My water heater is leaking, what do I do?
The first thing you should do is shut off the fuel source to the water heater. If your water heater is electric then go to your electrical panel and shut off the breaker that is labeled "Water Heater" or "W/H". If your heater is gas then you can shut off the gas valve next to your heater. Next, you should shut off the water supply to the water heater by turning the valve on the cold water supply line, on the right side above your water heater. Finally, you should have a professional come out to repair or replace your water heater.
What size water heater do I need for my home?
The recommend size for a water heater will depend on the amount of people and size of your home.
For a standard tank style water heater a household of 1-2 people need a 30 gallon, 2-4 people need a 40 gallon, 3-5 people need a 50 gallon and 5 or more people need a 75 gallon or larger.
The answer for tankless water heaters is not so simple. You must take into consideration how much hot water your household needs at the busiest time of day and pick a unit that is going to meet the demands of your family. For example, if you have the dishwasher and washing machine running and both the kids are showering your are going to need a unit that provides a higher GPM rating then the bachelor next door that only runs his washing machine once a month.
If you need assistance picking out your next water heater we are a call, text or email away.
Why is my water heater not producing hot water like it used to?
The main cause of water heaters losing performance is sediment build up. Once sediment begins to build up it solidifies and becomes increasingly difficult if not impossible to remove. Not only is it annoying to not have the hot water you need everyday but sediment build up is extremely wasteful and inefficient. For every half inch of sediment build up in your water heater it takes an additional 30% more energy to heat your water. We recommend scheduling a maintenance of your water heater to help with the affects of sediment buildup.
Do I need a drip pan?
If your water heater is in a location that can cause damage to your home or your personal belongings, then it is highly recommend to have a drip pan. A properly installed drip pan is the correct diameter for your tank and plumbed to an area that will not cause damage from a leaking water heater. If properly installed damage to you home and insurance claims can be minimized or completely mitigated.
What's better, Tanked or Tankless water heaters and should I switch?
There is no right answer for this question because it 100% depends on the needs of your family and your budget. Tankless water heaters offer a virtually unlimited supply of hot water, are smaller and more efficient. However, going tankless often requires rerouting vents and larger gas lines which means a higher cost initially. Having the wrong unit installed can also mean that there is not enough hot water to meet the demands of your family. It is important to consider the demand for hot water in your household and to do your research or call us so we can help you with your decision.
Why won't my pilot light stay lit?
There are numerous causes for a pilot light that will not light or stay lit. The most common reason is a faulty thermocouple which can replaced. Other reasons could be dirty or blocked orifices and leaks that could be extinguishing the flame. The only way to know for sure is to have a professional take a look.
What is a gas drip leg and do I need one?
The reason for a gas drip leg, which is also referred to as a sediment trap, is to keep debris and moisture out of the gas systems. This ensures safe operation and a longer life span of gas appliances. Most water heater manufactures and city codes require some form of sediment trap with new water heater installations and even if they are not required in your area we strongly recommend having one.
How long does it take for a water heater to heat up?
A water heater should generally only take about 30-45 minutes to fully heat a tank of water. There are many factors that impact the heating time of a water heater such as groundwater temperature, capacity of the heater, BTU rating and possible sediment build up in the tank. If your water heater has been turned off, drained or is a new install expect to wait for about 45 minutes before you have hot water again. If you have to wait longer than an hour for hot water or frequently run out of hot water schedule a service appointment for us to come inspect the problem.
What is a thermal expansion tank?
Thermal expansion is simply the expansion of a substance, such as water, when heated. This expansion of the water being heated creates additional pressure in your water heater and plumbing system. This extra pressure causes extra wear and tear on your water heater, pipes, fixtures and water appliances which can lead to replacement sooner than expected. A thermal expansion tank is small pressurized tank with a diaphragm inside. When thermal expansion occurs, this diaphragm expands giving the excess volume of water somewhere to go, relieving any extra pressure that would have been put on your plumbing systems. Thermal expansion tanks are required with new water heaters installations on a closed loop system, which is created with a pressure reducing valve or check valve.
How often should I have my water heater maintained?
Here in Arizona, with our water hardness being higher than average, it is suggested to have your water heater professional maintained on a yearly basis. Having a professional preformed yearly means that your water heater will maintain its efficiency and will extend the life expectancy of a typical water heater.
What is an anode rod, what does it do?
An anode rod, also known as a sacrificial rod, is attached to the inside of a water heater and its sole purpose is to protect the tank from corrosion. They are typically made up of magnesium or aluminum. These metals are consumed by the corrosive electrical process that happens when water is heated called electrolysis. It is important for the life span of your water heater to have this anode rod changed every 3-5 years depending on the quality of your water.
What PSI of water pressure should my home have?
Every homes water pressure is different as it depends on a number of factors such as where you live. In all areas your homes water pressure should not exceed 80 PSI. This is the maximum pressure for safe operation of all your plumbing appliances and fixtures. Pressures higher than 80 PSI and wreak havoc on all components of your plumbing systems causing unnecessary wear and premature failure.
My water heater leaked, should I be worried about the effects of water damage?
Water damage caused by a leaking water heater is definitely a cause for concern as hot water can have some of the most damaging effects on your home and your health. Hot water is more likely to cause mold and other structural damages to your home. If water damage is not promptly and properly mitigated, it can begin to develop mold or bacterial growths and rot critical support beams to your home.
Is mold really that serious?
Mold is extremely serious and can be detrimental to your health. Health effects can range from mild irritation of your eyes, nose and throat to bleeding in the lungs. If not properly taken care of mold spores can begin to spread throughout your home. Mold can begin to develop within 24-72 hours from when a leak occurs. It is very important to repair water leaks immediately.