It’s important for a modern home to have ready access to hot water. The homeowner could heat up cold water on the stove for a bath or to wash clothing, but the process is laborious and doesn’t fit in with modern living. Water heaters save time, money, and effort.
Another reason why water heater repair is important is that a malfunctioning water heater can be dangerous, especially if it’s powered by gas. If the homeowner checks the water heater and notices the smell of gas, they should turn off the gas smell and ventilate the area as best they can. If the smell persists, the homeowner should go to a neighbor’s home or a nearby store, call their gas company and report a possible gas leak.
However, in all other things the malfunctioning hot water heater should be serviced by a plumbing professional. A plumbing professional should be able to diagnose a water heater’s problem with ease. It might be that the thermostat isn’t turned up high enough, or the pilot light in a gas heater might have gone out, or the fuse might have blown in the case of a heater that’s powered by electricity. The dip tube, which supplies the bottom of the tank with cold water, might be cracked. The plumber might simply be able to look at the heater and determine that it’s too small for the house, and recommend that the homeowner replace it with a larger one.
Whatever the problem is, the homeowner should make sure that the plumber is licensed and insured and has experience. The homeowner can look this up on the Better Business Bureau website. If the homeowner likes the plumber’s work, they might sign a service contract where he can come and check the water heater and the rest of the house’s plumbing once or twice a year to make sure that everything is working as it should. This will save the homeowner the hassle of having to remember to call a plumber for maintenance. Once or twice yearly troubleshooting will also prevent small, easily fixable problems from becoming large and hard to fix problems in the future.
Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Inc repair and replace water heaters. We replace out elements and thermostats, we also install a full range of gas water heaters and tankless hot water heaters including piping new gas lines to the heaters where needed. After we install the water heater we dispose of the old one. Call our office for more details at 407-292-8881!