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Traditional Water Heaters

There are many factors to consider when replacing a residential hot water heater. However, the factors topping the list for most consumers are size, energy efficiency and overall cost, which should include installation.

  • Proper water heater size provides your household with enough hot water for showers, dishes, hand washing etc. Evaluate your water heater needs
  • An energy efficient unit reduces costs and saves natural resources
  • Consumer research shows price as the biggest deciding factor when making a selection
  • Call the Superior Plumbing & Drain Team for a hot water heater evaluation.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as demand-type or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. They don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage water heaters, which help save you money. This type of water heater is popular in larger households when taking consecutive showers and washing dishes can occur simultaneously. The initial cost of a tankless water heater is greater than that of a conventional unit, but tankless water heaters typically last longer and have lower operating and energy costs, which could offset its higher purchase price.

Water Heater Maintenance & Repairs

Every manufacturer has a suggested lifespan for their water heater products. Based on these suggestions, a water heater should last between 8 to 12 years. We have assembled a few tips to help prolong the lifespan and prevent problems from becoming larger issues. When you need service or maintenance on your water heater, call Superior Plumbing & Drain.

  • Draining the heater each year helps remove sediment and prevents that sediment from corroding internal components
  • The Anode Rod is designed to attract the minerals in water so the rod corrodes before the lining of your heater does. This rod should be replaced every few years. A simple check by one of our trained professionals will determine the condition of the rod and your heater.
  • Drain pans allow you to detect water leaks before they become a messy and expensive problem. For new units, drain pans are mandatory by building code.
  • As a result of earthquakes and aftershock that can be felt in the Las Vegas area, earthquake straps are mandatory by building code. For older units that are "grandfathered in", the installation of a drain pan and earthquake straps should be considered.