Water Heater Repairs – Signs of Failure
There are many signs of a failing water heater.
- Insufficient hot water is the most recognizable sign to most people. A mineral in the water tank separate from the water and begin settling at the bottom of the tank and over time less heat reaches the water and the hot water supply depletes.
- Another sign of a failing water heater is a popping or banging noise coming from it. As the buildup of minerals increase in your tank and it becomes harder to heat the water, the tank becomes overheated and these noises arise. So if you’re walking past your water heater and there is a suspicious noise, chances are it’s time to call a plumber!
- If you’re ready to relax and take a hot bath after a long day, and begin running your water and notice cloudy water accompanied by an unusual odor, this is another sign of a failing water heater. Mineral deposits are traveling out of the water heater and entering the faucet, also causing a slower water flow.
- Rusty and leaky connections are another sign of trouble. All water heaters use an anode rod to help prevent corrosion, and over time the anode rod naturally builds up corrosion in turn causing leaky connections. Speaking of leaky connections, what about a leaking tank?
- Well if you ask most people who have seen a failing water heater, chances are the noticed the tank leaking. If you notice a leaking tank, you should immediately call a plumber. Ignoring a leaking tank can lead to flooding in your home, creating a mess that could have been prevented by simply calling in help sooner.
Water Heater Installation & High Efficiency Technology
Water heater technology is quickly changing; there are many options when it comes to replacing your water heater than can save you money and energy over time. We all want to find the water heater that has the right balance between efficiently for your home and performance. You should check two things when looking for the right water heater; the energy factor, telling you how efficient it is, and first-hour recovery rate of the tank. There are several high efficient water heaters to choose from such as a hybrid electric heat-pump water heater, condensing gas water heaters, and electric point-of-use water heaters. The hybrid heat-pump water heater works by pulling heat from the surrounding air and pumping it into the storage tank. The climate plays a large role in the pro’s of this type of heater, if you live in a warm area, and install this heater into your garage or attic, the heat pump alone will save you money. The conventional heating coils only come on when the heat pump can no longer do its job and if you install the heater in warm area of your home, it will also suck up some of the heat in the room. The electric hybrid pump has one of the lowest operating costs on the market, especially in warm climates. These tanks are very heavy, so leave it to a reliable plumber for the install. The condensing gas water heater is another great option when looking for a replacement. Although the condensing gas heater has a tank like a conventional heater, the way they work are very different. In a conventional heater, the hot exhaust gases are sent out the flue, wasting energy, where the condensing gas heater blows the gases through a coil at the bottom of the tank allowing incoming cool water to flow around the coil and collect most of the heat, saving you energy as it works! Condensing gas water heaters are very efficient and the first-hour recovery rate is incredible, which means never running out of hot water. So if you have a large family and need ample hot water, this water heater is a great suggestion for your home. An electric water heater is another new option in the modern world of water heaters. Although this type of water heater cannot replace your existing one, it can help cut down your water bill. The electric “POU” heater is very small, about the size of a cigar box, and can easily be installed by a licensed plumber under your kitchen sink and connects between the cold water valve and the hot water faucet. These water heaters are also very cost efficient, reduce the water time for hot water, and reduces water waste. So if you’re in a hurry to wash those dirty dishes or get a quick shower before heading out, this would be a great option to discuss with your plumber.
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