• The Life Expectancy of a Water Heater (And the Things That Can Shorten It)

    You turn on the shower to get ready for work or flip on the faucet to wash some dishes, and it hits you: You don’t have any hot water. Most homeowners find out that they need a new hot water heater once it breaks down completely, usually at the most inopportune time. Knowing how long your water heater should last—and the things that you may be doing to shorten its lifespan—can help you get the most out of your current unit and get ready for a replacement before you’re caught unawares. Here is what you need to know.

    The type of water heater you have makes a difference.

    Traditional and tankless water heaters have different life expectancies. A traditional water heater with a tank can usually last between eight and 12 years. A tankless water heater can last for much longer. Most tankless water heaters last for about 20 years, and some can last longer than that. However, that doesn’t mean that a tankless water heater is the right choice for every home. Instead, let your plumber help you choose the model that best meets your needs.

    Several factors can impact how long your water heater lasts.

    You can’t control all of the factors that can shorten the life of your water heater. For example, if you live in a place with hard water, sediment will build up faster in your hot water heater, which can make it wear out faster than expected. You can control other factors. Avoid installing a hot water heater in a space where temperature fluctuations are common, like a basement, as your unit will need to work harder than if it is in a place with a controlled temperature. Failing to have regular maintenance performed by your plumber can also reduce the lifespan.

    You should start preparing for replacement before you need it.

    Try to plan for replacing your water heater about two years before you expect it to wear out. As it nears the end of its life, pay close attention to signs of failure, such as banging sounds, pooled water on the floor, and inconsistent water heating.

    Ace Plumbing provides hot water heater repairs when needed, and when the time comes, new water heater installation. Talk to a plumber in Sacramento about your hot water heater by calling (916) 455-4548.

  • Essential Steps in Water Heater Maintenance

    Water heaters have a way of failing at the most inopportune moments. In addition to the inconvenience of a failing water heater, replacement can be expensive. By sticking to a schedule of regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your water heater and catch any problems that do occur in the early stages, when they are cheaper for your plumber to fix. Here are some of the maintenance services your plumber may recommend to care for your hot water heater.

    T&P Valve Service

    T&P valves, or temperature and pressure valves, are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on a hot water heater. These valves sense when the pressure has reached the maximum level inside your water tank, at which point they open to release some of that pressure. When the valves don’t work correctly, the pressure can build to unsafe levels inside your water tank, which could lead to a tank explosion. Your plumber will test the valve by pulling the trip level to see if air is released. If it is not, the valve will need to be replaced.

    Tank Flushing

    Sediment buildup is a common problem in hot water heater tanks. As sediment increases, your water heater will become less efficient and your water lines will become clogged. To remove the sediment, your plumber will flush the tank. This involves draining the tank completely so that as much sediment flows out with the water as possible.

    Leak Repairs

    Leaks develop easily around hot water heaters, so you should periodically check for signs of water loss around your tank. When a leak is found, it is typically caused by a problem with the connections for the water supply. Your plumber will identify and repair or replace any pipes or fittings that are to blame for the leak.

    Let Ace Plumbing help you keep your water heater in good condition with maintenance work and hot water heater repairs in Sacramento . To set up an appointment for service, please call (916) 455-4548.

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