At Mechanical Man, we offer storage-tank water heaters, tankless water heaters, and solar water heaters. A conventional storage-tank water heater will last from 10 to 13 years, while a tankless water heater has a bit longer lifespan of 18 to 20 years.
Are You Due for a Water Heater Inspection?
The best time to deal with a water heater failure is before it happens. A water heater inspection is a simple, cost-effective way to avoid trouble and keep your system in great shape. Inspections should be performed at least annually, but it’s a good idea to schedule a visit whenever you experience:
- Inconsistent heating or limited hot water supply.
- Poor or fluctuating water pressure.
- Loud or unusual noises.
- Unexpectedly high utility bills.
- Smelly or discolored water.
- Visible leaks or signs of corrosion.
Prompt and Professional Water Heater Repairs
If your water heater is on the fritz, we’ll diagnose the issue and find the right solution. We have years of training and experience working with all types of systems, from traditional storage-tank units to cutting-edge tankless models.
Reliable Replacement Water Heater Installation
In some cases, we may recommend replacing your existing equipment instead of repairing it. If your current system is aging, inefficient, or unreliable, for instance, a new water heater could provide significant savings. As always, our replacement water heater installations are performed by licensed technicians and covered by a one-year workmanship warranty.
Emergency Water Heater Repair Services
Don’t let a water heater breakdown disrupt your routine. Our emergency water heater repair services are available to quickly address any unexpected issues. We understand the importance of having hot water, and our team is dedicated to restoring your system promptly.
Wide Range of Water Heater Options
We offer a wide range of water heater options to suit your specific needs and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a traditional storage-tank water heater or a cutting-edge tankless model, we have the expertise to help you make the right choice. Our knowledgeable staff can assess your requirements and provide free, no-obligation quotes to fit nearly any budget.
Types of Water Heaters
Your needs and your budget can help determine which style of water heater is ideal for your home or business.
Storage-Tank Water Heater
Storage-tank water heaters are the most common type of water heater found in homes. A storage-tank water heater is the same type designed by Edward Ruud in 1889. Water is stored in the tank, then heated via electricity or gas. Hot water is drawn through the pipes and replaced as needed. If you are working within a budget or supplying a moderate amount of hot water to your home, a storage-tank water heater could be the best choice.
Tankless Water Heater
The key innovation behind tankless water heaters is the elimination of the traditional storage tank. Instead of constantly holding preheated water in reserve, tankless units supply hot water on demand. When you turn on the tap, water passing through the system is directly heated by a gas burner or electric element. This happens almost instantly, which means no more wasting water as you wait for it to warm up. Since there’s no storage tank for preheated water, there’s also no need to worry about running out. There’s a lot to love about on-demand tankless systems, including:
- Unsurpassed convenience.
- Lower monthly utility expenses.
- Compact, space-saving designs.
Mechanical Man has a wide range of high-quality tankless water heater options from the most trusted brands. Our knowledgeable staff can accurately assess your requirements and provide free, no-obligation quotes that fit nearly any budget.
Solar Water Heater
Solar water heaters are becoming more and more popular, particularly for those looking for long-term energy efficiency and cost reduction. A solar collector is carefully positioned on your home to reap the full benefits of the sun, then a pump or natural circulation system delivers water from the collector to the storage tank. There are two types of solar water heaters—active and passive. Active systems use circulating pumps to move hot water, while passive systems rely on convection, where hotter water rises to the surface and cold water sinks.
Solar water heaters require a hefty upfront investment, then will begin paying their value in the form of significantly lower utility bills. Once you reach the end of the solar payback period, you will enjoy nearly free hot water for the life of the system. If, however, your home requires larger amounts of hot water, you might have to rely on a backup grid-tied water heating system.
Hot-Water Recirculation System
Hot-water recirculation systems can solve the problem of a large home or commercial building with long stretches of plumbing pipes. A hot-water recirculation system ensures there is always hot water flowing in the pipes. A hot water re-circulator pushes hot water continuously into the plumbing system by way of a bypass valve that opens and closes to regulate the temperature of the water.
“Traditional” hot water recirculation systems have a dedicated return line for the hot water pipes that go from the furthest plumbing fixture in the building, then back to the water heater. Instant hot water recirculation systems don’t require a dedicated line to loop hot water and can be installed in any type of property.
There are three types of instant hot water recirculation systems:
An over-the-water-heater unit locates the pump above the water heater, with a check valve under the sink. The function of the pump is to pressurize the hot side of the system, sending hot water through the valve, pushing the hot water into the cold side of the unit, creating a loop.
An under-the-sink model is installed under the sink and works in a similar manner to the over-the-water-heater unit, pushing hot water through the cold side of the system.
An on-demand water recirculation system generates hot water at preset timed intervals rather than running hot water constantly through the system. The pump for an on-demand water recirculation system must be activated when hot water is desired.
Contact Us Today
If you’re ready for a smarter solution to your hot water needs, call Mechanical Man. Since 1997, we have proudly serviced homes and businesses in Goshen, Indiana and the surrounding of Elhart County.