You probably don’t think about your water heater all that often until there’s a problem. To help solve problems before they arise, here are some common questions about water heaters and their answers!

I keep running out of hot water – why?

If your hot water is running out faster than it used to, your water heater is likely in need of some repairs. The three most common culprits are sediment build-up, a broken dip tube, and a faulty heating element. A technician from Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical can be out to assess your water heater and fix the issue in no time. But if you soon find yourself without hot water again, you might want to think about replacing your unit.

What’s the best temperature to set for my water heater?

Hot showers are great, but even hot shower lovers know there’s a limit to them. Too high of a temp can scald and pose a serious safety risk – especially if you have children. Water at 133 degrees Fahrenheit can cause third-degree burns in as little as 15 seconds. And water at 156 degrees can scald in just one second. For your water heater at home, a temperature setting of 120 is plenty hot enough and should be the maximum setting.

Why does the water take so long to heat up?

It can be annoying to wait for your water to heat up, but it’s normally not a cause for concern. Slow wait times usually have to do with the way the plumbing is laid out in your house. Ranch-style homes tend to have longer pipes, which means it takes longer for warm water to get to your faucet.

When should I replace my water heater?

This usually depends on a few factors, as there’s no standard age for tank or tankless model replacement. In general, you should consider replacing your water heater when:

  • The appliance is inefficient. An inefficient water heater will cost you a lot over time, so if you notice rising utility bills with your older model, it’s time for a new heater.
  • There’s a leak. Major leaks in tank heaters may mean there’s corrosion inside. Repairing it can stop it, but it’ll only be a short-term fix. This type of problem typically requires replacement.
  • You don’t have hot water. When you turn on the “hot” handle and only get cold water, that isn’t a good sign. If the unit is old and if the repair price is more than the appliance’s worth, you should replace your heater.

Should I replace my conventional system with a tankless heater?

This is a matter of personal preference. Tankless heaters do cost more upfront but will save you money on your utility bills in the long run. They also give you instant access to hot water. However, if you have a smaller home, a traditional system would work just as well.

Let Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical Help You Out

Whether you need maintenance, repairs, or a new water heater installed, we would be happy to help you out! Our plumbers are licensed, insured, and dedicated to giving you the highest level of service. While headquartered in North Phoenix, we proudly service the entire North Valley area and are ready to help you with your plumbing needs!

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