Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Can You Repair Your Water Heater on Your Own?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Do-it-yourselfers have a lot of help these days with online forums and tutorials that offer a lot of help for those setting off to learn a new skill. Whether you are knitting a sweater or building a television stand, there is often advice out there to help you through the most difficult parts. But when it comes to the larger mechanical systems in your home, attempting a DIY repair can be risky in more ways than one, and your water heater is no exception.

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3 Common Water Heater Repairs

Monday, April 13th, 2015

When your water heater breaks down, you want service fast. You don’t have days to sit around and wait for repairs, which is why many homeowners attempt to fix the water heater on their own. Sure, there are various guides and manuals out there to help homeowners feel more confident about diagnosing a water heating issue. But if you attempt these repairs without the help of a trained professional, you risk one very serious possibility: being without hot water for even longer. Here are three common water heater repairs which go more smoothly if done by a professional with the proper tools and expertise.

  • Flushing the Tank – “Hard water” is an issue that affects the majority of plumbing systems in the United States, but it shouldn’t pose any threat to the members of your household. However, the minerals left behind by hard water may begin to fill up a tank, reducing the volume inside and increasing pressure levels. When you hear a loud banging noise, call a professional right away. It could indicate a tank that simply needs to be flushed of mineral deposits.
  • Replacing the Anode Rod – The anode rod of your water heater is a simple part that serves no real mechanical value. However, this small rod is vital in maintaining the life of your water heater. This part is made of magnesium or aluminum, elements which are more corrosive than the steel tank. This means the rod will corrode before the steel tank does, but it must be replaced from time to time for optimal value.
  • Replacing the Dip Tube – The dip tube is the portion of your unit that allows cold water to flow into the tank, leading all the way down to the bottom where the burner (or electric heating element) is located. If this cracks, cold water can mix with the hot water, so replacement is generally necessary at this point.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for superb water heater services in Atlanta, GA. 

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Should I Repair or Replace My Older Water Heater?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

This question is one of the most common among homeowners, and not just for water heaters. Heaters, air conditioners, and virtually every other kind of home appliance eventually prompt this question. The logic behind it is pretty simple. Obviously you don’t want to replace your water heater every time it has a minor issue; that would be insanely wasteful. However, keeping a system alive long past its prime can end up costing you more money in the long run. It’s a question of timing and that timing is not always clear to those who are inexperienced with the inner workings of water heaters. Let’s examine some of the signs that indicate a need to replace your water heater, instead of just repairing it.

Rust in Your Water

Rust is never a good thing to find in your water, as it indicates some advanced corrosion somewhere in your water system. Most water heaters are equipped with parts called “sacrificial anode rods.” These long metal rods are actually designed to attract rust instead of letting it corrode the inside lining of your water heater tank. However, the anode rod will eventually corrode to the point where it can no longer prevent the inside of the tank from rusting. It is a fairly simple thing to replace the anode rod with a new one, and if the rust in your water stops after that then there is nothing to worry about. Persistent rust, even with a functioning anode rod, is a more serious problem. That means that the water heater tank is already corroded to the point where the anode rod cannot stop it. If the tank isn’t replaced, it can eventually rupture and cause severe water damage to the surrounding area.

No or Insufficient Heat

If your water heater is not supplying you with enough heat, it’s often due to a bad heating element. These can be replaced by a professional with little trouble. However, if your water heater continues to work poorly after replacing the heating element it’s a good sign that it’s time to replace the whole system. A water heater that can’t heat water is rather useless, after all.

If you aren’t sure whether you need to replace your water heater or not, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We provide water heater replacement throughout Atlanta.

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Potential Problems with the Water Heater’s Dip Tube

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Have you noticed that the water coming from your hot water tap is tepid at best, and runs out quickly? There are a few reasons this can happen, and one of them is problems with the dip tube inside the storage tank of your water heater. You may not even be aware of a dip tube or what it does, so we’ll explain more about it below.

What Is a Dip Tube?

All water that enters your water heater storage tank is cold; it is heated at the bottom of the tank by combustion or electricity. To ensure that the new, cold water doesn’t mix with the stored warm water, a slender, long tube is attached directly to the cold water inlet. This tube is the dip tube, and it forces all new, cold water to the bottom of the tank so it can be heated and rise to the top of the tank for use in your home.

Potential Problems

There are several common problems that can develop with dip tubes that can affect the temperature of your water:

  • Cracks – when there are cracks in the dip tube, the cold water will escape and mix with the hot water stored in the tank.
  • Breakage – sometimes dip tubes break off, leaving a broken piece free inside the storage tank. This results in the incoming cold water mixing with the hot water, so your water will be tepid at best.
  • Disintegration – a defective dip tube may disintegrate inside the tank. This will affect your water temperature and you may also see pieces of white or gray plastic coming through faucets or trapped in faucet aerators.

Defective Dip Tubes, 1993-1997

The vast majority of dip tubes manufactured between 1993-1997 were made of a defective plastic that became brittle from the constant exposure to the hot water in the storage tank. So, if you have a water heater that was manufactured during this time period, you may have a defective dip tube to contend with. You can check the date of manufacture yourself by looking at the first 4 numbers of your water heater’s serial number; the first two numbers represent the month of manufacture and the last two numbers represent the year. If any of the last two numbers in this sequence are 93, 94, 95, 96 or 97, you may want to have a professional check your water heater’s dip tube.

