Water Heaters
Water Heaters
Water Heaters

Water Heaters

Have you stepped into your shower on a chilly morning, only to be greeted by a blast of freezing cold water? This common household problem often points to a malfunctioning water heater. At Emergency Rooter, we’re ready to tackle any plumbing issues that come your way including water heater trouble. Read below to learn how to take care of common issues, and how to ensure that your water heater system is working at its best. 

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

Regular maintenance can extend the life of your water heater and ensure its efficient operation. Here are some key tips:

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  • Regular Inspections: Schedule annual inspections by a professional to identify and rectify any potential issues.
  • Temperature Setting: Keep the temperature setting around 120°F to prevent scalding and reduce energy consumption.
  • Drain and Flush the Tank: Annually draining and flushing the tank helps remove sediment buildup, which can impair efficiency.
  • Anode Rod Check: The anode rod protects the tank from corrosion. Check it every couple of years and replace it when significantly worn.

Signs Your Water Heater Needs Repair or Replacement

Being on the lookout for signs of water heater issues can prevent bigger problems down the line. Keep an eye out for the following: 

  • Inconsistent Water Temperature: Fluctuating temperatures can indicate element or thermostat issues.
  • Discolored Water: Rusty or muddy water suggests corrosion or sediment buildup in the tank.
  • Strange Noises: Rumbling or banging noises may be due to sediment accumulation heating up and exploding.
  • Leaks: Any sign of water leakage around the heater should be addressed immediately.
  • Age: If your water heater is over a decade old, it might be time to consider a replacement.

Common Water Heater Problems and Their Solutions

Let’s tackle some frequent water heater problems and their fixes:

  • No Hot Water: This could be due to a faulty heating element in an electric unit or a malfunctioning gas pilot in gas heaters.
  • Inadequate Hot Water: This might be caused by a too-small heater for your household or a misadjusted thermostat.
  • Slow Recovery Time: Insufficient insulation or a small heating element can lead to slow heat recovery times.
  • Leaks: Tighten any loose connections. If the tank itself is leaking, it's time for a replacement.
  • Foul-Smelling Water: This is often due to bacterial growth in the tank, which can be resolved by flushing and sanitizing the tank.

Choosing the Right Water Heater for Your Home

Is it time for a water heater replacement? Selecting an appropriate water heater is important for ensuring efficiency and meeting your household's needs. Here are factors to consider:

  • Capacity: Assess the size of your household and your peak water usage. A larger family typically requires a water heater with a higher capacity.
  • Energy Efficiency: Look for models with high energy efficiency ratings to save on utility bills and reduce environmental impact.
  • Type of Water Heater: The two main types are tank and tankless. Tank heaters store and heat water in a reservoir, while tankless models heat water on demand, offering continuous supply and space savings.
  • Fuel Source: Common fuel sources include electricity, natural gas, propane, and solar energy. Your choice may depend on availability and cost in your area.

Do You Need Professional Water Heater Services? 

If you're facing water heater issues or need advice on the best model for your needs, call Emergency Rooter. Our experienced team is here to help. With our professional approach and commitment to quality, we offer solutions that cater to your unique requirements so you can keep your home comfortable all year round. Contact our office to learn more or to schedule an upcoming appointment. 

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