Do you think about your water heater very often? If you??re like most people, water heaters are an afterthought until you have a surprise ice cold shower or a flood in your basement. Now you have to put your thinking cap on and think fast. Who do you call? And repair or replace? Drain Man is the fastest and most reliable water heater service company in North Dakota, spanning Bismarck, Mandan, and Dickinson.
First thing to look at is the age of your water heater. Conventional storage-tank water heaters have a 10 to 13-year lifespan. If this is the case, then replacement is apparent. The new models are up to 20% more efficient and can save up to $700 in energy costs over the life of the unit. Whereas, if your water heater is just a few years old, then probably a repair is your best option.
Conventional water heaters are built using a simple concept. Cold water enters the tank and is heated by an electric element or gas burner. The thermostat controls the temperature by maintaining a steady 120 to 140 degrees. The water temperature and the pressure in the system are directly proportional. Thus, as the water heats, pressure builds inside the tank sending hot water out through the pipes and out the faucet. With this simple design, water heaters contain few moving parts, only a few issues can arise.
? Pilot light on gas water heater blows out.
? Tripped circuit breaker for an electric heater.
? Burner or heating element failure.
? Thermostat malfunctions.
? Sticky valve.
The repair for these issues is much less than replacement and can be done quickly without much hassle. Drain Man can have you up and running in no time.
When is Replacement is Your Only Option?
Let??s start with corrosion. Water minerals and steel react over time resulting in corrosion. Corrosion is the main culprit in water heater leaks. If corrosion is present, repair is not an option. The new designed water heaters are more energy-efficient due to the injection of foam insulation between the tank and its outer shell. This design feature has a twofold result: reduced corrosion and higher heat retention.
Regular Water Heater Maintenance is a Must.
Whether you decide to repair or replace, your water heaters will perform at a higher level and have a longer life span with regular maintenance. Regular maintenance consists of flushing the tank once a year to remove sediment. Needless to say the removal of the gunk inside the water heater will increase its efficiency, saving your money. Another part of maintenance is checking the anode rod, which should be replaced every three years. The anode rod is an aluminum or magnesium probe inside the tank that collects corrosive elements and should be replaced when caked or eaten away. We recommend a regular maintenance schedule to the chance of major repairs in the future.
Call today and let us get you on the schedule.