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Water Heater Repair

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

How long should you expect your water heater to last?

We see water heaters continue to operate properly on average 10-12 years. If maintained regularly they can last more than 12 years. There are different factors that determine the life of your water heater. We will go over installation and regular maintenance.

Regular Maintenance for Water Heaters

Anode Rod Water Heater maintenance
Anode Rod Water Heater

Anode Rod

Water heater tanks are made of steel and have a thin layer of glass to line the metal to protect it from corrosion. The lining cracks overtime and the second line of defense is the anode rod.

The anode rod is a sacrificial piece of metal that attracts corrosive material, corroding the anode rod instead of the steel tank. But what happens when the anode rod is completely corroded? This is when you start to see corrosion on your water heater tank and causing leaks.

When do I replace the water heater anode rod?

We recommend replacing the anode rod about every 5 years depending on the quality of your water. This can extend the life of your water heater and minimize the risk of leaks.

If you are interested in having the anode rod in your water heater replaced, schedule with us to provide water heater maintenance.

Flush Your Water Heater 

We recommend flushing your water heater a few times a year. The older your water heater is the more often this will be needed. The reason we recommend flushing the water heater is to remove sediment build up in the water heater. Can Do Plumbing provides water heater flushes to help extend the life of your water heater.

How does flushing your water heater help?

Removes Sediment

Flushing your water heater removes sediment which increases the efficiency due to less sediment being heated along with the water. The most common culprit of water heater failure is sediment buildup. If you have an electric water heater sediment can cause additional issues to the operation.

Improves Heating Speeds

If your water heater has sediment build up it will take longer for the water and sediment to heat up rather than the water alone. The water will also become cold faster with the sediment.

Reduce Water Heater Noise

A noisy water heater in most causes means there is buildup inside. When there is sediment in the water heater it causes the water to circulate differently causing strange noises.

Reduce Energy Costs

The longer it takes for your water heater to heat the more energy it is using. Customers notice a reduction in energy consumption when a new water heater is installed.

Avoid Foul Smells

Sediment causes trapped water which creates stagnant water. This can be unpleasant and unsanitary.

Proper Installation to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

One major factor in the life of your water heater is how it was originally installed. There are many things that can go wrong during a water heater installation. We have seen many improper installs that cause leaks, fumes and pressure build up.

thermal expansion water heater
Thermal Expansion Water Heater

Expansion Tanks

One required part of a water heater installation is an expansion tank. The expansion tank absorbs thermal expansion from the heating of the water. If your water heater does not have an expansion tank it can cause damage to the water heater, pipes, fittings, and valves.

If you would like to save on energy costs and extend the life of your water heater then scheduling for regular water heater maintenance may be a good option for you. If you would like to make sure your water heater was originally installed correctly we can inspect your water heater by video chat.

Can Do Plumbing provides plumbing repair and service in Lago Vista, Point Venture, Jonestown, Marble Falls, Cedar Park and Leander. If you need a plumber to make sure your water heater will last as long as possible give Can Do Plumbing a call.

Helpful Links

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https://www.statewaterheaters.com/

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Rheem Water Heater

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Bradford White Water Heater

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https://www.geappliances.com/ge/service-and-support/faq-waterheater.htm

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Plumbing Leaks

Water Leak Repair

Property owners experience many different types of water leaks in their homes. The most common water leaks are caused by plumbing pipes in walls, floors and ceilings. When water leaks from any plumbing pipe the area that gets wet is subject to damage. Water damage can cause health risks and structural damage to your home. Some health risks can include respiratory illness due microbial growth or even structural failure causing parts of the home to fall off while the homeowner is below.

Water Leak Detection

Most water leaks are plumbing emergencies and require a plumber to perform leak detection services. Some leaks require skilled plumbers to locate while other plumbing leaks are very obvious. Water leak repairs are performed by plumber and can be as simple as tightening a nut under the sink on a water shut off valve. Some water leaks may show themselves on one side of the home and actually be leaking on the other side in a different area. Water leak repair can require skilled plumbers that understand how plumbing systems are installed during the construction phase of your home.

When a re-pipe is needed.

Water leak repair may require multiple holes to be cut in the walls to locate the water leak. Many plumbers do not repair walls after the water leak is repaired. In some cases where the water pipes structural integrity is compromised a whole home re-pipe may be needed. It is important to hire the proper water leak repair plumber. Many options can be presented when the plumber locates the water leak.

Certain types of pipe that should be replaced.

Certain types of water pipe should be replaced when water leaks occur.

Galvanized water or drain piping should be replaced

Steel Pipe used in the water piping system

Copper piping that has been used for electrical bonding

Copper piping that has not been reamed or that has dents

Copper pipes that are touching steel hangers or supports

Poly Butylene

Certain types of drain piping should be replaced when water leaks occur

Galvanized steel pipe

Cracked Cast Iron Soil Pipe

Hanging Cast Iron Pipe that is not hung to provide proper slope to drain

Galvanized Branch Lines for kitchen Drains

Asbestos Sewer Pipe

Clay Sewer Pipe

Concrete sewer pipe

These pipe types will always cause problems. Leaving you in need of plumbing water leak repair.

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