Maybe your home’s water is taking longer than usual to heat up, maybe your showers are turning cold after just a few minutes, or maybe you have noticed some discoloration in your water. Whatever it is that led you here, we are guessing you have one question you would like answered: do I need a new water heater?
Let’s start with the basics. How old is your water heater? The traditional tank-style water heater will last around ten years, whereas tankless models can last over twenty years. The longevity of your water heater is dependent on how well it is taken care of. Water heaters should be professionally serviced once per year.
At All Drain & Sewer Cleaning we take care of a few crucial steps during water heater maintenance appointments.
1. Clearing Sediment Buildup
Over time the minerals naturally found in water will create sediment build-up in your water heater. This build-up can damage your tank, but if properly maintained and flushed, the sediment will not have the time it needs to erode your water heater.
2. Anode Rod
An essential part of a water heater is the anode rod. This piece of equipment attracts erosion, therefore, preventing rusting from occurring on the inner walls of the water heater. Replacing the anode rod when it is covered in rust and sediment is crucial to a water heater’s longevity.
Another key aspect of professional water heater maintenance is having the pressure relief valve checked. If the pressure in your water heater is too high, the tank could explode.
Aside from these major checks, All Drain & Sewer Cleaning will also evaluate each individual part of the water heater to check for any broken or malfunctioning equipment that can easily be fixed or replaced.
Ensuring that your system is properly looked after is the most foolproof way of having a water heater last as long as it possibly can.
Signs of Concern
Although an annual maintenance schedule should prevent these occurrences, there are a few key things to look out for to tell that something is wrong with your system and it needs timely repairs.
High Utility Bill
Notice an unexpected spike in your water bill? This change is a strong indicator that there is a plumbing issue in your home.
If you notice water leaking from the base of your water heater, call All Drain & Sewer Cleaning at (937) 777-3409 immediately. A leak from your water heater can indicate that the pressure within your system is off and can lead to an explosion, as well as extensive water damage.
You know the sound when you left a coin in your pocket and it’s flinging around the washer or dryer? If that sound is coming from your water heater it likely means there is sedimentation build-up that is being tossed around the inside of the tank.
Tankless vs. Traditional
One way or another, the time will come when you need to replace your water heater. It is important to know your options before making the 10 - 20 year commitment.
A traditional water heater is the most common style and what you will find in the majority of households. Traditional water heaters can easily be identified by the large tank usually in a garage or a basement of a home. Traditional water heaters are more inexpensive to purchase, install and look after than a tankless water heater, however, the tankless water heater is still a great option for many homes.
Rather than keeping a reservoir of heated water, a tankless water heater heats water as needed. This means a home will likely not run out of hot water. Due to not having the tank of water as we see with traditional water heaters, tankless water heaters are much smaller. Tankless water heaters are however more expensive to install and maintain.
Contact All Drain & Sewer Cleaning
Whether you are in need of maintenance or are in the market for a new water heater, the professionals at All Drain & Sewer Cleaning are ready to help!