Water heating is the 2nd largest home expense; It makes up 14-18% of utility bills.
The average U.S. home spends $400-600 a year on water heating bills.
The average water heater only lasts 10-15 years until it needs to be replaced.
The average household uses 64 gallons of water every day.
4 Signs Your Water Heater Needs A Plumber!
- Lukewarm or cold water: Easily the most obvious sign of a water heater crisis is when the water in your home is not getting hot, especially if this occurs out of every faucet.
- Plastic coming from your hot water: If you have a tank water heater, your dip tube could be broken and causing your hot water to have a bit of plastic in it.
- Noisy: Water heaters do not make much noise when working properly. If you notice your water heater has started to make sounds often, calling our comfort specialist out will save you from a potential water heater emergency.
- Stinky: Any smell you notice from your water heater should be checked out. This may be a potential maintenance issue or signs of a larger issue.
Common Causes of Water Heater Failure
Hot Water Neglect: The single biggest issue we run across is neglect. When your system is not properly maintained, sediment builds up. You will experience issues and potentially a full break down.
High Water Pressure: The silent killer of water heaters. Having too high of water pressure can cause stress on your unit, leading to problems and eventually breaking it down. The best course of action is installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV), as well as an expansion tank.
Sediment Buildup: ‘Hard’ water that in your tank can cause sediment when heated up. Over time, the sediment deposits in the bottom of the tank. This will cause problems over time.
Transient Current: This is usually a rare occurrence and is handled during the installation process, but not always. When electrical currents jump they can send a charge through your unit and lead to corrosion.
Internal Rust: Over time your system will rust in addition to sediment. The anode within your water heater prevents this. When your anode rod goes out, have it replaced to prevent your unit from rusting.
Improper Sizing: If your water heater is improperly sized that means it ends up working double-time. With this constant strain and expansion, it shortens the lifespan of your unit.
Corrosive Fumes: Something to be mindful of. The fumes and air quality around the unit are important. Try to keep harmful chemicals out of the same room as your water heater — gas water heaters draw in the air around it for combustion.
Leaking Unions or Other Segments: As your unit undergoes thermal expansion parts will shrink and expand. Have your unit inspected, cleaned, and maintained every year to ensure all rubber components are tight and snug.