Water Heater Repair & Installation
Water Heater Repair & Installation. We often don’t notice just how important a water heater is until it is broken or working below maximum efficiency. You may have discovered it when going to run the hot water for the dishwasher or after an attempt to take a hot shower. When dealing with a busted water heater, we highly recommend that you contact a professional.
Red Fin Plumbing Company is a professional plumbing business that has served the Greater Houston area for many years. Our team of plumbers are among the best in their field and are ready to go to work for you. We guarantee you will be fully satisfied with the results.
Water Heater Types
You have two main options when it comes to picking a water heater: electrical and gas-powered. As with all household appliances, each has its advantages and disadvantages regarding usage and longevity. However, simple preventative maintenance can avoid many major issues.
An electrical water heater is typically constructed of steel and lined with glass to prevent corrosion and rusting. As its name suggests, it runs off of electricity. Electrical heaters are considered safer than gas-powered water heaters but come with built-in additional safety features as well. The water temperature is primarily controlled by a thermostat connected to and sits on top of the water heater.
A gas-powered water heater is different in that it runs off of a gas burner. You will find the burner underneath the tank of the water heater. Gas is then fed to this burner through a gas control valve, and a pilot light ignites the burner.
Natural gas and liquid propane are the two most common types of gas used in these appliances. These gases are highly explosive, so several safety features are built into gas heaters that work to prevent it from releasing toxic fumes into a home or catching a spark.
One of the primary safety features for a gas-powered water heater is the flue baffle. This vent-type structure at the top of the water heater serves as an exit for toxic fumes, which are by-products of a gas-operated system. Maintaining the entire water heater and these safety features is crucial to preventing a potential disaster for your family.
Common Maintenance Needs
Before attempting any do-it-yourself maintenance repairs on your water heater, there are several things to consider. First, always use protective gear. You should use gloves, goggles, and other protective equipment at all times to keep you and your family safe from harm.
Second, it is crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when repairing a water heater. Keeping your unit properly maintained will help keep you from needing a complete replacement. It will also increase the life and efficiency of your water heater.
Sacrificial Anode Rod
Water heater tanks are built to withstand corrosion and rust. However, over time minerals and deposits can build-up and compromise the integrity of the inner glass lining. Water heaters would have to be replaced every few years, if not for the sacrificial anode rod.
The anode rod is made of magnesium. It attracts charged water particles and pulls them away from the steel tank. The rod takes on the corrosion that the tank itself would otherwise deal with. As a result, rather than replacing an entire water heater, you can replace one small part.
Flushing the Water Heater Tank
Over time, the build-up of mineral deposits and sediments can slow the efficiency of your water heater. You might begin to notice a brown or reddish tint to your water, or the hot water may not last as long as it should. These are all indications that you might need to flush out the water tank.
In some instances, this can be done yourself; however, if you have any doubts completing the task safely and without causing damage to the unit, give professionals like the team at Red Fin Plumbing Company a call.
We can help you troubleshoot the problem and give you solid advice for future issues that might come up. Our goal is to keep your water heater working and improve its lifespan.
Electrical Heating Element Replacement
An electrical heating element is another type of rod that screws into the side of your water tank. When repairing this part, shut off the electricity prior to starting the repair, and always perform a test to make sure the power is off. To avoid any damage to your unit, consider hiring a professional plumber to do the job.
A Word About Your Water Heater’s Pressure Valve
Every water heater, whether gas or electric, has a safety feature called a pressure valve. Should the pressure in your water heater tank get too high, the pressure relief valve will open and release the pressure build-up.
If the pressure valve does not respond appropriately, it can cause over-pressurization and an explosion. Therefore it is of the utmost importance to consistently check your pressure valve.
Water Heater Installation
While most people can perform simple water heater repairs, there are times when you will need to hire a professional to diagnose the issue. Occasionally, it might be that your entire unit needs to be replaced.
At Red Fin Plumbing Company, we highly recommend bringing in a professional to do a water heater installation. Our team of expert plumbers is trained to safely replace and install your appliance, lessening the chance for any mishaps.
Most importantly, our expertise keeps your family safe. We have the proper licensing for installation. When you hire one of our plumbers to replace and install a water heater in your home, you can rest easy knowing we will get the job done correctly. Our services include proper installation, as well as the disposal of your old unit.
Contact Red Fin Plumbing for your Water Heater Repair and Installation Needs!
Our team of experienced professional plumbers is here to help you with all of your water heater needs. Give us a call at (346) 319-5342 to schedule an appointment!
We Specialize In the Following:
- Plumbing Repair: From leaky faucets to clogged drains, if it's broken, we can fix it.
- Re-Piping: We can replace any damaged pipes, stopping leaks in their tracks.
- Sewer Line Repair: No matter the damage, we will fix your sewer line for your peace of mind.
- Water Heater Replacement: Let us replace that old water heater, so you can enjoy hot water!
- Tankless Water Heaters: We can help you select and install the right one for your needs.
- And More: Just ask us if you need help on any additional plumbing projects.
The minute your plumbing starts to act up, do not wait to call our team at Red Fin Plumbing Co. As you know, things can get messy fast. That is why we will answer your call and come to your aid at a moment's notice. Before you know it, you'll have hot water, flowing water, and an unplugged toilet once again! Call us to hire our team.