You can repair a water heater that is not heating up or leaking rather than replacing it, and regular maintenance can extend the life of your water heater when followed. Allow us to share some troubleshooting tips to have a long-lasting water heater because as simple as replacing a heating element or pressure-relief valve can help resolve water heater problems. Generally, simple water heater issues can be performed DIY, but if you don’t have time or you’re not comfortable working with your water heater, you can call Camden Plumbing Consultant, a water heater repair specialist. According to water heater manufacturing companies, the average life expectancy of a water heater is eight to twelve years, and it varies depending on the design, location, installation quality, water quality, and maintenance schedule.
Camden Plumbing Consultants highly recommend replacement of water heater if it is working erratically, more than ten years old, with leaks around the base of the tank, or if it suddenly stops working. One of the most common problems of water heaters is not getting the expected heat or hotness that might be caused by a defective heating element, or a faulty thermostat. It is essential to make sure that your electric water heater is maintained properly, ensuring that the power is connected, resetting the thermostat as needed, flushing the heater to eliminate sediments from the tank, replacing thermostat and heating element, and raising thermostat temperature. For gas water heater, ensure that the pilot is lit and the gas is connected, remove sediment by flushing, insulate hot water pipes, replace the Thermo coupler and clean the burner, and raise the temperature setting on the thermostat. For sizzling or hissing noises, it might be caused by collected sediment in the tank, so you need to drain the tank until the water clears. To resolve build up problems, remove and soak heating element in a pan filled with white vinegar up to an hour and any collected scale should be scraped off. Replacement of leaking pressure-relieve valve must be done. Replacement of water fittings should be done if tightening them does not work.
Draining your water heater twice a year removes sediments high causing corrosion, and increases efficiency. A burst of water should be released as you lift the pressure-relief valve handle and snapping it back, otherwise it needs replacement. When buying a new water heater, it is essential con consider the following factors: gallon capacity (40 or 50 liters), recovery rate (number of gallons heated in an hour), dimensions and energy efficiency ratings. Allow Camden Plumbing Consultant to help you with your water heater replacement needs, please visit their website or homepage, or contact them directly.What I Can Teach You About Plumbers