Charlotte Plumber Answers Question: How Old is Your Water Heater

Charlotte Plumber Answers Question: How Old is Your Water Heater


To determine how old your water heater is, you will need to two do things.

1. Find the label on the water heater.

2. Determine the brand of your water heater.

3. Decode the label by finding out (chart below) how that brand of water heater documents the manufacturing date within the serial number on the label.

Water heater manufacturers document the month and year or year and week of manufacturing as part of the serial numbers on the water heater. Check the chart below to find the brand water heater you have. Then use the description to decode the serial number.

Determine the Age of Your Water Heater By Decoding the Serial Number

Manufacturer

Brand

Serial # Ex.

Key

American

(Prior to 2001, American was owned by GSW Corporation and manufactured water heaters for nearly 50 different brands. American was acquired by A.O. Smith in 2001 and currently only manufactures American, American-Pro-line, Premium Plus, U.S. Craftmaster and Whirlpool brand water heaters.)

 

 

 

 

 

American 9746******

(46th week of 1997)

 

 

American uses a 2-digit year followed by a 2-digit week

 

 

 

 

Craftmaster
Mor-Flo/American
SABH (U.S.)
U.S. Craftmaster
Ace
American Hardware
Best
Best Deluxe
Apex
Aqua Temp
Agua Therm
Aquamatic
Champion
De-Limier
Deluxe
Eagle
Earl’s Energy Saver
Environtemp
Four Most
Hotmaster
Hotstream
King-Cleen
King-line
Master Plumber
Nationaline
Neptune
Penquin
Premier
Prestige
Proline
Proline-Plus
Quaker
Quick-Flo
Raywall
Revere
Riveria
Sands
Sentinel
Service-Star
Shamrock
Special Deluxe
Standard
Super Eagle
Sure-Fire
Thoro-clean
Tru-Test
Tru Value
U.S. Supply
Whirlpool
XCL-Energy Saver

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturer

Brand

Serial # Ex.

Key

A.O. Smith
A.O. Smith Before 2008

*H06******

 

Since about 2008

0805AXXXXXX

Prior to 2008, the 2nd letter in the series is  the month followed by the 2-digit year. A thru N = Jan thru Dec (excludes I).

 

Since 2008, they  use an 11-digit alpha-numeric serial number. The first two positions are the year followed by a two digit week.

Glascote
PermaGlas
Bradford-White
Bradford White  

D*******F

(June 1967)

 

CJ*******

(Sept 1986)

B-W uses a 20-year letter code cycle to designate the year.

The first letter is the year and the second is the month.

Letter A = 1964, 1984 and 2004

A thru N = Jan thru Dec

(Excludes I, O, Q, R, U & V)

Jetglas
Lochinvar
Lochinvar
Energy Saver
Golden Knight
Knight
Rheem
Rheem  

0794******

(July 1994)

 

or

 

0794F*****

(July 1994)

 

Rheem uses a  2-digit month followed by a 2-digit year

Ruud
Rheem/Ruud
Richmond
Vista Therm
Citation
Aqua Therm
Energy Master
Vanguard
Cimarrom
Coast to Coast
Lowe’s
Servi-Star
True Value
ABS
Intertherm & Miller
Mainstream
Montgomery Ward
General Electric
Professional
State Industries

(State industries was acquired by A.O. Smith in 2008.  A.O. Smith now uses this code.)

 

State/Kenmore

0904*******

(April 2009)

 

 

 

 

C05*******

(March 2005)

 

Prior to 2008, State used a 1-letter month followed by a 2-digit year

A thru N = Jan thru Dec

(Excludes the letter I)

 

Beginning 2008, State uses an 11-digit alpha-numeric serial number. The first two positions are the year followed by a two digit week. Position 5 is a letter followed by 6 numbers.

 

 

Reliance
Ace
Ambassador
Barnett
Century
Crosley
Energy Stretcher
Freedom
Freedome/Nipsco
Hardware House
Master Plumber/True5
Mission
Nationaline
Patriot
Penfield
President
Regency
Century
The Plumbery
Thermo-King
TopLine

Not Sure if You Need a New Water Heater Yet?

Most tank water heaters start losing efficiency around ten years old and last between 10-12 years. Most tankless water heaters last 15-20 years.

