Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Classic Signs You Need Water Heater Repair ASAP

Monday, May 1st, 2023

One of the worst mistakes you can make with a water heater—or any major appliance, for that matter—is ignoring the warning signs that something is wrong and failing to have repairs done. Small problems might be easy to repair.

Allowing small problems to get worse and worse can lead to very big problems and even a total breakdown of your water heater. But it’s understandable that you might not be certain whether repairs are actually necessary. To help you spot the early warning signs that you need to call a plumber for water heater repair, we’ve got a handy list of clues for you. 

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Does a Tankless Water Heater Need Routine Maintenance?

Monday, November 15th, 2021

When homeowners are looking to save money by installing high-efficiency home comfort systems, they often look to their heating and cooling systems. After all, your HVAC system makes for about half of all your home’s energy use! Therefore it makes sense that you want them to operate as efficiently (a’hem, affordably) as possible!

There’s one more system you could stand to upgrade to boost efficiency, and that’s your water heater. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to look into replacing your tank water heater with a tankless system.

But before you jump into this purchase, there is something important you should know–tankless systems need maintenance just as much as storage tank systems do! Wondering why? Read on to find out.

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Signs It’s Time for a Water Heater Upgrade

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

There are some scenarios, especially in the summertime, where taking a voluntary cold shower is a welcomed experience. But being surprised by icy water hitting you when you were expecting a lukewarm shower is a whole different story. If this is a reality for you, then it might be a sign that there’s a problem with your water heater. In the best case, it may just need a small repair, but sometimes it can mean you need a complete water heater replacement.

In addition to a complete lack of hot water, there are a number of other signs you can watch for that indicate your water heater is failing and is ready to be upgraded. When you start noticing something is off with your water heater, be on alert for these signs, and if you notice any of them, give our team a call right away!

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3 Ways Your Water Heater Could be Crying Out for Help

Monday, January 25th, 2021

If there is any comfort system in your home that you take for granted, it’s probably your water heater. Think about it—you use it literally every day, but do you think about what it does for you every single day? Probably not. And without thinking about it, you may not notice when there’s a problem. Unfortunately, neglecting water heater repairs for too long can lead to a completely broken down system and subsequent premature replacement.

The quicker you get water heater problems fixed, the less damage that’s done to it and the more you can keep enjoying the fruits of its labor. But in order to get these issues fixed, you have to know that there are issues to begin with, right? Read on as we uncover 3 ways your water heater could be crying out for help, and give us a call if you notice any of these.

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How to Care for Your Tankless Water Heater

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The type of water heater that most homeowners are familiar with is the tank model. They’re big, often noticeable, and maybe even a little bit noisy depending on where you have it on your property. This is the conventional water heater, and most people know that it needs maintenance in order to prevent scaling—the buildup of hard water minerals that cause problems with pressure, corrosion, and temperature settings.

What many people don’t realize, however, is tankless water heaters need care for the same reason, pretty much. So if you have a tankless system or if you’re debating getting one, it’s important to know that maintenance will still be a necessary part of your life. Otherwise, scaling could lead to various problems, not excluding premature replacement.

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Caring for Your Tankless Water Heater

Monday, October 21st, 2019

If you don’t already have a tankless water heater in your home, you may be wondering what all the hype is about. You’re also probably pretty used to seeing the standard, large, storage tank water heaters in most homes today. Tank water heaters need special care and maintenance, as scaling can have a negative impact on the water heater and allow for mineral buildup that clangs around noisily in the tank and causes problems with pressure, temperature, and potential corrosion.

What many people don’t realize is that as much as a tank water heater needs proper maintenance and care to fend off scaling, so too does a tankless water heater. And much of that maintenance is similar. Keep reading to learn more!

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Can a Tankless Water Heater Malfunction?

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

tankless water heater on groundThe short answer to this is, “yes.” But, we’re not going to leave you hanging like that, and we definitely don’t want to deter you from purchasing a tankless system!

In fact, we often recommend the installation of a tankless water heater system over the more traditional tank water heater due to its numerous advantages, like lower energy bills, longer equipment life, and perhaps the biggest appeal, an unlimited hot water supply.

Tankless systems do suffer from less repair needs on average than their storage tank counterparts, since they don’t deal with the stress of water stored in a tank, and the continual need to use energy in order to keep that water heated. Tankless systems essentially do less work and don’t wear down as fast, as a result. However, as we alluded to above, they can malfunction, and when they do it is important that you call for professional Santa Fe, NM water heater services as soon as possible.

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What Happens During a Water Heater Maintenance Appointment

Monday, 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.

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What You Need to Know About Your Water Heater Anode Rod

Monday, 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.

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When is it Time for Water Heater Replacement?

Friday, 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!

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