Trying to Fix Your Water Heater? Why It’s Best to Leave It to the Professionals

Water heater repair and installation is something that should be left to professional plumbers. There are many different types of connections required for the hot water heater to work correctly, including:

  • Electrical Wiring
  • Hot and Cold Water Supply Lines
  • Electrical Shutoff Switch
  • Gas Lines
  • Venting
  • Overflow Plumbing/Draining

Most of these are well beyond the scope and abilities of even the most seasoned DIYer (Do-It-Yourselfer).

Fix Your Water Heater

Here at MET Plumbing, you can rest easy knowing your new water heater is installed correctly and safely, and that it meets your hot water demands. However, there are certain troubleshooting and diagnostic tasks you can complete ahead of time before calling a plumber.

Problem 1: Not Enough Hot Water

If your hot water needs have changed recently—for instance, you have house guests, new roommates, or are using more hot water—your water heater may not be keeping up with your demand. The first place to start is to check the hot water temperature dial and the heater.

If it is set too low, then this could be the cause, so you want to turn it up about five or ten degrees and see if this resolves the issue. If you are still running out of hot water, you may need a bigger tank or need to upgrade to a tankless heater to meet your hot water demands.

Problem 2: The Water Is Too Hot

With this problem, simply check the temperature gauge on the tank and turn it down five to ten degrees. If you notice it sounds like the water is boiling inside the tank, then you need to shut off the water heater and contact a plumber immediately. It is recommended to stay away from the area where the water heater is located, as pressure is building inside the tank, and it could explode.

Problem 3: The Water Is Cold

For gas water heaters, verify the pilot light is lit. If it is not, shut off the gas and ventilate the room if there is a strong gas smell. Wait several hours before attempting to relight the pilot. Once relit, if it does not stay lit or keeps going out, call a pro to get this fixed.

With electric water heaters, check to see if the breaker switch has blown, and reset it. Next, check the electrical switch, which should be located near the water heater, to make sure that it did not get shut off. After making these checks, if you still have no hot water, the heating elements may have failed and need to be replaced.

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Problem 4: The Water Smells or Is Discolored

If both your hot and cold water have this problem, you may need a whole house water filtration system installed. If it is just the hot water, there could be mineral deposits and other sediments inside the tank, indicating the tank needs to be flushed. Flushing should always be done by a professional because of the risks of pressurized scalding hot water.

If you have other problems not mentioned above, or your water heater needs to be repaired or replaced, please feel free to contact MET Plumbing at 281-599-3336 today!

MET Plumbing Repair Tips

Katy Plumber | Water HeaterWater Heater Awareness:

It’s important to know the age of your water heater. The average warranty of a water heater is six years. In our experience we have seen water heaters last as long as fifteen years, but letting the heater get this old is a gamble and we do not recommend it. This is an appliance that you should not wait until it fails before replacing it.  A water heater going out can range from the inconvenience of not having hot water when you want it, to the tank leaking and causing devastating property damage. Most water heaters in our part of Texas (Katy, Houston) are located in the attic, so you can see how this could get out of control if a leak accrues. If your water heater is ten years or older we highly recommend having it inspected by a licensed professional plumber. To find out how old your water heater is you can find the name of the water heater (usually at the top of the unit) and the serial number (often located on a sticker about half way up on the heater).  Look up the manufacturers name online to get their 1-800 phone number. You can call the 1-800 number and give them the serial number and they will tell you how old your water heater is.

Here are a few helpful links for some common water heater manufactures:

Bradford White:http://www.bradfordwhite.com/

Rheem:http://www.rheem.com/

A.O. Smith: http://www.hotwater.com/

State: http://www.statewaterheaters.com/

Plumbing Seminars

mqdefaultOn Wednesday September 14thour plumbers went to a local Katy plumbing supply company for a water heater training seminar.  The Bradford White water heater reps from Houston were there to talk to all the Katy Plumbers about trouble shooting any and all possible problems we might come across with their water heaters. Keep in mind that it is possible for all water heaters to have unforeseen mechanical problems, fortunately Bradford White is an industry leading manufacturer; therefore the problems are few and far between. Bradford White manufactures the only American made water heater and has a long successful history dating back to 1881. Today Bradford White is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating and water storage products in the world. The seminar was very informative. All the Katy Plumbers were provided a bar-b-que dinner and it was fantastic! The other companies seemed to be enjoying this function as well. As your local Katy plumbing company we at MET Plumbing pride ourselves by staying informed on current information pertaining to the products that we install and or service.

Helpful tip when choosing the best water heater for your home.

An important factor in choosing a water heater, the 1st Hour Rating is an indicator of how much hot water a particular model can provide. The rating, in gallons of usable (desired temperature) hot water is reached by combining the amount of usable hot water stored in the tank plus how many gallons of usable hot water the water heater can generate in one hour of operation. For example, if a 40-gallon natural gas water heater will store 31 gallons of usable hot water and can deliver 41 gallons of usable hot water in the first hour, its 1st Hour Rating is 72 gallons.