Routine water heater maintenance and timely repair can significantly reduce the need for water heater repair in Katy, while extending its lifespan. It isn’t always obvious when water heater trouble is about to occur, but there can be some signs in advance. When your water heater experiences the following common water heater problems, it is time to contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber and schedule water heater repair in Katy.
Common Water Heater Issues
The most common water heater problem is a lack of hot water. This issue can be due to a number of causes, for example a pilot light that has gone out, a bad heating element, or other failed components.
Another common problem is a noisy water heater. This can indicate a build-up of sediment in the tank and should be serviced immediately.
Leaks can be due to a leaky pipe, fitting or a problem with the water heater itself. When the leak is due to a rusty, corroded water heater it is time to replace it. Maintenance can help to extend the water heater lifespan, and Benjamin Franklin plumbers are available to provide this service, and water heater repair in Katy when you need us.
A rusty color to water or a sulfuric odor may indicate the water heater’s sacrificial rod is in need of replacement. This component protects the tank from rust, and when the rod itself needs replacement your water heater is at risk. Contact us for water heater repair in Katy.
Repair or Replace
Eventually any water heater will have to be replaced. The first consideration in the decision should be the appliances age. While it is often recommended that 10 years is the expected lifespan and point of replacement, in areas with hard water the recommended age can be as little as 7-8 years of service. That is due to hard water being detrimental on all water using appliances. With 85% of the nation served with hard water, it is fairly unavoidable, and Texas is one of the areas with mineral laden hard water. If you would like to extend the life of your appliances, talk to one of our water quality experts about the installation of a water softener.
When you need replacement keep in mind a new water heater will reduce the cost of your energy bill, and with routine maintenance, and timely water heater repair in Katy you can keep it down for years to come.
When shopping for a water heater keep these features in mind:
Capacity is how many gallons a conventional water heater will heat and store. You will need to know the capacity of the existing water heater. For example, when the current water heater is 40 gallons and it provides for all of your hot water needs, you will want to purchase the same capacity. On the other hand, if your household routinely runs out of hot water you will require a larger capacity. Operating a water heater too small for the household results in increased water heater repair in Katy, and a reduced lifespan of the appliance.
Recovery rate is the number of gallons the water heater will heat in a specified amount of time. When several persons are showering in the evening you will want to purchase a model with a faster recovery rate.
Dimensions are the width and height of the appliance. Measure your space to ensure the new water heater will fit in the space, and include the opening it must fit through. This is now especially important as the new water heater standards have increased the size of conventional tank style water heaters.
The energy efficiency rating should be displayed on a sticker located on the water heater. This will provide the estimated annual cost of operation for the water heater. Select the most energy efficient model your budget will allow to save on the cost of operation.
Not all water heaters are glass lined. The glass liner protects the tank against rust and corrosion, and is well worth the small extra cost.
Professional Water Heater Services
To ensure the lifespan, proper performance and safe operation of a water heater, installation should be provided by an experienced and licensed plumber in Katy. Furthermore, a growing number of manufacturers are requiring expert installation to maintain the product’s warranty.
Extending a Water Heater’s Lifespan
- Purchase a tank with a glass liner to deter tank corrosion.
- When the water heater in your home continually runs out of hot water, the tank is not large enough for your household. An adequately sized water heater won’t have to work as hard to produce hot water, and will require less water heater repair in Katy and last longer as a result.
- Routinely check on the water heater, and the space surrounding it to monitor for leaks. This will to prevent and/or limit costly damage to your home and its foundation. If a leak occurs, shut the water supply off to the appliance, and contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for water heater repair in Katy, or replacement.
- An annual flushing of the tank will prevent the accumulation of sediment and extend its lifespan.
- Set the thermostat on 120 degrees F. This will reduce the risk of scalding, and prevent bacterial growth in the tank.
- Insulate visible hot water pipes to help maintain the water temperature as it travels through pipes, and will reduce wear and tear on the appliance while saving energy.
A Benjamin Franklin Plumbing professional can take care of all of your plumbing needs including common water heater problems. Our qualified plumbers offer reliable water heater repair in Katy and installation. Our experienced and licensed plumbers serve Katy, Sugar Land, Houston and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating and provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee.