Don’t Get Yourself in Hot Water by Neglecting Your Indoor Plumbing

You don’t want to get yourself in hot water financially by neglecting to maintain what is usually the most expensive component of your house’s indoor plumbing – your water heater. To make sure you always have a consistent stream of hot, steamy and clean water, you need to guarantee that any issues are immediately addressed in order to preserve the longevity and functionality of your water heater.

Common Hot Water Heater Problems

Most problems that occur with hot water heaters can easily be repaired by the professionals at Alvarez Plumbing. Trying to maintenance or repair your own water heater could result in further damage or the need for an entire unit replacement, so a quick call can save you a lot of time and money. Common problems include:

  • Water temperature problems
  • Noisy operation
  • Undesirable water pressure
  • Leaks
  • Lack of earthquake reinforcement

Fixing Water Temperature

The most common complaint that people have regarding their water heater is undesirable or unpredictable, variable temperature. Especially in households with small children, incorrect temperature calibration can cause accidental burns and scalds. At Alvarez Plumbing, we will check the following issues in order to remedy your temperature problems:

  • Heating element function – Cold or inconsistent temperatures may indicate that the thermal coupling needs to be professionally replaced
  • Temperature calibration – We are trained to set your heater to safe and appropriate parameters to meet your family’s needs

Fixing a Noisy Tank

Turning on your hot water faucet shouldn’t cause a ruckus. Although the noises that a malfunctioning water heater produces can be unsettling, we are experts at pinpointing possible causes such as:

  • Sediment build-up – This can lead to loud noises as solid matter literally burns up when it contacts the thermal element
  • Thermal element malfunction – As the heating element wears out, it can produce unusual sounds as it burns out

Fixing Water Pressure

Water pressure in California can vary for many reasons, and if you don’t have a control valve installed on your water heater you may run the risk of damaging the unit and connected pipes. We can install a suitable device to avert water pressure surges and the associated damages.

Fixing a Leak

A leaking water heater can cause irreversible water damage to your home. If you notice a leak, you may be in need of an entirely new tank. However, we will perform an expert evaluation that includes:

  • Determining cause and location of leak
  • Determining if a repair is appropriate to stop the water leak
  • Installing drip pans or drains to reduce future water damage
  • Providing an estimate for a new water heater and installation, if needed

Fixing California Earthquake Code Problems

Salinas is in an earthquake zone, and we often experience small earthquakes that can cause damages that goes unnoticed until they snowball into a large problem. If you haven’t had your plumbing professionally evaluated, you might be at risk for severe damage or injury if an earthquake damages your hot water heater. We install support straps at code-approved junctions in order to ensure the stability of your unit in the event of a disaster.