At Maccarone Plumbing, we provide comprehensive water heater solutions, from installation to repair to maintenance. We serve residential and commercial customers throughout Long Island and Five Boroughs.
What are Common Water Heater Problems?
There are two main problems found in water heaters–leaking and overheating. Each has a number of causes, mostly resulting from a lack of maintenance or incorrect use.
As a water tank ages, its walls start corroding. This thins the surface of the wall and creates leaking. Other causes include faults during installation or incorrect repairs, which create gaps in the water tank. Inadequate sealing is another common reason water tanks begin to leak. Similarly, overheating is often caused by a malfunctioning heating element or thermostat.
Other problems that occur in water heaters, whether as a result of the two main issues or otherwise, is discolored water, mold along the water tank walls, and excessive noise as the water is heated.
How Long Do Water Heaters Last?
Water heaters have an optimum lifespan of roughly ten years, but this is greatly affected by how the tank is used and maintained. Infrequent maintenance can decrease your unit’s lifespan to five or seven years. Regular maintenance and timely repairs can actually increase the lifespan well up to fifteen years or more.
The quality of the water produced by the tank, long-term maintenance costs, and the number of breakdowns are all affected by the age of the water tank. Once past its optimum life expectancy, it is often cheaper to replace the water tank rather than continue to repair it.
Should You Repair or Replace?
A questions we often get is, when should a water heater be repaired and when should it be replaced?
The answer depends on which part of the unit is malfunctioning, how long it has been having problems, and the cost required for each option. Most problems–such as leaking, low water pressure, and inconsistent water temperature–can be repaired easily enough. Certain issues, however, call for replacement of either certain components or the entire unit. In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to replace your water heater, especially if your unit has been breaking down more often.
Want to Prevent Problems?
Professionals often recommend yearly preventative maintenance. This is important for the health of your water heater and the comfort of your home or commercial site. During routine maintenance, our technicians will not only be checking if everything looks up to code–we will also be looking out for potential problems on the verge of developing and handle them before more costly repairs are required.
Looking for improved energy efficiency and a longer lasting water heater? Call us at (516) 671-3232 for quality repairs and replacements at upfront rates!