Calgary, Alberta Professional Water Heater Services
The average life of a water heater is 8-12 years. If you are experiencing dirty or brown water, shorter showers, or no hot water at all it might be time to schedule an appointment for service. Our technicians will provide you with a straightforward grading evaluation of your water heating equipment so you can more easily understand whether repair or replacement is right for you.
Common Problems With Water Heaters
A water heater must provide equal amounts of hot water every day. If you are experiencing inconsistencies with your water heater and it is acting abnormally in some way, it’s advisable to contact a technician right away so that the issue may be resolved as quickly as possible. Homeowners may have problems with their water heaters like little or no hot water, colored water, stinky water, a noisy system, and a leaking unit.
No Hot Water
Depending on the type of system, no hot water can be triggered by different problems. With a gas unit, the possible causes are lack of gas flow, malfunctioning thermocouple, and the pilot light not igniting. If the heater runs on electricity then one of the possible causes of it is that the thermostat switch is not working. A professional is the one that can verify what really caused it and have it repaired so that there will be hot water again in the home.
Little Hot Water
When it seems that the home is not having enough hot water then the tank may already be too small to fulfill the hot water needs of the household. There are times when the thermostat may need to be raised such as during the season of winter. Again, an expert technician will be able to identify and resolve the problem.
Water that is discolored can mean that there are some issues that have come up. A corroded anode rod may lead to rusty colored water in the home. A simple replacement of the rod should solve this problem. If this corrosion is not fixed, however, it could lead to a leak and necessitate a total replacement down the line, rather than a quick repair.
When you see dirty but not rusty water coming from a faucet, it could be due to the buildup of mineral scale on the heating elements. Having your hot water heater serviced regularly will prevent minerals from building up the heating elements and affecting the unit’s efficiency.
If your tap water smells like sulfur, there is likely bacteria in it. Anode rod replacement can help you solve the problem. Turning your unit to 140 degrees can also kill the remaining bacteria.
You’ll know that there’s too much build-up in your tank or on the heating elements if you hear knocking, banging, hissing, or popping noises inside your water heater. Mineral buildups can impair the unit’s heating efficiency and can even result in a leak.
Leaking from the system is a bad sign almost always. If a heater leaks from the top, it can be caused by loose pipes or failed valve. Over-pressurization, condensation, a loose drain valve, or a corroded tank can cause it to leak from the bottom. A tank that is cracked or corroded may warrant a complete replacement.
Replacement and Installation
A new water heater can easily be repaired when a fault occurs. Corroded or worn out parts are all contributing factors to issues in older units. A water heater that has served a home for more than ten years will need to be replaced once it causes problems. A newer unit doesn’t need nearly as much repair work done, and they also come with the added benefit of lower utility bills as they are generally quite a bit more energy efficient than older models. A trained technician will perform a thorough inspection of your unit and advise you whether repair or replacement is your best option.
When the time has come to have your water heater replaced then it is the technician who can tell you about the options for it. The biggest limitation on your replacement option is the type of utility service you have in your home: natural gas or electricity. Give some thought to whether one of the new tankless systems would meet your family’s hot water needs.