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Tips for Keeping Your Water Heater Healthy This Year

Monday, April 9th, 2018

tank-water-heaterWater heaters may be sturdy, but they’re not immune to problems. If you don’t take proper care of yours, you can expect it to need replacement many years earlier than you think. Fortunately, if you take the right steps you can both increase the system’s efficiency and lengthen its lifespan at the same time. Follow the tips below to ensure that your water heater is as healthy as possible throughout the year. (more…)

Common Water Heater Problems to Watch Out For

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Water heaters are built to last, which is why yours has probably been chugging along without complaint for years without you needing to frequently repair it. Still, it’s a mistake to assume that your water heater is so resistant that you can afford to ignore it indefinitely. There are definitely problems that can afflict your water heater, some of which can destroy the whole system if you’re not careful. You don’t have to be paranoid about your water heater all the time, but you should know some of the things that can go wrong with the system so that you can be on the lookout for warning signs.

There are definitely problems that can afflict your water heater, some of which can destroy the whole system if you’re not careful. You don’t have to be paranoid about your water heater all the time, but you should know some of the things that can go wrong with the system so that you can be on the lookout for warning signs. (more…)

The Dip Tube, and How It Affects Water Temperature

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Have you ever turned on your hot water tap and had it alternate between hot and cold? This is often caused by a problem in the water heater, with a part called the dip tube. Though the dip tube is a relatively simple part, it serves an important purpose. Let’s take a look at what happens when the dip tube becomes damaged, and how to fix it. (more…)

How the Anode Rod Protects Your Water Heater

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Your water heater is put under quite a bit of stress on a daily basis, especially if it’s one of the storage tank models. These water heaters keep a large supply of hot water constantly heated, from the time they are installed onward, just in case it is needed. This level of constant water exposure more or less guarantees advanced rust over time. Why, then, do modern water heaters seem to be so resistant to rust? The answer lies in a part called the sacrificial anode rod or anode rod for short. Read on to find out more about the anode rod, and how important it is to your water heater. (more…)

Signs Your Water Heater May Need Repairs

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Have you ever had the distinctly unpleasant experience of turning on your shower, expecting hot water, only to be drenched in a freezing cold deluge? It’s happened to all of us at least once, and it’s one of the most common signs of issues with you water heater. Barring a very cold wake-up call, though, there are a few other signs that your water heater may need professional repair. Let’s take a look at some of these signs, so you can know when to call a technician.

Discolored Water

If you turn on any faucet in your home, and are greeted with a flow of brown or yellow water, then you may have a problem with your water heater. That discoloration is caused by oxidization, commonly known as rust, in the water. While there can be other sources of such rust (the water pipes, for example) the most common source is in your water heater tank.

In order to prevent the inner lining of a water heater tank from rusting, each is equipped with one or two sacrificial anode rods. These are long, metal rods that are inserted into the top of each tank. The rods are designed to attract oxidization instead of the lining of the tank, hence the term “sacrificial.” When the anode rod becomes corroded enough, however, it ceases to work. This leads to the lining of the tank beginning to rust, which ends up in your water. The way to solve this is to replace the anode rod, which any professional technician can do for you.

Leaking

Leaking is never a good sign when dealing with hydronic heating systems, especially when it’s around what is often a very large water tank. Leaking from the water tank can be caused by any number of factors and from many different locations on the water heater. Not all water found around the water heater is necessarily from a leak, but if you find water dripping from a pipe or valve it’s time to call a professional immediately. Leaks can cause serious water damage if left unrepaired, so don’t wait!

If you are experiencing water heater problems, call Service King. We provide water heater repair services in the Schaumburg area.