Preparing Your Water Heater for Spring and Summer Water Usage

Preparing Your Water Heater for Spring and Summer Water Usage

As the temperatures start to warm up, it’s time to prepare your water heater for the increased demand for spring and summer water usage. Here are some steps you can take to make sure your water heater is ready to go.

Preparation Suggestions

    1. Check the temperature setting: The first step to preparing your water heater for spring and summer is to check the temperature setting. During the colder months, you may have turned up the temperature to compensate for the colder water. However, during the warmer months, you don’t need the water to be as hot, and a lower temperature setting can save you energy and money. Set the temperature to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Drain and flush the tank: Over time, sediment can build up in the tank, which can reduce its efficiency and lifespan. To remove this sediment, you need to drain and flush the tank. Turn off the power or gas supply to the water heater, attach a hose to the drain valve, and open the valve to drain the tank. Once the tank is empty, close the valve and refill the tank. Open a hot water faucet to allow air to escape, and then turn the power or gas supply back on. This can be dangerous, so be sure to call an expert for help!
    3. Check the pressure relief valve: The pressure relief valve is an important safety feature on your water heater. It releases excess pressure in the tank to prevent it from exploding. To check the valve, lift the lever or pull the trip lever. You should hear a rush of air or see water flow out of the valve. If nothing happens, the valve may be faulty and should be replaced.
    4. Insulate the pipes: Insulating your hot water pipes can reduce heat loss and save you energy. It can also prevent the pipes from sweating, which can cause moisture problems in your home. If this is something you’re interested in, be sure to contact the experts for assistance. 
    5. Consider installing a water softener: Water softeners help to remove any hard minerals from your water supply. It causes minerals such as calcium and magnesium to bond with sodium to supply less mineralized water. This can overall help your home’s pipes and is beneficial for drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, and much more.

    By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your water heater is ready for the increased demand for spring and summer water usage. A well-maintained water heater will not only save you money on energy costs but will also provide you with reliable hot water when you need it.

    Rent With Us 

    At Reliance Heath Water Heaters, we rent both water heaters and softeners to help provide convenience and a cost-effective solution. Our units are rented annually to save you money up-front from buying a water heater and softener. When you rent with us, we provide you with servicing and routine maintenance checks at no additional cost. Take advantage of all our rental program has to offer!

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    No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. If you’re ever unsure or doing these checks becomes too dangerous, be sure to call an expert to avoid any injury. For more information, be sure to contact us today. 

    How Do The Parts Of Your Water Heater Function?

    How Do The Parts Of Your Water Heater Function?

    A water heater is an essential appliance in any home that provides hot water for various purposes, such as cooking, cleaning, and bathing. There are several parts of a water heater that work together to heat the water in your home and make it available for use. 

    The Parts Of A Water Heater   

    1. Tank – This is the primary storage unit of a water heater that holds the hot water. It is usually made of metal and is insulated to maintain the temperature of the water. Caution, this can be hot to the touch.
    2. Thermostat – The thermostat is responsible for controlling the temperature of the water in the tank. It can be adjusted to reach the desired temperature and maintain it. Before adjusting this yourself, we recommend calling the experts. 
    3. Heating Element – This is the part of the water heater that heats the water. It is usually located at the bottom of the tank and is made of metal.
    4. Dip Tube – The dip tube is a long, narrow pipe that runs from the top to the bottom of the tank. It allows the cold water to enter the tank and be heated by the heating element.
    5. Pressure Relief Valve – This safety valve opens to release excess pressure if the water temperature gets too high.
    6. Anode Rod – The anode rod is a metal rod that protects the tank from rust and corrosion. It attracts the corrosive particles in the water and prevents them from damaging the tank.
    7. Cold Water Inlet Valve – This valve allows the cold water to enter the tank and be heated.
    8. Hot Water Outlet Valve – This valve allows the hot water to be dispensed from the tank and to the pipes in your home.

    Understanding these main parts will help you make informed decisions about the maintenance and repair of your water heater.

