Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

The Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance

Monday, July 24th, 2017

water-heater-maintenanceWater heaters are among the most important appliances in your home: delivering clean hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. They do their jobs quietly for the most part, and since they’re usually placed in spots like the basement that rarely see daily activity, any problems with one tends to sneak up on you. The best way to prevent this is to schedule water heater maintenance once a year from a trained technician. Summer is an excellent time to do so, when the weather is warm and you don’t need to concern yourself with freezing temperatures or heavy snowfall interfering with the process. (more…)

How Sediment Gets into Your Hot Water Heater

Monday, December 7th, 2015

If you’ve ever seen a hot water heater tank cleaned out, you may have been surprised to find sediment coming through the open valve. This can seem like cause for alarm, but sediment at the bottom of a water heater tank is very common, and can many times be the source of problems. How does sediment get there? Let’s take a look. (more…)

Should I Consider a Tankless Hot Water Heater?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

If it is time to replace an outdated hot water heater that is in your home, or you are building a new property and need a hot water heater, then you may want to consider a tankless unit. You may have heard a lot about tankless systems, but to know whether or not it is truly for you, it is important to have a basic understanding of how these kinds of appliances work. The experts from Davison Heating & Cooling have provided a quick overview of how these systems work and what kinds of benefits they can offer. (more…)

How Does a Tankless Water Heater Provide Hot Water?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Until recently, the only type of hot water heater available was the one most people think of: the storage tank type. It’s clear when you look at a tank hot water heater where the hot water comes from, so how does a tankless system provide hot water? Let’s take a look below. (more…)

Steps to Take for a Successful Water Heater Installation

Friday, March 27th, 2015

When it’s time for a new water heater, you have the opportunity to select from a variety of systems with different efficiency ratings, capacities, and features. Selecting a new water heater is difficult without the help of a trained technician, as is the installation process itself. Installing a new water heater involves having some knowledge of gas lines, plumbing, ventilation, and all of the tools contractors use on a regular basis to install and service water heaters. Why not leave this job up to a professional who already has all of the right tools and experience?

3 steps to water heater success

  1. Choose a quality contractor for installation. The most important step of water heater installation? Making sure you hire a quality contractor to get the job done. If you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer who often fixes the minor leaks and glitches around the house, you may think you’ve got it covered. But for the safety and security of your system and your home, we recommend choosing an expert for this one. Someone with the right amount of experience can quickly recognize gas leaks, ventilation problems, and any potential for leaking or faulty operation.
  2. Keep your contractor informed to make sure your unit is the right size. Furthermore, a trained HVAC installer has more experience determining the proper size for a household. You should let your technician know if your hot water usage exceeds the average, and make sure your technician takes note of how many showers are in the home and how many people use the hot water on a daily basis. If a water heater is too small, you may not get all the hot water you need, and if it’s too large, it uses up too much energy.
  3. Set up a maintenance schedule. One of the best things you can do to ensure the continued performance of your water heater is to schedule regular maintenance. This keeps you informed about the state of your system and gives your technician a chance to make any repairs before your run out of hot water.

Call on the expertise of the professionals Davison Heating & Cooling for water heater installation in Davison, MI today!

How to Tell It’s Time to Schedule Water Heating Maintenance

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Many homeowners have had the experience of going into their basements and seeing water all over the floor from a water heater that has finally let go. While there is no life-long water heater available for installation, there is a way you can make your water heater last longer: annual maintenance. But that’s not all water heater maintenance in Davison can do, as we’ll outline below. It’s important that any work done to your water heater be handled by a professional, so call the people who have almost 15 years’ worth of experience: Davison Heating & Cooling.

Signs of a Sluggish Water Heater

Is it taking a long time for your hot water to flow to certain faucets? Have you seen your water bill rise? How about your energy bill? Are you seeing small particles of sediment coming from your faucets? These are all signs that your water heater could use a tune-up.

