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Are you looking for water heater repair and water heater installation in the Tampa Bay area? A hot water heater that is damaged or worn out can make things troublesome at home. Avoid fights over who gets the shower next and prevent potential structural damage from water leaks and get the pros at Matt's Plumbing Services on the case.

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Water Heater Repair FAQs

Should I buy a 40 gallon or 50 gallon water heater?

Choosing between a 40-gallon and 50-gallon water heater depends on household size, usage, and space availability. A 40-gallon heater is suitable for smaller households with 1-3 occupants and moderate water consumption. Meanwhile, a 50-gallon unit accommodates larger families or higher hot water demands. Consider factors like shower frequency, appliance usage, and future needs when deciding. Consulting a plumber or HVAC specialist can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific requirements and installation constraints.

What is the life expectancy of a water heater in Florida?

In Florida, water heaters typically last 8 to 12 years, depending on usage, maintenance, and water quality. Factors like high humidity and corrosive elements in water can accelerate wear and tear. Regular flushing to remove sediment buildup and inspecting for leaks can extend lifespan. Consider replacing units nearing the end of their lifespan to avoid sudden failures and potential water damage. Professional inspection and maintenance help ensure efficient operation and longevity of water heaters in Florida's climate.

What is the code for water heaters in Florida?

Water heater installation in Florida follows the Florida Building Code (FBC) and local ordinances, which mandate specific requirements for safety and efficiency. These codes govern aspects like water heater location, seismic strapping, venting, and electrical or gas connections. Compliance ensures proper installation and minimizes risks of hazards such as fire or gas leaks. It's essential to consult with local authorities and adhere to building codes when installing or replacing water heaters to ensure safety and regulatory compliance.

What maintenance does my water heater need?

Your water heater requires regular maintenance to ensure best performance and longevity. Here are essential maintenance tasks:

  1. Flushing the tank annually to remove sediment buildup.
  2. Checking and, if necessary, replacing the sacrificial anode rod every 2-3 years to prevent tank corrosion.
  3. Inspecting the pressure relief valve annually and testing its functionality.
  4. Checking for leaks, corrosion, or rust on the tank and connections regularly.
  5. Insulating hot water pipes to improve energy efficiency.
  6. Monitoring the temperature settings and adjusting as needed for energy savings and safety.

Regular maintenance helps prevent breakdowns and extends the life of your water heater.

What causes a water heater to leak?

Several factors can cause a water heater to leak:

  1. Internal Tank Corrosion: Over time, water minerals can corrode the tank, creating leaks.
  2. Faulty Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve: If this valve malfunctions or is set too high, it can cause leakage.
  3. Loose Drain Valve: A drain valve that isn’t fully tightened can drip water.
  4. Inlet or Outlet Connections: Loose connections can lead to leaks at the top of the heater.
  5. Condensation: Sometimes mistaken for a leak, condensation can occur when cold water enters a very hot tank.

Our technicians have the certifications and qualifications for both water heater repair and installation services. They can provide you with information to help you choose the best unit for your home. We can handle any style or brand of water heater, including gas water heaters, electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters. Whatever problem you're having, we're the solution.

Why Do I Need Water Heater Repair Services?

Water heaters require regular maintenance and repair over time. One of the most common issues with water heaters is sediment buildup. Limescale and other minerals accumulate along the sides of the tank as the water heats up. If you don't filter the minerals out of the water heater, they will develop a sediment barrier that settles on the heater and affects its performance.

Aside from inspecting the accumulation of sediments, our plumbers can also check the burner of the water heater on a regular basis. The flame must be blue with yellow tips. If it has a yellow-orange color, it's an indicator of incomplete burning that results in the poor performance of the water heater and the production of harmful carbon monoxide gas. Matt's Plumbing Services will keep your family safe. If you notice your water heater is not burning or heating properly, it's imperative you contact us as soon as possible.

How Do I Know If I Need A New Water Heater?

Water heaters last up to 12 years or even longer. However, after this long, the heater will not be nearly as efficient and will be more prone to failure. You should not wait for your heater to fail before you replace it.

You should also keep in mind that the water heater is one of the top energy users in your home. It accounts for as much as 25 percent of your total energy use. As it gets older and becomes less efficient, the amount of energy it consumes increases and makes it more expensive to operate.

Do not wait for your water heater to break down to replace it. Contact Matt's Plumbing Services today and learn more about your water heating options. We will be more than happy to answer any questions about water heater repairs, maintenance, and installation.

Should I Get A Tankless Water Heater?

If you still have a traditional tank-based water heater and do not want to waste water and money heating the water when you are not using it, consider replacing it with a tankless water heater system. It can save you money and at the same time reduce your ecological footprint. Tankless water heaters are more energy efficient compared to traditional heating systems. As the name pertains, they don't have a tank to store water - instead, it automatically turns on when you turn your faucet to hot. It doesn't have to constantly hold and heat water, which results in savings each year.

Keep The Warm Water Flowing With Matt's Plumbing Services!

Nobody wants to go without hot water, so if you suspect your water heater is having a problem - or needs to be replaced - don't wait until it's too late. Contact our specialists today and we'll either fix it up or take you through your options for replacement. Any questions you have, we've got the answer. Send us a message online or give us a call at 813-269-7370 today!

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