Water Heater Repair Services in San Rafael
There’s nothing like taking a hot shower at the end of a long day. But when your water heater is broken, showering is anything but relaxing. Cold water can also make certain chores like washing dishes unsanitary. Hot water is necessary for killing germs and bacteria, and having to boil water is far from ideal.
Luckily, Gotelli Plumbing has worked on our fair share of water heaters. We are the plumbing experts in Marin County and offer an extensive list of services for residential and commercial customers.
Why Choose Gotelli Plumbing?
Customer Focused: Our goal is to give every customer the best plumbing service available. Our technicians are professional and well-trained to make sure we achieve that goal.
Family-Owned and Operated: We’re a family-run business living and working in Marin County, so treating our neighbors like family is the center of our values.
Reliable Service: Our technicians are background checked and trained in the latest plumbing advancements to ensure you get the service your home or business deserves.
Common Water Heater Problems
Unlike a fine wine, water heaters do not get better with age. In fact, age is the biggest cause of failure. If your system is acting up after multiple repairs and is past its 10-13 year lifespan, you should consider getting a replacement.
However, if your water heater is nowhere near it’s expected lifespan, there are a couple of other causes you should look out for. Here are some of the most common problems we see in San Rafael.
Water Heater Leaks
Water leaks could come from a faulty relief valve, your plumbing connections, or the tank itself.
If you notice a leak, the first thing you should do is inspect the water heater’s pipes and connections, as well as your pressure relief valve. If you notice the leak coming from the bottom of the water heater, make sure it isn’t just condensation buildup. Otherwise, you may have a fracture in the tank causing the leak. Unfortunately, a leaky tank cannot be repaired – it can only be replaced.
No Hot Water
Gas-powered water heaters that aren’t generating hot water may have a blown-out pilot light or need the thermocouple replaced.
With electric water heaters, sometimes hot water will turn off when your circuit breaker has tripped. If that isn’t the case, the defective part is most likely your heating element. You will need to call a professional to replace this part correctly.
Not Enough Hot Water
If you’re running out of hot water too quickly, a quick fix would be to turn up the temperature on your tank’s thermostat (just don’t set it too high). However, this problem can also be caused by a faulty thermostat or an issue with the electrical wiring. If you have a gas heater, the problem may be a faulty dip tube.
Sometimes, your water heater may just be too small. A water heater that is too small will need to work harder and will likely have more breakdowns and a shorter lifespan. Luckily, a professional can help you determine the correct size water heater for your needs.
There are rods in your water heater that are designed specifically to rust so that the main appliance is spared. These rods, called sacrificial anodes, need to be replaced on occasion. It’s important to replace these components once you notice a problem because rust can corrode your tank and cause irreparable leaks.
Smelly water is caused by bacteria. Setting the temperature to 140 and then periodically flushing the tank can sometimes help, but a sulfuric or rotten egg smell might mean you need to replace the anode rod.
If you’re hearing hissing, knocking, popping or other strange noises, your tank may have a buildup of scale or sediment. One easy fix is to try flushing your water heater.
Do You Really Need to Call a Plumber?
Some water heater repairs are more complicated than others. The quickest solution is to call a professional plumbing company. At Gotelli Plumbing Co., we provide quick and high-quality service so you are back to comfort as quickly as possible. During your appointment with our service technician, we will complete a diagnostic checklist to accurately determine the source of the problem and the best actions to take. We will make repairs whenever possible to extend the life of your heater and recommend a replacement only when it is the smartest decision for your situation.
To request a service, call (415) 457-1145 or complete the contact form on our site.