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Winter Water Heater Problems

Winter Water Heater Problems

Winter water heater problems are difficult because everyone wants to take a hot shower. At Superior Plumbing & Drain, we service all residential plumbing problems including water heaters. In fact, we often have more water heater calls in winter.

  • No hot water
  • Water doesn’t get as hot in winter
  • Dirty water in sink or shower
  • Water heater is leaking from the top or the bottom

With each of these issues, we offer good insight on the remedy and discuss the causes in detail.

No Hot Water

When a water heater stops producing heated water, the heating mechanism has failed. The most common point of failure is the pilot light. Since the pilot light is a small gas element at the bottom of the tank, it is susceptible to air causing it to go out. When the pilot light is still lit, the next point of failure is the thermocouple that doesn’t sense the pilot light is on and doesn’t ignite the gas.

Water Doesn’t Get As Hot In Winter

Water comes from ground pipes and in winter the ground is cold. This colder water is being dumped into the heater and takes longer to get heated. Reduce winter water heater problems with shorter showers and don’t leave sinks running for long periods in winter.

Water Is Dirty

The most common culprit of dirty water is the anode rod inside the water heater. This rod is designed to collect sediment but when it corrodes, it no longer acts as the filter. A replacement anode rod is needed.

Water is Leaking from Water Heater

When a water heater has reached its life expectancy, it will start leaking. When this happens, it’s time to replace the unit. While these are expensive, a replacement is better than damage caused by dirty, leaky water.

Call Superior Plumbing & Drain today at (702) 478-9643 for a free estimate on your water heater.

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Las Vegas Water Heaters

Las Vegas Water Heaters

Las Vegas water heaters must be monitored regularly due to the minerals causing hard water. The hard water causes a build up on the water heater and plumbing systems usually causing a failure. When a plumbing failure is detected, it’s usually after water has been leaking. This article walks you through how a water heater works and what to look for before it fails.

Las Vegas Water Heaters

The main job of the water heater is to warm up water for use on dishes, in the bathtub and in the sink or shower. The water we use travels through a series of pipes before entering the home. Once it reaches our walls, water is diverted to the water heater for proper warming before use. The water heater, usually located in a close or the garage, is the large cylinder with pipes coming from the wall.

The water heater has many components including the tank, shut-off valve, thermostat, drain valve and anode rod. While every component is important, these are the main areas to focus your attention.

Most water heaters fail when the inside of the tank rusts and the tank leaks. For this type of failure, the entire heater must be replaced. This is the most expensive because the pipes and the heater itself should also be replaced.

Regular maintenance of the water heater helps prolong the life of the unit. Draining the unit once per year is a great first step. This is easy to do as long as the drain has a hose bib connection. Consult the manual for more details.

A second maintenance tip is a check of the anode rod. This rod is suspended at the top of the unit and into the water tank. The rod attracts minerals in the water to help remove minerals and keep the tank from rusting.

For maintenance on your water heater, call Superior Plumbing & Drain today at (702) 478-9643.