The skilled professionals at R&D Plumbing and Heating are proud to offer the residents of Lloydminster, AB, with comprehensive water heater service, so they never have to worry about taking a cold shower again. Whether a homeowner needs a simple repair or a complete water heater replacement, R&D Plumbing and Heating has a team of well-trained technicians that help them find a solution that fits any circumstance.

Water Heater Service Information

Water heaters are an integral part of any home, but they also use the most energy out of all the appliances. Homeowners must have their water heaters professionally maintained to avoid system failures and skyrocketing energy bills. Homeowners with an older water heater should consider upgrading their unit to a more efficient model.

Newer water heaters, such as the Bradford White or AO Smith Vertex water heaters, offered by R&D Plumbing and Heating, can save homeowners a significant amount of money on energy costs. Homeowners that have water heaters that are 8-10 years or older should consider calling R&D Plumbing and Heating for more information on new water heater installations.

Signs a Water Heater Needs to Be Repaired

Homeowners do not have to buy a new water heater as soon as they run into trouble. Here are some of the most common signs that a water heater needs to be repaired:

  • The pilot light will not stay lit.
  • The water heater does not turn on.
  • The water heater does not stay on.
  • There is water leaking from the water heater.
  • There is rust coming from the home’s water taps.
  • There is rust residue on laundry or dishes after being run through the dishwasher.
  • The water heater is making loud banging noises.

Homeowners who notice any of these signs should contact the water heater maintenance crew at R&D Plumbing and Heating right away.

How to Choose a Water Heater

Since water heaters significantly impact a home’s comfort level and energy costs, homeowners need to choose the best one for their property. If replacing an existing water heater, knowing the size, type, and efficiency of it can give homeowners an excellent place to start when shopping for a new one.

Tankless Vs. Tank Water Heater

Tank-style water heaters are the most traditional types of water heaters available. They have a large metal cylinder that holds a reserve of hot water whenever it is needed. The system will turn on periodically to keep the water hot. Tank water heaters come in a range of holding capacities, usually between 40 and 75 gallons.

Tankless, or on-demand, water heaters have no holding tank and only turn on when the water is needed. These are much more compact than tank water heaters and much more efficient, as they are not using energy to compensate for heat lost from a water tank. Tankless water heaters are often more expensive than traditional tank water heaters, but they last much longer.

Direct- and Indirect-Fired Water Heaters

Direct-fired water heaters use the heat of a flame from burning fuel to warm the water. There is a combustion chamber below where the water is held in which the fuel is burned. These units are best for homes with warm air furnaces.

Indirect-fired water heaters use a heat exchanger inside the storage tank to heat the water. The heat source for these units is either a boiler or furnace.

Fuel Type

A critical factor in choosing a hot water heater is the type of fuel the heater will use. These fuel types include:

  • Natural Gas.
  • Liquid Propane.
  • Oil.
  • Electric.

What to Expect

The team at R&D Plumbing and Heating are held to an incredibly high standard. They are respectful, trustworthy, and extremely knowledgeable. R&D Plumbing and Heating prioritizes the needs of their customers, making sure technicians maintain a consistently high level of education in the field.

R&D Plumbing and Heating know how important it is to have hot water at all times, so they have service technicians available 24 hours per day, 7-days a week in case of an emergency. Homeowners can expect technicians to arrive on time and prepared for the job. They will complete the job as fast as possible, so homeowners are never without hot water for very long.