We’ve all been there: it’s a cold morning in New Jersey, and the only saving grace between your toasty bed and blankets is the idea of a nice, warm shower to heat you up and wake you up.
You turn on the water, and wait the thirty seconds or so for the water to start to heat up. But it’s not heating up. So you wait a bit more. Still no hot water. As the ‘ugh’ sets in, you go to check your water heater and, lo and behold, there it is – surrounded by the water that used to be inside of it. It’s official: your water heater has gone kaput.
So what do you do? It’s time to get hot water heater services NJ.
Hot Water Heater Services NJ
Why do water heaters break?
- While there are several things that can go wrong, the most common problem is that the metal out of which a tank is made – usually steel – has eroded beyond repair and the tank finally fails.
- What makes the erosion take place? Water heater tanks are lined on the inside by a layer of glass, but due to the nature and shape of tanks, not every part of the inside of the tank can be covered.
- This means there will always be some exposed metal in the tank. Over time, the metal will begin to rust, and the older a tank is, the more the metal will give way to the elements.
Other ways your water heater can fail is due to:
- sediment deposit (this is usually from well water)
- a faulty mechanism in the water heater, such as a faulty anode or heating element,
- or another part of the heater breaking
Water Heater Replacement : To Do or Not to Do
One way to get ahead of a potential total water heater replacement is to not ignore a key sign: cooling water. If you are noticing that the water in your faucet is no longer as hot as it used to be, call your plumbing and heating specialist. He or she will be able to determine if one of the mechanical elements is failing on the water heater, or if the problem is the water heater itself.
- Sometimes cooler water in the tank is due to outside tank heat loss from a lack of tank insulation.
- This is called standby heat loss.
- All water tanks store hot water when not in use.
- If a tank is not well insulated, it will lose heat through its tank walls.
- By having your Rupcoe heating and plumbing specialist insulate your water tank with a heater blanket or jacket, you can save upwards of 10% on your gas or electric bill and reduce your water tank’s standby loss to anywhere from 25-50%.
If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of needing to entirely replace your water heater, go over all the available options with your Rupcoe plumber. There are many types of tanks, with varying capabilities, insulation levels, gallon capacities, etc., that can fit your home. By working with your Rupcoe plumber, you can determine what type of tank will work best for your home and family.
Remember: an ounce of prevention goes a long way. As you head into the winter months, it is never a bad idea to have your Rupcoe heating and plumbing specialist come to your house to do a check-up on your water heater.
Even if you are not experiencing any problems with your water heater, malfunctions can happen in a snap. It’s better to have the sign-off from your Rupcoe plumber than to deal with a water heater “Yikes!” on a cold winter morning. Give Rupcoe a call at 1-800-760-7199 to schedule your hot water heater services NJ checkup.