Tips for Choosing the Best Water Heater

Buying a water heater doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It is important to decide your needs and wants prior to your search. Here are some tips to help you decide which type of hot water heater is best for you.

Energy Efficient vs. Gas Water Heaters

If you want to cut your utility bill, the best hot water heater choice for you would be an energy-efficient heater. However, gas water heaters actually cost less to run because of the condensing technology to boost thermal efficiency. Thermal efficiency is a measure of the amount of fuel actually converted to hot water rather than wasted.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters are efficient but are not for everyone.  They can save space but not hot water. Hot water is not stored in the tank, like the common water heater.  If you have a large household where mom is washing the dishes and running a load of laundry at the same time, there will not be enough hot water to run the shower soon after. Tankless heats on demand, unlike a tank water heater which stores the heated water until you use it.  If you are a single person in a small apartment, then the tankless would be great and very efficient.

Gas Water Heaters vs. Electric Water Heaters

Natural gas water heaters cost more to buy and install, however, they may save consumers more money in utility bills over time.  They heat water at about one-third the cost of an electric water heater.  Gas heaters also heat the water faster than an electric water heater. Electric water heaters cost less to buy but are more costly to operate.  Water is heated more slowly by electricity.

Water Heater Size

When it comes to the size of a water heater, 40 gallons is the minimum size tank for two people.  For a larger household, 50 gallons is a better investment.  If you have a bathroom that is farther from the rest of the bathrooms in your home, it is often better to have two water heaters to minimize the heat loss through the water lines.  Another option is to use a tankless for the larger bathroom that is further from the rest of the house.

Quality Installation

Also, when installing water heaters, the most important thing to remember is getting a certified installer to install your water heater.  A plumber with experience is worth the extra cost.  Nothing is more frustrating then getting something installed and not having a warranty for the installation.  Crawford Mechanical warrants everything we install for a year.  So the next time you are in need of a minor repair or replacing your water heater, give Crawford Mechanical a call: 478-9424.

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Don’t Throw That Down There!

Your garbage disposal eats a lot of food on the regular, and is quite a handy tool for easy clean up in the kitchen.  Here are the top five foods to keep out of your disposal to eliminate any unpleasant smells from your sink and keep it working in tip top shape.

1.) “Stringy” foods

Celery, asparagus, corn husks and potato skins can wrap around the disposal blades causing it to potentially damage the motor. If you do chose to use these foods in the disposal, do so in small pieces and quantities.

2.) Hard foods

Hard parts of food such as fruit pits, seeds and bones can dull and blend the blades. These foods can cause a jam in the disposal which results in a clog.

3.) Greasy Foods

Avoid pouring grease, oil and fatty foods into the drain. The water cannot break down the base of these foods and a film will build on the blades causing them to function improperly. A clog can occur after the oils and greasy foods solidify.

4.) Expandable Foods

Pasta, rice and other starchy foods will expand when combined with water. The size increase can result in a blocked disposal.

5.) Egg Shells

It is a popular belief that egg shells sharpen disposal blades. The truth is quite the opposite. Egg shells will deteriorate into a grainy state, which, when combined with other foods, can cause a back-up in the disposal.

Staying away from discarding these foods in the disposal should help with its longevity. It is also important to always remember to run COLD water when using the disposal.

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What is a Air Gap (WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM)

A simple example is the space between a wall mounted faucet and the sink rim (this space is the air gap). Water can easily flow from the faucet into the sink, but there is no way that water can flow from the sink into the faucet without modifying the system. This arrangement will prevent any contaminants in the sink from flowing into the potable water system by siphonage and is the least expensive form of backflow prevention.


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Can I increase the water pressure in my bathroom faucet?

How To Increase Water Pressure

  1. Determine the cause of the low water pressure. Often times, low water pressure can be a result of poor plumbing within the house.
  2. Verify that the pipes are the proper diameter. Most modern building codes require pipes to be no wider than 1/2 inch (1.27 cm). If your house predates modern standards, you may simply have outdated plumbing. This can be easily resolved by installing a pipe reduction apparatus, which is available at any plumbing company. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install it.
  3. Examine the condition of the pipes themselves. Sometimes, rust or corrosion can clog the pipes. The only remedy is to replace the worn out pipe. Again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install it.
  4. Proceed with the following steps if the problem is low water pressure in specific faucets. If the pipes are not the problem, you could have a clogged faucet aerator.
  5. Unscrew the aerator with a pair of pliers, and tap it on the counter to jostle the innards loose. Clean all of the pieces thoroughly and then reinstall them.
  6. Check the pressure again. If it is still too low, then you probably have a clogged faucet. – Plumbers Columbus Ohio
  7. Unscrew the stem retainer nut and pull the stem straight up. You will either find a washer alone at the bottom of the stem, or a washer with a spring within the stem of the faucet. Use a screwdriver to remove the washer and/or spring.
  8. Block the faucet with a cup and turn the water on and off a few times. This should flush out anything causing the clog.
      • If you have a single-handled unit, remove the handle by loosening and removing the retaining collar.
      • If the pressure is low in the tub faucet, disassemble that faucet in the same manner as described above. Block the faucet with a cup, as previously, to flush out the clog. – Drain Cleaning Company
      • When dealing with a single-handled tub faucet, you will encounter a screw on each side, under the large chrome piece. Assure that these are both fully tightened before removing the stem.
  9. Remove the shower head if the pressure is low there. Remove any internal parts with a screwdriver, clean each piece, and re-install it.
  10. Turn the water on and off to remove any clogs, and reassemble the faucet.
  11. Proceed with the following steps if the water pressure still hasn’t improved. In rare instances, the problem may be due to a problem in the home’s water pressure regulator. Usually, the pressure regulator is located somewhere near where the plumbing meets the house. If this is the case, unfortunately, you’ll have to call a Columbus plumbing company to reset it.
    • If you’re equipped with a water pressure regulator within your home, you can most likely reset it yourself.
  12. Loosen the retainer, or lock nut, on the stem. Increase the water pressure by turning the pressure adjustment stem clockwise. Most manufacturers’ pressure settings are 45-55 psi. Residential codes normally stipulate a limit of 50-70 psi. You won’t be able to raise it beyond that standard. – Columbus Plumber
  13. Verify the change in the water pressure by hooking up a lawn sprinkler, where the varying water flow will be evident.
    • If this is still ineffective, internal seats or screens may need to be cleaned within the unit itself. Perform these tasks with care, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance.

Columbus Plumbing Company

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We understand you need to have confidence in our plumbing services and that’s why our Columbus emergency plumbers can be obtained at any hour. We understand plumbing problems don’t occur between 9-5 in all cases so we make it a priority to have 24-7 plumbing services available for you.

Our  Hydro Jetting technology can unclog main sewer lines, bath tub drains and all things in between.

We always take pride in providing you clean plumbing repair services and professional plumbers who reach on scheduled time and finished their job in time. For us, Columbus plumbing service is more than just repairing pipes – we take is as giving people/customers with a complete customer service experience while hiring Crawford Mechanical Services

Columbus Plumbing Company and expert plumbing services in Ohio the best and clear choice is Crawford Mechanical Services.

We have the best plumbers and plumbing repair services in our industry. We are a  trustworthy plumbing service in Columbus, OH and we provide services to both residential homes and commercial requirements. Ours Ohio plumbers work tremendously hard to bring the uppermost level of customer service; it’s our number one target. Our plumbers and plumbing services is available 24/7, we work day and night to provide comfort to our customers.