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Five Signs That You Need a New Water Heater

A dying water heater will warn you with a few common signs.

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Your home’s water heater is not designed to last forever. Despite the advances to water heater technology, today’s top systems do have a finite lifespan. For most water heaters, the lifespan tops out around 10 years. Once you hit that mark, you’ll start to notice decreased efficiency and constant symptoms, including odd noises or plumbing leaks. To avoid long-term trouble, you need to know the tell-tale signs of a broken water heater. Once you start to notice such signs, it is time to schedule a replacement. Trust in a professional plumber for water heater replacement!

Signs You Need Water Heater Replacement

For the most part, your water heater works without so much as an odd rumbling sound. But then when something goes wrong, it hits fast and hard. Everything seems to happen all at once. Watch for these five signs to schedule prompt water heater replacement:

  • Age – Traditional water heaters are designed to last around 10 years. You may be able to squeeze one or two more years out of the system with professional maintenance and thorough cleaning. However, around the 10-year mark, you’ll start to notice an increased need for repairs, more water leaks, and gurgling noises.
  • Noises – Speaking of noises, as a water heater ages, it will begin making odd sounds. Over its lifespan, a water heater will accumulate sediment at the bottom of the tank. Too much sediment leads to banging or rumbling sounds as the heating element interacts with the sediment buildup.
  • Rusty Water – If you notice rusty or muddy water coming from the hot water heater, chances are the interior of the water heater tank is beginning to corrode and rust away. Unfortunately, there is no repair for this issue. At this point, the entire system must be replaced. Otherwise, you risk illness from rusty water.
  • Lack of Water – Over time, you may find yourself fighting to receive any hot water whatsoever. As a water heater ages, the sediment building up in the bottom of the tank takes up more space. Then, as you turn on the faucet for hot water, the system is fighting to supply enough to the entire house. That, or your water heater is not sized properly for your home. Either way, a replacement is within the near future.
  • Leaks – Finally, we have one of the most common signs of a dying hot water heater: leaks. A leaking water heater cannot be fixed easily. If you notice a leak or standing water around the tank, take action – have it replaced immediately by an expert. Also, check for signs of leaking around the fittings or connections before installing a new water heater. You don’t want to endure further leaks on a new system because of a loose or faulty connection.

If the time has come for a brand-new water heater, trust in the experts backed by many positive reviews to handle your water heater replacement. Contact Whitten Plumbing by calling 501-607-6596. As the leading experts in water heater installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement, we look forward to hearing from you!

Tips for Selecting a Commercial Water Heater

Choosing a new water heater isn’t as simple as you might think it is. There are many different things to keep in mind depending on your business needs and preferences. Plus, you’ll need to pick one that’s both right for your budget and hot water needs.

To help you decide which new commercial water heater is the best fit for your business or commercial property, here are three questions you should ask yourself while evaluating the options.

  • How big do I need the water heater to be?

This answer will vary depending on the size of your business operation, and how many people work there, shop there, visit, and so on. Purchasing a water heater that’s too big will cost you extra, and buying one that’s too small will leave your employees, customers or tenants without enough hot water. Therefore, it’s important to research exactly what size your space requires.

  • Do I care if it’s energy-efficient?

Purchasing an energy-efficient commercial water heater is a great way to help the environment and save money on your electric bills. However, the prices of these water heaters may vary, so you’ll need to check out the price tags and determine how important it is for you to snag an energy-efficient model.

  • Would I rather pay more upfront or spend money on repairs later on?

Some water heaters are more expensive to install at first, but will be more reliable through the coming years. Others are cheaper to install, but can call for regular maintenance and occasional repairs as they age. Depending on your budget, you may prefer one type of commercial water heater over the other.

Need help deciding on the best commercial water heater for your business or property? Contact Whitten Plumbing Solutions. They’ll walk you through the process of selecting a new water heater and conduct the installation quickly and safely. Before you know it, your employees and visitors will be equipped with enough hot water for every situation. Call 501-607-6596 today to learn more.

What Will Cause Your Water Heater Reset Button to Trip and Next Steps to Take

If you know very little about your water heater, you might not know why that red button keeps making a fuss and asking to be reset. There are actually a few reasons that could be causing this problem, all of which are fairly easy to handle on your own.

The Water Temperature Is Too High

In most cases, the reset button is triggered because the water inside the heater has become hotter than 180 degrees. In this case, the button is tripped to protect your home from being damaged by scalding water. If this is the problem you’re dealing with, you’ll probably need to check the thermostats connected to your electric water heater. Perhaps one of them has gone bad and isn’t monitoring the water temperature properly. In this case, call in the professionals to repair the thermostat.

The Wires Are Loose

There are wires that connect to your electric water heater’s thermostats and generate the heat. If those wires are damaged or loose, this can cause a bad connection that eventually trips the reset button. Check to see if you can easily fix one of the wires before calling in professional assistance.

The High-Limit Switch Is Malfunctioning

The reset button, AKA the high limit switch or “Energy Cut Off,” might be causing its own problems. In this case, you’ll need to have a plumbing professional determine what the problem is or maybe even replace the reset button.

Although you might be able to stop your water heater reset button from tripping too much, some problems won’t be fixable without the help of a professional. Whitten Plumbing Solutions has been helping homes in the Little Rock area deal with their plumbing problems for years, including issues with electric and gas water heaters. To schedule a plumbing installation, repair, or service, call Whitten Plumbing Solutions at 501-607-6596 today.

How to Flush & Drain Your Hot Water Heater to Prevent Corrosion

Over time, your hot water heater may accumulate sediment, which leads to corrosion. It is smart to occasionally flush and drain the system for optimal results. Few homeowners know how to complete this process, though, but learning to do so will help ensure your hot water heater lasts longer and runs more efficiently.

How Often to Flush the Water Heater

There are a few variables that determine the frequency with which we flush a hot water heater, like the size of the tank and amount of water being used throughout the house. It is a smart idea to refer to your manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, the more hot water being used in the house, the more often you should flush the system during regular maintenance for your water heater.

Over time, water heater sludge accumulates as minerals and sediment begin to gather. Flushing these deposits ensures the system lasts longer and operates more efficiently, helping to prevent pesky cold water bursts throughout.

The following is a general guide for flushing the system:

  • 1-2 people: Inspect the heater every 6 months, drain every 12 months.
  • 3-5 people: Inspect every 4 months, drain every 8 months.
  • 6 or more: Inspect every 4 months, drain every 6 months.

How to Flush & Drain a Hot Water Heater

The following steps are designed to flush and drain a hot water heater to prevent corrosion:

  1. Turn the water heater off
  2. Turn the cold water valve off
  3. Let the water cool down
  4. Attach a drain or garden hose to the drain valve on the tank
  5. Place the opposite end in a bucket or drain
  6. Turn on a faucet
  7. Drain the tank by twisting the drain valve with a screwdriver
  8. Once the sediment is removed, turn the drain valve off, remove the hose, turn the cold water valve on, and the heating elements back on.

Contact Us

Schedule water heater maintenance in the Little Rock area with Whitten Plumbing by calling 501-607-6596 today. We’ll ensure your hot water heater remains efficient and clean!