Life without hot water would be unimaginable, as water heaters supply all of our warm water needs. Over time, as they age, the tank will eventually leak. There is seldom any warning, although the appearance of rust on the appliance is a likely indication that it’s rusting away from the inside out. A leaking water heater tank isn’t a candidate for water heater repair in Fort Worth, replacement is the only option. However, providing routine water heater maintenance will extend the appliance’s life span.
The Anode Rod
The anode rod is a sacrificial rod made of magnesium or aluminum that undergoes corrosion. The rod sacrifices itself and thereby prevents corrosion of the tank, increasing the life of a water heater. When water develops a sulfuric odor, it may indicate that the rod needs to be replaced. Contact a plumber for water heater repair in Fort Worth for replacement.
Install an Expansion Tank
Heated water expands, and when a problem occurs that produces excessive pressure, hot water will enter the water supply, including the water main. Furthermore, in extreme cases, heated water can back up into the municipal water system.
The potential for this situation was the purpose behind federal legislation requiring backflow preventers to be installed in municipal water systems. Backflow preventers and pressure reducing valves create a closed hot water system, preventing expanded hot water from entering the municipal system.
When a water heater problem causes elevated pressure, these devices block the avenue of escape, and the pressure can continue to rise. This can cause damage to the plumbing and the water heater, requiring water heater repair in Fort Worth. Furthermore, if the damage is extensive enough, it can cause premature failure of the water heater. The installation of an expansion tank will alleviate the pressure resulting from expanded hot water, and enable the appliance to last longer.
Flush the Water Heater Annually
Flushing the tank out annually will prevent sediment buildup, and maintain the efficiency of the water heater while preventing the problems sediment may cause. This will reduce the need for water heater repair in Fort Worth. Models with a self-cleaning feature provide an option worth the slightly extra cost, as it will extend the water heaters lifespan.
Install a Pressure Regulator Valve (PVR)
When the incoming municipal water pressure is high (above 90 PSI) damage can occur in the plumbing and water using appliances, including the water heater. Installing a pressure regulating valve (PRV) on the water main will reduce the high water pressure entering the plumbing system, while reducing the wear and tear on affected appliances. Remember, when a pressure regulating valve is installed, an expansion tank should also be installed as expanded hot water will lose its avenue of escape.
Install a Water Softener
High mineral content, also called “hard water”, is common in the United States. Hard water causes scale to develop in plumbing. Scale forms deposits on the inner surfaces of the water heater, faucets, and even in water pipes. Scale drastically reduces the life of a water heater by causing corrosion. Installing a water softener will prevent the problems that occur to the plumbing system due to hard water. A tankless water heater will require annual descaling without a water softener, just as a water heater will require an annual flush. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for water heater repair in Fort Worth.
No Hot Water or Inadequate Hot Water
An additional common water heater issue is a lack of hot water. A gas water heater lacking hot water may be due to the pilot light going out. You can light the pilot light, however, if you aren’t familiar with the process, don’t hesitate to call a professional from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.
When an electric water heater lacks hot water, check the breaker in the home’s electrical service panel to see if it has tripped. If the water isn’t hot enough, check the temperature setting, it should be 120 degrees. Otherwise, flushing the tank may provide a solution. The accumulation of sediment in the bottom of the tank will consume more energy to produce hot water, and it will take longer to obtain the desired temperature. An additional cause of lukewarm water can be an element may have burned out. A Benjamin Franklin plumber can provide the water heater repair in Fort Worth you need.
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