At Fire & Ice, we strive to understand your comfort concerns and make them our top priority. Other than your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, another significant component of your at-home comfort is your hot water tank.
Hot water tanks are responsible for making sure your home maintains its comfort level.
For homeowners looking to select an excellent hot water tank installer or service provider, choosing a good option might be hard. How do you know who is going to offer the best service?
We may not sell or install hot water tanks, but we are frequently asked by clients our opinion of other home contractors and service professionals in the area
In the interest of helping out our consumers, below, we’ve given a list of five contractors in the area listed in alphabetical order. We encourage you to research further if necessary, as this is not an all-inclusive list.
Apex Plumbing Pros.
Apex Plumbing Pros. has offices in Columbus, Dublin, and Gahanna and services those areas as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. They offer the following services:
- Water Heater Repair & Install
- Clogged Toilet Repair
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Faucets, Sinks & Disposals
- Sump Pump Services
- Gas Line Installation
- Whole Home Repiping
- Drain Cleaning
- Sewer Video Inspection
- Hydro Jetting
- Sewer Line Repair
- Burst Pipe Repair
- Trenchless Pipe Repair
- Main Water Line Repair
- Septic Tank Service
Drain Master Inc.
Drain master has been serving the Columbus area since 1995 and offers drain cleaning, faucet repair, garbage disposal repair, descaling, gas leak repair, and sewer line cleaning and repair
The Eco Plumbers
The Eco Plumbers are located in Hillard and offer a variety of services, including:
- Plumbing repiping
- Gas line services
- Faucet and Home Fixture Installation and repair
- Drain cleaning
- Kitchen and Bathroom Plumbing and repair
- Sewer line cleaning
- Water heater installation and repairs
- Furnace installation and repair
- Air Conditioner installation and repair
- Smart thermostat installation
Fritz Baumann & Sons Plumbing
Fritz Baumann & Sons have been open since 1939 and are family owned. They offer plumbing services all over the Columbus area, including Water heater installation & repair, Drain cleaning, sump pump installation & service, Pipe Installation & Repair, Faucets and fixtures installation & repair, Water service line replacement, Garbage disposal Installation & repair, Gas pipe installation & repair, Backflow testing, Backflow preventer installation & repair, Kitchen remodel, Bathroom remodel, and Backwater valve installation.
McDermott Plumbing Services
McDermott Plumbing Services has serviced Columbus and surrounding areas since 2009. They offer, Water line replacement, Water heater repair and replacement, Drain cleaning, Backflow systems & Gas line repair and replacement.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Columbus
Mr. Rooter Plumbing started in Oklahoma and has branched to several national locations, including one in Columbus, Ohio. They offer drain cleaning, frozen pipe fixes, gas line replacement and installation, hydro scrub jetting, leaking pipe repair, plumbing diagnostic and inspection, sewer line repair and replacement, sump pumps, hot water tank installation and repair, water softeners and filters, water heater repair and replacement and trenchless sewer repair.
The Water Works
The Water Works was founded in 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, and offers plumbing services, drain cleaning, hot water heater repair, replacement and installation, gas line repair, sewer line repair, and water line repair, water treatment systems, and preventative maintenance.
Feel free to do your own research as this is not an all-inclusive list. To better help you understand your comfort concerns, we will explain how a hot water tank even works.
What is a Hot Water Tank and Heater?
You probably know what a hot water tank do; it heats up tap water and stores it for use, but that is not exactly what it is. Your hot water tank is comprised of several different components, a tank, a dip tube, a pressure release valve, a drain valve, and a sacrificial anode rod. These all work together to create the warm & hot water you and your family use to take showers and a variety of other tasks.
Let’s go over what these parts are in detail:
The dip tube, located at the top of the hot water tank, serves as the entry point for the water and it goes into the tank in the combustion chamber to be heated. These tubes generally last as long as the hot water heater and are generally not prone to too many issues. However, if there is a crack in the dip tube, water entering the tank can cool down the heated water on its way out. This issue results in lukewarm water flowing through your pipes when you want hot. A plumber can identify any problems with a dip tube during a water heater inspection.
The tank is obviously what holds the water, but there are a few different types of tanks. Most homes in the country use a gas-fired water heater; the others are generally electric water heaters. A gas tank has an exhaust vent at the top to eliminate the exhaust gas, and electric water heaters have a line connecting to the home’s main electrical panel. Gas water heaters are less efficient than electric, but the replacement time is faster. Gas-powered water heaters are recommended for families, while a smaller home with fewer people can use an electric one.
Pressure Release Valve
The pressure release valve keeps pressure from building up inside the tank of the hot water heater. Minerals, salts, and other materials can block this valve. Leaks also frequently come from pressure valves; if you see a leak from the pressure valve, call your plumber.
The drain valve, as you might have guessed, allows the water to exit the tank where it was heated and into your home.
Sacrificial anode rod
Iron, oxygen, and water are the main ingredients needed to produce rust. Since all three are present in a hot water heater, the rod prevents the tank from rusting. An anode rod is made of aluminum or magnesium. Due to the chemistry of the metals, they rust faster than what is used to build the tank. The rod attracts all of the rust that crops up, keeping the tank itself and the water inside it safe. This rod has also been given the name “sacrificial,” as it sacrifices itself to rust for the sake of the water in the tank.
An anode rod typically lasts up to three years. It’s important to have the rod replaced before it Once the rod has rusted away completely, the tank itself will begin to rust, which can cause water heater failure. Rust in the tank can also cause your water to have a vague sulfur smell and taste.
How Does a Hot Water Tank and Heater Work?
Now that you know the different parts of a water heater, you can probably picture them all working together to heat the water you use inside your home. That process happens in the following steps:
- Water travels through your home’s pipes and into the drip tube connected to your hot water tank.
- The water reaches the bottom of the tank & then the heating element roars to life & starts heating the water until it reaches the temperature on the thermostat.
- As the water heats, it rises to the top of the tank and into the heat-out pipe.
- From there, the water enters your home through the pipes to whatever appliance or fixture requests.
- While this is happening, the pressure release valve maintains the pressure inside the tank as the water travels around the home.
How to Select a Good Contractor in Columbus, Ohio
While we may not service water concerns, we do care about your home’s comfort concerns and are committed to helping you find a good contractor regardless of who you decide to choose for services. Use our contractor checklist when contacting any of the above companies to help you vet the good from the bad. Some of the items are HVAC specific but are things you could switch out with the appropriate certifications and terminology.
Don’t Wait to Take Care of your Home’s Comfort Concerns in Columbus, Ohio
If you are in the Columbus, Ohio, area, please call us. Even if you live in the Central Ohio area, please contact us. Use the zip code map below to check if you’re in our service area. If you still have questions on what a mini-split is or how it works, we’ve created an e-book for our customers to use during the buying process that you can access here.