There’s nothing better than a nice warm shower on a cold Toronto morning. Hot water is used to wash clothes, dishes, and for older homes, it heats the radiators and is the only thing keeping you from freezing! Hot water is more than a commodity in the GTA; it’s a necessity. Of course, we can all expect to have a hot water heater issue at some point, and when that time comes, it is always best to seek out the services of a plumbing professional, especially since hot water heaters can make for a dangerous combination of water and electricity.
According to the experts at WaterWorks Canada, the average life expectancy of a hot water heater is around 10 years — for both gas and electric models — which means that sometimes a unit can simply fizzle out. Those serviced at least once per year, however, will have a longer lifespan than those that are simply left to time and chance. The most common issue that a plumber runs into with these units is a thermostat that has gone bad. These devices come with internal heaters that regulate the water temperature and ensure that the water coming out of the tank and into the home is at a constant temperature. When a thermostat goes bad, it may also trip the breaker. Simply resetting the breaker doesn’t always take care of the problem. If you notice that the temperature in your house isn’t regulating properly, it is likely time to call in the pros. Common issues that plague homeowners include
- Pilot light malfunction
- Sediment Deposits
- Pressure build up
- Stress crack leakage
If you have a gas-powered water heater, there are specific concerns to be on the lookout for. The pilot light must be on at all times, but it is not uncommon for the pilot light to go out. Many homeowners try to light the pilot themselves, before calling for services. Sometimes they are successful, but sometimes the pilot will not relight, and in rare occurrences, residual gas can cause a fire or an explosion.
Each water heater has an overflow spigot at the front. Once a year, a person should have their water heater flushed. Some people never bother to do this routine maintenance, and it can cost them the lifespan of their heater. Sediment build-up can also cause water tanks to leak. Other issues include pressure buildup causing water to leak out of the relieve valve. It’s also common to see stress cracks on the inside of the tank. If you experience any of the above issues, the safest thing to do is to contact a professional plumbing expert to assess the problem, as DIY attempts can often cause more harm than good.
No matter what type of water heater repair issue is present, it is always best to get a professional to help out. Again, since these units have electricity, gas, and water components, only a skilled technician should try to handle the situation.