New Water Heater Regulations in 2015

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In 1987, the United States Congress approved the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA).  This act regulated the energy consumption of household appliances by establishing minimum energy efficiency standards.  As technology has evolved, Congress has made changes to these standards twice, in 1992 and 2005.  Among other things, these amendments set up a schedule for the United States Department of Energy to review the efficiency standards for a variety of household appliances.  We will soon see the results of this review as it applies to hot water heaters. [Read more…]

How to Check the Temperature on Your Water Heater

Save energy by setting your water heater temperature appropriately

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Whether you are taking a shower in the morning to invigorate yourself for the day, or a bath in the evening to relax and unwind before bed, running out of hot water can definitely put a damper on your mood.  Luckily, many issues you may have with your water, such as it being too hot, too cold, or taking too long to warm up, can be resolved by calling a licensed plumber to adjust the thermostat on your water heater. [Read more…]

What is the difference between tank and tankless water heaters?

Differences between a Traditional Water Heater and Tankless


The good news about tankless water heaters is that they can cut your energy costs almost in half. The bad news is that they may not supply unlimited hot water. The difference between the two is the method in which they deliver hot water. Traditional hot water tanks heat water as soon as it enters the tank. The water is stored and kept hot.

When the water starts to cool, the water heater automatically heats the water back to the desired temperature. Traditional heaters run more often, so they consume more energy. Traditional hot water heaters range in size, but most homes use a 30 to 50 gallon tank.

Instead of storing hot water, tankless water heaters operate only on demand. Since they do not keep water at a consistent temperature, they use less energy. They save on space because they are smaller than traditional tanks. The initial cost for a tankless heater tends to be higher than for traditional tanks. Units are available in gas or electric.

There is no doubt that tankless will reduce energy costs substantially. The question becomes will a tankless water heater meet your needs. The ability to store hot water and heat it as soon as it enters the tank allows traditional heaters to provide an unlimited amount of hot water. You can turn on the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry and tank bath at the same time.

Some tankless water heaters cannot supply enough hot water for multiple tasks. The size of your family and the number of household tasks that require hot water determines if a tankless heater is practical. If you have three kids and modern appliances, you will probably need a traditional tank for a consistent supply of hot water.

An elderly couple without kids may find that a tankless heater is sufficient. If you are unable to access your needs, a consultation with your plumber is the best strategy. Professionals can estimate your water usage based on your lifestyle. If you decide to go tankless, your existing piping will need checked to make sure it is compatible.

Looking into different water heaters for your Marietta property? Call Pell Plumbing today at (770) 499-2006 for a water heater installation! 

How often should I have my heater checked out?

Time to Check Your Hot Water Heater


Marietta PlumberHot water heaters are one of the important appliances that are not noticed, by the homeowner, till it no longer functions. However, proper maintenance checks should occur regularly to see if there are observable signs that the heater is approaching failure. This is especially important if the hot water heater is a gas installation as improper or impaired function can create dangerous conditions.

Using gas or electric hot water heaters there are similar signs that repair or replacement is needed. The most obvious of which is a leak or pooling of moisture near or on the appliance. Hot water heaters contain and internal vessel made of a glass composite which can crack over time due to temperature fluctuations. Fittings for the exit and inflow water could be loose or rusted over time causing them to leak. Leaks are one of the more common problems encountered before a total failure.

Inadequate heating of water is another common sign that failure is imminent. Over time burners, gas or electric, will decrease in their efficiency. This means that the heat generated is not being properly transferred to the heating vessel. As the top of the vessel is cooler than the bottom and the heat generated is not sufficient to entice a change, the entire heater becomes less and less productive requiring repair or replacement.

Finally, the sign that failure has occurred is the heater no longer produces hot water. Failure has occurred somewhere in the system of the heater itself. At this stage it is best for the homeowner to consider a replacement. Typically, most heaters last for years and so the availability of an upgrade exists which will improve cost saving in the long run through efficiency changes.

A water heater is a critical and valuable appliance in any home. Proper functioning and efficient delivery of heated water is a necessity. Therefore, regular checks should be made at both the hot water side and at the unit itself. By looking for signs of future failure, the homeowner can avoid potentially costly problems in the future.

Is the water heater in your Marietta home in need of maintenance? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and get started today!

Why is it taking so long for the water in my home to heat up?

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Maintenance


Marietta Water heaterThe water heater is responsible for making certain you have hot water instantly in your shower, sinks, dishwasher, and your washing machine. You never really realize how import that appliance is until it stops working. One of the best ways to ensure that you never have to deal with a broken water heater is to identify some signs before it is too late. Here are a few signs that your water heater needs maintenance and you should contact a professional immediately.

The first sign that your water heater needs maintenance is when your water becomes cloudy. Run the water in the sink for a few minutes to see if it dissipates. If the water remains cloudy there could be a build up of deposits in your pipes. Corrosion and other factors can also cause the pipes to clog, and this is something you should leave to the professionals before you try fixing a clog near the hot water heater. When the water remains cloudy for extended periods of time it is best to call a professional plumber immediately.

The next sign that your water heater needs maintenance is when you have little pressure in your shower or sinks. Low pressure is a sure sign there is a clog in the pipes. This clog can be a number of things, and your plumber will be able to pinpoint where the problem is quickly. Once they identify the area of concern, they can get into the pipe and remove the clog. Never use chemicals to clean your pipes if you suspect a clog.

The last sign of problems with a water heater is for homeowners with gas heaters. When you smell rotten eggs in the water or near the hot water heater, this is a sign that the heater is leaking and you should contact a professional immediately. The smell is an artificial chemical the gas company uses so you can detect that normally odorless gas. A leak in the pipes can quickly be repaired if you have your plumber get to the problem quickly. Many times a corroded connection or leaking pipe can be addressed quickly if caught early enough.

Is the water heater in your Marietta home in need of repairs? Call Pell Plumbing at (770) 499-2006 and schedule a service call today!