Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

Monday, May 7th, 2018

water-heater-maintenanceA water heater that receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs when necessary can last for many years. You’ve probably already had the same water heater working for you since you moved into your current home.

All good things must come to an end, and you will need to replace the water heater at some point in the future when it no longer can do the job it’s supposed to. At first, you’ll think of arranging to have the water heater repaired, but there are signs to watch for that will tell you the best option isn’t to continue with having it fixed but to replace it entirely.

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Your Water Heater Works Harder in Winter: Here’s Why

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

water-heater-tankWinter weather puts more pressure on your home’s heating system. You expect that: winter weather is the reason you have a heater in the first place! But you may not realize that the cold weather puts more strain on your water heater as well. Because a water heater runs 365 days a year, no matter if it’s cold, cool, warm, or hot outdoors, you may think that it’s always working the same amount.

Here are the reasons a water heater does more work in winter—and why it pays to watch out for repair problems so you can have them fixed fast!

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Water Heaters Benefit from Regular Maintenance

Monday, June 5th, 2017

water-heater-maintenanceWater heaters are an integral part of most households, and we’re all accustomed to seeing those tall cylindrical tanks in the basement or in another corner of our homes. Conventional tank water heaters do their jobs very effectively and don’t make a lot of noise while they work, which means it’s very easy to take them for granted.

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How Video Pipe Inspection Gets to the Bottom of Plumbing Problems

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Only a few short years ago, plumbing was still largely reliant on old fashioned tools and a quality work ethic. Those factors haven’t changed, but technology in our culture has advanced at an astonishing rate lately, and that applies to the plumbing industry too. Nowhere is that more apparent than with the advent of video pipe inspection, which is an invaluable tool for getting to the bottom of countless plumbing-based issues. Here’s a quick outline of how it all works.

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How to Drain Your Water Heater

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Your water heater does its job silently and effectively, but because it’s usually tucked away in the basement or garage of your Springfield, PA home, it can be hard to spot the signs of approaching trouble. Unfortunately, that often turns little problems into big repair jobs and can sometimes necessitate the replacement of the whole unit. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way and we urge our customers to set up an annual service call to keep your water heater running the way it should. You can help your cause out further by draining your water heater and flushing out the sediment at the bottom every few months. It’s an easy operation and requires only a length of house and somewhere to send the water in the tank (ideally a nearby drain line, but a large barrel or bucket will do as well. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown.

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Signs That Your Water Heat is Experiencing Problems

Monday, September 28th, 2015

We rarely worry too much about our water heaters until they experience problems. They’re designed to sit unobtrusively in a basement or garage, quietly doing their jobs without much fuss. But that job is extremely important – especially in areas with cold winters like Pennsylvania – and when your water heater experiences issues, you need to get them treated quickly lest you find yourself without hot water on a cold winter’s day. Ideally, you should plan for regular maintenance sessions to help stop these issues, but in general, the sooner you spot them, the better.

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Plumber’s Guide: Repair or Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

You rely on your water heater to provide steady and consistent hot water to your plumbed appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, but also to make sure your shower is hot. As the major plumbing fixture in most homes, it’s important that the water heater works reliably. Knowing the energy and cost differences between repair and replacement is essential to ensuring that you’re neither preserving a hopeless and obsolete water heater, nor rushing into a replacement that it is unnecessary. If your water heater is broken and you’re not sure whether to repair or replace it, call a Havertown, PA plumber at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc..

The key to making a decision is contacting a certified plumber. Only a professional diagnosis can determine the cost benefits of a new water heater versus repairs. Let’s look at a few problems with your water heater:

  • No hot water. While the result is fairly obvious, the cause may not be. It could be a variety of things: from an electrical or thermostat problem to a broken heating element. Your local plumber will be able to assess the problem and recommend a solution.
  • Not enough hot water. If you notice a dramatic decrease in your hot water production, or if your hot water is not nearly as hot as it once was, then it might be a problem with the thermostat or with the piping surrounding the water heater itself. It may also be a buildup of lime scale on the heating element inside if you have hard water.
  • Leaks. While most leaks tend to be small and difficult to detect, there are cases when a water heater floods a basement.

When thinking about repair or replacement, you want to think about the future of your home as well as the age of your water heater. While your plumber may be able to repair it, doing so may not solve major problems if your water heater is at the end of its working life. Talk to a professional about which option is best suited to your home and budget. Call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. for plumbing service in Havertown, PA today!

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