If your water heater is on the older side, you’ll want to start watching for signs that it is time to replace the water heater. For example, it may take longer for the water heater to produce hot water, or you may find you are running out of hot water more quickly than before. Learn more about tank water heaters and tankless water heaters here.

Live in Charlotte? Need a New Water Heater?

ER Plumbing Services has been serving the Charlotte area for over two decades, repairing and replacing Charlotte water heaters. Give us a call at 704-269-1066 or use our online contact form to request a quote on a new water heater.

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Charlotte Plumber: Where do I turn off the water to my house?

Do you know how many times we hear this question in Charlotte, NC? Don’t wait until a plumbing disaster occurs. Everyone in your home should know how to turn off the water in your house, beyond turning off the faucet. Follow these simple tips and you and your family can assured if a plumbing disaster strikes.

1. Every sink and toilet in your home should have its own water shut-off valve.

Look in the cabinet under the sink or behind the toilet. Follow the piping until you find a handle attached to it. Turning this handle will shut the water off and on, but only to that particular water source. This is important to know if a pipe is leaking under the sink, or if water is seeping out from under the toilet.

2. Most homes have water shut-off valves under the home, in the garage, basement, or outside the home adjacent to the main water pipe. The water shut-off valve can actually be located in any room of the home, along whichever wall that’s closest to where the water supply enters the home. Just look for a panel box, shelving, or any opening in the sheetrock to locate it.

3. You will find one of two different types of valve heads.

Older valves look similar to an outdoor faucet with a hose bib as the valve and maybe a circular handles to turn the valve on and off. If there is no handle, simply use a pair of pliers to turn it on and off. Newer models of the water shut-off valve are plastic or metal switches that can be flipped from side to side to turn it on and off.

4. If you cannot find your water shut-off valve, I recommend having a professional come out and help you locate it. It’s better to be prepared now, than sorry later.

5. If there is an emergency and you cannot find your water shut-off valve or if the only water shut-off valve is the one provided by the water company, I would recommend calling a professional immediately before attempting to use the public works shut-off valve, because those can be tricky and you don’t want to be responsible for any mishaps.

In the end, being prepared is always the best option. Call us today (704.269.1066) if you need a Charlotte plumber and we’ll help you become more knowledgeable about your water system.

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: New Toilet Seal – Part 2

New Toilet Seal – Part 2

What do you need to do first to replace the toilet seal?

First, you need to make sure there is no water in the toilet or going to the toilet. Shut off the water supply by turning the valve clockwise (the valve will be behind the toilet or in the basement directly beneath the toilet). Then, remove the lid of toilet tank and flush the toilet a few times to empty the tank and bowl. Scoop up water in the toilet tank with a cup and use a sponge to soak up any existing water. Lastly, disconnect the water supply line with a wrench or pliers to turn the compression nut on the water supply valve counterclockwise.

How do you remove the caps, nuts, and washers from the toilet?

After removing all the water in the toilet and tank, you need to remove the toilet off the floor. By doing so, first you need to remove the caps and nuts on the base of the toilet that is connected to the floor. With a flat head screwdriver, take off the caps from the washers. Afterwards, remove the nuts and washers from the bolts with a wrench. (Penetrating oil and pliers might be needed if the bolt spins as the nut is turned. Simply hold the bolt with the pliers with non-dominant hand.) Make sure you place the caps, nuts, and washers in a place you will remember when you have to assemble them back on.

What do you do next?

Gently rock the toilet under the bowl to break the old seal. (Be sure not to hold at the tank because it could cause damage and break it.) Carefully lift and place the toilet on the blanket or cardboard. Lastly, remove the old seal from the floor and toilet base.

How do you replace the new seal?

After the toilet and old seal is removed, you can now replace and apply the new was seal. With the round side up and exactly centered over the opening, set the new seal over the flange on the floor. Check that both bolts are placed and use them as a guide when you place the toilet. Lift the toilet and place it on top of the flange, make sure it is parallel to the wall and as level as possible. Then, sit on the toilet to get the new seal actual sealing.

How do you replace the caps, nuts, and washers?

First, place the washers over the bolts and then thread the nuts onto the bolts. Tighten the nuts until toilet is secure, and then press the toilet down harder to tighten the nuts more. Do this until it is tightly fastened on the flange, but be sure not to over-tighten or you can crack the toilet base.

