Water Heater Repair
Is your Water Heater Starting to Have Problems. Does it Leak? Make Strange Noises? Does Your Pilot Light Continuously Go Out? All these are indications of a potentially dangerous system that needs to be examined by the experts at KC’s 23 1/2 Hour Plumbing
With proper maintenance a new water heater should last 15 to 20 years. However, if your home still contains the original unit, most builder grade water heaters are designed to last 8 to 12 years. If you are experiencing problems before this time frame, you need to call us to come look at the unit. If the unit is still under warranty, we can address the issue and deal with the manufacturer paperwork for compensation. If the unit is outside the warranty period and supplemental coverage has not been purchased, we will attempt to resolve your problem in an economical and through job replacing only those parts which require it.
Our plumbers have worked on thousands of water heaters, they know how to troubleshoot any problem and fix it immediately. If it costs too much to repair the unit or if the unit is well past its traditional operating window, we can help discuss and advise you on the benefits of installing a new replacement water heater. Remember many new water heaters are more efficient, so your heating and water bill may be reduced by replacing the current unit.
Common Water Heater Problems
A hot water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home but often taken for granted. Unless it’s been turned off for some reason, such as while you are on vacation, a water heater is used every single day. Like any other appliance, problems can come up.
Water Leaking From the Top
If you believe you have a leak near the top of your electric water heater, it could be one of a few things. The cold inlet or hot outlet pipes may be loose, the T&P valve may have failed, or inlet valve may be leaking.
Water Leaking From the Bottom
When you see water that appears to be leaking from the bottom of a gas water heater, it could be because of condensation (try turning up the thermostat), a leaking or loose drain valve, or the T&P valve draining some water through the overflow pipe due to tank over pressurization. If the leak is from the water heater tank due to corrosion, replacement of the water heater is necessary.
Pilot Will Not Stay Lit
Just as annoying as a pilot light that won’t light, is a pilot light that frequently goes out. Most often, thermocouple is necessary. Other possibilities include a bad gas valve or partially clogged vent which can cause downdrafts that blow out the pilot light.
Burner Does Not Stay Lit
A burner that at times goes out or produces an unusual, higher or lower than usual flame or even a whistling sound, is most often due to dirty or clogged burner orifices. As with the pilot light, a faulty thermocouple or dirty vent may also be the cause of the problem.
Water Heater is Making Strange Noises
Hissing, popping, knocking, or banging noises can sometimes come up. This is typically due to sediment build up in bottom of the tank, expanding/contracting piping due to thermal expansion