Gas Water Heater Services
Whether you’re just beginning your day or coming home after a long one seeking to relax, having hot water at the ready is an integral part of our lives. From taking a morning shower, enjoying a long evening soak in the tub, doing a load of laundry or washing a sink full of dishes, you need to have hot water that is adequate and reliable.
At Beehive Plumbing in Salt Lake City, we can help you determine what is the best gas water heater solution for your home.
What Is a Gas Water Heater?
First off, you might be wondering, what a gas water heater is and what differentiates it from the rest. When we say gas water heaters, we’re discussing any water heater that is heated using gas power, and for the most part, this is differentiating it from the most common alternative choice of water heater: the electric heater. There are also less common options, including solar water heaters and indirect water heaters.
How Does a Gas Water Heater Work?
There are many different kinds of gas water heaters, but what they all have in common is that they are powered by gas. The most common gas water heater has a tank which stays filled and replenishes as the water is used. The water that remains in the tank is called the reserve.
As water is refilled from the water line down into the tank, this water at natural temperature is always colder than the heated water in the tank, meaning that it sinks to the bottom (cold will always sink just as heat rises). There is a gas burner beneath the tank that is fed by a gas supply line and heats the water.
When the hot water is needed, the hot water rises up out of the tank. Because the heater is fueled by gas, there must be a chimney system to dispose of carbon dioxide produced from burning gas.
What Are the Benefits of a Gas Water Heater?
It is less expensive to purchase and install a gas heater than it is an electric. Also, a gas heater is able to replenish hot water much more quickly than other methods, so it is ideal for large families that use large quantities of hot water. After all, nobody likes it when the shower suddenly turns cold!
The gas water heater has the side benefit of still working when the power goes out, so if you live in an area where this is a common problem, then you might find a gas water heater best for you. In areas where gas is sold at cheaper rates than electricity, savings on monthly bills can soon add up.
Why Choose a Gas Water Heater?
If you choose to invest in a gas water heater, you might find yourself enjoying lower energy bills thanks to the increased efficiency of this heating system for your household. A significant proportion of a home’s energy costs are attributed to heating water, so making your system as efficient as possible makes financial sense.
Natural gas is cheaper than electricity in most areas, so you could enjoy serious savings in the long term. Switching to gas also means you’ll enjoy higher water flow rates.
Benefits of Natural Gas
When you use gas to heat your water, you enjoy 3 serious advantages: cost, convenience, and efficiency. Natural gas is generally considered more reliable than electricity because it isn’t affected by power outages.
When your water tank runs out of hot water, you’ll find that a gas water heater can heat up a fresh tank of water in a shorter period of time than an electric heater would take. For an even more cost-efficient gas water heater, look for a model without a continuously burning pilot light.
Flow Rates in Gas Water Heaters
You may not have realized this, but gas is also superior when it comes to flow rates on tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters take up less space than a traditional tank water heater, but they provide an ongoing supply of hot water so you’re never without it when you need it!
If you’re choosing a tankless water heater, gas is superior in terms of efficiency. It offers you more gallons per minute. This is especially useful if your household uses a lot of hot water or you need to use it at several places at once.
Condensing Water Heaters
Have you heard of condensing water heaters? They’re a highly efficient option for those seeking a gas water heater that saves them on their bills. Condensing water heaters operate differently as they use hot gas to heat cold water by passing them over a heating coil. They’re ideal for households that need high capacity storage tanks.
When you buy a water heater, it requires a significant upfront investment. Selecting a high efficiency model will ensure that you recoup the cost in energy savings.
Why Choose Beehive Plumbing for Gas Water Heater Repair and Replacement
Beehive Plumbing is a well known name in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. We’ve been serving the local community with a comprehensive range of plumbing services, including gas water heater repair and replacement, for years now, so people know that we can be trusted to provide an excellent customer experience.
Our trained technicians will take care to accurately diagnose your gas water heater issue. Once they know which repair is required, they get the job done right the first time. They’ll also be able to offer you top tips for getting the most out of your gas water heater. Why not put their expertise to work on your behalf?
Here are a list of the different kinds of gas water heaters our professional Beehive Plumbers install:
Conventional Storage Gas Water Heater
This is the type of water heater we discussed above. The water is always being heated whether you need it or not, but when you need it is always there immediately. The tanks come in a range of sizes, though they are most commonly between 30 to 80 gallons. It’s important to choose the right size for your home’s needs, as you will be heating this water all of the time, so it would be a waste of money to purchase a tank that is much larger than what you need.
Indirect Water Heaters
Gas Water Heater Repairs and Maintenance
Once you’ve chosen the right water heater for your home and had it properly installed it should last you many years. But as long as you have hot water flowing, it’s easy to take it for granted. Whichever water heater you choose should have regular maintenance to make sure it’s running well, does not fall victim to corrosion, and ensure you never run out of hot water.
But like all things in life, sometimes things go wrong, and repairs are needed. While the easiest to spot a sign that something isn’t working with your water heater is, of course, no hot water, some other signals that you need repairs include:
Decrease in amount of hot water
High pitched whining noise
Water leaks around the unit
Unable to light the pilot or it continually going out
Here are three additional problems your water heater might face and what causes it:
Low rumbling noise
You’re hearing water boiling, which is not what you want in your tank. Sediment has gathered at the base of the tank, causing pressure to build and allows the water to overheat.
Rust colored water
Either corrosion is beginning inside the tank or the anode rod needs to be replaced.
Rotten egg odor
Either bacteria is in the tank sediment, or hydrogen gas has been created by an anode rod that needs to be replaced.
When To Replace A Gas Water Heater
Sometimes people are reluctant to take the necessary step and replace their water heater before it completely fails. However, every water heater has a lifespan, so yours will stop working eventually. It’s understandable that you want to keep your heater for as long as possible, but you’ll experience unnecessary hassle if you wait until it breaks down completely.
A preemptive replacement might be a good idea because:
Signs That Your Water Heater Is Failing
Absence or insufficiency of hot water
Strange sounds coming from the water heater
Red or rusty water coming from the tap
Visible rust on the water heater tank
Puddles appearing around the water heater
Emergency Gas Water Heater Repairs
Gas water heater issues can arise at any time. That’s why you need a round-the-clock service you can depend on for support in the moment it’s required. Beehive Plumbing is happy to offer this support! We have an emergency service so if your gas water heater demands urgent attention, we’re able to provide it.
Why would you wait and let a gas water heater issue worsen? Instead, you can get your heater fixed right away before the issue becomes more serious. This means the work is likely to be more straightforward and less expensive. Avoid the risk of property damage by addressing any problems as quickly as possible using our emergency service.
Financing Gas Water Heater Repairs
Another amazing service that we offer our customers is the opportunity to have their gas water heater repairs financed. Often, gas water heater problems take our customers by surprise. That means they may not have money put away to handle their repair.
Now, they don’t have to wait until they’ve saved enough. Instead, they can spread the cost through our easy application financing service. This allows customers to receive the services they need, when they need them. Our prices have always been affordable, but now our services are even more accessible.
Trust Beehive Plumbing for Gas Water Heater Repairs, Replacements, and Installations in Utah
Whatever problem your water heater might be facing, we at Beehive Plumbing are here to help. Our plumbing experts are quick and reliable. We offer affordable solutions as well as a 100 percent guarantee on all of our plumbing services.
So whatever water heating system service you need, from routine maintenance to purchasing a new water heater, Call Beehive Plumbing in Utah at 801-312-8102 to schedule your free consultation and estimate. W
We proudly serve all of Salt Lake City’s commercial and residential plumbing needs, always providing honest, professional and friendly service at a great price!