    Tips To Help Keep Your Water Heater In Shape

    • Clean the anode rod every year to help prevent corrosion and rust from building up in the tank. Be cautious when cleaning the anode rod, so you don’t burn yourself. If you’re in need of assistance, be sure to call the experts. 
    • Be sure to drain and flush the system once a year to help avoid sentiment build-up. 
    • Keep an eye on the water pressure levels, which should typically be between 50-120 psi. 
    • Watch your energy bills, if it begins to increase, it may be worth considering upgrading your water heater to a newer model. 
    • Book maintenance appointments so the experts can ensure everything is running properly.

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    No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Whether you require maintenance, a consult, or assistance, take advantage of our experts. For more information, be sure to contact us today.

    Emergency Water Heater Repair Situations

    Emergency Water Heater Repair Situations

    A water heater can develop issues over time, but in what situations should you call for an emergency repair? It may be daunting to call about a problem if you don’t know if it’s truly an emergency, so below is a list of problems to be aware of. 

    Potential Problems

    Not sure what problem signs to look out for? Here’s a list of potential problems that could occur, resulting in an emergency call if they go unserviced. 

    • The water is too hot: If you notice a change in hot water coming from your taps, to the extent where it’s much hotter than usual, there could be a problem. This may be caused by the temperature being set too high, a broken mixer, or even something more severe. 
    • The water is too cold: Cold water is typically a sign that there is a problem with your water heater, so if you notice this, it could be caused by an issue with the pilot light, temperature setting, etc. 
    • There is a leak: Be sure to occasionally take a look around your water heater to inspect for puddles of water on the ground. These puddles are caused by a leak which may be coming from your water heater; this is definitely a need for an emergency repair. 
    • The water is coloured: By coloured water, we mean does your water have a tint of brown or yellow when you turn on your taps? This is caused by sediment buildup in your hot water tank, which can cause major issues over time. 
    • The water smells funky: When your water has a tint of brown or yellow, it can be paired with an unpleasant smell – this can also happen to your water when it’s cleared! Be sure to be alert to changing smells coming from the taps when the water is flowing, as this could result in an emergency repair. 
    • Uncommon noises: If you hear a change in creaks that your home makes and something seems “irregular”, there may be an issue with your water heater. Most noises would come from near your water heater but also could be noticed in other areas of your home. Listen for popping, creaking, and high-pitched noises. 

      Emergency Repair Situations 

      Out of the listed problems to be aware of, here are the situations that should be flagged as an emergency: 

      • Leaks: When we mention leaks, we do not mean minor ones which could be serviced at another date. Leaks would be anything major such as a large puddle or a rapidly growing situation. Major leaks can cause serious damage to your home and belongings and can become a hazard for children, pets, and even yourself. 
      • Water temperature: Cold water results in a clear water heating problem, but this isn’t a major emergency. On the other hand, extremely hot water is a major issue as it can result in many injuries, such as burns – putting children and yourself in harm. 
      • Water quality: Any changes in water quality make it hard to distinguish if it’s truly an emergency. However, we recommend taking these signs as a major problem because leaving them unbothered could result in a hazard such as bacteria growth. 

      If you encounter a potential problem or emergency with your rented unit, be sure to contact us today for assistance. 

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      No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Whether you require maintenance, a consult, or assistance, take advantage of our experts. For more information, be sure to contact us today.

      A Professional Should Always Install Your Water Heater

      A Professional Should Always Install Your Water Heater

      Although many of you like to DIY things, a water heater installation should not be one of them. Yes, it may save you a few upfront costs, but it won’t save you long-term – plus this can all be solved with water heater rentals and our free maintenance. 

      Do Not DIY

      We understand that many things in your home can be fixed or installed yourself by doing a DIY, but a water heater should NOT be one of them. This is an extremely dangerous job, as it involves extremely hot water, gas, pressure-controlled tanks, etc. For a job such as this, we recommend trusting the experts to get the job done. 

      Yes, this can be an expensive task up-front, but long-term, DIYing it can cause more issues down the road. To help eliminate some of these costs, consider renting your water heater from Reliance Heather Water Heater Rentals – we offer free maintenance checks too!

