ACI Northwest Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater Repair’

When to Repair Vs Replace a Water Heater

Monday, September 25th, 2023

Any time a major appliance starts to act up, a homeowner starts to worry. Is this an urgent problem? Do I need to schedule an appointment right away? Is it something that can be repaired? Or will I have to replace the whole thing?

When it comes to water heaters, you’ll have the same questions when something goes wrong. The good news is that many water heater issues are often repairable. Here are some pointers on when you need repair and when it’s time to think about replacement. 

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What’s Wrong With Your Water Heater?

Monday, July 20th, 2020

question-mark-on-blue-backgroundIt started out as water that just wasn’t as warm as usual, but perhaps you wrote it off as someone taking too long of a shower earlier in the day. However, the issue persisted and then started to get worse. Our hope is that you are contacting us before you completely lose any chance of having hot water in your home because this is a sign that your water heater is in trouble.

If you need to get your water heater back into fighting form, you need to reach out to ACI Northwest to get professional water heater repairs in Coeur d’Alene, ID before you end up requiring a replacement.

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The Anode Rod and Water Heater Repair

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Your water heater is comprised of many different parts which must all work together in order to provide hot water to any tap in your home. Most of the important parts rely on natural processes in order to heat the water, although a burner or electric heating element is also necessary.

First, the cold water enters the top of the tank and goes straight down to the bottom of the tank through the dip tube. The heating element is located toward the bottom of the tank. Hot water naturally rises over the dense colder water. When you turn on a hot water tap in the home, the valve opens and pressure forces water to flow through a small tube at the top and into the hot water pipes.

The Water Heater Anode Rod

But one component in your water heater participates in an entirely different process. The water heater anode rod, a small rod made of either aluminum or magnesium, screws into the top of the tank. Some water heaters have two of these rods, in order to provide better protection against corrosion. In order for something to rust, iron, oxygen, and water must all be present. And since water heaters are usually made of steel, an iron alloy, you can expect rust to form over time, unless the right preventive measures are in place.

The anode rod, sometimes called the sacrificial anode rod, essentially sacrifices anodes for the good of the tank. Magnesium and aluminum are more reactive than steel, which means the rod should begin to corrode before the tank does.

Beware of Rust

When you turn on the hot water in your home and you notice flakes of rust at the bottom of the tub, you may begin to worry. Rust flakes could mean rusty pipes, but this is unlikely if it is only a problem with the hot water. On the other hand, it could indicate that your water heater tank has begun to corrode, in which case a replacement would be necessary.

However, it’s possible that only the anode rod has begun to rust through. In this case, you would only need to replace this part. In fact, the anode rod should be routinely replaced, which is why regular water heater maintenance comes highly recommended. During water heater maintenance, a technician cleans and adjusts parts of your unit and inspects all of the components in order to let you know whether a vital piece, like the anode rod, needs replacement.

Call the experts at ACI Northwest today for quality water heater repair or maintenance in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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3 Signs that You Need Professional Water Heater Repair Service

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A nice warm shower is a great way to start the day. For your water heater, providing you with a comfortable shower is just the start of its day: it works hard almost constantly to bring you hot water for dishes, laundry, cleaning and more. At ACI Northwest, we know how important your water heater is to your home’s comfort which is why we offer water heater repair services. We wanted to share the top 3 signs that you need to watch for that could indicate that you need to call us for water heater repairs.

3 Indicators That You Need Spokane Water Heater Repair

Keep a close watch for any of the following signs that could mean you need to call for Spokane water heater repair services.

  • Not enough hot water – If you aren’t getting enough water it could just be that you need a bigger water heater. But if your heater is plenty big and you still aren’t getting enough, it could mean that you need to call a repair specialist to uncover the issue. The problem could be that the dip tube has come loose, that the burner is dirty or that the limit switch has been flipped incorrectly.
  • Leaks – Obviously, leaks are no good for your water heater but any piece of equipment that works with that much water is going to need service for leaks eventually. Leaks can happen for a number of different reasons including bad gaskets and valves and high pressure inside the tank.
  • Noises – It may sound strange but a common problem with water heaters is rumbling or rattling noises. This often is caused by sediment or minerals deposited on the bottom of the tank from hard water. They will form a barrier that causes air bubbles to form under the layer and make noises.

If you need any Spokane water heater repair services, make sure that you call the specialists at ACI Northwest. We have years of experience working with all kinds of water heater issues so call today.

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Sounds that Indicate a Need for Water Heater Repair Service

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Your water heater gets a ton of use every single day providing you with the hot water that you need for showering, laundry and cleaning. This daily use can lead to a variety of common problems that require water heater repair services. One of the most common ways that people discover that their water heater is in trouble is that it starts to make an unusual noise. ACI Northwest is proud to provide our customers with fast and reliable water heater services and we wanted to share a few of the sounds to watch for that could indicate that you need to give us a call.

Spokane Water Heater Repair Tip: Sounds to Listen For

If you start to hear any of the following sounds you should probably call for water heater repair services.

  • Rumbling – If your water heater is rumbling it is usually caused by the build-up of minerals or sediment on the bottom of the tank. This is often the result of your home having hard water that is full of excess minerals like calcium and magnesium. It could also be that there is a leak in your water supply line that allows sediment to get into your water heater. This issue can usually be resolved by draining the tank and washing out the deposits.
  • Hissing – If you have an electric water heater then you may hear it start to make a hissing noise. This is usually also the result of mineral or sediment build-up on the bottom of the tank.
  • Creaking – If you hear your water heater making creaking sounds like the inside of a submarine then it likely means that there is too much pressure inside the tank. This can eventually lead to leaks in the tank which is an expensive issue to resolve. The cause of this problem is likely a faulty pressure relief valve that may require repair or replacement.

If you need any type of water heater repair services, call the the Spokane, WA water heater specialists at ACI Northwest today.

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