Water Heater Services

Hot water is one of the most important features of your plumbing system. Getting your water heater repaired or replaced as soon as possible is our top priority.

We stock many of the common water heater repair components for many of the top brands and models. We also stock a complete line of new water heaters, including gas and electric tanks, tankless gas units, and hybrid electric heat pump units.

So no matter the circumstance, we have an option for your needs and, most importantly, your budget.

When a water heater is ready to fail, most individuals are entirely oblivious. We provide water heater repair throughout the Kansas City metro region if you’re having difficulties with your water heater.

Water may quickly cause damage to your house, so if you suspect a problem, please don’t hesitate to call one of our experts.

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What is the Problem with my Hot Water Heater?

Did you know that the average lifespan of a water heater is 8-12 years?

Here are some of the most frequent water heater problems that our clients have reported, as well as the possible causes.

My Water Heater is Leaking Water.

Leaks may occur in many sections of your water heater. However, it may not be a significant issue if the leak is coming from the water lines or the temperature and pressure relief valves at the top of your machine.

However, if water is leaking from the bottom of your unit, it is often an indication that the inner tank has deteriorated due to age. This type of leaking indicates that it is time to replace your water heater.

My House Water is Not Getting Hot.

Lack of hot water is usually an indication of a significant problem. You can check your pilot light, but have one of our plumbers look it over for you if that isn’t the problem.

If your water heater is beyond repair, read on to discover more about the differences between tankless and conventional water heaters.

My Water Heater Rumbles.

Sediment has most likely accumulated in your tank. Water heaters tend to acquire sediment and lime deposits in the water heated and distributed via the taps as they age. If the heater is not cleaned regularly, the sediment may accumulate to the point where it acts as a barrier between the burner and the water, making it difficult to heat. According to a national A.S.P.E. plumbing journal article, every half-inch of silt on the bottom of a gas-fired water heater takes 70% more fuel to heat the water.

Sediment accumulates on the tank’s bottom over time and hardens when heated and reheated each day. The noise you’re hearing is the sediment pounding against itself as it warms up. When sediment hardens, your water heater becomes less efficient because it must use more gas or energy to heat up. The extra time it takes to heat the water will eventually cause the tank to wear, causing the metal to become brittle. When this happens, small holes and cracks might form. Because the inner tank cannot be repaired, you will most likely need to replace your water heater.

Water is Around the Water Heater.

Water found around a water heater might be a leak from the water heater, but it could also be from neighboring pipes or appliances. For example, the water you observe around the water heater might be coming from furnace drain pipes, water softener lines, or other plumbing. No matter where the leak is located, Smedley Plumbing can diagnose it and suggest methods to remedy it.

My Faucet Explodes Rusty Water.

If the rust is coming from the hot side pipe, the interior of your water heater may be rusting and producing a leak. Unfortunately, you won’t fix the inside tank; therefore, you’ll have to replace it.

You Should Call Smedley!

If any of these issues seem familiar, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Our plumbers are courteous and competent, and they can explain your repair or replacement alternatives.

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Water Heaters Come in Three Types

Conventional

Every minute of every day, a particular volume of water (the tank) is kept heated. Thus, it is constantly heating water to a temperature of around 120 degrees.

Tankless

Only provides hot water when you need it. So you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water when showering, doing laundry, or washing dishes.

Hybrid

Its’ hot water supply is replenished considerably faster than a typical tank water heater.

What kind of upkeep should I perform on my water heater?

Water heater manufacturers recommend having a plumbing expert do yearly maintenance on your water heater, including checking the anode rod to ensure all connections are secure.

Why isn’t my old water heater producing as much hot water as it once did?

Water Heater Security

Make sure there are no sources of combustible vapors near your water heater, such as gasoline, heating oils, lighter fluid, propane, and so on.

Keep the water heater’s top clean.

Maintain a clean environment surrounding your water heater by removing dirt, boxes, paint cans, spray cans, home cleaners, and garbage. It is critical to maintaining the heater easily accessible for optimum operation and maintenance.

Water Heater Safety

When water is heated, it expands due to thermal expansion.

Water, unlike air, cannot be compressed. Therefore, when water is heated, its volume increases, and it must go somewhere. This occurrence in a water heater poses significant issues. To keep your tank and family safe, you’ll need a thermal expansion tank.

P.R.V.s are installed at the home’s water supply pipe and serve as one-way valves, blocking flow back into the municipal water supply pipe. A “closed system” is the outcome of this non-return barrier. Because of the closed system, heated water has nowhere to go as it expands, producing thermal expansion within your home’s water system.

Thermal expansion has the potential to generate tremendous pressure than the water heater can handle. If unsafe pressure remains uncontrolled, it will cause costly leaks and damages that extend beyond the water heater to the pipes, fittings, fixtures, and worse, if a pipe or the water heater breaks. Every tank has a pressure release valve, but it is not a thermal expansion device. It can also become inefficient if it becomes clogged by mineral deposits due to continual dripping water.

Water increases in volume by up to 4% when heated, depending on the beginning and final temperatures. If there is no demand for hot water at the taps, the extra water has nowhere to go. Because water is incompressible, the enlarged water cannot be accommodated and will operate as a hydraulic ram, increasing pressure to potentially hazardous levels.

Water heater makers are aware of the risk. They caution customers that if a heater is placed in a residence with a closed system and no provision for thermal expansion control (a safety tank), dangerous pressure situations may arise, endangering life and property. All homes with a pressure-reducing valve must now include a thermal expansion tank, according to plumbing standards.

A skilled plumber installs a thermal expansion tank on the water heater’s supply pipe. Water does not enter the tank under normal pressures since it is pre-pressurized. As the water expands due to thermal expansion, it is pushed into the expansion tank and released when the pressure equalizes. We are the best choice for water heater repair in Kansas City, MO, due to our adherence to safety standards. ​

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You Should Call Smedley!

If any of these issues seem familiar, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Our plumbers are courteous and competent, and they can explain your repair or replacement alternatives.

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