• How Can I Check the Age of My Hot Water Heater?

    The average water heater that has a tank will last between eight and 12 years. Tankless water heaters may last longer than 20 years. If your water heater is 10 years or older, it’s time to start thinking about replacing it before it completely fails. But what if you aren’t sure how old your water heater is? If you’re having a plumber do hot water heater repairs, you can ask him or her. Or, check the label on the appliance. 

    The manufacturer’s sticker should be located near the top of the water heater. You should see a serial number that starts with a letter. The letter represents the month of manufacture. Let’s say your serial number starts with A. A is the first letter in the alphabet, so it was manufactured in January—the first month of the year. The next two digits represent the year. If your digits are 06, your water heater was manufactured in 2006. Note that serial number codes can vary from one manufacturer to the next. You can check the manufacturer’s website if your serial number appears to be different. 

    The expert plumbers at Ace Plumbing can service, repair, and install all brands of water heaters. Call (916) 455-4548 to request a hot water heater repair in Sacramento. 

  • Steps to Take When Your Water Heater Is Leaking

    A little water can do a lot of damage to your home. If a water heater leak is severe enough, you might need to rip out drywall and carpeting, or else risk a mold infestation in your home. To minimize the damage as much as possible, you’ll need to take action right away. Here’s what plumbers recommend you do as soon as you notice a water heater leak. 

    Avoid coming into contact with the water. 

    The water coming out of the appliance can be hot enough to cause scalding burn injuries. Avoid making direct contact with it, such as by touching it. You should also avoid making indirect contact with it, such as by stepping into it even if you’re wearing shoes. 

    Shut off the power supply. 

    Electricity is dangerous around water leaks. Protect yourself by shutting off the power supply before doing anything else. If you have a gas water heater, you can shut it off with the on/off switch or dial on the appliance. If you have an electric water heater, go to the breaker circuit box. Flip the circuit breaker for the water heater to the off position. 

    Do not obstruct the T/P valve. 

    In some cases, the leak may be coming from the temperature and pressure (T/P) valve. This should be located on the side of your water heater, close to the top. A leak at this valve could mean that there’s excessive pressure inside the tank. Never try to plug up the valve to stop the leak, since this can cause an explosion. 

    Shut off the cold water supply. 

    After you’ve shut off the power supply, you need to shut off the cold water supply to the tank to minimize the amount of water leaking out. Look for a valve above the tank that has either a handle (which you’ll pull down) or a dial (which you’ll turn clockwise). Note that if you can’t reach the tank without coming into contact with hot water, you should instead use the main water shutoff valve for your home. As soon as you’ve taken these steps, call a plumber to request emergency hot water heater repairs. 

    Got a leaking water heater? Call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548 to request an emergency plumbing appointment. Our team of highly trained experts can perform prompt hot water heater repairs in homes near Sacramento. 

  • 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.