Water Heater Repair

We are Your Water Heater Repair Resource

water heater repairThere is nothing worse than jumping into your morning shower and realizing that you have no hot water. Starting your day with the jolt of ice cold water on your head can ruin your entire day. If your water heater is malfunctioning, it is important to hire a qualified, well-trained professional technician like those we have. Water heaters are complex and potentially dangerous machines and you want to ensure that your plumber has received the highest levels of training to perform a reliable and safe repair.

Types of Water Heaters

Electric Water Heaters

Electric water heaters are powered by standard electricity to heat and cool the water that flows to your tubs, showers, sinks, dishwasher and washing machine. These are very common in older homes and in multi-family structures.

Gas Water Heaters

hot water heater maintenanceGas water heaters use a gas powered pilot light to heat the water that you enjoy in your home.

Water heaters also come in both tanked and in tankless models. Tankless water heaters use burners to quickly heat the water before it is delivered to your faucets. Although they can initially cost more than a traditional tank heater, they are more energy efficient.

Symptoms of Water Heater Problems

The lack of hot water, on demand, is the most common symptom of a malfunctioning water heater, but there are other, lesser known, signs that it is time call a professional plumber.

Water is discolored
If the water coming from your faucets is suddenly featuring a yellow, brown, or orange tint, there is definitely a problem. If the tint only appears when using your hot water and your cold water is closer to its normal crystal clear color, then the problem likely originates in your hot water heater.

Your Water Smells Foul
If your water smells like garlic or spoiled eggs, you need to have your water heater inspected immediately. There is likely a reaction occurring inside your water heater between the rod and the water itself.

Water is too hot
The lack of hot water is an obvious sign that something is wrong but when you water is too hot, a water heater malfunction is likely the culprit. Inconsistent temperature regulation is a surefire sign that your water heat needs to be examined by a professional plumber.

Malfunctioning Pilot Light
If you are constantly reheating your pilot light because it just will not stay lit, call a plumber immediately. This is not only inconvenient, it can signal a dangerous situation.

Loud or Banging Noises
If your water heater is making loud sounds or if you hear banging noises originating from the machine, something is very wrong and it should be repaired immediately. Properly operating water heaters are relatively quiet.

Pooling Water
If you have water pooling around the bottom of your water heater, a plumber should come out and repair the water heater as soon as possible. Allowing water to pool can cause damage to your flooring and can also lead to the growth of unhealthy mold.

Improper Insulation
Our plumbers are also trained to help you decrease the amount of energy that is required to adequately heat your water. With adequately insulated hot water pipes with the addition of materials like foam pipe insulation sleeves, your plumber can help you become more energy efficient.

What if I Smell Gas?

water heater serviceIf you have a gas water heater and you smell gas coming from it, you have a potentially dangerous situation on your hands.

Gas and carbon monoxide are unhealthy and potentially lethal gasses and can harm your family if they are not repaired quickly and correctly by a professional. Our plumbers provide 24/7 service for situations such as these.

Things to Avoid

There are some common mistakes that homeowners make with their water heaters that should be avoided.

Temperature Adjustments
When the water coming out of your faucets is cooler than you would like, you may be tempted to adjust the temperature control valve on your water heater. This should be avoided. Turning you valve above the 150-degree mark is extremely dangerous and can lead to scalding.

Toweling Up Puddles
Some people may choose to deal with a puddle or pooling beneath your water heater by placing a towel on the floor to absorb the excess water. This can accelerate mold growth and it doesn’t fix the problem. It just covers it up. Leaking water heaters should be repaired as soon as possible.

Pressure Relief
Sometimes the water heater sounds as though it is boiling or gurgling. This is an indication of a pressure build-up inside the tank. Do not try to release the pressure yourself and do not delay in contacting one of our plumbers immediately to come to your home, release the pressure and repair the problem.

Attempting DIY Repairs
If you do not have the proper training, you should not attempt to repair your water heater on your own. Although there are countless websites that claim to show you how to repair a malfunctioning water heater, this should be avoided. Water heaters are dangerous and can cause a variety of hazardous conditions for the person attempting to tinker with the heater and with the residents of the entire household. These are dangerous appliances if they are not tended by a professionally trained plumber.

What if My Water Heater Can’t Be Replaced?

water heater checkOur plumbers will thoroughly investigate the condition of your water heater. Most problems can be repaired but if the water heater is beyond repair, our technicians will discuss replacement options with you.