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Is Your Water Heater Costing You More Than it Should?

When is the right time to pull the trigger and purchase a water heater replacement? That’s a question that many homeowners ask. Having the right answer could potentially save you thousands of dollars. Deciding becomes more difficult as small problems creep up in the system, gradually leading to more serious doubts about your water heater. To guide your decision making process, we’ve made a quick how-to on replacing your heater. Pay close attention!

How do You Know When to Replace a Hot Water Heater?

A Bunch of Water Heater Parts Left on Top

Age is the Simplest Replacement Indicator, But There are Other Red Flags.

There are two ways to answer that question, both equally valid.

First, you can examine the condition of your water heater and compare your system’s health against the estimated years you have left. Most water heaters come with an expected lifespan. If you have several years left on the lifetime with only minor problems cropping up here and there, simply schedule a little water heater repair. The closer a heater gets to the end of its advertised lifetime, the more you should start considering replacement.

Second, you can keep an eye open for red flags. It’s rare, but there are a few signs that will tell you when it’s definitely time to retire your water heater. These symptoms may indicate immediate danger to your home or your person, and should be taken very seriously. We’ll talk about these in a bit.

What is the Average Life of a Water Heater?

While there may be some super-systems that last a tad longer, the typical lifespan of a water heater is 8 to 12 years. While that might seem like a short time, remember that your water heater is constantly running (unless you have tankless model). You can get that figure a little higher with consistent maintenance, but that’s the average lifetime. It’s also worth noting that a home’s water heater could last for only 3 years due to poor upkeep or a freak accident.

As your system approaches the end of that 12 year period, you will likely notice more anomalies and signs of degradation.

What are the Signs Your Hot Water Heater is Going Out?

Tightening Fittings Around a Hot Water Heater

Loose Fittings Could Be to Blame, But Carefully Examine Leaks Around Your Water Heater.

One of the most prominent indicators of your water heater’s condition is the noise it produces. Mineral deposits, dirt, and other sediments will gather at the bottom of your water heater over the years (especially if it isn’t flushed). These sediments harden and create a clanging or scratching sound as your heater warms up. This greatly reduces to efficiency of your system and can even create minuscule holes in the side of the tank, which leads to our second symptom.

Leaks surrounding your water heater are another prominent sign of imminent failure. While loose fittings and damaged piping might be responsible, any leaks originating from the tank itself should not be dismissed. You can certainly cover up the degraded sections in the meantime, but you should call your local plumber and start talking about water heater replacement when you spot these leaks.

Finally, a third sign your water heater is on its way out is rusty water. Rust sometimes forms in the interior of your tank and eats away the metal. Now rust can originate in any part of your plumbing system, especially if you have galvanized steel pipes. Draining out the contents of your hot water heater (15 gallons or so) will let you know whether or not the rust started there.

Maintenance for Your Water Heater

If your aging system is still healthy, there’s no need to rush into a water heater replacement. As we mentioned earlier, basic maintenance can extend the life of your water heater and delay replacement. There are a few simple steps you can take to greatly improve the efficiency and lifespan of your system.

  1. Replace the Anode Rod Every 5 Years.
  2. Flush the Water Heater Tank Each Year.
  3. Install Insulation Around the Tank.

By completing these steps, you gain the following benefits for your water heater system:

  • Reduced buildup of sediment in the tank
  • Reduced potential for rusting inside the tank
  • Greatly improved energy efficiency
  • Increased lifespan (up to 2x)

As you can see, dramatic savings and added convenience is well worth the time and effort to perform this minimal maintenance. Consider the hundreds (even thousands) of dollars you could save by extending the life of your water heater.

Types of Water Heaters for Your Replacement

There are countless models and brands to sort through when planning your water heater replacement. You can always replace your current heater with a similar model, but high-tier options are also worth taking a look. Most homeowners are already familiar with basic gas and electric water heaters, so we’ll focus instead on higher efficiency units that have grown more popular these days.

Tankless Water Heater

A Tankless Water Heater on a Solid Blue Wall

Tankless Water Heaters Supply Water On-Demand, Without Using Energy Constantly.

