Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

4 Signs Your Water Heater Is Leaking

Monday, June 29th, 2020

water-heaterWhen we think of leaks coming from our water heaters, we’re usually inundated with images of old cartoon leaks where a pipe is spraying water all over the place. While this certainly does occur sometimes, it’s usually not the most common way leaks express themselves. Leaks can be many different sizes, shapes, and produce varying degrees of sound. This makes it exceptionally hard for leaks to be pinpointed or noticed by a homeowner, especially when it comes from your water heater!

Today, we’re going to talk about some major signs that you’re dealing with a leaking water heater. If your water heater in Altoona, IA is showing one of the following signs that there’s a leak, then you’re better off calling one of our professionals for repairs.

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Potential Problems with Your Water Heater

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

tank-water-heaterHot water in your home is not only a convenience, but a necessity. We use hot water every day, and we tend to take it for granted. When your water no longer runs hot, you will notice. When this happens, it is time to call a trusted professional.

We know that many homeowners wait until their hot water heaters break down completely before calling for repair. Homeowners may also not realize how serious a problem really is. We understand that scheduling a repair might be the last thing you want to do today, but trust us, waiting will only make matters worse. Waiting until your water heater breaks down will make for a costlier repair bill.

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Why Spend the Money on a Tankless Water Heater?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

tankless-water-heaterWhen you need to use hot water in your home, as you undoubtedly do at many points throughout the day, you probably don’t really give all that much thought to how that hot water comes to be hot, or how it makes its way to the point of use where it is needed. Water heaters are a standard feature of homes today, after all. If and when the time comes to invest in a new water heater, though, you are wise to give a whole lot of thought to how you’ll heat water in your home.

There are more options available than you may realize,  and choosing your new water heater is not a decision that you can rush through. If you do, you may wind up overlooking a system that is a great fit for you, such as the tankless water heater.  We install and service these water heaters in Des Moines, IA, and we have seen them grow more and more popular as more and more homeowners discover the benefits that they have to offer.

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Should I Replace My Water Heater?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterThe water heater in any home, regardless of occupancy numbers, does an incredible amount of work throughout the year. Unlike a system such as your heater or air conditioner, your water heater in Des Moines, IA does not have an off-season. Your water heater not only provides hot water for your showers and cleaning, but also for those other appliances — dishwasher, clothes washing machine — that require hot water in their operation. It is a big job, and today’s water heaters are manufactured to ensure that they stand up to the task.

Great as many of the water heaters on the market today may be, though, there is not a single water heater out there that is perfect. All water heaters will require repairs from time to time, and your water heater is going to need to be replaced eventually. When should the replacement happen, though? After all, you don’t really want to wait for your system to break down entirely before replacing it, do you? Here are some tips to help you decide if your water heater has reached the end of the line.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for My Home?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

hot-showerWhenever you invest in a new appliance for your home, you want to be certain that you are making that investment wisely. You want to be confident in the fact that you will see a great return on that investment. For some, that means a reliable and effective performance. For others, that actually means saving enough energy over time to recoup that initial investment. If you want to hit all of these goals, then using a tankless water heater in Des Moines, IA may just be right for you.

There is no denying the fact that the unique design and operation of the tankless water heater allows for certain benefits. Like any other appliance, however, the tankless water heater is not going to be a great fit for everyone. Keep the following information in mind, and be certain to let us know if you have any questions about the water heater options available to you.

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3 Great Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Are you ready to replace the water heater in your home? Has yours broken down entirely? Are you tired of paying for frequent water heater repairs. Whatever your reasons for scheduling a water heater replacement, remember that it is in your best interest to weigh all of your options carefully. There is no rule saying that you must stick with the same type of system that you’ve always used.

A tankless water heater, for example, may not be something that you’ve considered using in your home. You really should, though, as you can enjoy many benefits in doing so. Below are some of the ways in which using a tankless water heater in Des Moines, IA can benefit you.

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What Is an Anode Rod?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Most modern water heaters using storage tanks are made of steel, and they have a glass lining in them in order to protect the tank itself from the corrosive effects of being in constant contact with water. Eventually, though, that lining is going to crack. The anode rod in your hot water tank serves as an added defense against the corrosion of the tank. While many problems with tank water heaters in Des Moines, IA can be resolved with quality repairs, a corroded storage tank is more than likely going to result in the need for a replacement. This is why the use of a good anode rod is so important. 

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Monday, May 30th, 2016

There is no way in which to overstate just how important a role the water heaters in our homes play each and every day of our lives. If you are serious about living in great comfort and with great convenience, you’re going to need plenty of hot water with which to shower, wash the dishes, and do the laundry. Of course, heating that water does not come for free. If you are ready to invest in a new water heater, and you hope to heat water for use throughout your home with outstanding energy efficiency, you should give some serious consideration to the use of a heat pump water heater in Des Moines, IA.

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Choosing a New Water Heater: Tank vs. Tankless

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

So you’re in need of a new water heater. Perhaps your existing appliance is too old to function as efficiently as it once did, or it has simply given out on you completely. Whatever the situation may be, you need to carefully consider the replacement options available to you. We often have clients ask us which is better, a tank or tankless water heater. In truth, there is no such thing as one “best” water heater. There is certainly one that is best suited to your home and personal user preferences, though. Consider the following information, and let us know if you have any questions when choosing your new water heater in Des Moines, IA.

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Can I Install a Tankless Hot Water Heater Myself?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Doing certain kinds of projects around your home can be a good thing, but a lot of that depends on what project you choose for your DIY work. Painting a bedroom can be a great choice. Installing a hot water heater? This one is best left to experts, especially if it is a tankless unit. While tankless units may look much simpler to handle than a storage tank hot water heater (which should also be handled only by an expert), the truth is that tankless units are actually a lot more complicated, particularly the flue assembly. So the answer to the question? Always leave the installation of your hot water heater – especially your tankless unit – to trained experts, like the ones from Schaal Heating and Cooling.

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