Tips on Water Heater Repairs in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

by | Sep 6, 2016 | Plumbing

Water heaters are generally ignored until either there is no hot water or worse, a big pool of water. In normal use, a water heater’s life expectancy is 8 to 12 years. Inevitably, the day will come when it’s time to consider whether Water Heater Repairs in Rancho Cucamonga CA will bring a water heater back to life or if it should be replaced.

Troubleshooting a Hot Water Heater

Water heaters are fairly uncomplicated devices with few moving parts. Cold water comes into the tank and is heated by gas or electricity. The temperature is regulated by the thermostat. Pressure builds inside the tank as the water heats, sending hot water out of a faucet when it’s turned on.

Some common problems include:

 *      A tripped circuit breaker on an electric water heater

 *      The pilot light is out on a gas water heater

 *      The heating element or burner could have failed

 *      The thermostat could be broken

 *      A valve is sticking

Stay Safe

It’s important to note a malfunctioning water heater could possibly explode. To ensure safety, call a plumber.

Replacing the Hot Water Heater May Be the Only Option

 *      If the tank is corroded and leaking, it cannot be repaired.

 *      If repair costs are too high on a 10-12 year old water heater, it’s not worth repairing.

 *      If the decision is made to replace the old hot water heater, there are several possibilities.

 *      Traditional:

 *      Replacing the old hot water heater with a newer model of the standard “tank” water heater. Today’s water heaters are much more energy-efficient. Many new water heaters have much less heat loss than older models because foam insulation is injected between the outer shell and the tank while glass liners reduce corrosion.

 *      Tankless:

 *      A new tankless water heater heats water on demand and lowers energy costs since water isn’t kept hot 24/7.

 *      Hybrid :
 *      A hybrid water heater uses heat pump technology, resulting in a water heater that is twice as energy-efficient as a traditional electric hot water heater. While hybrid water heaters are more expensive, the payback only takes 3 years. If there are any local or state rebates, payback is even faster.

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