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Water Heater Repair

Water Heater Repair Services in Logansport, IN

Homeowners take hot water, like electricity, for granted until it disappears. A water heater has a limited life and will fail; the only questions are when and how. Perhaps failure occurs silently in the night. Or maybe the old heater cracks or explodes, spewing gallons of murky water. Smart Logansport, IN homeowners do not take their water heaters for granted.

Water Heater Basics

The many heater varieties share in common the essential function of providing hot water on demand. The most common type of residential water heater is the familiar metal cylinder. It is both a heater and an insulated storage unit, holding 30-80 gallons of heated water. All water heaters are intricate mechanical devices with several critical components.

Warning Signs of Water Heater Problems

A water heater has many essential moving parts that eventually give out. The homeowner may notice a leak, lack of hot water, or a decrease in pressure. Other warning signs include:

  • No hot water, or inadequate quantities
  • Tepid water not reaching proper temperature
  • Low pressure
  • Leaking
  • Discolored water
  • Strange odors or sounds
  • Visible rust or cracks
  • Old age

Causes of Water Heater Failure

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

  • Failure to Properly Maintain the Tank. Routine inspection of the anode rod and draining and flushing extends 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.

Other common causes of water heater issues are:

  • Faulty heating element
  • Broken thermostat
  • Defective gas valve control
  • Broken pressure valve
  • Rusted, unsealed tank
  • Anode rod failure
  • 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 that life. We recommend annual maintenance to include draining, flushing, inspection, and deep cleaning. Draining and flushing expels collected sediments.

A regular inspection and deep cleaning of the coils, rods, and other minor components 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 intricate and potentially dangerous devices, DIY repairs carry the risk of making matters worse.

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 an old unit or purchase 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 without a warranty.

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

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Reduced utility bills
  • Fewer repairs
  • Improved hot water recovery rate

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 professionals near Logansport, IN, 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 size for your budget and domestic needs. Summers wants to save you money while providing an effective solution.

Use Trusted, Experienced Professionals

Leave water heater services in the hands of our experienced plumbers. A Summers installation will meet 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, damage, and danger that are part of the DIY scenario.

Why Choose Summers Plumbing in The Logansport Area?

Choose Summers for its reputation for integrity, competence, and fair prices. We are licensed and insured for your peace of mind. We offer the finest products, and financing is available. Emergency plumbing services are available 24/7/365. Friendly, local Summers technicians are just around the corner. Expect prompt, courteous service. 


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