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Your water heater can develop problems over time; fortunately, some problems can be avoided with regular maintenance and timely water heater repairs.
When you work with Wickstrom Plumbing, we will advise you on whether a repair or replacement is best for your specific situation. We will also guide you on best maintenance practices for avoiding problems in the future. You will find us serving customers throughout Boise and surrounding areas.
What Are Signs You Need A Water Heater Repair?
No hot water
A sign you need a water heater repair is if your unit does not get any hot water. This particular problem is caused by different issues depending on the unit. If you have a gas unit, the pilot light must be inspected to ensure that it is functioning. If it is working properly, the thermocouple may be inefficient and will need to be replaced. However, if the pilot light turns off each time it is lit, the unit has a faulty pilot control valve. If your unit is an electric water heater, the problem may involve a faulty electric heating element.
Rust colored water
Many homeowners also contact our company if they are getting rust colored water. This problem occurs if the anode rod becomes faulty. The anode rod is important because it dissolves and stops rust from generating in the tank. Whenever the anode rod fails to operate, rust will display in the tank. We will need to replace the rod to solve the problem – one of the easier water heater repair services.
Some problems, however, will not affect how a unit operates. For example, you may smell a foul odor coming from your hot water supply. This is due to bacteria growing in the tank. A water heater contains hydrogen gas, and the bacteria feeds on this gas. Preventing this problem is tough because the anode rod generates the hydrogen gas. To solve this problem, we will flush the water out of the tank. Once the water is gone, a unique cleaning solution must be used in the tank.
Why is Regular Maintenance So Important?
A basic water heater will provide several years of use. You can expect a well maintained water heater to last about 12-15 years.
However, various issues can decrease a unit’s overall efficiency leading to higher water heater repair costs. This is why regular maintenance services are important. If a unit is properly maintained, it will last much longer. Without water heater maintenance services, most units will only last a few years.
Besides maintenance, other factors can also affect a unit’s longevity: the level of installation, the unit’s design, and the general weather condition.
How Can You Avoid Future Problems?
If your unit has basic problems, such as an inefficient heating element, buying a new unit is not recommended. Our technicians can easily repair the heating element or replace the component.
Total unit replacement is only recommended if it has a severe problem that cannot be repaired, such as a leaking or corroded tank.Don’t go another day without hot water for your laundry or shower needs. Call us today at (208) 466-9447 for immediate water heater repair services at competitive rates.