JUL 23, 2014

Most homeowners give little thought to their water heaters until an issue has clearly developed. Sadly, neglecting maintenance and repairs can significantly shorten the lifespan of a water heater. Fortunately, homeowners can avoid this outcome by scheduling annual inspections and having the following water heater repair services performed as necessary.

Common Repairs and Replacements

The following parts of a water heating system are fairly likely to need repairing or replacing at some point:

  • The sacrificial anode rod. This rod corrodes to protect the tank and water from corrosion.
  • The water supply connections. These may develop leaks over time due to wear or poor fitting.
  • The temperature-pressure release valve. This valve prevents explosions by releasing water when pressure builds too high, but it may stick or leak.
  • The heating components. Issues with the pilot light or thermocouple may prevent a heater from generating enough hot water.

Homeowners who stay on top of these repairs can lower the risk of serious problems that necessitate more expensive repairs.

Other Key Services

Hot water heaters also benefit from annual cleaning. The sediment that naturally builds up at the bottom of the tank can decrease efficiency or lead to water being heated excessively. Draining and flushing the tank can easily remedy this problem, forestalling later repairs.

Homeowners should make sure to work with a company that they can trust to handle services ranging from maintenance to repairs. This improves the likelihood that homeowners will seek regular service instead of needing an emergency water heater repair one day. Call (602) 870-6840 today to speak with an expert at Donley Service Center about water heater repair.