A hot water tank repair can be considered an emergency plumbing service. Your hot water tank is not a luxury but a necessity. It’s always best to have an emergency plumber on speed dial for these types of situations. Sometimes the hot water tank repair is straightforward, such as your pilot light has blown out and needs to be relit. The homeowner can usually take care of a situation as simple as this, for more complicated problems you are going to want to call in a professional plumbing company.
Here are the top 6 Reasons that customers will call in for a hot water tank repair:
The hot water tank is not producing enough heat: This repair is one that customers will sometimes put off for too long due to the fear of the repair bill. If your hot water tank is not providing enough heat or it is taking an incredibly long time for the hot water to get to the faucet there could be a few reasons. They are:
1. The hot water tank is not large enough to supply the amount of hot water required.
2. The pilot light has blown out, and you need to relight it.
3. There is a buildup of sediment in the bottom of the tank which is making it much tougher to heat up the water.
4. The hot water tank is making strange noises. Sometimes when a hot water tank needs to repairing you’ll first notice it because of the sounds coming from it. They can range from a thumping to a high-pitched whistle. This sound is caused because air is getting trapped in sediment that has collected at the bottom of the hot water tank. Your hot water tank needs cleaning. If this is the case, if not taken care of it can lead to much more severe problems such as the tank bursting and causing a potential flood.
5. There is water on the floor around the hot water tank. If you have discovered a leak with your hot water tank you are going to want to call in a hot water tank repair technician as soon as possible. you will likely have to replace the hot water tank, but sometimes the leaks are caused by simple overheating and can be repaired by turning the temperature down. More on this website
6. There is no visible flame inside the hot water tank. A couple of things can cause this, most likely it is going to be that your pilot light has blown out and you need to relight it. Sometimes it can be a more severe problem such as a broken gas valve, or a problem with your gas supply. The first thing to always try is to relight your hot water tank. If this does not work in solving your problem, call in a professional plumber.
Do I need a hot water tank repair or a hot water tank replacement?
Most hot water tanks will last approximately 10 to 15 years; if your hot water tank is somewhere in this range, you might want just to replace it. Older hot water tanks are not very efficient, and by putting in a new tank, you will start to save money immediately on your gas bill. You do have to factor in the cost associated with putting in a new hot water tank and what the payback time will be. You also have to factor in the cost of repair bills if you decide to keep your old hot water tank and you still don’t know how long it’s going to last.
New high-efficiency hot water tanks do not use the old-style metal venting to go up through your chimney, they use PVC piping and typically go out the sidewall of your house.
Can I install my hot water tank by myself?
It is possible to install your hot water tank by merely going down to the local hardware store and picking up a new one; it is not as easy as the professional plumbers make it look. With the new venting codes and PVC-style venting, you have to be sure of what you are doing. It”s not as simple as unhooking the old hot water tank’s water and gas and replacing it with the new hot water tank.
Without the proper knowledge and skills, you run the risk of damaging your home with a gas explosion, or a flood, not to mention the possibility of leaving your family with carbon monoxide if the hot water tank is not correctly installed and vented. More here
In our opinion is better safe than sorry and contact a licensed, professional Plumbing Company to install your hot water tank or get hot water tank repair services.
Should I get a traditional hot water tank or a tankless water heater?
Today, you have a couple of choices when it comes to replacing your hot water tank. You can go with a traditional hot water tank similar to the one that you have in your basement now with the exception that it’ll be higher efficiency and use PVC piping for venting. Your other choice is to go with a tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters are typically more expensive than traditional hot water tanks, but they do save you money by not reheating water over and over again.
Tankless water heaters only use energy when there is a demand for hot water, and traditional hot water tanks will continuously use power to keep your water at a constant temperature and ready when you need it.
Before deciding to purchase a tankless water heater, you might want to ask yourself a couple of questions. First how much longer are you going to be at your house? If you only plan on living there for the next couple of years, it is much more economical just to replace your existing hot water tank. Secondly how many occupants are in your home? Tankless water heaters are fantastic if three or fewer people are living in the house when there are too many people demanding water at the same time it will exceed the abilities of the tankless water heater.
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What do furnace cleaning companies do when they clean your hot water tank?
You will often see a furnace cleaning or duct cleaning company that is advertising that they will clean your hot water tank for you for an additional fee over and above their standard service. Typically this only applies to an older hot water tank that has an accessible combustion area where the pilot light sits. The furnace cleaning company can use its high-pressure air and vacuum system to suck out any loose rust, dirt, and other debris that might be in the combustion area.
Having the combustion area clean is a good idea, sometimes it can reduce the amount of time it takes for the hot water tank, it can also clean your pilot light assembly which will lead to fewer pilot light outages. If the cost is $30 or less, then this service is indeed worth it. Don”t get confused by thinking that they are going to drain your hot water tank. That is a different service that removes the sediment from inside the hot water tank. The homeowner should perform this task about once per year or have a professional hot water tank repair company come in and do that for them.
Have you ever checked the temperature of your hot water tank?
Most homeowners have never checked the temperature on their hot water tank, but there is a dial right on the front of the tank that allows them to adjust how hot the water is coming out of their tank. If the water is set to hot there is a chance of getting burned when using it. It”s a good idea to turn the water temperature down to the point of what is comfortable for you when you put your hand under the faucet. Setting the temperature is especially important if you have children in the house. There is no need to call for hot water tank repair services to perform this service. This is something that any homeowner can do quite quickly by themselves.
By turning down the temperature on your hot water tank, you are also going to save on your monthly gas bill. Remember your hot water tank is continuously heating your hot water, the hot water will cool down, and the tank will turn on to heat it up again. By reducing the desired temperature, you will also be reducing the number of times your hot water tank has to come on to keep the water hot.
How long will my hot water tank last?
Hot water tanks typically last anywhere is between 10 and 15 years, it does genuinely depend on how often you get your hot water tank serviced and cleaned, as well as the type of water you have. Water that is more alkaline is going to wear out a hot water tank much faster, hard water will build up sediment in the tank much quicker. With a little bit of regular maintenance, your hot water tank should last the full 15 years before needing to be replaced. It is a good idea to have an emergency plumber number ready to go when you need it.
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