Having a water heater in your home is essential. Without a working water heater, you won’t be able to enjoy warm baths or showers or properly clean your dishes and laundry. Not having hot water is miserable, especially when you’ve been looking forward to a nice shower all day, only to get the shocking surprise of freezing water on your back.
Is my water heater broken?
Having cold showers is definitely a sign that your water heater is in need of some maintenance. If you turn on your sink or shower faucet and the water never gets warm or doesn’t get very hot when it should, that may be a sign of a broken water heater. Whether this means your heater needs to be fixed or replaced can be determined by the professionals at Tacoma Plumbing.
Sometimes a water heater is beyond repair. If your water heater is more than eight years old, then it's likely that you will need to purchase a new heater. As water heaters grow older, they may no longer be able to keep up with the demand for hot water and will eventually wear out and break.
If your water heater isn’t on its last legs, then you may be able to get away with simply repairing any malfunctioning parts. When you hire Tacoma Plumbing to inspect your water heater, our technicians will tell you exactly what is wrong with your appliance and what can be done to fix it. Rather than advising you to get a new water heater when there are only minor damages, our technicians will do their best to repair your water heater and extend its life. This will save you money and help your heater last a long time.
How can I save hot water?
There may be other circumstances that cause your hot water to seemingly stop working other than that it is broken. If someone else has recently moved into your home or if you are using more hot water than you normally do, your heater may simply be unable to keep up. If your water heater is one with a tank, then water is preheated and stored until it is needed. This means that there is only a finite supply of readily heated water available for use. Once this water runs out, your tank will begin heating more water, but this will take time.
If you’ve added a member to your household, like an aging parent or a tenant, then it's likely that more hot water is being used faster than your heater can provide it. If this is the case, you may want to upgrade your water heater and get a larger one. When you get a larger tank, more hot water can then be stored and used on-demand. Another option is finding ways to cut down on hot water use. If your family members are currently taking hot showers one right after the other, then you can prolong the use of hot water and allow your heater time to refill the tank by adding time between these showers. This may mean that a few people shower in the morning and a few showers at night. If this works for your family, then you may not need to get a bigger tank in order to continue enjoying hot showers for every member.
Another way you can save hot water is by being strategic about your dishes and laundry. By only running full loads of both dishes and laundry, you won’t be wasting hot water and so will use less. No longer running half loads or running a load every day may be the difference between having to buy a larger water heater and keeping the one you have.
What do I do if my water heater is broken?
If your water heater is broken, you’ll need to call a professional. If you live in or around Tacoma, then that professional is Tacoma Plumbing. We have been in the hot water heater business since 1992 and is highly qualified to repair or replace your water heater.
Tacoma Plumbing technicians will be able to repair or replace anything you need. With extensive knowledge and experience, all will easily be able to identify the problem and provide solutions.
It’s our goal to make the process as easy and stress-free for you as possible. We will do everything in our power to help and advise you in this situation and get your water heater up and running as quickly as possible. We understand that not having hot water is miserable for all involved and we want to keep that misery to an absolute minimum. In most cases, we can have your water heater diagnosed and repaired within just one visit.
Once the cause is determined and the damage assessed, Tacoma Plumbing will either repair your heater or replace it. If your heater needs to be entirely replaced or upgraded, Bob Larson Plumbing is here to help. Because we know so much about heaters, we can advise you and help you choose a new heater that will work best for you.
Once you’ve chosen a heater you can set a time for our technicians to install it. We will arrive promptly on time and will get the job done quickly and correctly so you can go back to your busy life with minimal interruption.
With a new or repaired water heater, you can go back to enjoying a relaxing bath or shower after work or after a stressful day. You can rest easy knowing that your heater shouldn’t give you any more problems for a long time. And if it does, we will be back to fix it in a flash, because we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with our service, then neither are we. When you trust us with all your water heater needs, you will have nothing to worry about. Call us for a free estimate today!
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