Have you ever been without hot water? Have you had your Brooklyn water heater break? If so, you’ll understand the frustration and discomfort that comes with having a broken water heater. In Brooklyn where winter temperatures regularly drop below freezing, your water heater is likely to stop working on the coldest day of the year.
At Petri Plumbing and Heating, we’ve been working on home water heating since 1906 and understand that these systems are not designed to last forever. In fact, the typical lifespan of a residential water heater is just 8 to 12 years and heavy use, the quality of your water, harsh winters and poor maintenance can make one fail even faster.
Repair or Replacement: The most cost-effective solution to a water heater problem depends on its age, condition and maintenance. For example, a younger water heater may simply have a faulty pilot light, circuit breaker or thermostat. The supply pipes or anode rods may also be to blame for poor water heating. Or, your water heater could simply be too old. Having a professional plumber inspect your water heater is the best course of action.
Maintenance: If you want to extend the life of your Brooklyn water heater, regular maintenance including DIY inspections can help. Check and inspect the pilot light and make sure it’s blue in color instead of red or orange. Check the area around the water heater for leaks and if you notice any issues, have a professional repair the problem.
New water heater standards: Brooklyn water heaters built after April 15, 2015 are required to meet different standards for energy efficiency. While newer systems can save you money in the long run, they tend to be larger in size due to their insulation and may not fit in your existing space. If you want to upgrade your older water heater, it’s best to consult a professional plumber to get one that will work with your home.
To find out more about Brooklyn water heating solutions, give Petri Plumbing and Heating a call at 718-748-1254.