Swimming in Hot Water
Did you know the average water heater lasts between 12 and 14 years? Yours can last longer if you’re lucky and take good care of it, but that’s the average. Whether you need repair, installation or a total water heater replacement, Dwyer can help. We have been in the plumbing business since 1922. Hot water tank repair is kind of our thing.
How do you know when you’re on the cusp of repairs to your water heater? Here are some signs:
- Your Unit Is Noisy. All appliances make a little noise. But if your water heater (whether it’s a gas or electric) seems particularly loud, it might be time to look at having it inspected and potentially repaired. Noises to watch out for can be crackling, rumbling or popping sounds.
- Your Water Heater Is Old. If your water heater is approaching its 10th birthday (or if it’s even older), it’s time to give Dwyer a call. We can inspect your equipment and make any repairs before they become costly problems.
- You Have No Hot Water. If your water heater isn’t doing its job by giving you hot water, this is a clear sign that something’s up. (Unless it’s been super cold outside; this can make your equipment have to work harder.) For gas water heaters, a pilot re-light might do the trick. If your system is electric, check your circuit breaker. If there isn’t a problem with either of these and you’re shivering in your shower, call us. It’s probably time for a repair.
- Water Is Leaking. A leaking water heater is a clear indication something is amiss. Water heaters are not supposed to leak. So if you find water around your unit, you can first check around the heater’s connections, fittings and temperature pressure relief valve. If all looks well, you may be due for repairs to find and fix the problem. In addition to these issues, repairs are probably necessary if your water is discolored or tastes weird or metallic.
When It’s Time, We’re Here for You
If you catch a problem early enough and call us for regular inspections and maintenance, you and your gas or electric hot water heater can enjoy a relatively long relationship together. But if your equipment is reaching that decade milestone and you’re experiencing issues, a water heater replacement might be in your best interest. There are other reasons replacement might be the best option. Maybe your home or business isn’t getting enough water. Or maybe the previous homeowner didn’t have a large family, and the hot water tank size was large enough to keep up with their needs—but not yours. We replace and install all major brands, including Ruud, A.O. Smith and State. If your water heater falls outside of these brands, call us. We can help. We repair, replace and install gas, electric and even the newer, more popular tankless water heaters! Set up an appointment by calling us at 703.922.8220 or clicking here.