Maintaining Your Water Heater

It’s easy to take hot water for granted until you don’t have it. Once the hot water heater is acting up, you realize that you can’t bathe or shower, cook, wash dishes, do laundry, and many more routine activities are sidelined. A hot water tank isn’t an “install it and forget it” appliance; to get the most out of your water heater, routine maintenance is important. Many homeowners don’t realize this but there are steps you can take to ensure that your water heater is on the ready when you need it and taking care of it will extend its life. If you have questions about the status of your water heater or think it might need replacing, give Atlas Butler Plumbing a call at 614-681-2183. One of our licensed plumbers will come to your home, inspect your water heater, and then you can go from there.

Benefits of water heater maintenance:

  1. Removes calcium and other hard water deposits. Calcium and other minerals found in hard water can build up inside the water heater tank. This scale can reduce the water volume inside the tank and also cause off-color or funny-tasting water. Flushing out the tank once a year or every six months will get rid of mineral scale.
  2. Improves energy efficiency. If your water heater doesn’t have to work overtime to heat the water, it will expend less energy, which in turn, saves you money on your energy bills. With costs for natural gas and electricity on the upswing, every little bit of savings helps.
  3. Ensures safety. The plumber will examine the temperature and electrical components of the water heater to make sure everything is operating properly. They will also check the gas line connections for any issues and make sure the tank isn’t leaking.

Routine maintenance on your water heater will extend its life and your family will have peace of mind that they won’t run out of hot water in the middle of a load of laundry or with a head full of shampoo. Contact Atlas Butler Plumbing to schedule a water heater tune-up. Our Central Ohio plumbers have 24-hour access to a full inventory of parts to get your water heater up and running as soon as possible. Or, if it’s time to replace or upgrade your tank, we can help you select the best water heater to suit your family’s lifestyle.

2023-01-19T12:35:11-05:00January 2nd, 2023|Around the House, Hot Water Tanks, Maintenance|

Pros & Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Is a tankless water heater right for you?

If you need to replace or upgrade your water heater, consider a tankless model. There are many benefits to going tankless, but the biggest benefit is Tankless water heaters provide an “on-demand” hot water supply. As cold water flows through the system, it is heated by gas or electricity until the tap is shut off. These heaters save space and cost less than a traditional water heater with a tank. Be prepared to spend more upfront for purchase and installation, but when used as directed, a tankless water heater will pay off in terms of your water and fuel bills. Before you made any decision, here are some of the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

Tankless Water Heater Pros:

  1. Takes up less space than traditional water heater tanks
  2. Constant supply of hot water
  3. Energy efficiency and potentially lower energy bills

Tankless Water Heater Cons:

  1. Will not function during power outages (both gas and electric models)
  2. Limited hot water capacity under certain conditions (multiple users at one time)
  3. More expensive than traditional tank models
  4. Gas models require ventilation, which may require remodeling

Call Atlas Butler Plumbing

Tired of running out of hot water? A tankless water heater may be the solution. If you need to replace your existing water heater or are considering migrating to a tankless water heater, consult with the service pros at Atlas Butler Plumbing. Our sales team will help you determine which type of water heater is best for your home and family. We install Navien water heaters that are available in both electric and gas. Call us at 614-681-2183 to schedule an appointment. We have Central Ohio’s largest fleet of plumbing service vehicles and 24-hour access to parts and supplies, so your job is completed on time.

2022-04-22T14:50:51-04:00March 21st, 2022|Around the House, Hot Water Tanks|

Signs Your Water Heater is On It’s Last Leg

Your water heater may be one of the most valuable appliances in your house. Not only does it provide hot water on demand for showers and baths, but it also provides hot water for your other appliances – washing machine, dishwasher, etc. So when your hot water tank goes out, you will begin to notice signs of wear and tear. Here are a few signs that your hot water tank is starting to go.

