Running out of hot water is rarely a pleasant experience. Sometimes it’s just a matter of poor timing (for example, starting a load of laundry when someone’s in the shower). However, if you notice that hot water shortages are occurring more frequently, it could be time for a new water heater.
The two main causes for running out of hot water are either because your current tank isn’t large enough to support demand, or because your water heater is wearing out. Check out this post for common warning signs of a failing water heater. In either case, it’s a good idea to research newer models since you could benefit from increased energy efficiency. Another benefit is that newer water heaters can include monitoring systems to catch potential issues in order to keep operating at peak efficiency. You can determine the potential savings of different models by using this calculator available from the Department of Energy. Making sure that you have the right water heater system could save you hundreds of dollars a year.
With advances in plumbing technology, there are now a variety of new water heater systems to meet your needs. Some alternatives to the traditional storage tank model include:
The experts at Best Plumbing are available to answer all your water heater questions. Give us a call at (206) 208-0429 and set up a consultation! We’ll help you figure out a new water heater system to meet your needs and improve energy savings. We proudly serve Seattle, the East Side, and communities throughout King County.
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When you turn the tap on and nothing but cold water comes out, it’s a pretty obvious sign that something’s wrong with your hot water heater. It might be a one-time issue, such as a tripped circuit breaker. However, if it keeps reoccurring, this is a sign that your tank is starting to wear down, is working overtime to try and compensate, and then shuts down to prevent overheating.
Over time, sediment and minerals will build up inside traditional water heater tanks, which can eat through the inner lining of the unit. Rusty looking water or strange smells or tastes are potential warning signs that the tank is nearing its end. Fortunately, scheduling routine maintenance can help prevent this build-up and add years of life to your water tank.
A water heater that’s leaking, visibly rusting, or showing signs of regular standing water near the base is at the end of its life and will typically require replacement. Leaks can go from small to severe rather quickly and can result in flooding, especially if the tank cracks. Any signs of drips or standing water should be handled right away by contacting an experienced plumbing professional to evaluate the situation.
Get an assessment of your water heater condition by calling the experts at Best Plumbing at (206) 785-2551. You can also visit our website for a full listing of our services. Whether you need a repair or water heater replacement, you can rely on our experienced 24/7 services to get hot water flowing again.
It’s important to descale your system at least every two years. When you heat water, you leave dissolved solids behind. This creates a build-up over time in your water heater that can lead to lost efficiency and flow. It can even cause your water heater to overheat and then you could have to call in an emergency plumber for potentially costly repairs.
A System Descaler: This consists of a pump, a bucket, and some hoses.
Descaling Solution: A food-safe, biodegradable cleaning solution.
The Proper Valves: You must have the proper valves connected to your water heater in order to complete this process. If you do not have valves installed on your tankless water heater, be sure to give Best Plumbing or your local plumber a call.
If you are worried about completing these steps on your own, do not have the proper tools, or have any other plumbing concerns, contact Best Plumbing today. We are happy to assist you however we can.