How Important Commercial Water Heater Maintenance is?

We might have spoken plenty of times about residential water heaters, but we need to get the word out about commercial water heater maintenance as well! If you thought hot water was important for your home, it’s much more important for your business.

That’s because businesses, by law, have to provide hot water in their restrooms for safety purposes. If you’ve got an office building or a building that you lease to tenants, hot water is incredibly necessary for safety and comfort purposes. Without a functioning commercial water heater, you could see a legal issue soon. Not only that, but restaurants in our area also require hot water especially where it relates to hand washing and food preparation.

That’s why we advise that no business or building owner in our area take their chances with commercial water heaters. It’s always a good idea to have a professional team provide commercial water heater maintenance yearly to ensure you’ve got functioning hot water.

Increase the System’s Efficiency

Commercial water heaters use up a lot of the energy that you pay for when it comes to your business or building. The longer a water heater goes without maintenance, the more inefficient it’s going to run. An inefficient commercial water heater is going to raise your energy or fuel bill and cause you additional headaches since there’s nothing you can do about it if you’re not a trained and certified water heater specialist.

Make sure that your water heater is functioning as efficiently as possible. It will save you money and the maintenance appointment could pay for itself!

Increase the Lifespan

Commercial water heater replacement can be a real hassle. Especially if you’re on a tight budget, these systems can cost an arm and a leg just to be sized correctly and installed. However, if you’re noticing that your old water heater being replaced is only four or five years old, you’ve got a much bigger problem on your hands.

Commercial water heaters are built to last 15-20 years when they’re properly installed, and receiving professional maintenance is the first step to extending the lifespan of your system! Schedule yearly maintenance with our team so that your commercial water heater can enjoy the longest lifespan possible.

Volume Issues

As sediment builds up in your commercial water heater, the volume of hot water in your water heater will begin to reduce. This can be an issue for your customers, employees, or building tenants because they receive perpetually less water than they need.

Sign up for commercial water heater maintenance today so you can maximize the amount of hot water that comes from your system. Don’t deal with the complaints from the people in your business or building, have this issue nipped in the bud.

Minor Repairs

The last and perhaps most important benefit that comes from commercial water heater maintenance is the fact that a specialist will perform minor repairs that keep your system running well. What we’re trying to say, is that commercial water heater maintenance is absolutely worth the money.

Some Misunderstandings About Tankless Water Heaters

We think tankless water heaters are fantastic options for homeowners looking to make upgrades to their hot water systems. The conventional water heater—a storage tank water heater—holds a supply of water in a tank and keeps it at a constant temperature for when a tap turns on. A tankless water heater doesn’t store a supply of hot water at all. Instead, it heats up water when there’s a demand for it.

Tankless water heaters offer a number of benefits for homes, provided professionals handle the job of finding the right sized unit and then properly installing it. If you have questions about installing a tankless water heater, please ask our experts anything and they’ll be happy to help.

Below we’ve put down a list of misunderstandings about tankless water heaters we often have to clear up.

Tankless water heaters are “instant hot” appliances

This is a confusion between a tankless water heater with a hot water recirculation system, which is a set-up that can immediately deliver hot water to taps. As with a storage tank water heater, there’s delay time between when a tap comes on and when the tankless water heater can deliver the hot water.

Tankless water heaters can’t provide enough hot water

Because tankless water heaters work differently from standard water heaters, it’s easy to assume they won’t be able to keep up with household demands. However, as long as the water heater is properly matched to your household’s standard hot water usage, there’s no reason it can’t deliver as much hot water as you need every day. In fact, tankless water heaters won’t run out of hot water at all, the way a storage water heater can.

Tankless water heaters are too expensive to be worth it

It is true that tankless water heaters are more expensive to purchase up front than standard units, and in some situations, it’s simply a better match for a household budget to stick with a storage water heater. But the long-term savings from a tankless water heater are tremendous, and installation will rapidly pay for itself and then keep delivering savings. Tankless water heaters are around 25% more efficient than other water heaters, and that’s before considering how less often these water heaters have to run. Tankless water heaters only come on when there’s demand for hot water, while a storage tank water heater must run regularly to keep replacing heat lost from the tank.

All tankless water heaters are equal

There’s no one-size-fits-all tankless water heater! It’s important to have the flow rate and temperature differential of the water heater matched to the home to ensure there’s enough hot water to meet daily needs. However, you won’t have to worry about choosing the right water heater for your household—that’s where our professionals come in.

You can trust to our team to ensure you end up with the best water heater solution. We not only install storage tank and tankless water heaters, we also install heat pump water heaters, which are beneficial for homes that don’t use natural gas power.

HVAC Troubleshooting Tips

Sometimes, it's necessary to contact an HVAC professional. Other times, you can take simple actions to fix problems on your own with your HVAC system. Here are a few DIY tips to help you troubleshoot common HVAC issues.

Check for Suspicious Odors

There shouldn't be any odd smells coming from your HVAC system. If you notice strange odors in your home, take a closer look at your system. Unusual odors include metal, burning dust, mold, rotten eggs, and burning fuel. Problems that cause these odors can be solved by a service visit from a technician at VanMech Plumbing & Heating.

Inspect the Return and Supply Vents

Return and supply vents are important parts of your HVAC system. When they're blocked, it can affect the airflow in your home. Dirt and debris can accumulate in these areas. Check your return and supply vents for obstructions. Remove anything that may be obstructing the airflow.

Change the Batteries in the Thermostat

If your thermostat is powered by batteries, it may be time to change them. When batteries get low, it can affect your thermostat's performance. Be sure to place the batteries in the right direction.

Change Dirty Air Filters

When was the last time you changed the filters in your HVAC system? If it has been over three months, they're probably dirty. Old air filters can reduce your system's efficiency. Mark your calendar to inspect the condition of your air filters every month. Keep extra filters in storage in case you need to change them. One of our technicians can also perform this task at your Vancouver property.

Check the Circuit Breaker

The electrical system in your house provides energy for different appliances. When your system gets overloaded, the circuit breaker can trip. If the switch to your HVAC system has tripped, flip it back on.