There are a few reasons why your water heater isn’t working properly. It could be a simple repair like tightening something loose or a flush of the system, however it could be a more serious issue and If you are not comfortable in repairing the serious issue, you should contact a professional in case something goes wrong. You also may want to check with your insurance agent to see if you are covered as even attempting repairs yourself could lead to a claim denial.
Note: Before attempting repairs yourself – Do you know where your main water valve shutoff is and is it in working order?
A common cause of leaks is a loose drain valve. With the loose connection it could lead to water escape and slowly drip. Check the connection and see if it is either wet or the area just below has water damage or a pool of water. Use a wrench to tighten the valve connection, however, do not over tighten it.
If the pressure gets too high, the water will escape wherever it can such as valves, gauge connections, or bursting pipes or the tank. This could be due to your temperature set to high, a bad pressure valve, a malfunctioning thermostat, or the pressure from the outside is too much for your system to handle.
Heat in the air meeting cold surfaces causes condensation. You might not have a leak but rather a large amount of condensation forming and dripping onto the ground.
Hot water tanks should be flushed from time to time to clean the tank of erosion from sediment. Over time sediment may damage the inside of the tank and cause a tear or weaken areas which could lead to pressure to burst the tank.
Water heaters have evolved throughout the years beginning with a Standard Gas Water Heater, Power Vented Gas Water Heater and the Tankless Water Heater. Our mechanics are able to answer the customers questions and recommend the best option for their home. Being proactive in water heater replacement can prevent damage to your home and offer peace of mind. The general rule of thumb for a tanked water heater is they should be replaced every 10 years, especially if it is installed in a finished living area.
All water heaters installed by Wittmaier qualify homeowners for a $75 rebate! The rebate is paid from our Mechanical Contractors Association and is not built into the price like other rebate offers! All rebate paperwork will be handled and sent in by Wittmaier upon payment of invoice.
*Power vented gas and tank-less water heaters may also qualify for additional rebates*