Run Out of Hot Water? This Could Be Why!

Monday, November 18th, 2019

shower-with-cold-waterThere is really nothing quite worse than stepping into a cold shower on a chilly winter morning… See, your hot water heater is incredibly important to your comfort, and when something goes wrong with it, you are bound to notice!

There are a number of reasons why your water heater might not be working as it should, and below, we have listed a number of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (and of course, remember to call our team when you need an expert Sanford, FL plumber!)

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Is It Time to Let Go of Your Water Heater?

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

water-heater-issueCould you imagine what your life would be like without your water heater? Certainly, you’d no longer want to take those 15 minute long showers! You see, your water heater plays an important role in your comfort, so of course, you don’t want to take it for granted!

Unfortunately, there will come a day when you need to replace your old, worn-out water heater with a brand new system. Don’t be too sad though, a brand new water heater will do wonders for your comfort and your budget. Below, we have listed some of the telltale signs that your system needs to be replaced. All you’ve got to do is keep reading! (And of course, remember to contact our team for expert water heater installation!)

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The Amazing Long Life of the Tankless Water Heater

Monday, September 26th, 2016

We are strong advocates of homeowners switching from the conventional type of water heater—one that stores water in a large tank and maintains a contestant temperature—to one of the newest line of gas-powered tankless water heaters. There are many reasons to make this change, such as the immense energy savings these water heaters provide, the small amount of space they take up, and the convenience they offer of unlimited water.

But the advantage we want to look at today is the extended lifespan of tankless systems.

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Why Am I Receiving Less Hot Water in My Home Than I Once Did?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If you have lived with the same water heater in your home for long enough, you will have a good idea of the volume of heated water you can expect to receive from it. The usual test of this is during the morning, when multiple people take showers. If you start to notice that the hot water supply from your storage water heater is running out sooner than it used to, there are a number of possible problems that could be causing it. Repairs can fix some of these malfunctions; in other cases, it may be better to have the whole water heater replaced, especially if it is a few years over its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan.

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How the Anode Rod Protects Your Water Heater

Monday, May 18th, 2015

One of the major dangers for any metal appliance that comes into contact with water is corrosion. This chemical reaction when water meets metal in the presence of oxygen will rapidly weaken the metal to the point that it flakes away. Yet water heaters—large metal appliances that are in constant contact with water—very rarely develop rust until the end of their services lives.

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What Is the Difference Between Hybrid Water Heaters and Other Water Heaters?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

You may be surprised to learn that there are several different options available to homeowners looking to find a new water heater near Apopka, FL. You’re probably most familiar with the traditional storage tank water heater, which relies on a large tank and the heat rising principle to heat water. A long tube sends cool water down to the bottom of the tank, where a burner or electric heating element then heats up the water. Hot water naturally rises to the top of the tank and is sucked through a tube and brought into the pipes when you turn on a hot water tap in the home.

For people with gas-powered storage tank water heaters, particularly with high-efficiency systems, this can be a rather efficient way to heat up water. A storage tank water heater must stay on throughout the day to keep hot water available. This means that there is a lot of standby energy loss; energy is used all day to heat water that you will only use a few times a day. However, natural gas is generally less costly than electricity. If your water heater can only run on electricity, you may end up spending a lot more, unless you choose another type of unit.

Many people who rely on electricity to heat up water choose a tankless water heater. A tankless water heater instead heats up the water on demand, sending water through a heat exchanger which begins to heat up as soon as you turn on a hot water tap and turns off immediately after you’re finished. Still, some people are dissatisfied with tankless units because they can take a long time to heat up water. Besides, you may need multiple tankless units to accommodate large households, at a much higher cost.

Enter the hybrid water heater. This is a traditional storage tank water heater with a twist: it uses a heat pump to heat up the water. A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one area from another. In this case, the water heater uses a fan to draw in air from the surrounding area. An evaporator coil contains refrigerant which absorbs heat from the air. As refrigerant moves through the compressor, it’s heated up even more. It then flows through a heat exchanger so it can heat up the water in the tank. This is a far more energy efficient way to produce heat and keep hot water available at all times.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) has a wide variety of water heaters available, including traditional units, tankless water heaters, hybrid systems, and even solar-powered units. Call us today to find the perfect water heater for your home in Apopka, FL.

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Noises That Indicate a Need for Water Heater Repair

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Even with the best maintenance done on a top-of-the-line model, no water heater can ever be 100% free from repair issues. At some point, you may need to call for technicians to investigate trouble with your water heater when you notice a drop in the temperature of the water, spot rusty discoloration coming from the taps, or find that you are running out of hot water sooner than you used to.

There are other warning indications that you need work done to protect your hot water supply, such as unusual noises emanating from the water heater. Here are a few of the common warning noises that water heaters will make that indicate it is time to call for repair technicians. For a prompt response and quality work on your water heater in Sanford, FL, make the call to Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We have handled the plumbing needs of Central Florida since 1975.

