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Water Heater FAQs

Should I replace my old water heater?

There are several crucial signs that could indicate that your old water heater has finally reached the end of its lifespan. If it has, you might be paying more than you should be to heat your home. Read more about the signs that it’s time to replace your water heater.

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Will a tankless water heater work for in my home?

A: Tankless water heaters work in almost every home – in fact, many work where conventional water heaters won’t! Most tankless water are about the size of a briefcase and require about 120V, 60Hz and 3 amps of power – requirements almost any house meets.

Why is my water heater’s pressure relief valve leaking?

A: The pressure relief valve on your hot water heater is designed to vent pressure that builds up so it doesn’t damage your unit. If the valve is leaking, this means the pressure is too high somewhere in yor system and the heater is trying to bleed it out. High pressure in your water heater can be caused by:

  • High incoming water pressure from the main water line.
  • Thermal expansion (water expanding in volume as it is heated) causing the pressure to build up. This is usually only a problem if you have a backflow preventer that stops water from moving out of the heater.

Can I use a tankless water heater if I have hard water?

A: Yes. In fact, tankless water heaters are less susceptible to the negative effects of hard water than conventional water heaters. That said, they are still affected by it. If you have hard water, it’s best to have water softening treatment whether you use a conventional or tankless water heater.