One of the key problems with older water heaters is that they’re always on. Most homeowners would automatically think this is a good thing. After all, what’s so bad about having hot water ready to go at a moment’s notice? This always-on functionality requires a consistent use of gas (and/or electricity) to keep the tank heated.

Tankless models focus instead on providing an instant supply of hot water on a per-need basis. Cold water is directed through the heating unit whenever a hot water appliance is turned on. While the flow rate is lower than traditional tank models, the energy savings are impressive. Tankless models can be powered by electricity or gas. Without the storage tank, the required space for one of these units is very small.

High Recovery Water Heater

Recovery is a term that describes how quickly a water heater can heat water in the storage tank. Many electric water heaters can heat 25 gallons an hour. Gas water heaters can do a little better than that at approximately 40 gallons per hour. However, there are some models that can work dramatically faster. A Rheem high recovery water heater replacement (for instance) can replace 70-80 gallons of hot water an hour.

There are several key benefits of a high recovery water heater to consider when exploring replacement models, including:

  • The reduced chance of running out of hot water
  • A higher recovery speed if hot water does run out
  • Availability in both gas and electric models
  • In high efficiency units, less energy is consumed

Schedule Your Hot Water Heater Consultation Today!

Not every hot water problem needs a new water heater installation to solve it. Many homeowners simply need gas furnace repair instead. However, if your hot water heater is showing signs of breakdown, make sure you talk with a plumber. Our team at Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter would be happy to talk with you about your Tujunga, CA water heater replacement. Just give us a call at (818) 748-8615 today!

 

 

Sewer Camera Inspection Services

Inside a Pipe

A Sewer Camera Can Show You The Condition Of Your Plumbing.

As a homeowner, one of the most stressful situations is when you discover you have a leak in your home. Leaks can be caused by many things, from roof damage to burst pipes and everything in between. The problem with these issues is that they are not always very apparent. Sometimes a leak can take a while to really take root in a home and discreetly allow water into your home for a long time. When you find a leak, you may need either a California roofing company or a plumber to handle the repairs. At Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter, we are always happy to get to work on your plumbing needs! We take our time to identify the source of the leak and use sewer camera technology to pinpoint the issue, creating minimal damage in your home.

What Is A Sewer Camera

When completing a leak repair, the source of the leak may be a single pipe in your plumbing with damage. However, your plumbing may not be readily visible. in order to find the source, we use sewer camera inspection. This is completed with a nifty waterproof camera that is on a flexible rod. As the rod travels, radio transmitters can report the depth of the camera, allowing us to find the exact area of the issue without damaging your home. Some of the benefits of a sewer line camera inspection are:

  • Identification of issue
  • Reduces home and landscape damage to find a pipe
  • Allows for assessment of rest of plumbing
  • The plumber can show you a video of your plumbing

With all of these benefits, sewer camera inspection is a great service whether you have a big issue or just want to make sure your plumbing is at its best. Need an inspection today? Give Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter a call at (818) 748-8615.

It Starts at Home – How to Save Energy Each Day

Saving Energy

Using a Low Flow Shower Head is an Easy Way to Save on Heating Costs.

Saving energy has never been easier, or more important. As the number of appliances and devices that we utilize every day increases, it’s essential that we each adjust our habits to compensate. If you’re curious how you and your family can start your mission of saving energy, you’re in luck. Here are some helpful tips. 

Why is it Important to Save Energy?

Knowing why you need to conserve energy is half the battle. Besides being helpful for your community and your local environment, saving energy is highly beneficial for your wallet (in more ways than you think). Not only does excessive gas and electricity consumption cause your utility bills to skyrocket, it also causes your appliances to wear out faster. Look at it this way…

Higher Appliance Energy Usage = Longer Run Times

Longer Run Times = Faster Part Degradation & (Ultimately) Failure

If gas and electricity consuming appliances in your home are constantly running, the results could be accelerated part failure. Considering the parts of your home that utilize the most energy – your HVAC system and your water heater – both cost thousands of dollars to replace, reducing the stress on these systems could mean big savings.

