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Edmonton Water Heater Repair and Replacement

There are places in the world where hot water isn't really that important—it's nice, but not strictly necessary. Edmonton is not one of those places. In fact, Canadian water heaters are an absolute necessity to keep us going through those long, cold winters when the thermostat can dip down to -45 degrees Celsius. But even in the summer, we need our hot showers and the convenience of having warm water on demand with just a twist of the tap. That's why it's so irritating, aggravating and sometimes downright worrisome when something's not right with your unit and you need Edmonton water heater repair services.

Like everything else in life, your unit isn't going to last forever. It deteriorates over time and can cause annoying problems like an inadequate supply or smelly, discolored water. Even worse, a degraded unit can sometimes pose a threat to the members of your household. But, you can dramatically extend its expected lifespan and avoid replacement for longer with professional repairs and maintenance. Your plumber may even be able to help you increase your energy savings by making your system run more efficiently.

If you'd like to get the advantages of a unit that is in perfect working order, trust your local Edmonton plumber to restore the function of your system with Edmonton water heater repair and replacement services. The experienced team of professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton have the skill and expertise to handle any water heater repair problem and get the hot water flowing again, so you can finally enjoy that extra-long shower.

Signs You Need Water Heater Repair in Edmonton, AB

Have you ever gotten into the shower, ready to enjoy a torrent of relaxing hot water—only to have it turn ice-cold halfway through and leave you standing there with shampoo in your hair? When a tank doesn't seem to hold as much hot water as it once did, many people just assume that's an inevitable problem that they'll have to live with. That's actually not true, though. It's a warning sign that your system is experiencing difficulties and needs professional Edmonton water heater repair or replacement before it gives up altogether.

If you're aware of the telltale signs that trouble is coming down the pipe, you can get the help you need for heater repair before the damage worsens and causes bigger problems for your property. Here are some of the most common symptoms we encounter on repair calls.

Not Enough Supply

When people think of things that annoy them about their heater unit, insufficient supply is probably right near the top of the list. It's a very common problem, and it can be caused by a build-up of sediment inside the tank that is taking up space that was once available for liquid. This hot water tank repair issue can be fixed by hiring an Edmonton water heater repair professional to flush it out and clean the inside of the tank.

This type of buildup can be a particular problem in places with hard mineral deposits. Edmonton's supply is only considered "moderately hard" at about 9-16 gpg (grains per gallon) or 150-200 mg/L (milligrams per liter), but that's still enough to cause sediment build-up and limescale mineral deposits over time that could compromise your unit's ability to provide the same amount of hot water that it used to when it was new.

Takes a Long Time to Heat Tank

If you've got a few people in the house who love a nice, long shower, it's no mystery why your tank sometimes runs out of it's supply—but it should be capable of getting a fresh tank heated up within a reasonable amount of time, so the next person in line can get their bathing done. How long exactly depends on the type of fuel it uses. A natural gas-powered unit should be able to heat a tank in about 45 minutes, while an electricity-powered unit will take about twice that amount of time. If it's taking significantly longer and you find yourself waiting for hours, your system is definitely crying out for Edmonton water heater service.

Unusual Sounds

It's normal to hear a quiet humming noise from your tank, but unusual or obtrusive noises such as banging, thumping, grinding, sucking or gurgling are a cause for concern. There are a lot of different possible factors that could be causing weird noises, and your plumber will be able to diagnose and correct the problem once they've given the unit a thorough inspection.

Liquid is Discolored or Has a Foul Odour

Have you noticed that your hot water—but not the cold—is coming out of your faucet looking discolored, or with particles of dirt and rust floating in it? Or worse, does it feel "slimy" or have a metallic taste? Discolored or rusty water is a clear sign that you've got corrosion on the inside of the tank or noticeable sediment build-up. You may also notice that the liquid has a musty or metallic taste—in these cases, it's really important to get professional Edmonton water heater repair before you consume any more of the liquid or use it for bathing.

Leaking Tank

It's no secret that a big puddle forming under or near your tank is a bad sign. A leaky tank could cause a lot of damage to your property in a short amount of time, so it's not something that should be allowed to continue without professional intervention. The most likely culprit in this scenario is a faulty or deteriorated drain valve that may need to be tightened up or replaced altogether.

Options for Edmonton Water Heater Replacement

If you get the news that you need a new water heater, you may not be very excited to hear it—but there are some big advantages to getting a new, high-efficiency model. Aside from all the supply you need, available on demand, you can also expect to significantly increase your energy savings with the help of an experienced plumber.

