IS YOUR WATER HEATER NEARING THE END OF IT'S DAY'S?

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02/14/2018
 

In the grand scheme of things, there are only a handful of commodities in your home which are not optional, but necessary.

No, I am not talking about your coffee machine or your new instant pot.

Hot water is one of the necessary things in our homes. We rely on them for every shower and dishwasher full of dishes. So unless we want to see a disruption in our daily hot water routine,  

Predicting water heater failure isn’t always easy, but the following occurrences are most common when a water heater is reaching the end of its useful life.

Age

Unfortunately, Water Heater's don't last as long as we'd like. After years of service, there are plenty of things that can begin to go awry with a hot water heater. Corrosion, wear-and-tear on parts, cracks in the tank, and more all can negatively affect your unit. For most tank heaters a lifespan is between 8-12 years.

Wow, four years swing? Why might that be? What can I do to make sure that mine lasts 12 years instead of 8?

A couple of reasons and ways: The biggest would be the brand your putting in. A top quality water heater is going to last and perform longer than it's lesser and cheaper priced rivals. But other things matter as well such as: Quality of installation, maintenance schedule, and water quality. In order to ensure your water heater lasts, make sure you get it inspected and that you install a top tier brand such as Bradford White.

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Knowing the age of your water heater is key to proactive replacement. But what if you can't remember when it was installed? Luckily, there is a way to find this out. The serial code # will tell us, however, it is a numerical code. If you take note of the serial number and give us a call or email and we'd be happy to assist you in knowing exactly how old your water heater is. 

Compromised Hot Water Supply

One of the first clues to knowing that your water heater is needing replacement is one that you can feel. Your hot water is no longer lasting like it used to, or maybe it is but the temperature just isn't what it used to be. 

This could be due to a failing heating element, which one of our licensed plumbers can diagnose and repair. Most of the time, a flush of your hot water heater will help your hot water last longer. But it could also point to something much worse. Mineral sediment can coat and harden on the bottom of your tank, including on the heating element.  This tends to occur near or around the 10-year mark and it should be interpreted as a serious indicator of imminent breakdown.

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Rusty Water

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One of the best things to periodically check on your water heater is the sacrificial anode rod, making sure to replace it when necessary. The anode rod is a sacrificial rod that will attract corrosive elements that are suspended in your water. Essentially, the anode rod will gradually be eaten away in order to protect the glass lining. But if you don't replace the rod before it is used up, the corrosive agents will begin to attack that glass lining. 

So how do you know if your tank is beginning to corrode?

Corrosion may present itself in the form of rusty water coming from your taps. The best way to confirm that the problem is your water heater and not your pipe system is to flush your water heater, another routine service and maintenance task, and checking to see if the drained water is rust-coloured. If your water heater is rusted out, the time to replace it is now -- before it springs a leak.

Leaking Water

Over a long enough timeline, a leak is almost inevitable for a hot water heater. Some good ways to keep the leaks away are to have your unit regularly maintained and checked for leaks, taking action at the earliest signs of dripping or even moisture.

The Sound

If you notice a loud banging sound coming from your water heater, it's probably not a good sign of health. As sediment settles and hardens, it forces your water heater to work harder. This can lead to rapid expansion of the tank itself. If you notice consistent banging coming from your unit, it’s time to get a new one.

If you notice any of these symptoms affecting your water heater, or would like to have your water heater checked by one of our maintenance professionals, give us a call at 306-374-0922.

Protect your investment.

Call us today for a free estimate.

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Appliances are expensive
There isn't any question about it
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And your furnace may very well be the most expensive thing you have in your home, let alone appliance.

 

And yet time and time again we hear the question:

"how important is it really to change my filter" or "Do I actually need to have my furnace serviced?".


Simply put, the answers are "very", and "yes".

Think of your furnace like your car.

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Your furnace, like your car, needs to be regularly maintained in order to keep it healthy. 

Oil Change - Getting your oil changed is a necessary part of owning a car. Usually, you can neglect having it done for a little bit but you are doing so at the risk of your car. Changing your filters is like getting an oil change. If you neglect it, then you are risking the overall health of your furnace. 

Tune up - Getting your vehicle a tuneup is necessary to keep everything in check. It is important to do this to make sure that all of your parts are in good order, otherwise there might be complications later on that are much more expensive to fix. This is the same with your furnace. If you catch things early on, then you are reducing the overall stress on every other part of your furnace which has to work harder to keep up. Not to mention that it is possible to lose your warranty if you choose not to have your furnace regularly maintained.


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"How often should I change my furnace filter?"

A good rule of thumb to keep is changing your filters once every three months, or if you have pets, every month. The best practice would be to check them every month, as each home is different. If you do not change them then you are adding increased stress to your furnace just to have it function as it normally should.

 


 

 

 

"How often should I get my furnace serviced?

 We recommend to have your furnace serviced once a year before winter. This helps to ensure the longevity of your furnace and reduce overall costs when something breaks down.   

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The difference between single stage, two stage, and fully modulating furnaces.

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Introduction -

Chances are if you have ever needed to replace or upgrade your furnace, you've heard these terms floated around. Along with terms like AFUE, MERV, CFM, DC or ECM motors and more, people can get confused. Confusion is never a good thing, it can get in your way of making the right decisions for yourself as well as your family. That is why our aim is to provide you with the base knowledge of the tangible differences between these 3 types of furnaces.

Single Stage Furnaces -

Contrary to popular belief, single stage furnaces can absolutely be the perfect fit for a family. A good way to think of furnaces is to that of a car with 'gears'. A single stage has one gear, high. When it senses the call for heat from the thermostat, it ramps into high gear, heats until the desired temperature is met, then cuts out. This, for the most part, is good during the coldest months, but come warmer times it becomes a burden on your electrical needs. One of the biggest complaints with this type of heating is you may receive temperature swings.  

Two Stage Furnaces -

A very popular type of furnace. Two-stage furnaces have two gears - low and high. The low stage runs on a lower capacity for longer periods of time. On average, your two stage furnace will only be running at high 25% of the time. This low setting is designed to distribute warm air more evenly, thus resulting in a more comfortable and consistent air. This low setting also helps to reduce energy costs because on warmer days it will stay on the low setting.  

Fully Modulating Furnaces -

Fully modulating or variable speed furnaces don't actually refer to the furnace itself, but rather the motor. The motor of the modulating furnace makes it able to increase in % increments. So instead of going from just low to high, you're going from 25% to 30%, to 35%, back down to 30%, and so on. This is the most energy efficient type of furnace there is. And it is how we can have furnaces like the York YP9C which has an energy efficiency rating of 98%. With a York fully modulating furnace, your home will save the most money per month and also be as comfortable as possible when it comes to temperature in your home. 

More questions? Call us today and we will be happy to answer any of them.