Water Heater Repair
Maintain your water heater. Why?
If you are like most people, you think about the water heater only in the shower when you find the warm water has turned icy cold!
But that's not a wise thing to do, obviously!
The water heater is something that needs regular maintenance, not something you can once install and totally forget about.
Here is why:
- While the exact life of a water heater varies, did you know, with proper maintenance, you can make a high-quality water heater last 8 to 10 years?
- Good care of the water heater also saves you from frequent repairs.
- Regular water heater maintenance can cut down electricity bill as it functions more efficiently.
That’s quite some savings!
You can maintain the water heater yourself too. Most heaters are run by electricity so disconnect the power supply before any water heater repair. If unsure, call a professional for the job!
Minerals and deposits - Silent Killers
A lot of money is spent on tankless water heater repair and replacement when you could have just avoided it with a little maintenance.
According to DIY Network, draining the water heater ensures you flush out all mineral and debris which can cause the heater to malfunction.
But how do the minerals get there in the first place?
Heat can cause minerals present in the water to precipitate out and settle to the bottom. This can act as a layer between the water and the gas burner.
Why should you take it seriously?
- It slows down the heat transfer and it overheats the tank bottom!
- Over time, this overheating can lead to weakened steel and damaged glass lining, so you might have the tank failing altogether sooner than you realize!
- In case it’s an electric heater, it can burn out.
Water leakages- not as innocent as they seem!
You know you have to pay high utility bills when you discover your water heater is leaking. That’s not the worst part, though!
Even a small amount of water can damage your walls and floors.
In addition, wet areas can have mold and mildew growing. This can lead to allergic reactions in some people.
How to check for water heater leaks.
If you see water leaking and steam coming out of your tankless water heater, it means the heat exchanger has cracked. You can replace just the part or the whole unit as water may have leaked onto electronics leading to bigger problems!
If you see a puddle around the water heater, wipe it off and check it again in a few hours. If there is another leak with no other likely source, the water heater may be the culprit!
Checking the water pressure of your heater
Your water heater may be working pretty fine now!
But over time, water heater wears and tears. It has pressure built up inside as it continuously heats water.
This can be dangerous. We don’t think of it as a problem but it can kill water heaters.
If you have too much pressure built up inside the water heater, it can explode, posing a threat to your family and home.
To release this pressure, water heaters must have a Temperature and Pressure Release valve. It can open to release the pressure buildup.
If you don’t have one in place, now is the time to get the valve and protect yourself.
If you do have one, keep checking it regularly for rust! Just raise and lower the test level several times. Now, if you don’t see any water flowing through pipes, it is time for water heater repair and replacing the valve!
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Have a professional check it out
It sounds pretty tempting and all tough to do all the technical stuff by yourself.
But sometimes it is better to call the professionals for a thorough check-up. As compared to other DIY projects, you can’t make many mistakes here because if you do, there can be serious risks to your home and family.
Some of the problems for which you may want to call are:
- No hot water
- Not enough hot water
- Leaking tank
- Rusty looking water
While they seem small problems, professionals can better handle them. WHY?
Because before any water heater repair, they will
- Obtain any necessary permits and licenses
- Dispose of old equipment safely
- Arrange any needed inspections
- Hook up the water heater properly to power supply
Professionals have years of experience backing them up so whenever you encounter any issue in Sugar Land, TX and the surrounding area, call us and we will be right there!
Switch to a modern water heater
Heating water which is sitting in a big tank in the basement can be a waste of resources. Switch to a modern water heater or the tankless water heater.
If you are running a business which is dependent on hot water, you can’t simply be limited by the number of gallons in your water storage tank. Tankless water heaters heat a huge amount of water.
The conventional water heater heats water which sits idly until its usage. Tankless water heaters, heat water on demand, wasting no energy.
A typical water heater may last 10 years while a tankless one can last as many as 20 years.
Traditional water heaters can take space about 60" tall and 24" wide. In contrast, the tankless water heater can be merely 20" wide by 28" tall!
Thinking of getting one? Call us to get it professionally installed now!