Gas or Electric Water Heater Repair & Installation Services

Water Heater Repair Services in Jacksonville, Florida

From showering to doing the dishes, hot water is an essential part of our daily lives. When your home’s water heater isn’t working, your family’s comfort is on the line. Bill Fenwick Plumbing and its team of water heater installers offer gas or electric water heater installation and repair services in Jacksonville and other areas of Florida.

Common Hot Water Heater Issues

Unlit Burner or Pilot Light Going Out

When your burner or the pilot light has problems, the gas water heater’s thermocouple may be to blame. This safety sensor regulates the flow of gas and controls flow from the gas supply valve. When the thermocouple is not working, the gas will shut off and leave your home without hot water. When this device is replaced, the burner and pilot will begin working again. Our team of water heater installers is able to repair or replace the thermocouple on your gas water heater. Our team offers gas water heater repair and installation services near you in Jacksonville, Florida.

Lack of Hot Water

No hot water usually means the pilot light is out, or the gas supply is off on the gas water heater. Never attempt to DIY a gas line issue! Only a professional should check gas lines. If your water heater isn’t producing hot water, call your Fenwick team to check it out. Our team of water heater installers also offers tankless water heater replacement and repair services for households that do not have traditional gas water heaters.

Low Hot Water Supply

If you notice a lack of hot water, try checking the thermostat on your gas water heater. Remember, the Department of Energy recommends having your water heater set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent hot water burns. If your hot water supply is low after checking your thermostat, schedule a gas water heater installation and repair appointment with our team of water heater installers in Jacksonville, Florida.

Increased Gas Bill

Has your gas bill increased? Inefficient gas use can be a sign your gas water heater may need to be replaced. As water heaters age, their efficiency can suffer. Newer water heaters are built with higher efficiency ratings and may help reduce the cost of your monthly gas bill.

Water Heater is Producing Odd Noises

Typically, water heaters only emit a soft hum. A noisy water heater can be a cause for concern. If your gas water heater is making a clicking noise, draining it may help. Water heaters naturally build up sediment at the bottom of their tanks. Flushing the system yearly can reduce buildup and eliminate the clicking noise. If you need help draining your water heater, or if the noises continue, call the team at Bill Fenwick Plumbing.

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Water Heater Tank is Leaking

When you spot a leak, don’t delay contacting a professional! When a water heater begins to corrode, water can leak and cause flooding. A leaky water heater requires immediate attention and usually means it’s time for a replacement. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers gas water heater repair and installation services for homes in Jacksonville, Florida and other areas. Our team of technicians and water heater installers also offer other plumbing services such as water line repair, drain cleaning, water softener installation, and backflow inspections.

Age of Gas Water Heater System

The age of your gas water heater can play a role in deciding whether to perform a gas water heater installation or repair in your home. Depending on usage and maintenance, the average lifespan of a gas water heater is 10-15 years. If your water heater is more than ten years old and experiencing any of the above issues, it may be time for a replacement.

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How a Water Heater Works

How a Water Heater Works

Cold water from your home is pushed through your water lines to the dip tube of the water heater. The dip tube is engineered to propel the incoming water to the bottom of the water tank. Once the water is sitting at the bottom of the tank, a burner or heating element is activated to heat the water to the temperature indicated on the water heater thermostat.

As the temperature of the water increases, it naturally advances to the top of the tank and exits the water heater through the heat-out pipe. When you use a sink or shower in your house, cold water begins to fill the bottom of the water tank as the warm water is pushed to your fixtures. Since the warmest water is located near the top of the system, we do not recommend touching any pipes or valves near the top of the water heater. If you’re having issues with your water heater, give our team a call by phone at (904) 724-2455 or book an appointment online. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers gas and electric water heater repair, installation, and replacement services to homes in Jacksonville and other areas of Florida.

Gas Water Heaters

A gas water heater is equipped with a thermocouple that is engineered to detect if the pilot light is activated or deactivated. If the pilot light is malfunctioning, the thermocouple will restrict the flow of incoming gas to the gas burner in the system. When the internal temperature of the water falls below the temperature indicated on the thermostat, a command is sent to the gas control valve in the water heater.

Prior to pushing gas to the burners, this valve will confirm if it is receiving a signal from the thermocouple that indicates whether or not the pilot light is activated. Once the gas control valve is opened, the incoming gas will be ignited by the pilot light to produce heat. The incoming gas will slowly heat the water at the bottom of the tank.

