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If you are having water heater trouble, give the plumbers at odyssey plumbing a call. We have experience with all Makes and brands.
We understand dealing with a non-working or leaking water heater can be a real hassle. Learning about some of the causes of water heater issues and how to avoid them can help your next water heater give you problem free service you expect from your water heater. If you are experiencing problems with your water heater, give the plumbers at Odyssey Plumbing a call today to see what options are available to you.
common heater problems
Water heater problems can be brought on by a number of issues. High water pressure, dirty water, high temperature settings, and the elements of the water heaters environment can all contribute to problems with your water heater.
High water pressure can exert too much stress on the tank, causing any potential weak spots to expose themselves as a leak.
Also, high water pressure can cause the temperature and pressure relief valve on the water heater to open allowing water to escape.
Dirty water can corrode the internal parts of the tank as well as the tank itself. It can also clog fixtures throughout the house. To avoid this is is recommended that you have your water heater flushed annually by a professional plumber.
The location of a water heater can contribute to its problematic performance. A water heater located in an interior closet will naturally last longer than a water heater located in a damp crawl-space.
water heater life expectancy
The average life expectancy of a standard tank type water heater is 10 years. Anything outside of this range is considered to be borrowed time. If you have a tank type water heater that is 10 years old or older, it is highly recommended to replace it.
This advice is especially crucial if your water heater is located in the attic of your home of anywhere else in the interior of your home or garage where water damage could cost very expensive repairs should your water heater decide to spring a leak.
Tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of approximately 20 years. This is one of the important factors to consider when trying to justify the initial investment when purchasing one. Your one tankless water heater purchase is equal to 2 standard water heater purchases.
These statistics of course assume proper routine maintenance throughout the life of the water heater. The most important preventative maintenance being flushing the water heater annually by a licensed plumber per the water heaters manufactures recommendations. .
advantages of tankless
Tankless water heaters have many advantages over standard tank type water heaters. Space saving benefits, endless hot water supply, lower utility bills, and longevity of the unit itself are all benefits over the traditional tank type water heater.
Tankless water heaters mount on the wall either inside or outside of the structure freeing up the floor space or closet that a traditional tank type water heater originally used up. Endless hot water is another perk of tankless water heaters. Since a tankless water heater heats water on demand, it is not limited to its storage capacity like a standard tank type water heater is.
It's important to note this is "endless" hot water and not "instant" hot water. If it took a minute or two for hot water to reach your master bathroom with a tank type water heater, it will take the same amount of time with a tankless water heater.
This is a separate plumbing issue that your plumber can give you some options as to how to resolve as well. You will likely see lower utility bills as well due to the fact that a tankless water heater only heats water as it is being used in comparison to a tank type water heater that uses energy all day and night in order to maintain the temperature of the water stored in its tank regardless if it is being used.
A tankless water heater also has double the expected life span of a tank type water heater- 20 years versus 10. This is something to consider in the purchase price of your tankless water heater due to the fact that you will be purchasing 2 tank type water heaters for the purchase of every 1 tankless water over the life of the units.