Sometimes our customers experience a bit of sticker shock around the cost of installing a new gas water heater. To the consumer, it appears as a basic piece of machinery: a tank of water, a connection to an incoming water source, a connection to the main hot water line and a connection to the existing gas line. Take the old unit out, pop the new unit in and go have a nice hot shower.
You’ve just discovered a large puddle of water next to the water heater in your basement. You are understandably alarmed and scour your local listings for a plumber to put things right. Naturally, you are also concerned about the cost of doing business. How can you ensure that your plumbing bill is fair?
We like to assume an uninterrupted, endless supply of hot water in our homes, but eventually all water heaters wear out and must be replaced. Your local big box home improvement store will sell you a replacement and will offer the services of an independent contractor to install it. However, Atlas Home Services strongly recommends that you call a local plumbing company to select and install your new unit instead. Read on to learn why.
Is a Tankless Water Heater on Your Horizon?
With the trend towards bigger homes and greater energy efficiency, the conversation around tankless water heating systems has gotten louder.
Is your normally dependable supply of hot water letting you down? Suddenly there isn’t any, or it runs out halfway through your shower? Is there a nasty odor, or a cloudy or colored flow when you turn on the faucet?
Fortunately, conventional (tank) water heaters–both electric and gas–have more or less retained their simplicity in this age of increasingly sophisticated appliances. Thankfully, troubleshooting a conventional water heater also remains pretty straightforward.