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Having a reliable water heater is essential in San Antonio, TX, without one it will be impossible to have that long hot shower in the morning or a long soak in the bath at the end of a long day. There will be no way to clean your clothes or prepare food. So, what do you do when your heater breaks down? Easy, you turn to the experts at bluefrog Plumbing + Drain for a speedy water heater repair at an affordable price.
How to Prevent a Water Heater Repair
We at bluefrog Plumbing advise all customers to have their water heaters regularly serviced, this is the single most important thing they can do for their heater and can prevent a costly emergency water heater repair.
A service will entail many checks, including:
- Looking for leaks on the pipes, joints, and valves
- Checking the temperature and pressure relief valve, and water pressure valves to see if they are working correctly
- Draining and flushing out any sediment build-up (this is very common in TX)
- Check the anode rod and replace it if required
- For gas-fired water heaters, check for gas leaks
- Check the safety features to see if they are working properly
- Plus, many other services
After the routine check-up, you will have peace of mind knowing that the water heater is working safely and will be running with more efficiency, saving you money on your energy bills. Don’t risk gas leaks and tank explosions to save a few dollars!
Types of Water Heaters
The most common type of water heater in American homes is the tank or conventional water heater. This consists of a large external tank that is warmed by heating elements at the top and bottom of the tank. The tank is always kept heated and supplies a lot of hot water immediately.
The tankless heater does away with the large external tank. They produce hot water on demand when water flows through a gas or electric burner to heat the water. The hot water is not instant because it takes a little time for the water to warm up.
This problem is overcome in the hybrid tankless system, which contains a small tank of permanently hot water. Both types of tankless heaters are more expensive to buy and install but cost less to run because they do not have to continuously heat a large tank of water.
Problems with Gas Water Heaters
Gas-powered heaters are usually more expensive to buy and install than electrically powered ones. A non-condensing heater is costly to install because they need air vents that can stand elevated temperatures. Condensing systems recycle the hot exhaust gases, so any expelled gases are at a lower temperature and require less expensive materials for air vents.
If there is a problem with your gas supply the pilot light may not come on. Or if the gas supply is fine, then the gas valve may not be opening fully, or the ignition unit may be broken. Whatever the cause of your lack of hot water. It is best to call bluefrog Plumbing and Drain of San Antonio to book a water heater repair as soon as you can.
If you see the flame flickering and changing color, it means the flame quality is deteriorating. Air could be trapped in the gas lines and reduce the gas pressure that is bleeding out of the system. This is a dangerous job and should only be attempted by a qualified technician from bluefrog Plumbing to perform this water heater repair.
The air vents for a gas-powered water heater also need to be checked for blockages and cleaned periodically, and this will be done as part of a regular service. If you smell gas leave your home immediately and call us to help make sure your residence is safe.
Problems with Electric Water Heaters
The installation of an electric heater is more straightforward and less costly than for any gas heater. They are smaller and can be mounted in most places inside your home. A great advantage of electric water heaters is that they do not need any air vents. They are a more straightforward design and are less likely to break down and need a water heater repair.
There can be problems with electric water heaters and there are several reasons why they may break down, but the main causes are due to a faulty electric heating element or a malfunctioning thermostat.
Over time sediment and scale will deposit on the bottom of the tank and cover the electric heating element. This problem will be made worse in an area of hard water. As the scale builds up on the heating element you will start to hear a high-pitched, whining noise.
To avoid this, we suggest that you have your system regularly descaled during a routine check-up. This will remove the scale from other parts of the heater too and reduce the need for a water heater repair or replacing the heating element.
Other Common Problems
No matter what type of water heater you have, if your heater is underpowered, it will be unable to cope if too many appliances are running at the same time. Your heater will likely shut down if it cannot handle the overwhelming demand for the size of the water heater.
Should this happen too many times it may completely break down and need a water heater repair. One solution is to stagger the use of washing machines, dishwashers, and showers throughout the day, but the most practical solution is to upgrade your water heater to fully accommodate your needs.
What Affects the Cost of a Repair?
The type of heater that you have will affect the cost of a repair. Tankless water heaters are more complex, requiring more diagnosis time. Any replacement parts also cost more. The more energy-efficient and evolved technological water heaters will also cost more but will save you money over time and last a lot longer, not to mention protect the planet from harm.
Why Choose bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of San Antonio
We take immense pride in providing high-quality plumbing services to the people of San Antonio, TX. We are experts with any type of water heater repair, but we provide many other plumbing services as well. Whatever your plumbing problem, call us today!