SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

The Wonderful Nature of Anode Rods

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Any time you have a system dealing with large amounts of water on a regular basis, it will eventually have to deal with rust in one way or another. Water heaters are no different. Considering that they deal with water more or less constantly, from the time they are installed throughout their lifespans, you would think that they would not last more than a couple of years without becoming rusted out. However, there is a very specific reason why water heaters can deal with so much water without rusting. Let’s take a look at the anode rod, what it does, and why it’s a good idea to have it checked at least once a year.

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When Should I Replace My Old Water Heater?

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Water heaters are designed to last for quite a while, especially with proper care and maintenance. Eventually, though, there will come a point where your water heater just won’t be able to keep up any more. At that point, you should replace it with a new system. Read on to find out more about some of the signs that your water heater is nearing the end of its life and should be replaced.

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Common Water Heater Problems

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Water heaters are built to deal with the high demand for hot water. No matter how sturdy your water heater is, however, it will eventually develop issues. The best way to preserve the health of your water heater is to keep an eye out for symptoms of issues before they can progress too far. Let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms of water heater problems.

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Water Heater Maintenance Procedure

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Water heaters are put under more strain than almost any other home appliance, due to their construction and the frequency of demand put on them. Indeed, most water heaters operate constantly from the time they are installed onward, keeping a large supply of water heated at all times in case it is needed. This is, obviously, quite stressful on the system. If your water heater does not receive regular maintenance, it will not last nearly as long, or perform as well, as it should. What actually happens during a water heater maintenance appointment, though? Read on to find out.

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Why You Should Check Your Water Heater Anode Rod Every Year

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If you use a storage water heater, as most people do, then your water heater is in constant contact with water from the day it is installed to the day it is replaced. All of that water exposure raises the likelihood of oxidization over time to 100%. So why is your water heater tank not rusted out, then? The answer lies with a deceptively simple part called the “anode rod.” Read on to find out more about the anode rod, and why you should keep a close eye on it.

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3 Common Water Heater Problems

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The access to clean, dependable hot water in our homes is something that many of us cannot imagine living without. Unfortunately, many homeowners will open their hot water faucets someday only to discover that the water they rely on so much is not available, or at least not of the quality they are accustomed to. Like any other mechanical device, your hot water heater requires a professional installation and regular maintenance service to operate properly. Even these necessary steps cannot always prevent problems with your hot water heater in Woodbury, NJ, though. Here are 3 of the most common water heater problems we encounter, and some possible causes. Remember, when you need hot water heater services in Woodbury, NJ, call SPS Mechanical.

  • We receive many service calls about pilot lights that frequently go out. There are a number of causes for this, and they range in seriousness. Obviously if you use natural gas to heat your hot water a pilot light that will not stay lit is cause for concern. Call for professional service immediately. The cause may be something serious such as a gas leak somewhere between the supply and the hot water heater. It could also be a faulty safety device, such as the thermocouple. A thermocouple uses a mercury sensor to stem the flow of gas if it does not detect sufficient heat for combustion. If it malfunctions it will cause the gas to cut off, causing the pilot light to go out.
  • Another common problem with water heaters is a pretty obvious one; no hot water. Again, there are multiple factors that may cause this problem. If you use an electric hot water heater it is possible that the circuit it operates on tripped. With the flip of a switch you may have your hot water back. If you use natural gas, there may be a problem with the gas supply or burner beneath the water heater. Only a professional can tell you for sure.
  • If you use a tank hot water heater you may discover that the storage tank is leaking. Unfortunately, there is really only one solution here; it is time to replace the storage tank. Make the investment worthwhile by getting a well-insulated and efficient new model.

Whatever problems you have with your hot water heater in Woodbury, NJ, SPS Mechanical has the solution. Let us help keep the hot water flowing in your home. Call today to schedule service.

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