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Few appliances cause as much damage to your home as faulty water heaters, especially traditional models. While most people rarely think of theirs at all so long as there’s plenty of hot water for their families, most water heaters move water through your home’s pipes continuously. Even when your family isn’t home or using plumbing systems, traditional water heaters stay full so you have hot water at the ready when you get home, decide to wash clothes or dishes or desire a relaxing bath. This constant use and storage means water heaters typically incur more wear and tear than other plumbing fixtures and household appliances. Additionally, water heaters tend to break down gradually, making inspection and maintenance a must if you wish to avoid dramatic failures that require emergency service. Fortunately, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas can help with service options for standard maintenance, water heater repair, and new fixture installations.
Signs You Need Water Heater Repair
Some obvious signs you need water heater repair include water standing at the base and visual corrosion of pipes or the fixture itself. Irregular water temperatures also point to appliance failure, as does water discoloration and running out of hot water too quickly during baths or showers. Additionally, strange noises, including whistling, hissing, arising from the tank can also mean you need a plumbing technician to check out your equipment. If you catch the issue before it does irreparable harm to your appliance, you can potentially avoid it and prevent damage to your home’s flooring and walls. With this in mind, be sure to do regular checks and call a professional should those inspections show a need for repairs.
Common Water Heater Problems
Not all water heater problems are major, but typically, traditional appliances have more issues than newer tankless because the former holds water at the ready while the latter doesn’t. For instance, if your traditional gas water doesn’t heat properly, the fix might be as simple as relighting its pilot light. Tripped circuit breakers on electric models can lead to cold showers, as can faulty burners and elements, stuck valves and malfunctioning thermostats. Most of the time, water heater repair technicians can fix these issues quickly and easily, making it a good idea to get someone on the case ASAP. By seeing the issue while it’s small, you can potentially avoid replacement arising from damaging the water heater by letting it run with problems. Also, it can help reduce risks of costly repairs to your home if a complete breakdown results in flooding that damages your flooring and walls.
Minimizing Water Heater Damage
If your water heater breaks down completely, you can minimize damage several ways while you wait for a professional plumbing technician to arrive. Keeping a pan underneath with drainage or a sump pump connection helps in cases of small leaks, but larger issues require more attention. Since water damage is typically the most costly outcome from faulty water heaters, it’s important to cut off the cold water going to the tank immediately to prevent flooding. You might also consider installing an automatic shutoff valve ASOV) that connects a sensor to your cold water supply that monitors your electric water heater system and shuts down the flow should it detect problems. If you have a gas model, water and gas safety valves (WAGS) serve the same purpose by shutting down both water and gas when it detects issues. Water alarms are also available, though they require you to shut everything down manually rather than performing those tasks automatically. Fortunately, professional plumbing technicians at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas can install shut-off valves and alarms for homes and businesses in Carrollton, TX when performing your water heater repair.
Weighing Water Heater Repair and Replacement Costs
Sometimes, water heater repair isn’t your best option. Outdated equipment with minor issues might be functioning fine but costing you more money than it should due to energy inefficiency, while newer equipment that’s experienced catastrophic failure may be so damaged that replacement costs come in cheaper than costs to fix it. A downside of replacement over repair that most people don’t consider is changing local building codes. Many municipalities require new installations to have various extras added on, such as drain pans, supply pipes, mounts for the water heater itself and venting systems. Additionally, you may have to hire someone to bring the new water heater to your home and haul off the old appliance. Some of this can be avoided by choosing an easier-to-maintain tankless appliance instead of a traditional option since the former has fewer potential problems over the long haul. No matter if you chose water heater repair or replacement, our professional plumbing technicians can perform those tasks and have you back to normal in no time.
Other Plumbing Services
In addition to water heater repair and replacement, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North Dallas offers Carrollton, TX residents a whole host of other plumbing services. Whether you need your drains cleaned, emergency fixes for your water or sewer lines, water softener or filtration installation or help detecting leaky pipes, our professional technicians help solve your pressing plumbing problems. For added assurance in our professionalism, we have an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, Google Guaranteed certification and rate as an Elite Service on Home Advisor, among other accolades. We serve customers 24/7 year-round with options for repairs, installation and maintenance, ensuring access to professional plumbing services any time you require it. Just call our licensed technicians at 469-214-2582, and we’ll take care of your issues quickly and efficiently.