Once the toilet is assembled, how do you get water the water back on?

Simply turn the water supply valve on to have the tank fill up. Then flush the toilet several times and check for leaks. If there are leaks, press the toilet down and tighten the nuts more. If no leaks, then you are good to go!

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: New Toilet Seal – Part 1

New Toilet Seal – Part 1

What exactly is a toilet seal?
A toilet seal is a gasket made of a ring of wax and is on the bottom of the toilet, where the toilet is set on the floor.

Why are they important?
A toilet seal helps prevent damage to the floor. Without it, the toilet could create scratches and damages on the floor as well as on the toilet.

Where can you get a new toilet seal?
A new seal can be bought at a hardware store for an inexpensive price.

What type of toilet seal should you buy?
The recommend seal should have a core of soft urethane foam because it does a superior job of conforming to the toilet and the flange.

When do you need a new toilet seal?
A new toilet seal is needed if you notice damage or wearing on the seal or if the seal begins to leak. When replacing the seal, make sure it is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit so the wax will be workable.

What do you do before starting the process?
Wear rubber gloves and get a blanket or piece of large cardboard ready for when the toilet is removed. You could also purchase silicone caulk in case you want something additional to strengthen the connection between the toilet base and floor for support.

How do you replace the toilet seal?
First, you must remove the toilet from the floor. Replace the seal, and then assemble the toilet again. Although it may seem a little daunting or overwhelming, it is pretty simple with these simple steps.

Check out Part II to the Do-It-Yourself article to learn how to fix a toilet seal.

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Charlotte Plumber Interviewed for North Carolina Homes Magazine

I was recently interviewed for an article for North Carolina Homes Magazine!
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Dave Parker, Owner of ER Plumbing Services of Charlotte


You can check it out here:

Check out my interview, How to Repair a Toilet on North Carolina Homes, one of the top sites for North Carolina real estate, including Youngsville, NC real estate. North Carolina Homes also services South Carolina real estate and Georgia real estate.

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: How to Fix a Broken Drain Trap

Charlotte Plumber Advice: How to Fix a Broken Drain Trap

Sometimes the problem is simply that the slip nuts holding the drain trap assembly to the drain and the drainpipe have loosened. Tightening them may solve the problem. But if the metal has corroded through, if the slip-nut threads are damaged, or if other damage has occurred, the only solution is replacement.

Drain trap assemblies and parts to fit just about any possible installation requirement are readily available at most hardware and all plumbing supply stores. Chrome-plated thinwall brass traps are popular, especially where appearance is important.

Polypropylene (PP) plastic traps, notable for their ruggedness and longevity, will outperform all other types. ABS plastic traps are also in use, but they become deformed and eventually fail when forced to handle frequent passage of boiling water and caustic household chemicals. In addition, they may not be allowed by your local plumbing code. Ask the plumbing clerk at your local building materials retailer for recommendations.

Whatever the material, there are typically two trap diameters: 11/2-inch traps for kitchen sinks and 11/4-inch traps for lavatories. Take the old trap with you when you buy the new one; if possible, also take the old tailpiece and drain extension. In most cases, trap replacement is simple. Here’s how:

Step 1: If trap is equipped with cleanout plug on bottom of curved section, remove plug with wrench and let water in trap drain into bucket. Otherwise, unscrew slip nuts and slide them out of the way.

Step 2: If trap is a swivel type, curved trap section(s) will come free. However, keep trap upright as you remove it, and pour water out after part is free. If trap is fixed and does not swivel, remove tailpiece slip nut at drain flange and slip nut at top of trap. Shove tailpiece down into trap itself, then twist trap clockwise until you can drain water in trap. Pull tailpiece free, and unscrew trap from drain extension or drainpipe.

Step 3: Buy drain trap of proper diameter, new tailpiece, drain extension, or other fittings, as necessary. A swivel trap is the easiest to work with because it can be easily adjusted for angled or misaligned drainpipe/fixture installations. A clean-out plug on a trap is handy so trap can be cleaned out without removing it.

Step 4: Replace parts in appropriate order, making sure you have slip nuts and compression seals, or large washers, lined up on the proper pipe sections. Couple parts together loosely with slip nuts, make final adjustments for correct pipe alignment, and tighten nuts snugly but not too tight. Plumbers’ joint tape or compound is not usually necessary, but you can use either.

