If you have a water heater in your home, you probably don’t give it much thought until it begins to cause problems. And when that happens, you need to schedule water heater repair in Alachua. When something goes wrong with your water heater, you may start to do a little research online ahead of the appointment to figure out what is wrong so you know what to expect.
Even if you find DIY tutorials online, you should never attempt to fix your water heater on your own. Instead, call us for expert service. Keep reading to learn more about some of the most common water heater repairs that we see in the area, including the signs of each one.
Cold or Lukewarm Water
If the heating element on your water heater goes bad, you may not have hot water at all. When you turn a faucet in your home to hot water and nothing happens, that’s a very obvious sign that something is wrong with your water heater. While usually your heating element is to blame, there’s also a chance that your water heater doesn’t have power.
You can check the water heater to see if it is on, and if so, then power is not the problem. If the power is off, you can also check to see if the circuit breaker tripped. If you can rule out power being a problem, then there is a good chance that your heating element is not working.
If you turn on a hot water faucet and the water is warm, but not hot enough, that is a sign that you have hard water mineral buildup. These minerals can block your heating element from being able to effectively heat water to your desired temperature. In this case, you need to schedule our team to come out and flush the water heater to eliminate this mineral buildup.
Many homeowners think that it is completely normal for a water heater to leak since it is full of water. But that is not the case. Your water heater needs to be completely airtight to work correctly, and leaks are always a sign that something is wrong.
First, you can check the source of the leak and see if a valve or connection is loose. Sometimes, you can tighten these yourself and stop the leak. But be careful not to over-tighten, or you could break the connection and cause an even bigger problem.
If the leak is coming from your actual water heater and not a connection, that means there is significant corrosion inside. Your water heater has possibly rusted to the point that it developed a hole and cannot be repaired. The entire tank needs to be replaced in this case. A rusty, corroded tank is one that has become a safety issue. You don’t want a minor leak to turn into a major flood in your home.
Contact Affinity Gas Services today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. We’re “The Gas Efficiency Experts.”