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Kansas City Water Heater Services
Do you happen to know what the single hardest-working appliance in your home is? It’s your water heater. Every time you use hot water in your home, which is probably multiple times a day, you’re making use of your water heater. That’s quite a bit more use than your heater or air conditioner, with a correspondingly high amount of wear and tear on the system. Some types of water heaters never turn off at all, instead constantly working to maintain a standing supply of hot water.
If you want your water heater to last as long as possible, you’re going to need to make sure that it gets the best professional services available. Lutz Plumbing, Inc. offers a full range of water heater installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement services throughout the area. Call today to schedule water heater services in Kansas City and the surrounding area with one of our expert technicians.
Types of Water Heaters We Service
We install and service a wide range of water heater types, including:
- Tank Water Heaters:
- Tank water heaters are the oldest, and most widespread, of the water heater types. They’re designed around a large storage tank, which holds and heats water constantly in case it needs to be used. Tank water heaters are very sturdy, and difficult to exhaust with all but the heaviest demand. However, they are less energy efficient than other types.
- Tankless Water Heaters:
- A tankless water heater doesn’t use a storage tank to heat water, instead relying on a heat exchanger to warm it on its way to the destination. Tankless water heaters will turn on only when needed, and turn off as soon as demand subsides. This makes them more energy efficient than tank water heaters, but there is a slight delay between calling for hot water and having it arrive at the faucet.
Pressure Reducing Valves and Thermal Expansion Tanks -- What are the requirements?
- Do I need a pressure reducing valve on my incoming water line? IPC 604.8
If the water pressure coming into a home or building exceeds 80 psi, an approved water-pressure reducing valve conforming to ASSE 1003 or CSA B356 with strainer shall be installed to reduce the pressure in the water distribution pipes to not greater than 80 psi. Our plumbers can put a pressure test on the incoming water line and if it reads above 80 psi, we will then install a pressure reducing valve in accordance with International Plumbing Code (IPC) 604.8
- Do I need a thermal expansion tank on my water heater? IPC 607.3
If you have a pressure reducing valve, the answer is yes. As stated above, the pressure reducing valve regulates the water pressure to a safe level of 80 psi or less, but when that water flows into a water heater, the heat on the water causes pressure to rise, leading to pipe expansion and wear and tear on the water heater due to changes in pressure. Thermal expansion control is required by IPC code 607.3 for water services inside a structure that are sized up to and including 2", and that because of thermal expansion (pressure on piping due to heating of water), the pressure on the downstream side of a pressure reducing valve exceeds to the pressure reducing valve setting. A thermal expansion tank is a means for controlling increased pressure that is caused when water is heated.
Call Us for Water Heater Installation & Repair Services in Kansas City
As previously mentioned, your water heater is one of the most important parts of your home. As such, you’re going to want to find the best contractor you can to handle your water heater services. Lutz Plumbing, Inc. offers the best water heater installation services in the area, so that your water heater can receive the best possible start to its years of service.
A good installation isn’t the only thing your system is going to need, though. In order to make sure that your water heater lasts as long as possible, you should schedule maintenance at least once a year. That will give us plenty of opportunity to catch problems before they become much of an issue. If and when a problem occurs between appointments, though, be sure to schedule repairs as soon as you can to limit the damage. Call today for an appointment.