The Sunny Plumber SoCal Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

3 Reasons to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, September 16th, 2019

technician-in-doorWouldn’t it be nice to invest in a water heater, have it professionally installed by a Sunny Plumber, and know for certain that that’s the last water heater you’ll ever need?  Of course it would be, but so would a lot of other scenarios that are just not possible. Even when you invest in a great water heater in Corona, CA, and even when a plumber of our caliber installs your water heater, it is only a matter of time before replacement.

Investing in great equipment, a proper installation, and routine maintenance will keep your water heater operating at peak conditions for as long as possible, but no appliance can truly last forever. Ideally, you’ll schedule your water heater replacement before you wind up with a system that’s broken down altogether. If you’re wondering when the ideal time to schedule your water heater replacement might be, wonder no longer! Keep the following information in mind, and be sure to schedule service with our team.

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Why Stick with a Tank Water Heater?

Monday, July 8th, 2019

sunny-plumbersIf you think that all water heaters are created equal, think again! Sure, you may only be familiar with the old tank style water heater, but there are also tankless models that are well worth homeowners’ consideration. In fact, these tankless models offer incredible energy efficiency! So, just go with a tankless system then, right?

Well, not so fast.

The fact of the matter is that there is no single type of water heater that’s right for everyone. If there were, there’d only be one type of water heater to choose from, right? And while improved energy efficiency may sound like the obvious choice, there are also some areas where tank water heaters have the upper hand. Ultimately, determining which water heater in Corona, CA, is right for you can prove to be quite tricky. Fortunately, that’s where our Sunny Plumbers come in. Read on to learn more about why sticking with a tank water heater is a perfectly reasonable choice.

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What Is Standby Energy Loss?

Monday, June 10th, 2019

sunny-plumberHot water is one of the last comforts that most people would be willing to give up in their homes. We use it for so many different things throughout the house that hot water is really more of a necessity than a luxury. That level of need doesn’t really take the sting out of a particularly high energy bill related to your water heating, though. Why might you be overpaying for hot water? Well, one potential reason is excessive standby energy loss.

You may not know it by name but, if you use a tank water heater, you have definitely experienced some level of standby energy loss. There is a way to eliminate it entirely, but it’s not the right option for everyone. There are other ways to limit it substantially, too. More on all that below. First, let us just remind you that you cannot go wrong when it comes to water heater services in Corona, CA, when you call a Sunny Plumber to do the job.

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Tankless Water Heater FAQ: Is the Price Justified?

Monday, February 4th, 2019

sunny-plumber-logoAs is the case with so many “this or that” plumbing related questions, the only answer we can really give right off the bat is: maybe.  Yes, tankless water heaters have a lot going for them. However, there are also many reasons why tank water heaters are still so popular. Think about it this way—if one system were truly superior to the other in every way, and was always the best choice for any given situation, then there wouldn’t be different systems to choose from to begin with!

So, let’s a take a deeper look into one specific point of consideration when the time comes to buy a new water heater or to replace an old one: cost. You don’t need to do much in the way of research to discover that, yes, tankless water heaters do cost more than tank systems. In fact, the difference in cost is substantial enough to drive some homeowners away from considering tankless water heaters right away. We urge you to hold off until you’ve made a few more considerations, though, because a tankless water heater in Corona, CA can still make a lot of sense.

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Do I Need Water Heater Repairs?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

sunny-plumbersThere are certain plumbing issues that homeowners convince themselves they can live with. Think toilets that seem to run too long, or faucets that perpetually drip. If you ask us, and any good plumber, then any such problems should really be dealt with ASAP. That being said, some issues are going to stand out as priorities more than others. This is certainly the case when it comes to problems with your water heater in Riverside, CA. Hot water is too important to take chances with!

Fortunately, many issues with your water heater will give you some warning signs right away. Unfortunately, even the most obvious red flags won’t do much good if you, as the homeowner, do not recognize them as anything to act upon promptly. We encourage you to think about just how much you rely upon your hot water on a day-to-day basis, and to pick up the phone immediately when trouble seems to strike. The Sunny Plumber SoCal is here to help!

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When to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, December 10th, 2018

sunny-plumberYou don’t think about your water heater all that much, we’re willing to bet. This is the case as long as your water heater is working properly, at least. However, no water heater is going to work properly all of the time, and no water heater is going to last forever. In many instances of trouble, water heater repairs are possible. There will come a time, though, when you need to schedule a professional water heater replacement in Corona. When you do, contact us.

The Sunny Plumber SoCal not only installs water heaters of the highest quality from some of the most trusted manufacturers in the industry, but we also install them the right way, every step of the way. Why? Because you deserve the best! Your water heater is used to heat water for all applications throughout your home, from bathing to doing the dishes and general cleaning. You need it to function properly if you want to keep your home running smoothly. 

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Tank. Tankless. Which Is Right for Me?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

technician-in-doorLet’s get the answer to the question posed in the title of this blog right out into the open—we’re not sure. Now, we can certainly discuss the pros and cons of each system, which we’ll do below, but we cannot give you a definitive answer as to which is best-suited to your home and your needs without knowing a bit more about your home and your needs. That is why we encourage homeowners thinking about a water heater installation or replacement in Torrance, CA to contact The Sunny Plumber SoCal directly. 

Our bright and shiny plumbing professionals have plenty of experience with both tank and tankless water heaters, and we’ve got the answers to virtually any questions that you may ask. So read on, consider your hot water usage as relates to the following points, and keep our number handy. When you work with the professionals on our team, you can count on getting the right water heater installed for your home, and in the right way!

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What Is an Anode Rod?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

sunny-plumbersThere are a lot of plumbing fixtures and appliances that you are very familiar with. Your toilet, bathtub, sinks, dishwasher, etc. Your water heater probably does not get the same amount of thought as these fixtures and appliances do, because you are not really interacting with it directly every day, as you do with these others. You should still keep your water heater and its overall condition at the front of your mind, though.

After all, all of the hot water coming from your faucets and into your appliances is heated by this system. One of the best ways to protect your water heater is already in place: the sacrificial anode rod. If you are not familiar with what this phrase refers to, then today’s post is definitely for you. We know what you’re thinking. Why should I care, as long as my water heater works? Well, that is precisely the point. If your anode rod is not doing its job, then your water heater will wind up in, well, hot water!

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

 

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Preventing Hot Water Scalds

Monday, November 13th, 2017

dripping-showerheadWhat words spring to mind when you think of your water heater? Comfort? Appliance? Vital? Your water heater is definitely one of the hardest working appliances in your home, but there is one other word that should come to mind when you think of your water heater: safety. Modern water heaters are designed to operate in the safest manner possible, but any appliance that heats water and then pipes that water to fixtures for your own personal use has the potential to create dangerous situations.

Hot water scalds are no laughing matter, and ensuring that you are able to use hot water in your home without the risk of scalds is extremely important. This is especially true in those homes with young children that may not pay close attention to faucet/shower settings or think to test the water before jumping in. There are ways to prevent scalds from happening, and our plumbers in Rancho Cucamonga, CA want to share some of them with you today.

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