Category Archives: Gas Water Heaters

The Difference is in the Details!

The Sutherland Plumbing difference is in the details!

*Included in all water heater installs:

*Premium Brand: “Bradford White.”
*Remove & disposal of old water heater.
*Required plumbing permit.
*Premium ball type shut off valve.
*Copper/Brass connections.
*Thermal expansion tank with solid brass IP fittings.
*Seismic restraints (aka earthquake straps).
*New Temperature/Pressure relief safety valve.
*10 year warranty for parts and labor.

Recent installation of a 75 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater.

Recent installation of a 75 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater.

 

Another day, another success!!

Here at Sutherland Plumbing it’s another day with another success story as plumber John Benton successfully installs a 50 gallon gas water heater!

John Benton with one of his newly installed 50 gallon gas water heaters.

John Benton with one of his newly installed 50 gallon gas water heaters.

 

 

The time for a new water heater is NOW!

There’s never been a better time to have your storage tank type water heater replaced!

SAVE $$$

If you’re even considering a new water heater and/or have the slightest concerns your existing one is “on its last legs” it would do you well to familiarize yourself with some major changes and new efficiency standards scheduled to totally transform the water heater market as we know it.

Cutting through all the “blah blah blah” – this means purchasing a new water heater after April 16th 2015 as required by state and federal authorities will cost you a lot more money! Although more efficient than ever, here are a few reasons why the new heaters are going to cost more:

1) The appliance itself will be more expensive right out of the box.
2) Installation will become more labor intensive.
3) The new units will become larger in size due to increased amounts of insulation. This means in many cases where space is already limited, options will include and are not limited to: completely relocating the appliance, substantial demolition & construction to accommodate the newer larger size and retro-fitting for a tankless model upgrade. The larger size heaters may also require additional manpower to lift and locate the unit.
4) Newer Gas models will require 120 volts in order to operate.  This means not only might you need pluming & mechanical work, but an electrician may need to be summoned to run a new electrical circuit.

All of this means more $$$.

Make no mistake, the new appliances coming are more efficient but not by a large margin compared to today’s already energy efficiency standards, unless viewed in the grand scheme of things. For example; it is estimated by the U.S. Department of Energy that a staggering 63 billion dollars will be saved in energy costs by 2044.  Now zoom in from there and consider what part of that will be your share of the 63 billion over the course of 29 years. Remember, water heaters only last on average 15 years before requiring replacement.  If you’re tracking the numbers – that’s approximately two brand new water heaters for you and your home.

More money spent by consumers on goods and services as described above improves the economy, while less money spent on utility bills conserves precious energy. You see the win-win situation there?

Much like the well-known fact you can get some pretty amazing deals on new automobiles at year’s end by choosing to purchase the 2014 model over the 2015 – the same goes here for water heaters. Suppliers want to unload inventories to make room for the new models.  Not to mention, come April 16th 2015, water heaters non compliant with the new, higher standards will be prohibited.

This is prime-time to take advantage as lower material costs for the contractor means lower prices to the end-user.

From now until April 16th 2015 Sutherland Plumbing, LLC is offering a $125.00 discount on the installation of a new Bradford White 50 gallon gas or electric water heater. This job includes:

– Removal & disposal of old water heater.
– Install new Bradford White 50 gallon gas or electric water heater.
– Earthquake restraints.
– Thermal expansion tank.
– Solid brass and copper fittings (no steel).
– 10 year tank warranty with 2 years parts and labor warranty.
– Required plumbing permit.

Total  Cost = $1580.00
Less Sutherland Plumbing discount offer of -$125.00
Your cost with Sutherland Plumbing = $1455.00

The following link will provide more details about the coming changes.

http://www.bradfordwhite.com/naeca

Call or email us today to schedule an appointment!

Ti’s Tips Reminder – How to adjust your water heater!

Are you happy with the temperature of your hot water? Adjusting it might be simpler than you think! Hotter water has its advantages and disadvantages, the same holds true for cooler water temps. If you’re uncertain, do some research to learn what’s best for you and yours.

IMPORTANT – Read and follow the printed Installation Instructions that came with your water heater. The printed Instructions and product labels contain model-specific information, important warnings and safety notices. If you lack the necessary skills to install, troubleshoot or repair the water heater, get help from a qualified person.

