Alpha Plumbing & Rooter Service
Professional Water Heater Services
Anyone who has encountered a problem with their water heater is aware of how inconvenient life is in the home when this happens. Most appliances use hot water, and cold showers are extremely unpleasant. Aside from stopping people from being able to do some of the tasks in the home, this situation can also cause damage and leaks.
Repairing a water heater involves a skilled specialist’s expertise to get a house to work efficiently again. It is time to call a quick and reliable professional if a water heater leaks or does not work as planned.
Common Problems With Water Heaters
A water heater should be able to produce hot water each day that is consistent in amount. If you find that the hot water that is being produced by the heater is decreasing then you need to have a technician go to your home immediately to check it out. Some possible problems with a water heater are loud noises, leaks and discolored water.
No Hot Water
When there is no hot water coming out of your water fixtures this may be caused by different reasons. For a water heater that runs on gas one of the possible causes is the lack of gas in it. For an electric heater the problem may be caused by a breaker that has tripped. A professional is the one that can verify what really caused it and have it repaired so that there will be hot water again in the home.
Little Hot Water
If your home is constantly short on hot water, the water tank might be too small for your needs or it may be a sign of a faulty part. Sometimes the thermostat needs raising, especially in the winter months. Once more, our technicians will be able to expertly identify and fix the issue.
Water that is discolored can mean that there are some issues that have come up. If the color in the water is that of rust, this may signal that the anode rod has corroded already. Getting the anode rod replaced will likely clear up the issue. It may be necessary to conduct a total replacement rather than a repair if the corroded rod is left unattended.
If you’re seeing dirty water that does not appear to contain rust, it’s probably due to a buildup of mineral scale on the heating elements or inside the water heater itself. Having your water heater serviced regularly will prevent mineral accumulations from impairing your unit’s efficiency.
If your household water smells of sulfur, this may mean that there is bacteria in the water. If you smell sulfur in your water, you should get a new anode rod. By turning up the temperature of your unit to 140 degrees, you can destroy any lingering bacteria present in the tank.
Strange noises emanating from your water heater are a sign of mineral buildup on the heating elements or inside the tank. Such mineral deposits impair the unit’s ability to heat water and can result in leakage.
When the unit leaks this is often a sign that there is something bad going with it. If a water heater leaks from the bottom, loose pipes or valve failure can be its cause. Over-pressurization, condensation, a loose drain valve, or a corroded tank can cause it to leak from the bottom. When there is corrosion or cracks in the tank this necessitates its replacement already.
Replacement and Installation
If a water heater is newer, it is often simple and easy to fix the problems it has. An older unit can start to have more problems because of worn-out or discolored parts. When you have a water heater that is already ten years old then you simply need to get its replacement already. New units will not require nearly as many upgrades and will often lower the utility bills as they will run more efficiently than an older unit and a skilled technician will be able to inspect the system and give you an idea of whether or not it would be best to upgrade rather than fix it depending on the problem.
When you need a water heater replaced, your knowledgeable technician can guide you through all your options and help you make the best choice for your family. The first consideration is whether you need a water heater that’s powered by natural gas or by electricity. You might also be interested in checking out a tankless option to see if it might meet your needs.