It’s easy to take hot water for granted—until you have a problem with your hot water heater. When your hot water heater needs service, it’s important to call a plumber who is trained and experienced in all aspects of water heater repair and replacement. At Jewell Mechanical, we’re experts at diagnosing, repairing and replacing all types of hot water heaters.
Most Common Water Heater Problems
Among the most common hot water heater problems we encounter are: water leaking from the top, water leaking from the bottom, low hot water pressure, no hot water, not enough hot water, or water that is too hot. Smelly hot water, dirty or rust colored water, or a water heater that is making strange noises (like popping, banging or knocking) are also common problems.
With a gas water heater one may also experience issues with the pilot light not lighting (or not staying lit) or a burner that does not stay lit.
Types of Water Heaters We Service and Install
Our plumbing technicians service and install: electric water heaters, natural gas water heaters, propane gas water heaters, hybrid water heaters, and tankless water heaters, among others. We service and repair all major brands, including Rheem.
What is the Life Expectancy of a Water Heater?
You can expect a water heater to last between eight and 15 years, depending on the amount of use, how well it is maintained, and the quality/type of heater. Within their life span, water heaters should be maintained and may require repair.
Indications that your Hot Water Heater May Need Repair or Replacement
- Presence of an unusual odor or smelly water
- A leaking storage tank or leaking connections
- Reduced hot water supply or low water pressure
- Dirty or rusty water
- Rumbling, popping, pinging or banging noises
- A pilot light that won’t light or won’t stay lit (natural gas heaters)
If you need to replace your hot water heater, we can help you choose a size that is appropriate for the needs of your family. If you choose a hot water heater that is too large, that may lead to unnecessarily large utility bills. If you choose a water heater that is too small, your family may not have enough hot water.
Should I Consider a Tankless Hot Water Heater?
A tankless hot water heating system heats your water as needed, as opposed to continually heating water in a storage tank. There are many benefits to a tankless unit, as they never run out of hot water, are more efficient, typically last five to 10 years longer than tank water heaters (on average), require less space, and allow you to set the thermostat to your desired temperature. Also, there is no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.
The primary drawback is that a tankless unit can cost up to three times the price of a conventional tank water heater.
Call Jewell Mechanical for Hot Water Heater Service or Installation
Our plumbing technicians have many years of experience and we offer 24-hour emergency service for emergency situations. In most cases, we can provide same-day replacement for water heaters that require replacement, whether you’re in Davidson County or elsewhere in Middle Tennessee. Contact us online or call us at (615) 581-1641.