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Boise, Nampa and Caldwell's Water Heater Specialsts

How Does a Water Heater Work?

Water heaters in Boise are not really all that mysterious. A water heater in Caldwell heats water on a continual basis depending on tank temperature. When you draw off hot water from the top, cold water enters the tank to towards the bottom replace the hot water drawn out. When the water heaters thermostat senses the water temperature has dropped below the temperature setpoint level, it initiates the water heaters heating element(s) in an electric water heater or the burner in a gas model. Even if you don’t use hot water, the temperature in the tank will fall eventually and so the water will be reheated to bring it back up to the desired temperature. Because of this wasted energy, it is advisable to turn down the water heaters thermostat to the "Vacation" setting when away for extended periods of time, such as when you are on vacation or long business trips.

Which Water Heater in Boise Nampa or Caldwell is Better: Gas or Electric?

Gas and electric water heaters are about equally common in Boise.  An advantage of an electric water heater is that they don’t require venting of the combustion gases as does a gas water heater.  However, electric water heaters may be more expensive to operate and generally don’t heat cold water as quickly as gas water heater models can. However, your choice may be dictated by what type of water heater unit you are replacing. Often, changing from one energy source to another can be more expensive depending on if you have to add flue piping and gas piping that was never there before, on the other hand your efficiency might go up enough along with natural gas being less expensive than electricity that it will have a quick pay back and then it's money in your pocket.

Tank type water heaters versus Tankless water heaters

While tank-type water heaters are the normal type of water heater that is used in Boise Nampa and Caldwell, a tankless water heater is sometimes the better choice. Tankless heaters (also known as instantaneous or demand water heaters) heat the water as it is called for at the tap. Tankless water heaters usually cost two to three times as much as comparable tank-types. But tankless water heaters, being smaller, can fit into spots where you’d never get a tank giving you more room for storage or other things or if you are continually running out of hot water they will solve that problem with endless hot water.  One of the other tankless water heater types is called an Eternal hybrid water heater.   A hybrid water heater such as the Eternal Hybrid Water Heater in Nampa is an extremely efficient water heater without the pressure drop issues that a full on tankless water heater in Boise has.

Water Heater Repairs

Drake Mechanical's plumbers do not just remove your old water heater in Boise and install a new water heater, Drake Mechanical's plumbers can also repair your existing water heating system depending on what the issue is.  If you need tank type water heater repairs in Boise, Tankless water heater repairs in Nampa or Caldwell or Hybrid water heater repairs in Meridian or Eagle Drake Mechanical's team of trained and licensed plumbers can get you back under way as long as it is a repairable item.  If it is the water heater tank leaking, unfortunately that means that you will have to replace your existing water heater with a new one.  Once the water heaters tank starts leaking there is not a whole lot else we can do.  One thing we advise is have your plumbing checked over yearly, the water heater flushed and the safety's and water heater controls checked for proper operation to get the most life out of your system possible.  Water heater flushing is part of Drake Mechanical's 30 point plumbing inspection.  

Do You Need A New Water Heater?

Are you having water heater issues?  Does your water heater in Boise need new Heating Elements?  Does your water heater in Nampa or Caldwell need to be replaced all together?  Is the pressure and temperature relief valve leaking on your water heater in Meridian or maybe you need a pressure tank on your water heater in Eagle?  Drake's does it all when it comes to water heater whether they have a tank or are tankless.  Give us a call and we will get one of our plumbers out to your home or office and get your hot water going again so you can enjoy that nice hot bath or shower you have been missing!

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Water Heater Service Areas:

  • Water heater repairs in Boise
  • Water heater installation in Boise
  • Water heater repair in Meridian 
  • Water heater installation in Meridian
  • Water heater repair in Eagle
  • Water heater installation in Eagle
  • Water heater repair in Nampa
  • Water heater installation in Nampa
  • Water heater repair in Caldwell
  • Water heater installation in Caldwell
  • Water heater repair in Kuna
  • Water heater installation in Kuna
  • Water heater repair in Mountain Home
  • Water heater installation in Mountain Home
  • Water heater repair in Middleton Idaho 
  • Water heater installation in Middleton Idaho 
  • Water heater repair in Star Idaho 
  • Water heater installation in Star idaho 
  • Water heater repair in Idaho City
  • Water heater installation in Idaho City
  • Water heater repair at Wilderness Ranch
  • Water heater installation at Wilderness Ranch
  • Water heater repair and water heater installation in any area in between and just about anywhere else you can think of in the Treasure Valley





Customer Testimonials

Chris fixed a problem weve been having repeatedly for years.  He's the first plumber who pointed out our recirculation system is runnign 24/7.  Thank you.


Chris and his assistant Thomas did an excellent job, they were very professional, cleaned up well after the work.  Thanks for doing a great job!


John did an outstanding job of finding the right color and size of toilet and was efficient, conscientious and professional.  Thank you


Matt performed the work very well and saved me extra time and money by discovering a minor problem with my dishwasher while he was there.


Matt and Thomas were very helpful.  Theey opened our drain lines when when no other company could.


We are very impressed with all the aspects of the service call.


Blake was very professional and did a great job!


 I called Shane at 2:19 to confirm that someone would be at the house at 2:30 to let him in. To my surprise, he was already done with the job and had put the stickers in the house. Not only was he not late, he was early and and finished before he was even supposed to be there. I've never had that kind of experience with any serviceman from any c...

 Just wanted to say that your service tech Mike Hayes here in Boise just installed a new outdoor AC unit for us, and he couldn't have been nicer. He got us the best deal possible and he and his assistant did excellent work, and got it done pretty quickly. I'm super happy with the service I got. I've dealt with Drake for plumbing and AC now and b...

 I appreciate the prompt air conditioning service in Boise during the middle of a heat wave.  Jim was very nice and he explained the problem.  Thank you.


So, a couple weeks ago I found out that I had a water line leak (outrageous water bill). Ugh.... I live in an old house and to say the least some of the plumbing is suspect and extremely difficult if not almost impossible to get to. With that I can't say enough for the service I got from Blake at Drake Mechanical! He had to rework the main shuto...

 Our company has contracted with Drake Mechanical on two separate jobs. John Wright has been assigned to both issues. John should teach a class on customer service! His attention to detail, and technical expertise, (not to mention customer service), are among the best that I have experienced. I will not ...

 I really feel it is because of the Ecobee thermostats that I have been able to really shave off unnecessary HVAC use easily and on a regular basis.  (Boys and Girls Club of Boise saved $500 dollars this December over December of last year on natural gas)


 I was pleased with Laurens extra efforts in getting our furnace repair done in a timely manner.


 I have been using Drake Mechanical since 1986.  Always satisfied with the service.


 Jason did an outstanding job.  Very polite and professional.  I referred my grandaughter to Drake's and everyone else I know! You all are great!  


 Laren was very well spoken, clear and informative.  He checked everything very thoroughly.  I will definitely use Drake Mechanical again.  Thank you.


 It was very good of Patrick to come out and install our new water heater when most other people were closed.  He was pleasant and we will use Drake's again.

Everyone at Drake's did an outstanding job for me, especially Dillon who fixed my plumbing problem in the kitchen. I would call them at anytime to help me....

 I am thankful for the help that Drake Mechanical gave me. In the middle of the night. I had a severe flooding at my home, and within no time they were there to solve the problem.


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5551 West Gowen Road
Boise , Idaho , 83709
(208) 362-6200


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Caldwell , Idaho , 83605
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