Water Heater Maintenance
Absolutely no homeowner wants to find themselves in the middle of a shower and suddenly, no hot water. It can feel like a scene out of a movie, but it is a reality of being a homeowner, with high-demand appliances. If you are experiencing any kind of water heater issues, then it may be time to reach out to Got Flow Plumbing & AC Services. We offer a wide range of services including installation, repair, and maintenance across a wide range of brands. Call us today: (832) 924-7008
When is it Time to Replace My Hot Water Heater?
It can be difficult to know when it’s time to replace a hot water heater, but there are a few key things to pay attention to.
- Age: The older your hot water is, the more likely it is to fail. Most tank style water heaters should be replaced around the 10 year mark.
- Corrosion: Because most tanks are made out of steel, it is inevitable that they will rust or corrode. Check for these indicators around valves and connection points.
- Drain valve isn’t draining: Sediment has a tendency to settle at the bottom of water heaters as well as collect in valves, disrupting water pressure.
- Leaks: A hot water heater leaking is actually an indication of an internal issue that, with a traditional tank water heater, means it would need to be completely replaced.
- Water is cold or lukewarm: While there are several reasons for this, this is something easily repairable by a technician.
Just like any other major appliance in your home, your hot water heater requires regular maintenance to prevent it failing before it should. So you want an expert and professional team servicing your appliance, just as you would want a professional TX landscaping company for your lawn. When you work with Got Flow Plumbing & AC Services, you are working with professionals and experts in their industry.
Tank Water Heater Breakdown:
- Affordable upfront cost
- Easy installation
- Modifications to tank and home rarely needed
- Do require a large energy output to keep water hot constantly
- Short lifespan
Conversely, tankless water heaters are not designed to store hot water. Instead, water is heated as needed. So when you turn the faucet on, the water may not be immediately hot, but it will heat up quickly.
Tank style vs. Tankless style water heaters
While there are several brands for water heaters, most homeowners have narrowed down their interest to two hot water heater styles. There is the traditional tank style hot water heater and the water heater without storage, or a tankless style water heater.
Traditional tank water heaters have been around for quite some time. They are typically known to be bulky, but effective. Water heaters with a tank keep a reservoir of water hot at all times, so when someone uses the water supply, there is always hot water available.
Tankless Water Heater Breakdown:
- Expensive upfront cost
- Space saving
- Longer warranty
- Longer lifespan
- Modifications typically needed to an electrical system and to tank
Which brand of water heater is the best?
There are several brands of water heater, but not all are made the same. Choosing the right one is an important and costly decision. These are the top 3 brands that offer tank
- Rheem Electric Water Heater: Rheem is the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America. They have the most extensive water heating collection in the US, including solar, gas, electric, tankless or heat pump water heaters, with the electric water heater being the most popular for residential locations.
- A.O. Smith Water Heater: A.O. Smith makes residential and commercial water heaters. They are best known and relied upon for their gas powered water heaters.
- Rinnai Water Heater: Rinnai is a Japanese brand that has brought out the best and trusted, tankless water heaters. As a company, they are well respected for their dedication to quality and service.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to replace a hot water heater?
Homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $800-$5,000 to replace their water heater. The cost will vary based on type of water heater and installation costs, if included.
How long do tankless water heaters last?
Tankless have an estimated lifespan of about 20 years. They also have replaceable parts, which can add many more years.
How many years does a hot water heater last?
Traditional tank water heaters can last about 10-15 years.
Are tankless hot water heaters worth the cost?
It really depends on what you are willing to pay up-front. Tankless water heaters require a large initial investment, but evidence shows they do save homeowners quite a bit of money in the long run.
My water heater won’t kick on?
If you have an electric tank water heater, there could be a breaker that has tripped. Reset it and see if it stays on, if it doesn’t, then there may be an issue with the thermostat or a loose connection
If you have a gas powered water heater, then your tank could be empty. Check that all valves are turned to “on”, turn the gas valve to “pilot” and use a lighter to relight the pilot light.
Whatever your questions may be, call Got Flow Plumbing & AC Services at (832) 924-7008 with questions about your water heater in the Houston, TX.