FAQs

How Do I Select the Right Size for a Water Heater Replacement?

You'll need to keep a few things in mind when choosing the right size water heater for your home. First, you should consider the number of people in your household and how many gallons of hot water you'll need per day. For example, a family of four will likely need a bigger water heater than a single person living alone. You'll also need to consider the space available for the new tank. Water heaters come in different shapes and sizes, so it's essential to make sure you have enough room for the unit you choose. If you are not sure what size will fit best in your space, ask a professional for help.

How Can I Reduce My Water Heater's Energy Usage?

There are many ways you can reduce your water heater's energy usage:

  • Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. This will help reduce the amount of water going through your pipes and therefore reduce the number of times your water heater has to cycle on.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulating blanket. This will help keep the heat in and reduce how much work your water heater has to do to maintain a consistent temperature.
  • Turn down the temperature. Most people have their water heaters set way too hot, which uses more energy than necessary. Try turning it down to 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit and see if that makes a difference. Don't drop below 120 degrees, or you could put your health at risk by encouraging bacterial growth.

What Are Anodes and Why Do They Matter?

An anode is a metal rod that is inserted into a water heater tank to prevent corrosion. The anode rod sacrifices itself to protect the tank from rust and corrosion. Over time, the anode rod will need to be replaced. Neglecting this important maintenance task could cause premature replacement of your water heater.

Why Isn't My Pilot Staying Lit?

There are a few things that could be causing your water heater pilot light to go out. One possibility is that the gas is not getting to the pilot light consistently. This could be due to a clogged gas line or a problem with the gas valve. Another possibility is that there's not enough oxygen getting to the pilot light, possibly due to obstructions like dirt or lint buildup near the pilot light. It could also be possible that your thermocouple has gone bad and isn't providing enough heat to keep the pilot light lit. A professional plumber can inspect the pilot and determine the cause of the problem so it can be repaired.

How Can I Make Water Get to My Kitchen or Shower Faster?

Do you live in a ranch-style house where your water travels long distances from your water heater unit? This can decrease water temperature by the time it reaches your shower head or kitchen faucet. A circulating water pump can help push the water through the pipes faster so you can enjoy your hot water without the long wait.

Why Is My Water Heater Rumbling?

There are several reasons why your water heater might be making rumbling noises. The first possibility is that the water heater's tank is too full. When this happens, the pressure inside the tank increase and can cause various sounds, including rumbling. Another possibility is that there is sediment buildup inside the tank. This sediment can come from a variety of sources but will primarily consist of minerals from your water supply. When sediment builds up, it can restrict water flow through the tank and cause noise. Also, if your water heater is really old, the tank itself may be beginning to break down and corrode. This will likely lead to leaks and other problems, so it's important to have a professional inspect your water heater as soon as possible.

Are Tankless Water Heaters Better Than Conventional Models?

It depends on your unique needs. Tankless water heaters are often more efficient than traditional ones and tend to last longer. They also require less maintenance and take up less space. This translates into valuable savings over time, though the initial cost of purchase and installation will be more than conventional tank varieties.

Do You Need Help with Your Water Heater?

Are you having issues with your water heater system? Get help from the specialists at Just Water Heaters today. Our dependable technicians are always ready to help our local property owners improve their water heaters' safety, longevity, and efficiency. Contact our office for more details about our services or to schedule an upcoming service.

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