The water heater in your home is responsible for providing you, and the appliances in your home, with an efficient and consistent flow of hot water. When it breaks down, you can find yourself running out of hot water, or having no hot water at all. At C&D Plumbing Inc. we never want this to be the case for our customers. As a result, we provide all of our customers with expert Davie water heater services including repair, maintenance, and replacement services.
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What Causes Water Heater Problems?
Water heaters are usually the most expensive part of a home's plumbing system. They are costly to repair and to replace; however, most problems can be prevented with the right maintenance steps. Consider the following causes of gas and electric water heater problems:
- Lack of Maintenance: The average water heater is installed in a basement or closet and ignored. Many homeowners never even think about it again until it stops working. Neglecting a crucial and expensive appliance is never a good idea; homeowners should have their water heater inspected at least once a year.
- Sediment: The most common single cause of water heater problems is the buildup of calcium carbonate sediment. Sediment starts to accumulate once water is heated up and can build up over time. Not only does this buildup make the water heater less efficient, sediment can also break off and wind up in the recirculating lines.
- Incorrect Size: A water heater that is too small for the demands placed on it will have to work extra hard to keep up. That extra work will shorten its lifespan. Similarly, if a unit is too large for the demands of the home it will waste electricity keeping the water hot throughout the day.
- Corrosion: The lining of water heater tanks can develop microscopic leaks that will eventually corrode the tank. A rusting water heater may put out water that has an unpleasant odor or that is rust-colored. There are a number of components that can be affected by corrosion, including electrical elements and combustion chambers (in a gas water heater).
- Leaking: Leaking is a common result of corrosion and can result in significant water damage to a home if it is not caught in time. These leaks can come from the reservoir tank and even the fittings on the tank itself.
By understanding exactly what causes issues with your water heater, you should be able to look out for common symptoms of water heater damage. Call us for expert Davie water heater repair services and get your homes plumbing back in perfect working order today!
Benefits of Installing a New Water Heater
When it comes to certain water heater issues, like leaking, rust, or inefficiency, a new water heater installation maybe your best option. There are a number of benefits to replacing your old system with a newer one.
One advantage to water heater replacement is higher efficiency. Over time, wear and tear on your hot water heater can cause it to work harder to heat the same amount of water. This can lead to higher energy costs, too. Installing a new unit will use less energy to heat your water, saving you money.
Another advantage to hot water heater installation is an increase in your hot water recovery rate. If you want to wait less time for your tank to fill and heat up after it empties, then a new system is what you need! Newer units tend to get the water heated faster than older ones, saving you time.
How Long Do Units Typically Last?
Water heaters are heavily used in most households and will do even more work if they are not large enough for the task. In general, a water heater replacement is recommended between eight and twelve years on average. That time will vary depending on how well the unit was installed, the conditions in the house, and the quality of the maintenance performed on it.
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Should You Repair or Replace Your Unit?
While many problems may be repaired, a unit that leaks or does not work consistently will probably need to be replaced. When deciding between the two options, the amount of time that the unit has been in service and the type of problem should be kept in mind.
Relatively minor problems like a bad heating element or thermostat may call for the replacement of those parts and not the entire unit. In some instances though, the need for consistent repairs could be solved easier with the replacement of the unit. When you call our professionals, we will be able to inspect the unit and determine what the best course of action is for you. We work within your budget, needs, and safety, in order to provide you with the best solutions for your Davie water heater.