Water Heater Repair & Installation
Is your hot water heater running? More importantly, is your water heater leaking or overflowing? When it comes to seasonal plumbing, few problems are as disruptive as a faulty water heater in the winter. While most people can relate to the feeling of water that’s too cold or hot in the shower, or hard water that needs a softener installed, some of our customers are unaware of a few simple fixes that can keep everyone in your house happy—and hygienic.
The Most Common Water Heater Problems
So what can go wrong with your water heater? Plenty of things, but it usually boils down to one of these three common issues. In our work with water heater installation and repair, we see the following problems occur all the time.
1. A Leaking Water Heater
Is water leaking from the top or bottom of your water heater? That’s definitely not supposed to happen. Leaks are one of the primary water heater-related reasons for a call to the plumber.
Generally, top-of-tank leaking can be from loose or broken connections of the pipes filling the tank. Leaking from the bottom of the tank can be from an incorrectly calibrated thermostat, leading to condensation.
A worst-case scenario for a leaking water heater is corrosion. Nothing lasts forever. The materials in your water heater tank can break down over time from normal use, but may break down more quickly if the water entering the tank is high in sediment content or bacteria. Sometimes, corrosion can be repaired, but if it’s allowed to continue unchecked, you may need a new water heater installation.
2. Wrong Temperature
Too hot, too cold, not hot enough. It’s happened to everyone at least once. However, the solution isn’t always just asking everyone to hurry up and save some hot water. (Younger siblings of the world can rejoice over that!)The simplest solution to temperature issues is to check the the thermostat on your water heater. If it’s set too low or too high, you may run into issues. The industry standard is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If your water is too hot, turn it down slightly, and vice versa for too cold. Be careful not to overcorrect, though, as small changes can make big differences.Setting the temperature correctly is especially important if you have young children in your home, who are more likely to accidentally scald themselves. (The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends setting the heater to a maximum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.)If you’ve checked the settings on your water heater, and you’re still running out of hot water regularly, you may want to look into a bigger solution. It’s possible that your household requires a larger tank than the one you’re using. Another option? Switching to a tankless heater—more on that later.
3. Weird Water
Does it smell bad? Does it look bad? That’s not normal.Why is my water the wrong color?If the water looks off-color, one potential simple fix for this kind of problem is replacing your anode rod, which normally helps to prevent corrosion within the water heater tank. If this does not correct the clarity of your water (when you’re running hot water), you may need to replace your water heater due to corrosion.Why does my water smell bad?For smelly water, check the calendar; if it’s April Fool’s day, demand an explanation from your children. If the foul smell isn’t the result of foul play, you likely need to flush your tank. Flushing your water heater tank should typically be performed once a year, depending on the quality of your water. Just like unclear water, hot water that smells bad could also indicate a greater issue leading you to a significant repair or having to replace your water heater.
Help with ‘weird water’ issues
If you’re local to the Greeley, CO area, then call a Top Notch plumber straightaway for a “right way the first time” kind of fix. If you’re having problems with the smell or look of your water when it’s hot and cold, you may have a more systemic plumbing problem. It’s worth having an expert look at your system to ensure everything is fixed correctly and not continuing to corrode or deliver impure water.
Water Heater Repair
How much should you pay for a water heater repair? Good question. Unfortunately, there’s not a good answer for every situation. Our plumbers, serving Greeley, Windsor, and the surrounding Northern Colorado area are the best resources for decision-making. The age and type of water heater are key factors. Electric water heaters with issues at around nine years old may need to be replaced. Gas water heaters may be too old for cost-effective repair, or may only need the pilot re-lit.Water heater parts usually aren’t too expensive, but time is money, and the cost of labor is more often what makes a bigger dent in your budget. And if you’re looking for a whole house water filter, we can help with that too.
Can I DIM (Do-It-Myself)?
Yes and no. A better question is if you should DIY. As mentioned before, the cost of parts to repair your water heater are not that steep. However, the cost of doing it wrong could be. We’ve stepped in many a time to help fix a homeowner project gone wrong; often, the damage goes beyond the original problem due to an incorrect repair.Calling Top Notch to discuss your situation is a great place to start. While there are a few repairs that can be done by some homeowners, having a new water heater installed should be left to the experts. Including a licensed plumber in your decision-making for a new water heater gives you the added long-term benefit of choosing the best option for your household.
Tankless Water Heaters
Knowledge of the types of water heaters is a great advantage to having a plumber helping you install your new water heater. Top Notch plumbers are certified installers for one of the highest-efficiency tankless water heater companies, Navien. These heaters are specifically designed to grant fast access to as much hot water as you need, all while lowering your utility bill by running much more efficiently than traditional hot water heaters. Instead of relying on a tank of water, which empties and refills, a tankless water heater heat water as it flows through your pipes en route to the various faucets in your home. This can really impact your energy consumption, as the water heater only turns on when you need hot water instead of constantly keeping a 40+ gallon tank of water at 120 degrees just in case.
Tankless water heaters do cost more on the front-end but can pay for themselves over their energy-efficient lifespans, which are up to double that of an electric tank water heater. Also, having a tankless water heater can increase your home’s resale value. Of course, the best part of a tankless water heater is not having to worry about running out of hot water. That’s because a tankless hot water heater turns on when you turn the hot-water tap, and not before. Rather than heating water ahead of time, and investing energy in keeping it hot in the tank, a tankless heater will heat the water you need and send it to the tap for as long as you need. There’s no running out or water sitting and waiting in the tank. Some newer models of tankless hot water heater can also work with a smartphone to help keep you alerted about any issues with the equipment. There are gas and electric tankless water heater options as well, and all of these factors will impact the price of the unit and installation. Give us a call to talk through the options, your household’s needs, and what choices we recommend.
How long does it take to remove and install a hot water heater?
If you’re sitting on a broken water heater, you’re probably wondering just how long it’s going to take until you can be up and running with the water your household relies on for everyday tasks. We know that waiting on plumbing repairs is disruptive, which is why we focus on Greeley water heater installation and repair services to our local community; we want to be able to give you the fastest possible service so you can get back to enjoying your home.Our expert plumbers should be able to get the job done within a span of hours, all on the same day, so that you can get back to life as normal (but with better hot water!). Call us for an estimate on the amount of time and the installation or repair costs involved with your particular project. Time and costs vary depending on the types of unit being removed, repaired, or installed; we’ve done it all, so we can give you a fairly confident estimate of how long everything should take.
Water heaters repaired and installed for the Greeley community
Call (970) 404-7586, and we’ll be happy to hear more about your repair needs, answer questions about the options for hot water heaters in your home, and lend you our expert advice on the right service for you.Whether you’re looking to learn more about repairs for traditional water heaters, need an expert in water heater services to give you the right direction to head on options for your home, or want to upgrade your home with energy-efficient hot water heater installation, we’ll be able talk you through all your options.