Hot Water Heater Repair or Replacement

(250) PLUMBER offers hot water tank repair and hot water heater replacement. Here’s what you should know about common hot water tank problems and basic maintenance of your hot water heating system.

Brock Wakelam is a Red Seal Journeyman plumber and gas fitter and oversees all of the repairs and installations personally. Brock repairs all hot water heater makes and models, or depending on your specific situation will install hot water tank replacements that deliver the best energy efficiency available. 250PLUMBER recycles the components that no longer work, and will also show you the best maintenance practices so you can avoid future problems and get the longest life from your new hot water heater.

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Hot Water Heater

Warning Signs

Your hot water heater may be trying to tell you something. Here are a few signs of common hot water heater problems.

  • No Hot Water

    If you have no hot water it’s definitely a sign that something needs attention, however it’s often a simple repair. For electric hot water tanks the element may need to be tested or replaced, you may need to have the thermostat adjusted. On gas hot water tanks, the pilot light should be inspected to ensure it is working properly or the thermocouple may need to be replaced. However, if the pilot light turns off each time it’s lit, the unit has a faulty pilot control valve.

  • Rust Colored Water

    Rust colored water coming out of your faucets occurs if the anode rod becomes faulty. This rod is necessary because it dissolves and stops rust from generating in the tank. Whenever the anode rod fails to operate, rust will display in the tank, and the rod will need to be replaced.

  • Foul Odors

    Some problems may not affect how a unit operates but if you notice a foul rotten egg odor coming from your hot water supply, it’s often due to bacteria growth. A water heater contains hydrogen gas, and the bacteria feeds on this gas. Preventing this problem is tough because the anode rod generates a steady supply of hydrogen gas through normal operation.

  • Odd Noises

    Hearing odd noises from your gas fired hot water heater could be the symptom of many issues. The most likely issue is sediment settling at the bottom of the tank and getting burned by the heating element. Another reason you may hear odd noises is the heating element itself is starting to burn out.

  • Water Leakage

    A leaky hot water tank is a definite sign that the water heater is past its prime. These leaks could cause significant water damage in the home, so it is best to replace it with a new, energy efficient hot water tank immediately.

Regular hot water tank maintenance is important because it ensures that you get the longest life from your hot water heating system and that it is operating efficiently. Even a very basic water heater should provide you with several years of use. A typical hot water tank generally lasts approximately 8 years, depending on the type of unit you have (gas or electric), the amount of load, and the condition of your water. Regular maintenance ensures that your hot water heating system in optimal operating condition regardless of the type. Besides maintenance, other factors that affect a hot water heating unit’s longevity are the quality of installation, the unit’s design, and the general weather condition.

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