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Water Heaters

Knowing when to replace your water heater can save you from unexpected breakdowns and water damage. Here are some signs that indicate it may be time for a new water heater:

Age: The typical lifespan of a water heater is around 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is nearing or exceeding this age range, it’s wise to start considering a replacement, even if it’s still functioning.

Declining Performance: If you notice a decrease in hot water supply or if the water takes longer to heat up than usual, it could indicate sediment buildup or a failing heating element, signaling the need for a new water heater.

Leaks: Persistent leaks or puddles around the water heater tank are clear indicators of a problem. Leaks can lead to water damage and should be addressed promptly by replacing the water heater.

Rust or Corrosion: Rusty water, especially when only hot water is affected, indicates internal corrosion in the tank. Rust buildup can weaken the tank and eventually lead to leaks, necessitating a new water heater.

Strange Noises: Loud banging, popping, or rumbling noises coming from the water heater may indicate sediment buildup or a failing heating element, both of which can warrant a replacement.

Repairs: Frequent repairs or the need for major repairs, especially as the water heater ages, can be a sign that it’s reaching the end of its lifespan. In such cases, investing in a new water heater may be more cost-effective in the long run than continuing to repair an old unit.

If you notice any of these signs or if your water heater is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, it’s advisable to consult a professional plumber to assess the situation and determine if it’s time for a new water heater installation.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Water Heater Maintenance

Regular maintenance is key to ensuring your water heater operates efficiently and lasts for years without issues. Here are some essential maintenance tips for your water heater:

Flushing the Tank: Sediment buildup in the tank can affect heating efficiency and lead to corrosion. Regularly flushing the tank helps remove sediment and keeps the water heater functioning optimally.

Checking the Anode Rod: The anode rod protects the tank from corrosion by attracting corrosive elements. Inspect the rod annually and replace it if it’s heavily corroded.

Testing Pressure Relief Valve: The pressure relief valve prevents excess pressure from building up in the tank. Test it periodically by lifting the valve’s lever to ensure it releases water and operates correctly.

Inspecting for Leaks: Check for any signs of leaks around the tank, fittings, or pipes. Addressing leaks promptly can prevent water damage and extend the lifespan of your water heater.

Adjusting Temperature: Set the water heater’s temperature to a safe and energy-efficient level, typically around 120 degrees Fahrenheit, to prevent scalding and reduce energy consumption.

Professional Inspection: Schedule an annual inspection by our qualified technicians to assess the overall condition of your water heater, identify potential issues early, and ensure it continues to operate efficiently.

By following these maintenance practices, you can prolong the life of your water heater, improve energy efficiency, and avoid costly repairs or replacements.

Water Heaters

atmospheric vent gas water heater
Bradford White Atmospheric Vent Gas
  • Bradford White ICON System®
  • Defender Safety System® featuring the patented Advanced ScreenLok® Technology flame arrestor design
  • Hydrojet® Total Performance System
  • Vitraglas® tank lining with Microban®
  • Non-CFC Foam Insulation
  • Protective Anode Rod
  • 3″x4″ “Snap Lock” Draft Diverter
  • T&P Relief Valve
  • Low Restrictive Brass Drain Valve
  • Water Connections—NPT factory installed dielectric waterway with heat traps
 
gas power vent water heater
Bradford White Power Vent Gas
  • Bradford White ICON System®
  • Powerful Blower Motor
  • Horizontal and Vertical Venting
  • Advanced ScreenLok® Technology Flame Arrestor Design
  • Hydrojet® Total Performance System
  • Vitraglas® tank lining with Microban®
  • Water Connections – ¾” NPT
  • ¾” NPT Side Connections (RG2PV50H6N, RG1PV55H6N, and RG2PV75H6N only)
  • Protective Anode Rod (RG1PV55H6N has two)
  • T&P Relief Valve
Navien Tankless Water Heater
Navien Tankless Water Heater
  • ½” gas pipe capable up to 24′
  • Field convertible gas system
  • Ultra condensing efficiency
  • Dual stainless steel heat exchangers
  • Low NOx emissions (20ppm)
  • SCH 40, 2″ venting up to 75′
  • Cascading capable
  • EZNav multi-line control panel
  • Built-in HotButton control panel
  • Common vent up to 12 units