Decreased water temperature

If you like a nice hot shower in the morning, you’ll notice a drop in temperature. A drop in temperature indicates that the heating elements are not functioning properly. A licensed plumber can inspect the heating elements to ensure they are functioning properly.

Discolored water

When you turn your faucet on, if you see rust colored or brown water flowing from the tap, that may be an indication that you water tank is going bad. The most common reason for a failing water tank is a build up of sediment in the tank, which over time will damage the interior of the tank, and that sediment is what causes the water to turn colors.

Water leaks around the tank

If you notice water leaks around the base of the tank, the sediment has built up at the bottom of the tank and over time has damaged the internal tank. This sediment build up can lead to corrosion, which leads to the leaks you see on your floor.

A noisy water heater

For the most part, hot water heaters are quiet, so if you hear noises coming from your hot water tank, it may be a sign of a future repair or replacement.

Your tank is getting old

You can tell the age of your water tank by looking at the serial number. The average lifespan of a hot water tank is 7-10 years, which is the timeframe in which you will see these types of issues pop up. If you have an old water tank, it may be time to have a new water tank installed by the pros.

If you are seeing any of these signs, the pros at Atlas Butler provide service for hot water tanks. Our experts can examine your hot water tank and let you know if the existing unit can be repaired or if you are better off replacing the hot water tank. You can request an appointment online or call our team at 614-681-2183 to get an appointment with Atlas Butler, Central Ohio’s leading HVAC and Plumbing company.

2021-07-27T23:45:31-04:00August 11th, 2020|Hot Water Tanks|

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

We turn on our hot water faucets several times every day for bathing, hand washing, doing dishes or laundry – without giving it a second thought. But, when you turn on the shower and get hit with an icy blast, that gets your attention! According to Consumer Reports, about 20% of the average household budget goes to heating water. Today’s homeowner now has another choice to make, when choosing a water heater — traditional vs. tankless. The professionals at Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling can help you weigh the pros and cons of each type of water heater to see which would be the best fit for your household.

Traditional water heaters

The traditional water heater is probably the one you are most familiar with – the big tank that’s usually in the basement. This type of water heater heats and stores the water in its tank to be dispensed when any hot water tap is turned on. Once the hot water supply in the tank is depleted, you have to wait until more water heats up. If you have the right-sized water heater for your household needs, you should be able to simultaneously run the dishwasher, washing machine and even take a shower.  The average life of a traditional water heater is 8-to-12 years. Cost of the water tank will vary based on size.

Tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters dispense “on-demand” hot water. These compact units take up a lot less space than a traditional water heater because they are wall-mounted. Water passes through the unit and a heat exchanger heats it and distributes to throughout the house. While hot water on demand is a great concept, the drawback to a tankless heater is it may not be able to keep up with the demand when multiple sources are drawing hot water. Tankless water heaters are more expensive than traditional tanks, but the cost-benefit is they can last up to 20 years. Tankless water heaters are more complicated to install and should be installed by a licensed plumber.

If you decide on a tankless model, you’ll need a gas line run to the tankless location as well as a route to vent the exhaust, both of which may require some light construction. That may be difficult in an existing home, which may require opening walls and ceilings, but a tankless water heater may be a better choice for a new build or if you are remodeling your house. If you decide to stick with a traditional water heater, the good news is that today’s models are much more energy-efficient.

We service and install both

Atlas Butler has been around since the 1800s, and we provide service and installation to the greater Columbus area. We have the largest fleet and crew of technicians in Central Ohio, so we can be responsive to your needs. Call us 24/7 and we will have somebody at your home the same day with our Same-Day Comfort Pledge. Our licensed plumbers will determine why your water heater isn’t working properly and recommend whether you need repair or replacement. Our motto through the years has been “Strength Through Service,” and we stand by it today. Call us at 614-681-2167.

2021-07-11T02:55:20-04:00March 9th, 2020|Hot Water Tanks|
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