Fort Wayne, IN, Water Heater Installation

Since 1946, “Doc” Dancer Heating & Air has been part of the Fort Wayne community, working with homeowners to find water heater solutions that work. As a local company, we value the satisfaction of our customers and neighbors. We are prompt, efficient and affordable while installing high-quality water heater systems.


How Do Water Heaters Work?

Your hot water heater serves a vital role in your Fort Wayne home by providing warm or hot water when needed. Without a quality unit, you won’t have hot showers, clean dishes or even clean clothes. But how exactly does the hot water heater system work?

The unit itself consists of several essential parts, including:

  • Tank (optional)
  • Dip tube
  • Thermostat
  • Heat-out pipe
  • Shut-off valve
  • Drain valve
  • Heating mechanism (electric or gas)
  • Pressure relief valve
  • Sacrificial anode rod

The process of heating your water begins with the thermostat. This temperature setting should be between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit because this range ensures water that is hot but not scalding. Cold water moves through the dip tube into the tank. Inside the tank, the heating mechanism warms the liquid. The hot liquid rises to the top and exits through the heat-out pipe.


Tank vs. Tankless Water Heaters

The above information describes the process for a traditional tank water heater system to warm and distribute hot water to your Fort Wayne home. Another option is the tankless water heater system, which heats as needed.

A tankless system has several benefits. The first is that it can save you money on your utility bill. The second is that these water heaters can last up to a decade longer than tank systems. They take up less space in your Fort Wayne home and allow virtually unlimited hot water. If you’re tired of rushing to be the first to the bathroom in the morning to avoid cold showers, or if you have a large bathtub, a tankless system may be right for you.

Tank systems have their merits, too. They are more affordable upfront than tankless systems. Hot water is limited and they may not last as long, however.


Best Ways to Protect Your New Water Heater

A new water heating system is an investment and one that you want to last. At “Doc” Dancer, we understand you want to take measures to extend the life of your system. Protecting your unit can end up saving you money on costly replacements down the line.

At “Doc” Dancer, our experienced technicians provide high-quality repairs and inspections. We’ll do our best to keep your system working in top condition for many years. Some of the best maintenance services for your system are:

  • Sediment flush (yearly)
  • Anode rod inspection/replacement if there’s a sulfur smell
  • Pressure valve inspection (yearly)

Let “Doc” Dancer help you save money and protect your unit. Our affordable and efficient water heater services come from years of industry experience and training. Call today to set up an appointment, and protect your hot water heater.