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Nothing more refreshing than to wake up to a nice hot shower, there is no better way to start the day. But that can quickly change if your water heater has broken down or is acting up. Now you need to look for a water heater repair professional because having unskilled people deal with your water heater repair is a sure way of either damaging it or causing more problems. It is just as well that you have Covenant Plumbing to depend on.
Professionalism is our middle name. We have been Bloomington, IL’s go-to water heater repair experts for many years. Covenant Plumbing only hires the most skilled technicians and will always have somebody on standby to deal with any emergency water heater repair that you need.
When Are You Going to Need a Water Heater Repair?
There are some signs that you need to keep an eye open for:
Inconsistent Water Temperatures
Have you noticed that the temperature of your water varies? One minute it is hot and next it is cold or lukewarm? One reason for this problem is a lot of homes experience mineral build-up on the bottom of the tank which can also cover the electrical heating element. This is a big problem in areas with hard water (like in Bloomington, IL). We suggest that you have your heater regularly descaled or else you increase the risk of a water heater repair.
If the water leaving your tap is rusty, brown, or includes some particles, do not drink it. It could mean that bacteria are present in the water and drinking it could lead to serious health problems for you and your family.
Rusty tanks and pipes could also be a source of discolored water, especially if your water heater and pipework are old. Whatever the reason, you need one of Covenant Plumbing’s expert technicians to help locate and deal with the source of the problem.
Have you heard a strange crackling and hissing sound from your electric water heater? This could be due to minerals being deposited on the heating element. Because of this build-up of insoluble scale inside your water heater, the heating components are forced to work harder than usual to produce hot water.
Because they are working harder, they are more likely to break down, and you will need a water heater repair. It will also mean that more energy is used leading to higher energy bills. If something does not sound right, then please call Covenant Plumbing.
If you see water leaking from your water heater, you must get an inspection done by one of our technicians to look for the appropriate cause and repair it. The cause could be as simple as a loose connection, or a faulty valve. The tank itself might be corroded and leaking. It is important to deal with these leaks as soon as possible. Water is a very destructive force. Over time, water will seep into your walls and floorings, and cause structural damage which can be very expensive to replace.
Not Enough Hot Water
You could be overloading your water heater by using too many water appliances at the same time. Since you moved into your home, you have probably installed new water appliances like a washing machine and dishwasher. If your family has grown, and you are having more baths and showers then the water heater may not be big enough to suit your family’s needs.
It is easy to imagine having all these devices on at the same time. Your heater may not be able to cope with the extra demand, and an overworked water heater may even shut down. Should this happen too often it may break down and need a water heater repair. You could stagger the use of your appliances, but a better long-term solution is to upgrade with a more powerful unit to cope with the increased demand.
Low Water Pressure
If you have noticed a drop in water pressure when taking a shower, this could be due to a water leak. An unexpected increase in your water bill is often a clear indication. To be sure that you have a leak, turn off all your water appliances and check the water meter. If it is still ticking over then you have a leak somewhere and sometimes low water pressure can be due to a faulty valve in the water heater, and you need a water heater repair from Covenant Plumbing.
If you use electricity to power your unit a blown fuse will stop the heater. Resetting the circuit breaker will usually resolve this. There are many electrical components in a water heater, should they overheat, they could give off a burning smell, and you need to call us straight away.
Air Ducts Are Dirty or Blocked
A gas-powered tankless water heater needs a steady supply of fresh air through the air ducts to enable combustion. The air ducts are also needed to remove dangerous combustion gases such as carbon monoxide, to prevent them from entering your home. Your vents need to be cleaned periodically to prevent any blocking or your water heater will shut down. If you suspect trouble contact us immediately to make sure your home is safe.
Have Your Water Heater Regularly Serviced
The best way to prevent your water heater from breaking down is to have it regularly serviced. Many of the problems mentioned above will be picked up during the service schedule. The repair bill for a water heater is often many hundreds of dollars, so you can see that it makes sense. The service will also ensure that your unit is running safely and as economically as possible. It will also increase your peace of mind as there is less chance of a breakdown and save you from an emergency expense.
Why Select Us?
As a family-owned business, we understand the stress caused when a water heater breaks down. Covenant Plumbing of Bloomington, IL wants to help you, and that is why we are on standby 24/7 for any plumbing emergency. One of our highly trained technicians will be around to help you ASAP to fix your problem. Whatever your plumbing problem, call us today.