If your water heater is making noises or is not providing enough hot water, these are signs of system failure. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides fast and dependable water heater repair and maintenance services to homes in Virginia. Give us a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 or book an appointment to receive assistance. We provide water heater repair services to residents in areas of Virginia such as Centreville, Arlington, Alexandria, and Reston.
Signs It’s Time For a Water Heater Repair
It goes without saying that your faucet water should always be colorless! A rusty tank or brownish water means your water heater tank needs some assessment to determine the cause. Rust and sedimentation inside the tank can produce little particles in your water, which can be hazardous.
Inconsistent Water Temperature
Your water heater has been designed with two heating elements. The dual-elements are controlled by two separate thermostats. The upper element heats the upper portion and shuts off when it has reached a certain temperature.
The lower heating element takes in the cold water and houses it until it is needed for the upper element. If you are experiencing quick hot water loss, it is possible that one of the elements is not functioning properly, and will require a water heater repair.
Most of our household appliances are going to make some noise while operating. However, water heater tanks are usually tucked away and tend to be on the quieter side. If you notice any unusual noises that become louder, it might be time to schedule a water heater repair appointment with a licensed technician to assess if your system is working properly.
Signs of Corrosion
Checking the outside of your water heater tank can give you an insight into what’s going on inside. Water heaters are meant to last an average of 8-12 years, in order to get the most out of your water heater, it is important to have it cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. If your water heater has begun to corrode, scheduling a water heater repair might be in order.
To most, our gas water heaters look like a tube that is tucked away in our laundry room and storage closets — our skilled technicians at Snell see them for their complex components, and have been trained to know their ins and outs!
The Main Components of a Gas Water Heater
The Tank, Dip Tube, and Discharge Pipe
The largest component of your system is the tank which holds the water. Cold water meets the tank using the dip tube, which extends from the top of the tube to the bottom. The water is then heated and rises to the top to exit through the discharge pipe.
The discharge pipe carries the heated water throughout your home. The cold water line entering the tank does have a shut-off valve. However, this should only be used to shut off the water during an emergency water heater repair.
The Gas Burner and Assembly
The heat source in a gas water heater is the gas burner. The gas burner is underneath the tank, but the controls are arms-length on the side of the tank. The controls can be used like a thermostat to change the temperature and ignite the pilot light. A gas line is also along the sides of the tank. The gas line has a shut-off valve, which can be turned off in a gas emergency.
The Exhaust Flue
Using gas to heat water creates other gases that are generated during combustion. The exhaust flue is responsible for venting those gases away from the burner. The exhaust flue also acts as a heat exchanger. The flue should be vented outside of your home to flush the gases. If you notice an odd smell near your system, this may be a sign of a gas leak. Immediately evacuate your house and call a professional to perform an emergency water heater repair.
The Pressure Relief Valve and the Drain Valve
A pressure relief valve is a safety component used to control or limit the pressure built up inside the tank. Pressure and excessive heat can be dangerous. This valve is important to ensure the tank does not burst or explode. The pressure relief valve is located on top of your tank. The drain valve is located at the bottom of the tank. This valve can be used to flush sediments from the tank. The build-up of sediments can cause damage to your tank. Draining your tank every once in a while is a good maintenance measure to ensure no build-up. By scheduling a water service repair you can have your tank drained by a profession at Snell.
This should help homeowners better understand your gas water heater and all its components. Checking these components regularly can help you determine whether it is time for a gas water heater repair.
Electric Water Heater Components
The Heating Element
The heating element consists of an inner wire surrounded by the filler material which is enclosed in a sheath of copper or stainless steel. The thermostat allows electric currents to flow through the inner wire. The inner wire creates heat that is passed to the filler material or outer sheath.
Once transferred, it is then absorbed by the water. If your water heater is not producing hot water, this may be due to a broken heating element. Snell Heating & Air Conditioning provides replacement heating elements along with dependable water heater repair services to homes in Virginia. Elements can be offered in different wattages or materials to meet specific heating requirements.
The Control Circuit
The single-phase control circuit comes equipped with a high limit control switch with reset button, upper thermostat, lower thermostat, two heating elements, and wires. The upper thermostat sends electric energy to the upper heating element until the temperature in the upper third of the tank reaches the set thermostat setting. Then, power is transferred to the lower heating element until the remaining water reaches the lower thermostat setting. The high limit control switch will trip and shut off the power elements if the water temperature exceeds 170°F. Homeowners may also have a single element water heater, which has one element mounted at the bottom of the tank. The single element is controlled by a thermostat and high limit switch.
Running through this simple checklist will help you determine whether it might be time for a water heater repair service.
Water Heater Repair Services Near You in Virginia
No matter what type of water heater repair, maintenance, or installation service you may need, Snell Heating & Air Conditioning will be here to help. We provide water heater services to homes in areas of Virginia including Centreville, Alexandria, and Arlington. Reach out to one of our water heater experts today!