Water Heater Service

It is unpleasant feeling when you jump in the shower and don’t feel any warm water or when you are about to wash your face and you are getting nothing but cold water. This is a sign that there is an issue with your home water heater. Not to worry, call the professionals you have been trusting for more than 25 years at Pacific Coast Home Services. One of your staff members will set you up with an appointment with a highly trained professional plumber to fix your water heater issues and restore your hot water.

Water Heater Service Appointments

Scheduling water heater service appointments with Pacific Coast Home Services is easy and hassle free. Our highly trained plumbers can bring to your attention of any parts that need to be replaced immediately to avoid being without hot water. By properly having your water heater serviced regularly you can get the most out of your water heater investment. The maximum lifetime of a conventional water heater can be up to 10 years. We understand that most homeowners do not worry about their water heaters until the time comes that it stops working. These situations tend to occur at the most inconvenient times. Having hot water in today’s household has become a necessity and is needed to complete daily household chores. Let us take help you cross that off your to do list and schedule service maintenance call with us to make sure your water heater is running to its full potential and bring to your attention of any things needed to be replaced.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs a Service Call

The following are some signs signifying that your water heater is in need of immediate repairs or replacement:

  • Only cold water is coming out of the faucets
  • Unpleasant aromas are coming from your water
  • Dirt and/or debris coming from the water
  • Rust colored water appearing from faucets
  • Abnormal noises coming from your water heater unit
  • Water Heater unit is leaking
  • There is a puddle of water surrounding your water heater

Once our highly trained plumber professional inspects your water heater, they will be able to diagnose the situation and recommend as well if it is more cost effective to repair or replace the water heater unit. Pacific Coast Home Services will be completely honest with our customers and only recommend a replacement unit if it is truly needed.

Conventional Water Heater vs. Tankless Water Heater

Conventional Water Heaters

Conventional water heaters are still the most common type of water heater that you will find in a home. We offer Rheem and Bradford White gas water heaters and electric water heaters. These types of water heaters are powered by gas or electricity. The way a conventional water heater works is that it collects the amount of gallons of water that it is designed to hold and heats up the water. The water heater has an insulated tank and inside, there is a thermometer that when the water drops below the preset temperature the water heater pilot will kick back on and reheat the water until it is back to its set level of temperature.

Advantages of Conventional Water Heaters

Flow Rate: Since conventional water heaters have a storage tank they have a higher flow rate when it comes to distributing hot water to where it is needed. This means that conventional water heaters can meet the demands for hot water throughout a busy household.

Dependability: Conventional water heaters have been around the market for a long time now and there are a wide selection of replacement parts that are available.

Initial Cost: In comparison to tankless water heaters, conventional water heaters are significantly more economical and is a great option if you are looking for something that is more budget friendly.

Disadvantages of Conventional Water Heaters

Lifetime: Most manufactures state that a conventional water heater can last up to ten years, given that it was provided with the proper maintenance and services it needs. A lot of homeowners do not realize that if they have severe hard water issues it can cause damage to the water heater. Depending on how severe the hard is, it can reduce the lifetime of the water heater. The solution to this would be to have a water softener system installed in your home or flush out your water tank more frequently then what is recommended.

Less Energy Efficient: Conventional water heaters are designed to always keep its stored water temperature at the designated preset temperature level. With that being said if in the middle of the night the water temperature of the water heater goes down, it will kick back on and start heating the water until it reaches the desired water temperature again and it does this 24/7. Essentially, you are paying for water to be hot when you are not using it.

Large Space Required: The average home today has a conventional water heater installed that range from 30-50 gallons and this can take up a significant amount of space. Sometimes a homeowner may need a larger conventional water heater than they currently have but may not be able to upgrade because of the space their current water heater is in.

Additional Maintenance Required: It is important to stay on top of your conventional water heaters service as they do need to have a complete water flush to avoid any sediment and mineral buildup. If a water heater flush is not preformed regularly then it can shorten the lifespan of your water heater or it can create clogs in your water lines which can eventually lead to a more costly repair.
Maintenance for Conventional Water Heaters: It is important to test the pressure relieve valve to make sure it is in working condition. It is recommended to flush and drain the water heater at least twice a year to prevent any buildup of sediments and minerals.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are becoming more and more popular as time progresses. We carry Navien tankless gas water heaters and Navien tankless electric water heaters. The way that a tankless water heater differ from a conventional water heaters is that they offer energy cost savings. This is because tankless water heaters only work when the hot water is needed.

Advantages of Tankless Water Heaters

Energy Efficient: Tankless water heaters help homeowners save money compared to a conventional water heater, because it is providing hot water upon demand.

Lifetime: On average a tankless water heater can last up to twenty years when it is given the proper maintenance and service that it needs.

Minimal Installation Space: With tankless water heaters being so compact, they can fit pretty much anywhere.
Disadvantages of Tankless Water Heaters.

Initial Cost: Tankless water heaters will cost more than a conventional water heater, but keep in mind that the lifetime of a tankless water heater could be double a conventional water heater given the proper maintenance and service it requires. In the long run you can get your money’s worth in your tankless water heater home investment.
Complex Installations: Sometimes your homes may need certain modifications to properly power your tankless water heater through gas, as well as having a special ventilating system that these tankless water heaters require. Electric versions of these water heaters may require an additional electrical circuit to be installed in order to operate it properly.

Low Flow Rate: Since tankless water heaters only operate when the hot water is needed, you may need to install additional units to fulfill the amount of hot water needed. Running your washing machine, dishwasher and taking a shower at the same time, a single tankless water heater cannot meet the demands for hot water at once. This is also true for larger families in a household where multiple tasks are being done needing hot water.
Maintenance for Tankless Water Heaters

Maintenance for Tankless Water Heaters: It is recommended to have a qualified professional plumber to annually flush the tankless water heater to eliminate any buildup of sediments or minerals.

What is a Recirculation Pump?

A recirculation pump is very useful in the case that you will have hot water ready to go instead of waiting up to a few minutes before the hot water comes out of the faucet. Since the hot water in your pipes will get cool while the water is off, the recirculating pump will make sure that the water is always hot.
Some may argue that this is wasting money since water is always recirculating. With today’s modern technology you can select a recirculation pump model that automatically starts working when it detects the peak times that you use hot water in the house. In some models you can adjust this by using a manual timer.
The recirculation pump will be placed on your conventional or tankless water heater line and in some cases the water heater may come with a recirculation pump. Then a special plumbing piece would be placed at the furthest fixture from the water heater to activate the recirculation process.