Common Repairs for a Gas or Electric Water Heater

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Common Repairs for a Gas or Electric Water Heater

The significance of your home or business water heater simply can’t be overstated. Hot water on demand is one of the can’t-live-without conveniences of the modern world. We depend on it to clean our homes, clothes, dishes and bodies. Businesses rely on it to provide accommodations for tenants, employees and customers. And perhaps no scenario is reliant on hot water more than operating a restaurant. That said, Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc. knows the importance of keeping your water heater running in tip-top shape.

WATER HEATER TYPES

There are two main types of water heater systems. While similar, there are differences and pros/cons of each, including:

  • Gas. Approximately 60 percent of homes in the U.S. use these water heaters, which are fueled by natural gas. Pros: will generally pay for themselves in energy savings after one year; can heat more water per hour than an electric heater and still operate during a power outage. Cons: initial installation cost is more than electric; is normally less efficient than electric because of constant heating that leads to heat energy loss.
  • Electric. There are many options available for smaller/larger tanks and long-term/immediate use. Pros: more efficient because it only heats water when it is needed; requires less space due to lack of need for gas exhaust pipe. Cons: low recovery rate, which could lead to shortage of hot water; electricity more expensive than gas.

WATER HEATER REPAIR

Water heater repair can be tricky. Some minor issues can be resolved, while others – such as a leaking or burst tank – mean all you can do is replace the heater. Here are some common repairs, but remember to first shut off electricity/gas to your heater before inspecting or working on your heater:

  • No Hot Water. When the basic function isn’t happening, there could be a few things. On a gas heater, it may be a malfunctioning pilot light or thermocouple. With an electric heater, the problem could lie with the thermolator heating elements.
  • Discolored Water/Odors. This could be caused by pipe corrosion or bacteria buildup.
  • Rumbling or popping noises usually means a sediment buildup that might be resolved by flushing the tank. A hissing noise may mean an interior leak.
  • Leaks. The thing about leaks is that small ones generally turn into big ones. A relief valve leak can be repaired, but if your tank is leaking, a new heater is the only solution.

MASTERS GETS THERE FASTER

Either gas or electric water heaters will get the job done and the decision about which one to go with usually hinges on what your home is set up for. Masters can help you make the decision and we also offer top-of-the line AO Smith models. Water heater repairs should be handled by licensed professionals and don’t wait to call us if you use any kind of leak; serious water damage could occur if it is not addressed. Remember….Masters gets there faster!