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Water Heater Repair

Water Heater Repair

There’s nothing like taking a hot shower at the end of a long day. But when your water heater is broken, showering becomes anything but relaxing. Cold water can also make certain chores like washing dishes unsanitary. Hot water is necessary for killing germs and bacteria, and boiling water is just not an ideal solution. Luckily, Gotelli Plumbing has repaired our fair share of water heaters, and we know the causes of water heater damage, the signs your water heater needs to be repaired and how to repair it.

What Causes Water Heaters to Break?

Unlike a fine wine, water heaters do not get better with age. Age is the biggest cause of water heater failure. However, if your water heater is no where near it’s expected lifespan, there could be other problems at play. High water pressure can cause strain on your water heater in addition to the pipes and other appliances in your house. If you’re dealing with hard water, sediment buildup can damage your water heater over time.

Another problem your water heater could be facing is internal rust. There are rods put in place in your water heater that are designed specifically to rust, so the main appliance is spared. These rods, called sacrificial anodes, need to be replaced on occasion. There could also be a chance your water heater is not the right size. A water heater that is too small will need to work harder and will likely have more breakdowns and a shorter lifespan.

If your water heater is acting up after multiple repairs and is past its 10-13 year lifespan, you may need to consider replacement (we can help with that, too!).

Signs Your Water Heater Needs to be Repaired

Beyond cold water, there are a few other signs that your water heater is in need of some maintenance work. For example, if your water is reaching warm or room temperature levels but never gets hot, your water heater could be in need of repair. Another sign is rusty tap water. As stated above, rods in your water heater could get too rusty, causing your tap water to also become rusty. If you notice rust colored water, the water heater could be to blame. Loud noises and rumbling coming from your water heater could is a sign there is a sediment build up. Water around the base of the water heater could mean there is a leak or small fracture in the tank.

Call the Experts

If you are having issues with your water heater, Gotelli Plumbing will make sure you aren’t left in the cold. We’re the plumbing experts of San Rafael, and we guarantee to resolve all water heater and plumbing problems.

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.

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