Having problems with your hot water heater can be very inconvenient and uncomfortable. We are often able to save your water heater through repair, and are able to do work on any brand or model of heater.
Our service for water heaters is comprehensive, including installation and repair of gas shut-off valves and water shut-off valves.
If your old water heater has worn out, or is too small for your needs, call us to talk about a replacement. We can help you choose a new heater based on your budget, energy efficiency and durability. We will do all of the hard work, including removing your old heater and delivering the new one. As a result, you will save much time, money and energy from your new water heater.
A modern option for water heater replacement is a Tankless Water Heater. These can save you money while still providing hot water on demand. For more information about this option.
Water Heater Installation and Repair Expert
In nearly all homes, the three major uses of energy are heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, and of course, heating water. When it’s time to install a new water heater make sure you learn all you can about new and efficient ways to reduce cost and increase your comfort.
Traditional Water Heaters
There are several important factors to consider when planning to install a water heater or replace an old water heater. First of all, consider the general type of heater. Traditionally, homeowners have used the storage design. While these continue to work well in most situations, you may want to consider the newer tankless systems available as well.
Features of Storage Water Heater:
- Resettable Thermal Switch
- Proven Burner Design
- Piezo (push button) Ignition
- Pedestal Base
- Standard Thermocouple
Capacity is a key factor in determining your water heating needs. Determine the number of occupants in the home and carefully consider how much demand there will be for hot water during peak times. These factors are much, more important than the size of the house! At Blue Stream we can help you determine how much hot water a specific heater will deliver in an hour. This information must be on the heater’s Energy Guide label. It’s important to buy a water heater that is the correct size for your needs. Don’t pay for heating water that you won’t use, but make sure that you have the capacity to serve your family’s needs.
Learn all you can about water heater efficiency as well. Water heaters have an Energy Factor (EF) that will guide you. For example, water heaters that operate on natural gas have an EF of 0.50 to 0.60, though high-efficiency models may have a 0.80 EF. This rating should be on the Energy Guide label. The best storage type water heaters have 1.5 inches of foam insulation – minimum.
You may think that upfront cost is the most important factor when buying a water heater. But it would be wise to look more closely at the operating costs. Saving money on an inexpensive heater could cost you a lot in operating expenses over time. It’s better to pay a bit more at first and let the lower operating costs make up for your initial expense.
Tankless Water Heaters
You may also want to consider a tankless water heating system.
Key features include:
- Unlimited hot water, on demand
- Typically 30 percent more energy efficient than traditional heater
- Reduced water cost – up to 50 percent
- 82% more efficiency, or higher
- Coated-copper heat exchanger reduces/prevents corrosion for longer life
- Low emission technology keeps air cleaner, healthier
- Precise temperature control with digital panel
As with traditional, storage type heaters, you should carefully consider the number of occupants of the home and the amount of hot water needed during peak times. Consider how much hot water the system will deliver in an hour so you get a system that will be just the right size for your family needs.
Make sure you understand the efficiency rating and upfront cost of your tankless system as well. Give as much consideration to capacity, efficiency, and cost to tankless systems as you would with a traditional storage type system. If you have questions, ask one of the members of the Blue Stream professional staff. We are glad to help you make the right choice.
Mobile/Manufactured Housing Water Heaters
Mobile / Manufactured Housing Water Heaters
Gas water heaters for mobile homes and manufactured homes are different than those used in a traditional permanent construction home. There are two types of water heaters available…and both are NOT interchangeable. If the water heater is accessible from inside the home, a Sealed Combustion (Direct Vent) water heater is required. If the water heater is accessible from a door outside the home, a different style of mobile home approved water heater is required.
Remember, safety should be your number one priority and installing the wrong water heater could cause serious health effects such as carbon monoxide poisoning, or even death. It is vital that if you are unsure which water heater is best for you and your family, don’t hesitate to speak to a trained expert at Blue Stream for assistance. Our advice is always free because your safety is very important to us.
Maintaining your Water Heater
Manufacturers strongly recommend regular maintenance of your water-heating system. In fact, this maintenance is required to keep the manufacturer’s warranty valid. Storage type water heaters should be drained and flushed of sediment once a year so that the system meets original operating specifications. Be sure to ask us about our water heater general plumbing maintenance.
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