“You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” This phrase applies to many things in life. For a homeowner, it can apply directly to a functional hot water heater. Without hot water, your whole routine could be frozen in place—especially if your water heater breaks down in the winter.
Stop taking ice-cold showers and call Bryco Plumbing. Whether you own a home or business, our plumbers can install, repair, and maintain water heaters for residential and commercial customers throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles, CA areas.
If you suspect a water leak in your premises, call our experts right away for leak detection services in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Common Water Heater Issues
With over 30 years of experience backing us, Bryco Plumbing has gained substantial knowledge about the different water heater brands and models available on the market today. We are familiar with common water heater problems and trained to solve them all quickly and efficiently.
Some of these issues include:
- Faulty thermostat
- Faulty dip tube
- Obstructed flue or vent
- Scale buildup
- Sediments in the tank
- Faulty plumbing connections
- Corroding water heater storage tank
- Broken or malfunctioning heating elements
If your water heater is already 10-15 years old, our Woodland Hills plumbing team may give you the option of replacing the unit to save you from further repair costs down the line. New water heater models are also more energy-efficient, so even with an expensive upfront cost, the hot water equipment can eventually pay for itself with the savings that you’ll receive.
Planning to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom with new fixtures? We also offer fixture services.
How to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater
A conventional tank water heater will last about ten years! But a few maintenance tips will go a long way in prolonging the life of your unit, especially if it’s relatively new.
- Clean or flush the water tank once a year: Unless you have a newer model tank that’s self-cleaning, flushing the tank out annually can help to prevent the buildup of sediment and maintain your tank. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for draining your water heater.
- Replace the anode rod if it’s badly corroded: An anode rod is a metal rod that’s installed inside your water heater tank. It’s designed to attract the little corrosive elements in water, thereby sacrificing itself to save the water heater’s steel tank. When the anode rod succumbs to corrosion, water will rapidly corrode inside your tank and shorten its life. Inspect the rod annually and have it replaced every three to five years to extend the life of your water heater.
- Check the pressure release valve: Since heated water expands, water pressures spike during heating cycles. When the pressure gets too high, the pressure release valve lets out a little excess water to prevent tank ruptures. It’s good to check if you have a working valve every three to four months.
Stick to a regular maintenance schedule, and your water heater should serve you well for many years.