When to Switch Water Heaters

Some of us remember the old days when water had to be heated on the stove for us to be able to enjoy a nice hot bath. Nowadays, it is as simple as plugging the water heater on and just relaxing in the tub. The warm water just flows directly in. But what happens when your routine warm bath suddenly turns cold?

When to Switch Water Heaters

Is it time to repair or replace your water heater? How long does a water heater last?

A leak would be a good reason to replace your water heater. The pressure-relief valve is leaking, it is time to replace it. On the other hand, if what is leaking is the water supply pipe, the fittings need to be tightened. If that doesn’t work, then the fittings need a replacement.

If your water heater is older than 8-12 years, it might be time to change it. It all depends on the brand and the model. Remember that proper installation, maintenance and water quality can also affect how long a water heater will last working in good condition.

Deciding to upgrade your water heater can be another reason to replace it. When buying a home, it is a good idea to check the water heating system. You may choose a more modern alternative with features that meet your household needs.

To cut energy costs, a small shower water heater can replace your home’s big old water heater. If your water heater is affecting your energy bill, it may be time for an energy saving model. There are energy saving brands that make full sized water heaters as well.

In the case that the water heater stops working well, it may be time to change it. If the water heater has not been used for more than 7 years, call the store for a consult and possible repairs. You may also be able to get a product replacement if the model you purchased is defective.

For more questions regarding your water heating system, contact us. We are the one call solution for all your home improvement needs.

Know Your Options for Water Heater Repair

Who doesn’t like to linger in a warm shower after a hard day?  It’s a relaxing reward before we head off to bed.  And on a cold morning, a hot shower motivates you to get out of bed and to get ready for the day.

Know Your Options for Water Heater Repair

When you go to turn on the hot water and it’s not there, it’s a source of panic.  We rely more on heated water than we realize sometimes.  Water heaters can slowly produce less and less hot water over time or even break completely.  When they do, you will need to know your water heater repair options.

There are a variety of things that can go wrong with your water heater:

  • Corrosion.  Visible signs of rust and corrosion can indicate leaks or improper plumbing.  If there is rust or corrosion, the problem has probably been there a while.
  • Bad smelling water.  If your hot water has an odor to it, there is a problem with bacteria.  A common odor caused by bacteria is a sulfur-like or “rotten egg” odor.  You can determine if it is a water heater problem by running only cold water to see if the cold water has the same odor as the hot water.
  • Not enough hot water.  If you notice that the hot water seems to run out more quickly than usual, there are a number of potential causes including a failing heating element.

If you are experiencing any of these (or other) problems with your water heater, contact us so that we can help you understand your options to repair or replace your water heater.  We will help get you back into a nice warm shower in no time!

Maintaining your Water Heater

We may not realize that the home’s water heater is a vital part of our daily lives. We take hot showers and baths, wash our clothes, run the dishwasher, and a variety of other needs. We often take it for granted and it’s a shock when it stops working. It’s important to maintain your water heater with regular checkups once a year by a professional service. Here’s a list of reasons:Maintaining your Water Heater

1. Helps Boost Performance

Regular maintenance helps stop a variety of problems from occurring that can slow down your water heater’s functioning. Such as preventing sediment buildup inside the tank and if ignored, prevents the heating element from heating the water properly and thus your water won’t be as hot. Maintenance will also replace what’s called the anode rod, which prevents the whole tank from rusting up.

2. Saves Money

An annual inspection of your water heater can prevent costly surprises from happening. You do not want the hassle of finding alternative ways to wash yourself, your hair, and your clothes. Even worse would be the cost of cleaning up the water damage, or perish the thought, an explosion. There’s also the hiked fee for emergency repairs by services.

3. Lasts Longer

The lifespan of a standard water heater is about 8 to 12 years. Having a yearly repair schedule can extend its life by several more years. This again saves you money in the long run.

What homeowner wouldn’t want to save money, prevent potentially dangerous surprises, have less stress and hassles with their home’s maintenance?

Contact us for more ways we can help you.

Water Heater Repair, What Can Go Wrong?

It is understandable that people want to save money by tackling seemingly minor household maintenance themselves rather than hiring someone else to do it. When it comes to your water heater, however, that can lead to problems. Sometimes, very expensive problems.

Water Heater Repair, What Can Go Wrong?

Your water heater needs periodic service to remove sediment build up. Depending on your home’s water quality, this might need attention every one or two years. This build-up affects the efficiency and output of the appliance, as well as the life expectancy of the tank liner. The more build up in your heater, the harder the heater has to work to maintain temperature, and the quicker the lining deteriorates as that build up reacts with the storage tank itself.

The process of dealing with this involves turning off the appliance, shutting off the water supply, draining and flushing out the tank, and refilling and turning everything back on. It is also an opportune time for replacing or servicing parts of the heater, including the electrical elements or gas burner, anode rod, dip tube, thermocouple/igniter, temperature/pressure relief valve, and checking for gas leaks.

Some of the problems that can occur include the following:

  •    Dysfunctional Water Shut-Off Valve
  •    Water Shut-Off Valve That Starts Leaking When Operated
  •    Clogged Drain Valve
  •    Drain Valve That Won’t Shut Off After Use
  •    Clogged Drain When Flushing Out the Heater
  •    Leaking Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve

These direct issues and other indirect problems arising from the interruption of the water and gas/power supply are things that most are not prepared to handle. These problems can lead to requiring emergency service, or potentially lead to water damage in the case of a leak or clog, particularly if your water heater is on a finished level. Hiring a service professional, who is equipped to handle these scenarios, not only makes it easy for you but may end up being less expensive than trying it yourself. Contact us!