Water Heater Tank Repairs
But First…Check To See If It’s A Rental Water Tank!
Many people rent their water heaters. With a rental tank, your company should be able to sort out any issues you may have with your tank and replace it if needed.
If you are unsure if you own or rent your tank, look for a sticker or label on the unit that may show the rental company’s information. Alternately you can look at your utility bills to see if you have rental charges on them. This will be a hydro or gas bill depending on the heat source for your tank. The rental only covers the tank, but not the supply lines to and from it.
If you own your own tank, you will need to call a professional licensed plumber to correct any hot water tank leaks or hot water tank problems.
Water Heater Installation and Maintenance Services
If you are ready to purchase a new water heater, DS Plumbing can help recommend the right type of water heater for your needs and your priorities.
We can also recommend and perform the right kind of maintenance for your water tank, as regular maintenance can increase efficiency and help avoid problems before they turn into emergencies – especially on older water heaters.
Types of Water Heaters – Which Should You Buy?
There are two major players in the water heater category – the traditional water heater tank and the tankless style. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, and choosing the right one will depend on several things.
Traditional Water Tanks
The more traditional tank-style water heater stores heated water until it is required through a fixture point. It then tops up its level until needed again.
- Less expensive to buy.
- Less expensive to install (as many homes are already set up with the correct gas lines for them).
- Maintenance is less critical to their operation.
- They’re not very energy efficient. They are always using energy to keep your water hot, no matter the time of day or night. If gas prices go up, water tank users will feel the pinch.
- Once you’ve used up the tank of water, you need to wait until more water is heated. This can be an issue with larger families or people who frequently have guests overnight.
- These units can take up a fair amount of space.
- With some types of breakdown, the full tank of water is released onto your basement floor.
Water tanks are often a better buy for people who are planning to sell their home in the near future, as they won’t be around when the energy savings add up to pay for the cost of the installation. They are also good for people who are on a very tight budget.
Here is a diagram of 2 types of tank-style water heaters:
Tankless Water Heaters
The tankless heater essentially heats the water as it flows through the unit from the household mains supply and then distributes it to the many fixtures in the home.
They take up less space than a regular water heater and are energy efficient, although on the flip side, you may have to run the water for a while to get the hot water to the fixture. If the unit is gas powered, then a vent line needs to be installed through an exterior wall for safety reasons.