The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

early signs of water heater failure

Early Signs of Water Heater Failure

Know these early signs of water heater failure. You may be able to prevent a water heater failure emergency before it happens.

If you run a restaurant, hotel or apartment building, just thinking about a “no hot water” situation might make you panic. No dishwashers or no showers? No thank you! After all, you need hot water to run your business. Remember: your commercial water heater is a mechanical piece of equipment. So it’s not a matter of if your water heater will fail—it’s a matter of when. Eventually, all water heaters fail.

But you can be prepared. Look for these early signs of water heater failure—and learn what to do when your commercial water heater is acting up. Read on!

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Why Would Anyone Rent a Water Heater?

With so many great reasons to rent, why wouldn’t you make this choice?

When people ask “What do you do?” the short answer is simple – HOT water! More specifically, Reliable Water Services rents commercial water equipment – water heaters, boilers, softeners & more – to businesses that need it. The question that typically follows is “Why would anyone rent a water heater?”

To that we say, “Why would anyone not rent a water heater?”

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Be Proactive to Prevent Commercial Plumbing Issues

Preventative plumbing maintenance is the first step to avoiding the worst problems.

Plumbing problems are a fact of life—they’re going to happen, no matter what. You have one of two options: wait for problems to manifest and try to deal with the unexpected expenses (and headache), or you can be proactive about your plumbing.

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Slab Leaks: A Costly Problem

Don’t let a slab leak get the best of you! Early detection is key to preventing further damage.

A slab leak, also known as a foundation leak or concrete slab leak, is a plumbing industry term for a leak within the waterline piping below the concrete floor of your home or business. Slab leaks are an issue in homes and buildings of all ages, and can quickly become a very costly problem. Not only does a slab leak waste an excessive amount of water, but a leaking pipeline system can quickly cause damage to the foundation of your home or business, not to mention compromise your entire structure.

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Winter Prep for Water Heaters

Take these water heater winter prep precautions and you’ll have a much happier spring!

A water heater not properly prepared for winter can create a serious mess, resulting in a time-consuming hassle that’ll cost you a lot of money, both short- and long-term. So be sure your water heater is ready to roll this winter and into the coming spring by following these tips for water heater winter prep.

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Circ Pumps: Keeping Your Business in (Reliable) Hot Water

Do you have to run your faucet for a while, just waiting for the hot water you need to run your restaurant? Do your hotel guests complain it takes too long for the hot water tap to warm up?

There could be a number of reasons for this hot water problem. Assuming your equipment is sized correctly, an examination by a trained water heater technician might reveal a relatively simple solution: adding a circulating pump to your commercial hot water system.

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Cost/Benefit Analysis – One Maintenance Man Fixing One Water Heater

More down time = more money down the drain!

We’ve already talked about the risks involved when you trust your maintenance crew with your hot water equipment in my Hot Water How To: Trust a Trained Technician post. This time around, let’s discuss the real cost/benefit analysis of using your existing maintenance crew to service your water heater vs. establishing a protection plan on your hot water equipment, which includes free service on your heater by a guaranteed-trained water heater technician.

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Hot Water How To: Trust a Trained Technician

A trained water heater technician is immediately aware of the most suitable option and can source it directly.

You’re out of hot water. As a decision maker at your business, you rely on your dedicated maintenance crew to fix all the little (and big) breakdowns that come with your day-to-day operations. But when it comes to keeping your commercial hot water supply steady and solid, there’s just no substitute for a trained water heater technician. I’m talking big savings in time and money – and that’s a must if you want to keep your operation running successfully.

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