The Installation and Repare of Water Heaters in Ottawa

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Most of us don’t realize the importance of a water heater in our lives. It is usually when this legendary appliance either malfunctions or completely stops working and we must reach for a cold bucket of water during the harsh Ottawa winters that we understand the value of having a constant supply of hot water.

Your water heater is a key appliance in your household. Having said, it is essential that you pay attention to a number of red flags that your water heater displays when indicating the need to call for a water heater replacement Ottawa ON expert.

The following are some of the most common signs that a water heater can display:

  • Reduced water pressure
  • Loud and rumbling sounds from the storage tank when the water heater is turned on.
  • Frequent leaks in the appliance.
  • Inability to heat up the water. Also marked by cold water running through the faucets.

If you notice any one of these signs, it is important that you take certain measures to repair the water heater on your own.

Water Heaters Ottawa, Emergency Repair Tips

What is the worst that can happen? Your water heater fails you during the holiday season. Here are a few emergency repair tips that you can follow:

  1. Drain the water from the tank. This will help get rid of the sediment build-up and prevent the bottom of the tank from overheating.
  2. If you are working with a gas heater, check for the pilot light. If the light it anything other than a blue light with a yellow tip, we suggest that you check for soot buildup or contact a water heater Ottawa expert.
  3. If you have an electric water heater, we suggest that you inspect the sacrificial anode rod for the buildup of hardened calcium carbonate (a white chalky deposit) and wipe it off using a cloth.

Water Heater Repair Ottawa on DIY Solutions

Simple repairs such as your water heater taking very long to perform or your faucets running out of hot water much faster than you anticipate can be fixed with simple and fairly straight-forward repairs.

  • Absence of Hot Water

There is nothing more terrible than a cold, shiver-inducing shower during a typical Ottawa winter season. The absence of hot water running through your hot water heater is more often caused by a worn out thermocouple. We suggest that you follow these steps:

  1. Disconnect the supply of gas or electricity.
  2. Open the burner compartment and disconnect the gas tubes joining the burner assembly.
  3. Remove the burner assembly and carefully replace the burner assembly.
  4. Reinstall everything in place and test out the water heater.
  • Discolored Water

Brown, red, or yellow water can often indicate the presence of rust. While this rust could possibly be coming from your pipes, you can clean your heating appliance by following these steps:

  1. Disconnect the supply of gas or electricity.
  2. Drain out water from the tank with the help of a garden hose.
  3. Remove all of the elements from the water heater and clean them thoroughly with a mixture of water, sodium carbonate and vinegar. For any element that displays signs of corrosion, we suggest that you replace it with a brand new piece.
  4. Return the elements back to their original position once they are cleaned and turn the power on.  
  • Rumbling Sounds

A noisy water heater is most often signally sediment buildup. The following are some measures you can take to prevent the buildup of sediment:

  1. Flush out your water heater after every three to six months.
  2. Open the cold water intake compartment and thoroughly rinse it.
  3. Install a water softener to eliminate the buildup of sediment in the tank.

Water Heater Problem Prevention for Future

In addition to these DIY and emergency tips. It requires very little effort to maintain the lasting performance of your hot water heater. We recommend following these steps to keep your water heating appliance in top shape:

  • Set your thermostat to 120 degrees. Not only will this make your appliance more energy efficient but will also minimize the risk of scalding.
  • Drain out a quarter of your tank every three months to eliminate the deposit of debris and sediment.
  • Hire a water heater installation Ottawa professional to test the temperature-pressure relief value annually.

Maintaining the performance of your water heater can ensure that it works perfectly for a decade or more. Reach out to our professionals to discuss additional measures you can take to maintain your water heater’s efficiency and safety. 

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