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Water Heater Repair and Replacement Services

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Selecting a New Water Heater

Whether your water heater is too old or too inefficient, Rooter Power Plumbing Service can guide you towards the perfect replacement. Each type of water heater has pros and cons, and you can trust the professionals at Rooter Power Plumbing Service to help you choose from the best water heaters in Los Angeles, CA.


Types of Water Heaters

As mentioned above, you have several model options when you need to choose a new water heater:


Conventional water heaters heat an entire tank of water (between 20 and 80 gallons) and store it until you need it.


Tankless water heaters are more energy efficient, while conventional water heaters work better for large families.


Gas Water Heater Troubleshooting


Gas hot water heater troubleshooting should start with the pilot light. Most gas hot water heaters use a pilot light to ignite the burner, and some models use electronic ignition. If the pilot light is out or won't stay on, you will not have hot water. Gas hot water heaters use natural or LP gas and gas can explode, so it is always advised to contact a professional plumber for any problems with your unit.


Problems with gas water heaters will commonly involve issues with the burner or the gas valve. There is an important item that connects the two of them called the thermocouple. This item is made of two different types of metal bonded together, and when heated the metals generate an electrical current. The water heater gas valve is able to interpret this electrical current and tell whether or not the pilot light is lit. A defective thermocouple will not send the proper signal. The gas valve will not allow gas to go to he pilot light or burner if it does not get the right signal. The thermocouple is not the only problem you can have, however it is often the culprit when the pilot light or the burner will not stay lit.


Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting


For an electric water heater, checking the breaker would be the place to start. The thermostats also have reset buttons on them. Electric water heaters have strong current that heats the water, so it is extremely important to make sure the power is off before even attempting any test. An electric water heater normally uses a 230 volt 30 amp circuit to operate. This is some serious electricity, and it is always best to call a professional.


An important electrical device in your electric water heater is the heating element, which can burn out over time. A burned out element can cause you to have very little, or no hot water. Another trouble maker is the thermostats, an electric water heater has two. The upper thermostat controls the lower one, so any issues with the upper thermostat or element and you will have no hot water.

Water Heater Replacement: What type water heater should I choose?

If you’re ready to upgrade or update your home’s hot water source, there are many options that are available, but the most popular water heating system remains the storage tank water heater. The main reasons for the enduring popularity of this style is a lower cost, and it keeps anywhere from 20 to 80 gallons of hot water ready to go.


Storage tank water heaters can use electrical power, natural gas, propane, or other fuel sources. Electric water heaters use two heating elements, with one at the bottom and the other in the middle of the tank. Gas water heaters use burners and heat the tank, which then heats the water. While an electric water heater is usually much more efficient, its recovery rate (how fast it can keep up with hot water usage) is much slower than gas, so gas water heaters usually make the most sense for families and larger households.


There are also solar energy water heaters and geothermal energy water heaters. Solar systems are most popular in the Southwest where sunny days are the norm, but these systems often require a back-up for cloudy days and nights.


Tankless Water Heaters - Benefits

Never Run Out of Hot Water – Probably the biggest disadvantage of traditional tank models is that you’re limited by the amount of hot water the tank will hold. It may not be a problem for homes with one or two people, but the price goes up exponentially once you go past the standard 50-60 gallon models for larger families. With a tankless model, you can have multiple people take consecutive showers and still have hot water to fill up a large soaking tub while running the dishwasher or washing machine.


Save Money – Tankless water heaters, while costing more upfront, allow some homeowners to realize as much as a 40 percent savings on the heating cost, as compared to a traditional storage unit.


Save Space – You also need less physical space to install a tankless water heater. With a size that resembles a small suitcase, you can mount one on the wall, in a crawl space, or even under a sink. These benefits alone should give you pause to at least consider upgrading to this technology next time you’re in the market for a water heater.