Water Heater Repair in Denver, CO
Solving Denver’s Hot Water Problems
Hot water is essential for comfort and sanitation. That’s why when the water heater suddenly stops working, you can depend on the professionals at AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric. We offer unmatched water heater repair in Denver for multiple makes and models. For your convenience, same-day service is available for all our valued customers.
How Do I Know if I Need a Water Heater Repair in Denver?
At AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric, our technicians respond quickly to your call for water heater repair. We will inspect your water heater to promptly diagnose the problem. And with over 30 years of experience under our belts, you can trust our professional opinion.
You may need a water heater repair in Denver, CO if:
- Your system is making loud banging noises
- Your system is releasing funny smells
- Your water heater tank is leaking/has visible cracks or damage
- You are experiencing poor water pressure
- You are receiving inconsistent hot water/have stopped getting hot water entirely
- Your water bills keep going up
Trust Our Trained Water Heater Repair Team
Thanks to our 35 fully stocked service trucks, we are often able to repair water heaters by replacing the component that is damaged or malfunctioning on the spot, getting your hot water running again as quickly as possible.
Our technicians are also trained and equipped to repair all water heater types and brands, so you never have to hesitate to call AAA when you need expert water heater repairs in Denver.
Why Does My Hot Water Run Out So Quickly When I Shower?
Shower Head Volume
First, check the shower head volume.
A newer shower head will put out about 2.5 gallons a minute. Older heads put out as much as 5 gallons a minute. Replacing the shower head would double the shower length in this case.
Water Heater Dip Tube Issues
Heating Elements Are Out
Electric water heaters commonly have two heating elements that work in turns. First, the top element heats up the top of the tank, then the power goes to the lower element.
You may have one or both of these heating elements out:
- If the lower element is out, only the top of the tank gets heated.
- If the top element isn’t working, there will be no hot water.
To figure out which heating element is giving you a problem, try some troubleshooting: Find and push the reset button to see if it gets the elements heating again. If not, the elements or the entire water heater may need to be replaced.
Are All Electric Hot Water Heater Elements the Same?
No, the elements are not the same.
There are three types:
- Screw in
- Clamp in
- Bolt in
Each of these elements has different wattage ratings and can work on either 120 or 240 volts.
While these components may seem simple enough on their own, electric water heater repair is not a good DIY project. You could end up doing more harm than good.
Why Is My Water Heater Leaking?
There are three common causes of leaky water heaters:
- Pressure Relief Valve: If the pressure relief valve is leaking, try operating the valve to see if it will stop. It may also need tightening.
- Bad Heating Element Gasket: If the gasket around the heating element has gone bad, it will need to be replaced.
- Rusted Out Tank: If the tank is rusted out, the water heater will need to be replaced.
Once a water heater springs a leak in its housing, it is usually beyond repair and must be replaced. Many units will last 15-20 years or even longer before this happens. (And it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient times, like when the family is coming over for a holiday gathering!)
If you have an ancient water heater, it may pay off for you to get it replaced even before it breaks down. Units made in the last 10-15 years have much higher operating efficiencies than older models. Often, savings in fuel costs will pay for the new installation in just a few years.
Why You Should Have Your Water Heater Flushed Regularly
One of our plumbing technicians went to a home to perform scheduled maintenance and a water heater flush on a 15-year-old water heater. Because the average life of a water heater is 8-10 years, he figured this one would need to be replaced soon.
When he inserted the camera to check the water heater’s interior, he was surprised to see the tank was in pristine condition and the anode rods were just like new. The customer told him that he’d been draining the water heater every month for 15 years to remove sediment and mineral deposits.
Homeowners can save hundreds or thousands of dollars by flushing their hot water heaters even once a year. The savings comes from extending the life of the water heater and from helping the water heater operate more efficiently. You also won’t have to deal with repairs, waiting on inspections, or the possibility of having to bring your entire water heating system up to new safety standards.
Most people don’t realize that heating water accounts for about 20% of their utility bills, so regular water heater maintenance means extra savings every single month.
Remove Sediment From Your Water Heater Periodically
Especially if you do not have a quality water treatment system, sediment may build up over time at the bottom of the heater, which can hamper performance. Periodically, drain water from the bottom of your water heater to remove sediment and extend your water heater's life.
Just remember that some non-contractor-grade units have plastic valves that may fail. This is especially true if the unit has not been regularly serviced.
If you don't want to do it yourself, we can perform regular water heater maintenance that will save you energy and extend the life of your water heater.
Regularly Check Your Water Heater Burner
It is important to regularly inspect your water heater burner.
Check the flame under the water heater. It should appear blue with yellow tips. If it’s mostly yellow or if you see a layer of soot and carbon, the flue ways may be clogged. Don’t try anything yourself at this point. Call a professional to investigate the situation.
No Hot Water From a Gas Water Heater?
First, check to ensure that the gas is turned on to the water heater. If propane is your fuel source, check to be sure you have sufficient pressure from your propane tank.
Next, try these troubleshooting tips:
- If the gas valve is on and the gas is on to the house, check to see if the pilot light is lit.
- If the pilot light is lit, refer to the operating manual for instructions on lighting the pilot light.
- If the pilot light is lit and the water heater is still not heating, it is best to call your local licensed plumber to check further.
Water Heater Conservation Tips
Conserve energy and improve safety by checking the temperature setting on your water heater. It should not be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit or the medium setting on older models. (Keep in mind that the temperature on thermostats is not always accurate.)
Test the hot water temperature at the tap (just after the unit has completed a heating cycle and enough water has been run to flush the water through the piping). Hot water is dangerous, especially for the elderly and youngsters. Scalding time increases rapidly at temperatures over 120 degrees.
AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric Knows Water Heaters
AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric has been known across the area for providing quality repairs since 1983.
Our Denver water heater repair team is fully licensed and certified to get the job done right. All our award-winning technicians are committed to improving this community. Plus with our special deals and financing options, there’s no reason not to contact our experts for all your water heater repair needs.
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