Rapid Water Heater Repair and Replacement in Fredericksburg, TX
When you use the shower or wash your hands, you likely don’t think of all the components that took part in supplying you with almost instant hot water. On top of your pipes carrying the water, your water heater is responsible for heating the water to your desired temperature. If your water heater fails, it can lead to an insufficient amount of hot water, or none at all.
Whether it be in your commercial business or your home, water heaters are important, and vital, across the board. Heaters can be used for not only space heating, but cooking, cleaning, and showering as well. It's uncomfortable when yours decides to spring a leak or doesn't heat up at all anymore.
Common Water Heater Repair and Maintenance Needs
At American Plumbing Service, our expert hot water repair technicians can assist you when your water heater has stopped working properly. We can inspect your system and determine whether a repair will handle the problem or if a total replacement is necessary. American Plumbing Service provides the following water heater repair and maintenance service:
- Leak repair: This one is pretty obvious. If you notice water anywhere near the unit, you need to call an American Plumbing Service plumber right away. Water heater leaks can result in flooding in your home, which can cause major devastation to your home. You will want to get it fixed before it reaches this level of damage.
- Regular flushing: Over time, metallic sediments will build up in your water heater. Not only can this cause issues with hard water in your home, but it also compromises your tank’s efficiency. You’ll need to get your water heater flushed out regularly to keep it running well. Most noises are caused by sediment that builds up in the water tank over the years—so if you’re hearing a lot of bangs, creaks, knocks, or whines, it may be a sign that it’s past time for flushing.
- Replacement of the anode rod: To prevent the water from corroding the inside of the tank, a water heater includes a “sacrificial” anode rod—a long piece of metal that the water eats away at instead of the tank walls. Over time, these rods are completely destroyed and need to be replaced, or the inside of the tank will begin to rust and deteriorate.
- Installation of a thermal expansion tank: If your water heater experiences regular leaks, it could be that your home’s water pressure is too much for it to handle. A plumber can install a thermal expansion tank—essentially a pressure release system that will protect your heater from further damage.
- Temperature adjustments: If your water is too hot or doesn’t seem to get hot enough, the thermostat on the unit may need to be adjusted. For most households, the ideal temperature for hot water is between 120 and 140 degrees.
Is Your Water Heater Beyond Repair?
Problems tend to arise in water heaters that are more than 10-15 years old. American Plumbing Service might recommend replacing your tank if we feel a repair won't do your water heater any justice. Not sure if you need a full replacement? Below are some of the common signs that it's time to replace:
- Persistent noises: Sometimes the tank makes noises because the heating element is burning out. If you have flushed out your tank and removed the sediment but are still hearing strange noises, it could be time to replace the entire unit.
- Hot water stops altogether: When our customers experience NO hot water, it's likely there's a broken heating element.
- Too much sediment: Hot water tanks see a ton of usage over the years, especially if you have a large family. Most customers are surprised to learn that unchecked mineral buildup inside the tank can clog plumbing lines and shorten the life of the unit.
- Age: As mentioned above, heaters generally last 10-15 years. However, any hot water heater that is making noises, failing to produce hot water, or is unable to maintain a constant water temperature needs to be checked as soon as possible.
The Right Type of Water Heater for Your Hill Country Home or Business
Once you have decided to replace or install a new water heater, there are a variety of factors to consider. For example, how much water usage are you using on a daily or weekly basis on your property? The size of your home or commercial property is a very important factor to consider, as well as your budget. If you care about energy-efficiency and saving on water and heating bills, we will likely recommend a more advanced model.
The main types of water heaters we install include:
- Gas water heaters: Gas is arguably one of the most efficient ways to heat the water flowing through your home or business. Tank gas water heaters can store up to 50 to 75 gallons of heated water at any given time and usually last up to 10 years.
- Electric water heaters: Electric water heaters tend to need less maintenance and have fewer parts. While they may cost slightly more to operate over time, they are very reliable. When gas is not available, this is a suitable option.
- Tankless water heaters: This newer, more advanced model of water heater allows you to have an endless supply of hot water. Without a tank to store water, this type of unit costs more but can lead to a great deal of savings in the long-run.