Every appliance in your Irving, TX home serves a purpose and makes your life easier. While every appliance is essential to your daily life, some are more essential than others. Your water heater is an example of an appliance you can’t live without because it is vital to your plumbing system. Without a properly functioning water heater, you won’t get hot water from the faucets and showerheads, making many daily tasks impossible. Also, your hot water-based appliances won’t function correctly if your water heater isn’t working.
Because your water heater is so vital, you should be able to detect issues early, so you can call a plumber specializing in water heater repair before further damage occurs.
If your water heater experiences any of the following issues, it’s best to schedule an appointment for a repair as soon as you detect the problem.
#1 You Frequently Run Out Of Hot Water
It’s normal to run out of hot water from time to time, especially if you have a large family and everyone needs to take a shower around the same time. If the water heater doesn’t have a chance to refill and recover, the last person in line for the shower will run out of hot water.
If you run out of hot water frequently, it’s best to call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. The size of your existing water could be the problem. If it doesn’t store enough water to meet your family’s hot water demand, you will continue running out of hot water. Fortunately, installing a larger water heater can solve your problem. You can also go with a tankless water heater that provides limitless hot water because tankless units don’t store the water and provide hot water on demand.
If the size of the unit isn’t the problem, there are likely large pieces of sediment in the water tank, reducing the available space for water storage. A plumber specializing in water heaters and their repair can try to flush the sediment; however, if they can’t, you will need to replace the water heater.
#2 No Hot Water
If you have no hot water coming from the taps in your home, you should schedule an appointment for an emergency water heater repair. Before making the call, check the power source.
- Electric water heater: Make sure the unit has power.
- Oil or propane water heaters: Make sure there is fuel in the tank.
- Gas water heaters: Make sure your bills have been paid, and there isn’t a widespread outage.
If everything checks out, it’s time to call a plumber specializing in water heater repair. This problem occurs when the heating element fails, and a plumber can determine whether the heating element can be repaired or if it’s best to replace the water heater.
#3 The Water Isn’t Getting Hot Enough
If the water doesn’t get hotter than lukewarm, even after allowing it to run for a while, check the unit’s thermostat. The EPA recommends keeping the water heater set to 120 degrees to prevent scalding. This is also hot enough to perform daily tasks and for your water-based appliances to function correctly.
If the thermostat is correctly set, it’s time to schedule an appointment for a repair. There could be a problem with the unit’s thermostat, and it isn’t sending the correct signals. If your water heater has two heating elements, one may have failed, and the other isn’t powerful enough to heat the entire water supply. If the unit is over ten years old, it may not be functioning as efficiently as possible and needs to be replaced.
A plumber specializing in water heater repair can make the correct diagnosis and resolve the problem.
#4 Poor Hot Water Pressure
Adequate water pressure in your Irving, TX home is essential. Daily household tasks can take longer than necessary without proper water pressure, and your water-based appliances won’t function at peak performance. If the hot and cold water pressure is lacking, your plumbing system is to blame. However, it’s just the hot water pressure that is poor, the problem is with the water heater, and you should call a plumber specializing in water heater repair.
When sediment forms in the tank, it can clog the waterline. A plumber can clear the waterline; however, if they can’t flush the sediment from the tank, the waterline will continue clogging, and it’s best to replace the water heater.
#5 Strange Sounds
The water heater in your home should be whisper quiet when it runs, and if you hear any strange sounds, you should schedule an appointment for water heater repair.
A banging sound indicates large pieces of sediment banging around inside the tank. If you don’t hire a plumber specializing in water heaters right away, the sediment can crack the water tank, causing 50+ gallons of water to flood your home.
A popping sound indicates sediment at the bottom of the tank. When water gets trapped underneath, it will boil and make a popping sound.
A plumber can try to flush the sediment from the tank; however, if they can’t, you will have to replace the water heater.
#6 Moisture or Leaks Around the Water Heater
Moisture or water around the water heater requires an emergency call to a plumber specializing in water heater repair. Moisture around the unit indicates a cracked or disconnected hose that can cause water damage or mold growth in the area.
Water pooling indicates a crack in the tank, which is much more serious. Cracks can’t be repaired, and you will need to replace the water heater before the water in the tank floods your home.
Why Choose Tioga Contractors?
If the water heater in your Irving, TX home isn’t functioning correctly, call Tioga Contractors. We are a full-service plumbing, electrical and sub-contracting company, and our plumbers are experts in water heater repair or replacement.
We have been serving customers in the area since 1953, are members of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association, and have an excellent reputation in the community. We are an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and have a 5-star rating on Google. In addition, we have over 460 positive reviews on our website and were the 2017 winner of Home Advisor’s Best Of award.
Our plumbers are professionally trained, skilled, and capable of handling all plumbing jobs. Before they are hired, our plumbers must pass a drug test and background check, so our customers feel comfortable when they let our plumbers in their homes.
We provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and a plumber will be available all the time if an emergency plumbing issue arises.
To schedule an appointment for water heater repair or any other service we provide, give us a call today.
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