Do You Have Questions About Water Heaters? We Have Answers
Whether you’re a commercial or a residential client who needs help with a water heater, we know you may have questions about these seemingly complicated appliances. Today The Stanley Louis Company is here to help make sense of them. Look for answers below or call us at 800-217-6527 to make your own appointment.
Why do water heaters need to be repaired and replaced?
Water heaters are highly-used appliances that, over time, will suffer from wear and tear. The most common issue is sediment buildup. As water is heated, minerals in the water (such as calcium and magnesium) are removed from the water. As time goes on, they buildup into what is known as scale. This results in a negative impact on the performance of a water heater. In some cases, it can be removed via regular cleaning and maintenance.
Other common causes of repairs and replacement of water heaters are power surges, pilot lights being out, leaking gas lines, an issue with a thermostat, or a heating element malfunction.
How long can I expect a new water heater to last?
It depends on a wide range of factors including the type of water heater you buy, how it is used, and whether or not you invest in ongoing maintenance. However, for the most part you can expect a water heater to last between ten and fifteen years.
What are some signs that it’s time to replace my water heater?
Many people don’t realize that their water heater can be responsible for as much as one-quarter of the energy use in a home. As it gets older, it becomes less efficient and more expensive to run. Some symptoms that it may be on its last leg include:
- Not getting enough hot water
- Low pressure in hot water valves
- Water not getting as hot as it used to
- Noises such as hissing, rumbling, or popping
- Bad smelling water
- Water that is discolored
- Leaking around the tank
Don’t wait until it is completely offline – invest in a new water heater when yours starts to reduce in efficiency.
What should I look for when choosing a new water heater?
First, you will look for an option that offers the right fuel source, whether gas or electric. Then you will consider the storage capacity you need, which generally ranges from 30 gallons to 80 gallons. Then you will decide if you want a conventional unit or a tankless one. Finally, you will consider optional add-ons such as self-cleaning, higher energy efficiency, better recovery time, etc.
When you work with The Stanley Louis Company, you can count on us to not only give you an honest answer about whether or not your unit is really in need of replacement, but to offer unbiased advice on what type of replacement would be best. Contact us today at 800-217-6527 to take advantage of our decades of experience.