Wallingford, Connecticut Professional Water Heater Services
If you have ever had any problems with the water heater in your home, you will know first-hand exactly how annoying it can be towards everyone in the home. There are a lot of appliances that are used daily in the home that need hot water to be used. Not only does a faulty or completely broken hot water heater cause chaos to everyone in the house, it could also leak—which will result in major deterioration and damage taking place to the floor and everything around it.
It is only a skilled expert technician who can carry out an emergency water heater repair. Contacting a professional is the most reliable way to take care of a leaking or malfunctioning water heater.
Common Problems With Water Heaters
You must be able to obtain a regular amount of hot water on a day to day basis from a water heater. However if you notice a big change in the amount of hot water produced you need to call a technician the soonest. Some of the issues that you can have with your heater are leaks, not enough hot water or no hot water, smelly water, discolored water and loud noises.
No Hot Water
Different issues can be at the root of the problem of no hot water. With a gas unit the problem may lie with its pilot light or it may be due to a lack of gas flow. Heating elements that have failed and a breaker that has tripped are probable causes in an electric heater. 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 it seems that there is always not enough hot water in your house, then your tank may already be too small for your hot water needs. There are times when the thermostat will have to be raised such as during winter. Once more, a trained professional will identify and correct the issue.
Water that is discolored can indicate several issues. A corroded anode rod can lead to water that is rust colored. A replacement of the anode rod should clear this issue up. If ignored, the corrosion could exacerbate into a leak and ultimately lead to a full replacement instead of just a minor repair.
If your water is dirty but not rusty, this may mean that there is scale build up on the heating elements or mineral build up within the unit. Mineral accumulations are something a professional will look for when servicing your water heater.
If the water smells of sulfur, this may mean that there is bacteria in the water. In such a situation, what can be done to fix it is to replace the anode rod. Additionally, setting the unit to 140 degress will eliminate the presence of bacteria in the tank.
You’ll know that there’s too much build-up in your tank or on the heating elements if you hear knocking, banging, hissing, or popping noises inside your water heater. Such mineral deposits impair the unit’s ability to heat water and can result in leakage.
A leaking unit is never a good sign and always requires immediate attention. Leaks from the top of the water heater may mean loose pipes or valve failure. Over-pressurization, condensation, loose drain valve, or corrosion in the tank itself can indicate a problem from the bottom. If your tank is cracked or corroded, it may need to be replaced completely.
Replacement and Installation
If a heater is young, it is often simple and easy to fix the problems it has. Units that are older may begin having more issues because of corroded or worn out 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.
The professional will walk you through all of your choices when it’s time to replace a water heater and help you identify which device would be best for your house. Some of the houses only have gas or electric water heaters, so options based on energy sources may be minimal. Tankless units may be an option depending on whether the new energy-efficient models would suit the needs of the household.