Don’t neglect your hot water heater

hot water heaterYou and your family rely on your hot water heater to shower, wash the dishes, and complete your laundry. Without a functioning hot water heater, you’ll soon find that your morning routine has become a mess. Unfortunately, your home’s hot water heater is often out-of-sight, out-of-mind. You don’t mean to neglect it. It’s just that they don’t come equipped with a bright, flashing light that says “pay attention to my maintenance.”

Your friends at Wagner want to remind you that, yes, it is a good idea to keep close tabs on your water heater, especially as it nears the end of its life expectancy. In this post, we’ll share some quick maintenance tips that you can do at home, and explore some situations in which you need to put down the wrench, pick up the phone, and call us for 24/7 emergency service.

Maintaining a hot water heater

First, do you know where your hot water heater is located in your home? In most newer homes, the system is located in the garage, but the location may vary in older homes, or be placed in a basement if you have one. Next, you need to know what kind of water heater you have. Most older heaters are going to be storage tanks, but newer ones may be tankless. This matters: tankless systems are very different than their hot water counterparts, and their maintenance requirements will be different. You’ll also need to figure out if your system uses electricity or gas.

There’s some important safety steps you should consider first. Wear gloves and goggles, and always makes sure the power source is off and that the cold water intake is shut down. Make sure you’re familiar with the location of these switches. The last thing you want is to desperately need to shut the water off in the event of a leak, but not be sure where the switch is.

Here’s a handy, detailed guide from Lowe’s on how to maintain various aspects of your water heater, from flushing the tank to dealing with leaks. If you have any questions about the steps contained in this guide, let Wagner know. We’d be happy to help.

When to call the professionals

If you get stuck at any point in your water heater maintenance, don’t hesitate to call the Wagner Mechanical team. Our plumbers can either talk you through the process or come out to your home to fix the problem. If, at any point, you feel uncomfortable with the maintenance process, stop what you’re doing and call our team.

If you followed the safety steps above, you shouldn’t have any potential for a major leak. However, if you encounter a water heater problem that you can’t solve, call Wagner immediately before it gets worse.

6862680_l (1)Signs that you need a new water heater

Maintenance can only get your water heater so far. As time passes, eventually all water heaters begin to succumb to age. Most standard, tanked water heaters should be replaced soon after their 10th birthday. But, here are two other signs you should replace your water heater:

  • If the water coming out of your faucets is rusty when you turn the faucet to the hot setting. The presence of rust may be an indicator that the interior of the hot water heater has begun to start the rusting process. This can eventually lead to a burst if not treated by a professional immediately.
  • If your hot water heater has begun to leak, even if only slightly. As tanked water heaters age, the continual process of heating and cooling will cause the tank to expand and contract. After doing this for a decade or more, hairline fractures begin to form in the metal tank.
  • If all the connections are dry but you hot water heater is still leaving water on the floor, you’ll want to call the Wagner team to determine what’s gone wrong.

Ready to get started?

Wagner Mechanical is here to guide you through the process of maintaining your water heater. Whether you’re a DIY expert who is ready to jump right in, or you need some help from our team, Wagner has the expertise to help you keep your water heater running right. Give us a call to learn more!

What To Do During Plumbing Repair Emergencies

Plumbing repairThe plumbing in your home is crucial to your family’s comfort; however, plumbing repair emergencies are often the most common type of issue our homes encounter. Too often, we find ourselves coming home to a flooded kitchen or bathroom and wondering what to do next. Plumbing issues can sneak up on you at any given time, so it is important to know what plumbing repair issues you can tackle on your own and which ones you need to call in the experts to help.

The most common type of plumbing repairs

Whether you own or rent your home, it is safe to assume that you have come across at least one plumbing issue while living there. Sometimes these repairs can be small and handled on your own, but there are larger problems that can occur where you will need to call in the professionals to handle the task.

Before you can handle your plumbing repair emergency, you must be aware of the common plumbing issues that can creep up on you in your home, so you are ready to tackle the emergency when it hits.

Minor Repairs – do it yourself

Plumbing repairs are unavoidable, and they often present themselves when you are least expecting it. If you are lucky, you will encounter a smaller issue that you can handle on your own without having to call in a plumbing professional to help you. If you find yourself faced with any of the repairs listed below, you most likely will be able to tackle the job by yourself.

  1. Clogged drain
  2. Clogged toilet
  3. Low water pressure
  4. Dripping faucets

Major repairs – call the expert

Unfortunately, not all plumbing repairs are going to be small. When you are faced with a massive leak or break, we suggest that you bring in the big guns to help you and to avoid further damage to your home.

  1. Broken water heater
  2. Busted pipes

What to do if you are faced with a plumbing repair emergency

It is not a matter of if you have a plumbing issue but rather a matter of when you will have a plumbing issue. When you walk into that flooded room or lack of water, you may not know what steps to take next. That is why we are here to share our crucial steps to follow when you are faced with a plumbing emergency.

  1. Shut off water: This is a no-brainer. The very first thing you should do is turn off the water supply to your home to prevent any further damage. If you don’t, you could continue to see more water damage to your home. You can usually find the main water supply to your home near your water meter.
  2. Assess the problem: Once you know that there is no more chance of water leaking, take a look at the damage and try to see what caused the problem. This will help later on when you call a plumber to come out and fix your work.
  3. Call your water company: Not every massive plumbing issue is the homeowner’s fault. If the issue stems from the sewer main, a blocked sewer line, or the main water line, try giving your water company a call to see if they could send someone out to fix the issue.
  4. Call an expert: Know when it is time to call in backup. Not every plumbing issue can be fixed by the homeowner, and that is okay. Call a reputable plumbing company to come out to your home, inspect and repair the problem,  

Plumbing repair experts

Plumbing repair trainingWhen you are faced with any plumbing issue in your home, you want to hire a team you can trust and a team that can get the job done right the first time. When hiring a plumbing repair contractor, it is important to keep these three things in mind.

  1. Certified technicians: You want to hire a team that is trained in their field especially when it comes to the safety and comfort of your family and home. Do not find yourself hiring Joe Shmoe, interview your potential company to ensure they only employ certified technicians.
  2. 24/7 service: When you encounter a plumbing issue, you want someone who can come out to your home as soon as possible. That is why you should research companies that offer emergency service and are able to come out to your home to repair any issues. At Wagner Mechanical, we are available to take your calls 24/7 and will get one of our technicians out to your home as soon as possible.
  3. Guaranteed work: You hope that all repairs are done correctly and that no further issues occur; however, if something were to happen after your plumbing contractor left you will want to know that you hired a company that has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  

air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM coverWe have been providing the Albuquerque area exceptional plumbing services since 1928 and only employ certified and trained technicians. Not only is all of our work guaranteed but we promise to do the best possible job every time, if we do make a mistake we promise to do everything possible to make it right!

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