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Water Heater Repair or Replacement

Not all water heaters are created equal:

Atmospheric Water Heaters

These water heaters are the most common residential natural gas water heaters, and, as the name suggests, the hot exhaust is vented either vertically or sloped upwards. These systems will provide inadequate or no hot water when there is a faulty control valve, thermostat, or heating element. It may also fail if there is a buildup of contaminants or sediment. Often, homeowners find that their atmospheric water heater is no longer adequate to meet their demands and need to look at higher capacity, more energy efficient systems.

Power Vent Water Heaters

Power vent water heaters, like atmospheric water heaters, also rely on natural gas to heat the water, but these use venting that requires an additional airflow mechanism to assist in blowing the hot air through the vent. The powered venting system can run horizontally and doesn’t require indoor air for combustion. As a result, these are typically used when the space to install a water heater is far from the home’s venting system, from a wall, and when there is improper air for combustion. Similar problems as with atmospheric water heaters can arise with power vent heaters.


Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as point-of-use water heaters, are water heaters that do not require a storage tank. When the tap is turned on, the water is heated as it passes through the heater. Because tankless water heaters have a longer lifespan than traditional storage tank heaters, many of our clients choose to upgrade when they are ready to replace their old tank heater. Tankless water heaters heat water on demand, they’ll never run out of hot water. Additionally, they are highly energy-efficient meaning they save money in the long run and you may be eligible for a rebate.

Electric Water Heaters

Beginning on January 1, 2022, you won’t be able to get electric water heaters that have a tank 55 gallons or bigger. This change is due to incoming regulation enforcement from the Department of Energy. If you’ve been using an electric water heater that’s 55 gallons or more and need a replacement, you’ll have to switch to something else. Our recommendation is to get a heat pump water heater. Heat pump water heaters also run on electricity, are highly energy-efficient, and an overall excellent option to replace your electric water heater.

Heat Pump Water Heater

Both heat pump and electric water heaters run entirely on electricity. The key difference between the two is that heat pump water heaters have the option to absorb heat from the surrounding air. That’s the heat pump working. Like electric water heaters, they also have an electric heating element to directly heat the water when there isn’t much heat available to absorb. Using the heat pump is far more energy-efficient than using the electric heating element. One major advantage of a heat pump heater is its energy efficiency. If you do get a heat pump water heater, you can look forward to reduced bills and reduced energy usage. The hotter it is where you store your heat pump water heater, the more you’ll be able to save.

Repairing vs. replacing your unit??

If the tank itself isn't damaged, a repair is almost always possible. It could be a thermostat or a faulty gas line...we will fix that for you!

However, if there is evidence of rust or corrosion on your tank, you will need it replaced. For example, a tank that is rusty will allow small water puddles to form underneath. Also, there could be a crack in the exterior of the tank. We would want to replace the unit before it bursts and floods your place!

Goss Plumbing, Inc will send their trained plumbers to help you select the right kind of water heater for you and give you the pricing. Feel free to ask any and all questions about your different options and what fits your needs best! We will, then, schedule your installation right away with a time that that suits you! Call today at 612.293.5140

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