If your water heater stops working, you want it fixed fast. However, many homeowners don't feel comfortable in attempting to fix their water heaters on their own. It is important to understand that if you attempt repairs, without the help of a trained professional, you risk doing further damage and going without hot water for an extended period of time. Here are three common water heater repairs:
Flushing the Tank – If you live in an area that has hard water, you may need to take extra measures to flush out excessive minerals that can get left behind in the water supply. These minerals left behind by hard water can begin to fill up a tank which, in turn, will reduce the volume inside and increase pressure levels. If you hear any unusual banging noises, call a Reese technician. These loud noises could indicate that your tank simply needs to be flushed of mineral deposits.
Replacing the Anode Rod – The anode rod of your water heater is a simple device which is vital to maintaining the life of your water heater. This component is a steel wire coated in aluminum or magnesium and it keeps your water heater’s tank from rusting. Because the anode rode is more corrosive than the steel tank, this part will need to be periodically replaced.
Replacing the Dip Tube – The dip tube is the portion of your unit that allows cold water to flow into the tank. The dip tube leads all the way down to the bottom where the burner (or electric heating element) is located. If this item cracks or breaks off, you will only get tepid water from your water heater.
Contact Reese Services today to repair or provide maintenance for your water heater. A professional inspection of your water heater will reveal any signs of danger or wear and tear. One of our skilled technicians can help you to determine whether you need to repair or replace your water heater. We recommend that our customers sign up for a regular maintenance agreement. Water heaters don’t have many moving parts, but they still require periodic inspection, repair and part replacement. Ensuring that regular maintenance will be performed on your water heater is the best thing you can do to maintain its longevity.