Many of the tasks that your family must complete each day inside of your home require interacting with your plumbing system.

Taking a shower to get ready for work. Washing clean clothes and uniforms for school and sports. Preparing food and cleaning up messes. All of these day-to-day chores require your plumbing system.

And, more specifically, all of these chores require that you have hot water available. Your water heater is an interesting appliance in your home because the resources required to run it will show up on both your water bill and your power bill.

It can be estimated that if you look at your month power bill, approximately 40% of the total amount of that bill can be traced back to keeping your water heater working (providing the power source for your water heater is electric and not gas).

In the event that your water heater malfunctions in some way, every member of your household will notice it. It’s not like when the garbage disposal gets clogged, and only the person using the kitchen sink is affected.

Your entire home needs hot water in order to run correctly. And, having a water heater that is in top working condition not only means hot water for your home but, also a monthly power bill that is within budget.

Luckily, there are many options for energy-efficient hot water heaters and the team at Mr. Rooter of San Marcos knows all about water heater installation, repair, and maintenance service.

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Standard Conventional Hot Water Heaters

Most people know what a standard hot water heater looks like. This is the vertical tube that is (likely) located in your garage, bathroom, or the corner of your laundry area.

The components of a standard water heater include:

  • A tank that is big enough to hold 35-gallons of water
  • A pressure release valve near the top
  • Pipes that connect through the wall
  • A thermostat on the side
  • A heating source near the bottom (usually gas or electric)

All of these mechanisms work together so that the water heater can keep the 35-gallons of water heated to the specified temperature, around the clock.

The idea is, you will have hot water when you need it because the water is always on-hand and heated up. This is true even when you are away from home or sleeping and are not using your hot water.

Some things that can go wrong with a standard tank water heater are:

  • A malfunctioning pressure release valve. The valve does not let the pressure out of the tank and instead the pressure is able to build up in the tank. This can lead to the seam in the tank weakening.
  • A broken thermostat. It is recommended that the temperature of the thermostat on your water heater be set to 120 degrees. This has been deemed the most energy-efficient temperature that provides enough hot water without burning or scalding. But, sometimes the thermostat gives out
  • A burst tank. Typically, a standard water heater will need to be replaced sometime after it has turned ten years old. With time, the seam on the water heater tank can begin to corrode and weaken, which will lead to the seam bursting open

Thankfully, our team of expert plumbers knows all about these common water heater issues. We can provide outstanding standard water heater service and repair. And, if it happens that you need standard water heater installation service - we can do that too!

Tankless Water Heaters

In recent years, the need for more energy-efficient “green plumbing” methods and appliances has become important. With this need in mind, the tankless water heating system was developed.

This system provides hot water on an as-needed basis, rather than keeping a certain amount of hot water constantly heated to a specific temperature.

It works by using a computer system which engages when the hot water fixture is turned on. Once engaged, the system heats up the pipes that the water is running through and delivers hot water out of the fixture.

These systems are rather sophisticated but, the team at Mr. Rooter of San Marcos has years of training and experience in tankless water heater installation, repair, and maintenance.

Whether you have a standard water heater that needs a maintenance appointment or is malfunctioning and needs repair, our team can help! And, if you are in the market for a new water heater and would like to learn more about our tankless water heater installation services - don’t hesitate to ask.

We are happy to provide our customers with the information they need to make the best decisions for their home and family.

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