Water Heaters

Water Heater Services in Gilroy 

Expert Water Heater Repair & Replacement in Santa Clara & San Jose 

If you're in the market for a new water heater, Fantastic Rooter Plumbing is the company to trust for dependable installation services. We regularly install both traditional and tankless water heaters, and we are an authorized dealer for Navien and Rinnai tankless models. 

Our highly trained technicians are also trained to repair and service any brand. If you are experiencing problems with your current system, rely on our team to get to the bottom of the issue and advise you on the best solution. 

For reliable water heater services in Gilroy, call (408) 521-1308 or contact us online. We're available to answer the phone 24/7! 

Why Do I Keep Running Out of Hot Water? 

Traditional water heaters keep a supply of hot water in a large storage tank. This tank can become depleted if too much hot water is used before the heater has time to replenish the supply. 

If, for example, you take a long shower, the water might turn icy cold on you because your tank hasn’t had enough time to produce more. However, if your water heater seems to be running out much faster than normal, it likely indicates a problem. 

Your unit might have a broken dip tube, a faulty heating element, or an electrical issue. Our experienced techs will be able to identify whether your system can be repaired or should be replaced. 

It could be that your water heater is not sufficiently sized for your needs. In this case, you would need to replace your unit with a larger one. Perhaps you would be better served by a tankless model. 

Tankless water heaters never run out of hot water, since they heat water on demand. These units also save money on energy bills because they don’t constantly work to keep a large tank of water heated. 

What are the Signs You Need Water Heater Repair?

Signs that you may need water heater repair include:

  1. No Hot Water: If your water heater is not producing hot water, there could be a problem with the heating element, thermostat, or a related component.
  2. Inadequate Hot Water: If you're not getting enough hot water or if the temperature fluctuates unexpectedly, it might indicate a problem with the heating element or thermostat.
  3. Strange Noises: Unusual noises like popping, cracking, or rumbling sounds coming from the water heater could be a sign of sediment buildup or other issues.
  4. Leaking: Water leaking around the base of the water heater may suggest a problem with the tank or a loose connection.
  5. Discolored Water: If your hot water appears discolored or rusty, it could indicate corrosion inside the tank or pipes.
  6. Foul Odors: Foul-smelling water could be a sign of bacterial growth inside the tank, which may require flushing and cleaning.
  7. Pilot Light Issues: For gas water heaters, issues with the pilot light, such as it going out frequently, could indicate a problem with the thermocouple or gas supply.
  8. Age of the Water Heater: If your water heater is more than 10-15 years old, it might be nearing the end of its lifespan, and you may want to consider replacement.

If you notice any of these signs, it's advisable to contact a professional plumber or technician to inspect and repair your water heater. Regular maintenance can also help prevent potential issues.

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Why Does the Water Heat Up So Slowly? 

It can be annoying to stand at the sink waiting for the water to warm up so you can wash your hands or do the dishes. Perhaps you’re frustrated by how much water is being wasted as you wait for your shower to get to the proper temperature. 

Some amount of delay is normal due to the presence of unheated water in the pipes. Furthermore, it will take some time for the hot water to travel the distance from your water heater to your faucet. Add to this that some fixtures have volume restrictors to provide a low flow wait, and it can feel like you’re waiting forever for your water to heat up. 

If it’s taking longer than normal for hot water to get to your fixtures, your water heater could be to blame. Water heaters that are more than 10 years old perform less effectively and often cause longer wait times for hot water. 

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

There are several factors that can affect the life expectancy of your water heater. In addition to its age and whether it has received regular maintenance, the quality of the water and the levels of regular usage will also affect the water heater's lifespan. 

While your water heater may beat the odds and outlast average estimates, you can still determine a rough timeline for how long your water heater will last based on what type it is.

Traditional water heaters are expected to last an average of 10-15 years. You can look for the following signs that your water heater is about to fail. If you catch these signs early enough, you can replace your water heater before it fails and potentially causes costly damage to your home.

The following signs point to a need for water heater replacement:

  • Age. Once your water heater is 10, it is time to keep a close eye on your unit. If you’re not sure how old yours is, check the manufacturer's label or the serial number on the side of your water heater.
  • Noise. If it is time for your water heater to be repaired or replaced, you will hear loud rumbling, banging, or knocking sounds coming from the unit. 
  • Rusty water. Rusty hot water coming from your faucets could indicate a problem with the water heater tank. However, if rust shows up in only cold water, then it’s likely to be an issue with your pipes.

Most Common Water Heater Issues

Potential water heater issues that are causing your water to heat up slowly include: 

  • Your water heater’s tank has sediment build-up
  • Your unit has a faulty tempering valve 
  • Your system was improperly installed 
  • Your water heater is leaking 

To determine the precise cause of your water heating problems, rely on our professionals at Fantastic Rooter Plumbing. We’re ready to put our 20 years of experience to work for you! 

Call (408) 521-1308 or send us a message online today to get a Gilroy water heater expert heading your way!


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