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Water Heaters

A. O. Smith Water Heaters are featured on our website but we are not limited to this brand.  When it comes to high efficiency water heaters, no one comes close to matching the expertise and innovation of A. O. Smith. Whether you need a gas, an electric, or a tankless water heater, the inventive minds at A. O. Smith have one waiting for you.


Save Maintenance Time
AO Smith products are designed with professionals in mind. They include installer-friendly features that allow for flexibility for easy installation, as well as Honeywell gas valve, brass drain valve, and single-function anode rods that save time on repair and maintenance.


Industry-Leading Technology
AO Smith has a long history of designing highly innovative products, and the new Cyclone® Mxi is no exception. The full line of AO Smith Cyclone® Mxi condensing water heaters are built to provide years of dependable service and yes we do feature industry-leading technology. Models are available from 120,000 to 500,000 btu/h and all deliver thermal efficiencies of up to 98%.

    Fully Modulating Combustion - Modulates the firing rate as the demand changes. Modulating the burner results in higher overall operating efficiencies and longer service life
    Unique Helical Coil Heat Exchanger - Fewer weld joints helps provide fewer leak opportunities, and optimal service life while maximizing heat transfer.
    Powered Anodes On All Models - Titanium powered anodes are standard on all model sizes. Powered anodes work in all water conditions, never need replacements, and the eliminate possibility of strong water odors usually related to conventional anodes.

Water Heater Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

Do you know the major causes of premature tank failure are unrecognized or ignored by homeowners?

Why Tanks 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.

Depleted 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.


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 recirculating 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.

Sedimental Build-Up

Heat forces minerals to come out of solution, forming solids which settle on the bottom of your tank. This sediment is mostly calcium carbonate. The harder the water, the more sediment you can expect. 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.

Determine Your Heater’s Current Status

It’s useful to determine the age of your tank before working on it. A heater’s age can guide you to appropriate inspection and maintenance. For example, if a heater is only a few years old, its likely the anode rod will still have life in it. However, a heater more than six years old (or one which is using softened water and is over two years old) will probably need a new anode. Older heaters are also more likely to have troubles with a damaged dip tube and more likely to possess recalcitrant drains. To determine the heater’s age look at the serial number printed or stamped onto the name plate. If it starts 0186 or A86, that means it was made in January of 1986. 0286 or B86 means February 1986. If it starts 8604, that means it was built in the fourth week of 1986. If the serial number simply does not make sense with these guidelines, look for “warranty” on the name tag; the A86 or other code may be found there. If none of this leads you to a date, proceed with servicing the unit. It probably needs it.


Sessa's Licensed Plumbing & Heating provides a Water Heater Tune-Up which includes:


  • Installation of a full port brass drain valve

  • Clean out sediment build-up in tank bottom

  • Check anode rod

  • Check vent pipes

  • Check pipe connections

  • Check gas connections for leaks

  • Check safety relief valve


If we find an anode rod needs replacing or any other problems, we will point out the area of concern and quote a firm price before any work is started. Every water heater installed by Sessa's Licensed Plumbing & Heating comes with a lifetime no charge Parts and Labor Guarantee. If any component of your water heater fails (tank leakage excepted), we will replace it free. For an appointment visit the Sessa Service Center.



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