Step 5: Run water into new trap immediately, both to check for leaks and to fill trap with water to provide that all-important barrier against sewer gases.

Whatever type of drain repair is needed, it’s best to address it as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you may wind up with a big problem on your hands — and all over your floors.

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: Drain Trap Q&A

Drain Trap Q&A 

What is a drain trap?

The purpose of a drain trap is to constantly maintain water in the pipe to keep the sewer gas smells from evading the drain.

Where are drain traps located?

There is a trap located at every drain because the drains are connected to drainage systems, which can lead to an outlet for sewer gas. The water acts as a seal, or protective layer, that blocks sewer gas from passing through the drain pipes.

What do drain traps look like?

Drain traps can be in the shape of U, S, or J. The reason the pipes are in these shapes is so they are able to retain some water in its curved section.

Why are drain traps important?

Drain traps are essential for drainage systems as well as for health and safety. The sewer gases that the retained water blocks in the drain traps can be harmful and hazardous. Therefore, if the trap leaks, this water barrier could disappear, allowing the unsafe sewer gases to enter the household.

What problems are common with drain traps?

One common problem is a clogged drain trap, which can be visibly spotted because the drain flow will be slower or stopped.

Another problem that is harder to notice is leaking or seepage from the drain trap. Therefore, it is important to check on them every once in a while to detect if quick repairs are needed.

What are the most important parts of a drain trap?

There are three very important parts to a drain trap. There is the tailpiece, the trap, and the drain extension.

What is the tailpiece of a drain trap?

The tailpiece is a short piece of pipe that descends from the drain outlet in the sink or lavatory.

What exactly is the trap piece?

The trap itself is the curved section of the U, S, or J-shaped pipe that holds the water.

What is the drain extension of a drain trap?

The drain extension is the piece of pipe that extends from the end of the trap, or the U, S, or J-shaped pipe, to the drainpipe outlet in the wall or floor.

What is the material of these pipes?

These pipe pieces are all made of thin metal that can be affected by corrosion, seal failure, and mechanical damage.

How do I fix drain trap problems?

Stay tuned to further DIY articles or contact ER Plumbing Services.

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Charlotte Plumbing Advice: FAQ About Septic Tanks

Charlotte Plumbing Advice: FAQ About Septic Tanks

Do you want to learn more about septic tanks? Have you heard of them before but never knew what they were? Well, this Q&A is definitely right for you.

>What is a septic tank?

Usually underground, a septic tank collects and stores sewage to decompose before draining.

>Why is it needed?

Septic tanks are typically for areas that have no connection to main sewage systems and pipes, and local governments or private corporations usually provide them.

>What potential problem can occur with a septic tank?

After some time, scum, sludge and debris can collect in a septic tank.

>When does the waste need to be pumped out of the septic tank?

When floating scum is six inches (approximately 15 centimeters) from the outlet pipe.

>When does sunken sledge need to be removed?

When the layer of sunken sledge is 12 inches (approximately 30 centimeters) from the outlet pipe it needs to be removed.

>How often do you need to have your septic tank inspected?

Because of the occurrences with floating scum and sunken sledge, it’s best to check your septic tank annually.

>How often should you have your septic tank system pumped?

You should not wait more than three years for your tank to be pumped

>Are there materials on the market that can delay your system’s pumping and inspection?

There are materials that can delay septic tank pumpings; however, it is recommended that they should not be used in place of the scheduled inspections and pumping.

>What happens to all the septage in the septic tank?

Septage can be dumped into landfills as well as being taken to waste treatment plants or cesspools, which is where the waste is broken down into effluent matter.

>Can the septage be reused for anything?

Septage can sometimes be transformed into fertilizer to grow food or even into a source of electricity. Methane generates as fecal matter breaks down, and then when the methane breaks down, it can be utilized as a clean source of energy to power homes.

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Charlotte Plumber Advice: Tips on How to Fix Leaky Water Pipes

Charlotte Pipe Repair Tips

Tips on how to fix leaky water pipes

If you know you have a leak, you should fix it right away. Leaks are costly, and your water bill can skyrocket thanks to the innocent-looking leak. (Besides water from the leak, noise could be an indication that there is a leak in a water pipe.) The following are tips on fixing a leak on your own. Of course, when in doubt, give us a call and we’ll fix it for you.

