Water Heater Repair Arlington
While the water heater is an essential component of any modern home, over time they will wear out and require water heater repair in Arlington, or replacement.
Water Heater Failure
Signs of a problem with the water heater include:
- A lack of hot water can indicate the need for water heater repair in Arlington, or the need for replacement depending upon the cause. This issue can be due to a number of causes, for example, a pilot light that has gone out, a bad heating element, or other failed components in need of replacement with water heater repair in Arlington.
- Leaks can originate from water lines, fitting or other components. When leaks occur from the tank itself, it is time to replace the water heater. Homeowners’ are wise to inspect the water heater for leaks routinely, especially once it has some age. If a leak is present, contact a plumber for water heater repair in Arlington.
- An unusually noisy water heater may indicate the build-up of sediment. Routine flushing will help to prevent sediment and will extend the lifespan of the appliance. Rumbling, banging and popping are common noises with the accumulation of sediment. Contact your Benjamin Franklin plumber for water heater repair in Arlington.
- Rusty water may indicate the water heater is rusting from the inside. Once this occurs, a leak is imminent at any time. Other causes of rusty water are corroded galvanized pipe. Either can result in severe damage to your home and its foundation. When rusty water occurs, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington.
Water Heater Replacement
Water heater installation is not a task the average homeowner can provide. Furthermore, the new water heater standards have resulted in a water heater that is bulkier, heavier, and more complicated to work on. In addition, there is risk due to the inherent dangers of working with high voltage or gas. For this reason, the installation of a gas water heater requires a gas certified professional plumber. Only a licensed plumber should install a water heater. Furthermore, a plumber has the equipment and training to test for gas leaks, whereas a homeowner is not likely to have the equipment or to be trained in gas leak detection.
When it is time for replacing a water heater keep these factors in mind:
- Capacity is how many gallons a conventional water heater will heat and store. You will need to know the capacity of the existing water heater in your home. For example, when the existing water heater is 40 gallons and it provides for all of your hot water needs, you will want to purchase the same capacity. However, if your household routinely runs out of hot water, you will require a larger capacity. A water heater that is too small for the household results in its operating excessively. This results in an increased frequency of water heater repair in Arlington, and reduces the lifespan of the appliance.
- Recovery rate is the number of gallons the hot water heater will heat in a specified amount of time. When several persons are showering at the same time, you will want to purchase a model with a faster recovery rate.
- Dimension is the width and height of the appliance. Measure the space to ensure the new water heater will fit, and do not forget to measure the opening it must fit through, if any. Measurement is essential when the appliance is located in a confined space, as the new water heater standards have increased the size of the conventional water heater.
- The energy efficiency rating will be displayed on a sticker located on the water heater. This will provide the estimated annual cost of operation for the water heater. Select the most energy efficient model your budget will allow.
- Not all water heaters are glass lined. The glass liner provides an extra layer of protection for the tank against rust and corrosion, and is well worth the slight extra cost.
Factors Affecting a Water Heater’s Lifespan
The following factors can affect the lifespan of a water heater:
- Water chemistry can adversely affect the water heater and other plumbing components in a home. “Hard water” is water with a high mineral content, typically calcium, and magnesium. A water softener can reduce the impact of hard water on the plumbing within a home.
- Routine maintenance with flushing of the tank goes a long way towards extending the water heaters lifespan. A water softener will prevent/reduce the accumulation of sediment.
- Installation by a qualified plumber ensures proper installation, its safety, and performance.
When an aging water heater requires frequent water heater repair in Arlington you will be better off replacing it.
When signs of water heater problems occur, give us a call. Benjamin Franklin plumbers have the expertise to provide professional water heater repair in Arlington. Our plumbers provide plumbing repair, installation, maintenance and other plumbing services. For service you can trust, call Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. We serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.