Quick Tip: It is best to flush your water heater once per year to rid the tank of any sediment that will build up over time.
On average, a conventional water heater will last anywhere from 8-12 years. Many factors contribute to water heater failure, but more often than not, time is the culprit. We routinely see water heaters that have lasted a decade or more. We can assess and repair most problems with water heaters. If you need water heater installation & repair services in Plano, TX., give At-Ease Plumbing a call! (972) 612-2170
Water Heater Issues
Some of the more common water heater problems we encounter are:
- Extinguished Pilot Lights – If your pilot light goes out, the water won’t be heated and your water heater will essentially store room-temperature water. An extinguished pilot light may simply need to be re-lit, or it may be a sign of a larger problem.
- Malfunctioning/Broken Thermocouples – A thermocouple acts as a safety device. By sensing when the pilot light is lit, a thermocouple allows gas to flow, and can stop the flow of gas when it senses the pilot light is out. A malfunctioning thermocouple could fail to recognize a burning pilot light, preventing the heater from warming your water.
- Malfunctioning Pressure-Relief Valves – These valves relieve built-up pressure from steam accumulating as the water inside the tank is heated.
- Leaking Drain Valves – A drain valve allows you to easily remove the water inside the tank for transporting or maintenance, but these valves can sometimes be stuck open. An opened drain valve will leave a hot, wet mess on your utility room floor, and there won’t be any hot water for you to shower and relax either!
- Inadequate Heat – An aging heating element can stop working adequately, taking longer to heat your water or not getting it hot enough at all. Poorly-functioning elements can cause convection currents within the water in your tank, which can lead to a buildup of pressure and malfunctioning drain valves.
It may seem that your water heater will stop working at the worst possible time. Maybe you have family coming into town, or you need to have your children showered in the morning for school. The point is, there is never a good time for your water heater to stop functioning. Some parts on your water can be replaced, such as your thermostat, but sometimes you may need a new unit.
At-Ease Plumbing is here to put your water heater worries “At-Ease.” If you need water heater installation & repair services in Plano, TX., give us a call! (972) 612-2170