Visit the pages below to learn more about recognizing when it is time to replace your water heater and how to protect your plumbing during freezing Atlanta weather.
- Visit EnergyStar.gov to see several different types of water heaters and decide which type is best for you.
- Check out EnergySavers.gov for additional ideas on saving on your energy costs when using your water heater.
- Take a look at this page from Danny Lipford to understand when to test your water heater for safety.
- Read this article from RedCross.org to learn about preventing frozen pipes in your home, and how to thaw them if you have to.
- Get more information on why pipes burst during periods of freezing weather on this page from Weather.com.
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When the thermometer dips below the freezing point, your home’s plumbing is at risk. Water can freeze within pipes, and this can lead to service interruptions or even the pipes bursting. Without the right protective measures by your HVAC professional, your plumbing remains at risk this winter.
Why Pipes Freeze
Much of the plumbing in our homes runs partially outside and through unheated crawlspaces. In older homes especially, these spaces may not be properly insulated, and the temperature inside these spaces can easily match that of the outside weather. This can cause the water inside these pipes to freeze, and while ice rapidly expands when frozen it is not the ice itself that can cause pipes to burst. Frozen sections of pipe interrupt service to your home and also allow water pressure to build to dangerous levels.
Preventing Frozen Plumbing
In order to avoid service interruptions or flood damage to your home, have your HVAC professional evaluate problem areas in your plumbing. Insulating your pipes , especially where they run outside or within unheated crawlspaces, slows the transfer of heat from the water inside them to the outside air. Also have your HVAC professional inspect your crawlspaces and consider adding or upgrading your insulation to better combat the danger of frozen pipes.
If you think that one of your home’s pipes is frozen, call an HVAC and plumbing professional right away. Allow a professional to thaw frozen piping and consider shutting off your main water supply until they arrive.
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Today, water heaters can easily last for decades, and they offer efficiency ratings not seen in older models. While your water heater may have performed admirably for many years, there will come a time when it reaches the end of its useful life. Learning to recognize the signs that this has happened can save you money and discomfort. Here are some common indicators:
- No Hot Water:
The most obvious sign that your hot water heater has failed is a complete lack of hot water in your home. If your hot water heater is not working at all, it can be a sign of a non-functioning heating element or other general failure. Water heaters older than ten years can often be beyond their warranty periods and while some repairs may be possible. It is best to consult with your HVAC agent and determine if replacement is more economical.
- Knocking Noises:
A properly functioning water heater should not make undue noises during normal operation. A water heater that pings, makes knocking noises or emits high-pitched whistling is in dire need of attention. Aged water heaters can get noisy in their last years of life, and this is a solid indicator that it is time to have them replaced by something newer.
- Water Heater Runs Constantly
A malfunctioning thermostat or other sensor can cause a water heater to run constantly, racking up your energy costs and wasting a large amount of energy. At this point, it is definitely time to choose a newer and more efficient model for your home. Even in an otherwise efficient home, a malfunctioning water can cause your utility costs to skyrocket.
- Intermittent Hot Water
A water heater that only delivers hot water on occasion may be a candidate for repairs, but again this is something homeowners should discuss in detail with their HVAC contractor. Also, if your hot water heater delivers water that is too hot even after adjusting the thermostat, you may have a dangerously damaged heating element or thermostat sensor.
If you would like to learn more about knowing when it is time to replace your water heater, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. Visit our website to make an appointment with us today.