Water heaters can develop a wide range of issues. Due to the conditions they operate under, all water heaters eventually need to be serviced (whether through maintenance or repair). Here, we’ll explain when to call Village Plumbing for hot water heater repair in Houston so the system is fixed reliably and safely.
Who Should I Call?
A plumber fixes most water heater issues. As important as it is to know when to call, it’s important to know who you need to address the problem. For example, you may need an electrician if your water heater keeps tripping the circuit breaker, the water heater fuse box keeps overheating or is blown, or the water heater has loose wiring (which will likely trip the unit’s reset button).
However, you’ll need a plumber to come and service the unit if you experience any of the following water heater issues:
- No Hot Water: Heating water can take longer if it’s very cold outside. If you turn up the unit’s thermostat and still don’t get hot water, call a professional. A gas unit’s burner may have failed or an electric unit’s heating element may not be working.
- Fluctuating Water Temperatures: If sometimes your water is scalding hot and other times it’s lukewarm or cold, an accumulation of mineral deposits may be interfering with performance. Faulty components or an aging water heater may also be to blame.
- You’re Always Running Out of Hot Water: The tank can hold many gallons, so there should be a consistent supply of hot water. If you have a large family, you might have the wrong-sized tank, but a lack of hot water often points to a failing heating element.
- Low Water Pressure: If there’s hard water buildup in the pipes and an accumulation of sediment in the tank, low water pressure can result. Kinks in flexible water pipes can reduce pressure as well. It’s time to schedule a hot water heater repair in Houston.
- Poor Water Quality: Call for help if your water looks rusty. This can be caused by sediment buildup or rust particles flaking off the metal tank or pipes. A foul smell can mean bacteria or mold is growing inside your water heater, making water hazardous to drink or cook/bathe with.
- Strange Noise: Water heaters may produce a low humming sound, or buzz or rumble more as they age. Banging or rattling often means sediment has accumulated in the tank, which can cause damage. Loud popping, cracking, and other unusual noises are good reasons to call for help.
- The Unit Is Leaking: A water leak can at the very least cause mold. It can mean a hose is loose or clogged, or there’s a hole in the tank. Whether a hose breaks or a tank fails, extensive water damage can result.
- The Pilot Light Won’t Stay Lit (Gas Water Heater): Your water heater may be damaged or there’s an issue with the gas supply. The problem can signal a gas leak, which is a fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide hazard.
- Your Water Heater Is Corroded: If the unit is visibly corroded or rusted, or water is discolored or brown, replacing a heat exchanger or other rusty part isn’t enough. Installing a new unit is the only permanent solution.
Call Village Plumbing for Hot Water Heater Repair in Houston
When we install your water heater, it should provide years of reliable performance. But sediment, rust, corrosion, and wear and tear can take a toll. If you notice any of the signs you should call for water heater repair, don’t hesitate to request service online or call us at 713-526-1491. Ask about virtual service calls, your warranty, possible discounts, and financing.