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Water Heater Repair

Summers Water Heater Repair in Portage, IN

Hot water is an important aspect of keeping a home clean and comfortable. It can even provide much-needed relaxation after a long day. For a home to have hot water, it must be heated in a water heater before being directed throughout the house.

When a water heater does not work as it should, it could bring the home to a stop. It can also create frustration and discomfort when unable to take that hot bath or shower after a long day. Fortunately, there are professional services that can provide water heater repair in Valparaiso, IN.

Professional Water Heater Service

Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling offers professional services to get that water heater working again to get the home back to normal. Our plumbers are trained and experience in almost any problem your home may face.

At the first sign of a problem, contact our service team to schedule an appointment. Our technician will arrive at the home and inspect the water heater to determine the cause of the issue. When a problem is found, they will provide the homeowner with the recommended solution to the problem with an estimate for the work. Once the homeowner accepts, the technician can get to work restoring the hot water in the home.

Signs of a Water Heater Problem

Often, a water heater will show signs of a problem early. This can alert homeowners to get repair soon before the hot water stops flowing. These signs can include:

Hot Water Running Out

Most water heaters contain a large tank that stores the water coming into the home. These tanks can typically hold 20-80 gallons of water at a time. This filled tank is then heated to the set temperature and stored until it is used in the home.

If it seems that the hot water is running out faster than it should, there may be an issue with the water heater’s ability to heat or keep hot water in the tank. It could also be a sign that the water heater is too small for the growing needs of the home. A professional plumber can help determine the cause of this issue.

Temperatures Keep Changing

There may be times when it seems that the water coming out of the hot water tap is cold. Other times, it may be hot or even just lukewarm. This is a sign of a problem with the water heater. Most likely, it is due to a faulty heating element in the unit. It could even be an issue with the thermostat. A professional plumber can find the cause of this fluctuation and provide the right repair.

Bangs, Pops, Crackling 

Most water that comes into the home has some minerals dissolved in it. When the water sits in the tank of the water heater, these minerals can settle to the bottom of the tank or around the inside. When this sediment builds up, it can pose issues with the unit’s ability to heat properly.

Excessive sediment can even create a variety of noises inside the water heater. As the bits of sediment heat up, they can pop, bounce off the sides of the tank creating bangs, or even crackle. In these cases, the water heater needs to be flushed out. A professional plumber can safely and efficiently flush the water heater to reduce the sediment in the tank.

Brown or Orange Water

Another common problem homeowners can face is finding that their hot water is brown or orange when it comes out of the tap. This coloring usually indicates rust in the water. If it is only coming from the hot tap, then chances are, the water heater is beginning to rust inside.

A plumber can flush the tank of the heater to clear out the rusty water. However, if the rust inside is severe, the orange or brown color may return. This rust could even lead to further problems with the unit.


Increased sediment or even rust inside the tank can eventually damage the tank so severely that it can leak water. Very often, this leaking can begin as just some dampness around the bottom of the unit. Before long, the water is just pouring out of the tank.

Sometimes, leaks can be due to poor or damaged connections of the water lines going in or out of the water heater. These can be easily repaired by a plumbing technician. However, if the leak is due to a damaged tank, replacing the water heater may be necessary.

Can the Water Heater Be Repaired?

There are many situations where a water heater can be repaired. For example, replacing the heating element or the anode rod are simple repairs that a plumber can easily perform. However, there are some cases where replacement is the only option, such as leaks or severe rust in the tank.

There may be times that the plumber can repair the unit but will suggest replacement. This is done for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it is due to the cost of repair being more than the unit is worth. Sometimes, it is due to the unit needing constant repair. In some cases, it may be simply due to the age of the unit. The plumber may suggest a replacement for better energy efficiency for the home.

When there is a choice in repairs or replacement, the plumbing technician will provide all information to the homeowner, including their recommendation. Ultimately, the decision is left with the homeowner.

Contact the Professionals

Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling provides homeowners with the best water heater repair in Portage, IN. Our technicians will provide a thorough inspection of the unit and determine the best solution for the problem. If replacement is necessary, they will help the homeowners find a unit that will best meet their needs. If facing any issue with your water heater, contact us today.

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