Ways You Can Save Energy at Home

There are two major avenues for pursuing energy savings: home efficiency and user habit. When it comes to efficiency, your HVAC system and water heater can have significant impact. Talk with your local HVAC company and ask them for energy efficiency tips for your air conditioning system. Make sure your water heater is in good condition as well. Sediment buildup can delay hot water production and waste a lot of energy and water.

Changing your habits is cheaper, but just as challenging sometimes. During the summer, try closing the blinds during the day to save on cooling costs. Take a look at your HVAC filter each month and give it a gentle cleaning. Turn the lights off when you leave a room. Try taking showers instead of baths; for bonus points, you can install a low flow shower head.

Whatever path you decide on, try to get the whole family involved. Make it into a game if you can! You’d be amazed at what a little friendly competition can accomplish.

Energy-Efficient Plumbing Professionals

Want to make sure your home’s plumbing is as energy-efficient as possible? Start your energy savings plan with a professional water heater inspection in Tujunga, CA from one of our experts at Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter. They’ll take a look at each part of your system and recommend ways for you to save. Schedule your appointment or talk with an expert at (818) 748-8615.

Common Residential Plumbing Issues

faucet plumbing problems

These Common Problems Require Quality Plumbing Repair.

Plumbing plays a vital role in daily life in your home and when it breaks down, it can lead to bigger problems. As a homeowner, you want to prevent these possible issues from happening to make sure your home always gets the clean water it deserves and needs. Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter understands this and believes if you know the common problems and signs with a plumbing system, you will be able to get the service you need. We have compiled a short list of the top plumbing problems residential properties may come across. 

Common Plumbing Problems

Clogged Drains – A lot of things go down your drain during daily cleaning and routines. This may include hair, soap, grease and food particles that can build up on your pipes, creating a blockage and preventing water and waste from traveling away. While drain cleaning products will remove some of the build-ups, clog cleaning by a professional plumber will eliminate the block entirely.

Leaking Fixtures – Fixtures such as faucets, nozzles and more, make up a good deal of the usable part of your plumbing. Over time, they can wear due to use, creating leaks from damaged washers and more. If the damage becomes too severe, replacement of the fixture may be necessary.

Water Pressure – Everyone wants their home plumbing to be just right, giving them the water pressure they need for daily routines and cleaning. However, many factors can lead to a weakened water flow, reducing your home comfort. Our plumbers assess what the cause is and eliminate it at the source.

Sump Pump Failure – If you have a basement, you may also have a sump pump. These pumps are used to prevent basement flooding after heavy rains and storms, keeping your home safe from water damage. That is why it is so important to keep this pump at its best with regular inspections, to prevent the possible flooding of your basement.

These common problems are nothing the expert team at Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter can’t handle! We provide you with the best service in town and are always available to assist you. Give us a call today at (818) 748-8615 to get started on your plumbing service and repair needs in Tujunga, CA.

4 Signs You Need Toilet Repairs

The toilet is the most used appliance in the house. Used multiple times a day by multiple people, it is understandable that a toilet will break down and need maintenance. Here are some signs that you need toilet repairs:

Signs of Toilet Repairs

Leaking

Call Our Plumbers for Professional Toilet Repairs and Replacements!

Leaking around the base is never good. This could mean that your seal needs to be replaced, or something more serious like cracks in the porcelain bowl for which there are no repairs for and a new toilet replacement is the only option.

Toilet Constantly Running

If you hear it constantly sounding like it is being flushed even when it is not, this could be an indication of a broken flapper or float. Those types of toilet repairs are generally small and affordable, but if you wait too long and the problem worsens, you might have to get a whole new toilet.

Constant Clogging

A clog now and then is normal. If your toilet is clogging weekly, this indicates that you could have a blockage deep down in your piping. A professional cleaning can clear that clog for good.

The Bowl Doesn’t Refill With Water

if after you flush, the toilet doesn’t refill with water, you need a new fill valve. Making sure it fits properly and is correctly installed is key to making sure your toilet drains and refills with water correctly.

Many of the plumbing leads we get are for toilet related issues. So don’t hesitate to call Twin Town Plumbing; experts in the field.

If you need toilet repairs in Tujunga, CA, contact the plumbers at Twin Town Plumbing and Rooter at (818) 748-8615.