The two most popular types of water heaters are gas and electric. An electric water heater is slightly more common, but if you have a gas heater or stove, you might have a gas (tank or tankless) unit as well.
Common Water Heater Repairs
Your water heater has one job: heat the water. If your water isn’t getting hot enough fast enough, you have a problem. The life expectancy of any unit is about 8 to 12 years.
Weather, maintenance, design, and quality of initial installation all factor in to how long your unit will last. If your unit is less than 10 years old, it is worthwhile to repair the unit and get another 3-4 years of use before you replace it.
For most water heaters, there are a few basic steps to get your water piping hot:
- Reset or raise the thermostat
- Flush the unit to remove sediment from the tank
- Insulate the hot water pipes
- Replace the heating element or thermostat
- For gas water heaters, the problem could be the pilot light, the burner, or thermocouple.
Whether you have an electric or gas tank, call TSP plumbing immediately if you experience any type of leaking at all or a hissing or sizzling noise.
Water Heater Replacement
If you are ready to replace your water heater, the obvious choice is to replace the unit with the same type you’ve had (i.e. replace electrical water heaters with another electrical unit).
However, there are upgrade possibilities to increase the capacity or features on your new unit. A new unit will also impact your energy bills and may provide significant savings if you select an energy efficient model.
Water Heater Maintenance
Like many common household appliances, a little maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your unit. Our annual water heater maintenance appointments include the following plumbing services:
- Drain the tank to collected sediment. This process reduces corrosion increases efficiency.
- Test the pressure-relief valve and install a new valve if necessary.
- Check temperature gauge for accuracy and safety
Even if you have a tankless water heater system, it should still be flushed annually. It doesn’t hold the capacity of a traditional tank unit, but the unit and pipes should still be cleaned out in the same way to prevent buildup.