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Water Heater Repair Services in Houston
Is your water not heating up like it used to?

Water Heater Repair Services in Houston

Is your water not heating up like it used to ?

Water Heater Repair Services in Houston

When you need water heater repair, Village Plumbing’s licensed plumbing technicians can take on any job, no matter how big or small. A properly functioning water heater provides a steady supply of hot water for cooking, cleaning, washing the dishes, doing laundry, showering, and more. If anything goes wrong, you may be without hot water, the unit may run less efficiently, and it can be unsafe to use.

Village Plumbing is a woman-owned business led by Monica Ryan. Since 1946, we’ve been provided all types of plumbing services in Houston. Our water heater technicians arrive promptly to examine the unit and troubleshoot the issue. They’ll fully explain the problem and all the options available to resolve it. Give us a call as soon as you notice your water heater not working well and our Houston plumbers will fix it.

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Common Water Heater Problems

Our team is used to addressing a few common issues with water heaters. Each of these requires prompt service, as immediate action can prevent further damage and reduce the cost of repairs. Here are some common water heater problems our customers call about:

  • Water Leaks: Perhaps the most common water heater issue, a leak can be caused by tank corrosion and small cracks. A leak can also be due to a loose water connection, blocked overflow pipe, or faulty pressure relief valve.
  • A Lack of Hot Water: In an electric water heater, this can indicate a failed heating element or loose electrical connection. Gas water heaters can develop pilot light or gas connection issues. In a newer unit, an electronic ignition system can prevent water from heating if it doesn’t kick in.
  • The Tank Reheats Slowly: The thermostat may be set too low. While resetting it can resolve the problem, other reasons include low gas pressure, a poor gas connection, a dirty burner, or a blocked vent flue. Perhaps the water heater’s capacity isn’t sufficient for your home.
  • Low Hot Water Pressure: In an older home, this can mean a smaller diameter pipe was installed; a full repiping is needed to fix the problem. A closed or blocked water inlet valve can also cause low water pressure. Or, check if your sink has an aerator; clean it out if it’s clogged.
  • The Hot Water Smells: Bacteria in the water supply can cause it to smell. Increasing the water temperature can kill off the bacteria, but don’t leave it high for long. Turn it down after an hour to avoid burns. Have the tank professionally cleaned if the problem persists.
  • Hot Water Appears Dirty: Brown, rusty, or otherwise discolored water can mean the anode rod needs to be replaced or corrosion is building up in the tank.

Water Heater Repair Services

The technicians at Village Plumbing can fix any water heater problem. Whether there’s a pilot light or burner issue or you need a new anode rod, our technicians can take care of it. We address damaged pressure valves, ignition failures, and cracked water heater tanks in homes throughout the Houston area. 

Each repair job starts with a thorough evaluation of your water heater. Our technicians identify the underlying source of the problem, will fully explain your options, and provide an accurate cost estimate for the repair (or recommend water heater replacement if it’s more cost-effective). We are a family owned company, so we treat your home as our own. Your belongings are protected while we work and our team will ensure your home is clean when the job is done.

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Village Plumbing is here to provide professional water heater repairs when needed. We also offer regular maintenance services, including water heater tune-ups and tank flushes. But you can take steps to maintain your water heater in-between service calls. They can help prevent future repairs, and your system may run more efficiently and last longer if you:

  • Insulate the water heater tank.
  • Insulate the water inlet and outlet pipes.
  • Lower the water temperature to 120℉.
  • Replace the air intake filter regularly.
  • Test the temperature pressure relief valve.
  • Keep the area around the heater clean and unobstructed.
  • Know where the disconnect switch, water shut-off, and gas valve are.
  • Schedule professional maintenance once a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can an Old Water Heater Be Fixed?

An older unit can often be repaired if just a single part is faulty, the job isn’t too costly, and the system hasn’t had too many repairs. A repair can also be practical if your energy bills are reasonable.

How Long Does Water Heater Repair Take?

An experienced plumber can complete most water heater repairs in two to three hours. 

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

Tank water heaters generally last from eight to 12 years. A well-maintained water heater can last 10 to 15 years, but that depends on how it’s cared for and the individual make or model. Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years.

When Should I Replace Instead of Repair My Water Heater?

Replace the water heater if it costs more to fix it than install a new unit. Or, if repairs would cost 50% or more of the price of a new unit, consider installing a new water heater. Even if the repair estimate is less than that, consider the unit’s age and how frequently it needs repairs.

Who Do I Call To Fix a Water Heater?

A licensed plumber usually has the training to address most water heater issues. They can service heating elements, anode rods, piping, wiring, and gas lines.

Call Village Plumbing for Water Heater Repair Services in Houston, TX

Professional repairs and routine maintenance ensure your water heater is reliable, efficient, and long-lasting. At Village Plumbing, we help avoid more expensive repairs. Our technicians can fix any problem, big or small, and are prompt, fast, and effective. Financing options are available to fit much-needed services into your budget. To schedule a water heater repair appointment, submit your request online or call 713-526-1491.

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