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How’s it going with you and your hot water?

If you don’t think of an “ice cold invigorating shower “ as fun than you might spend a few minutes thinking about your hot water heater.

iStock_000007587530XSmall[1] - CopyFor the most part they are reliable pieces of equipment that sit in a closet and quietly do their job. We don’t worry about them until we turn on the shower and have no hot water. Fall time is usually when most old hot water heaters fail because the water coming into the house is colder and the hot water tank works harder to heat the water.

There are several simple things you can do to make your water heater last longer but at some point it will need to be replaced. A simple visual inspection can tell you a great deal about your water heater. Do you have a fairly new tank but it doesn’t produce hot water? If there are any leaks or water standing around the tank you have a problem. Is your hot water tank “rumbling” like a volcano or whining? Does your hot water have a “rotten egg” smell or have an orange tint.

If your tank is fairly new and you have no hot water your first step should be to check the electrical breakers or the pilot light. If a breaker is tripped you don’t get power to the heating unit. If the pilot light won’t light, it could be a bad thermocouple or pilot control valve. With either unit you are not getting the energy to the tank to heat the water. A plumber can help you solve these issues.

iStock_000008184241XSmall[1]The rumbling is from boiling water in the tank. Sediment has built up on the tank bottom and is actually overheating the water and running up your heating bill. Whining is caused by built up scale on heating elements in electric water heaters. Flushing your hot water tank on an annual basis is normally all the maintenance it will need. This should take care of the rumbling volcano. To clean the elements on an electric tank you need to turn it off, drain it and remove the elements. It is important that you let the tank completely fill with water before turning the power back on to the elements.

Stained or colored water is from a deteriorating tank and it’s time for a new one. If you’re uncomfortable doing any of this than call your local plumber and they will be glad to help.

Heating Hot water has advanced technology in the last several years. You now have many energy efficient options to choose from including electric, gas and tankless water heaters. The new tankless unit’s heat water as it passes through them. They provide an unlimited supply of hot water that is produced as it is needed. There are no storage tanks to rust or leak.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been truer when it comes to hot water tanks. Spending a few minute a year flushing your tank, checking for leaks and/or replacing it if it’s over 10 years old can prevent a mess and damage to your home if the old tank ruptures. If you choose to do nothing than a “cold invigorating shower” is in your future.

 

Installations-and-repairsPete’s Plumbing is a family owned and operate plumbing firm. We have more than 40 years experience with electric, gas and tankless water heaters. Our staff is standing by, ready to assist you with identifying the perfect on-demand water heater for your home. For immediate assistance please contact us today at 770-442-3934 or email us at (customerservice@petesplumbing.com) and let our Pete’s Plumbing family take care of your family!

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