In the Phoenix area, cold water from the faucet during the summer may not always be cold but Luke-warm. If your cold water is in fact cold, consider yourself lucky and be sure to brag about it. For the rest of us we only feel cold water during the winter months. Unfortunately, the hot water will also be cold if the water heater fails to work.
Although conventional water heaters have a life span of 10 to 15 years, there may be a quick fix to get it back in service. A natural gas-powered water heater may need the pilot light reignited. An electric water heater may have the circuit breaker triggered off and will need to be turned back on. If this is the case and it continues then consider calling an expert, such as us, to trouble shoot what the problem may be. The problem may be a simple fix, or you may need to replace the entire water heater.
Most homes have traditional storage tank water heaters which are tanks that hold water and heats it up for the entire household. As mentioned before, water heaters may be powered by natural gas, electricity or propane gas. There are also different sizes depending on the need of hot water such as family size and how often it is needed.
If you are planning to install your own water heater be sure to do your research before purchasing and installing. There are many factors to determine such as size, fuel type and energy/cost efficiency products. Check out this infographic chart from Energy.com to learn more about water heater types. To be on the safe side, call us and we can help you determine the perfect water heater for your household and install it as well.
Modern water heaters have really improved to be efficient and save you money. The products we install are Energy Star certified and use less energy than standard models and last longer if maintained on a regular basis. Yes, water heaters need regular routine maintenance such as draining the entire tank every 6 to 12 months. You also want to check the temperature and pressure valve every 6 months and inspect the anode rod every 3 to 4 years. We can do that for you as well.