Water Heater Installation & Repair
Every day thousands of us wake up to a nice warm shower or bath and never think about our water heaters. But, did you know that your water heater accounts for between 14-18% of your total household energy usage1? This translates to an estimated $555 per year in energy costs 2. If your water heater is over 7 years old, you could save money just by upgrading to a new, more energy efficient model.
Actually, you can cut your water heating bill by about $400 a year by replacing your standard electric water heater with a hybrid electric heat pump water heater. This is only one of the benefits. Click here to learn more about the Rheem Professional Prestige ™ Hybrid Electric water heater.
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Need Water Heater Repair?
Unfortunately, hot water heaters don’t last forever. When your water heater leaks or stops providing hot water, you need a professional plumber to bring this vital comfort back to your home – and fast. Ray’s Complete Plumbing, serving Charlotte, Sarasota and Lee counties since 1957, provides same day water heater repair and same day water heater replacement throughout our area 365 days a year.
Call 941-629-2500 to talk to a Ray’s plumbing professional right away. We offer 24/7 emergency service, meaning you can call us anytime, day or night. When your home or business needs a water heater repair or replacement, we’ll be right over.
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Why Water Heaters Fail
Ever wondered why water heaters fail? The following article explains the factors that cause leaks and contribute other common problems. You’ll also learn some tips to make your water heater last longer.
Cause #1: Internal Oxidation
Water heaters contain sacrificial anode rods to prevent oxidation of the tank from the inside out. If these rods are not periodically replaced, oxidation will attack the tank and eventually cause a leak.
Often water softeners increase the speed of anode consumption. Homeowners with water softeners should check the anode rod at least once every two years. If you don’t have a water softener and your water heater has a 6 year warranty, you can normally wait five or six years to check and/or replace the anode rod.
Powered anodes are an option for water heaters with softened water. They are a permanent replacement to the sacrificial anode rod and do not need to be replaced. However, manufacturers of residential water heaters don’t offer powered anodes as a standard option. They must be installed separately, which makes them more expensive.
Cause #2: External Oxidation
The interior of the water heater tank has a protective coating, which the exterior does not have. This means that water leaks from valves and fittings outside the tank can cause the exterior to rust. This rust will eventually cause the tank to fail. If you notice rust or oxidation on the water heater insulation jacket, this will not cause the tank to fail. But, you should try to find the cause of the rust before it becomes a more serious issue.
Cause #3: Sediment Buildup
When hard water is heated, it creates calcium carbonate. This calcium carbonate then builds up, forming a sediment layer on the bottom of the water heater. Suspended solids in the incoming water also settle at the bottom of the tank.
This sediment buildup insulates the bottom of the tank from the protection of the anode rod. This can cause the lower element failure in electric heaters. In gas fired water heaters, the sediment can cause the bottom of the tank to overheat and damage the protective lining.
Another problem can occur if your water heater has an aluminum anode rod. The aluminum precipitate can accumulate in high concentrations and cause health concerns.
Cause #4: Improper Sizing
Placing too high of a demand on a water heater that is too small can reduce its life expectancy. The undersized water heater won’t be able to withstand the elevated instances of expansion and contraction. A plumbing professional will help you choose the right size of water heater for your home, business or commercial property.
Cause #5: High Water Pressure
Pressures over 80 psi can damage water heater tanks, piping, and appliances. Even when the street pressure may be below 80 psi, water systems protected by backflow devices close the system. The resulting thermal expansion can sometimes cause the pressure to exceed 125 psi.
Are you experiencing problems with your water heater? Have you noticed signs of rust, sediment buildup, or anode rod failure?
Don’t ignore the warning signs – call us today at 941-629-2500. Our water heater experts are at your service, 24/7.
2 – based on an electric residential tank water heater with a 0.95 EF, and on DOE national average energy costs. From the Rheem Prestige™ Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater sell sheet.