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Published March 26, 2024

Proactive Water Heater Repair | Bloomington, IL

Covenant Plumbing is your trusted local plumbing & drain experts in Bloomington-Normal, IL. and the surrounding areas since 2006.

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Lori Stickling
Proactive Water Heater Repair | Bloomington, IL

An important feature of our expert plumbing maintenance is our ability to detect upcoming problems and recommend repairs before they become urgent or waste large amounts of energy. A tune-up, inspection, and checks of vital components can help avoid many problems which arise, and also prolong the service life of the unit. At Covenant Plumbing, our water heater repair experts are part of a team of prevention-oriented, licensed plumbers. We look forward to providing proactive services for your home’s plumbing in Bloomington, IL.

Our Plumbing Knowledge Saves You Time and Trouble

Let’s keep your water heater running reliably and efficiently in Bloomington, IL with care from our water heater repair experts. We’ll do a thorough inspection, safety testing, and performance tune-up and check for common failure modes that may be developing. A tank-based water heater should last 10 years or more, and 20 is possible with a tankless unit. The key to these long service lives is proper, regular maintenance to make sure your heater is running normally for minimum wear.

Flushing Your Tank or Tankless Water Heater

In our state, hard water is basically a given, and the sediment it leaves behind in your coffee maker accumulates significantly over time in your tank or tankless water heater. Flushing helps remove the sediment and restore efficient heating, and in tankless models sediment can build up and cause several types of failures. Keeping up with maintenance to handle this buildup is essential, but it can be reduced by having the right type of water softener or water purification system processing your home’s water. Some water softeners neutralize minerals to avoid corrosion but send them on through, so make sure and ask our water heater repair experts if you have the right type, or find out about getting one installed.

Keeping the Temperature Properly Adjusted

It’s surprising how often we find water heaters that are misadjusted and use more energy than needed to reach a proper temperature, or even set too low so you’re not getting the hygienic effects you need for washing. Another reason why some people wind up setting their water heater thermostat too high is when one of the heaters in a tank-based unit has failed, and you’re having problems with enough properly heated water. Turning the temperature up on the remaining heater isn’t the solution, fixing the heater or thermostat that’s broken is, and our water heater repair team can take care of it easily.

Gas and Electric Heater Tune-Ups

There are quite a few ways that our water heater repair team can ensure reliable, efficient operation of your gas water heater. Checking the gas flow and related components is essential, as well as the burner condition and flame quality. Over time, the pilot light’s sensor may need replacement, otherwise it may stop the gas flow for safety reasons. Electronic ignition modules should be checked to ensure reliability. Electric heaters need to be checked for element condition and proper function, and tankless or hybrid systems, sometimes traditional water heaters, have control systems that should be tested as well. These electronics monitor sensors and provide alerts, status codes, and data that our water heater repair team can use to maintain your water heater properly.

Anode Rod and PTR Valve on Tank-Based Water Heaters

The anode rod is a small piece of metal that’s located in your water heater’s tank, sacrificing its material over time to balance the water quality to reduce corrosion and avoid bacteria growth. If your hot water has a foul odor, chances are your anode rod needs to be checked. The tank should also be checked on a regular basis to observe the progression of corrosion and evaluate the risk of tank failure and flooding or bursting. The PTR valve, or pressure and temperature relief valve, provides an escape for water when the tank is under higher pressure than it should be, and should be checked for safety during maintenance visits. Excessive pressure can lead to tank bursting, especially as it gets weaker over time from corrosion.

Water Heater Leaks Under the Slab

If your home has plumbing routed “under the slab” beneath your concrete foundation, problems like excessive energy use or limited hot water supply may be related to a pipe leak below, not a hot water heater problem. We can check for leaks using special equipment to listen, but it’s also common for these leaks to warm a part of the floor producing a valuable clue. Otherwise, you can go on for a long time with a leak under the slab and not realize that things are not as they should be. You might even have multiple water heater repairs that don’t seem to fix the problem. Our water heater repair experts pay attention to the unexpected problems as well as the common ones, saving you time and cost.

The Repair or Replace Question

When is it time for you to replace your water heater? For tank-based units it’s not just a functional or reliability question, but a matter of tank integrity. At some point, our routine inspection will identify that the corrosion has gone too far and it’s time to schedule a replacement, or perhaps choose a hybrid or tankless unit if you have a standard model. For tankless units, replacement is much less frequent, and is based more on reliability and functionality than risk of major leaks. We’d like to help you avoid emergencies!

If you’re tired of calling for urgent plumbing services including water heater repair, our proactive Covenant Plumbing care can help you get things under control in Bloomington, IL. We’ll help you plan regular services for your appliances and plumbing, and perform inspections using the latest technology to check pipes from the inside and detect hidden leaks. Our A+ BBB rating, local awards, and many 5-star online reviews speak for our quality plumbing and customer service. Why not start with an expert plumbing inspection? Call us and schedule it today!