A Few of the Common Water Heater Warning Sounds

  • Rumbling: When the water heater tanks starts to rumble, a noise that people often associate with a tank that’s about to burst, it could mean a number of issues. It’s possible that there is a fault in the mixing valve, or a broken dip tube, which will allow cold and warm water to mix. It could also point to an increase in sediment along the bottom of the tank that has so significantly reduced volume in the tank that the water has started to overheat. Either situation is serious and needs trained technicians on the job right away.
  • Popping: This noise can come from excess water pressure, and you should immediately check the pressure on the tank. If adjusting the pressure doesn’t alleviate the popping sound, call for repair technicians immediately.
  • Hissing and whistling noises: There are some innocuous reasons for these sounds to occur…but enough bad reasons that you should definitely call for repairs, especially since one possibility for these noises is a dangerous increase in water pressure.
  • Running water that won’t stop: This is probably trouble with the pressure release valve; if this occurs in an older water heater, it is usually a sign that it is time for a replacement unit.

Our plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) can handle whatever issues you may have with your home’s water heater in Sanford, FL. We also offer water heater installation of a wide range of water heater options, including tankless, hybrid, and solar options. Make us your first choice for all your water heater and plumbing needs. Contact us today to schedule your next water heater service.

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Water Heater Question: Why Is My Water Heater Rumbling?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Your water heater works hard for you every day that you need hot water in your Florida home. One of the first signs that something might be wrong with it is when it makes an ominous rumbling noise. You might at first be afraid that the heater is in danger of rupturing, but it doesn’t need to be so catastrophic. However, a rumbling heater is something to checked, or it could suffer additional problems and cut off your daily supply of hot water.

Even with an emergency, you can count on Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to handle your water heater trouble in Orlando with our 24/7 service.

Some of the reasons for a rumbling water heater include:

  • Cold and hot water mixing: If there are leaks around the input valve, then too much cold water might be entering your heater. As the cold and hot water mix together, they create the rumbling sound you hear. The addition of too much cold water will make your heater work harder, which is both inefficient and will hasten wear… leading to more repairs.
  • Hard water: You might have heard the term “hard water” before but didn’t understand what it meant. Hard water contains high levels of minerals, which can cause build-up inside your water heater called “limescale.” Too much limescale can cause overheating, leading to the rumbling problem. A skilled technician can descale your tank and stop the problem.
  • Too much sediment: Sand and silicate can infiltrate your heater through the main water supply or through leaks in underground pipes. As with a build-up of limescale, too much sediment in your water heater can cause it to overheat. Regular, professional maintenance can alleviate this trouble by flushing the system.

A rumbling water heater can be a bit frightening, but trained technicians can take care of your worries. For Orlando water heater needs, Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) is ready to answer your questions and provide the service that will add you to our growing list of satisfied customers. We also serve Winter Springs as well as all of Seminole County, Orange County, and Osceola County.

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Water Heater FAQ: Should I Be Concerned about Rust?

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Is your water supply tainted by a brown color? Does it taste metallic? Rust is an important consideration for any homeowner, particularly when it concerns his or her water supply. If you’re concerned about rust, then do not hesitate to get in touch with a professional about it. Any contaminant in your water supply should be taken seriously. In today’s post, we’d like to look at this issue in more detail. There are several factors worth considering.

  • Where is the rust coming from? Knowing where the rust is coming from is critical to figuring out how to solve the rust problem. For instance, the rust in your water could be coming either from your water heater, or from one of your cold water supply pipes. This will depend upon whether you see rusty water during hot water output or all the time. This simple diagnosis can assist our technician in locating the origin of the problem.
  • Water heater rust: It seems logical that a metal tank full of water might rust at some point, but there are various features of your water heater that can prevent this from happening, including a glass lining. This feature was actually one of the major breakthroughs in residential water heater technology and it’s still used today. Another possible cause of rusty water is sediment that has collected at the bottom of your tank. This often needs to be routinely flushed to prevent those particles from entering your water supply, or from causing other problems.
  • Repair or replacement: When you find that you have a rust problem with your water heater, you may find that you need to decide between repair and replacement. This is not always a straightforward decision, so you should make it in consultation with a water heater specialist.

Make sure you hire a consummate professional to come take a look at your water heater in Orlando. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. for excellent repair services.

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Water Heater FAQs

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Hot showers and baths, clean sheets, linens, and clothing, pristine dishware—you rely on your water heater more than you may recognize. With professional installation and plumbing maintenance, your water heater will last for years, but eventually it may be in need of repair, or even replacement. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for comprehensive plumbing services, including water heater installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance.

Winter Springs Water HeaterHere are several water heater FAQs: 

  • Should I get a tank or tankless water heater? Great question. It’s certainly one that’s likely a common concern for those homeowners looking for a new water heater. Work with a plumber to figure out exactly how much hot water you need on a daily basis. While tank systems tend to be more cost-effective upfront, tankless systems often achieve much better energy efficiency in the long-term.
  • What’s a hybrid water heater? A hybrid water heater is a highly energy efficient option for producing hot water in the home. It’s called a “hybrid” system because it utilizes conventional natural gas as a fuel supply, as well as an electric heat pump. The latter component draws in thermal energy from the air surrounding the heater itself, thus reducing the amount of natural gas necessary to produce hot water. A hybrid water heater gives you energy efficiency options without sacrificing the comfort of certain hot water when you need it. 
  • What’s that strange sound coming from my water heater? If there is a rumbling or boiling water sound coming from the bottom of your water heater, you may have excessive buildup of sediment or scale at the bottom of your tank. This can lead to increased damage and scalding temperatures so it’s best to get it checked out by a professional plumber as soon as possible.

Call  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for comprehensive Winter Springs water heater services.

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