Bartels Heating & Cooling Blog: Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Which Water Heater Is the Right Fit for Your Home?

Monday, July 10th, 2017

water-heater-tankEven though it’s warm right now, there’s one heating system most of us cannot imagine life without at any time of year—the water heater. When you find you need a new water heater, it can be a stressful time, as you don’t want to be without hot water for long but you also have the opportunity to shop around and find the unit that is truly the best fit for your home.

The best way to find a water heater that works for your household is to consult a trained plumber. However, we want to help you get started by outlining some of the basics of new water heater installation.

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Signs Your Water Heater Needs Replacement

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Hot water is one of those comforts you need throughout the year, not just in the winter. Still, winter would be a terrible time for a water heater breakdown. There’s no way you want to take a cold shower in the winter. And, in some cases, pipes can even freeze.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater the Better Option?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

When you’re looking for a new hot water heater, you might find a lot of buzz online about tankless units. Tankless water heaters use on-demand technology to heat up water only when you need it. Unlike tank water heaters, which keep large reservoirs of water hot all throughout the day, tankless water heaters only need to heat up water in short bursts, as needed, which is what makes them such efficient systems. But does this really make them better?

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Why Is My Water Heater Making These Rumbling Noises?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

There are some systems in your home you could not imagine going for one day without. And for most homeowners, the hot water heater is one of those systems. You may become alarmed when you find out that your water heater is not functioning properly, because you don’t want to have to suffer through a shower with no hot water. But rumbling noises from the water heater may have little effect on the way your unit works—for now.

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Don’t Wait for a Cold Day to Replace Your Hot Water Heater

Monday, November 16th, 2015

We know you aren’t sitting there waiting for a day below freezing to replace your ailing hot water heater. What we mean is that it is fairly typical (some may call it “Murphy’s Law”) to find on a very chilly day that your hot water heater has finally called it quits. Being without the hot water you need is never an enjoyable scenario, but when it’s cold outside, it can feel even worse. If it’s time to replace your hot water heater in Oxford, OH, then it’s time to call the hot water heater experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling.

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Is Your Hot Water Heater Ready for Winter?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

No one likes taking a cold shower during the summer months, so just imagine that happening in the winter here in Oxford, OH. There can be a few reasons for your hot water heater not producing the hot water you need, but one of the best ways to avoid a scenario like this at all, no matter what type of hot water heater you use, is to schedule maintenance for your hot water heater. The experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling can help you properly maintain your hot water heater – all you have to do is call and schedule an appointment!

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When Is It Time to Call for Hot Water Heater Repair?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

It’s the dog days of summer but that doesn’t mean you don’t need hot water in your house. With your hot water heater stowed away in a corner of your cellar or in a closet, it can be hard to tell when something is amiss. However, there are some signs your hot water heater will give that indicate it’s time to call for help:

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What Are These Little White Pieces of Plastic Coming from My Hot Water?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

When you turn on a hot water tap in your home, you expect hot water and nothing else. That’s how it should be. So if you find that little white bits of plastic are appearing in your hot water, you may start to panic. But you don’t have to, for two reasons: 1) there’s an explanation for the problem and; 2) the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling can help with it.

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Why Is There Sediment at the Bottom of My Water Heater?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

If you’ve ever run your hot water and found what feels like small pieces of grit in the water, you aren’t losing your mind, nor is your water heater contaminated; it is most likely sediment from the bottom of your hot water heater. Sediment build-up in your hot water heater isn’t an indication that your water is dirty, but it is an indication that it’s time for a maintenance appointment. The experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling can perform thorough maintenance on your home’s hot water heater and remove any and all sediment at the bottom of the tank during the process. All we need is a call from you and our pros will get your water heater back into optimal shape.

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Water Heater Repair Guide: The Dip Tube

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

You rely on your water heater for many of the most important activities you do during the day for your health and comfort. You use hot water to shower, wash your face, clean your home, and prepare meals. If your water heater is not keeping your water as warm as you would like it to, repairs can seem urgent. But you may delay water heater repair out of fear that the water heater may need replacement.

Actually, one of the most common repair needs for water heater that is a fairly simple fix for a trained contractor is a broken dip tube. The dip tube is a long plastic pipe that lets cold water in to the bottom of the unit. There is a burner or electric heating element located toward the bottom of the tank. Once the water heats up, it rises up to the top of the tank. Then, a small tube at the top of the tank allows the warm water to exit. The dip tube can fall into a state of disrepair, but a trained technician may be able to solve the trouble quickly.

There are a few things that could go wrong with the dip tube over time. It may develop small cracks that allow cold water to seep into the tank, lingering at the top. This means that you may notice bouts of cold or lukewarm water from your sink or shower rather than an uninterrupted stream of hot water. The dip tube may even simply break in half. When this happens, you might run out of hot water far too quickly.

This shouldn’t be a problem you have to live with. Call a technician for repairs as soon as you suspect a problem. And be sure to schedule annual water heater maintenance as well. This involves a few key adjustments to the system as well as a thorough examination of your entire unit to make sue something like a broken dip tube doesn’t go undetected for too long.

Count on the people at Bartels Heating & Cooling for quality water heaters and services in Hamilton. We pride ourselves on quality customer service and strive to keep your experience as positive as possible.

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