Knowledge of Electricity and Its Uses: Installation of electric water heaters requires knowledge of the properly rated wiring material as well as knowledge of the home’s electrical capacity. An adequate electrical service is a requirement.
Getting the Right Gas Water Heater For Your Home: Gas valves are designed to handle a specific type of fuel. Some gas-fired water heaters are designed for certain types of homes. Making the wrong choice can be a serious hazard.
Nichols & Phipps Understands Thermal Expansion: Do you have an open or closed water system? Closed systems are subject to thermal expansion and pressure build-up. Open systems can become closed when check valves, water softeners or water meters are added. A professional will add an expansion tank to avoid problems.
Pressure Build-Up is a Serious Matter: Even if your water heater tank doesn’t rupture from thermal expansion, pressure inside the tank can cause a constriction of the flue tube. This, in turn, can cause a back up of combustion gases and carbon monoxide inside the home.
Many Special Water Heaters Are not Sold To Customers: Certain Defender Safety System water heaters cannot be purchased by the public. There are literally thousands of models with important variations and safety features that you’ll never know about unless you call a professional such as ourselves.
Laws Governing Installations: In many parts of the country, state agencies and local municipalities have laws and codes governing the installation of water heaters. These laws state that a water heater must be installed by a licensed professional. Contact Nichols & Phipps today to learn about all our plumbing services!
Water heaters come equipped with different sized tanks, enabling you to have hot water whenever you need it depending on the scale of your demands. The average size of your family or household and your water usage determines the best tank size. Our plumbers will evaluate your water usage, family household size and several other factors to make absolutely sure you have enough hot water to satisfy your household. Each tank is insulated with different thicknesses to meet your needs and ensure that you’ll have hot water quickly and efficiently.
Today’s latest water heaters consume 10 to 50 percent less energy than older models. Burners and insulation have evolved to reduce their carbon footprint and the ability to keep the heat in. They have also introduced “Hybrid” units that combine electric functions and heat pumps to help save you money and energy. Nichols & Phipps will assure your Tradition Hot Water Tank is sized correctly for your demand.
With easy-to-read thermostats, you can make adjustments to your water heater when needed. In order to confirm that a unit is in operation and working correctly, a light-emitting diode (LED) pilot light is provided for convenience. A great safety feature is an automatic shut-off valve which can be used to prevent fires in case of any surge in gas flow. Certain models can reduce the sediment that builds up within the tank and self-clean themselves. Self-cleaning abilities provide a greater longevity since the heater won’t develop problems from residue. The Automatic self-cleaning feature clears the tank of sediment buildup eliminating routine maintenance.
Hot water in your morning shower is a luxury you probably don’t think too much about. But what if one morning you turn on the tap and the water’s turned cold? You’ll probably start thinking about it a lot more. That’s why at Nichols & Phipps, we don’t just sell and install new hot water heaters; we also provide preventative maintenance and repair services. We understand how important a well functioning water heater is to your daily lifestyle, and we’re dedicated to providing the best quality service to our customers. And if you think it’s time to replace your old hot water heater, we can advise you on newer energy efficient models, such as tankless heaters, and help you find the right fit for your home.
We start off our tune-up by flushing the water from the tank and giving it a full inspection. We check for leaks, sediment buildup, and other things that could give you trouble down the road.
Once we’ve given the tank a once-over, we take a look at the pressure relief valves to make sure they’re functioning the way that they should, and that they open and close easily. We also take a look at what temperature your tank is set, and find out what temperature it’s actually reaching. We then make adjustments as necessary to make sure it maintains that temperature safely.
An emergency shut off isn’t of much use to you if it isn’t functioning properly. We inspect and test it to make sure it works the way it should.
Water heaters are typically made of metal, and with the hard water in Virginia, that metal is probably going to begin breaking down eventually, even if it’s been treated or tempered to help prevent corrosion from happening. We inspect the entirety of your tank for corrosion, and the potential leaks that can go along with it. We’ll point out any corrosion to you, and let you know our professional opinion on how long the tank will likely continue to work.
Hard water sediment is the number one cause of corrosion and other problems in hot water heaters. Once we’ve inspected your tank and valves, we’ll perform a sediment flush that loosens and removes the hard water sediment from your tank before it can do further damage.
If you wake up one morning and the hot water heater has broken down — give us a call. Our 24-hour emergency service will ensure that you won’t have to go without hot water another day. We’ll come out, diagnose the problem, and get your hot water back up and running.