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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Replacing The Water Heater In Your Home

by Jamie Shaw

Hot water is important to most homes, and many residential water heaters use reliable gas or electric power but have some components that can wear out over time. The type of water heater you have can play a significant role in what could go wrong or when you need to replace it. 

Electric Water Heaters

If you have an electric water heater in your home, you may find that it is not performing as well as it used to, and the water is warm at best. In some situations, the failure could be a heating element in the water heater, and you may not need a new water heater installation. However, corrosion can build up inside the tank and make it nearly impossible to replace the heating elements without damaging the tank.

If the tank is too corroded to repair, your plumber will need to replace the water heater with a new unit. Electric water heater installation is not overly challenging and typically can be completed in a single day if all the plumbing is the same and the wiring from the old tank has enough supply to power the heating elements in the new tank. If the new water heater is larger, you may need an electrician to upgrade the feed before the tank can be completed.

Gas Water Heaters

If your home has a gas-fired water heater, different problems can occur because of how the system works. Gas water heaters use a gas burner at the tank's base that heats the water in the tank and keeps it warm throughout the day. 

Often, failures with gas water heaters involve the burner, regulator, and controller on the water heater. If your water heater stops working, your plumber will need to test the system to determine if the plumber can fix the water heater or if a new water heater installation will be required. 

Leaking Tanks

In both gas and electric water heaters, a leak in the tank can cause a failure of the water heater and can damage the home. If your tank begins to leak, replacing just the internal tank is often impossible, so replacing the water heater with a new one is often the best solution. 

If you have a gas water heater, make sure you hire a plumber with experience with the gas lines that feed the system. The plumber working on your water heater can help you determine what you need to purchase or can purchase the correct tank for you. If you are considering changing your water heater to a tankless model or moving to a boiler, this could be an excellent time to have it done, but be sure to discuss those options in detail with the contractor working on your water heating system.

Contact an HVAC contractor to learn more about water heater installation