SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

What Does the Anode Rod Do?

Monday, August 9th, 2021

Sacrificial anode rods are an essential component in tank-style water heaters. You can screw them into the top of the tank so that they protrude into the water stored inside. These rods help add to the tank’s longevity and make sure it keeps working.

A sacrificial anode rod possesses a lower, negative electrochemical potential and attracts any particles of limestone, iron, or other minerals that may be present in the water. These minerals would typically cause the tank to corrode over time. However, when you add an anode rod, the minerals corrode the rod instead. This is why it is called a “sacrificial anode rod”: it sacrifices itself in order to extend the water heater’s life.

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Everything You Need to Know About Standby Heat Loss

Monday, April 5th, 2021

This might seem like an obscure blog topic, but bear with us. Time and time again we see homeowners who are the unknowing victim of a water heater that’s wasting energy. The term standby heat loss refers to the heat that gets lost from a tank water heating system that’s not being used. While this is an unfortunate reality of tank water heating systems, your standby heat loss doesn’t have to be quite so bad.

Water heaters in Glassboro are complex, which is why our team is stacked with specialists who know their way around one. If you’re seeing a skyrocketing energy or fuel bill from your water heater, then we implore you to keep reading and call us for help. There are upgrades, improvements, and repairs that our team can make that are specifically designed to mitigate standby heat loss and make sure your water heater is as efficient as possible.

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What’s So Special About a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, December 14th, 2020

Some homeowners might think it’s strange to call an appliance “special.” After all, nobody calls their car special, or their dishwasher special, right? Well, it depends on how you view things.

We’d call anything special that leads to you feeling comfortable and being able to enjoy the holidays with loved ones (even remotely) this year. In the spirit of the season, it’s great to take a moment and be thankful for hot water when you’re taking a soothingly long shower. And, if your home is lacking hot water, then it might be time to upgrade.

Tankless water heaters are a different kind of water heating solution we offer. They’re not like tank water heaters in Sewell, NJ in many ways, and they could be perfect for your home. In fact, they could be the special water heater that keeps you happy for years to come!

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Tank vs Tankless: Which Water Heater Is for Me?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

water-heaterIt’s easy to take our water heaters for granted, despite them being one of the appliances that we rely on the most (can you imagine bathing without hot water?)

When it comes time to replace your water heater—or if you’re installing one for a brand new home—then you’ll want to trust in an expert of plumbing in Sewell, NJ to help you decide.

There are many differences between the two units. The “best” unit is the one that can serve your needs best! Here’s a brief rundown on both systems:

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Is It Time to Flush Your Water Heater?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

tank-water-heaterIf they gave trophies to home appliances, water heaters would be winning one every year (and we’re not talking about the obligatory trophies they give to all the kids on the team). Nearly every appliance in your home relies on the water heater. If the sink gets clogged, sure, you might not be able to use your sink for the day. But if something happens to the water heater? The sink, the washer, and the shower are out of commission (unless you like freezing showers).

What we’re trying to say is: You have to take care of your water heater. One way to do that is by flushing the sediments that collect at the bottom of the tank.

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You Might Need a New Water Heater if it Fits This List

Monday, July 16th, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters can last quite a while, but they don’t last forever. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your water heater if you’ve had it for a while, so that you can tell as early as possible whether or not the system is in need of replacement. If you miss the warning signs, you risk suddenly finding yourself without hot water when your system breaks down on you. So, consider consulting a technician about installing a new water heater if your current system fits this list of symptoms.

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Careful of These Water Heater Problems

Monday, December 18th, 2017

tank-water-heaterPeople tend to worry about the strain their heaters are put under during the winter, and their air conditioners during the summer. Very few worry too much about their water heaters, though. That’s unfortunate, because though water heaters are designed to be quite tough, they are not invincible.

It’s important that you be able to identify problems with your water heater as quickly as possible, so that you can have it repaired before it gets any worse. The following are some of the more common water heater problems that your system may find itself dealing with.

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Is it Time for a New Water Heater?

Monday, October 9th, 2017

plumber-water-heaterAs we move deeper into the fall season, now is the time to take stock of your home and see what needs to be done to prepare it for the winter. Part of those preparations might include installing a new system in your home, like a water heater. Water heaters are designed to last for quite a long time, especially if they are properly taken care of. No system lasts forever, though. Sooner or later, you’re going to need your replace your system. If you aren’t sure whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced, there are a number of signs to look for.

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The 5 Benefits of Using a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, January 30th, 2017

showerIt can be more than a little frustrating for major home systems, especially something like a water heater. There are quite a few options available on the market today, and it can be more than a little daunting finding the right system for your needs. The more knowledge you have about the various systems on the market, though, the better you’ll be able to make a decision. Tankless water heaters have been rising in popularity over the last couple of decades, for a number of reasons. Let’s go over five of the biggest reasons that you should consider installing a tankless water heater in your home.

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Problems That Lead to Water Heater Replacement

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Water heaters are built to last for quite a while, but they are not invincible. If you want to get the most out of your water heater, you need to be aware of the kinds of problems that threaten to shorten its lifespan. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing the system far sooner than you thought you would. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that can lead to water heater replacement.

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