Gas Water Heater Adjustment:

Gas Heater AdjustmentIf you have a gas water heater you are in luck as far as adjusting the temperature! There’s nothing to remove or replace. Simply turn the dial located on the front of the gas control valve.

 

 

Gas Heater Adjustment 2

The warm setting will be in the 90 to 110 degree range. The hot setting will average 140 to 150 degrees.

 

 

 

Electric Water Heater Adjustment:

Electric Heater AdjustmentTurn off the water heater breaker. If you have a double-element water heater, remove both access panels (upper & lower).

For single element water heaters, remove the lower panel.

 

 

Electric Heater Adjustment 2Pull the insulation to the side or remove it so you can see the thermostat.

Remove the plastic cover if it doesn’t have an access hole for the adjustment screw.

 

Electric Heater Adjustment 3

The thermostat adjusting screw is located at the bottom of the thermostat, just above the element. As you can see you’ll need a small flat blade screwdriver.

***Remember: if you have a dual element electric water heater (the vast majority) make sure both thermostats (top & bottom) are adjusted to the same temperature.***

Replace the plastic cover. Place the insulation back over the thermostat and element. Replace the access panels and turn the power back on.

Electric Heater Adjustment 4

 

Water Heater Safety – Protect your Home & Family!

Is your water heater Temperature/Pressure safety relief valve dripping or leaking?

If so, it’s doing it’s job and trying to tell you, no it’s screaming at you:

“Houston, we have a problem!!”

Most often the 3/4″ drain pipe connected to the water heater runs right off the top or side of the heater and is open-ended just above floor level.

Don’t let anybody tell you simply changing the safety valve will solve the problem. There’s very likely a larger core issue at hand causing the above mentioned symptom. Like excessive water pressure and/or trapped thermal expansion. Thermal expansion is normal and refers to a basic law of physics: anything that increases in temperature increases in size. The water inside your plumbing system is no exception. Trapped thermal expansion is a problem. The hot water has nowhere to expand to, so it takes the path of least resistance – you guessed it….leaking out of your safety valve often right onto the floor :((

Fortunately there are specific remedies that work great to solve the problem and the plumbers at Sutherland Plumbing, LLC are experts at it!

Temp Pressure relief valve

Keep your home clean and your family safe! If your temperature/pressure safety relief valve is leaking – Call (503) 719-4015 and speak with the experts at Sutherland Plumbing today!

Ti’s Tips – How to adjust your water heater!

Are you happy with the temperature of your hot water? Adjusting it might be simpler than you think! Hotter water has its advantages and disadvantages, the same holds true for cooler water temps. If you’re uncertain, do some research to learn what’s best for you and yours.

IMPORTANT – Read and follow the printed Installation Instructions that came with your water heater. The printed Instructions and product labels contain model-specific information, important warnings and safety notices. If you lack the necessary skills to install, troubleshoot or repair the water heater, get help from a qualified person.

Gas Water Heater Adjustment:

Gas Heater AdjustmentIf you have a gas water heater you are in luck as far as adjusting the temperature! There’s nothing to remove or replace. Simply turn the dial located on the front of the gas control valve.

 

 

Gas Heater Adjustment 2

The warm setting will be in the 90 to 110 degree range. The hot setting will average 140 to 150 degrees.

 

 

 

Electric Water Heater Adjustment:

Electric Heater AdjustmentTurn off the water heater breaker. If you have a double-element water heater, remove both access panels (upper & lower).

For single element water heaters, remove the lower panel.

 

 

Electric Heater Adjustment 2Pull the insulation to the side or remove it so you can see the thermostat.

Remove the plastic cover if it doesn’t have an access hole for the adjustment screw.

 

Electric Heater Adjustment 3

The thermostat adjusting screw is located at the bottom of the thermostat, just above the element. As you can see you’ll need a small flat blade screwdriver.

***Remember: if you have a dual element electric water heater (the vast majority) make sure both thermostats (top & bottom) are adjusted to the same temperature.***

Replace the plastic cover. Place the insulation back over the thermostat and element. Replace the access panels and turn the power back on.

Electric Heater Adjustment 4