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Water Heater Repair

Water Heater Repair Services in Columbus, IN

Homeowners take hot water, like electricity, for granted until the moment it does not arrive. A water heater has a limited life. Perhaps failure will occur silently in the dead of night. Or the old heater may crack and leak waterfall all over the floor. Smart Columbus, IN homeowners, do not take their water heaters for granted.

Water Heater Basics

The most common type of residential water heater is the familiar bulky metal cylinder. It is both a heater and an insulated storage unit, holding 30-80 gallons of heated water. All water heaters are mechanical devices with several critical components and have limited lives.

Warning Signs of Water Heater Trouble

A water heater has many essential moving parts that ultimately fail. The homeowner may notice a lack of hot water, a decrease in water pressure, or a leak. The most common warning signs are:

  • No hot water
  • Tepid water
  • Low pressure
  • Leaking around tank
  • Discolored water
  • Strange odors
  • Strange sounds
  • Visible rust or cracks

Causes of Water Heater Failure

Failure of a single essential part may disable the water heater. The three most common causes of water heater trouble are:

  • Failure to Properly Maintain the Tank. Routine inspection of the anode rod, and draining and flushing, extend tank life and identifies minor problems before they escalate.
  • Sedimentation. Water contains particles, and over time those particles settle on the tank bottom, becoming a layer of insulation between the heating element and the water. The tank uses excess energy and water takes longer to heat.
  • Internal rust/anode failure. Conventional water heaters contain an anode rod, typically a piece of magnesium, aluminum, or zinc, to slow internal corrosion. The anode rod requires periodic replacement.

Common causes of water heater issues are:

  • Faulty heating element
  • Broken thermostat
  • Defective gas valve control
  • Broken pressure valve
  • Rusted, unsealed tank
  • Damaged supply line
  • Water leak
  • Unlit pilot light
  • Tripped circuit breaker

Water Heater Lifespan and Professional Maintenance

Expect the water heater to last eight to twelve years. Regular professional maintenance extends heater life. We recommend annual maintenance to include draining, flushing, inspection, and deep cleaning. Draining and flushing remove collected sediments, increasing efficiency and decreasing energy use.

A regular inspection in the context of deep cleaning of the coils, rods, and other components helps to identify latent problems before they become costly repairs or emergencies. Cost-effective routine service extends heater life and provides peace of mind. Because water heaters are complex and potentially dangerous, devices, performing DIY repairs is a risky business. Call a Summers professional.

Repair the Old Unit or Replace It?

Your Summers technician may diagnose a serious problem. In such a case, how does a homeowner decide whether to repair the old unit or buy a new one? The rule of thumb is the “50% rule”: if the repair cost exceeds 50% of the cost of a new appliance, consider a replacement. This is especially true if the unit is older and outside of the warranty.

Replacing aged, inefficient water heaters benefit homeowners in several ways:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduced utility bills
  • Fewer repairs
  • Improved hot water recovery rate (more hot water, faster)

Choosing a New Water Heater

Choosing from among a host of water heater alternatives can be a daunting task. Conventional? Tankless? Will it fit? Is any extra electrical or plumbing work necessary? Our team of Columbus, IN professionals is here to help. Trust Summers professionals to suggest quality, lasting solutions, without pushing flashy or expensive products. We will assist you in selecting a water heater sized for your household needs and budget. Summers wants to save you money while providing an effective solution.

Use Trusted, Experienced Professionals

Leave water heater services in the hands of experienced Summers plumbers. A Summers installation will satisfy all codes and safety standards. We properly size the heater to meet domestic needs. Our staff provides sound maintenance advice to maximize heater life. Professional installation and servicing reduce the chances of drama, danger, and damage that come with a DIY project.

Why Choose Summers Plumbing in Columbus?

Choose Summers as your plumbing professional for its reputation for integrity, competence, and fair prices. Summers is licensed, insured, and bonded for your peace of mind. We offer the finest products, together with competitive financing. Emergency plumbing services are available 24/7/365.

Friendly, local Summers technicians are just around the corner. Expect prompt, courteous service and fair prices. Contact Summers online or telephone us at 812.703.9080 for water heater repairs and installation near Columbus, IN. Check out our local reviews and specials!


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