The Best Service Team in Orange County
For water heater installation, maintenance, and repair, trust our expert technicians here at Orange Coast Plumbing. We offer full service for all types and models of hot water heaters, including standard storage-style water heaters, tankless water heaters, solar water heaters, and heat-pump water heaters. With nearly four decades in the business, we offer the professionalism and experience you can trust.
Our certified technicians are experts at hot water heater service. With 24/7 availability, we can help you no matter the time of the day or night. Combined with our reasonable rates and high customer satisfaction, you can rest assured that you will get the best service in the area when you choose Orange Coast Plumbing.
Types of Water Heaters
Water heaters are not a one-size-fits-all appliance. There are many variations in water heaters, and each variation will alter the correct approach to installing, maintaining, and repairing it. Our technicians at Orange Coast Plumbing are trained to work with any type of water heater. Below are the standard types and variations we work with.
Standard Storage Water Heaters
For a very long time, these water heaters were simply called hot water heaters, because they were the only type of water heater on the market. Now that there are other options to choose from, these water heaters go by various names: storage water heaters, standard water heaters, traditional water heaters, and even tank water heaters. Despite there being other options on the market, this is still the most common type of water heater used.
There are two main variants of the standard water heater — gas powered and electric powered. Gas powered water heaters are the most common here in California; however, our technicians can work with both gas and electric models. These water heaters work by storing water inside of the tank and maintaining its temperature. Standard storage water heaters have an average lifespan of 8-12 years.
The other primary variation encountered with standard water heaters is size. Residential models can be as small as 40 gallons for apartments and small homes to 100 gallons for a larger home or one that has a hot tub. Commercial standard water heaters start at 100 gallons and go up from there.
Tankless Water Heaters
After standard hot water heaters, tankless water heaters are the second most common type of water heater. These water heaters do not store water and keep it hot, waiting for it to be used. Instead, they work on demand, heating the water as it is needed.
These types of water heaters are growing in popularity as they decrease energy costs and maximize efficiency. Additionally, while you can run out of water with a standard hot water heater, you will never run out of hot water with a tankless water heater. Other benefits to this type of water heater include the fact that they take up less space in the home and can last up to 20 years, doubling the average lifespan of a standard water heater. Like standard hot water heaters, these water heaters can be powered by gas or electricity, with gas powered models being more common here in California.
The other variation among tankless water heaters is in how they determine demand. With some models, you press a button to indicate it is time to start heating the water, usually a few minutes in advance of needing it. With others, you simply turn on the hot water.
Heat Pump Water Heaters
These water heaters are not very common, but we do service them from time to time. These water heaters can only run off electricity and are similar to standard hot water heaters. The primary difference is that the water is heated by transferring the heat from the ambient air temperature, which makes them very energy efficient.
Solar Water Heaters
These water heaters are becoming more and more common as consumers look for environmentally friendly ways to run their homes. These water heaters are also similar to standard hot water heaters, with the primary difference once again being the way they heat the water. In this case, a heating fluid passes through solar panels on the roof, transferring the heat to the water in the storage tank using a heat exchanger.
Selecting the Correct Water Heater
Selecting the correct water heater for your home is more than just a matter of personal preference; depending on the needs of your home and the area you live in, some options are simply not feasible. To make sure you select the correct water heater for your home, work with our certified technicians at Orange Coast Plumbing. They will be able to help you determine the precise needs of your home and show you options that will work for you.
What are some criteria that will determine which water heater is correct for your home? The type of energy it must consume, the size of the home it services, and the kinds of hot water consuming appliances in your home are critical factors. Once you get past these specific needs, you can start looking at personal preferences, such as the energy efficiency rating, recovery rate (the amount of hot water the tank can produce in one hour), and the first hour rating (the amount of hot water the tank can produce during an hour of continuous usage).
There are several common problems that hot water heaters encounter, regardless of the style of water heater you have. The most common problem is sediment accumulation. This is not a problem you will face with a newer hot water heater as it takes time for the sediment to accumulate enough to cause problems.
How does this sediment get into the water heater? It comes with the water. While these particles are not large enough to see or do any harm to us, they will build up within the heater over time. Limescale and other minerals attach themselves to the side of the tank and the burner when the water reaches high temperatures; even tankless models are affected as the buildup will attach to other parts of the system in lieu of an actual tank. Once this sediment builds up enough, it will start to negatively impact the way your water heater operates.
