AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heaters’

3 Signs of Trouble With Your Water Heater

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Water heaters benefit a great deal from our dry and mild climate here in Los Angeles, CA, which means that yours can likely go for many years before needing replacement. Sooner or later, that day will come, however, and because water heaters usually do their jobs quietly in out-of-the-way locations like your basement, it can be hard to spot the problem until it’s a raging crisis.

This is doubly unfortunately because many issues with water heaters can be addressed without replacement if they’re caught quickly. Ideally, you can schedule a maintenance session from a trained plumber once a year to spot any potential issues and plan to correct them. But you can augment that by checking for signs of trouble from your water heater throughout the year. Here are three specific ways to do that.

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How to Flush a Water Heater

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Our water heaters run into trouble most often when we take them for granted, and unfortunately, taking them for granted is very easy to do. They usually sit in seldom-visited corners of our Los Angeles homes, such as the basement, and since they work so quietly, we can’t always know when trouble is brewing until it’s too late. Unfortunately, that can turn many repair calls into replacement sessions, as the damage (if left unaddressed for weeks or months) has become so extensive that a new water heater is necessary.

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Why Should I Schedule Water Heater Maintenance?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The fall is usually an excellent time to schedule maintenance on various household systems and appliances. With the weather finally cooling off here in Los Angeles, CA and kids heading back to school, homeowners have more time to set up such a session at their leisure, and stop potential problems before they get started. Water heaters aren’t often a part of people’s considerations when planning household maintenance, but they should be. Regular maintenance can do terrific things for your water heater, which is important since most people are content to ignore theirs until the problems become too large to simply let slide. Why should you schedule water heater maintenance? We’ve listed several compelling reasons below.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Me?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

If you live in Los Angeles, CA, chances are your home has a traditional tanked water heater. They’ve been stalwarts for most houses built in the last fifty years – which includes a lot of Southern California homes – and remain a sensible and reliable system for yours. However, if you’re looking to replace an old water heater with a new one, or you’re just dissatisfied with the one you have, you may want to decide if a tankless water heater is right for you. The answers vary, but a few basic facts can help you make up your mind.

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3 Advantages of a Tankless Water Heater

Monday, July 6th, 2015

We live in Los Angeles, CA, which means we’re not afraid to color outside the lines sometimes. This can apply to your household appliances as well as more dynamic forms of creativity. Take your water heater for instance. Most people think of it as the dull-yet-dependable cylinder in their garage or basement, quietly doing its job without much fuss. It’s a dependable system, but it’s not the only one available. Tankless water heaters, though costing a little more to install, can provide numerous advantages over traditional models. We’ve listed three of those benefits below, which you should think about while considering installation.

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What is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The most common type of water heater in the United States is of the tank water heater variety. These are heaters that make use of large tanks to store up to over 100 gallons of hot water. While this is very convenient for homeowners, it does expose the water heater to increased wear and tear. Constantly being in contact with so much water makes it possible for the water heater to rust much faster, and possibly even rupture.

In order to counter this increased rate of oxidization, tank water heaters are equipped with a special safety part: the sacrificial anode rod. Let’s examine what the sacrificial anode rod is, how it works, and why you need to keep a close eye on the condition of yours.

The Sacrificial Anode Rod

The sacrificial anode rod, or anode rod for short, is a long metal rod that is inserted into the storage tank of the water heater. The rod is made of either aluminum or magnesium, forged around a thin steel wire. Utilizing a chemical process called “electrolysis” the anode rod attracts rust to itself so that the lining of the tank is spared. Think of the anode rod as operating like a lightning rod, drawing the strike to itself in order to protect the surrounding area.

Unfortunately, this means that the anode rod will eventually rust away itself. This is where it gets the “sacrificial” part of its name. Once the rod rusts away, the lining of the tank will begin to rust.

Why You Need to Check Your Anode Rod

Once the anode rod has rusted down to the steel wire, it will no longer be able to prevent the tank from rusting. If the lining of the tank rusts far enough, it can start to spring leaks. Eventually, the tank may even rupture, causing thousands of dollars in water damage to the surrounding area. This is why you need to check your sacrificial anode rod at least once a year. That way, you can replace it with a new rod so the protective effect isn’t interrupted.

If you aren’t sure how to replace your sacrificial anode rod, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide water heaters throughout Los Angeles.

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Monday, June 9th, 2014

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