        Reasons For A Professional 

        There are many factors as to why a professional should install your water heater from codes to safety, professionals are the way to go! 

        • Warranty: If there are any available warranties for your water heater, they can not be applied if you install it yourself. It puts you at risk for forgoing any additional warranty that may be offered at that time. 
        • Codes: There are many city and fire codes required when installing a new water heater in your home. When using a professional, you avoid any coding issues which in turn can help with your safety and avoid costly fines. 
        • Installation: When installing a water heater, there are many areas you need knowledge of such as vents, pipes, wiring, and soldering. Professionals are trained in understanding the installation of each specific unit to best function in your home. 
        • Safety: Although a bit of safety was mentioned before, this is probably one of the most important reasons for having a professional install your water heater. Due to having so many factors such as extremely hot water, gas, carbon monoxide, electrical wiring, a pressure-controlled tank, etc., one tiny slip can cause massive damage or injury. It is extremely dangerous to be handling different areas, especially when one small mistake can cost you everything. Professionals are trained to know exactly what to do during installations along with the risks and hazards. 

        With so many factors being a concern during installations, we strongly recommend paying the cost upfront for a professional, rather than later down the line. 

        At Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals, we will rent you a unit that best meets your needs and price range. Rather than paying all of the costs upfront, save by paying an affordable monthly fee. Not only do we help with cost long-term, but we also offer free maintenance checks to ensure you never have to worry about getting your water heater serviced. Learn more about the benefits of renting a water heater, rather than purchasing one. 

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        No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Whether you require maintenance, a consult, or assistance, be sure to take advantage of our experts. Please remember that installing a water heater is a large safety risk, so trust the professionals and save yourself long-term. For more information, be sure to contact us today.

        Commercial Water Heater Maintenance Is Important Too

        Commercial Water Heater Maintenance Is Important Too

        Although we talk about the importance of maintenance to your residential water heater, commercial is just as important, so don’t forget about it! From understanding lifespan, volume, efficiency and repairs, we’ve got all the tips covered for you.

        Having hot water for businesses, condos, and apartments is extremely important, as it’s required by law for safety reasons. Let the experts help you avoid potential legal issues by having your water heater run to its full potential using our checklist below.

        Be Sure To Check The Lifespan 

        Much like residential water heaters, commercial water heaters also have a lifespan. Although replacing a water heater can be a hassle and expensive, that’s why we offer commercial rental by taking this pressure off of you. 

        Keep in mind that commercial water heaters have a lifespan of 15-20 years with proper professional maintenance. Be sure to check out our guide to know how long you’ve had your water heater, so you aren’t left guessing. If you require, be sure to contact us to help assist you with further inspection and water heater. 

          Volume Is Important Too

          From the get-go, you should consult with an expert to ensure your water heater volume will be efficient to supply the building. If a unit is too small, it will not supply enough hot water for all the buildings. Along with size, if a hot water unit is not receiving regular maintenance, it has the possibility for sediment build-up which reduces the amount of water inside. Due to this, the amount of hot water flowing through the pipes with decrease which can cause legality issues. If you need assistance with a consult or maintenance, contact us right away. 

          Efficiency Is Everything  

          Commercial water heaters can use a lot of energy, leaving your power bill high when it’s not running to its full potential. To avoid any buildups or efficiency issues, be sure to have it maintained by an expert regularly. When you rent from Reliance Heath Water Heaters, we offer free maintenance so you can save money for what really matters. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more.

          Don’t Forget Minor Repairs  

          Minor repairs can be a pain and something that can typically wait but putting them off for too long can cause things to get worse, which we want to help you avoid. If you ever run across a minor issue, don’t wait and contact us today to have it checked out right away to help save you money and legal issues down the road. 

          Contact Us 

          No matter your water heater needs, Reliance Heath Water Heater Rentals is here to help. Whether you require maintenance, a consult, or assistance, be sure to take advantage of talking to our experts. Remember, when you rent from us, you receive free maintenance, which in turn can save you some dough in the long run. For more information, be sure to contact us today.