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Water Heater Repair

An ice-cold shower isn’t the best way to start your day. When your water heater malfunctions, it disrupts more than just your morning routine. You're faced with two choices, either shrug it off as a minor annoyance or take immediate action to fix the situation. By addressing water heater issues head-on, you're setting yourself up for long-term peace of mind. The professional plumbers at Rooter Man Plumbing offer a wide range of quality services including water heater repair, replacement, and installation. 

What Can Go Wrong

Water heaters can run into a variety of issues that may require a repair. The most frequent problems include:

  • Leaks: A puddle near the base is a clear sign your water heater is leaking, either due to a faulty valve or a corroded tank.
  • Temperature Fluctuations: If your shower alternates between lava-hot and icy-cold, you may have an issue with the thermostat or heating element.
  • Noisy Operation: Strange noises like rumbling, popping, or screeching often point to sediment build-up or a faulty component.
  • Discolored or Foul-Smelling Water: Rusty or bad-smelling water usually indicates corroding pipes or bacterial buildup in the tank.

Understanding the root cause can help you assess the severity of the problem and decide on the best course of action.

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DIY vs. Professional Repair

It's tempting to tackle a water heater issue yourself, especially if you're handy with tools, but incorrect DIY repairs can make matters worse, leading to more extensive and expensive damage. Unlike assembling a bookshelf, repairing a water heater involves a series of complicated steps, specialized tools, and a good understanding of plumbing systems. More importantly, DIY repairs can void the warranty and could be unsafe if not done correctly.

To Repair or Replace?

Sometimes, the problem might be so severe that repair isn't the most cost-effective option. If your water heater is more than a decade old, replacing it might be more economical in the long run. Newer models are more energy-efficient, saving you money on utility bills. On the other hand, minor issues can often be fixed at a fraction of the cost of a new unit. To determine whether to repair or replace your water heater, consider these factors:

  • Age of the Unit: If it's relatively new, a repair could extend its lifespan considerably.
  • The severity of the Issue: Minor problems like a faulty thermostat are easier and cheaper to fix than a corroded tank.
  • Energy Efficiency: Newer models can save you more in the long run, but if your current unit is relatively new, a repair might make more sense.
  • Frequency of Repairs: If you find yourself fixing the unit repeatedly, it might be time to consider a replacement.

Do You Need Help with Your Water Heater? 

Your water heater is essential for a comfortable and functional home. Ignoring minor issues today could lead to bigger problems tomorrow, adding unnecessary stress and expenses. Call the skilled plumbers at Rooter Man Plumbing. Our experienced plumbers will help get your hot water flowing again. Contact our office for more details or to schedule a convenient appointment. 

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