Imagine coming home after a hard day’s work or waking up in the morning to find a flooded floor because your water heater gave out. It’s more than just an inconvenience -- it’s a waking nightmare. Fortunately, you don’t have to panic, because hot water heater repair service is just a phone call away.
Do you suffer from slow drains or frequent clogs? Check out our plumbing services and call us for help!
How to Know Your Water Heater Is Going Bad
The average storage tank water heater is built to last about 15 years, and after that, it’s considered to be on borrowed time. Like any appliance, your water heater will fail, but you can avoid disaster if you call a professional plumber if you notice any of the following signs:
- Rust Colored Water
- Lukewarm Water
- Knocking or Popping Sounds
- Rust Around The Tank
If you notice any of these signs, call a water heater service professional right away!
What Type of Water Heater Should You Buy?
There are a variety of water heaters available, but the two main types are storage tank water heaters and tankless water heaters. Most water heaters installed today are storage tank water heaters, but tankless heaters are becoming more and more popular.
If you have a large family that needs multiple streams of hot water at a time, then a storage tank heater is your best bet. However, if you have a smaller family, and would like the convenience of having non-stop hot water on demand, then check out a tankless system.
How to Maintain Your Water Heater
You can extend the life of your water heater by conducting routine maintenance. Here are a few tips to keep your hot water tank running like new.
- Flush the tank to get rid of sediment buildup
- Test your temperature pressure release valve
- Check your anode rod for corrosion and replace if needed
- Insulate the heater so it runs more efficiently
If you’re unsure about how to do these tasks, call a water heater maintenance professional and ask them for help.
Flushing The Tank
Sediment or “scale” is created when hard water is heated. The sediment builds up at the bottom of your tank style heater. This build-up at the bottom of the tank is NO GOOD for several reasons:
- Decreases Your Heater’s Efficiency – because gas heaters have burners at the bottom of the tank, and electric heaters have elements at the bottom of the tank, the sediment acts as an insulator between the water you want to heat and the heating source. This process causes longer run times to properly heat, which equals more money out of your pocket. These extended run times also create premature failure on the mechanical parts of the heater.
- Accelerates damage to your tank – because the accumulation of scale at the bottom of the tank becomes an insulator that causes longer run times of your burners or elements. This causes excessive heat at the bottom of the tank, which burns off the protective glass liner, causing the tank to rust and rupture at a quicker pace. It also can cover the bottom element of electric heaters causing it to short out.
- Your Plumbing System – because the sediment gets distributed throughout your plumbing system clogging aerators, supply lines and contaminating your potable water throughout your entire home.
Annual water heater flushes are offered in our annual maintenances and highly recommended. During an annual examination, we also inspect the anode rod and T&P safety valve to ensure your water heater is operating safely and properly.
Do you have an aging water heater?
Considering the average water heater lasts 10-12 years, it is advisable to replace them before they start leaking to save you the headache of repairing water damages!
Does your home suffer from burst pipes in the winter? Check out our burst pipe repair services and see if we can help!
How Much Does a Water Heater Cost?
A water heater is a big investment and depending on the size and type of water heater you want, it can mean a large expense out of your pocket. While a typical water heater installation can cost between $300-$3,500, the good news is that most Energy Star water heaters are eligible for a tax credit that can soften the blow.
It’s best to call a water heater repair service and get their advice before you make your purchase.