Don’t wait until your water heater stops working to have it inspected and maintained. Ask Kellie Plumbing, Inc. about our comprehensive water heater maintenance services that catch potential problems before they have a chance to develop. As your Franklin water heater repair and installation team, we have the solution you need to return your home to normal.
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What are signs you need professional water heater repair?
- Foul smelling water: Does your hot water smell like rotten eggs? You may need to replace your water heater's anode rod. This component is made of aluminum and magnesium. As these materials disintegrate, they give off a sulfur-like smell. Another possibility is that your water heater has become contaminated from bacteria, which will then require a flushing with bleach to decontaminate your system. Contact us for the right solution.
- Limited hot water: Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater's holding tank if not flushed regularly. This is especially a problem if you have untreated hard water in your system. If the sediment is left in the tank, it can corrode parts and reduce the efficiency of your water heater as it takes up space that would normally be used for water storage. This is why we recommend annual water heater maintenance that includes a tank flush.
- No hot water at all: If you have an electric water heater, lack of hot water may be due to a tripped circuit. If the circuit has been reset yet continues to trip, there may be an electrical problem with your water heater. If you have a gas water heater, the problem may lie in a faulty pilot light that needs to be replaced. With both electric and gas units, a malfunctioning thermostat may also be the cause of the problem.
- Leaking and rust in water: If you see puddles or have observed water leaking from the unit's holding tank, you need to have it checked. It could be a minor problem such as pressure needing to be released, or it may indicate a more serious problem such as a cracked or rusted tank.
When is a whole unit replacement necessary?
Water heaters last about 8-12 years. If your unit requires a major repair, or if the tank has started to rust or leak, it may be more cost-efficient to replace the entire unit with a more energy efficient model. A leaking water heater is dangerous because it can cause extensive damage to your home if the tank suddenly bursts. Continual leaking can lead to mold growth and further damage the infrastructure of your home.
What is inspected during maintenance?
Our professional water heater maintenance includes draining sediment from the tank as well as inspecting for the following:
- Signs of leaking or rust in the tank
- Leaking in the valves
- Proper thermostat operation
- Signs of deterioration in the cathode anode rod
- For gas water heaters, the heating element may need to be to cleaned in addition to ensuring the flue and flame are operating efficiently
Kellie Plumbing, Inc. will check for these and other issues to make sure your water heater continues to provide reliable hot water. Don’t let a broken water heater ruin your day. Get your unit checked on an annual basis, or call us for immediate repair if you notice a problem. We are here to provide fast solutions no matter the issue.