Nothing is worse than climbing into the shower and finding out the water is stone cold. If this happens to you, it can be a sign that your water heater has failed. Whether your water heater simply needs a minor repair, a major overhaul or complete replacement, Norwalk – La Mirada technicians are up for the job. Hot water heaters that stay in good working order are a result of good maintenance.
Your hot water heater not only provides hot water for showers and baths, but also for hand and dishwashing. Do not risk a hot water heater breakdown, call us and let us work with you to set up an inspection to help identify possible problems.
Importance of Maintenance
Importance of maintenance of your water heater is unquestionable if you care about its energy efficiency, safety and lifespan. Although, the best maintenance in the world will not help low-quality water heaters. The first step to ensuring life-long service of your equipment is choosing a quality product. Once you have bought a first-class water heater, maintenance is the most effective way to protect the life of your investment.
Flushing out scale deposits, inspecting the temperature and pressure relief valve, along with the rest of yearly inspection procedures should be carried out according to the instructions in your water heater manual. If after reading the instructions, you don’t feel confident to perform this annual maintenance, hire a professional plumber to do the job. At Norwalk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning the qualified and fully licensed plumbers will come up with the best maintenance plan for your unit.
It has been proven that correctly installed and maintained water heater can last 8 to 12 years. There are many factors influencing the lifespan of your water heater, including:
- Irregularities of electricity
- The quality of the water heater
- The mineral density in the water
If your tank water heater develops the following problems, do not hesitate to call us at Norwalk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning:
- Absence of hot water
- Rotten egg smell
- Pipe leaks
- Lukewarm water
- Rust colored water
- Popping noise, rumbling or whining
- Leaks and corrosion
At Norwalk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning we will help you diagnose the problem and offer appropriate repairs.
Types of Water Heaters
A conventional tank-type water heater divides into electric and fuel-fired. The fuel that most commonly used in fuel operated heaters is gas (natural or propane), but oil-fired water heaters are also popular in a lot of areas. A vent pipe at the top of the fuel-fired unit carries away exhaust gases (suffering extra energy losses). Electric models have a power cable and thus they are electric mains operated.
The tank-type water heater does not only heat the water, but it also stores it until the next use. Therefore, every tank is equipped with insulation to keep the water warm between heating cycles.
Most tanks are made of steel, which is glass-lined on the inside and in this way prevents corrosion. Corrosion is the primary reason of the tank failure. Once rust “eats” through a hole, there are temporary repairs, but eventually the tank should be replaced.
If there is no tank water heater at your home, most likely you have a hot-water or steam home-heating system that is responsible for heating water for your taps. To accomplish the job, your boiler should have a tankless water heater. A coil of pipe is connected at one end to the cold water supply, and at the other end to your hot-water delivery pipes. When the boiler heats the water in your heating system, that water heats the coil, providing hot water in your taps.
To receive professional advice on all the types of water heaters, call Norwalk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.
Selecting a Solar Water Heater
Lately a lot of people began to opt for solar water heaters at their homes, especially if the weather conditions in a specific area are conducive to having one. But before you buy and install a solar water heater, consider doing the following:
- Assess approximately the cost and energy efficiency of a future solar water heating system
- Evaluate the solar resource of your home or business facility
- Verify the correct system size
- Investigate local codes and regulations.
The various components needed for solar water heaters operation include the following:
If the mentioned components are unfamiliar to you, contact Norwalk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for more information on the proper selection of your water heater.
Water Heater Repair
If you have chosen conventional water heaters for your home, you should know that they fall into two categories – gas and electric. A use of an electric water heater is universal – it can be used almost anywhere. A gas water heater is usually installed in a household that already utilizes gas for another gas device such as a furnace or stove. However, gas water heaters are restricted to areas outside of normal home activity as stated by the building codes.
When you consider replacing your current water heater due to its damage or sediment build-up, you would most likely stick with the same type of the unit that you had before. Although, do not forget about upgrade options available in the market today. If space allows and your family has grown larger over the years, it would be best to increase the water heater’s holding capacity and energy efficiency. Actually when it is time to replace your water heater, you can easily lower your energy bill by simply choosing a more energy-efficient model such as a tankless water heater.
And one more tip before doing any repairs or buying a new water heater – check the nameplate on the side of your current unit. Usually valuable data including the tank capacity, insulation R-value, guidelines on installation, working pressure, model and serial number are recorded there.
Certified and experienced technicians from Norwalk Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning are pros in water heater repair and replacement services. They will help you decide on the best option for your home, family or business.