Why Water Heaters Fail, and What to Do
Your home would be incomplete without your water heater! All year long, your domestic water heater controls the temperature of your tap water so that you can cook, clean, shower, bathe, and space heat effectively. But what happens if your water heater fails? With Feehan Plumbing & Heating, water heater installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement are convenient and affordable. Our professionals only order the highest-quality products from the most reliable and successful vendors in America, so you can rest assured that your water heater will always be built to last.
Typically, a homeowner needs to replace their water heater 2 to 3 times over the course of their lifetime. The lifespan of the average water heater is about 8 to 12 years. When the functionality of your water heater is compromised, it’s normally due to one of three causes: a failure in your thermostat, a storage tank malfunction, or a blockage in the water supply. These issues require professional service, but with Feehan the process of getting you back up and running is straightforward. In fact, we’d like to explain some of the causes and solutions to water heater failure in this blog so that you can be informed and prepared when troubles arise:
- Failure in Thermostat: Another pivotal part of your water heating system is the thermostat, which sets the constant temperature that your storage tank is heating the water to. If something is wrong with your thermostat settings, you’ll start to see problems with your hot water. We can easily reset or replace a broken thermostat, so call as soon as you see problems.
- Storage Tank Malfunctions: If you own a conventional water heater, a critical piece of the system is the storage tank: this tank, which usually ranges from 40 to 80 gallons in volume according to the size of the home being heated, is where your water winds up after it has cooled. While in storage, the tank provides constant heating so that it will be ready when you require hot water again. If something is wrong with the heating device (you could require a fuel-source refill) then the water won’t be heated properly.
- Blocked Water Supply: Most residential water heating systems are built with metal pipes, and those pipes decay over time. Eventually, sediment starts to build up from the erosion, narrowing the pipes and reducing flow capacity. If your pipes are old, or if some foreign object gets caught in your drains, your water supply might be blocked. A standard rooter service can generally fix these issues, and we’re available 24/7!
There are also other options for water heating, such as tankless water heating installation, which we are also available to consult on. Don’t live another day with failing or unsatisfactory water heating; call Feehan Plumbing & Heating for a solution today!