Water Heaters FAQs
How long do water heaters last?
Most tank type water heater (electric, natural gas, propane gas and oil) manufacturers suggest that the tanks can last about 7-11 years.
Is there any way to increase the life of my water heater?
It is suggested that draining down a tank type water heater yearly in order to decrease the amount of sediment that settles to the bottom in order to improve efficiency and prevent excess corrosion.
Is a tankless water heater right for me?
Tankless water heaters offer far more efficiency and last longer than traditional tank type water heaters. However, they are more expensive and installation challenges need to be considered. The most efficient and cost-effective tankless water heaters are usually fired by natural or propane gas. If you already have this type of gas in your home, call and we can give you a cost estimate. See our water heater page for more details, or if interested in propane gas, see our Fuel Services propane page.
What is the best temperature for my water heater?
Your water heater can safely run at 120 degrees F, however, you’ll typically find that most water heaters are automatically set to run at 140 degrees F. If your water heater falls below 120 degrees it runs the risk for bacteria to develop inside your water heater. Hot water burns bacteria and harsh chemicals that can stay stagnant and build up in your pipelines. Old, dirty water can get into your home and cause certain skin conditions, illnesses, and other like problems. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep your heater running at a recommended temperature that is hot enough.
Do you offer Free water testing?
FSi plumbing offers free water testing to better educate you on what particles are contaminating and living in your water system. Your waters contaminants can be from a variety of different factors. One of which, is where your water comes from. If you have a private well (which most individuals don’t) then any contaminants in your water will slowly develop over time based on environmental factors like flooding, agricultural runoff, and seal in your pipeline or home that wasn’t filled correctly, and more. If your home’s water is supplied by a public or town source, you run the risk of heavy metals, pesticides, nitrates, and chlorine chemicals all building up in your water system. Contact FSi plumbing today for your free at-home water test!
How often should I test my water?
The regular standard to test your home’s water varies whether or not it is a private well or a public supply. When your water gets tested, the test will look for total coliform bacteria counts, nitrates, and total dissolved solids, and pH levels. If your home or business’s water supply comes from a private well, you should have it tested annually. A good time of year for this is usually found to be the springtime. If your water supply is coming from a public source, since there are hundreds and thousands of individuals using the same supply, your town should test it each season (4 times in one year).
Why should I test my water?
If you start to notice any of the following signs, it sounds like you should’ve called the experts at FSi awhile ago…. But alas, we can still help!
- The water tastes different than usual
- The color isn’t crystal clear
- There appears to be a foul odor coming out of the faucet
- You notice a change in consistency; does your water feel chalky? Or does the pressure seem a bit off?
If your living area undergoes any special circumstances or environmental changes then it may be a good idea to get your water tested sooner rather than later.
- A tropical storm
- An earthquake
- An abrupt change in water pressure can occur after heavy rainfall or excessive drainage.
- Runoff from any sort of agricultural farm, and more