Another problem is general breakdown due to age. This can result in a wide variety of secondary problems, such as an inability to reach the desired temperature, running out of hot water quickly, and being unable to heat the water at all. Finally, the third most common problem is a malfunctioning thermostat. This can also lead to water that is too cold or too hot. Scalding hot water can be very dangerous to the members of your household.
Signs of Problems
The best thing you can do is call us at Orange Coast Plumbing for regular maintenance. However, please call us at the first sign of a problem. Below are some signs that there is an issue with your hot water heater that needs to be addressed immediately:
- The tank or other elements of the water heater are leaking.
- The water is taking a long time to heat up. (This is especially problematic with tankless water heaters, which should never have a delay in heating water.)
- You run out of hot water too quickly (or run out at all in the case of a tankless water heater).
- The hot water only reaches lukewarm at best.
- The hot water gets too hot to shower or wash your hands with.
- It is a standard water heater that is over 8-years-old or is a tankless water heater that is over 16-years-old.
- You can only use hot water in one location at a time; for example, you cannot take a hot shower while the dishwasher is running.
Water Heater Repair
It is never a good time for your water heater to have a problem, but it always seems to happen at the worst possible moment. Here at Orange Coast Plumbing, we offer fast, comprehensive repair services covering all types of water heaters, as well as all makes and models. With our 24/7 service, you can rest assured that we are here for you in case of an emergency and can get your life back on track. Once you notice a problem, contact us as soon as possible.
With our repair service, the goal is to repair or replace parts of your system so that the whole will be back to optimal function. However, if the problem is too severe, we can help you select a new water heater that works for your home. In addition to guiding you in your selection, we can also come back and install it for you once it is purchased.
New Water Heater Installation
Our new water heater installation service is comprehensive, taking care of every step in the process. Our goal is to make this switch as stress-free as possible for you. Below are all the items our service can include:
- Disconnection and removal of the old water heater
- Connection of the new water heater, including the gas and water lines
- Installation of a new gas shut-off valve
- Earthquake strapping
- Any additional work needed to make sure all elements are up to code, including installing larger vents and modifying placement for space requirements
The Importance of Maintenance
While we are more than happy to help you with repairing or replacing your water heater, the best thing we can do for you is provide regular maintenance of your water heater. With regular servicing, most of the problems hot water heaters encounter can be avoided, or at the very least, delayed. This will help to extend the life of your water heater and protect your investment.
For this maintenance to be effective, you should have one of our Orange Coast Plumbing technicians come to your home at least once a year to look at your system. The primary task that we perform is cleaning out the sediment building up in the tank and changing the filter to reduce the amount of sediment entering your tank (if your system has a filter). However, the technician will carefully examine each component of the system, servicing parts and replacing them as needed.
While we never recommend that you attempt repairs or replacements yourself, there are some things you can do in-between service to help your water heater last longer. Below are our recommendations.
- Keep the thermostat set to 120° F; this temperature is hot enough for basic sanitization purposes without running the risk of scalding.
- Ensure that you keep the two feet around the water heater free of household items and other debris.
- Twice a year, drain ¼ of the tank to help reduce the amount of sediment inside.
With these simple steps, you should be able to extend the life of your water heater and help to keep it functioning between maintenance.
Why You Should Never Go DIY
Aside from the small maintenance tasks above, it is important that you never go DIY with your water heater. Allowing certified professionals to do the work protects your family and investments. Even a small error in repair or replacement can have devastating consequences.
Water damage caused by a faulty repair or installation can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Then there is the risk of carbon monoxide and pressure buildup that can be incredibly dangerous, and even lethal. No matter how many DIY guides are online, we implore you to always call us instead.
Never Hesitate to Call
Receiving prompt attention is incredibly important when it comes to water heaters. Leaks can cause a significant amount of damage to your home if they are not stopped in time, and lead to mold growth if not dried up properly. And if you do not have access to hot water, you are not receiving adequate sanitation when washing your hands, washing dishes, or washing your clothes.
The longer a problem persists, the more difficult the repair will be. Calling us at Orange Coast Plumbing at the first sign of a problem will save you money and headaches in the long run. We are available to help you 24/7 with water heater repair, maintenance, and installation.