How Water Heaters Work:
Water heaters operate based on a simplistic concept, basically cold water enters the water heater, and then heated by electrical elements or gas burner assembly. The parts required to produce hot water from a water heater is few, however, if ignored, they fail due to the demand from usage. Performing routine maintenance can minimize an unexpected cold shower.
What Surprises Can a Water Heater Throw at Me?
Is your hot water heater not producing hot water? With electric hot water heaters, first check the circuit breaker, if its tripped try resetting the breaker, if the water heats up, great. However, if the breaker trips again, or you are experiencing additional issues they can be diagnosed by calling Angle Stop Plumbing or for ease, feel free to book online.
If you have a gas hot water heater, first check to see if the pilot light is burning, if it’s not try relighting the pilot. If the pilot is not relighting, depending on the thermostat assembly, if newer electronic ignition check to be sure power is reaching the thermostat. A simple method to check power is if you see a flashing light on the thermostat power is reaching the thermostat, however if there are no flashing lights, check the circuit breaker to the room where water heater is located, if the circuit breaker is not tripped, look for a GFCI outlet, check it by resetting it. No flashing light yet? Contact your experienced plumber at Angle Stop Plumbing to diagnose the reason for hot water heater not lighting.
Keep in mind that if you are unsure what you are doing around water heaters, call Angle Stop Plumbing. Water heaters are great when working correctly, however, they can be very dangerous. Electric water heaters are supplied with 240 volts, with high rated circuit breakers, enough power to end someone’s life if contact is made while power is present. With gas, there is the risk of explosion, fire and health concerns if you are overtaken by a gas leak.
When Should I Replace My Water Heater?
Great question, depending on the maintenance during the life of your hot water heater this timeline can very significantly. For example, hot water heaters not flushed routinely will fail much sooner than those water heaters that are routinely serviced. Generally, most homeowners or businesses can expect their hot water heater to last 6-12 years. With any repair, if your hot water heater is getting aged, comparing replacement cost, repair cost with expected life remaining in hot water heater should be weighed when deciding on a direction to take with your hot water heater.
If considering a replacement water heater, compare energy consumption, with recent models’ overall energy consumption has been significantly reduced. In the long-term, saving property owners a measurable amount in annual utility expenditures. If you are in the market for a new hot water heater contact Angle Stop Plumbing and one our experienced Technicians will discuss options available for your home or business.
Hot water heater services performed by Angle Stop Plumbing include, but are not limited to traditional water heater installation, traditional water heater repairs, traditional water heater maintenance, tankless water heater installation, tankless water heater repairs and tankless water heater maintenance.
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