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Water Heater Repair, Installation and Replacement in Alpharetta, GA

If you're stuck without hot water, call Guardian Plumbing right away. We have over two decades of experience fixing water heaters and other plumbing issues in Alpharetta, GA and elsewhere in Fulton County, and we would be happy to take a look for you. We don't recommend repairs or water replacements unless we believe it necessary, and you'll get the finest quality work, transparent quotes, and reasonable rates. We look forward to hearing from you. Read more to learn about hot water heater repair, and get in touch for your quote.

How To Troubleshoot Your Hot Water Heater

A water heater may show several signs when it begins to malfunction. Inconsistent water temperature is often the first clue. If your hot water runs out quickly or never gets as hot as it should, there could be a problem with the thermostat or the heating element. Discolored water is another indicator, so if you notice rusty or muddy water coming from the hot water tap, the inside of the tank may be corroding. This can lead to leaks and other serious issues.

Strange noises, such as rumbling or popping, can also suggest trouble. These sounds often result from sediment buildup inside the tank, which can reduce the heater's efficiency and lifespan. Leaks around the water heater are a clear sign that something is wrong. Even a small amount of water pooling around the base of the unit can indicate a leak in the tank or a problem with the connections. Lastly, reduced water flow from the hot water tap might mean sediment is clogging the pipes or valves, which can often be resolved by flushing the tank or replacing the affected parts. If you notice any of the issues described above, we can likely fix your water heater quickly and at an affordable rate.

Common DIY Tasks For Fixing Your Water Heater

For homeowners comfortable with basic tools and safety precautions, several common water heater issues can be addressed without professional help. Adjusting the thermostat is a straightforward task. Ensure it is set between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the recommended range for most homes. If the water temperature remains inconsistent, the thermostat might need replacement.

Flushing the tank regularly helps prevent sediment buildup. Turn off the power and water supply to the heater, attach a hose to the drain valve, and let the water flow out until it runs clear. This simple maintenance task can significantly improve the efficiency and lifespan of your water heater.

Replacing the heating element is another common repair. Begin by turning off the power to the heater and draining the tank. Remove the access panel and the element, then install a new one. This repair can restore hot water availability if the element has burned out.

And remember - never get lax with safety. If you aren't 100% comfortable performing the tasks shown above, all you have to do is call us! We even have 24/7 emergency plumbing services in Alpharetta, so we can get a technician over to your address as soon as possible if you're stranded without hot water.

Water Heater Replacement vs. Repair in Alpharetta

Deciding whether to repair or replace a water heater depends on several factors. Age is a primary consideration. Most water heaters last between 8 to 12 years. If your unit is within this range and experiencing issues, replacement might be more cost-effective than ongoing repairs.Sometimes water heaters will last 15 years or more, and at that point, it's probably not worth saving at all. The extent of the problem also influences this decision. Minor issues, such as a faulty thermostat or heating element, are usually worth repairing. However, significant problems, like a leaking tank or severe corrosion, often necessitate replacement.

Energy efficiency is another factor. Newer water heaters are typically more energy-efficient than older models. Upgrading to a more efficient unit can reduce energy costs over time, offsetting the initial investment. Lastly, consider the cost of repairs. If the repair costs approach or exceed half the price of a new water heater, replacement is likely the better option. We always help our customers make the right choice, and our primary motivation is providing customer satisfaction. We won't upsell you on a replacement when a repair will do just fine.

Benefits of Having Help From an Experienced Plumber

Professional plumbers like Guardian possess the knowledge and tools to diagnose and fix problems accurately and efficiently. We can quickly identify whether a repair is feasible or if replacement is necessary. This saves you time and frustration, and it will usually save you money as well.

Safety also comes into play. Water heater repairs can involve electrical components, gas lines, and high-pressure systems. A professional ensures that all repairs comply with safety standards, reducing the risk of accidents or further damage. Moreover, experienced plumbers can provide valuable advice on maintaining your water heater, helping to extend its lifespan and improve efficiency.

Lastly, we can't stress enough that installing a water heater yourself, or hiring an inexperienced plumber, will almost certainly cost you more time and money down the road. Improper installation can lead to numerous issues, including reduced efficiency and potential safety hazards. Plumbers can also help you select the right water heater for your home's needs, considering factors like size, fuel type, and energy efficiency.

For the Best Water Heater Repairs and Installations in Alpharetta, Call Guardian

Whether you live in Alpharetta, need a plumber in Marietta, or need a tankless water heater installed in Sandy Springs, call us today. We'll give you a transparent quote, and you can trust the plumbers that are bringing honesty back to the plumbing business.

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