If you have ever run into the problem, you know that dealing with hot water repairs is not a fun experience. Up here in our service areas which stretch around the Chicago and Northern Illinois area including Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Crystal Lake, McHenry, Lake in the Hills as well as all of McHenry County, Kane County, Lake County, and Northern Cook County, when you’re in need of hot water heater repairs—especially in the winter months—you need those repairs sooner rather than later. There are a variety of hot water heater repairs you might run into, and it is good to understand what they are before incurring a cost for them.
Leaks: A leaking water heater is a real pain. You might go into your basement or garage or a closet where the water heater is stored and find yourself standing in a pool of water.
If the water heater is on anything other than a cement floor, this causes additional headaches, because you have to worry about what the water is doing to the carpet or underlying floorboard on top of the hot water heater repairs you’re going to be faced with. The first thing to do is locate the leak. If the leak is coming from one of the pipes or joints, you’re going to need to replace that section of plumbing. If the leak is coming from the water heater tank, you’re going to need to replace the water heater. The bad news is, there is no effective patch for a water heater tank. The good news is, a lot of water heaters have an extended warranty on the tank—these will usually cover the cost of a new water heater, although not necessarily the labor, depending on the particular warranty and age of the water heater. Of course, before the plumber heads out or any work is begun, you’re going to want to turn off the water to the hot water heater.
No Heat: A common hot water heater repair is when the device doesn’t work as intended—you don’t get any hot water. Sometimes, this is going to be expected. For example, some people are surprised they don’t have hot water after being in an extended power outage. The pilot light for a gas heater has quite possibly gone out, and it needs that small electrical charge to spark up again. If you have an electric water heater, the water tank heating elements have no power, so they’re not going to heat the water. Two things you can try to handle your own hot water heater repairs when it doesn’t start up is turn off the circuit breaker leading to the water heater—whether it’s gas or electric.
Leave it off for thirty seconds or so and try again. You may have a trip or partially tripped circuit. If it’s a gas water heater, follo the instructions on your model, and try to light the pilot (most are totally encased, where you hold a knob and push a button repeatedly). If that takes care of it, you’re good to go. If it fixes it, but you’re having the problem every day, you’re probably going to need a plumber to have a look and see if new parts are needed for the hot water heater.
If you’re in need of hot water repairs for commercial, industrial, or residential purposes, contact us here at Crystal Lake Plumber. We’re available any time, day or night.