The Sunny Plumber Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater Repair’

Protect the Anode Rod, Protect the Water Heater!

Monday, October 19th, 2020

sunny-plumberYou probably think about your sink, toilet, and shower more than you do your water heater, right? That’s understandable, considering the fact that you directly interact with, or at least see, those fixtures each and every day. Just because it’s understandable doesn’t mean it’s fair, though.

After all, where do you think that hot water you enjoy so much in the shower is coming from?

That’s right—your water heater in Tucson! Don’t take an out of sight, out of mind attitude toward your water heater. You need to take care of it so that it can take care of you. Fortunately, doing so is pretty simple. Tank water heaters require pretty little in the way of maintenance.

But you definitely need to keep a fresh anode rod in the tank!

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Signs That Your Water Heater Is In Trouble

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

logoIf there is one essential piece of equipment in your home—well, let’s be honest. You can’t make a distinction like that. And we are certainly not the type of company that is going to tell you that any single system or appliance in your home outweighs any other. We all have our priorities. For some, a dishwasher may be as indispensable as, well, a water heater! And it is pretty tough to make a case against your water heater being essential.

You use your water heater for so many different purposes. From washing your linens to doing the dishes—or providing the hot water for your dishwasher to do the dishes—the water heater plays a major role in your home. That is why a water heater in Tucson, AZ, that is struggling to get the job done is such a major concern. If you have any worries about the way that your water heater is operating, give us a call.

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3 Symptoms of Water Heater Issues

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Water heaters occasionally develop problems, just like any other system. Also just like any other system, the best way to handle water heater issues is to identify them as quickly as possible. The faster you can identify water heater issues, and have them repaired, the better off your system will be. Read on for some of the more common symptoms that your water heater is in trouble.

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Why Your Water Is Alternating Between Hot and Cold

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Have you ever been washing your hands, or taking a hot shower, and suddenly been blasted with ice-cold water without warning? It’s possible that someone flushed a toilet somewhere, but it’s also possible that there’s actually a problem with your water heater. Read on to find out more about how your water heater might be responsible for the problem.

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Call for Repairs Immediately If Your Water Heater Displays These Symptoms

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Your home’s water heater is one of the most expensive—if not the most expensive—components of your plumbing system. With this in mind, when something is amiss you’ll want to take care of it right away. But how do you know when something’s wrong? Thankfully, many common water heater problems are fairly easy to figure out, though you will want to have a professional take care of your repairs right away. So, what water heater symptoms should you watch out for?

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Why Your Water Heater Output Is Dropping

Monday, August 31st, 2015

No one likes taking a cold shower, especially not when they’re in the middle of a hot shower and then it becomes a cold shower. Gradual or sudden drops in hot water output is a common problem for water heaters, and an incredibly frustrating one. There are a number of different possible causes for this issue, all of which will require professional repairs. Let’s take a look at a couple of the possible causes for drops in water heater output.

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Common Water Heater Problems

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Water heaters are incredibly sturdy systems. They have to be in order to properly cope with the level of demand that they are constantly placed under. However, they are not invincible systems. There are a wide variety of different issues that can harm your water heater. In order to get them repaired as quickly as possible, it helps to know what symptoms to watch for. The faster you can identify a problem with your water heater, the faster you can get it repaired. Let’s take a look at some of those problems and their symptoms now.

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What is the Sacrificial Anode Rod?

Monday, April 20th, 2015

If you have a storage tank water heater, then your system is one of the hardest working appliances in your house. Storage tank water heaters are constantly keeping gallons upon gallons of water heated, day and night, just in case you need it. This means they are exposed to water from the day that they are installed to the day they are replaced. Why, then, do they not fall apart from rust a year or two after being installed? The answer to that lies with a special part called the “sacrificial anode rod.” Let’s take a look at what makes the anode rod so special, and why you need to keep an eye on it.

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The Anode Rod and Water Heater Repairs

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Have you ever wondered why you occasionally get that brown, rusty water coming out of your pipes when you turn on your sink or shower? As you probably already know, the brow coloring is caused by oxidization in the tank of your water heater. This rust then gets into the water supply, which is circulated throughout the house. So, if your water heater is susceptible to rust then why doesn’t it happen more often? This is all because of a single part called the “anode rod.” Read on for more information on what this part actually does, and why it’s vital to the health of your water heater.

What Is It?

The anode rod is a steel wire, surrounded by either aluminum or magnesium, which is inserted into the top of the tank of your water heater. Depending on how large your water heater is, there may be multiple rods inserted into it to prolong the effect.

How Does It Work

As mentioned above, the anode rod is there to protect the inside of your tank from oxidizing. It does this by attracting the harmful elements that cause oxidization present in the water. Rather than rusting the inside of the tank, these elements latch onto the anode rod and corrode it instead. This is why anode rods are occasionally called “sacrificial rods” because they are slowly destroyed for the good of the water heater. Sooner or later, the anode rod corrodes down to the wire and needs to be replaced.

What Happens If It Isn’t Replaced?

If the anode rod corrodes to the point of becoming useless, there will be nothing to prevent the inside of your tank from rusting out and springing leaks. This can cause quite a bit of damage, so it’s a good idea to examine the anode rod if you see brown water coming out of your faucet or shower head. If you don’t know where the anode rod is on your tank, call an HVAC technician to show you how to fix it.

If you think your anode rod may need replacing, call The Sunny Plumber. We conduct all kinds of water heater repair services throughout the Tucson area.

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Reasons to Empty and Clean Your Water Heater

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

If you use a storage water heater to provide your home with hot water (i.e. a system that stores the hot water in a large tank), you need to provide it with regular maintenance so it will last up to and perhaps beyond its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan.

One of the most important parts of regular water heater maintenance is to empty the tank and clean it out. This is known as flushing the tank, and it forms part of the maintenance that you should receive from a service technician every year.

However, there are times when a water heater needs flushing because of a repair need. We’ll look at reasons why you might need to call for water heater repair in Tucson, AZ to flush the tank. For this service, and to enroll your water heater in regular maintenance, call The Sunny Plumber today. We are available for emergency repair work, 24/7.

Why Tank Flushing May Be Necessary

The basic point of flushing a water heater’s tank is to eliminate sediment build-up. As water enters the tank from the municipal supply system, the heat inside the tank will remove particles from the water that will settle along the bottom of the tank. Given time, the sediment build-up will become large enough to create problems. If you have regular flushing done as part of maintenance, you shouldn’t experience many problems. However, leaks and underground line breaks can lead to a rapid development of sediment.

One of the principal dangers of sediment build-up is that it will clog the outtake lines, leading to you receiving no hot water at all. When you call repair technicians because of a loss of hot water, they will check the tank to see if this blockage has occurred, and if it has, they will flush the system and clean out the sediment.

The sediment also poses the threat of making the tank overheat because of the reduction of space; overheating will rapidly damage the system and start to spring leaks. Sediment can also trigger the reaction that leads to rust, which is the #1 danger to water heaters that can lead to them needing replacement.

Although you can find online guides for how to flush the tank of your water heater on your own, we do not recommend this—especially if you need to do the job for a repair. Repair work should always be left to the trained technicians. They can take care of the flushing fast and get the system running again in no time.

You can trust to the work on water heater repair in Tucson, AZ available from The Sunny Plumber. We offer a two year Parts & Labor Guarantee with membership in our Concierge Program. Call us today if you need repairs or if you want to get started with maintenance for your water heater.

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