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Are Water Heaters
Luxuries? YOU BET!
It’s hard to imagine something that you use every day, like hot water, as a luxury…but it is. Can you imagine your life without it? Around there world, there are over 780 million people that do not have access to an “improved” water source (i.e. plumbing, clean water, hot water, etc.). So imagine coming home from work one day to find out that your water heater stopped working and this little luxury, one that you never really paid attention to, suddenly was no longer available. What do you do?
What Happened to the Hot Water!
Before a water heater dies, it usually will shows signs indicating that it’s at the end of its life. These typically include:
Sounds – if your water heater is making noise, it’s usually bad news. That means there’s sediment build-up in bottom of the tank that is being shaken around. As the sediment moves around, it hits the water heater elements, sides of the tanks, and tubing. This causes natural wear and eventually results in failure
Muddy Water – If the water comes out of your pipes looking muddy, sandy, or rusty, usually means that the sediment has caused problems in pipes and in the water heater and has now contaminated your water. Your water heater should be inspected and the likelihood of it needing to be replaced will be pretty high.
Leaks – Water heater leaks are not normal. They can actually be dangerous because it’s leaking hot water. Sediment, rust, or some sort of malfunction has caused the wall of the water heater or a pipe to be compromised. Because water heaters are under pressure, this creates a very unsafe condition.
Water that has a Smell or Taste – If the water has a smell or taste, that can mean that a heating element in the water heater is malfunctioning, there is metal in the water, or there is another issue that is causing the smell or taste. Weird smells and tastes should be checked out as soon as possible because it could be hazardous to your health.
Water that is not the Correct Temperature – If your hot water is only coming out warm, even after a long absence of being used, that means that the heating elements are no longer working properly. This means that the heating elements are malfunctioning and need to be replaced or the entire water heater itself needs to be replaced. There could be other issues causing a lack of power supply to the heating element. You should get this checked to ensure that there isn’t a larger problem.
Frequent Repairs – Sometimes, getting a water heater repaired is a good solution instead of getting an actual replacement. However, after so many repairs, it may be time to just replace the entire water heater altogether. Remember that water heaters work under pressure. You have gallons of hot water in your home under pressure and if you have a faulty water heater, it may be in your best interest to just get a brand new one.
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To Go Tankless or Not?
That is the Question…
We often get asked by customers if they should go tankless or if we recommend tankless systems. Our answer to this is, “It depends.” If your goal is to have the latest and greatest technology in your home, you also want to install a water purification/reverse osmosis/water softener system (or you already have one installed), you don’t have space or need to save space, or you are in continuous need of hot water (meaning non-stop), then yes, a tankless system is for you. Tankless systems are great. They truly are. With the innovations and advances in technology, they are becoming better at every turn.
However, the same can be said about traditional water heaters. If you haven’t had your water heater replaced lately, they’ve changed quite a bit in recent years. They now come with advanced technology, heating elements, energy efficiencies, and everything else in-between. If you are just looking to have a larger supply or hot water because you tend to run out, we recommend just getting a larger water heater tank that will be able to supply your household and meet your demands.
Another thing to consider is that there is also a major price difference between tankless systems and traditional water heaters. The maintenance between the two systems is also very different…which means that the life span between the two systems are also very different.
So when you’re looking to have your water heater replaced, you’ll want to consider all of the factors to see what truly is a “need” versus what is merely a “want”. A professional plumber will be able to help you make an educated decision on what’s best for you and your household.
What They Say
“My daunting project turned out to be a very positive experience thanks to a great team at Cummings Plumbing. The work was completed quickly, no work debris left behind. I also greatly appreciated being sent messages–with ID photos–when team members were expected to arrive. Respectful and professional! And I recommend them!” – Michael D
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