Does Corrosion Mean the End of the Line for My Water Heater?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Orlando-Water -eaterCorrosion is metal’s biggest enemy, and it’s fair to say that nobody wants any appliance they own to suffer from the weakening effects of corrosion. It’s one that especially applies to water heaters, which combine metal, water, and oxygen—the perfect mixture to start the chemical reaction that leads to corrosion.

Fortunately for your water heater, it was designed with the dangers of rust and other forms of corrosion in mind. It has a number of safety designs to keep rust away: the inside of the tank is lined with glass; an overfill tank creates an air cushion for the water pressure without actually allowing oxygen into the tank; and a special device called an anode rod that runs from the top the bottom of the tank attracts corrosion to it so that it rather than the tank corrodes.

However, corrosion still can’t be prevented 100%. Your water heater may at some point start to show signs of corrosion. If this occurs, is it automatically time to replace the water heater?

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Some Important Water Heater Safety Tips

Monday, February 27th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-toolsYou may have heard stories about water heaters that turn into rockets that blast through the roof and into the sky because they haven’t been kept in good repair. This may sound a ­bit exaggerated, but it has been known to happen on occasion. (There was even a Mythbusters episode that discovered it’s not a myth.) But there are other smaller dangers that can develop in water heaters if they don’t receive regular care and some checks now and then.

We’ve put together a few tips to make sure that your water heater stays safe all around the year—and stays in great working condition. When you need extra assistance, such as repairs and maintenance, our plumbers can take care of it.

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Ways to Tell It’s Time to Call for Water Heater Repairs

Monday, October 31st, 2016

The water heater in your home is one of the most important of all your appliances. No matter the temperature outside, no matter the time of year, your household relies on a steady supply of hot water for many tasks. Showering, bathing, cooking, cleaning. This is why it’s crucial to see that the water heater continues to work correctly all the time. To make sure that you schedule repairs in time, watch out for these indications—some not always obvious—that your water heater is running into problems.

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What Might Cause a Drop in the Amount of Hot Water in Your Home

Monday, July 25th, 2016

If you’ve had your current tank water heater for a few years already—or maybe over a decade—you know how much hot water you can expect to receive from it, and how long the water supply in the tank will last before the water starts to turn lukewarm from too much demand. If the water heater was correctly sized and installed by professionals, you’ll rarely experience times when you run out of hot water.

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Some Reasons Why Your Water Heater Has Stopped Working

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Some of the more common emergency calls that we deal with are when hot water heaters stop supplying hot water to the taps in a home. It’s understandable that people want to have a problem like this repaired as soon as possible: there are just too many basic day-to-day tasks that require hot water.

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Help! I’m Not Getting Any Hot Water in My House!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Among the emergency service calls that we receive the most frequently are for when a house suddenly has no hot water at all. Losing the hot water in your home is obviously a serious problem, since it makes numerous ordinary tasks very difficult—especially keeping clean. (Nobody wants to wake up in the morning and start off the day with an ice-cold shower.)

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Signs That You Should Call for Repairs for Your Tankless Water Heater

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Tankless water heaters are one of the best ways to provide hot water to a household. The benefits of these systems are numerous: They consume far less energy than conventional storage tank systems. They won’t run out of hot water because they always heat up more water “on demand.” They have lengthy service lives. They take up a small amount of space. And so on.

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4 Reasons Why Water Heater Repair Is Everything

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A water heater from a quality manufacturer that received a professional installation should work for many years without requiring major repairs. To help prevent crippling issues, it should also have annual maintenance sessions from experts to see that it stays free from corrosion, loss of power, the development of sediment in its tank, and other potential setbacks.

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Why Am I Receiving Less Hot Water in My Home Than I Once Did?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If you have lived with the same water heater in your home for long enough, you will have a good idea of the volume of heated water you can expect to receive from it. The usual test of this is during the morning, when multiple people take showers. If you start to notice that the hot water supply from your storage water heater is running out sooner than it used to, there are a number of possible problems that could be causing it. Repairs can fix some of these malfunctions; in other cases, it may be better to have the whole water heater replaced, especially if it is a few years over its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan.

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How the Anode Rod Protects Your Water Heater

Monday, May 18th, 2015

One of the major dangers for any metal appliance that comes into contact with water is corrosion. This chemical reaction when water meets metal in the presence of oxygen will rapidly weaken the metal to the point that it flakes away. Yet water heaters—large metal appliances that are in constant contact with water—very rarely develop rust until the end of their services lives.

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