Hot water heaters have become a necessity in today’s world. Is there anything worse than running out of hot water during a shower?
If your water heater is malfunctioning, you might be dreading the cost of replacing it altogether. The good news is that they can generally be repaired, depending on the cause of the problem.
Problems with Hot Water Heaters
There are a variety of things that can cause hot water heaters to stop working. A trained plumber can help you identify the problem and recommend repair or replacement. The problems water heaters encounter vary between gas and electric water heaters. Here are some common problems with gas water heaters:
- Issues with the pilot light
- Problems with the gas supply or gas valve
- Malfunctioning thermostat
Electric water heaters experience different problems since they don’t rely on gas to operate. Some of the common problems electric water heater owners encounter include:
- Blown fuse
- Problems with the power supply
- Malfunctioning thermostat
- Improperly placed hot and cold connections
- Issues with the heating element
Hot Water Heater Repair
All of the problems listed above, and more, can be repaired by a plumber. The fix might be a simple parts replacement, or the entire system may need to be reset. Other times flushing out the water heater can help fix the problem. Flushing the system is recommended as much as twice a year to help keep things running smoothly. This prevents sediments and minerals from settling in the pipes that could lead to more serious problems down the road, like the need to replace the entire water heater or even replace clogged piping throughout the house.
Signs Your Hot Water Heater Needs Repair or Replacement
It can be difficult to determine on your own whether your water heater needs a simple repair or needs to be completely replaced. A plumber can take a look at the problem and recommend the best course of action. If you’re experiencing any of the following issues with your hot water, you should call a plumber to examine the situation:
- Constantly running out of hot water
- Water heater is more than 13 years old
- Noisy water heater
- Finding rust in your water
- Water leaking from the water heater (Note: if you ever find water leaking from the water heater you should stop using your water and call a plumber immediately as this can lead to serious problems.)
Call Quick Quality Plumbing
If you are experiencing problems with your hot water heater, Quick Quality Plumbing is here to help. We specialize in water heater repair and will do everything we can to keep your current unit working. When that’s not possible, we have a wide selection of conventional and tankless water heaters to choose from and can get a new, working unit installed quickly so you don’t have to go another day without hot water. Quick Quality Plumbing is a full service plumbing and drain expert serving Orem, American Fork, Lehi, Provo and all of Utah County in Utah. Call us today for a free quote!