As the water in the gas water heater becomes warmer, it will rise above the cold water that is being pushed into the tank through the dip tube. When the water in the tank reaches a sufficient temperature, the thermostat will send a command to the gas control valve to restrict incoming gas. If the water in your home is cold, this may be caused by issues with the pilot light or thermocouple. Our team offers gas water heater installation and repair services to homes in Jacksonville and other areas of Florida. Call a specialist at Fenwick Plumbing by phone at (904) 724-2455 to receive emergency support.

Electric Water Heaters

An electric water heater features one or two heating elements that are located in the tank. As the heating elements are immersed in water, the internal temperature of the water will increase prior to being pushed through the water pipes in your house. The thermostats on an electric water heater can be located on the side of the water tank. Electric water heaters that include two heating elements also include two thermostats.

When the temperature of the water in the tank falls below the programmed value, the thermostats will send a command to one or more switches that are engineered to activate the heating elements. Once the water has reached the desired temperature, the thermostat will restrict power to the heating element. Bill Fenwick Plumbing provides dependable electric water heater repair and installation services near you in Florida in areas such as Jacksonville.

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Water Heater Components

Water Heater Components

Tank

Both gas and electric water heaters include a tank that is designed to hold warm water. Depending on the size of your family, you may choose to purchase a 40 or 60 gallon water heater for your house. Most types of tanks are designed to handle pressure as high as 300 psi. The tanks on residential water heaters are insulated to help maintain the temperature of the water. If you notice a leak at the bottom of your tank, give us a call by phone at (904) 724-2455 to receive help with an electric or gas water heater installation.

Pressure Relief Valve

A pressure relief valve is designed to release excess pressure from the tank of a water heater when it becomes too high. This valve is located at the top of the tank. If the pressure relief valve begins to malfunction, your water heater may burst. To avoid damage to your house, we recommend scheduling a water heater repair appointment with our staff if you notice noises or leaks.

Drain Valve

Gas and electric water heaters include a drain valve that is located near the bottom of the water tank. This valve can be easily opened or closed to perform repairs such as draining minerals or replacing malfunctioning heating elements.

Heat-Out Pipe

The heat-out or outflow pipe is in charge of pushing hot water out of the tank and into your water lines. This pipe is smaller when compared to the dip tube connected to your water heater. If you’re not receiving warm water throughout your house, there may be an issue with your outflow pipe. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers trustworthy gas and electric water heater installation, replacement, and repair services in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas of Florida.

Dip Tube

The dip tube is engineered to provide the water heater with cold water from your supply lines. A water shutoff valve is embedded on the dip tube that allows you to prevent additional water from being pushed into the tank.

Thermostat

Electric and gas water heaters include a thermostat that allows you to control the temperature of water inside the tank. While most water heaters include a maximum temperature of 180 degrees Fahrenheit, we recommend setting it to a temperature of 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid injuries. The thermostat is a dial that is usually embedded under a cover plate on the system.

Gas Water Heater Advantages

While gas water heaters may be less efficient when compared to electric systems, they cost less to operate. This is because the total price to obtain natural gas is less when compared to electricity. In addition, gas water heaters are able to produce warm water at a faster rate than electric heaters.

The total amount of hot water a water heater is able to process throughout the first hour can be measured using a metric called the First Hour Rating (FHR). A water heater with a higher FHR value is able to process warm water at a faster rate when compared to a system with a lower value.

A standard gas water heater is able to produce more warm water in the first hour of use when compared to an electric heater. If you need assistance choosing a new gas water heater for your home, give us a call by phone at (904) 724-2455 or book an appointment online. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers gas water heater installation and repair services near you.

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Electric Water Heater Advantages

A standard electric water heater is more energy efficient when compared to a gas system. Since a gas water heater is required to vent combustion gasses outside, a small portion of heat is lost. On the other hand, an electric water heater is able to transform nearly all of its energy to heat. Since a lower quantity of energy is lost throughout the heating process, electric water heaters are more resourceful.

In addition, the purchase price of an electric water heater is not as expensive when compared to a standard gas system.  However, an electric heater will cost more to operate over time. Since a majority of gas water heaters include less parts when compared to gas models, the likelihood of them breaking is a little lower. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers trustworthy electric water heater repair, replacement, and installation services to homes in Jacksonville, Florida.

