What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Appointment

October 26th, 2015

Water heaters are very sturdy, but they aren’t invincible. Sooner or later, they are going to need professional maintenance if they are to continue operating properly. Water heater maintenance is a pretty involved process, and we don’t have the space to outline every single step of it in extensive detail. However, we can go through some of the bigger items with you. Let’s take a look at what happens during a water heater appointment. (more…)

What You Need to Know About Your Water Heater Anode Rod

June 29th, 2015

If you have a storage water heater, as most people do, you may have wondered how your water heater can hold up so well. After all, storage water heaters are running almost constantly from the time they are installed to keep a supply of hot water heated. That leads to a lot of wear and tear on the system, and with that much exposure to water it should include rust as well. While some water heaters do eventually rust, there are plenty of water heaters that go through their whole lives without ever experiencing it. How does that happen? How can an appliance that spends its whole life in contact with water not rust away? Read on to find out. (more…)

When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

February 27th, 2015

The water heater in your home has been around for a while. You’ve relied on it for all sorts of tasks over the years, from rinsing the dishes to doing the laundry to taking a relaxing bubble bath. But you’re probably aware that your older water heater does have a life expectancy that could run out very soon. If it seems like your water heater has been around for a while, then you might consider looking into a replacement.

While a technician is perhaps the best person to help you decide whether you need a new water heater, we’ve put together a few of the most common reasons homeowners decide to schedule water heater replacement. Call the team at Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration for a more accurate estimate of whether you need water heater replacement in Santa Fe.

  • Greater Efficiency – You may decide to replace your water heater by choice if you simply want a unit that runs more efficiently than your older unit. Old water heaters often do not perform as well as current models due to outdated technology that forced the equipment to work too hard. According to the ENERGY STAR website, ENERGY STAR rated water heaters can help you to save 14-55% on water heating.
  • Poor Performance – If your older water heater does not perform to your liking, making repairs may fix the trouble. Other times, however, the unit is simply too old to go on. Or, it may have been sized improperly for you home, so that you don’t get as much hot water as you’d like.
  • Rust – Water heaters are made of steel, and steel rusts when it comes into contact with oxygen and water. A glass lining in the tank usually protects it from rust, as does an anode rod that diverts corrosion to itself. However, eventually, rust may develop in the tank, which means that the tank may soon begin to leak, and replacement is the only option.

At Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration, we service water heaters and offer efficient options for water heater replacement in Santa Fe. Call our dedicated team of professionals today!

What is a Tankless Water Heater and Do I Need One?

December 19th, 2014

There is no shortage of options when it comes to home improvement. A stroll down the aisle of your local hardware store or a scroll down the page of a website devoted to this industry both reveal a staggering diversity of products, materials, brands, and information. It can be difficult to navigate your way through the morass to come out with something that works well for your home, that’s reliable and that will operate efficiently. Because of the importance of your water heater, it’s imperative that you have a model that works well for years to come.

While many customers continue to rely on tank water heaters for their hot water needs in the home, the tankless water heater has become a household name, as it has been for many years throughout the rest of the world. The chief reason for this is its stellar energy efficiency ratings. A conventional tank water heater works by heating a large volume of water in a cylindrical tank and then distributing it as need be to the various fixtures in your home. But this inevitably leads to a fair amount of what’s called standby energy loss, the thermal energy that escapes the tank and dissipates into the cooler surrounding air.

A tankless water heater works without a large storage tank by utilizing a high-efficiency copper heat exchanger that heats your water whenever you need it. It is therefore also known as an on-demand water heater. Because it only heats the water you will actually use and it operates only when such water is called for, it operates much more efficiently than conventional tank systems. If you’re eager to save money on a fair-sized chunk of your monthly bill, then you should definitely consider one for your home.

At Roadrunner, we make sure our customers take full advantage of the latest technology, and we install and service a diverse range of tankless water heaters within our service area. Contact our friendly technicians today for tankless water heater services.

Selecting a New Water Heater: What You Ought to Know

November 21st, 2014

As with most things these days, selecting something as simple as a water heater can be daunting, to say the least.

While it’s nice to have a wide selection to choose from, this can also make it difficult to figure out which type of water heater would be right for the particular needs of your household. Should I choose a tankless or conventional tank system? What is a heat pump water heater? What other factors should I consider? It’s important to be in touch with a professional early on in the process to ensure that you make an informed decision when it comes to selecting a new water heater for your home.

There are numerous factors to consider, and in-person, customized advice is always preferred. But there are some general comments to make about what to look for.

  • We know that a new water heater is a major investment for a lot of folks. It’s also one that you don’t want to make too frequently. Finding a water heater that matches your budgetary requirements is important to ensure that you feel good about your purchase. Your local technicians can help you figure out a compromise between the amount of money that you can spend (or want to spend) and the features that you need in your water heater.

Tank or Tankless?

  • Conventional tank water heaters work by heating a large volume of water in a tank and then distributing throughout the various fixtures in your home as need be. This inevitably leads to standby energy loss, a term that describes the loss of thermal energy from the water inside the tank to the surrounding air. A tankless system heats your water on-demand, thus cutting out this issue entirely. As a result, your hot water is produced much more efficiently.

We’re sure that you have lots of further questions about what constitutes the right water heater for your home. You need only pick up the phone and give us a call so that we can get started on your water heater installation.

Call us today to schedule a service appointment.