SPS Mechanical Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater Repair’

Is It Time to Flush Your Water Heater?

Monday, December 17th, 2018

tank-water-heaterIf they gave trophies to home appliances, water heaters would be winning one every year (and we’re not talking about the obligatory trophies they give to all the kids on the team). Nearly every appliance in your home relies on the water heater. If the sink gets clogged, sure, you might not be able to use your sink for the day. But if something happens to the water heater? The sink, the washer, and the shower are out of commission (unless you like freezing showers).

What we’re trying to say is: You have to take care of your water heater. One way to do that is by flushing the sediments that collect at the bottom of the tank.

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Careful of These Water Heater Problems

Monday, December 18th, 2017

tank-water-heaterPeople tend to worry about the strain their heaters are put under during the winter, and their air conditioners during the summer. Very few worry too much about their water heaters, though. That’s unfortunate, because though water heaters are designed to be quite tough, they are not invincible.

It’s important that you be able to identify problems with your water heater as quickly as possible, so that you can have it repaired before it gets any worse. The following are some of the more common water heater problems that your system may find itself dealing with.

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Problems That Lead to Water Heater Replacement

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Water heaters are built to last for quite a while, but they are not invincible. If you want to get the most out of your water heater, you need to be aware of the kinds of problems that threaten to shorten its lifespan. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing the system far sooner than you thought you would. Let’s take a look at some of the problems that can lead to water heater replacement.

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Why You Should Check Your Water Heater Anode Rod Every Year

Monday, June 1st, 2015

If you use a storage water heater, as most people do, then your water heater is in constant contact with water from the day it is installed to the day it is replaced. All of that water exposure raises the likelihood of oxidization over time to 100%. So why is your water heater tank not rusted out, then? The answer lies with a deceptively simple part called the “anode rod.” Read on to find out more about the anode rod, and why you should keep a close eye on it.

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Signs You Need Water Heater Repair

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A broken water heater is a major inconvenience, and should it happen to you, it will force you realize just how much you depend daily on a supply of hot water. If possible, you want to get a head start on water heater malfunctions and call in repair professionals to solve the problems before they lead to full system failure.

Here are a few warning signs that you should call for professional water heater repair service in Woodbury, NJ. For fast and effective service for all your plumbing issues, call SPS Mechanical Inc. We are ready 24 hours a day to help you with your malfunctioning water heater.

Common Indications You Need Water Heater Repair Services

  • Discolored water: When you turn on a hot water tap and the water that comes out has a brownish-red discoloration—similar to what you expect to see when you turn on the taps after you have been away from home for a week or more—you may have a problem from either excess sediment in the tank or the development of corrosion because of a rusted-through anode rod. Although you may have heard that rust in a water heater is an instant death-sentence for the system, it isn’t necessarily a reason to replace the unit­—provided the water heater isn’t too old and you catch the problem soon enough. If the issue is sediment, repair technicians can flush out the tank to solve the trouble.
  • Loss of hot water supply: If you’ve lived with the same water heater for long enough, you will know how much hot water to expect from it before it runs out and needs to heat up more. If you notice a drop in this supply (i.e. people in your household start to complain about going with lukewarm or cold showers in the morning) it means there is a malfunction in the water heater. A common reason for this problem is a broken dip tube depositing cold water near the top of the tank. Repair technicians will get to the bottom of the problem and fix whatever is necessary.
  • Rumbling tank: In general, any strange sound from a water heater indicates it needs repairs. The rumbling tank is the most common warning sign, and it either means too much mixing of hot and cold water or water that is overheating. These issues need remedy as soon as possible.
  • Leaks: Should you spot water pooling around the water heater’s tank, you have leaking issues that could threaten the operation of the system. Leaking can also point to high water pressure or corrosion problems, so have the leaks looked into immediately.

Don’t attempt to troubleshoot problems with a water heater on your own: this requires trained technicians. The SPS Mechanical Inc. repair specialists will take care of the necessary water heater repair in Woodbury, NJ that will restore your vital hot water supply. Give us a call today and schedule your next appointment with us.

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3 Common Water Heater Problems

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The access to clean, dependable hot water in our homes is something that many of us cannot imagine living without. Unfortunately, many homeowners will open their hot water faucets someday only to discover that the water they rely on so much is not available, or at least not of the quality they are accustomed to. Like any other mechanical device, your hot water heater requires a professional installation and regular maintenance service to operate properly. Even these necessary steps cannot always prevent problems with your hot water heater in Woodbury, NJ, though. Here are 3 of the most common water heater problems we encounter, and some possible causes. Remember, when you need hot water heater services in Woodbury, NJ, call SPS Mechanical.

  • We receive many service calls about pilot lights that frequently go out. There are a number of causes for this, and they range in seriousness. Obviously if you use natural gas to heat your hot water a pilot light that will not stay lit is cause for concern. Call for professional service immediately. The cause may be something serious such as a gas leak somewhere between the supply and the hot water heater. It could also be a faulty safety device, such as the thermocouple. A thermocouple uses a mercury sensor to stem the flow of gas if it does not detect sufficient heat for combustion. If it malfunctions it will cause the gas to cut off, causing the pilot light to go out.
  • Another common problem with water heaters is a pretty obvious one; no hot water. Again, there are multiple factors that may cause this problem. If you use an electric hot water heater it is possible that the circuit it operates on tripped. With the flip of a switch you may have your hot water back. If you use natural gas, there may be a problem with the gas supply or burner beneath the water heater. Only a professional can tell you for sure.
  • If you use a tank hot water heater you may discover that the storage tank is leaking. Unfortunately, there is really only one solution here; it is time to replace the storage tank. Make the investment worthwhile by getting a well-insulated and efficient new model.

Whatever problems you have with your hot water heater in Woodbury, NJ, SPS Mechanical has the solution. Let us help keep the hot water flowing in your home. Call today to schedule service.

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