An unexpected cold shower is a clear indicator that something is wrong with your water heater. Rushing to make a decision about a water heater the moment it dies is a very real temptation – one we would highly recommend you resist. Choosing to repair your water heater or install a new water heater for your home means evaluating energy-efficiency, ventilation type, and installation costs. You have a lot of options based on fuel and system: electric or gas water heaters, storage or tankless water heaters. How do you choose a water heater replacement?
Jacobs Heating & Air Conditioning experts can help you make the right decision. We carry a variety of hot water heaters so that your home or business has the best and most efficient water heaters around.
Water heaters have a lifespan of about 8 to 12 years so it is good to keep an eye out for problems. Clearly, a water heater that is not working is hard to miss. But there are other signs that it is time for a new unit. And there are risks that come from ignoring issues – leaks being the most destructive. Having a Jacobs technician come out for an evaluation and address needed repairs will keep a small problem from becoming a big one.
Rust is the enemy of steel water heaters. Once it sets in it starts to spread and will eat through water pipes and tanks. Rust showing up in your water is a sign that you should do some investigation. Rust could be in the pipes or inside the tank itself. Where the rust is located will determine if you will need to repair or replace your water heater.
Age makes us all cranky and your water heater tells you it’s getting old by making loud noises as it heats up. Sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank over time, making it harder for the water heater to do its job efficiently. Our licensed experts can perform annual flushings to help reduce leaks and cracks.
This one is an obvious problem but it actually might be something that is easy to repair — or it might indicate that your water heater needs replacement. There are three main reasons your water heater is not doing its job: a misadjusted thermostat, a broken heating element, or tank that is too small for the size of your household.
An insulated reservoir where water is heated and stored until needed. The two most popular types of conventional tank water heaters are electric or gas.
If gas is your main source of fuel then a gas-fueled heater is possibly your best option.
Have an electric-powered home? You will probably want to replace it with an electric water heater.
Heated coils are used to heat the water on demand without a tank. This is incredibly efficient as the water is only heated when it’s needed.
Deciding on a new water heater depends on a variety of things. What type is your current water heater? Does it do the job? What kind of fuel do you want to use? How many people are in your home? Here is a quick overview of some of your options:
These models are most commonly 50 gallons, but there are 30 and 60 gallons available as well. The capacity you want depends on the size of your household and how much hot water you use. Using natural gas, electricity, fuel oil, or propane, these tanks continuously heat water to keep a full store at the ready. That means you’re paying to have hot water whether you need it or not.
These models are excellent for families that need to multitask. Wash laundry, take a shower and run the dishes all at the same time without fear of running out of hot water. Tankless water heaters are incredibly energy-efficient. They also take up less space. The initial investment in a tankless water heater is higher than conventional water heaters but they offer endless hot water for your family’s needs.
We know that you don’t pick out water heaters every day. Jacobs knowledgeable techs are ready to walk you through the decision and find the right water heater for you.
The Navien Condensing tankless water heater is a win-win — it can heat a continuous flow of water with superior efficiency. Translation: you save money. With reduced annual carbon dioxide emissions, Navien is one of the most environmentally-friendly hot water solutions on the market. No matter how many people live in your house, hot water is always at your fingertips. Multitask all you like – you’ll never run short on hot water, even during Portland’s cold winter days.
Founded in a garage in 1946, State has a long history of building durable commercial and residential water heater products. Featuring a full line of durable water heaters, over 500 products to choose from, including electric, gas & propane, and tankless water heaters, State Water Heaters focuses on new technologies to provide customizable, and energy-efficient solutions for your home.
State’s line of tankless water heaters feature groundbreaking designs, stronger components, and are ENERGY STAR ® qualified to provide a long-lasting supply of hot water.
Water is one of the most used resources in your home. Every day you flip on a faucet or shower expecting hot water to be at your fingertips. When that doesn’t happen, Jacobs Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to send an expert technician to get your water heater repaired or walk you through the installation decision for a new water heater. Better yet, we can help with regular maintenance so an emergency installation is never an issue.
Technologies change, even in water heaters. Jacobs’ consultants understand the newest technologies so we can find the best solution for you.