Home heating repair and maintenance: hot water heaters

Did you know that your HVAC pro could also service and repair your home hot water heater? Do you usually ask in a plumber for service when you don’t need an actual repair? Of course not.

Advantages of HVAC Water Heater Maintenance and Repair Service

Regular maintenance steps:

  • Can be combined with other seasonal routines, such as home efficiency testing and duct cleaning, to save the homeowner added expenses and time in bringing out other services.

  • Avoid costly plumber trips when a simple cleaning and service check is all that is needed.

  • Save money. Measures such as upgrading insulation and bringing thermostat settings within more economical parameters can cut down on operational costs.

  • Prevent premature failure of water heaters partly through maintaining correct settings, but also by managing internal scale and sediment build-up and replacement of anodes that protect the integrity of the pipes and tank.

  • Can detect problems that could end up causing household damage and even mold contamination by inspecting for and finding leaks and tank or pipe failures.

  • Can detect dangerous gas leaks or electrical problems.

  • Can check for improper installation, one of the most common reasons for difficulties with tankless water heater systems.

Water heater Installation and repair:


Similar parts and technologies also are used in certain home heating systems, and your HVAC specialist can inspect, service and repair these, as well. This would include hot water baseboard heating and other versions of gas or electrically heated systems using hot water or steam.

A full-service HVAC specialist is qualified to install and repair any major water heater system on the market, whether gas, oil or electric.

Advantages of professional HVAC installations include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting all warranty requirements

  • Placement of water heaters and use of proper restraints

  • Meeting all local codes and restrictions

  • Technically correct installations, aligning with all safety and health considerations

  • Use of quality materials and equipment

  • Installations with an eye for longevity and efficiency of service

Water Heaters and a Special Note on Safety

It is crucial that gas water heaters have proper venting to avoid disastrous consequences. Additionally, regulations for the placement of new hot water heater systems include being placed on a raised platform to offset the danger of gas leaks, since gas is heavier than normal air and will collect near the floor.

Equally important is the proper grounding of all electric water heaters. Improper grounding could lead to nasty and dangerous shocks to residents or those who service the installation.

It is recommended that installation of water heaters and any water heater repair be done by a qualified, experienced company.

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