There are several different solutions to fix a small leak in a water pipe, which include patches, waterproof tape, compound sticks, and epoxy paste.

1. Temporary patches

The most effective temporary patch is a rubber pad and clamp because they typically won’t damage the pipe.

A good temporary patch can hold permanently as long as the rest of the pipe is working well.

2. Waterproof tape

Dry the affected area completely before placing the waterproof tape. This will ensure the stickiness of the tape. Furthermore, you want to make sure you have enough tape for the area.

The tape should begin about 2 to 3 inches (5-7.5cm) from the leak and continue the same distance beyond the leak.

3. Compound stick

A compound stick is another effective way to fix a small leak on a water pipe and can be used even when the water is flowing.

4. Epoxy paste

Epoxy paste is another way to fix a leak, but first, make sure the water off is off. Next, dry off the affected area of the pipe. The epoxy paste can only be applied to a dry pipe.

>Tips on how to fix condensation on water pipes

Condensation on the pipe could also cause dripping water from pipes. Condensation occurs because the water inside of the pipe is considerably lower than the temperature of the surrounding air.

Insulate the pipes

Insulation of the pipes can prevent condensation as well as maintain the temperature of the water inside of the pipe.

>Tips on how to fix frozen water pipes

For any method, begin to heat the pipes near the faucets so that the pipe does not burst from a build up of steam. Starting at the faucet will create a free flow of water for the thawed water.

Also with any method, shut off the water supply completely to that part of the plumbing.

Hot towel or heat tape

Wrap a hot, heavy towel or heat tape around the frozen pipe.

Space heater, heat lamp, or hair dryer

With any of these three types of heaters, thaw the frozen length of the pipe, starting near the faucet.

>Tips on how to fix unsecured water pipes

If attaching the pipes more securely does not work, then try adding a non-metallic buffer such as wood or rubber between the pipes.

**Please keep in mind that although there are easy, effective ways to fix a leaky pipe, one leak could indicate corrosion of the pipe. So ultimately, more leaks will probably occur.

Furthermore, if there is a section of the pipe that needs to be replaced, a professional will need to do this. They may have to cut the pipe section, and then thread it, followed by replacing the fittings at either end.

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Charlotte Plumbing Advice: DIY Environmentally Safe Drain Cleaners

DIY Environmentally Safe Drain Cleaners

Drain cleaners nowadays can be both expensive and toxic. The chemicals sulfuric acid and lye, among many other active ingredients in drain cleaners, are very corrosive. There are several home recipes that can do the job without doing the damage on your wallet or on the environment.

Boiling Water

Pouring boiling water in the drain every 1 to 2 weeks will clean the drainpipe as well as prevent the drainpipe from being clogged.

Simply heat up about a gallon of water until it boils, and then pour the water in small amounts, with a few minutes interval, down the drain. This boiling water will loosen the debris in the drain and prevent it from clogging the drainpipe.

Baking Soda

If the water is draining slowly in the above approach, try baking soda instead. First, pour a cup of baking soda in the drain proceeded by three cups of boiling water. The baking soda, which will be more alkaline from the boiling water, will be a stronger tool to fight against clogs and debris.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

A very popular and powerful method of drain cleaning is the collaboration of vinegar and baking soda.  First, pour ½ cup of baking soda in the drain sink followed by ½ cup of white vinegar. This strong combination will dissolve through debris of grease, food, and hairs. If this clog seems to be pretty stuck, heat the white vinegar beforehand because it could be more effective. Furthermore, you could also pour a few cups of boiling water after the vinegar, to cleanse the drainpipe of the blockage.

*Please note to not use a commercial drain cleaner after this combination because it could create a chemical reaction.

Washing Soda

If water is not moving down the drainpipe at all, washing soda is the method for you. First, pour a cup of washing soda down the drainpipe followed by the white vinegar and baking soda method.

*Please note to not use washing soda too often because it will damage the PVC pipe due to its high pH level. Also, do not combine commercial drain cleaner after this method because it could create a chemical reaction.

Plunger

A plunger may seem too old-fashioned, but they can do the trick of a clogged drainpipe. The suction caused by a plunger can be strong enough to unclog whatever is stuck in the pipe.

Any of these methods will leave your drainpipe and household healthy and happy!

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