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How Much Water Should Be Leaking from the Water Heater?

Monday, July 30th, 2018

water-dropletsA water heater that leaks is almost always a problem. If you have a tank water heater and you notice water is pooling around the base, it’s time to call for a licensed professional plumber to look at the system and find out what’s wrong. Leaking water can indicate a number of major problems that require repairs or, in some cases, a full replacement of the water heater.

However, there is an important exception, which we’ll talk about below.

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Low Hot Water Pressure and Your Water Heater

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

gold-faucetWhen you turn on the taps in your house, whether for a sink faucet or a shower head, and the water pressure feels weaker than normal, there are a number of different possibilities. In most cases, this is a municipal issue that will soon be remedied. But it could also be leaks, hard water build-up, or problems with the water main to your house.

If the low water pressure is coming only from the hot water taps, then the trouble can be narrowed down a bit further. You could have a build-up of corrosion, sediment, or other debris in the hot water lines for the home, but not in the cold water lines. Or … you may have hot water heater problems. If the low water pressure is occurring at all the hot water taps, this is probably what you’re dealing with.

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How Long Should My Water Heater Last?

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-heater-tankWhen people ask our experts this question—and it’s a question we hear often—what they usually want to know is if they should have their current aging water heater replaced with a new one. But it’s also something people ask when they get a new water heater so they know what to expect, and how much return they’ll receive from their investment in the new unit.

The question doesn’t have a single, simple answer. “It depends,” is one way to answer it, but that won’t satisfy anybody. Depends on what? And what can be done to see that it last for as long as possible?

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Scalding Caution for Your Water Heater!

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

thermometer-going-redA hot water heater is a heating device that works in all seasons. Here in Southern California, where the mild winters mean home heating systems that work only for a short time, a water heater does the same steady work as always, no matter the month on the calendar.

But if you’ve noticed a recent change in the temperature of the hot water from the taps and shower heads, or you just don’t think you’ve ever gotten sufficient warmth from the water heater, please don’t turn up the aquastat (the water heater’s thermostat) to try to make up for it!

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A Few Troubles You May Experience with a Tankless Water Heater

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

tankles-water-heater-repairWe’re big proponents of tankless water heaters in Santa Ana, CA—really, for any place we service in Southern California! But even though tankless water heaters are less prone to repair issues and breakdowns, they can suffer from some specific issues that may require you give our team a call to look into it. Below are a few of the more common tankless water heater issues.

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Corrosion on a Water Heater: Time to Replace It?

Monday, July 31st, 2017

water-heaterAs professional plumbers who work on everything from small leaks in homes to large scale commercial plumbing installations, we’re used to encountering one of the biggest enemies of all plumbing systems: corrosion. Corrosion is a chemical reaction between water and metal in the presence of oxygen, resulting in a weakening of the metal. There are different types of corrosion, but rust is the most familiar. No matter the type, corrosion is straight up bad news for metal because it eats into it and eventually causes it to flake away. (In fact, the word corrosion comes from the Latin word meaning “to gnaw.” Corrosion gnaws away at metal.)

The tank water heater in your home is an appliance that is in danger of corrosion because of the contact between metal and water. But, you’ve probably noticed, the water heater is quite resistant to corrosion. That’s because models are designed this way, with a number of safeguards to stop the tank or other components from beginning to rust.

However, corrosion can still affect a water heater. When that happens, does that mean it’s time to have the water heater replaced?

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Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

water-heater-modelIf you have noticed water starting to pool around the base of your storage tank water heater and you’re concerned about it … well, you’re already on the right track! The only place water should be escaping for a hot water tank is a few drips from the temperature and pressure relief valve. Anything else indicates trouble with the water heater. In most cases this will require calling for professional water heater services in Santa Ana, CA or wherever you are in Southern California. Fortunately, you have some of the best professional plumbers available any time of the day or night! Our plumbers are always here to help—because we’re always open for business!

Believe us, a leaking water heater isn’t something you want to ignore. Not only will the operation of your water heater be in jeopardy, but the leaks can also create water damage. (If this is already a problem, we offer water damage restoration services.)

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Spring Plumbing Help: You May Need It More Than Ever This Year!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Tools_tools_houseFebruary was a harsh month for Southern California as a major rainstorm swept through the region. The amount of damage was immense and emergency services were kept busy around the clock helping to rescue people trapped on the roads and to fix downed power lines.

We addressed some of the plumbing concerns that your house may have encountered in the wake of the heavy storms a few weeks ago, plus advice on what to do about them. Today we’re following up with recommendations for checking on your plumbing before the official start of spring. We advise homeowners to make these checks every year, but it is especially important this March because of how cruel February was. Southern California plumbing systems aren’t used to this level of abuse from Mother Nature! If you need professional plumbing in Fullerton, CA or elsewhere, contact us. We are ready 24/7 to help with all your plumbing needs.

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3 Warning Signs Your Tank Water Heater Needs Repairs

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The most common type of water heater found in homes is the familiar tank water heater. There are many great alternative options for new water heaters today (such as tankless and heat pump models), but if you still have a tank water heater, you’ll want to make sure that it lasts for as many years as it can before you need to think about a replacement.

A big part of ensuring that a water heater endures for as long as possible is to arrange for repairs the moment the system needs them. It can be tricky to notice some water heater problems, so we’ve provided a list of 3 common signs to watch for:

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