When the pilot light on your gas or electric hot water heater goes out, simply relight it with a match. The key to successfully relighting the pilot light is ensuring that there are no problems with ventilation around the unit. If your home is older, vented water heaters used to be very common – even though nowadays most homes have unvented units – but check with a professional if you’re unsure about venting procedures. If there is poor ventilation around the unit, you should consider relighting it at another time when the area is well-vented – say, in the evening hours. Failure to do so can result in a build-up of carbon monoxide and cause subsequent issues such as carbon monoxide poisoning or even death.
If your water heater is giving you problems, make sure that it is turned off completely. There’s nothing worse than turning on the hot water tap only to find cold water coming out; there’s also no time like the present to replace an old worn out unit if that’s what it looks like! Either way, don’t use your water heater until you call a professional plumber for assistance unless you want to risk injury and/or causing further complications with your plumbing system.
Practical Expertise: A good plumber should be aware of all the problems that can occur with a hot water heater and be able to perform the necessary repairs.
Do-It-Yourself: Take time to familiarize yourself with your appliances, especially if you’re new in an area or you’ve never had to care for your own water heater before. Buying a maintenance book is a great idea; they often include useful information about how to keep everything running efficiently and smoothly.
Why Replace Your Water Heater
Why replace a water heater
When is it time to consider replacing my water heater?
Replace your water heater in Leander if: Your water heater is more than 10 years old and doesn’t deliver enough hot water for your needs. Think not only about the size of your household but also how often you use hot water. If most of your showers take place before 7 AM or after 9 PM, when the family has gone to sleep, then that’s probably why you’re always running out of hot water. That sort of usage leaves no room for anything else such as baths, toilets flushing, washing dishes and clothes, or running the dishwasher;
If your storage tank-type electric model is over 10 years old and there are visible signs of rust or corrosion, a new high-efficiency water heater can save you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs.
If your gas storage model is over 10 years old and the pilot light frequently blows out;
If your gas tankless water heater is exhibiting poor recovery times;
If you’ve had three to four service calls in the past three months due to service issues.
Note: Day/night hot water usage patterns vary depending on climate (for instance homes with many showers in Leander). If unsure, please use this rule of thumb to calculate your replacement cycle: If you’re unable to remember the last time you’ve used your hot water at night – it’s probably time to replace your water heater. To maximize the life of your new water heater, avoid relying on it for more than one major task at a time. For instance – relying on your new tank-type electric model to heat up the hot tub or power the pool filter is not recommended.
best practices to protect your water heater
I bet you didn’t know that the number one cause of water heater repair issues is having it set too low, which can lead to buildup and corrosion. But I also bet you didn’t realize this means it’s possible to reduce your energy bill by raising your water heater temperature.
So today I’m sharing my very best tips for protecting your water heater, including how to turn up the heat safely so you can save cash. You’re welcome.
Why Raise The Temperature?
Raising your hot water heater’s temperature doesn’t sound like a good way to save money because, well, hotter temperatures equal higher energy costs… right? Actually, no – not if you do it the right way. And here’s why: When you set your water heater to a higher temperature, the hot water that comes out of your faucets will be hotter. And when hot water sits in pipes for several minutes, it can lead to scalding. To avoid this problem and stay safe, most people lower their hot water heater’s temperature to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
But what if I told you that lowering the temperature can actually make your energy bill bigger? That’s because hotter temperatures mean clothes will get cleaner and showers will seem [slightly] less torturous [when you’re all pruny]. So while 100 degree (38C) showers may be unsafe for little ones or anyone with sensitive skin or a heart condition, they won’t be as big of a deal for the rest of us.
What About Those Pesky Kids?
It may seem like I’m overlooking kids, so let’s talk about them for a minute. If you have children, you know they can be unpredictable little creatures – especially when it comes to water temperature . Because of this, it’s not safe to raise your water heater more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.7 Celsius) because then your high-tech dishwasher or bathtub probably won’t be able to tell the difference between hot and just plain scalding .
How To Safely Increase Temperature Without Trashing Your Bill
At first glance, turning up your water heater seems like an easy way to save cash on energy bills.