Sometimes there is nothing better than a nice warm shower to wake you up and get you going in the morning, or a hot bath to relax and soothe those aching muscles at the end of a long day. Who would ever want to shave with cold water? Bottom line is we all enjoy the convenience of hot water at our finger tips. All that hot water comes from one of the hardest working appliances in your Bend home, the water heater.
Water Heater Repair
At Deschutes Plumbing Company, we install and repair water heaters from many manufacturers. Most water heaters in Bend are usually a round tank with a heat source that heats water from the bottom of the tank and also maintains and stores the heated water until it is used. Most water heaters have a 40 to 50 gallon glass-lined steel tank. The fuel types used to power the heat source can be either gas (natural or propane), or electricity. The life expectancy of the average water heater is 8 to 12 years.
So what should you do when your water heater in Bend is not delivering hot water like it once did or is not at all? Do you choose water heater repair or do you look at replacing your unit?
How Old Is Your Water Heater?
If you have a water heater over 8 years old you may need to consider replacement. While no one can determine exactly how long a water heater should last, a properly maintained, quality water heater can last 8 to 12 years. Some gas water heaters or tankless water heaters can last much longer.
Water Heater Maintenance
Water Heaters, like all mechanical devices, last longer with regular preventive maintenance. Applying some simple tips outlined below should make your water heater last much, much longer!
- Flush the tank annually . This helps to wash out sediment build up in the tank, preserving the life both of the tank and the heating element.
- Turn down your thermostat. Setting your water heater thermostat to a mid to low range will still provide loads of hot water, increase the life of your water heater and cut down your energy costs.
- Purchase a hot water insulation jacket for your water heater. Insulating the water heater is going to keep the hot water heated longer, reducing standby heat loss by 25-40%.
- Have your water heater inspected. Have a Bend licensed plumber inspect your water heater at least every other year.
- Check your anode rods. Anode Rods help prevent your hot water tank from rusting and should be changed when the steel wire is showing. If you have two anode rods, be sure to check both of them regularly at least every couple of years.
- Check the pipes. Check the pipes for leaks and replace any suspect pipes.
- If a gas water heater stops working, the initial troubleshooting is try sparking the pilot light. If it won’t stay lit, you may need to get a new thermocouple or clean the burner. This is a very common water heater repair for a gas unit. Your owner’s manual should have instructions on how to replace the thermocouple. On most models, you switch off the gas control knob and detach both ends of both the thermocouple and pilot supply line. Buy a same-length replacement, reinstall the thermocouple, switch the gas on and relight the pilot.
The electric water heater is the most popular of all water heaters for a number of reasons. First, electric heaters can be used in private homes, offices, mansions, buildings, and almost everywhere, wherever a steady supply of electricity is available. The functionality of electric heaters is simple, and therefore adds to the cost effectiveness of electric heaters in the long run.
Bend tankless water heaters are also known as instant water heaters. These units make sense for homeowners for several reasons. In vacation homes they can be very desirable. Here are some of the main reasons why tankless water heaters make sense as opposed to the traditional water heater.
Tankless water heaters in Bend conserve energy. Traditional water heaters have a tank that is constantly filled with water. The traditional water heater provides hot water in your home by constantly heating the water in the tank to maintain it at a set temperature. Tankless water heaters work differently. Tankless units heat water by activating a set of coils that become hot when the unit is turned on. As the water passes over the coils, it is heated. The temperature set on the control determines how hot the water will be when it comes out of the tap and, thus, how hot the coils become and how quickly the water moves across the coils. Tankless water heaters conserve energy by only heating the amount of water needed at a given moment and by heating the water only when it is needed.
As with any heat exchange method dealing with water, there are certain maintenance requirements to keep tankless water heaters performing at top levels. One is to make sure that heat exchange elements are free from lime scale or scale as it is commonly known. What may look like a light coating of scale buildup can have serious impacts on the efficiency of the system. Have your tankless water heater system checked annually for lime scale buildup, venting, gas supply lines and more.
Proper care of your water heater will save you a lot of money over the course of time.
If you’re looking for a professional Plumber in Bend, Oregon for water heater repair then please call us today at (541-385-6060)