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We all use hot water for many essential daily tasks, from taking a shower, to washing the dishes and getting the laundry done, we need hot water for these tasks. A problem with your water heater will bring all this to a halt, nobody wants a cold shower, do they? We take our water heaters for granted and only really notice them when something goes wrong. It is important to know that there is a reliable water heater repair specialist in Atlanta, GA, who is ready to come out to your home and fix any problem and attend to any water heater repair. That company is Peach Plumbing & Drain.
Types Of Hot Water Heaters
Let us take a quick look at the common types of water heaters in people’s homes in Atlanta, GA.
Conventional Tank Water Heaters
These are the most common kind of water heater, they consist of a single, large tank carrying between 20 to 80 gallons. The tank is always kept heated so there is always a large quantity of hot water available. The tank should be well insulated to reduce energy costs.
Tankless Water Heaters
These units are usually smaller than the tank water heater as they do not have a large external tank. They produce hot water on demand, and they are more energy-efficient as there is no need to constantly heat a large tank of water. A disadvantage is that they are more expensive to install but will save money over time and reduce your family’s carbon footprint.
Hybrid Tankless Water Heater
One disadvantage of the tankless heater is that there is not an immediate supply of hot water. You need to wait a little while for the water to heat up. The hybrid model gets around this by containing a small tank with hot water. This is perfect if you use hot water in small amounts, like washing your hands often.
Heat Pump Hybrid Water Heaters
This takes the heat from the surrounding air and then uses it to heat a water storage tank. This type of water heater is very energy efficient but very costly to install.
- These models have different advantages and disadvantages in terms of cost and suitability for your home. But they do have common problems that you need to be on the lookout for.
- No Hot Water – This could be due to several reasons. Before you call Peach Plumbing & Drain for a water heater repair, it may be worth checking your electrical panel for any tripped breakers or blown fuses.
- If there is no sign of a problem, then the next thing to check is whether the thermostat is working and set to the correct temperature.
- If the thermostat is working fine, then now is the time to call us.
- A common problem with electrically heated tanks is that the heating element is broken, and you need a water heater repair to replace it.
- Whatever the problem one of Peach Plumbing’s highly trained technicians will quickly sort it out for you.
Unreliable Water Temperatures
Have you noticed that one minute the water is hot and the next it is cold or lukewarm? If you live in an area with hard water, there could be a mineral build-up at the bottom of your tank which covers the heating element. In these cases, to avoid an expensive water heater repair we at Peach Plumbing suggest that you have your heater regularly descaled.
You Run Out of Hot Water Fast
This is a constant irritation for many people. If your family has grown over the years or you have more water appliances in your home than you used to, your old water heater may not be able to cope with the increased demand. Having your dishwasher and washing machine on at the same time, along with someone showering may be too much for your heater.
Your water heater could shut down and if this happens too often then eventually you are going to need a water heater repair. Staggering the times at which you use your devices will help but a better long-term answer is to replace the heater with a more appropriate model to cope with the demand.
Low Water Pressure
Water leaks can often cause a reduction in water pressure. Leaks can be hard to find as the pipework is usually hidden under the floorboards and behind walls. Often the first sign of a leak is that your water bill will suddenly jump.
Another sign is the smell of damp from your sink cabinet. One sure way to detect a leak is to turn off all your taps and water appliances and check your water meter. If it is still counting you have a leak somewhere.
A faulty valve in the water heater, will sometimes lower water pressure and this will need to be replaced during a water heater repair. A visit from one of our experienced technicians will soon locate the problem.
Discolored Water Coming from Your Taps
If your tank or pipes are old, they could be starting to corrode. If this is the case, you may see discolored water, the water will be a brown rusty color and you may even see small particles in it. The best solution to remove the discoloration is to have your water heater and pipes replaced.
Strange Sounds Coming from Your Water Heater
All water heaters will make some noise. But if you hear strange crackling and hissing sounds from your electric water heater, you may have cause for concern. We have mentioned scale forming on heating elements earlier. This scale is likely to be the source of these strange sounds.
The scale will also act as an insulating layer requiring the element to work harder to produce the hot water. As it works harder it uses more energy and pushes up your electricity bill, it is also more likely to break down and need a water heater repair. If something sounds wrong, then please call Peach Plumbing & Drain.
Why Choose Peach Plumbing & Drain of Atlanta, GA?
Having your water heater break down is a stressful occasion, and you want a quick resolution to the problem. That is why the technicians of Peach Plumbing & Drain are on standby 24/7 for any water heater repair that you need. Please give us a call anytime you need us!