With plummeting temperatures already upon us, it’s important to be sure that your home’s water heater is in good working condition. After all, nobody likes stepping in to an ice-cold shower in the middle of winter! Water heaters certainly do not last forever, but sometimes even older models can be persuaded into performing well for a few extra years with appropriate water heater maintenance and repair.

The most common issue addressed by our technicians is the inability to produce enough hot water. This seemingly obvious issue can be have a variety of underlying causes, so the best approach to rectifying it is to call in a professional for an evaluation. He or she will ensure that the pilot is lit and gas is turned on in gas heaters or that electrical heaters have an adequate power supply. The thermostat will be checked and reset or re-adjusted as necessary. Often this will solve the problem. If not, more complicated measures must be taken.

If strange noises are coming from the tank, it often indicates a buildup of sediment that can decrease the heater’s efficiency and ability to produce adequate heat. If left unchecked they can also contribute to corrosion and emit unpleasant odors. Some people suggest flushing the tank as part of a regular maintenance routine in order to avoid potentially costly damage. Should too much corrosion occur, it may even require the installation of a new water heater.

In addition to replacing broken heating elements and thermostats, checking pipe connections and pressure valves, and flushing the tank, a technician can also suggest ways to improve efficiency. Hot water pipes can often benefit from adding insulation, and sometimes older heaters use so much energy or gas that owners can actually save money in the long run by getting them replaced.

For home owners experiencing insufficient hot water production, now is the time to act. Water heater repair in Sacramento can prevent or reduce costly equipment replacements, but many common problems grow worse over time without proper maintenance and care. Even if the water heater is still working adequately, it may be a good idea to schedule a maintenance visit before winter hits. Contact Clarke and Rush to schedule an appointment with a repair technician or find more information.