Water Heaters Tampa
Most homes in the Tampa Bay Area have water heaters, most of which are either gas or electric. Even though we live in a warm sunny climate you still need hot water because you may desire to wash your clothes in hot water or take a nice hot shower or a hot bath. The water heater in your home supplies hot water to every area it is required throughout your home, including the kitchen, bathrooms, and your washing machine. Without a water heater, life would just not be the same for most of us since we have become accustomed to having hot water available to us whenever we need it. In fact, we have become so accustomed to it that many of us take it for granted and may even forget that it is because of the water heater in our home that we have hot water available to us.
When to Replace Your Water Heater
The national average of a water heater's life is 7-10 years, at which point you may need to replace your water heater. However, the lifespan of the water heater in your home may differ from the national average for various reasons. Generally, a gas water heater may have a lifespan of 8-12 years and an electric water heater a lifespan of 10-15 years. But like anything else, to get the most life out of your water heater you will need to take care of it. Let's say that you buy a car and the manufacturer claims the car will run for up to 200,000 miles with proper maintenance. If you fail to change the oil in it or give it a tune-up as recommended, don't be surprised if you start encountering problems with the vehicle a lot sooner. The same is true with your water heater, if you take care of it, it will last longer.
There are a few ways you can tell when it may be time to replace your water heater. If the water is not as hot as it normally is, you see rusty water coming from the hot water tap, moisture or a puddle appears around the base of the water heater and of course if you just don't get any hot water anymore from the tap. All of these may be signs that it is time for you to replace your water heater, and yes, we here at Olin Plumbing offer water heater installs as well as water heater repairs as part of our plumbing services.
How To Care For Your Water Heater
As mentioned above, the best way to get the longest life from your water heater is to take good care of it. Regular maintenance can go a long way in prolonging the life of your appliance and ensuring that it runs efficiently. It is a good idea to flush or purge the tank of your water heater at least once a year which will increase its efficiency and save you money on your electric bill. The reason for this is due to sediment accumulating in the bottom of the tank which decreases the efficiency of the water heater because it cannot hold as much hot water as it normally would. This sediment being present may also mean that your water heater will require more energy in order to make hot water. Some home owners may feel comfortable flushing their water heater on their own, but if you are not one of them, give us a call and we can do it for you as well as check your unit in order to ensure that everything is in proper working order. You do not want to be penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to this. Sure you can save time and money in the present if you put it off, but it may decrease the efficiency and life of your unit and end up costing you more in the long run. Give Olin Plumbing a call and we will make sure that your water heater is cared for properly and always working to its fullest potential.
What To Do If You See Water Leaking From Your Water Heater
If you see water coming out of your water heater, follow the steps below to help prevent any damage to your property or risk of personal injury.
DO NOT ATTEMPT THE FOLLOWING IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OR IF YOU ARE AFRAID OF INJURY.
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- If your water heater is electric, go to the power supply at the breaker or fuse box and turn off the power to the water heater.
CAUTION: DO NOT ATTEMPT IF PANEL IS WET OR THERE IS WATER ON THE FLOOR YOU COULD RECEIVE AN ELECTRICAL SHOCK OR DEATH.
- If your water heater is gas, all gas appliances should have a gas cock installed before the fixture it is supplying. This is a valve that should stop the supply of gas to the unit. Use this to turn off the gas to the water heater.
CAUTION: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS IF YOU SEE FLAMES COMING OUT OF THE BOTTOM OR TOP OF THE WATER HEATER, INSTEAD TURN GAS OFF AT THE GAS METER OR IF LP GAS AT THE TANK.
- Turn off the water supply to the water heater. There should be a water supply valve on the cold side at the top of most water heaters. If there is no valve or the valve does not work, turn the water off instead at house supply which in most cases will be located at the property line.
- Drain the water heater by connecting a garden hose to the bottom of the water heater, there should be a drain near the bottom of most water heaters. Take the other end of the hose outside of the home and let it drain on the ground.
- Call Olin Plumbing Inc.