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Water Heaters

Your water heater is an important part of your home—without it, you wouldn’t be able to properly wash clothes, take a shower, or do a load of laundry! At BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a wide range of services to keep up the water heater in your Beaver Valley home.

From maintenance to repair and replacement, our team of expert technicians offer the highest quality water heater service around. Want to learn more? Ready to schedule an appointment? Contact BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning online or give us a call at ​724-417-9550!

Types of Water Heaters

After heating and cooling, water heating is typically the largest energy user in the home because it is necessary for so many domestic activities. When installing a new water heater in your home, you only want the best—but what does that entail? Capacity, energy-efficiency, and type of water heater are all important considerations. You want your water heater to be able to provide enough hot water at the busiest time of the day. To meet all of your needs, we offer a wide variety of electric, gas and tankless water heaters.

Features Energy Saver Direct Vent Energy Saver High Efficiency Electric Rinnai Tankless
Type Gas Gas Electric Gas
Energy Efficiency High efficiency Standard Efficiency High Efficiency Ultra High Efficiency
Tank Capacity 40-50 gal. 30-100 gal. 40-80- gal. 2.5 gal. per minute
Vent – Type Direct Vent Standard Vent None Direct Vent
Factory Warranty
Tank
6 or 10 years 6 or 10 years 6 or 10 years 10 year on heat exchanger
Factory Warranty
Parts
6 years 6 years 6 years 5 years

Water Heater Services in Beaver Valley, PA

Water Heater Installation & Replacement

Whether you’re taking a shower or washing your hands, not being able to get enough hot water can be frustrating. Installing a new, energy-efficient model can help to improve the quality of your hot water and save you on your monthly energy bills.

Water Heater Repair

Are you having problems with your water heater? Rushing through the end of your showers because the water temperature has started to rapidly decline? Paying increasingly higher water bills month after month? All of these could be signs that your water heater needs repair. For all of your water heater repair needs, the expert technicians at BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning are prepared to help any time!

Water Heater Maintenance

Want to extend the life of your home’s water heater? With proper maintenance, you can add years onto the life of your system. Water heaters often work perfectly for a decade or more without any care, so they’re easy to neglect. But a bit of maintenance once a year pays off by extending the tank’s life span and maintaining your water heater’s efficiency and safety. Schedule water heater maintenance with our team today!

Tankless Water Heater Services

A traditional water heater stores and pre-heats water in a tank. On the flipside, a tankless water heater uses electricity or gas to heat water on-demand, rather than storing it in a large tank. When it comes to installing a water heater in your home, consider the pros and cons of each, and choose the best model for your usage, lifestyle, and budget. Need help deciding? Our team of trained technicians can walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each and give you an educated recommendation of the best model for your Pennsylvania home. We offer replacement, repair, maintenance, and new installation services for most makes and models of tankless water heaters—contact us today to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Heaters

What does the Energy Factor (EF) on my water heater mean?

The water heater Energy Factor (EF) is a measure of the overall efficiency of the water heater. This is determined by comparing the energy in the heated water used daily to the total daily energy consumption of the water heater. The EF can be used to compare the energy efficiency of water heaters. Water heaters with higher EFs will have lower annual operating costs than comparable models with lower EFs. A higher EF signifies a more efficient model. Water heaters with high EF ratings may cost more initially, but save energy and money in the long run. Eventually, they will pay for themselves through a lifetime of energy savings.

Where is the “anode rod” and what does it do?

For most water heaters, the anode rod is attached to the hot water outlet of the water heater. If you are facing the front of the water heater (where the labels are), the hot water outlet is on the left hand side. The anode rod is often referred to as a “sacrificial rod”.

Most water is rarely “pure”. It can contain oxygen, magnesium, fluoride, chlorine and suspended particles. These components, in the concentrations in your water, are usually not bad for you. However, they do contribute to the taste and smell of the water. They also impart a slight conductivity to the water. Through an electrical process called electrolysis, this conductivity will eventually (over a long period of time) cause most metal to rust or corrode. When the water is heated, this electrical process can be accelerated.

