Water Heater Repair In Houston

Jul 21, 2023 | HVAC

Water heaters are common and necessary appliances in homes and commercial buildings. The appliance stores cold water in a tank and heats the liquid using electricity, propane, natural gas, or even solar energy so when you turn on a faucet, shower, washing machine, or dishwater, hot water flows out.

Commercial and residential water heaters are constantly working to maintain water temperature. Even when the faucet is shut off, water is still heated for future use. It can take a toll on the water heater, especially when it is not properly maintained.

CS Mechanical understands how vital a water heater is for homes and businesses. Whether it’s repairs, maintenance, or installation, our skilled technicians will get the job done.

Emergency Water Heater Repair

CS Mechanical offers 24/7 emergency water heater repair services. If your water heater goes out during the night or over the weekend, our licensed plumbers are here to help.

Some of the signs indicating your water heater needs emergency repairs include,

  • No hot water coming out of the faucets
  • Hot water takes longer than usual to reheat after use
  • Pilot light is consistently going out on gas water heaters
  • Water temperature never goes above lukewarm
  • Banging or popping noise coming from inside the tank
  • Hot water has a strange or foul odor coming out of the faucet
  • The tank is leaking (look for puddles around or underneath the tank)

When you experience any of these issues, it’s time to contact CS Mechanical for emergency repairs.

Hot Water Heater Tank

Your water heater tank is a crucial part of the appliance. It’s where cold water comes in and is heated and stored. When problems occur with the tank, you may not have a reliable hot water supply.

The most common reason water heater tanks need repairing is leaks, and it’s a particular problem in homes and businesses with hard water.

Hard water occurs when it moves through chalk and limestone deposits. These deposits contain magnesium and calcium carbonates that can corrode the coating on the inside of the tank.

Another issue is sediment build-up, often from rust and limescale. It can also cause corrosion on the inside of the tank.

When you notice leaks, it may mean your water heater requires replacing. Our technicians will thoroughly inspect the tank and recommend the best solution.

We recommend yearly preventative maintenance to prevent issues with your water heater tank. It can involve flushing out the tank and replacing the anode rods. Most tanks only need the rods replaced every five years or so, and it is less expensive than installing a new water heater.

Electric Water Heater Repair

Faulty heating elements are the most common reason electric water heaters need repairs. The element uses electricity to heat the water instead of the open flame used by gas water heaters.

The electric heating element is continuously submerged in water, making it prone to rust and corrosion. As the rust and corrosion build up and weaken the element, it takes longer for the water to heat. You may also notice the hot water supply isn’t lasting as long.

Replacing a heating element is a relatively simple repair we can do without interrupting your business or interfering with home life. When our technicians are finished, you can return to enjoying a steady stream of hot water.

Gas Water Heater Repair

Gas water heaters are more energy efficient than electric ones but can also require repairs.

A failing thermocouple is the most common repair on gas water heaters. The thermocouple controls the gas supply to the pilot light. When the thermocouple isn’t functioning properly, it shuts the gas off to the pilot light.

We recommend trying to relight the pilot light before calling for repairs. When the pilot does not stay lit, it’s time to call CS Mechanical.

Tankless Water Heater Repair

While you do not need to worry about leaking tanks with a tankless water heater, the appliance can still develop issues. Some are similar to ones commonly repaired on electric and gas water heaters, like mineral and sediment build-ups and ignition failures.

Tankless water heaters can experience issues with overload. It refers to the flow rate capacity of hot water. Going over the flow rate can mean some faucets receive hot water while others are limited to cold water.

Understanding your water heater’s capacity can help prevent this issue. However, it may also mean your unit isn’t large enough to meet your needs. It’s a problem that often occurs in businesses and larger homes.

We will install a new, larger-capacity tankless water heater with minimal disruptions. Our technicians also handle the clean-up, so our clients can relax and enjoy a reliable stream of hot water when needed.

Contact CS Mechanical today for all of your water heater repair needs.