Conventional Tank-Based Units

A storage tank water heater uses a lot of fuel, whether it's electricity or natural gas, to constantly heat that big tank so it's available whenever you turn on the tap. But it loses efficiency over time and increases its energy consumption, which is reflected on your energy bills. Manufacturers are constantly working to improve the efficiency of their products, so a new hot water tank installation will be a lot more efficient than an old, deteriorated unit—but not as efficient as a tankless or hybrid system.

Tankless Water Heater Systems

Tankless hot water heaters could dramatically decrease energy use because, as the name suggests, they eliminate the need to continuously heat a large tank. Instead, tankless water heaters are natural gas-powered devices that heat water on-demand before it exits the faucet. Because it's only heating the exact amount of water you're going to use, when you're going to use it, it saves a very noticeable amount of energy. In fact, depending on the condition and age of your current unit, it could save as much as 60% of your current water heating costs.

Energy Efficient Hybrid Models

A hybrid unit is a third option that combines the availability of storage water heaters with even better efficiency than an on-demand tankless system. This is a good option for Edmonton homes because you have the security of knowing there's a back-up supply available while at the same time reducing your strain on environmental resources and reducing the amount you need to pay on your monthly utility bills. If you’re concerned about losing your tank but still want the efficiency of a new unit, you may want to consider a hybrid rather than just having another conventional tank-style unit installed to replace your old system. Hybrid systems use 2 heat sources. The first is electric elements, just like a standard electric water heater, and the second is a heat pump. The heat pump takes heat from ambient air and deposits it into your water heater, kind of like a reverse air conditioner!

Mr. Rooter Plumbing Offers Effective, Efficient Water Heater Repair in Edmonton

When you call a plumbing company, you need to know that the technicians who show up at your door will be able to provide effective, skilled, efficient services with upfront, honest pricing. Our experienced technicians have the skill and equipment to resolve your Edmonton water heater repair problems, as well as help with drain cleaning, fixture installations and other types of plumbing service. We are committed to courteous, professional behaviour and will always treat you and your property with respect.

Frequently Asked Questions About Edmonton Water Heater Repair

If you'd like to know more about water heater repair in Edmonton or you have questions about our other plumbing services, call us up to speak with our knowledgeable customer service representatives and get all your questions answered easily. Or, check out our replies to questions we are commonly asked by Edmonton homeowners.

What Caused the Problem With My Unit?

There are a number of components in your system that can fail, or factors that can cause damage to your unit and prevent it from working properly, or at all. We won't know what caused the trouble with your system until we're able to examine it in person, but some potential causes are:

  • Anode rod is worn out

  • Current unit is too small

  • Sediment build-up

  • Hard mineral deposits

  • Bad heating elements or burned-out element

  • Rust and corrosion

  • Pilot light has gone out

  • Pressure relief valve has deteriorated

  • Problem with the electrical panel

  • Faulty thermostat

  • System is aging and needs replacement

Are Natural Gas Units Dangerous to My Household?

A natural gas water heater that is in poor condition does have the potential to pose a threat to your family. That's because it produces carbon monoxide, a colorless, tasteless gas that is extremely harmful or even fatal when it is inhaled in large quantities. Normally the gas is safely vented outdoors where it can't do any harm, but a deteriorated exhaust system can leak carbon monoxide into your home. That's why it's so important to get annual maintenance services to avoid those dangerous consequences. Regular maintenance gives your plumber the opportunity to spot possible trouble zones and correct them long before they can threaten the well-being of your family.

How Can I Maintain My Unit to Avoid the Need for Edmonton Water Heater Repair Service?

The best way to avoid needing repairs in the future is with a professional preventative maintenance plan. By having a professional plumber check out your system and take care of any minor repairs that are needed, you will prevent larger repairs from becoming necessary and extend the lifespan of your system so you can avoid replacement for longer.

If you're looking for ways to save more money on your utility bills, there is a simple way to help your unit avoid heat loss. By covering the tank in an insulating foil "jacket," you'll help it hold in heat much better and it won't need to use as much fuel to keep the tank warm, and this is something that you can easily do as a DIY project.

Need Edmonton Water Heater Repair? Your Local Plumber at Mr. Rooter Will Get the Job Done Right

Whether you're in Edmonton or a nearby community such as Sherwood Park, St. Albert or Stony Plain, you can rely on the team of plumbing experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Edmonton for experienced, reliable repairs and other plumbing services, so you never have to suffer through another cold shower.

Pick up the phone and get in contact with us today by calling 780-429-3600 to book an appointment at a convenient time, or to speak with our friendly office staff and find out more about the other ways we can help with Edmonton plumbing repairs.

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