Water Heaters

Our electric hot water heater raises in temperature by itself. Why?

: This can be a very costly problem due to the wasted energy going toward raising water temperature that is unneeded. One or two times of this may be okay, but if this is happening everyday it can really add up. There are a couple reasons why your electric water heater heats up without you having done anything.

Smiling technician repairing an hot-water heater
Smiling technician repairing an hot-water heater
  • A bad thermostat

If the thermostat on the electric water heater isn’t working properly, it could be the reason why your water is heating on its own. Thermostats are made to shut off the heat source when the water reaches a certain limit.

With a heat sensing device that is not detecting temperature correctly, the water will most likely continue to heat up. In most cases, the backup thermostat eventually will shut down the power as to not allow the water to become too hot.

However, sometimes both thermostats can be malfunctioning. If you find this to be the issue, you’ll need to call a professional to come check both thermostats and replace them as necessary.

  • Need a tube replacement

In an electric water heater, there is a tube that separates the element from the water. Every electric water heater has two elements, one being on the top and one on the bottom.

These two cycles the water through to heat it up. When the tube that separates an element from water is damaged or burned out, the water will then be heated by the element directly.

This will usually cause you to get very hot water for a period before the element itself burns out, which can cause the problem to go unnoticed.

The pilot light for my hot water heater is less than three years old but won’t switch on. What do I do to fix this problem?

This usually means the thermocouple is not working anymore. These thermocouples are usually placed on the front of the water heater and hold open the gas valve with their magnetic current.

If the heat from pilot can no longer be sensed by the wiring of the unit, the pilot would not be able to turn on. To fix this problem you’ll need to replace the thermocouple.

Make sure to read through any instructions you receive when you do buy a new one, as these can help you remain safe during the new installation process. If you have any questions, give us a call!

After replacing the heating element and turning up the thermostat on our hot water heater, we still run out of hot water in five minutes or less. What else can I check?

This problem is usually due to a dip tube that isn’t functioning properly. Dip tubes are constructed in such a way that prevents cold water from going into warm water and out of the faucets.

Water heaters are made to store the cold water at the bottom and the warm water at the top, but if the dip tube isn’t working properly, it could allow cold water to the top causing your water to come out as colder than you would like it.

If you believe this is the problem, try to pull out the cold-water inlet tube and inspect the dip tube. If it is not working properly, give us a call! We can have a technician down there in no time to walk you through your options.

Should I buy a tankless water heater or stick with a conventional water heater?

There are a few significant differences between tankless water heaters and conventional water heaters. Each option has its own set of pros and cons. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what would work best for you and your family, considering all the circumstances involved. Here are the pros and cons of each option:

Tankless Water Heaters

  • Pros: These water heaters are handy for folks who don’t have an overwhelming need for hot water. They usually store about two to six gallons of water in a unit that is no bigger than a large suitcase and heat up the water instantaneously as it passes through. There is no overly spacious tank that will harbor large amounts of water, thus saving you up to twenty five percent on your water bill annually. When this unit is set up correctly, it can produce a steady stream of hot water when you are talking a shower or washing dishes. The unit can also be set up outside the garage, rather than inside, thus giving you more space. These tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of up to twenty years.  
  • Cons: The tank unit price can be very high in price. The average tank less water heater is around $1,000 just for the unit with prices varying from $800 – $1500. This doesn’t necessarily include any back up pipes or the installation costs either. Not to mention gas powered tankless water heating units need ventilation that could be considered costly. Overall, tankless water heaters are great for saving you money on your monthly water bill but need to be highly maintained to operate correctly.

Conventional Water Heaters

  • Pros: This is probably what you are most familiar with as a water heater. The make -up, installation, and use of this mechanism is very straightforward and low maintenance. They are relatively cheap in comparison to the tankless water heaters, they are normally around $300- $400. They are energy star certified and are very simple to install.
  • Cons: Conventional water heaters are known for their heating and reheating of the water in the tank, which can lead to costly utility bill each month. They are also very spacious and can end up taking needed room in your garage. The life expectancy of a conventional water heater is about eleven to fifteen years. Overall, this option is low maintenance but may take up more room in both your garage and your finances.

Between these two options, there are great benefits and drawbacks to each. Whether or not one works better for you is dependent upon your own personal circumstances.

We recommend you check your finances and budget, as well as get a quote on each product before you make any major decisions. If you need a quote, give us a call! We can set you up with an appointment to meet with one of our technicians in your home and get you a good deal right away!