As with any large appliance, water heaters come with their own set of potential problems. The most common include temperature inconsistency, lack of heat, leaks, and noise. To repair temperature problems, the pros at BCRC Plumbing & Heating Ltd inspect the heating elements and replace parts as necessary. Flushing sediment and debris from the tank will help fix noisy heaters. Leaks, however, can usually only be resolved by replacing the unit.
In the water heater industry, most problems can be fixed with a repair, but there are also several problems that can only be resolved with a unit replacement. Maintenance can be performed for a water heater that’s suffering from inconsistent water temperature, excessive noise, and poor water quality. However, if your water heater is leaking, lacks the ability to create hot water, or is extremely old (over 15 years), a replacement is the wiser option.
The average life expectancy of a water heater is 10 to 15 years. Lower-quality heaters are even shorter than that, and heaters with manufacturer or installation defects only have an unlucky life span of 5 to 10 years. In any case, you can prolong the life of a water heater by performing routine maintenance.
Professional maintenance and tune-ups are an annual process in which we flush the sediment from the tank and inspect all parts and heating elements for proper functionality. By performing yearly maintenance, we can catch problems early on and repair them before they cause a problem. For example, a broken heating element is a common cause for heaters to produce inconsistent heat. We would likely see the beginnings of a breaking element and resolve the problem before you ever realized that it existed. You’ll also benefit from the energy savings of an efficiently-running heater.
If your water heater is having problems, call us today or schedule an appointment. We’ve been providing quality service to the lower mainland areas for 12 years, and are very familiar with what our clients expect when it comes to the performance of their water heaters. We work with many makes and models, and repair any and all water heater problems you may have. You can also count on us to be open and honest about whether it’s time to replace your unit.
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