Oasis Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heater’ Category

Some Signs That You Need Water Heater Repairs

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Your home must have a working water heater throughout the year, but it’s especially inconvenient to have your water heater fail on you during the winter. Cold days without hot showers? That can feel pretty miserable.

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Tankless Water Heater Not Working Right? We Can Help!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Although the storage tank water heater is the most common way for homes to receive the hot water necessary for daily chores, the tankless water heater is gaining rapidly in popularity. If you have a tankless water heater, than you probably can’t imagine switching back to using an old tank model. After all, a tankless water heater uses much less energy, it never runs out of its hot water supply, it takes up 80% less space, and it lasts for many years longer with far fewer repairs than a standard water heater.

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

You need your water heater every day, no matter the time of year. This means the water heater undergoes an enormous amount of stress, much more than your home heating system, and all that wear can lead to malfunctions. One of the most common kinds of water heater problems is leaking. The only place where you should see water coming out of the water heater is a few drips from the pressure release valve. If you notice water starting to pool around the water heater tank, it’s crucial that you call professionals to find the leaks, discover why they’ve started, and then find a solution to the problem.

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Benefits of Water Heater Maintenance in Arlington, VA

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

If you own a water heater in Arlington, VA, you may rarely think about how much stress is put on your unit every day. But you use this important home convenience to take hot showers, wash your dishes, do your laundry, clean your floors, and even to wash your hands. If your water heater ever runs into problems, you may be without hot water in the middle of one of these tasks. So to keep your system vital and efficient, the technicians at OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc. recommend that you service your system as often as possible. And this doesn’t only mean calling for repairs. Water heater maintenance is a service that can keep your system from failing prematurely, and may even make your unit run more efficiently. We’ve detailed these benefits in the following guide.

  • Increased Efficiency: Regular water heater maintenance can actually save you some money. Storage tank water heaters consume a lot of energy as water must stay heated at all times so that you’ll have a supply on hand when you need it. But it may cost you even more to run if there is a leak or if a part is dirty or worn, problems that may be caught during a routine maintenance visit.
  • Longer Lifespan: While water heaters are designed to last for many years, without proper maintenance something as simple as a rusted through anode rod may cause your water heater to fail suddenly when you need it most. Maintenance may give you a few more good years with your water heater before it needs replacement.
  • Fewer Repairs: Finally, scheduling water heater maintenance now means that a repair need may be caught early on. If your water heater suddenly stops working in the middle of a hot shower, you’re probably already somewhat annoyed, and a repair call is just another inconvenience. A maintenance technician can catch problems early on, so you won’t have to deal with sudden repairs.

OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Inc., can make sure your water heater is running as smoothly as possible before we leave your home. For a longer lasting, more efficient unit, give us a call today!

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What Causes Leaks in My Water Heater?

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

If a water heater receives regular maintenance as well as repairs whenever they are required, it should serve a home for many years with a steady and sufficient supply of hot water. But eventually a water heater will run into problems, and one of the more common is water leaking from the tank or other connection points. The moment you see water pooling around the base of your water heater, call for a technician. The system will either need to be repaired, or in some cases, replaced entirely.

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Why Am I Not Receiving Enough Hot Water for My Home?

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

You depend on a supply of hot water in your home every day for numerous tasks. It’s hard to take a shower each morning without hot water, and getting cooking and cleaning done is tough and sometimes impossible when there’s insufficient hot water coming from the water heater. If you notice that your home is running out of hot water sooner than it used to, call on water heater technicians to find out what is wrong and offer you options to remedy it.

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My Water Heater Is Rusty: Should I Replace It?

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Rust is never a good sign—on anything. Although you might expect to notice rust on your water heater at some point because it has water in contact with metal, rust and other types of corrosion are generally rare for a water heater until it’s near the end of its service life. The inside of the tank is glass-lined to keep water out of contact with the tank walls, and there are other precautions in place to defend against rust.

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What Does a Tankless Water Heater Installation Entail?

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

As its name implies, a tankless water heater system brings hot water to your home without using a tank. Instead, water circulates through a heat exchange, which raises its temperature before passing it on to your faucet. That saves energy since it only heats the water you need it. It also tends to make tankless water heaters smaller than traditional tanked water heaters, which means they take up less space. A tankless water heater in Alexandria, VA, can help you maintain an efficient home, saving you money on hot water costs without skimping on little luxuries like long showers.

What does a tankless water heater installation process entail? Specifics vary according to make and model, but the general steps are usually as follows:

  • You and your installer will discuss what the hot water requirements are for your home and select a model that fits both your water usage and your budget.
  • You and the installing technician determine the best location in your house for the tankless heater, according to your wishes and needs. Local building codes may apply.
  • The technician shuts off water to the house, then disconnects the old water heater from the water supply. The process is then repeated with the old water heater’s source of energy (usually gas or electricity).
  • The old water heater is removed and properly disposed of according to local ordinances.
  • The tankless water heater is mounted to the wall or otherwise secured firmly to the spot you and your technician have decided upon. The tech will then connect it to the water supply and hook it up to the heat source. This can be complicated because different types of water heaters will have different set-ups – only a trained technician is qualified to perform the installation.
  • The technician will then test the water heater and verify all connections are secure.

If you’re considering tankless water heater installation for your home call upon the experts at OASIS Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. We’ve served the Alexandria, VA area for over fifteen years, and our technicians have the expertise to install your water heater quickly and professionally. Set up an appointment today.

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Should I Replace My Old Tank Water Heater with a Hybrid?

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

You’ve had your current water heater for many years—more than 15—and you’ve recently noticed that it’s starting to fall behind at doing its job. Maybe your heating bills are going up, or the amount of water available for morning showers has decreased, or you’ve spotted corrosion developing along the tank. Whatever the reason, you’ve made the choice to retire the old water heater and have a new one put in.

Should you install a tank water heater to replace it? Or should you go with a different type, like a hybrid water heater?

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Some Things to Consider for New Water Heater Installation

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

The water heater is one of the most important appliances in a home. Unlike the air conditioning and the heating systems, a household water heater is expected to work throughout the year, no matter the season. You always need hot water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. When you’re in the process of having a water heat put into your house—whether it’s the first installation for a new home or a replacement system for an older unit—you need to put some extra thought into your options.

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