Among the many appliances that enhance life at home in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, water heaters rank high on the list for dependability. In fact, hot water systems are generally so reliable that it’s easy to forget all about them until something unexpected happens. Issues like rusty water, foul odors or poor performance can leave you wondering if a new water heat installation is in your future. The following tips can help you identify if a simple water heater repair will fix the problem.

Inadequate or No Hot Water

From a faulty gas pilot light to a broken electric thermostat, a variety of issues can cause a tank to stop producing hot water. Happily, a timely water heater repair can usually resolve these problems quickly and affordably. If you consistently run out of out water while showering, washing dishes or doing laundry, one of these issues may be to blame:

  • The tank is simply too small to meet your current water heating needs.
  • Cold and hot water connections were crossed during an improper water heat installation.
  • Malfunctioning heating elements in electric heaters can produce lukewarm water.
  • For gas-powered heaters, problems with gas supply can lead to inadequate amounts of hot water.

Rusty Water and Foul Odors

A build-up of sediment within your water tank can lead to a host of problems ranging from a rotten-egg smell to damaging corrosion. Scheduling annual maintenance that includes flushing the tank and replacing the anode rods designed to prevent rust will help keep your water running clear and clean.

Water Leaks

If corrosion causes a leak to develop at the tank’s base, a water heater replacement is in order. Leaks generated by a failing valve or loose plumbing connection can often be repaired, but the current $300 federal tax credit available might make a new installation a smarter choice. The experts at Assurance Heating & Air Conditioning can help you determine the best option. Learn more about our water heater services or call us at 847-388-0316.