Tanja L.
Jason W.
Luke M.
Great service, fast repair of a toilet.
david W.
Excellent service, thank you.
Samantha N.
Covenant plumbing was prompt, professional, and did a beautiful job replacing the shower faucets. They also installed a water filtration system for the house, which was definitely needed. As always, their work is the highest quality, and we look forward to enjoying it for years to come.
Lisa C.
Prompt courteous service. Was able to repair without leaving and coming back.
Gabriel S.
clarisse S.
The plumbers arrived on time and completed a kitchen sink drain and seal job carefully and efficiently right then. Appreciated their down to earth suggestions and viewpoints! P
Jay C. P.
Samantha K.
As always, Covenant did a fantastic job. Prompt, efficient, affordable.
Amanda H.
Trevor B.
As much as I can love a plumbing service, I love Covenant. My technician Jordan was polite and thorough. Thank you Covenant!
Paula C.
Dayton and Colton were extremely professional, and knowledgeable. Friendly and efficient service.
I am very pleased with the service I received. I was impressed with Cameron who was friendly, knowledgeable and professional. He was efficient and repaired my toilet in a timely manner. Cameron provided me info about the repairs I received today and info for future services with a quote if I decide to replace my outdated toilet which I am considering. Thanks, Cameron @ Covenant Plumbing.
Jeanette F.
I’ve used Covenant Plumbing twice now, Amanda in office is so kind and goes above and beyond in ensuring good communication. Every technician has been amazing, I’ve dealt with a host of issues after buying an old home and they’ve always been transparent and done excellent work. Very trustworthy, I wouldn’t go anywhere else!
A. Claire P.
Timely and courteous. Definitely recommend for plumbing needs.
Theodore R.
Reasonable price And competent work. I recommend.
Duane F.
Covalent is a great family based company. I called last night and they were on the job first thing this morning. Jordan was professional, super to work with and grateful for our business! We love these guys!
John E.
Jordan was very easy to talk with and knowledgeable of his products and service. He gave us options to meet our budget and left a quote on our email. Enjoyed our visit with him.
Doug N.
Excellent service already have them coming back to fix more I was waiting on. Dayton was very friendly and tidy.
Larry M.
Martha S.
Wonderful experience!! Cameron was very nice and thorough!
Ann F.
I have had two experiences with Covenant. I am out of town and set up appointments for my Mom’s house. It was very easy and smooth. They keep in communication and did a great job. Friendliness counts to me and they were a 10/10!
Tech Darren R. Was knowledgeable, & professional. 10/10 Recommend Covenant Plumbing
Katie R.
The guys did a wonderful job of clearing both my drains that were backed up. They were very helpful and professional, I will be using Covenant from now on.
John M.
The crew that came out really went above and beyond in identifying and repairing the issue with our sump line. Their extra diligence found not only one problem, but another more severe issue further down that could have turned into a much larger problem, had they not caught it.We have nothing but good things to say about our various experiences (current and previous) with Covenant. Thorough, professional and skilled all around!
Delayne and his son were very professional and friendly. Delay e quickly identified the problem with our garbage disposal and since it was under warranty, replaced the disposal with same make and model. They completed the job quickly and efficiently. Highly recommend Covenant Plumbing!!
Jack K.
Well done professional visit. Did a thorough job of looking at plumbing condition of the household.
shawn H.
Tech was polite, and very competent and was done with the job very rapidly! Great experience! I recommend Covenant to anyone needing plumbing work.
Herbert S.
Amy M.
Cameron was friendly, professional, helpful, and came out quickly.
Jackie S.
My repairman was great. Conscientious and professional. Price was a bit high to replace a faucet, but I have a yearlong warranty!
Renee P.
Jordan was great!!! As a homeowner, I try to complete small DIY projects myself. Jordan took a look at the work that I’d done to make sure it was complete and proceeded to repair a fill valve that I didn’t care to tackle, lol. He was great and even explained to me the steps to take if I should have any future concerns. Definitely keeping their number in my contacts of preferred plumber :)
Audrey E.
Very fast, efficient and friendly.
Jodi D.
The staff at Covenant are always so professional and helpful! I am so appreciative of each of them!
Corie R.
Very polite and knowledgeable. I had them over to clear a sink drain. He was quick but thorough and also recommended a maintenance solution to pour in the drain on a monthly as a preventative .
Peg W.
Dayton solved our problem and was very professional. He was so pleasant and knowledgeable. Thank you!
Mike B.
Great response time. Messaged them late at night and they were here next day. Knowledgeable on what needed done to replace water heater, and felt their advised options were professional. Highly recommend.
Dan S.
Shane was easy to work with. Explained how the new RO system would be installed and where the new filters would be placed in the basement. Went over the pricing of each item to be installed, including the garbage disposal unit. Nice to have someone willing to take the time and effort to go over all the details with the customer!!
Darren R was very helpful and stuck with me even when the replacement job went sideways. I am so grateful to have this leaky sink behind me.
Autumn G.
ruth D.
Cameron came promptly and addressed my concerns by giving me a free quote on a new water softener.
Kenneth S.
Tom S.
Melissa R.
Another great service visit from Covenant!! Excellent customer service from the initial call, scheduling of service, and technician visit. I appreciated how they listened to the issue, took time to investigate, and offered a variety of options. Highly recommended and will use again. Thank you!!

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