Water heaters play a big role in our daily lives. But, It’s not unusual for people to just forget it exists; that is, until it needs repair or replacement. In this case, it becomes the only thing that matters and for good reason – not many people enjoy a freezing cold shower! Undoubtedly, you’re here because you have an issue, and you’re looking for a Seattle plumber that knows the ins and outs of water heater installation in your area. You’ve come to the right place. This is a Price Busters Plumbing specialty! Of course, we’re sure you want to know why you should go with pros for installation and service. No problem. We’ll break it down for you.
Safety is arguably the biggest reason to have a professional to deal with your water heater. There are several aspects of a system that, if dealt with improperly, can cause damage, serious injury, or even death:
- Incorrectly installed and leaky water heaters may result in mold growth.
- A thermostat setting that’s high (over 125 degrees) increases the risk of scalding burns.
- A thermostat setting that’s low (under 115 degrees) increases the risk of bacteria growth.
- Faulty ignition sources (either a flame or electric heating element) are fire hazards.
- A gas unit with a gas line leak is a fire and explosion risk.
- Vent and flue issues may create a buildup of carbon monoxide.
- An improperly installed Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (TPR) increases the risk of pressure buildup and explosion.
All of these are good reasons to trust a pro with your water heater installation.
The Regulations Related to Water Heater Installation in Seattle
Installing a water heater goes well beyond purchasing the unit and connecting it to the home. Rules recently enacted by the U.S. Department of Energy dictate the efficiency standards of all water heaters including electric, gas, propane, and oil.
According to the DOE, “The standard will avoid about 172.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of about 33.8 million automobiles.”
Standard-sized tanks (50 to 55 gallons) now include extra insulation which can bring them up to two inches or more in diameter. While that’s not a crazy amount, it can be hard on those people who have little to no clearance space to work with. Additionally, units that are more than 55 gallons are not only larger, but also incorporate new condensing technology. In any situation, a new tank may require a homeowner to adjust venting or even relocate the entire system.
At Price Busters Plumbing, we can help you navigate water heater installation in Seattle. We are well versed in government regulations and can ensure that the whole process is painlessly smooth and that your home or business is up to code.
Continued Maintenance and Repair
This is often where many homeowners fall short (which is sad since just a little bit of TLC can save a lot of money). Water heaters must receive maintenance on a routine basis. In addition to extending the life of the unit, regular servicing ensures that safety parts and features are functioning properly. The typical service appointment includes a series of quick and painless actions:
- Inspecting the thermostats
- Examining the temperature and pressure valves
- Clearing out dust and debris
- Surveying the water pipes leading to the unit
- Flushing the system
After your Seattle water heater installation, be sure to check the accompanying owner’s manual. This will tell you how often you should maintain your unit. However, if it’s not available, try to abide by a general schedule of once per year. It’s also worth noting that systems located in areas with harder water may need to be flushed more frequently.
There’s plenty to consider with a water heater, so it’s understandable if you feel you don’t have the time or patience to deal with it! Fortunately, leaving the job to a professional company like Price Busters takes the stress and heartache out of the process. And, as an added bonus, when you work with our top-notch plumbers, we include a one-year warranty on our all parts and labor.