A water heater is one of the most important pieces of mechanical equipment in the home. Without it, there would be no hot baths or showers and no convenient way to wash clothes or dishes. A broken or malfunctioning hot water heater is a terrible inconvenience during special events, like parties and sleepovers, but it’s also a hassle even on a normal day. Almost as annoying are water heaters that cannot keep up with the demands of the home and often run out of hot water during routine operation. In any event, having a correctly-sized water heater running at top efficiency is a must for any homeowner.
If you live in the greater Washington D.C. area and you feel your old water heater just isn’t cutting it anymore or you’re just tired of constantly calling for expensive repairs, call the water heater replacement specialists at All-Pro Appliance Repair today. We know that being without hot water is a major nuisance and the longer you have to wait to take a hot shower or to have your favorite shirt washed, the more impatient and annoyed you get. That’s why we want you to call us as soon as your water heater has stopped working or if you just feel it’s time for an upgrade.
Tank & Tankless Water Heaters
In the old days, there was only one type of water heater available—tanked. A tank water heater relies on the convection method, where water is heated in the bottom of the tank and rises to the top, where it is stored until it’s needed. This is convenient, but maintaining temperature requires constant energy use, which can drive up your monthly bills. Today, a second option is available—tankless water heaters. These systems operate on-demand only and therefore use no tank to heat and hold the water. Because of this, tankless water heaters are much more energy efficient and are an excellent replacement option in certain situations. In fact, some new home builders only use tankless water heaters today.
Water heaters also come in a variety of models depending on the energy source. Gas water heaters are very popular and most economical to use. There are also oil-fired and electric waters heaters, the latter being the most inexpensive to install but more costly to operate. Our customers have several options to choose from when selecting a water heater for their home. We are happy to consult with you on your options.
Replacing Your Hot Water Heater
Once you have selected a replacement water heater, our technicians will visit your home and perform the following operations:
- Removal of your old system by turning off power, draining the water heater, disconnecting the vent pipe and draft hood, and removing the tank from its piped connections. We’ll also take care of disposing of your old hot water tank.
- Properly positioning of the new water heater, installing the draft hood and connecting the vent pipe, attaching piped connections, turning on the power.
After we’ve installed your replacement water heater, there is a checklist of things to remember. First, ensure that there are no obstructions on or near the draft hood or around the water heater. A build-up of obstructions can lead to poor operation and the likely emission of harmful carbon monoxide gases. To be safe, maintain a clean and clear three foot buffer zone around your water heater at all times. Also, occasionally check the relief valve for proper operation.
There are additional accessories you might want to consider during water heater replacement, namely a circulating pump. If your home has a long run between the water heater and water outlets like faucets or showers, it may take a long time for water to warm up due to the length of the water pipes. In that case, a circulating pump comes in handy because it keeps a constant flow of hot water in the lines, making hot water instantly available on demand.
Regardless of the type of water heater you currently have or the type of system you’re interested in replacing it with, call the water heater experts at All-Pro today. We’ll help you go over all of your options and then quickly install the system you finally select. We offer the best hot water heater replacement services in Arlington, VA, Gaithersburg, MD and the surrounding area.