Water Heater Repair & Installation

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Anthony is available around the clock for emergency service.  We promise to replace your water heater the same day. The guaranteed Hot Water Today or You Don’t Pay applies to residential 40 and 50 gallon water heaters.

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Today’s tanks are safer and more efficient than ever. We offer six water heater options to fit all residential needs. And we are Kansas City’s tankless experts. In addition, we install hot water recirculating systems which are a nice addition to your home’s plumbing for instant-hot water at all faucets and showers. The only way to learn what’s right for your needs is to call us to schedule a FREE ESTIMATE.

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Learn about safety expansion tanks

What type of maintenance should I do on my water heater?

Water Heater manufacturers recommend a plumbing professional perform annual maintenance to your water heater — from periodic checks on the anode rod, to ensuring that all connections are secure. Call Anthony to find out how we clean your water heater and ensure a longer tank life.

Water Heater Maintenances can be added to Anthony ASAP Annual Heating & Cooling Program.

Why doesn’t my old water heater make as much hot water as it used to?

Your tank likely has sediment buildup. As water heaters age, they tend to accumulate sediment and lime deposits in the water that is being heated and delivered through the faucets. If the heater is not cleaned periodically, the sediment may rise to a level that will act as a barrier between the burner and the water, making it harder to heat. An article published in a national ASPE plumbing journal states: for every half inch of sediment on the bottom of a gas fired water heater, it requires 70% more fuel to heat the water.

Water Heater Safety

Ensure that there are no sources of flammable vapors in the same area as your water heater: gasoline, heating oils, lighter fluid, propane, etc.

Keep the top of the water heater clean. If you notice water dripping on the water heater from any piping, contact an Anthony plumber to have the leak repaired.

Keep the space around your water heater clean and free of dirt, boxes, paint cans, aerosol cans, household cleaners and trash. It is important to keep the heater accessible for proper operation and easy maintenance.

High Efficient Water Heaters

When our customers ask us about a high efficient tank water heater, we have 2 recommendations. The FX is the highest efficiency, direct change water heater on the market. Direct change means we can use your existing flue pipe and existing gas line. When the burner comes on in a standard tank water heater, it pulls combustible air in, but unfortunately pushes that heat out at the same rate, which means a lot of that heat is going up through your roof instead of going into your water. What makes the FX different is its patented air-intake system. It has an exterior fan which pushes air into the combustion chamber, creating a turbo-charged effect. The tighter baffling system traps more of the heat and transfers it into the water so less heat is escaping through your roof. Another benefit is the electronic ignition which means no more standing pilot light, and it also has an electronic temperature control.

For our customers who want even higher efficiency and have needs for more hot water, we recommend the Vertex. This water heater is up to 96% efficient. What makes it so efficient is the heat from the sealed combustion chamber travels through a submerged coil, which means almost all the heat is transferred into the water, which gives you more hot water and lower gas bills. Because of the high efficiency of the Vertex, it produces condensation in the exhaust. This means it must be vented with PVC pipe, typically out the side of your home.

Safety expansion tanks are required by code 2009 IPC 607.3.

Safety expansion tank diagram from Anthony Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling.

Thermal expansion is what happens when water is heated.

Unlike air, water cannot be compressed. When water is heated, it grows in volume and has to go somewhere. This occurrence in a water heater causes serious problems. A thermal expansion tank is required to keep your tank and family safe.

Pressure reducing valves (PRVs), are installed at the home’s water supply pipe and they act as one-way valves, preventing flow back into the city water supply pipe. This non-return barrier results in a “closed system”. The closed system is the reason heated water has no where to go when it expands, causing thermal expansion inside your home’s water system.

Thermal expansion threatens to create more pressure than the water heater can withstand. Left unchecked, dangerous pressure will cause expensive leaks and damages that go beyond the water heater to the pipes, fittings, fixtures, and worse, if a pipe or the water heater bursts. A pressure relief valve is included on every tank, but it is not a thermal expansion device. And it can become ineffective when blocked by mineral deposits as the result of constantly dripping water.

When water is heated, it expands in volume as much as 3 to 4 percent, depending on the initial and final temperature. If there is no demand for hot water at the faucets, the expanded volume of water has nowhere to go. Water is incompressible so the expanded water cannot be accommodated and it will act like a hydraulic ram, exerting an increase in pressure which can result in potentially dangerous levels.

Water heater manufacturers recognize the danger. They warn consumers that if a heater is installed in a home with a closed system, with no provisions for thermal expansion control (a safety tank), dangerous pressure conditions will occur that could threaten life and property. Plumbing codes now require all homes that have a pressure reducing valve to also have a thermal expansion tank.

A thermal expansion tank is installed by a professional plumber on the supply piping to the water heater. This tank is pre-pressurized, so water does not enter the tank under normal pressures. As thermal expansion occurs, the expanded water is forced into the expansion tank and released when the pressure levels out.