Water Heater Repair Frequently Asked Questions - Quail Plumbing
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Does it seem like your water heater isn’t working quite like it should? Are you wondering if a water heater repair is necessary or if it should to be replaced all together? The following water heater repair frequently ask questions will help address these concerns and more.

What are the most common problems?

Common hot water heater repair issues include leaks, sediment, clogged vent or flue, pressure relief valves, drain valves, defective thermostat, dip tubes and anode rods. When it comes to a gas water heater repair, pilot light issues are the most common because if the pilot light goes out, the water heater isn’t going to work. If there’s a problem with the heater’s thermocouple, the problem is critical because it’s actually a safety instrument that detects when the pilot light is on. If the pilot isn’t lit the gas valve won’t turn the gas on.

Do I need water heater repair or replacement?

If your water heater isn’t heating up or is leaking, you might be able to repair it instead of having it replaced. Certain repairs, including replacing a heating element or pressure-relief valve, are fairly easy. If your water heater leaks around the base, is over 10 years old, works erratically or doesn’t work at all at this point, it’s probably time to replace it. If you aren’t comfortable working with gas or electricity, do yourself a favor and call a professional plumber.

How long does a water heater repair take?

In many cases a professional plumber can have a water heater repaired in 2 to 3 hours, but this can vary depending on the problem. A water heater replacement in most cases can be installed and working perfectly within a just a few hours as well, excluding unexpected complications.

Can I repair my water heater myself?

Sure, but why would you want to? You’ll need to find out how to dispose of your old water heater and check out the local codes for disposal. You’ll also need the appropriate tools for installation, including pliers, hacksaws, wrenches, screwdrivers, and possibly a propane torch if the installation involves copper pipes. You’ll also need assistance because water heaters are heavy and bulky, making them difficult to handle. In addition, if you plan on converting from gas to electric or vice-versa, you should definitely hire a professional.

Do you have time to do the job?

Once you start the process of replacing the water heater, you have to finish and if you’ve never done it before you can end up with a big, time-consuming project on your hands. Our experts are available around the clock. Our almost 25 years in the business and stellar reputation are based on our fast, dependable response times, expert services and renowned customer service. This means that you can count on having your water heater repair or replacement carried out quickly and efficiently. Which option makes more sense to you?

When you suspect that your water heater needs repair, it’s time to call the experts. We’ll make sure you have hot water in no time. Learn more about our water heater repair services here.

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