If your water is tepid, or you are seeing pieces of what plastic coming from your faucets, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., and make an appointment for water heater repair in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Water Heaters Repair Guide: The Sacrificial Anode Rod

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Have you ever turned on a faucet in your home, and been confronted with brown or otherwise discolored water? Do you have a tank-equipped water heater? If so, chances are you have a problem with the sacrificial anode rod. But what is the sacrificial anode rod? Read on to find out, and to find out why it’s so important to keeping your water clean.

What is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

If any water tank will eventually begin to corrode and rust from the inside out as it is constantly exposed to water. Most water heaters have linings along the inside of the tank to help prevent this, but even they will eventually crack from the heat. To address this issue, virtually every water heater that uses a tank includes a part called a sacrificial anode rod.

This is a long, metal rod that is inserted into the top of the water tank. While the rod is in good condition, the water will begin to rust it instead of the lining of the tank. This is what earned it the name “sacrificial rod.”

Why the Sacrificial Rod Needs Replacing

Over a long enough period of time, the anode rod will become so corroded that it can no longer attract rust to itself. When this happens, the lining of the tank will begin to rust. This is likely the cause of your water being discolored when you turn on the faucet.

Aside from simply being gross, rust in your water means that your water tank is losing integrity. If the rust has progressed far enough, it will eventually cause the entire tank to rupture, potentially causing thousands of dollars in water damage on top of necessitating a new water tank.

So, how can you prevent this from happening? Replace the anode rod every five years or so. That should be often enough to always have a functioning anode rod in the heater.

If you don’t know how to replace the sacrificial anode rod, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. Atlanta. We provide water heater repairs throughout Atlanta.

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How Water Heater Maintenance Extends the Life of Your Unit

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Water heaters are built to last a long time, but you may add years to your unit with proper maintenance. Many contractors offer water heater maintenance for customers who wish to prevent their water heaters from needing sudden repairs and want to restore some efficiency to their unit for greater energy savings.

Water heaters should last around fifteen years, though this lifespan may vary depending on the type of unit and your manufacturer. But this may only be true for most systems if they receive regular maintenance. Annual maintenance ensures that your water heater is performing as well as it possibly can. A technician will check for any current repair needs as well as any issues that may affect performance in the future. Listed below are some of the problems found during water heater maintenance that could affect the life of your unit.

  • Rusted Anode Rod: The anode rod is a small rod in your tank that helps protect the tank from rust and corrosion. This rod is meant to attract rust to itself so that your tank won’t have to take the hit, but it needs to be replaced from time to time so that the rod does not become too worn down to function.
  • Sediment in Tank: Sediment may build up in the tank as a result of hard water. A maintenance technician flushes the tank with every visit to drain the unit of any buildup. Excessive sediment affects the operation of your water heater, wearing down the tank. It may also cause clogging and reduced heating.
  • Problems with the T&P Valve: The temperature and pressure valve helps ensure proper levels in order to protect your unit and your home. If the water pressure is too high, it may damage your unit, causing it to fail prematurely. During maintenance, the technician will check to make sure the valve is accurate, reducing the chances of any unnecessary wear and tear and reducing the risk of a sudden and costly failure.

Water heater maintenance should be done by a professional who knows which problems to check for and what issues may reduce the efficiency of your unit.

When you decide it’s time to schedule water heater maintenance in Norcross, contact the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

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How to Tell It’s Time for Water Heater Replacement in Atlanta

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Water heaters contain few moving parts, which helps their longevity. However, the constant contact and pressure from water means these appliances will eventually wear out: most water heaters have a manufacturer’s lifespan estimate of about 15 years. Around that point, you can expect to notice problems with a water heater that will warn you it’s time to have a new one installed.

We’ll look over some of the more common signs that your current water heater is approaching the end and needs to be replaced before you suddenly find yourself without any hot water. If you feel unsure about your current water heater, call professional plumbers to examine the system and offer expert advice. If the time has indeed come for replacement, the plumber will help you select a new unit and install it for you.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. handles water heater replacement in Atlanta, GA. With our almost 20 years of experience serving the greater Atlanta area, we should be one of your top choices for home service.

Signs you should replace your water heater

  • A drop in hot water volume: Does it seem that the hot water runs out earlier than it once did during the morning round of showers? This could indicate a repair need (such as a broken dip tube or a burnt-out heating element), but for an older system, it usually warns that the heater simply can no longer keep up with the standard demand.
  • Reduction in water temperature: Instead of the water volume decreasing, the temperature of the water decreases. A dying water heater will struggle to keep up the heat level expected of it, so when it seems the water is never warm enough for your comfort, you should call for a plumber to investigate the system.
  • Rust from the taps: When rust starts to form inside the tank of the water heater, it often means the system is finished. One of the ways that you will discover this is from reddish discoloration in the water that comes out when you turn on a hot water tap. Look over the tank form the outside, and if you spot rust and corrosion along the bottom of the tank, then it is definitely time for a new installation.
  • Leaking tank: The water tank should not start to leak, and if it does it will warn of serious corrosion issues inside it. Patching up these leaks is probably not enough; the system is too old.

Water heater installation is an easy job when you hand it over to professionals with many years of experience.  Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. can offer you excellent hot water heater replacement in Atlanta, CA.

You can call on the experts at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. to help you make the final choice about replacement, and then let them take the lead with the installation work.

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