Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Should I Install a Tankless Water Heater in My Home?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

If it’s time for a replacement water heater, or you have a brand new home that needs a water heater, you have a number of options from which to choose. One of these is a tankless hot water heater. While these system have gotten a lot of notoriety lately, you need to examine if this type of system is a good fit for you and your home before purchasing one. The plumbing experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air can help with all of your hot water installation needs, from sizing to completing the installation. Just give us a call and schedule an appointment for your home in Sacramento, CA. (more…)

Hybrid Water Heaters: The Best of Both Worlds

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The tank vs. tankless decision involving water heaters can be a tough one for homeowners to decide upon. The two units operate very differently, and there may be some aspects of each type that you like or don’t like. If you need a new water heater and have been on the fence about choosing between a tank or tankless hot water heater, we may have the perfect solution for you: a hybrid water heater. Hybrid water heaters combine the best of both systems, offering you a great compromise between the two units. And when you hire the experts at Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air for installation, repair, maintenance or replacement, you can rest assured that your hybrid system will be well attended to. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our hot water heater experts! (more…)

What Is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

A water heater has a few vital components that make it possible for water to heat up and flow into the faucets and sinks in your home. The dip tube is a long pipe through which cold water enters at the top of the tank and flows all the way to the bottom. The burner at the bottom of the tank heats up the water, using natural gas and an ignition source for heating. Or, if you have an electric water heater, the electronic heating elements at the bottom and upper-middle portions of the tank heat up the water, which then naturally rises to the top of the tank. Finally, a small tube at the top allows the water to flow into the faucet.

The sacrificial anode rod is one of the most important components of the storage tank water heater, yet it doesn’t participate in this heating process at all. But it does serve an equally important role: keeping the tank from rusting. The water heater is made of steel—an iron alloy—and anything made of iron that comes into contact with water risks corrosion. Only three things must be present in order for something to rust: iron, water, and oxygen. And rusting always leads to corrosion. As holes start to form in the tank, water may leak into your home. Most experts recommend replacing the tank at the first sign of rust to prevent this from happening.

Most water heater tanks have a lining that keeps the tank from rusting for a time, but it’s not thick enough to ward off rust for its entire lifespan. Thankfully, the sacrificial anode rod attracts the particles that cause corrosion. This is a small rod that sits in the middle of your water heater tank and essentially sacrifices itself for the good of the tank. During this heroic deed, an anode rod may wear down entirely, until it gets to the point where it can no longer serve your tank. Occasional maintenance is necessary so that a technician can examine your tank and replace your anode rod if it is too worn down.

Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air has a long history of servicing water heaters in Roseville. Call us today to schedule an appointment for quality repairs, installation, or regular maintenance.

Why You Should Consider a Tankless Water Heater

Friday, November 7th, 2014

For the majority of homeowners in America, the thought of a water heater conjures up an image of a large, cylindrical tank that heats and stores an ample amount of hot water for use throughout the home. But your new water heater options are no longer restricted to this convention. The rise of the tankless water heater in the residential market allows you to take a different route when it comes to heating your water, one that is potentially much more energy efficient, and one that supplies a virtually endless stream of hot water to the various appliances in your home.

A conventional tank water heater works by means of a heat exchanger fueled by natural gas or electricity that sits at the bottom of a large tank, and that continues to heat your water until the tank is filled. There are various other components that make up your system, but that’s the basic picture. A tankless water heater foregoes the use of a large cylindrical tank entirely. Instead of a heat exchanger that heats your hot water and stores it immediately, it only begins to heat your water when you call for it. It’s an “on-demand” water heater that uses a high-efficiency heat exchanger to instantly provide the much-needed amenity throughout your plumbing system.

Standby energy loss is the phrase used to describe one of the drawbacks of a tank water heater, which occurs when thermal energy is lost from the water in your tank. No matter how well insulated your tank is, this remains an issue for most systems. It’s simply inevitable that your hot water will need to be continually reheated to ensure it complies with your temperature requirements. A tankless water heater avoids this entirely, which is the primary reason these systems are rated so highly when it comes to energy efficiency.

Let us take care of your tankless water heater needs. If you’d like to learn more about this technology for use in your home or your existing water heater needs service, we can oblige you. Call Bronco Plumbing Heating and Air today to schedule your tankless water heater service in Sacramento.