Tankless Water Heaters

Called tankless or on-demand systems, these don’t store any hot water. Rather, when you request water, this system starts the heating process instantly. Tankless heaters can be part of a whole centralized system. Learn more about tankless units!

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters are prevalent because electricity is widely available. Additionally, there are tank heaters, tankless, and other varieties of water heaters that are made that can be powered by electricity.

Gas Water Heaters

Natural gas is common for several types of water heaters, as many brands and models have been designed to be compatible with gas. If your property is gas line compatible, a gas water heater installation might be right for you.

Water Softeners

For affordable water softener installation or repair services in the Greater Dayton or Greater Cincinnati areas, call Five Star Dayton Plumbing today.

Plumbing Repair & Diagnostics in Miami Valley, Ohio

We are your friendly local expert plumbing group that offers all types of commercial and residential plumbing needs, including plumbing installations, plumbing inspections, plumbing maintenance, plumbing repairs, sewage line work, excavation work, and drain work including clogged drains.

4 Common Water Heater Repairs

Water Leaking From the Top

If you see a you leak the top of your electric water heater, it could be one of a few things. The cold inlet or hot outlet pipes may be loose, the T&P valve may have failed, or the inlet valve may be leaking. All are easily fixed.

No Hot Water

Water in an electric water heater is heated by two heating elements (in most cases). The most common reason for absolutely no hot water is that the circuit breaker has tripped and you should first check the breaker box.

If that’s not the cause, the heating elements may have failed and need replacement. It may also be an issue with the limit/reset switch on the thermostat. It may have tripped due to the water being way too hot or failed and needs replacement.

Not Enough Hot Water

Not having enough hot water is most likely due to a problem with the thermostat. It may be as simple as adjusting the desired water temperature on the thermostat for the particular heating element. On electric models, the thermostat is usually hidden behind an access panel on the side of the tank and a layer of insulation. Unlike gas models, an electric thermostat is set at the factory and not intended to be changed but is sometimes necessary to do so.

Water Takes Too Long to Reheat

This is one of the downsides with electric water heaters. On average, recovery time (time it takes to reheat entire supply of water) on an electric model is double that of a comparable gas model. The amount of time it takes to heat up water can vary quite a bit between different models. Newer is usually better.

Water Heater & Water Softener Services FAQ

How long should a water heater last?

Our residential water heaters would last a lifetime; however, that isn’t the case in the real world. On average, a typical water heater should last anywhere from 6 to 13 years. Keep in mind that the longevity of your water heater depends on the care and maintenance performed. Our experts suggest having a scheduled annual draining and flushing.

What size water heater do I need?

There are a few things to consider when deciding what size of water heater you should purchase for your home. First, how many people are in your home. According to Energy.gov, a small 50-60 gallon water heater will be sufficient for up to 2-3 people. A medium-sized 60-80 gallon water heater will be big enough for 3-4 people. If you have more than 4 people in your home, you need to invest in a large water heater that stores more than 80 gallons of water. Next, it depends on your hot water usage. To determine this, think about if you use 3 or more hot water appliances in a short amount of time. If so, you may want to invest in a larger water heater despite the number of people in your home. Lastly, to find the perfect sized water heater for your home, figure out your home’s First Hour Rating (FHR). This number relates to the total number of gallons your hot water tank can provide throughout your home in an hour. You can find this number on a manufacturer’s website, or you can call Five Star Dayon Plumbing for assistance.

What is hard water?

When water is referred to as ‘hard’, it contains more minerals than plain water. These are primarily the minerals calcium and magnesium—the degree of hardness of the water increases, when more calcium and magnesium dissolve. Magnesium and calcium are positively charged ions. Because of their presence, other positively charged ions will dissolve less easily in hard water than in water that does not contain calcium and magnesium. This is the cause of the fact that soap doesn’t really dissolve in hard water.

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Five Star Dayton Plumbing is always available for your residential and commercial plumbing needs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we serve homeowners throughout Dayton, Kettering, Trotwood, Xenia, Beavercreek, Fairborn, Yellow Springs, Troy, Miamisburg, Centerville, Circleville, Lebanon, West Chester, Maineville, Mason, Loveland, Springboro, Spring Valley, Springfield, Clayton, Englewood, and more. Whether you live in the Miami Valley or the Greater Cincinnati area, we are happy to come out to your home or business and help with anything related to plumbing, while providing free estimates.

We are your trusted local plumbing experts (top-rated commercial and residential plumbing services) for all types of plumbing-related issues, including toilet repair, drain repair, clogged drains, pipe problems, toilet problems, emergency plumbing services around the clock, sewer line work, excavation work, sink repair, faucet repair, sump pumps, shower repair, drainage problems, clogged toilets, over-flooding toilets, garbage disposal repair, water heater repair, water heater replacement, water heater installation, dishwasher repair and dishwasher installation, leak repair, washing machines, bathroom remodels, walk-in bathtubs, Bliss Tubs, pipework, pipe repairs and pipe replacement. Call now at (937) 230-6506.

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