At Atlanta Plumber Service we do something quite rare in the plumbing business – install water heaters for a fair price. We carry conventional water heaters and tankless water heater solutions and specialize in water heater repair, water heater replacement, Tankless water heater installation, and other plumbing issues.
All homes have one or two. The fact of the matter is, water heaters are an very important part of any residential plumbing system. They provide hot water for showers, faucets, laundry and other uses, and they are actually required by plumbing code and health regulations. They can be heated by gas or electricity, and can be located in a variety of places in the home. It is common to find hot water heaters in basement, garages, attics, crawlspaces, and closets. Some older homes had them in kitchens, bathrooms, or bedroom. This is now not allowed by code, stating that a water heater may NOT be located in ANY living space. So, basements and garages are now the common sense locations for a heater.
Gas-powered hot water heaters use natural gas (or in some rare cases, propane) to heat the tank of water. A pilot light in the heater’s fire chamber stays light 24 hours a day, and ignites the burner when the thermostat reads a temperature below the minimum setting. Temperatures are adjustable up to about 125-130 degrees, although this is too hot for everyday use. Gas water heaters have an average life span of about 12-15 years with normal use, and are the most common type of water heater. They require little to no maintenance, and provide quick, efficient heat. We install Rheem hot water heaters, most notably the Guardian/Fury models. This is due to the fact that Rheem heaters have an great track record for quality, long service life, and they have excellent customer service.
Electric water heaters use 220-240 volt electricity to heat the tank. These elements are controlled and monitored by thermostats located on the side of the unit. By using the electricity, the thermostats heat the element to red hot, thus heating the surrounding water inside the tank. On most hot water heaters, there is an upper and a lower element and thermostat. Often times during an electric water heater’s life, the heating elements and thermostats may have to be serviced or replaced. This can be caused by electrical surges, faulty wiring, or other circumstances. The repair is generally inexpensive, and we can perform it for you within an hour. Electric hot water heaters last for about the same amount of time as gas units, and when replacement time comes, we are your guys. We replace anywhere from 10-15 hot water heaters every week, sometimes more. We have a ready supply of any type of water heater you prefer, and we will supply you with a full warranty, both on our labor and the hot water heater itself.