Get Your New Water Heater Installed Today

We won’t give you some LOW BALL price over the phone and then get there and start adding on those “necessary extras.” When you call ABT we send out a qualified plumber to your place FREE of charge and we’ll give you an honest up-front, flat rate price. We won’t try to gouge you. So if you need your water heater repaired or replaced, for your home, business or restaurant, the technicians at ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heat & Air can help.

service guarantee abt plumbingWe offer an honest flat rate, up front price and minimal disruption to your busy schedule. We’ve helped hundreds of people in Nevada County get their hot water back up and running. Its experience that shows and it’s all backed by the best written warranty in the county!

We’ll meet or beat any reputable company’s written price.

Why Water Heaters Fail

Simply put, rusting is what makes steel tanks leak and require replacement. There are a number of factors which contribute to the rusting of water heaters. Proper installation, maintenance and adjustment will almost completely eliminate these factors.

Water Heater Grass Valley, CaDepleted Anodes
The inside of your tank is protected only as long as the anode rod has sufficient sacrificial metal remaining on its steel wire core. Inspect the rod periodically and replace it when needed. Without a functioning anode in your tank, any other measures are just wasted energy.

Poor Installations
You might be surprised to learn that how your water heater is installed can make a big difference in how long it will last. We see a lot of water heaters that die before their time, because of over sized flues, not enough make up air, undersized gas lines, wet environments, and a number of other installation related issues. You want to make sure the installation is done to manufacturer’s recommendation and local codes.

When you are looking for a new water heater or tankless for your home, business, or restaurant, ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heat & Air can help you choose a new water heater that will meet your needs in the most energy efficient way.

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Just as magnesium anode rods corrode (purposely) in the presence of steel, steel will rust (to the detriment of your tank) when it’s near to copper or brass. The more of these metals there are, the more the steel tank will rust. Water heater connections such as hot, cold and recirculation loop lines are often made of copper or brass. When they are joined directly to the tank, excessive rusting occurs at the connections, restricting water flow and weakening the steel. Dielectric unions and plastic lined steel nipples have been developed to reduce this electrolytic corrosion.

Sediment Build-Up
Heat forces minerals to come out of solution, forming solids which settle on the bottom of your tank forming a thermal blanket. This sediment is mostly calcium carbonate. The harder the water, the more sediment you can expect. A good reason to soften your water. When sediment accumulates in a gas heater, it forms a barrier between the water and the flame, slowing heat transfer. The subsequent overheating of the tank bottom can cause two problems. First, the glass lining starts dissolving at temperatures above 160 degrees, so over time, the steel tank bottom is gradually exposed to water and potential rusting. Second, severe overheating can weaken the metal bottom to the point of deforming under normal pressure. (Temperatures exceeding 1000 degrees have been measured at the bottom of severely scaled tanks)! Sediment causes additional problems. In both gas and electric heaters, a dense sediment layer can insulate the tank bottom from the protection of the anode rod. The sediment can also play host to bacteria. Most of these are not harmful to our health, but they make the environment in the sediment more corrosive, and the steel is under harsher attack than with heat and sediment alone.

External Environment
Don’t overlook your tank’s surroundings. If the air burned in a gas heater is damp or carries salt, chlorine, or other corrosive chemicals, it will attack the tank from inside the flue and combustion chamber. It may even void the warranty. Keep your heaters dry. Many tanks have failed because a plumbing fitting (either on the tank itself or overhead) leaked and rusted through the drain tank externally. Troublemakers include the drain valve, heating elements, and hot and cold connections. Even a loose packing nut on an overhead shut-off valve may leak and ruin a water heater.