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It is not a good start to the day, to discover that your water heater has broken down and there is no hot water. With no hot water for cleaning, preparing food, and cleaning dishes or clothes, life is not going to be any fun. Finding a water heater repair company is your top priority, but unless you know a good one already, where do you start to look?
Your most likely course of action is to search the internet for “Water Heater Repair Companies near me in San Antonio, TX“. Unfortunately, this only brings back a long list of businesses all claiming to be the cheapest and the best.
The next and smartest step is to visit a trusted, review website and search for those companies with many five-star customer reviews and recommendations. It should come as no surprise that you see bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio has a wide range of kind compliments from many new and repeat customers.
What Types of Water Heater Are There?
People have many different types of water heaters that have been installed in their homes. They all come with advantages and disadvantages, but they all have problems in common which if overlooked could result in a water heater repair. The best idea is to have a professional review your home and loved ones’ needs and find an affordable unit that will last your family and provide plenty of hot water.
Conventional or Tank Water Heaters
The following are the most common water heaters on the market today. Many are a bit of an investment but are simple, efficient, and repay you over time by saving money through lower electricity bills and the innovative designs help protect our planet by reducing a home’s carbon footprint. Tankless water heaters only use electricity when the hot water is in use and take up a lot less space than older models.
The traditional water heaters have a single big tank, holding up to 8o gallons of water. The water is continually heated, usually by an electric element at the top and bottom of the tank, so there is a ready and plentiful supply of hot water.
However, if the hot water runs out you will have to wait until the large tank of now cold water is heated up again. Because of their simple design, they are cheaper to buy and install than other types, but they are more expensive to run as a large volume of water needs to constantly be kept hot.
Tankless Water Heaters
As discussed earlier, the name ‘tankless water heaters‘ suggests there is no large external tank, so these types of heaters are smaller and more compact. Hot water is produced on demand as water passes over a heat exchanger coil, but it may take a few seconds for the water to fully warm up. They are more energy-efficient, as a result, a touch more expensive to buy and install.
Hybrid Tankless Water Heater
This type of heater contains a small tank internally, which is always filled with hot water. This overcomes the disadvantage of the tankless model as there is an immediate supply of hot water. This is perfect if you use hot water in small amounts, like washing your hands frequently.
Heat Pump Hybrid Water Heaters
This takes heat energy from the surrounding air or the ground and then uses it to heat a water storage tank. It acts similarly to a refrigerator, using liquid coolant to move heat energy from one place to another. These heaters are very energy efficient but are not cheap, but rarely need a water heater repair.
Common Problems to Look Out For
Little or No Hot Water
A common problem is that your circuit breaker has tripped, and this should be the first place you should look. If everything is looking okay, then you need to call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio and book a water heater repair. One of our highly trained technicians can then fix your heater for you quickly and affordably.
Other common problems include pilot lights that do not come on in a gas-powered heater, or once on it does not stay lit. Often the problem can be found in a faulty thermocouple, which will need to be replaced.
Any repair on a water heater will involve coming into contact with gas, electricity, or both. Handling these is a job for an expert, you are putting yourself and your family at risk by having a go at a water heater repair yourself. Do not take that chance and call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio instead.
Intermittent Hot and Cold Water
A slightly less irritating circumstance than no hot water is water that is intermittent hot and cold water. If you have an electric tank heater, insoluble limescale can build up at the bottom of your tank and cover the heating elements.
This will make the elements less efficient at transferring heat from the element to the water, as the limescale has an insulating effect. You may notice that your energy bills will increase as it takes more energy to heat the water.
You need to have your water heater regularly descaled or have a water softener installed by bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio. Failure to remove the limescale will cause the element to overheat and burn out, needing a water heater repair or even a new water heater.
You Have Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can also be a cause of temperature swings in your hot water. Any low water pressure can give rise to the gas burner in your gas-powered heater shutting off. A faulty water valve is often the cause of low pressure, and it will need to be replaced during a water heater repair.
If you have a water leak in your home, this too can be the cause of low pressure. A leak is not always easy to find, as most of our water pipes are located behind walls and under floors. A sudden increase in your water bill is one sign of a leak. If you suspect that you have a leak, you need an expert plumber from bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio to quickly locate and mend the problem.
Remember the longer you wait the more water damage that leak will cause!
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio?
Because we are the best, just look at all the great reviews left by our satisfied San Antonio, TX customers after a water heater repair. The best advice we can give you to avoid having a repair is to have your heater regularly serviced by us.
This will pick up on minor problems and fix them before you need a repair. Most of the problems highlighted in this article will be dealt with during routine service. So, book one today or give us a call to chat about your water heater issues and schedule a free inspection.