What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what to expect from a routine water heater maintenance appointment:

  • Check of the anode rod
  • Check of the dip tube
  • Drain and flush of the tank
  • Removal of any sediment
  • Check of the valves and pipes
  • Check of heating element (electric water heaters)
  • Check of burner and venting system (gas or propane water heaters)

Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance

  • Keeps your water heater running safely – safety is a concern for all large appliances, especially those that operate via combustion. With maintenance, you can be assured that your water heater has been thoroughly inspected and any problems have been detected.
  • Increases energy efficiency – a water heater that isn’t bogged down with sediment can operate as it should, which helps increase energy efficiency.
  • Extends life of equipment – when your hot water heater isn’t maintained, it can become stressed, forcing it work harder. Not only does this increase its energy usage, it can also prematurely wear the unit, resulting in repair or a need for replacement.

The bottom line? You do maintenance for your heating system, pool and other household items – why not do it for your water heater?

Contact Davison Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment for water heater maintenance in Davison.

Does Rust-Colored Water Mean that I Need a New Water Heater?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

You may have heard before that rust is a death sentence for a water heater. Unfortunately, rust leads to corrosion, and even if it only causes what seems like a small leak, the rest of your tank is not too far behind. Though water heaters should remain generally resistant to corrosion for most of their lives, rust in the water may be a sign that yours needs replacement immediately to prevent the possibility of flooding from the tank.

But what if your unit is not old enough to need replacement? With proper maintenance, most storage tank water heaters should last around 10 years, so if you’re nowhere near the end of this lifespan, you may have another problem on your hands. Here are a couple of alternative reasons for hot water that appears to be rusty. And whether you need repairs or water heater replacement in Flint, the experts at Davison Heating & Cooling are here to help.

The Sacrificial Anode Rod

Water heaters are meant to endure, which is why all storage tank water heaters have a sacrificial anode rod that protects the tank from rust and corrosion. The anode rod, a small part in the center of the tank, is made from a metal such as magnesium or aluminum. This material corrodes more quickly than the steel tank, attracting the particles which would otherwise damage the tank entirely.

When this part becomes too corroded, your tank is suddenly at risk. The anode rod will need replacement eventually, so it is vital to schedule maintenance every year to ensure this component has not worn through.

Sediment in the Tank

You may actually mistake a yellowish mineral in your tank for rust. If you have a condition known as “hard water,” in which excess minerals build up in the pipes and fixtures around your home, sediment is prone to gathering in the bottom of a water heater tank since water is stored there at all times. A technician can drain the tank of these minerals so that they do not affect performance or efficiency.

Water heater experts, like the technicians at Davison Heating & Cooling, can tell you whether rust-colored water indicates the need for water heater replacement. Give us a call today!

How Do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

If you need a new water heater, you may have noticed that there are a few different options for your home. And one option that may save you a lot of money every month is a tankless water heater. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, switching from conventional storage tank water heaters to tankless water heaters may save some families up to 50% on their energy bills every month. But how is this possible? How do tankless water heaters work? Is it the right choice for your home?

If you want to understand how tankless water heaters work and how they save energy when compared to storage tank water heaters, it may be helpful to first know about conventional heaters. Storage tank water heaters store water in large tanks and continuously apply heat. Water enters from a tube at the top of the tank that leads all the way down to the bottom. A gas or electric heating element heats the water from the bottom which then rises to the top of the tank due to the principle that heat rises. As hot water exits, cold water flows into the tank to replace it.

While this is perhaps the most commonly purchased water heater, it gets its fair share of complaints. Because the heating element continues to heat the water throughout the day, you lose a lot of energy heating water that’s really only used a few times throughout the day. Furthermore, sometimes the tank fills up faster than it can heat water.

The solution? Tankless water heaters do not waste energy keeping water heated, nor will you have to worry about running out of hot water. Instead, tankless water heaters heat water as soon as it enters the unit. A hot water tap is turned on somewhere in the home, and a censor in your tankless heater triggers a computer, turning on an electric or gas-powered heating element that heats the water immediately. As it exits the tankless unit, water is heated to the correct temperature and flows directly to your faucet.

Sometimes, tankless water heaters cannot perform effectively if several people use the hot water at once. In this case, several tankless water heaters may be installed.

A trained technician can help you determine the best water heater for your needs. For expert advice about tankless water heaters in Flint, call Davison Heating & Cooling.

