Houston Water Heater Repair
Quick Response Times & Competitive Prices for Water Heater Repairs
Water heaters are machines that inevitably sustain wear and tear and are bound to malfunction from time to time, even if you stay on top of regular maintenance. Breakdowns can be caused by a variety of factors, from worn-out components to corroded tanks. In some cases, the source of the issue may not have to do with your water heater at all; the pipes running to and from it may be to blame. Whatever the issue, our Houston water heater repair professionals can help you find and fix the problem quickly and affordably.
If your water heater needs repairs, turn to Santhoff Plumbing for the lasting solutions you need and deserve. Our veteran-owned and family-operated company offers prompt, friendly, and affordable service built on over 200 years of combined experience. Our Houston water heater repair experts can quickly diagnose whatever problem is affecting your unit and will make every effort to resolve it as quickly as possible. If we determine you need a new water heater, we are happy to guide you through the process of selecting the best model for your home and facilitating a smooth, swift installation. No matter the situation, we are dedicated to your satisfaction and will pursue the most practical and affordable solution available.
Common Problems with Water Heaters
The most obvious problem you can have with your water heater is a lack of hot water in your house. Before you assume something is wrong with the heater itself, you should rule out a power supply issue.
Perform this quick check to verify whether your water heater is receiving power:
- If you have an electric water heater: Check the circuit breaker to ensure it has not been flipped to the “off” position. If it is, flip it to the “on” position. Wait about an hour to see if the water in your home starts to heat up, keeping in mind it will take some time for your electric water heater to do its job.
- If you have a gas water heater: Make sure the pilot light is on. If it is not, light it to restore functionality.
In many instances, this is a simple and easy fix that will get hot water flowing again. If the problem persists or your water heater does appear to have power, you will likely need to get in touch with Santhoff Plumbing to determine what exactly is wrong.
You should not wait to call our experts if you notice any of the following issues with your water heater:
- No hot water (after you perform a power supply check)
- Not enough hot water
- Water that is too hot
- Rusty or discolored water
- Smelly water
- Strange noises emanating from your water heater
- The pilot light will not light or stay on (for gas water heaters)
A water heater may leak due to improper installation (particularly around valves, fittings, and seams that were not properly sealed), corrosion, metal particle buildup in the tank, or other issues. Even a seemingly minor leak is in fact a major issue that calls for immediate action. A leaking water heater can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage to your home and belongings in a short amount of time.
If you discover that your water heater is leaking, call our team, no matter the time of day. We are ready to come to you in a fully stocked truck to address the situation and implement a fix that protects your home and property. Before we arrive, turn off your water heater’s power source (whether electricity or gas), if possible, and shut off the cold-water inlet pipe. This helps stop water from flowing into the tank and can help reduce any water damage.
When to Consider Replacing Your Water Heater
When your home’s water heater starts giving you trouble, you need a professional to conduct prompt repairs. In some instances, it may be time to consider replacing an aging or malfunctioning water heater altogether. Installing a new water heater allows you to take advantage of newer technologies that help save water, time, and money. Modern water heaters do their jobs more effectively, which is great for the environment and your wallet.
Depending on the circumstances, it may make more sense to replace a faulty, aging water heater instead of attempting to repair it. Tank-style water heaters usually last around 10 to 15 years, while tankless water heaters have a lifespan of about 20 years. If your water heater is nearing the end of its shelf life as it starts to experience more frequent problems, replacing it with a newer unit may be more cost-effective. Remember, older water heaters often have more problems and tend to be less efficient, so you could end up paying more for constant repairs and higher utility bills in the long run.
If your water heater is leaking due to corrosion, it is time to replace it, no matter how old it is. Corroded water heater tanks are not repairable.
You may also need to consider replacing your water heater if your current unit cannot keep up with the demand for hot water in your home. If hot water runs out quickly, your family’s needs may have increased and now exceed what your system can reliably deliver. In these instances, you should upgrade to a larger tank or even a tankless option for on-demand hot water.
Our Houston water heater experts are here to advise when a replacement is necessary or recommended. We can help you find the right solution for you and your family.
Schedule your appointment for water heater repair in Houston when you call (713) 360-2185.
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