Emergency Water Heater Repair

Smiling plumber repairing a water heater.There is nothing worse than jumping into your morning shower and realizing that you have no hot water. That jolt of ice cold water on your head can ruin your entire day. If your water heater is malfunctioning, it is important to hire a qualified, well-trained professional technician like those on our team. Water heaters are complex and potentially dangerous machines, and you want to ensure that your plumber has received the highest levels of training to perform a reliable and safe repair.

Types Of Water Heaters

  • Electric Water Heaters

    Electric water heaters are powered by standard electricity to heat and cool the water that flows to your tubs, showers, sinks, dishwasher, and washing machine. These are very common in older homes and in multi-family structures.

  • Gas Water Heaters

    Photo of a plumber adjusting a gas water heater's temperature.Gas water heaters use a gas powered pilot light to heat the water that you enjoy in your home.

    Water heaters also come in both tanked and tankless models. Tankless water heaters use burners to quickly heat the water before it is delivered to your faucets. Although they may initially cost more than a traditional tank heater, they are more energy efficient and save money in the long run.

Symptoms Of Water Heater Problems

Lack of hot water on demand is the most common symptom of a malfunctioning water heater. But there are other lesser known signs that it is time to call a professional plumber:

  • Discoloured Water

    If the water coming from your faucets suddenly shows a yellow, brown, or orange tint, there is definitely a problem. If the tint only appears when using your hot water, and your cold water is closer to its normal crystal clear colour, then the problem is likely in your hot water heater.

  • Your Water Smells Foul

    If your water smells like garlic or spoiled eggs, you need to have your water heater inspected immediately. There is likely a reaction occurring inside your water heater around the heating rod.

  • Water Is Too Hot

    The lack of hot water is an obvious sign that something is wrong, but when your water is too hot, a water heater malfunction is a likely culprit. Inconsistent temperature regulation is a surefire sign that your water heater needs to be examined by a professional plumber.

    It may look easy to lower your hot water tank's temperature yourself, but this can put you at serious risk for pneumonia. Make sure to consult with a professional plumber before making any changes to your water heater's settings.

  • Malfunctioning Pilot Light

    If you are constantly restarting your pilot light because it just will not stay lit, call a plumber immediately. This is not only inconvenient, it can signal a dangerous situation.

  • Loud Or Banging Noises

    If your water heater is making loud sounds or if you hear banging noises originating from the machine, something is very wrong and it should be repaired immediately. Properly operating water heaters are relatively quiet.

  • Pooling Water

    If you have water pooling around the bottom of your water heater, a plumber should come out and repair the water heater as soon as possible. Allowing water to pool can cause damage to your flooring and can also lead to the growth of unhealthy mold.

  • Improper Insulation

    Our plumbers are also trained to help decrease the amount of energy required to heat your water. With hot water pipes adequately insulated with materials like foam pipe insulation sleeves, your plumber can help your home become more energy efficient.

What If I Smell Gas?

A technician servicing a water heater control panel with a screwdriver.If you have a gas water heater and you smell gas coming from its location, you have a potentially dangerous situation on your hands.

Gas and carbon monoxide are unhealthy and potentially lethal gasses, and gas leaks can harm your family if they are not repaired quickly and correctly by a professional. Our plumbers provide 24/7 service for situations such as these.

Things To Avoid

There are some common mistakes that homeowners make with their water heaters that should be avoided.

  • Don't Adjust The Temperature

    When the water coming out of your faucets is cooler than you would like, you may be tempted to adjust the temperature control valve on your water heater. This should be avoided. Turning your valve above certain temperature marks is extremely dangerous and can lead to scalding.

  • Don't Towel Up Puddles

    Some people may choose to deal with a puddle or pooling water beneath your water heater by placing a towel on the floor to absorb the excess water. This can accelerate mold growth and it doesn't fix the problem — it only covers it up. Leaking water heaters should be repaired as soon as possible.

  • Don't Release The Pressure

    Sometimes a water heater may sound as though it is boiling or gurgling. This is an indication of a pressure build-up inside the tank. Do not try to release the pressure yourself and do not delay in contacting one of our plumbers immediately to come to your home, release the pressure, and repair the problem.

  • Don't Attempt DIY Repairs

    If you do not have the proper training, you should not attempt to repair your water heater on your own. Although there are countless websites that claim to show you how to repair a malfunctioning water heater, this should be avoided. Water heaters are dangerous and can cause a variety of hazardous conditions both for the person attempting to tinker with the heater and for the residents of the entire household. These are dangerous appliances if they are not tended to by a professionally trained plumber.

What If My Water Heater Can't Be Repaired?

A plumber adjusting a water heater with a wrench.Our plumbers will thoroughly investigate the condition of your water heater. Most problems can be fixed, but if the water heater is beyond repair, our technicians will discuss replacement options with you.