Water heaters are designed to last for many years, but they can suffer wear and tear just like any other appliance. When they run into trouble, it often goes unnoticed since water heaters tend to sit in quiet corners of the home such as the basement or garage. A lack of insulation in those places, combined with the inevitable advance of age can take their toll, and the cold winters in Rye, NY and surrounding communities can add plenty of stress and strain as well. The question becomes when the old heater needs to be replaced, and the steps professionals need to take to do so.
How to Tell if a Water Heater Needs Replacement
The water heater can typically provide many long years of service. But once the warranty expires, prudent homeowners should watch more closely for signs of trouble. That can include anything from strange sounds to red or brown water coming out of the taps.
Generally speaking, the water heater should be replaced either if repairs have become too frequent or too expensive, of if the monthly costs of running the water heater have risen higher than the homeowner wishes to pay. If either of those things happen and the warranty on the water heater has expired, then replacement is the only viable option.
The Steps Taken by Pros
Only trained professionals should undertake the replacement of an old water heater. Proper licensing ensure that the system will be set up without leaking gas or similar dangers, and professional services will usually remove the old water heater as well. Professionals usually follow a few specific steps when installing a new water heater:
- The gas and electricity to the water heater are turned off.
- The tank on the old heater is drained via the drain valve.
- The gas lines and water lines are disconnected.
- The gas exhaust is detached from the flue hat.
- The old water heater is removed from the home and disposed of in the manner prescribed by law.
- The new water heater is fitted into place. (This is one of the places where experience and trained are essential.)
- The heat trap fittings are put in place and the water lines are attached.
- The gas supply line is connected, then tested for leaks. This is important because leaking gas can present a hazard to the household.
- The control knob is turned on. In rare cases, the pilot light may need to be lit as well, though few modern water heaters still rely on pilot lights.
- The water heater heats the water, and final tests are made to ensure the new system is functioning the way it should.
If the existing water heater’s warranty has expired and it no longer does the job the way it needs to, call Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators to perform a replacement. We serve communities throughout the Rye, NY area!