Hot Water Heaters

 

Factory authorized hot water heaters repaired or replaced on all makes and models. If you own a house you probably own a water heater. If you’re like most home owners, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the water heater until, one morning, you go to take a shower and there’s no hot water. Then you probably think about it a lot.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Despite their almost constant use all day, every day, water heaters generally stay maintenance free for years with average hot water heaters lasting at least 10 years. Potential problems can include:

  • No Hot Water – this could be caused by several different things depending on if you have gas or electric hot water heaters. Both models are designed to include built-in safety devices to ensure maximum safety for you and your home. Should you have a problem it is extremely important to have a skilled technician service your unit, despite the built-in safety features. And please, never tamper with or disable any water heater safety device for any reason.
  • Inadequate Hot Water – if your water heater is operating properly and you are still running out of hot water, the unit may not be the right size for your home. F.H. Furr’s water heater experts can determine the best model and size for your hot water needs. Water leaking around base of heater – a leaking water heater is usually not a good sign, but does not necessarily mean a new unit is required. If you see any amount of water around your water heater, have it inspected as soon as possible in order to prevent further water damage or expense.
  • Other problems to look out for are:
    • Rust colored water
    • Rotten egg odor
    • Low rumbling or popping noise
    • High pitched whining

If you do need a new water heater, F. H. Furr proudly stocks major brand water heaters to serve your water heating needs. We can install hot water heaters that can provide hot water for every size and type of home. F. H. Furr can replace your tired or leaking water heater with a new water heater.

Types Of Hot Water Heaters

 

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Frequently Asked Water Heater Questions and Answers

It could be a number of reasons from your water heater being too small in which case you may need a larger capacity model, or it could be that you have low gas pressures, or you may need to increase the temperature on your thermostat. But be careful, increasing the temperature can lead to burns and scalding. Another possible cause could be the increase of lime or sediment build-up in your tank. Draining this build-up could help.
Again, it could be a number of reasons from your water heater being too small in which case you may need a larger capacity model, or you may need to increase the temperature on your thermostat. But be careful, increasing the temperature can lead to burns and scalding. Another possible cause could be the increase of lime or sediment build-up in your tank. Draining this build-up could help.
Either your valve has failed and requires replacement or your water temperature is set too high in which case you need to turn down the thermostat. Your water pressure level could also be too high. Try using a pressure-reducing valve in the supply line.
Many water heaters use a low quality valve that can be difficult to close tightly. Turn the valve closed by using slip joint pliers being careful to not apply too much force resulting in the valve snapping off. Another possible cause could be that the valve has failed and requires replacement.
Most water heaters last over 10 years but it’s a good idea to start researching for a replacement after approximately seven years of usage.

To make your water heater last longer, try setting the temperature to no more than 115°F. This will provide comfortable hot water for most uses and could potentially add a few years onto the life of your water heater.

Another way to extend the life of your water heater is to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater. To do this, drain approximately a quart of water from your tank every three months. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations based on the type of water tank you have.


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