Albany Plumbing Specials and Deals

Thermal Expansion Tanks: What They Do and Do You Need One?

thermal expansion tank on water heater

Thermal Expansion Tanks are a hot water heater accessory that attaches to the top of your hot water heater to aid in fluctuations of water pressure. For some residences, it’s crucial you have a thermal expansion tank to protect the life of your tank and warranty. For others, it’s completely optional. How are you supposed…
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What is a Power Vent Water Heater?

Gas Professional Classic Power Vent Water Heater

If you’re shopping for a new hot water heater, you may have come across the term “power vent” in your research. “Power vent” is simply a term used to describe the way your water heater pushes out harmful combustion gases out your home. For some residences, depending on where your water heater is located, a…
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What Should I do with my Water Heater while I’m on Vacation?

Man switching hot water heater to vacation mode

Heading out for spring break? Before you leave the house, you may want to consider setting your hot water heater to Vacation Mode. Not sure how to do so? Or why? We broke down how to prepare your hot water heater for vacation below:   What is Vacation Mode? Most water heaters have a setting…
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How Often Should I Flush My Water Heater?

Water going down drain

Do you live in an area with hard water like Upstate New York? The Capital Region is notorious for its water abundant with minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. Unfortunately, if you don’t periodically maintain your water heater, this hard water can have a significant impact on your water supply! Most manufacturers recommend having your…
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Your Top 7 Hot Water Heater Questions Answered

smiling technician servicing an hot-water heater

Got hot water heater questions? We’ve got answers! As the Albany and Saratoga region’s hot water heater experts, we field numerous hot water heater related questions from homeowners every day. Here are the answers to the seven most common questions we hear:   How long does a hot water heater last? Hot water heaters have…
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Why Not to Buy A Water Heater From a Big Box Store

Cardboard boxes on trolley in big box store

Not all hot water heater vendors are created equal. If you’re in the market for a new hot water heater, you may be debating whether to get your next water heater from a local plumber or a Big Box store. In our 30+ years of experience, we’ve witnessed first hand how flashy Big Box Stores…
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What Does An Anode Rod Do?

Old anode rod from hot water heater that needs replacing and new rod

If you’ve been reading about hot water heater repair, you may have come across the term “anode rod.” The anode rod plays a significant role in extending the life of your hot water heater, yet many consumers don’t know what one actually does. Heat, pressure, and chemical compounds in your water supply make hot water…
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How to Tell if Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking

leaking water heater

Have you noticed a pool of water near your water heater? You may be wondering if your hot water heater is leaking, or if the standing water is due to a nearby pipe or appliance. If there is pooling of water on top, around the base, or in close proximity to your water heater, then…
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7 Ways to Make Your Hot Water Heater More Energy Efficient

Plumber adjusting hot water heater temperature to use save energy costs and make heater run more efficiently

Whether you’re looking to save money on energy costs or are interested in living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, you may be wondering how to make your hot water heater more efficient and utilize less energy. Water heaters are one of the largest energy-consume appliances in our modern households. In fact, according to the US Department…
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Top 5 Reasons to Stick With A Standard Tank Water Heater

Plumber working on standard tank water heater

There’s an ongoing debate concerning the merits of newer, tankless water heaters and traditional, tank-style water heaters, which every homeowner inevitably ends up having to navigate when the time comes to replace those old, tired water heaters. Tankless is the new, shiny option with touted energy savings on its side, but you may want to consider sticking with…
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