Water Heater Installation & Repair Monroe, MI
Water heaters have steadily improved over the years, becoming more energy efficient and working with your home to lower costs and maintain heat levels you expect. Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning offers water heater repair and water heater installation in Monroe, MI. Our water heater maintenance plans keep your hot water available throughout the year nonstop.
Installing or Upgrading Water Heaters for Nonstop Hot Water
Choosing a new water heater in Monroe, MI doesn’t have to be difficult. Our skilled water heater technicians are standing by 24/7 to discuss water heater options. Some things our experts will discuss with you include:
- Electric water heaters vs. gas-powered water heaters
- Type of water heater best for your home
- Energy efficiency of water heater types
- Tank-type vs. tankless water heater
- Solar power water heater options
- Heat pump hot water systems
- Energy factor of a new water heater
- Lifetime savings
New water heater installation can save you hundreds every year. Our technicians will help you choose the best water heater for your home heating needs.
Tank-Type Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters
All of our water heaters are premium brands with multiple advantages. The type of water heater you purchase depends on your home and space availability, so our home heating technicians will help you determine exactly which water heater is right for you.
Benefits of a tankless water heater (on-demand water heater):
- Compact in size
- Wastes less water
- Unlimited hot water while operating within capacity
- Longer equipment life (20+ years)
- No risk of broken or ruptured tank
Benefits of a tank-type water heater:
- Low cost upon purchase
- Smaller power/gas requirements
- Can use solar power
- Easily adapt to re-circulation applications
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 can save you money. Tankless water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or an electric element heats the water. As a result, tankless water heaters deliver a constant supply of hot water. You don't need to wait for a storage tank to fill up with enough hot water. However, a tankless water heater's output limits the flow rate.
Gas Water Heaters
Instead of electrical-resistance elements, gas-fired heaters have a burner that's fed gas through a control valve and a thermostat switch. In an oil-fired heater, the burner is similar to that found on an oil-fired furnace. In either case, the burner is usually situated to throw a flame under the tank. The exhaust gases are vented either through a hollow core at the center of the tank or around the tank sides. Because fuel-fired heaters heat the tank, which in turn heats the water, there will be more wear and tear on the tank than with electric heat. A fuel-fired heater, therefore, may have a shorter life expectancy than an electric heater.
Electric Water Heaters
The typical electric unit is wired to a 220-volt circuit. To heat the water, the current passes through electrical-resistance heating elements—usually two, one at the middle of the tank and one at the bottom. Power is delivered to each element through a thermostat—a switch that senses the water temperature. When the temperature drops, the switch closes to allow current flow, and it opens when the temperature reaches its preset limit. Thermostats have a dial for setting the maximum water temperature—generally between 130 degrees and 140 degrees, or as low as about 120 degrees for increased energy savings and scald protection.
Water Heater Repair
Water heaters are among the most reliable home appliances, offering long lifespans. However, if your water heater breaks, or you think there is a problem with your water heater, call our water heater repair technicians. Some water heater problems our specialists troubleshoot include:
- No hot water
- Inadequate hot water
- Rust-colored water
- Low rumbling or popping noise
- High-pitched whining
- Rotten egg odor
- Water leaking around base of heater
Iceberg’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning features the best water heater options and services. When discussing your water heater installation or repair, be sure to ask about heat pump hot water systems for ultimate energy efficiency.
Water Heater Installation Cost
The average cost across the nation for a water heater installation is around $900 for a tank water heater system and around $3,000 for a tankless water heater system. As you can see, the tankless system costs quite a bit more to have installed in your home or business. Consider it an investment, however, as it reduces both water usage and energy usage, so you will save money on your monthly bills. Both tanks sufficiently heat the water in your home, but they accomplish the task in different ways.
Of course, the cost to have a water heater installed in your home or business varies based on a few different factors. For example, if you require a larger tank to sufficiently heat the water in your house, you may end up paying a bit more. The actual size will play a major part in the overall cost of the installation. Labor and materials will also factor into the cost.
Heating Repair FAQs
Why should I leave water heater repair or installation to the professionals?
We completely understand that many homeowners want to cut costs by performing installation and repair jobs completely by their lonesome. We’re homeowners, too, so we understand this mentality. However, we really do need to advise against such activities. You see, heating systems are complex systems with a lot of moving parts. If a single part in the system breaks down, the whole heater will cease to work. Replacing that part may work if you happen to replace it correctly, but with so much heating technology advancing and using new technology each year, it really does take a trained professional who has experience with the specific systems to correctly repair or install a heater. If you fix or install something wrong, the cost will be far worse when a professional has to come in to rectify the problem and perform the original job. This is why we advise against amateur installations; to save you money.
What does the Energy Factor (EF) on my water heater mean?
On every water heater sold these days, an Energy Factor rating is listed on the side of the unit or the original packaging the heater came in. This rating estimates exactly how energy efficient the system will be when it is cared for through cleaning and maintenance. The higher the energy efficiency, the more money you will save on your bills each month. If the unit is dirty or breaks down constantly, your energy efficiency will lower significantly. This will, effectively, cost you more money to run it each month.
When purchasing a brand new water heater, homeowners really do need to explore their options and perform a bit of research before making any purchases. Remember, the higher the energy factor, the more efficient the heater will be. This is the option you want! Our technicians would be more than happy to offer advice and point you in the correct direction for a new heater.
How can I save energy with my water heater?
To save energy and spend less money on your energy bills each month, we highly advise homeowners take a few specific steps. To start, using less water is the simplest method to reducing your energy usage and saving money. The second most common method is to simply use less heat. During the cold winter months, however, that may not be possible.
Alternatively, you can hire Iceberg’s One Hour Air to insulate the pipes and your tank, as well as install heat traps to reduce the amount of heat and energy you lose through cracks and crevices in the home. These cracks actually account for a lot of wasted energy each year. Many homeowners are oblivious to how much energy seeps out of their home and into the outdoors. On top of installations and repairs, our technicians can also advise and guide you on exact methods to save energy and get the most of your heating and cooling systems within the home.