Common Causes for Water Heater Repair
Being without hot water can be a real pain. However, when you call the right plumbing pros for help with your hot water heater woes, you can set things right again in no time flat.
Some of the most frequent water heater service calls we receive involve complaints of:
- Water temperature problems
- Strange noises
- Rusty or discolored water
- Water heater failure
Many service calls requesting a water heater repair involve fluctuations in water temperature. Perhaps the water is too cold due to a faulty thermostat or heating element. Or maybe the water is warm but it’s not warm enough. In this instance your water heater might be too small for your household usage. Our team can help rule out the problem that’s causing your water temperature issues and suggest a fix.
Water leakage is also at the root of many requests for water heater service. Leaks may be caused by a stuck valve, a bad gasket, a loose heating element bolt, improper water pressure, or a bad gasket. More ominously, if your water heater storage tank is leaking due to corrosion due to hard water, then you may be looking at total replacement of your entire unit.
Plumbers are often called out in response to strange noises emanating from a water heater. Typically, this is the result of a buildup of sediment inside the water heater. Sometimes an easy fix for this is simply having your water heater tank flushed, but this is not a guaranteed fix. Depending on the severity of the buildup of sediment in your tank, replacement may be necessary.
Homeowners call on us for assistance when they notice discolored or rusty water coming from the hot tap. Water that is not clear or that smells funny can be an indicator of corrosion or bacteria inside your tank. This corrosion is sometimes due to a failing anode rod, which needs replacement.
Steps to take when you need water heater repair:
- Call a professional right away
- Avoid DIY
- Note leaks, strange noises, or discolored water
- Turn off the power and water supply to your tank
To find your home’s water shutoff valve, check along an exterior wall, in a basement, utility room, or near the water meter. Gate valves have wheel-like handles turned clockwise to shut off, while ball valves use lever handles turned 90 degrees to stop water flow. Practice shutting it off to be prepared for emergencies and routine maintenance, preventing water damage and costly repairs.
Why is professional water heater repair necessary?
- Peace of mind
- Protect warranties
Safety is paramount when dealing with water heaters, as they involve electricity or gas connections and operate under high pressure and temperature. Professional technicians are well-versed in handling these complexities, reducing the risk of accidents or potential hazards.
Choosing professional repair also ensures that the job is done right the first time. Technicians have access to the right tools and genuine replacement parts, guaranteeing the efficiency and reliability of your water heater after repair.
Additionally, professional repair service often comes with warranties or guarantees, providing you with peace of mind and protecting your investment. Attempting DIY repairs may void these warranties, leaving you vulnerable to future repair costs.
Water heaters can be dangerous due to their high operating temperatures, which can cause scalding burns. Pressure buildup within the tank, without a working relief valve, may lead to tank explosions. Gas water heaters can develop leaks, resulting in potential fires, explosions, or carbon monoxide poisoning. Electrical hazards, sediment buildup, and corrosion can also compromise safety. This is why it is vital to call for professional repairs.