When You Have Water Heater Repair Problems

Perhaps your water heater is leaking, or it’s just not making very much water anymore. In that case, it clearly needs attention. The good news is that if you live in the Westfield, Indiana area or in Hamilton County, our licensed, certified experts at 24-7 Plumbing can provide fast, effective water heater repair services at fair and affordable prices. The specific problem you’re having and the measures necessary to fix it depend somewhat on the kind of water heater you have.

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ELECTRIC WATER HEATER REPAIR

When an electric water heater isn’t working properly, the first thing to check is whether it’s getting power. Depending on your comfort level, you may be able to do some or all of the checking yourself.

  • The first thing to check is the electrical box. A tripped breaker may have killed the electricity to the water heater.

  • If that’s not the problem, someone should next check the lower and upper elements of the electric water heater itself. (One or both may need to be replaced.)

  • Finally, check the thermostat. A malfunctioning thermostat may need to be replaced.

If a loss of electricity isn’t the problem, the water heater could be full of sediment and lime. This is particularly likely in Westfield, Indiana and its environs, where we have hard water, and electric water heaters are especially prone to the problem.

NATURAL GAS WATER HEATER REPAIR

Natural gas water heaters do break down. But before you contact 24-7 Plumbing for a service call, be sure to check the following:

  • Is the pilot light out?

  • Is the thermostat set properly? If it’s set too low, the natural gas water heater will provide an inadequate amount of hot water.

If the pilot light and the thermostat setting are both okay, then the problem lies elsewhere, possibly in the gas control valve or thermocouple. Fortunately, 24-7 Plumbing can fix these and many other issues at fair and affordable water heater repair prices.

POWER VENT WATER HEATER REPAIR

This special type of gas water heater is somewhat more complicated than either the standard natural gas water heater or an electric water heater. If you power vent water heater isn’t working as it should, the issue could be one that can also affect a standard gas water heater, but you could also have a problem particular to the power vent. Such problems include the following:

  • Damaged or misaligned blower

  • The vent is the wrong size

  • Worn out hot surface igniter

  • Defective power switch

  • Defective vent temperature switch

  • Condensation in the venting system

  • Low voltage on the 120-volt outlet

If a loss of electricity isn’t the problem, the water heater could be full of sediment and lime. This is particularly likely in Westfield, Indiana and its environs, where we have hard water, and electric water heaters are especially prone to the problem. (If the problem hasn’t gotten bad, with thick sediment buildup, the better solution is sometimes to replace the electric water heater.)

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