Your water heater is one of the most expensive items in your home. You’d never know it considering it’s usually tucked away in the basement or a utility closet! Given that it’s such an investment in your home, it’s important to understand why your water heater could benefit from regular service.
Do water heaters need to be serviced?
Yes! Both gas and electric water heaters should be serviced regularly. We recommend scheduling maintenance every six months. Flushing is primarily done during this visit to maintain the integrity of the tank and prevent leaks or corrosion. If your home has hard water consider having it done more regularly.
All Seasons Comfort Cooling services a wide range of hot water heaters:
- Gas water heaters
- Propane water heaters
- Electric water heaters
- Indirect Fired Water Heaters
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Tankless Coil Water Heaters
- Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Point of use Water heaters
Do you need a new hot water heater? We stock many types of tankless and tanked water heaters. With our hands-on knowledge, we can assist you in picking the water heater that will best for your home.
Who should service a water heater?
While some people like to service their own hot water heaters, companies like All Seasons Comfort Control offer water heater servicing. HVACs are skilled in servicing both gas and electric water heaters.
They can perform regular servicing functions, like flushing the system and lighting a pilot light, as well as make care recommendations, monitor the life cycle of a unit, and more.
What is the average life of a water heater?
The average life span of a water heater is between 8 and 15 years if it has been properly maintained. Once your water heater hits 10 years or shows signs of disrepair, however, start to consider replacing it.
What is the most common problem with water heaters?
The most common problems tend to be leaking caused by rust and sediment build-up. To prevent this from happening ensure that you’re having your unit maintained by an HVAC professional.
What are the signs of a water heater going bad?
Some things to look out for include:
- Rusty water – Rusty water is a sign that your water heater unit has started to corrode. Make sure to have your unit serviced regularly to ensure that it has been properly flushed to prevent this from happening.
- Lots of noise – Sediment at the bottom of your hot water hardens if it has been there for too long. If you hear it rattling it may be time to replace your water heater. Sediment also impacts the efficiency of your unit and increases the chances of damage.
- Leaking – Keep an eye out for leakage of any size. Even dampness around the base of your water heater may be a sign of a leak. With regular service, an HVAC specialist can provide preventative maintenance or repair.
- Cold showers – If you have a problem with your water getting warm or staying warm it may be time for you to get a new hot water heater!
Having your water heater serviced regularly will help you stay on top of big issues like flooding or no hot water. Even with regular maintenance, you may need an emergency water heater service visit.
Can my water heater explode?
Unfortunately, yes. Water heater explosions can happen though they are rare and very dangerous. The main cause of a water heater explosion is excess pressure. This pressure can be caused by many things from a mechanical issue to excess sediment build-up.
Regular water heater servicing can help prevent build-up from happening. The service technicians at All Seasons Comfort Cooling can inspect your water heater to ensure that it’s working properly.
How do you get the sediment out of a water heater?
The best way to get the sediment out of a water heater is by flushing it regularly. Flushing should be done every six months. Flushing should be done by an HVAC professional who will be able to monitor the overall health of your unit.
What happens if you don’t flush your water heater?
Flushing your water heater is very important. By flushing your water heater you prevent sediment build-up at the bottom of your water heater tank. This sediment can cause rust which will eventually corrode your unit. Not only that but by keeping your water heater tank clean you improve its efficiency.
Do water heaters leak from the bottom?
Yes, most leaks occur at the bottom of water heaters. These leaks tend to be the result of sediment build-up in the unit. By having your water heater regularly flushed and serviced you can increase the lifespan of your unit and prevent bigger issues from occurring.
How do I make my water heater last longer?
You can extend the lifetime of your water heater by ensuring that it’s properly maintained. By having annual maintenance visits with a qualified HVAC company you’ll be able to ensure that you have a clean and functioning water heater.
Getting your water heater serviced will help extend the life of your unit. However, after a certain point, you’ll begin to pay more in repairs than it’s worth.
How much does it cost to install a new water heater?
Costs for installation range from $750 to around $1,200. In the Philadelphia area, the average settles around $950.
It’s important to contact a professional to install your new hot water heater. Improper installation can lead to a range of dangerous, even deadly, issues.
Incorrectly installed water heaters can lead to:
- Carbon monoxide leaks
From improper venting to being too close to heat sources, it’s important to hire a professional to install a new hot water heater.
All Seasons Comfort Cooling offers regular maintenance schedules suited to fit the needs of our customers. We work to ensure that you can rest comfortably knowing that your water heater is safe and effective.
Our 24/7 service means that we can be there when you need us for 365 days of the year. Contact us to request more information on our reliable and safe water heater installation or servicing.