Water heaters are one of the most well used appliance of your plumbing system. There is nothing worse than taking a cold shower when expecting a hot one. Often times homeowners overlook routine maintenance of their water heater system, and only realize there is an issue when their water heater stops working. It is extremely important to perform routine maintenance on your water heater and replace the unit when it is necessary. North County Plumbing has experience in water heater installation, maintenance, and repair.
Types of Water Heaters
Conventional or traditional water heaters are powered by electricity or gas. They are commonly found in older homes. Conventional water heaters store water in a tank and is maintained at a certain temperature until the water is pulled through the pipes and into your faucets. Conventional water heaters can last up to 12 years if properly maintained. Older model conventional water heaters tend to use more energy than newer or tankless water heaters.
Tankless water heaters are gaining popularity among homeowners due to their energy efficiency. Rather than keeping a constant supply of heated water, tankless water heaters heat the water as it is needed. Because they don’t have a tank, tankless water heaters require less space and can even be hung on walls. The average lifespan is about 15-20 years, as long as they are properly maintained. Some tankless water heaters may require larger gas lines, special venting, or additional electrical circuits which may lead to a larger upfront cost.
Water Heater Maintenance
Proper maintenance of your water heater system is key to ensuring its overall longevity. While maintaining your water heater you should do the following:
- Check for leaks or corrosion on pipes and valves
- Check draft hood on gas water heaters
- Drain a few gallons of your water heater once a year. Use caution when disposing hot water as it may kill grass and vegetation
- Call a professional if you notice any rust, residue, or leaks on or around your water heater.
Professional Water Heater Installation, Repair, and Maintenance
North County Plumbing are experts when comes to water heaters. We have successfully installed and repaired numerous units across Northern San Luis Obispo County. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance check or to find out more about our water heater services.