Most water heaters are made of a steel tank with a porcelain enamel (glass) lining. However, due to production and assembly methods, it is not always possible to completely cover the inside of the tank. Therefore it is important to provide metal that can be consumed by the electrical process. This is where the sacrificial anode rod comes in. By acting as a lightning rod for the corrosion process, the anode rod draws the harmful electrolytic process away from the water heater tank and focuses the corrosion on the anode rod. Water heaters need this sacrificial anode rod to ensure that the electrolysis does not affect the tanks.

Why doesn’t my old water heater make as much hot water as it used to?

The answer may be that you have sediment buildup in your tank. As water heaters age, they tend to accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If the heaters are not cleaned periodically, the sediment may rise to a level that will act as a barrier between the burner and the water, making it harder to heat. An article published in a national ASPE plumbing journal states: for every half inch of sediment on the bottom of a gas fired water heater, it requires 70% more fuel to heat the water.

If my water heater was in a flood, do I need to replace it?

Yes. The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recommends that any flood-damaged heating and cooling equipment be replaced, not repaired. From the AHRI website, as it pertains to water heaters:

  • “Whether your water heater is gas-fired, oil-fired or electric, if it was exposed to flood water, the unit should be replaced.
  • In a gas unit, valves and controls will likely corrode. In an electric unit, the thermostat and controls will likely corrode. In both types, the insulation surrounding the unit will be contaminated and will be nearly impossible to disinfect. Additionally, the insulation would take a long time to dry, leading to corrosion of the tank from the outside.
  • Even if water heater components have been cleaned and the unit seems to operate properly, parts may corrode in the future. Both gas and electric water heaters have a pressure relief valve that can corrode and stick after being exposed to flood water. Therefore, be sure to replace this valve as well.”

(Taken from www.ahrinet.org)

At the suggestion of AHRI, be sure to have your inspection and replacement work performed by a qualified professional.

Can I use my water heater with a solar heating system?

With the increasing costs of energy and a desire for environmental friendliness, some customers are turning to the sun as a way to heat their domestic water. Bradford White manufactures a solar water heating storage tank for use with solar systems. This tank takes the heated water from the solar panels and uses it as a heat source instead of conventional gas, oil or electric heat sources unlike other tanks, this water heater has an electric heating element for back up on cloudy days, and when the solar system is not providing enough heat. However, it is important that you use only POTABLE (or domestic use) water in this tank.

Is a drain pan necessary?

A water heater should be placed in an area that will prevent damage to floors, ceilings, and furniture if the heater leaks. When this is not possible, a drain pan must be installed under the water heater. Since a typical drain pan doesn’t hold that much water, it must have a pipe to a drain or other outlet for the water. When installed properly, a drain pan and pipe will keep any leakage under control and protect your belongings from water damage.

What type of maintenance should I do on my water heater?

We recommend that you contact a plumbing professional to perform any maintenance or repairs to your water heater – from periodic checks on the anode rod to ensuring that all connections are secure. Recommendations for maintenance are in your water heater’s owner manual. However, there are a few things that you can do:

  • Ensure that there are no sources of flammable vapors in the same area as your water heater (this includes gasoline, heating oils, lighter fluid, propane, etc.).
  • Keep the top of the water heater clean. If you notice water dripping on the water heater from any piping, contact a plumbing professional to have the leak repaired.
  • Keep the space around your water heater clean and free of dirt, boxes, paint cans, aerosol cans, household cleaners and trash. It is important to keep the heater accessible for proper operation and easy maintenance.

Schedule Water Heater Services in Beaver Valley

At BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning, we have provided the Beaver Valley area with quality heating, air conditioning, and water heater services since 1956. We are a full-service HVAC contractor and all of our employees are NATE certified with extensive training and experience. Whatever your HVAC or water heater needs, the team at BVSM has you covered!

Need water heater services in Pennsylvania? Contact BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule an appointment for repair, replacement, maintenance, or new installation services today—or give us a call at ​724-417-9550!

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