 

How Build-Up in Your Water Heater Can Cause Damage

Friday, March 21st, 2014

You use your water heater daily, although you rarely think about it. Each time you turn a hot water tap, take a shower, switch on the dishwasher, or do a load of laundry, your water heater supplies the necessary heated water. The only time the water heater will catch your attention is when it starts to malfunction. When that happens, you’ll need to call for repairs from professionals ASAP to restore your hot water.

One of the more common problems that can affect a water heater is a build-up of sediment inside the water tank. This can result in a number of difficulties that will require repairs to your water heater in order to fix. Call Davison Heating & Cooling when you need water heater repair service in Grand Blanc, MI. We’ve helped keep hot water flowing in mid-Michigan since 1998.

Sediment Build-Up and Water Heater Repair

Sediment refers to any solid particle that does not dissolve in water under normal conditions. Sediment can enter your water heater through the municipal system and includes sand, grit, iron, and the minerals associated with hard water, such as magnesium and various calcites. Given time, this sediment will start to settle inside the tank of the water heater and cause damage.

The first major problem this sediment build-up can create is interference with the drain valve in the tank. This will cause your water heater to drain more energy to properly circulate water and will result in higher energy bills.

The second problem from sediment is that it can cause your water heater to overheat. As the sediment develops along the bottom of the tank, it reduces the available water volume. As this occurs, the water will begin to overheat and drive up the pressure inside the tank. High pressure is responsible for many kinds of damage, in particular leaking that could ruin the entire system.

Sediment also encourages the development of corrosion. A water heater has an anode rod to prevent corrosion from entering the water tank, but excess sediment can overcome this and cause the system to begin to rust. A rusting water heater usually must be replaced.

Repairs and Prevention

If you notice discoloration in your hot water, call for repairs immediately: this is one of the first warnings of sediment developing in the tank. Signs of leaking or any appearance of corrosion are also reasons to call for professionals without delay.

You can prevent sediment build-up with regular maintenance on your heater. A yearly visit from a maintenance technician will provide your water heater with flushing that will remove the sediment inside. Annual flushing is usually sufficient to stop excess sediment from harming the water heater.

For professional heating system repair in Grand Blanc, MI, as well as maintenance, contact the experienced team at Davison Heating & Cooling. Give us a call today to schedule your next service repair appointment

Signs of an Aging Water Heater in Need of Replacement

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

A quality water heater, professionally installed, should last for many years providing you with the hot water you need for cooking, hygiene, and cleaning. Eventually, even the most durable water heater will reach an age where it can no longer function as it should, and repairs will not alleviate its problems. When that time arrives, you’ll need to schedule a water heater replacement.

We’ve provided below a list of some warnings that will let you know you need to make a heating installation appointment for a new water heater. If you want a professional opinion about replacing water heaters in Lapeer, MI, contact Davison Heating & Cooling today. We have installed, repaired, and maintained water heaters since 1998.

Warnings That You Need a New Water Heater

  • Rusty or discolored water: A device called an anode rod on the top of a water heater prevents corrosion from infiltrating its tank. Maintenance technicians replace this rod routinely during inspections and tune-ups. However, a water heater that has seen too many years of service will start to rust because of long exposure to minerals in the water, no matter the state of the heater’s anode rod. If you notice rusty water from an old water heater, you should schedule a replacement. Muddy discoloration can also warn you of a failing heater.
  • Metallic tasting-water: A change in the taste of your hot water to a metallic tinge indicates a water heater on the verge of failing.
  • Sudden tank leaking: If you have experienced small leaks at connecting points along your hot water lines before, it usually doesn’t mean you need to replace the whole water heater. But if leaks start to spring up around and under a tank, it could mean a catastrophic internal failure. Call up a water heater repair professional to look into the matter.
  • No hot water at all: If you suddenly discover no hot water coming from your taps, check to see if the pilot light has failed (for gas heaters) or a circuit breaker tripped. If neither caused the loss of hot water, and you have a system over 20 years old, then the water heater almost certainly has died and will need replacement.

If you make a call to an experienced heating contractor, you can have a new water heater installed fast and effectively. Davison Heating & Cooling can help you select a new water heater (you may wish to try out a tankless system) and install it so it will give you even more years of service. When it comes to water heaters in Lapeer, MI, make Davison Heating & Cooling your first stop. Call us today and speak with one of our professional HVAC specialists on your heating options in Lapeer, MI.