Imagine your home without a water heater. Gone are the days of relaxing showers, easy laundry, and other chores. You’d be stuck boiling water, which is extremely inconvenient for today’s modern homeowner. As one of the most important plumbing appliances, it’s wise to keep your water heater working well with the help of trusted water heater contractors.
Homeowners in Fort Collins trust Calvary Plumbing and Heating for their water heater services because we are respectable, efficient, honest, and friendly. You won’t see us recommending bogus products or services because we genuinely care about your home and family.
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Common Water Heater Repairs
Although your water heater is designed to work efficiently in your home, you may experience a few instances when help from a hot water heater repair company is needed. Some of the most common hot water heater repair Fort Collins homeowners experience include:
- Thermostat: If this component breaks down, you will lose control of the water heater resulting in water that is scalding hot or ice-cold.
- Electrical Problems: Broken sensors, corroded wiring, and other electrical issues can lead to a total loss of hot water in your home.
- Physical Damage: Literal cracks and dents in the tank or water heater are also problematic and should be seen by a professional as soon as possible.
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Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?
There’s nothing wrong with needing a Fort Collins water heater replacement. It just means that your water heater has run its course and it’s time to replace it with a newer, more modern unit. A few telltale signs that you should consider a professional water heater repair or installation include:
There’s Not Enough Hot Water
If you are finding that you are running out of hot water too quickly when you are showering, there are a couple of things you are going to want to check. First, it is wise to go take a look at your water heater’s thermostat. It might be a simple fix of adjusting the heat to a hotter temperature, but if you’ve had continuous troubles with your hot water supply, your current water heater might not be big enough to provide you with ample hot water. It is best to contact a professional plumber at Calvary Plumbing and Heating if you can’t seem to fix the issue, as they will be able to tell if there is a deeper underlying issue such as a leak or a broken dip tube where a repair is necessary.
Your Water Takes a Long Time Long to Heat Up
Your water heater may be struggling if your water takes too long to heat up after it has been emptied. This could be due to the heating element being damaged and needing a replacement, or because your home’s power supply isn’t reaching the element. There is also the possibility of rust or sediment build-up in your water tank that could be smothering the element and preventing it from heating your water. This forces the element to work harder to heat your water, and could ultimately lead to a rupture if it is left without repair.
Your Water Is Piping Hot
There could be a problem with your water heater’s thermostat if you are finding that the water is too hot. If this isn’t the case, it could be malfunctioning. Take note of where the current temperature is and then turn it down to a cooler setting. If the water is still just as hot after a few hours, the thermostat isn’t working and it could be possible that the temperature-pressure relief valve isn’t functioning properly and is typically easily replaced by professional plumbers.
Your Water is Rust-Colored or Has a Foul Odor
If your water is discolored, smells poorly, or tasted odd, you will first want to determine whether the problem is coming from your water heater or your source water. If you notice that all of your water (both hot and cold) is discolored, it is likely a problem with your source water — but if it is only your hot water that is rust-colored and smelly, it is likely due to a high concentration of minerals that are built up within your tank. Try flushing your tank to see if that helps, but if the problem persists after a couple of flushes, you will want to have a professional assist you with solving this issue.
You Notice That the Tank or a Valve is Leaking
If the water tank of your heater is leaking, it is time for a tank replacement by a professional plumber at Calvary Heating and Plumbing. You will want to get this done as soon as possible so that further damage isn’t caused to your heater and your home.
If it is simply a leaky valve you are experiencing, contact us right away, as the quicker we can get to the leak and diagnose the issue, the more likely we will be able to save you from a costly repair.
Other Signs You Should Consider Water Heater Repair or Replacement:
- You notice rising energy bills from an inefficient unit.
- You experience frequent water heater breakdowns that require professional repair.
- Service parts are no longer available for the unit because it is obsolete.
We recommend replacing water heaters that are between 10-15 years old. In that time, your unit will start to lose efficiency and the cost to operate it will rise. With a new unit, you will pay the initial investment and then end up saving significant money on future repair bills and energy bills.