You probably don’t give much thought to your water heater–unless there’s a problem. Water heaters are supposed to function behind the scenes, after all, quietly providing hot water on demand for our busy households. When something seems off about your water heater’s performance or you notice an issue with your water, you might be in need of water heater repair. Tioga Contractors offers professional plumbing services for customers in and near Flower Mound, TX. Our certified plumbers have the experience to troubleshoot your water heater to determine if it needs water heater repair or if the issue is being caused by some other aspect of your plumbing system. If you experience any of the following issues, you can contact us to check them out.
If you happen to be in the vicinity of your water heater when someone else is taking a shower or using the dishwasher, you may hear your water heater operate, but most of the time these appliances operate relatively quietly. If you notice that yours is making strange sounds such as banging or knocking, you should have the unit inspected. Although minimum noises are usual, loud or unusual noises may indicate that you need water heater repair.
Sometimes unusual water heater noises are caused because there’s a mineral buildup inside the unit. You should have it removed or you may find that it will lead to inefficient operation and water heater damage that requires more extensive repairs. Not all noises are suggestive of water heater repair. Some may indicate that there’s a water pressure issue and you simply need to make an adjustment. Even so, unless you’re experienced troubleshooting water heater problems, you should contact Tioga Contractors for a service call to your home.
Rust-colored water can be caused by a few things. Often, it’s a sign that your water heater tank is deteriorating. In many cases, water heater repair is a good idea to get the most value from the unit, but if it has reached the end of its normal lifespan and has begun to seriously deteriorate, you may want to invest in a new unit. Rusty water can also be caused by mineral deposits or even bacteria growth in your plumbing system. It’s best to let a skilled plumber investigate this situation for you. After a Tioga Contractors plumber provides you with a report of what’s going on, you can decide if you want water heater repair or to replace the unit if it’s an age-related problem.
Inadequate Supply of Hot Water
If you’ve begun to notice that your hot water heater isn’t providing the amount of hot water that it usually does, you should contact Tioga Contractors. This could be a sign that your heater’s heating element is failing. On the other hand, the heating element could be compromised by mineral buildup. A water heater service call that involves a simple cleaning could eliminate this problem. In some cases, there may be an issue with the unit’s pilot light. We can send a plumber to your Flower Mound, TX, home to determine why your water heater isn’t producing the amount of hot water that it should be.
A water heater that begins to leak water definitely requires attention. However, water heater leaks can be caused by many different reasons. Some issues are minimal and require a simple water heater repair service. Others might necessitate new hot water tank installation. One of the most common causes of water heater leaks is related to the age of the unit. If your unit has reached its suggested lifespan, it could be a sign that the appliance is failing and the best course of action is to replace it.
Another cause for a leaking tank is because a valve has become loose. If the valve is no longer watertight, it needs to be replaced, which is an easy fix for your plumber. If the valve is a temperature/pressure valve, it’s important to have it replaced right away as the leak indicates that there’s too much pressure building inside the unit. Ignoring this problem can lead to significant appliance damage. A deteriorating anode rod can also allow water to escape and puddle around the unit.
Water Heater Repair vs Replacement
Many of our customers have faced the decision of whether to replace or repair their malfunctioning water heater. Often, the choice comes down to the age of the water heater. These units aren’t designed to last beyond 10-12 years in most cases. If yours has reached that point or is close and begins to exhibit problems, it may be better to invest in a new water heater than to put money into an appliance that isn’t likely to last much longer in any event.
Sometimes, however, even a younger unit may need to be replaced. If the unit has been badly damaged by a malfunctioning part or leak and isn’t under warranty, the cost of repairing its parts might be quite high. Some people may prefer to simply replace the appliance with a new one that comes with a warranty. On the other hand, it’s not uncommon for water heaters to need water heater repair at some point. Not all repairs are costly, and many can extend the life of your unit, allowing you to get more value from its use.
If you live in Flower Mound, TX or surrounding areas and are facing some of these or other problems with your hot water heater, you can call Tioga Contractors. We will quickly diagnose what’s going on with your unit. Then, we can make the repairs you need. If you decide to replace an aging tank, we can handle the installation as well.
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