In Need of a Water Heater Repair?
It varies between different manufacturers, but the typical lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years depending on the unit’s design, water quality and maintenance/upkeep. The number one reason we receive calls about a water heater repair is when your hot water is not at the desired temperature you are accustomed to. Below we have listed some ideas you can use to troubleshoot your water heater issues to see if you are able to rectify the issue on your own before calling in one of our Ottawa Plumbers.
Gas Water Heaters
- Check and see if your gas is connected and that your pilot light is LIT
- Raise the setting on your thermostat
- Insulate the hot water pipes – it can make a huge difference!
- Drain your heater to flush out sediment from inside your tank
Electric Water Heaters
- Insulate your hot water pipes – makes as big a difference as with gas water heaters!
- Drain your heater to flush out sediment from inside the tank
- Check that your power is in fact connected
- Reset the thermostat and/or raise its temperature setting
- Replace the tank’s heating element or thermostat
Another item you may want to take a peek at is whether a fuse has blown or your breaker has tripped, the reason for your heater to be not working may be as simple as that. Remember, if your unsure of anything, don’t touch it and give one of our Ottawa Plumbers a call. We are here to help with your water heater repair.
Still Not Working?
If you’ve worked with the tips we’ve listed and you aren’t seeing results, it’s time to call in the professionals for a water heater repair. At this point you truly do need the help of a licensed plumber. Not just to get your water heater up to speed properly, it’s also a matter of safety for you and your home. Without proper knowledge the potential to cause more harm than good exists. You could cause your tank to leak and/or receive quite a burn from boiling water, not to mention the electrical component while working with water. It could be as simple as replacing a pressure relief valve or tightening fittings but if you are unsure it is better to be safe than sorry.
Water Heater Replacement
If your water heater is more than 10 years old and is acting up you may need to replace the tank altogether. Our licensed professionals not only know how to install a new heater properly, they also are aware of local codes/laws and know where and how to dispose of an old appliance such as this. There is also quite an amount of weight attached to old water heaters. They are awkward and heavy and again, you could do yourself harm trying to remove the heater from your property on your own. Our Company comes with the highest of trained professionals who carry nothing but top of the line plumbing tools to ensure quality work. You don’t want to have to do this more than once!
John THE Plumber has always been dedicated to sharing knowledge and tips with the Community to ensure everyone’s health and safety as far as your plumbing is concerned. During these unprecedented times that last thing you need is another problem within your household such as no hot water or even worse an injury from trying to remedy an issue with your water heater on your own. Give us a call today at John THE Plumber Ottawa and we’ll send over one of our qualified plumbing experts to sort out your hot water issues quickly and efficiently. You’ll be Glad You Called!