Repair or Replace Water Heater? A San Diego Plumber Tells All
While losing hot water in the house (or worse, opening a spigot to dirty water) alarms homeowners, we encourage you to explore the water heater repair route before you invest in full replacement.
Here at Perry Plumbing, a family owned San Diego plumber, we’ve found water heater service calls have a good chance of resulting in the discovery of a failed anode rod or thermocouple, both simple fixes. With these parts replaced by new versions from our truck, we put water heaters back into action quickly and affordably. We also handle water heater replacement as well, if necessary.
Scan these signs and symptoms so you can determine whether you’re in for a simple water heater repair or complete replacement.
Top Signs Water Heater Replacement Needed
- water puddling around heater means a leak in the tank fittings or a corroded tank, two issues that aren’t easily fixed. Getting a new hot water heater makes more sense than paying hundreds to repair this issue, only to buy a brand new unit in 6 months.
- Sediment coming through the spigots may indicate corrosion in the tank, another expensive fix. (See below, however.)
Top Signs Water Heater Repair Is Possible
- pilot light won’t stay lit. Can you believe this fix is as easy as removing built up dirt and dust from around the pilot light? If strategy fails, other simple causes include: a faulty thermocouple, control valve, or even low gas pressure, all quickly resolvable issues.
- Bubbling and popping noises can again be blamed on the San Diego hard water that creates so much sediment. Empty the hot water heater and check the anode rod. If noises continue after flushing, a replacement could be in your future.
- Lukewarm water. Check the temperature dial, which may have been knocked out of place. If that’s not the source, try a quick flush of the system to remove any sediment blocking pipes. Read your heater’s manual to carry out the steps in the proper order.
- Cold water generally results when the pilot light is out or the thermostat has failed.
- Sediment coming in through the spigots. San Diego’s hard water leads to sand and mineral build up in the bottom of the heater. Fix with a flush. Use your water heater manual for instructions on how to flush the system.
How Long Does a Water Heater Last?
Depending on the brand and your usage, a water heater can last anywhere from 8 – 15 years if you maintain it regularly. For example, drain 1 gallon of water each month to keep sediment from San Diego’s hard water at a reasonable level. A 17-year-old water heater is living on borrowed time.
Trust A+ Rated Perry Plumbing to Make the Right Call on Your Water Heater
When your water gets cold, sandy or noisy and your efforts haven’t fixed it, call San Diego plumber Perry Plumbingat 619-472-2112 for same day service. We’ll even give you a 2-hour service window so you’re not waiting around for us all day. Our Better Business Bureau A+ rating maintained over our 30 years in business reveals that we save customers money when we can. Click here for special offers on plumbing services so you can save on your water heater service call.