Water Heater Repair

Water heater units last a long time, but not a lifetime. When your water heater ages, signs of wear and tear will eventually surface – everything from your water not heating adequately, to leaks, muddy water, to name a few. Problems like these, however, don’t always require you to replace your old trusty water heater.  

Repairing your water heater

Traditional water heaters are relatively simple machines with just a few components to keep track of, so diagnosing problems with your hot water and deciding whether you need a repair (or a replacement) should be pretty straightforward.

Usually, water heater repair is called for if your unit is relatively new (if it’s less than five years old) and you’re just not having hot water like you used to. This might be an installation or a maintenance issue, or maybe a part would need replacing.

If your water heater unit is more than 10 years old, however, and it’s breaking down on you fairly often, then maybe it’s time for you to consider getting a more modern, more energy-efficient unit installed at home.

Most hot water heaters make use of an insulated storage tank jacket made of steel. The insulation between the storage tank and the tank jacket serves to reduce the heat loss of the water, allowing it to stay hotter longer.



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Rocklin-based and family-owned and operated, Patrick’s Hot Water has been part of the community since 2001, providing quality water heater installation, repair, and maintenance services to residences as well as commercial establishments.

Most hot water heaters make use of an insulated storage tank jacket made of steel. The insulation between the storage tank and the tank jacket serves to reduce the heat loss of the water, allowing it to stay hotter longer.


Electric Water Heater Repair

In an electric water heater, the water is heated by electric upper and lower heating elements that extend into the water tank. 

If your electric heater isn’t working, it might be an issue with your power supply, your heater settings, a water pressure problem, or maybe it might be that your heater is in need of thorough maintenance work.

Electric hot water tank repair might be called for if the insulation is found to be defective or if there’s an issue with the connecting pipes or wires that power the heating elements.

Gas Water Heater Repair 

In gas water heaters, a gas-powered burner heats the water from below the tank.

Just like in the case of electric water heaters, professionals would look into the failure of the heating element—which is the gas burner. Other possible causes of a malfunctioning gas water heater might be improper settings, a lack of water tank maintenance, or having high water pressure at home. 

Professional gas hot water heater repair services would likely look into these reasons before recommending replacing a part or even the entire unit entirely.

Tankless Hot Water Heater Repair

In the case of tankless water heaters, home units quickly heat water as needed when you turn on the hot tap.
While this gives them a higher energy efficiency rating than standard heaters, there are some water heater parts that also break down.

Mineral build-up due to hard water is one of the more common issues of tankless heaters. Other reasons would include improper installation, demand overload, and the corrosion of the heat exchanger.

A professional tankless water heater repair service will look into these common issues and make recommendations to get your heater back in working order once more.

Right up until we stop getting hot water from the shower, we don’t normally think about getting our home water heaters repaired or replaced.

However, there might be signs that you’re at least due for a routine maintenance check if you experience any of the following:

  • Muddy, discolored, or gritty water.
  • An unusual smell in the water (which might be described as “metallic” or “like rotting eggs”).
  • A lot less hot water than you’re normally used to.
  • Strange sounds coming from your water heater system.
  • A faulty TPR (temperature and pressure relief) valve.
    • Persistent leakages.

Generally, water heaters will last 8 to 12 years. This means at the 10-year mark, you should consider replacing your hot water heating unit at home. Not just because it can eventually break down on you, but also due to the fact that there are newer, more energy-efficient heater models available in the market.  

Water heaters are certainly built to last, and with proper regular maintenance, can continue to be serviceable for many years.

Exact figures may vary, but you can expect your hot water repair costs to set you back anywhere from around $100 to $300.

Consulting with your hot water repair professional will give you a better idea about your available options, your expected timeline, and the costs associated. 

Naturally, estimates will depend on which parts have been damaged (or needs servicing or replacing), your tank type, and how it’s still holding up (after all these years), or if there are any other associated problems such as leaks or loose connections.

However, if you’re looking at purchasing and installing a new conventional water heater, you might be expected to shell out anywhere in the ballpark of $500 to $1,500.

You can choose to repair the water heater at home by yourself or you might decide to call your local hot water repair service professionals.

Especially when you’re looking for dependable, high quality services for water heater repair in Rocklin, CA, consider giving Patrick’s Hot Water a call. Family owned-and-operated, with more than 20 years of experience and expertise, and always ready to help, Patrick’s Hot Water is your smart choice for all your water heater repair needs.

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