There can be a number of reasons that you may be interested in replacing your water heater in your Phoenix home. Your utility bills may have suddenly spiked which could indicate that there is something wrong with your water heating unit. You may have low hot water pressure or your hot water may be discolored. Before you do anything, you should consult a professional plumber and get their opinion. Some water heaters may just need a simple repair instead of replacing the whole system. Below we discuss some of the main problems that usually result in the replacement, rather than the repair, of a water heating unit.
Discolored Hot Water
If you start to notice rust or sediment in your hot water then it maybe an indication that the anode rod in your tank has failed and that your water heater may soon follow suit. The anode rod hangs in the water and absorbs little electric currents that would normally corrode the tank and the fittings. This way, the rod erodes instead of your tank and extends the life of your water heater. When the rod is used up, the tank itself and the fitting will begin to rust which can cause discoloration in hot water supply. When you check the anode rod and see that there is very little metal left around the core wire, then damage has most likely been done to your tank.
Not Enough Hot Water
If you notice that you suddenly no longer have enough hot water in your house you should definitely check your hot water heater. If you see that there are leaks in the actual tank itself or water collecting below the tank, it usually means that the tank is corroded and needs to be replaced. However, if there are leaks in the fittings then you may just need to repair those. Always consult your local plumber before you make any decisions.
Over the last 5 to 10 years, there have been amazing developments in the energy efficiency of hot water heaters. Not only is the insulation in the tanks better, but entirely new systems have been developed that use remarkably less energy. Tankless water heaters, for example, can be a good option for some people who are looking to replace their aging water heating system.
In addition to energy efficiency developments, there have also been improvements in water heater safety. One development in particular can decrease the chances of a house fire as the result of combustible fumes being ignited by the water heater’s pilot light or flame element. Using an air damper on the bottom of the tank, the entire combustion chamber of your water heater can be closed in the event that flames start to get out of control.
Call the water heating professionals at Cool Touch if you think that your water heater might need repair or replacing.