Water Heater Maintenance | Plumber Fort Worth
Providing routine water heater maintenance and timely repair can reduce the frequency of water heater repair in Fort Worth, and extend the appliance’s lifespan. The following are common water heater problems, and signs occur, it is time to contact a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth to schedule water heater repair.
One of the most common water heater complaints is the lack of hot water. There are numerous potential causes, for example a pilot light that has gone out, a bad heating element, other failed components or even a thrown breaker when the appliance in question is an electric model.
Another common problem is a noisy water heater. This may indicate a build-up of sediment in the tank, which will cause poor efficiency and performance and can cause corrosion. If your water heater is making an unusual noise, contact a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth for water heater repair.
Leaks can be due to a leaky pipe or other water heater component. When the leak is due to a corroded tank, it is time for water heater replacement. One cause of corrosion is the buildup of sediment in the tank. Routine flushing of the tank will help to prevent this.
Professional annual maintenance by a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth will provide flushing, and will enable the plumber to detect failing components. When water heater repair is provided early, it prevents larger problems from developing, and may even prevent the need for water heater replacement.
Rusty colored water or a sulfuric odor may indicate the water heater’s anode, or sacrificial rod is in need of replacement. This component protects the tank from rust and when the rod needs replacement, the water heater is at risk. Contact a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth for water heater repair. Once repair is complete, flush and clean the tank.
To ensure the maximum lifespan, optimal performance, and safe operation, water heater installation should be provided by a qualified plumber in Fort Worth. In fact, plumber provided installation may be required to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, and to satisfy local and state code.
Water Heater Tips
- Purchase a water heater with a glass liner to deter tank corrosion.
- A consistent shortage of hot water supply indicates the tank is not large enough for your household. An undersized water heater wears out faster.
- Routinely check on the water heater for leaks. If a leak occurs, shut the water supply off to the appliance, and contact a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth. A leak will elevate the energy bill, and can cause serious damage to your home and its foundation.
- Flushing the tank annually will prevent the accumulation of sediment and extend its lifespan.
- Set the thermostat on 120 degrees F. This saves energy, reduces the risk of scalding, and prevents bacterial growth in the tank. Bacterial growth is an additional potential cause of smelly water.
- When the water heater needs frequent water heater repair consider replacing it. Apply the cost of repair to a new reliable water heater. Newer water heaters will also be more energy efficient than an existing one.
Water heater repair is not a task the average homeowner can provide. While a professional flush by a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth will provide a more comprehensive cleaning, the following is the basic minimal you should provide.
- Assemble a garden hose, oven mitt or two towels. If you are unable to drain the water heater outdoors, you will need a bucket.
- Turn the gas valve to pilot or turn off the electricity to the water heater in the home’s electrical supply panel.
- Turn off the water supply at the shut off valve or the water meter.
- Remember, hot water can scald.
- Connect the garden hose to the water heater’s drain. Place the other end of the hose outdoors through a door and ensure it will not drain on people, pets, electrical outlets, outdoor lights or plants. If you are unable to drain the tank outdoors, use a bucket and empty frequently after cutting off the drain valve each time. Place a thick towel beneath the drain to catch any leaks.
- Open a nearby hot water tap to allow air into the water heater, enabling it to drain.
- Open the water heater drain with the mitt or a towel. Use caution as it may be hot.
- Allow the water heater to drain until the water is free of sediment.
- Close the drain valve, and remove the garden hose, holding it up carefully to prevent hot water from leaking onto you. Place the garden hose outdoors to drain.
- Turn the water supply back on.
- Inspect the drain valve for leaks, and tighten if necessary. If it continues to leak contact a Tioga plumber in Fort Worth for repair. Cut the water off until repaired. Otherwise, continue to the next step.
- Turn the power back on to the water heater.
- Once a full flush is complete, drain 2 – 3 quarts every 3 months to prevent sediment from building up in the tank.
A Tioga plumber in Fort Worth can take care of all of your plumbing needs. Our qualified plumbers offer reliable water heater repair, water heater maintenance and installation. Our experienced and licensed plumbers serve Fort Worth, Keller, Bedford and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating and provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee.