Has your water heater stopped meeting your household’s needs? Is the water not hot enough, or, worse, do you not have hot water at all? Our professionals at Vander Hyde Services can help. Whether you need a new installation, replacement, or water heater repair in Grand Rapids, MI, our highly trained plumbers are ready to assist when you need us most.
Signs You Need Water Heater Repair
- Some discolored water - As there're ionizing elements in your water heater, it can sometimes experience rust build up. Thankfully there's an anode rod in there that's supposed to attract the ionizing elements and localize the rust to the rod that can be replaced fairly easily.
- Loud sounds - In a tank water heater there can be sediment build up and sometimes when these minerals interact and can give you a snapping or popping sound. It's rather regular so don't be alarmed; contact our specialists for comprehensive cleaning and water heater repair in Grand Rapids, MI.
- Your water is taking too long to heat up - If you're not getting the same level of heat that you're used to, or maybe your water is taking a while to heat up then give us a call. The heating element is a complicated part of your water heater but we should be able to diagnose and solve your problem within a visit.
- Some cold water in your hot shower - If you're getting a little bit of cold water in your hot shower, it might not seem like anything to write home about but it means there's a leak in your water heater's dip tube that brings cold water into your unit.
- Low water pressure - Another symptom of sediment build up is low water pressure. As your water becomes heavier with minerals it will come out more slowly so if you notice you're not getting the same water pressure from your hot water, call in our water heater repair pros.
FAQ: Are Water Heaters Part of HVAC?
Water heaters are not typically considered part of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems. Water heaters are separate appliances that heat water and supply it to a building's plumbing system. That being said, it's convenient when a contractor provides multiple services like Vander Hyde Services! We take the confusion out of deciding who to call.
Top Quality Tank-Style Water Heaters
When many people picture a water heater, these “traditional” tank-style models are usually what comes to mind. In these water heaters, the bottom of the tank generates heat via electricity or gas. This heat rises up through a mounted exhaust. Cold water is then pushed through the top of the tank and is heated and stored in the insulated tank for later use.
While there are many benefits to tank-style water heaters, such as having a supply of hot water when you need it and having a lower upfront cost, there are some drawbacks:
- Sediment builds up at the bottom of the tank over time, decreasing energy efficiency as the heat has to work through the build-up
- Once the hot water in the tank is used, you have to wait for more to heat up
- The unit takes up more space then tankless models
- You may experience higher monthly utility costs in comparison with tankless models
Tankless Water Heaters in Grand Rapids, MI
Tankless water heaters, also known as “on demand” water heaters, will only heat water when you need it. This means that unlike a tank-style heater that stores the hot water, tankless models only get to work when you turn on your faucet or run your washing machine. This makes tankless water heaters highly efficient.
Benefits of tankless water heater installation in Grand Rapids, MI, include:
- A smaller footprint
- A constant supply of hot water, with proper maintenance
- No risk of rust or scale contamination in your hot water
- Lower utility bills
As the most eco-friendly water heater option, heat pump water heaters can save you 25-30% over traditional electric or gas-powered units. Heat Pumps use the ambient air to heat water.
They also have an average lifespan of about 15 years or more, giving you peace of mind that your water heater will keep working year after year. The downside to a heat pump is that the initial cost of installing one is higher than the average traditional water heater.
Which Water Heater Is Right for You?
Ultimately, the water heater that will work best for you depends on a number of specific factors, such as your overall usage, your current and future energy costs, your current budget, and more. We’ll tailor our water heater services in Grand Rapids to meet your needs and will never oversell you on something you don’t need.
Schedule your high-quality replacement, new installation, or water heater repair in Grand Rapids, MI, by submitting a contact form online or calling (616) 319-2125 today!