Reliable & Trustworthy Gas or Electric Water Heater Installation or Repair Services in Jacksonville, FL

Don’t let a broken water heater ruin your mornings! If your gas or electric water heater has stopped working, or you’re experiencing a subpar performance, contact our team today at (904) 724-2455 or schedule an appointment online. Our team also offers other plumbing solutions such as toilet repair, garbage disposal repair, and sink installation. Give us a call by phone or submit a request on our website to receive assistance.

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There are various issues that may cause a shortage of warm water in your home. The most common culprit for this issue is an excess mineral buildup in the water heater. As the water heater ages, minerals such as magnesium and calcium from hard water will become stuck in the water tank. This buildup of sediment causes the interior of the water tank to shrink over time. This has a direct impact on the hot water supply in your home. If the hot water supply is limited in your house, this may also be due to a malfunctioning dip tube. The dip tube is engineered to keep the warm and cold water in the water heater separated. When this component is broken, it is not uncommon for the hot and cold water to mix during the standard heating process. Our team of plumbers will help restore the warm water in your home. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers reliable water heater repair and installation services to homes in Jacksonville, Florida and other areas. Give us a call by phone at (904) 724-2455 to receive assistance.
Pinpointing the cause of a water heater leak is not an easy process. A common culprit of leaks is a loose water line fitting. To resolve this issue and prevent damage to your flooring, you will have to tighten this pipe fitting immediately. It’s also possible to pinpoint the cause of a water heater leak to a cracked water tank. A leak may be caused by high water pressure in the water tank of the gas water heater. When the water pressure is too high in the water tank, the water is ejected from the water heater to decrease the pressure. This issue may be caused by setting the temperature too high on the water heater. If the temperature is set to a moderate setting, the abundance of high water pressure in your house may also be caused by a malfunctioning pressure relief valve. Consult with an emergency plumber at Bill Fenwick Plumbing to pinpoint the culprit of the leak. We offer water heater repair, replacement, and installation services to homes in areas of Florida such as Jacksonville. Schedule an appointment online to receive help with this issue.
To ensure your utility bills aren’t too high each month, it’s important to properly set the temperature on your water heater. If you set the temperature to a high temperature, your utility bills will drastically increase. On the other hand, setting the water heater to a low temperature will cause a shortage of hot water in your house. We recommend setting the water heater to 120 degrees to prevent the formation of bacteria in the water tank. In addition, this is a safe temperature because it won’t cause the formation of severe burns on your skin. Setting the water heater to 120 degrees is usually able to provide small to large families with an adequate water supply for showering, washing dishes, and cleaning the car. You are able to control the temperature of the water by adjusting the dial on your gas water heater. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers water heater installation, repair, and maintenance services to homes in Jacksonville, Florida.
It will take a gas water heater around 45 minutes to heat the entire water supply in the water tank. Variables that will impact the amount of time it takes for the water heater to produce warm water include the size of the tank and the British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating. A BTU is a metric that indicates the total amount of heat or energy needed to change the temperature of a pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. A water heater with a higher BTU rating will be able to produce warm water at a faster rate when compared to a heater with a lower BTU rating. Another variable to consider when purchasing a new water heater is the size of the tank. A standard water heater is able to hold 40 gallons of water. Other common water heater sizes include 50, 60, 70, and 80 gallons. Large families should purchase a larger water heater to ensure a sufficient hot water supply. Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers water heater repair, installation, and replacement services in Jacksonville and other areas of Florida. Give us a call by phone at (904) 724-2455 to receive help with a water heater issue.
A professional water heater maintenance appointment will consist of draining the water from the tank to remove excess sediment. Our team will connect a hose to the drain valve on your gas water heater and drain the water supply. We recommend draining the water tank multiple times a year to prolong the lifespan of the water heater. The team at Bill Fenwick Plumbing will also perform an audit of the temperature relief valve to ensure its working properly. If we find a leak during the test, we will perform the necessary repairs to avoid further damage. We recommend testing the temperature relief valve one time each year. Our team will also perform a test to confirm the water heater is utilizing a proper amount of gas during the standard operation process. If the water heater is using too much gas, this is an indicator of a moderate to severe gas leak. We will fix the flue piping and perform the required repairs to keep your home safe. Give us a call by phone at (904) 724-2455 to receive help with a water heater repair.
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