Water Heaters

Is your water heater calling it quits?

Your water heater has a big job to do and believe it or not can give out in just 7-10 years. Remember your water heater is not just for showers and baths it works hard to supply water to washing machines and dishwashers too. Here are some signs of wear and tear.

Decreased water temperature

Have you noticed a decrease in temperature during your shower or bath? This could be your heating elements going bad. Give us a call and we can ensure they are working at full potential.

Discolored water

This could be a build up of sediment in your tank that is damaging the interior, this causes the water to turn colors. Water tanks should be flushed once a year or more often depending on the quality of your water. We can do that for you before it is too late.

Water leaks around the tank

Sediment can also lead to a build up in the bottom of the tank that leads to corrosion which in turn causes your tank to leak. Call us right away for a replacement. (Water softeners can give a greater life span to your water heater and appliances.)

A noisy water heater

Your tank should be fairly quiet, but if it starts to make a noise it is time for a repair or replace.

Your tank is getting old

Yes I know, it seems like you just replaced your tank. Sadly, the saying is true “they don’t make them like they use too”. Today’s water tanks often do not last as long as they use to. It all depends on your water quality and upkeep. If you have hard water it can put your tank and other appliances at risk, lowering the life expectancy.

Keep and eye out for this list of signs of damage and have us come out to investigate.

We will repair when possible and do timely replacements as needed.

Don’t forget to check your expansion tank, or add one to your older system.

Expansion tanks can get holes and leak as well.

New codes in our area require water heaters to have expansion tanks. This is a safety device added to protect your plumbing from thermal expansion. City water lines are now protected from backflow by valves preventing excess heated water from contaminating water sources. This extra heated water now goes into your expansion tank.

Types of Water Heaters

  • Storage Tank Water Heater (Traditional)
    • The most popular and replacement budget friendly.
    • Traditional water heaters store water in a tank and are available in a variety of gallon capacities based on your needs.
    • Electric or gas energy is required to maintain water temperature until water is pulled through the pipe by turning on a faucet.
  • Tankless Water Heater (On-Demand)
    • A tankless water heater is considered a more energy efficient heater because they heat water only as needed verses storing and continuous heating of water.
    • The heater clicks on only when the tap is turned on. A tankless water heater usually requires less space with some even hanging on the wall.
    • Stick to popular brands with local suppliers. Otherwise maintenance, diagnostics and parts can be difficult to obtain.
      • Not all plumbers are able to work on all brands.
    • Although more energy efficient the initial cost and installation is a greater price than a conventional tank.
      • The unit itself can cost more and may also need extra electrical work to meet the system requirements.
  • Heat Pump (Hybrid) Water Heater
    • A hybrid water heater combines conventional tank storage with a heat pump that extracts heat from the air and uses it to help heat the water.
    • They often use existing water and electrical connections (houses vary) and can reduce water heating costs by almost 60 percent.
    • The tanks cost more than traditional but are rated to last longer and be more energy efficient.