From taking showers to doing the laundry or dishes, a steady supply of hot water always adds an extra level of comfort to your Idaho home. Most of us pay little attention to our water heaters, but they sure do impact the household when they break down!
If you have a faulty water heater, give us a call at Western Heating & Air Conditioning so we can determine the issue and address it right away. We are a third-generation family-owned and operated business that has been serving homes and businesses in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and the rest of the Treasure Valley since 1967.
Here at Western, we take great pride in our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and appreciate the word-of-mouth referrals that tell us we are doing things the right way. We are a bonded, licensed, and insured company that stays up to date on all our certifications.
Now, let’s talk about water heaters!
Water Heater Repair Warning Signs
Newer water heaters tend to take up less space, use less energy, and are more efficient. Still, nobody wants to replace a household appliance unless necessary.
You can count on our Boise water heater repair specialists to explain what you should know about your system and whether or not your issue is easily fixable.
Here are three clear signs that it could be time for a repair.
- Your heater is making weird noises. As sediment heats and re-heats, it can harden, creating a rattling sound in your heater.
- You have rusty water. This could either be an indication of rusting pipes or rust forming inside your tank. Either way, an inspection is merited.
- There is water around your heater, indicating a possible leak. Our team can fix this in no time.
Most water heaters have a service life of about 8 to 12 years. When your water heater hits the 10-year mark, you may want to consider swapping it out for a newer model.
If there is a problem, always check to see if a blown fuse or tripped breaker is causing the issue. For natural gas heaters, be sure the thermostat is operating correctly.
Tank Versus Tankless Water Heaters
Who needs a tank? That’s the question you may be asking yourself after going with a tankless water heater.
While tank storage tanks are the more popular models here in the Treasure Valley, there are some compelling reasons to consider going tankless.
For one thing, tankless models take up less space. A tankless system never runs out of hot water. Plus, a tankless heater saves up to 50 percent in energy costs over a conventional heater.
Conventional water heaters typically store up to 80 gallons of hot water. A fuel source, such as natural gas, continuously heats the water in the tank. These systems work when you turn on the hot water faucet, which releases hot water from the top of the tank. A fresh supply of water then enters the bottom of the tank.
Tankless models are compact and mount on a wall. A flow sensor detects when you turn on the hot water faucet, which opens the gas valve to heat up the water. When you turn off the tap, the heating unit stops, saving on energy use and lowering your energy bills.
Tank water heaters are easier to install and typically have fewer upfront costs. But you waste energy because you are continuously keeping a supply of hot water available to use.
Once you empty the tank, you have to wait for more hot water. Finally, you can create a small flood in your basement or utility room if your tank leaks out.
Tankless water heaters are a bit costlier upfront but have a longer life span. They also pay themselves off quickly through lower energy bills.
Tankless water heaters have a limited flow rate, which means your heater may not be able to produce hot water fast enough if you are trying to do several things simultaneously that involve hot water.
Whether you go tank or tankless, our professionals at Western can calculate the right size and flow rate to accommodate your family’s needs.
Water Tank Installation or Replacement
You can trust Western Heating & Air Conditioning to recommend the right water heater that will work seamlessly with your demands and current energy supply. Our courteous and knowledgeable professionals will know how to remove your existing tank and replace it with a newer model with minimal disruption to your Eagle home or business.
Water Tank Repair
If you ever detect a problem with your water heater, or if you have no hot water, call us right away to diagnose the issue and repair it. While preventative maintenance can ward off a lot of problems, unexpected repairs do sometimes occur. When that happens, know that you have a trusted professional in Western.
We offer 24/7 emergency repair services to be there when you need us. We promise never to replace a part unless necessary or if we can demonstrate significant cost savings.
Water Tank Maintenance
Our VIP Blue Ribbon Service program at Western is designed for our residential clients to offset the cost of maintenance and scheduled service calls. It allows our professionals to catch a small issue before it turns into a big problem.
When it comes to maintaining your water heater, our professionals can inspect the piping and the valves, drain the tank and wash out sediment, adjust the temperature, and check the anode rod.
We understand how plumbing, electrical, and HVAC equipment are some of the larger purchases for your home—we want to be sure you get the most value from your investment.
Our Blue Ribbon program offers our residential clients a 15 percent discount on repairs, precision tune-ups, and professional cleanings, along with other perks. For our local companies, we offer a Commercial Planned Maintenance program tailored to fit your budget and needs.
We all know the importance of maintaining our vehicles with oil changes and other inspections—your water heater deserves the same attention. Protect your investment with a Blue Ribbon!
Call Your Water Heater Experts Today!
Enjoy a hot shower—along with clean dishes and laundry! Call 208-319-1736 or request service online today with Western Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about water heaters and how to add more comfort to your Meridian, ID, home.
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We purchased the 50 gallon high recovery 65,000 BTU water heater which the website says will provide 100 gallons of hot water in an hour. I was disappointed to find that it ran out of hot water halfway through filling our 50 gallon walk in bathtub. I called for a technician to come and see about it.
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It would be nice if you provided a handout with that information. I didn’t think we needed lessons on how to use a water heater, but now that everything is set to save energy it seems to be necessary.
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