The Water Heater Man’s Questions and Answers

The Water Heater Man is here to answer any questions you may have regarding your water heater. Here are some commonly asked questions that may help you make a decision regarding your water heater.

How do I know if my water heater needs to be replaced?

Many residential water heaters are meant to last ten years with proper maintenance. Any water heater that is more than 10 or 15 years old and is unable to produce hot water consistently or is unable to maintain consistent temperature has possibly reached the end of its lifespan.

If you start to see a difference in the water quality at your home or business. Poor water quality could mean you are using more hot water due to more people using the system, or the age of your unit is over ten years old, and it is not functioning properly.

Your water quality is diminished over time, and there is an overabundance of mineral buildup and clogged lines that have not been adequately maintained. Not keeping your water heater serviced will shorten its lifespan.

If you water heater has a leak, you will want to call a professional right away. Unfortunately, there is not an easy fix to a leaking water heater. In a majority of water heater leaks, you will need to replace the system to prevent damage to your home.

How often should I service my water heater?

The basic rule for water heater maintenance is that the more you use the water heater, the more often it needs to be serviced. We suggest yearly maintenance to ensure proper working order. You should always refer to your water heater’s owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommends.

Is a tankless water heater right for your home or business?

A tankless water heater is a great option, but there are a few things that you should take into consideration before you go tankless.

You will want to ask yourself, what type of demand are you going to be putting on your water heater. A tankless system can provide endless hot water, but do you need this for your current/future situation.
A tankless system has requirements depending on the power source. A tankless gas system will need to have proper ventilation, and an electric system had to have proper voltage, amperage, and circuit breaker. Electrical units must be placed within 50 feet from your power source, and the system can be mounted on an exterior or an interior wall.

Most tankless water heaters will last more than 20 years. On average about two times as long as a conventional water heater.