Water Heater Repair Los Angeles
There are few things quite as uncomfortable as a shower without any hot water. The temperature of your water heater should be between 120 and 140 degrees to make you feel clean and comfortable most of the time. If your water heater is not working properly, you have probably considered getting a replacement.
If your water heater is leaking, you need a good Los Angeles plumbing company to help you take care of the problem. Fortunately, our trained plumbers can maintain, replace or repair your water heater for a reasonable price. We service and install every kind of water heater available.
How to Tell if Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired or Replaced
If you turn on the hot water and cold comes out, you may need the burner in your tank replaced. there is also a really good chance you need a new hot water heater. Give the manufacturer a call if you believe it is still under warranty. Our plumbers will be able to install your new heater.
Are There Strange Noises Coming from Your Tank?
If there is a strange rumbling when you turn on the hot water in your house, your hot water tank may have a buildup of sediment. The sediment is comprised of calcium and dirt that has settled at the bottom of the tank. This forces the heater to work harder. The sediment moves about causing noise. A plumber can clean out this debris and get your pipes to be quiet.
Find Out The Age of You Heater
The average water heater has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years with proper maintenance. If your water heater came with your home, you may not know its exact age. Fortunately, you can figure out the age by looking at the heater’s serial number, which you will find on a sticker located on the upper portion of the heater. The first letter of this number indicates the month it was made, with the letter A standing for January and the letter L standing for December. The next two numbers are the year it was made. If your sticker says B14, it was made in February of 2014.
Look for Leaks
If you see any leaks around your water heater, you should call us pronto, because it needs to be repaired or replaced. The tank is made of metal which expands when it heats up. After a few years, cracks will begin to appear in the metal, and you may have leaks. A plumber may be able to patch the leaks, or they may have to replace them. There is a pressure and temperature valve on your heater. If the water in the tank is too hot then the pressure valve will open, releasing water so the tank does not explode. If the temperature and pressure valve opens, it could be indicative of a big problem that only a professional plumber can fix.
If rusty water is coming out of your faucet, you may need to replace your anode rod. An anode rod is composed of aluminum and magnesium and sits around a wire core. The rod attracts ions which would cause rust in steel. All those Ions cause the rod to disintegrate over time. It is a good idea to have a plumber out to do basic maintenance to your tank and inspect the anode rod once a year.
Different Types of Water Heaters
Our plumbers have experience with every type of water heater you can name. There are several types of systems that are the most common.
Gas Water Heaters
A gas water heater works through convection, which is the law in physics that heat rises. Cold water is put into the bottom of the tank and is heated by a burner. Gas water heaters are more energy-efficient as they heat water only when you turn on the faucet, but they do cost more initially, and they are combustible.
Electric Water Heaters
An electric water heater also relies on convection. Cold water is poured into the bottom of the tank and the hot water rises to the top. A heating pipe distributes the water throughout the home. Electric heaters are easier to use and less dangerous than gas heaters. The indoor air quality is also better with an electric heater.
Tankless Water Heaters or Instant hot water systems
A tankless water heater provides hot water on demand. When you turn on the hot water faucet, the water travels through a pipe and is heated by an electric or gas element. It can save you money over time, but the flow rate of the water tends to be reduced.
Water Heater Maintenance
In order to make sure your water heater lasts as long as possible, you should have a plumber out to do maintenance every six months. We can flush out your tank and make sure that your heater is not over-pressurized and that the unit is free of leaks.
Make Sure Your Heater is not Over Pressurized
It is always a good idea to check your pressure valve yourself, every so often, to avoid an emergency. First, turn off the electricity that goes to the water heater, then locate the cold-water inlet and turn it off. Check the pressure valve to make sure it is not over-pressurized. If it is over-pressurized, simply open the relief valve and let the excess water out. You will want to place a bucket below the valve, to catch any water that comes out.
With our professional repairs and installation and your regular maintenance, your water heater will last a long time and have few problems.