it has been depleted. If you have an old hot water, you may have been taking cold showers if you got in after the rest of your family. With a new hot water, it will likely have a better recovery rating which will give you access to more hot water at the times when you need it most.

Space Savings

If you’ve decided to upgrade to a tankless hot water heater, then you will probably have more available space in your storage area. Tankless water heaters are small, rectangular units that can be mounted on a wall. If that’s the case, then you likely have a much larger area for storing other items besides your water heater.

If you need water heater installation or water heater replacement in Orlando, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We have experience working with many different types and brands of water heaters. We would love to help you pick out a unit that matches your home’s needs and your budget. Call us today.

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Orlando Plumbing Guide: Choosing a High Efficiency Water Heater

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Heating water uses 15% or more of total energy consumption in a home. Choosing a high efficiency water heater helps you reduce the amount of energy you use to heat water by between 10% and 50%, and thereby helps you save a lot on your energy bills. If you have decided to invest in a high efficiency water heater in Orlando, it is advisable to understand how they work and what to look for when making your selection.

  • Tank Water Heaters

This type of water heater features an insulated storage tank with various capacities like 20, 40 or 80 gallons, where water is kept hot and ready for use all the times.  Tank water heaters come with various fuel options like natural gas, propane, electricity and oil.

  • Tankless Water Heaters

In this type of water heater, water is circulated through a coil and is heated only on demand. They can run on either gas or electricity and they do not have any storage tank to keep hot water always ready for use. This means that tankless water heaters don’t use energy when you’re not using hot water, but they are also limited concerning how much water they can heat at once.

  • Heat Pump Water Heaters

These types of water heaters have heat pumps that transfer heat from the surrounding air to water in a tank. They are more efficient than many other types of water heaters because they simply extract heat from the air rather than directly generating it by burning fuel. They are especially effective in warm climates where the outdoor temperature never gets too low for any length of time.

Comparing the EF (Energy Factor) of each type of water heater is the best way to see which has the highest energy efficiency. If the energy factor is high, the unit will be more efficient. High efficiency water heaters that use natural gas as a fuel source come with an EF of .65 or more.  Tankless water heaters have an EF of .82 or higher. Though these water heaters cost twice as much as standard water heaters, they are more energy efficient and help you cut your energy bills significantly. If you want to choose an electric heat pump water heater, choosing the one with EF of 2.2 or more can help you get greater energy savings. For more information about installing a new water heater in Orlando, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call today!

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