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Common Water Heater Repairs

You’re up and ready for a great day at the office.  Or maybe a fun day with the kids at a nearby park.  Eighteen holes of golf?    

You know what these and your morning routine have in common? Before launching into any of them, you’re likely to start with a nice hot shower. Unless, of course, fate intervenes and your water refuses to cooperate.


Water heaters fail for many reasons and always, it seems, at the worst possible time. One of the most common reasons for a sudden loss of hot water is a pilot light that either is extinguished or has turned yellow when it should remain blue.  

Here are several other reasons why your hot water supply might be diminished: 

  • A failed thermocouple or electrical igniter caused by simple wear and tear or a large build-up of dust and dirt.
  • A failed heating coil inside the tank brought on by internal corrosion.  This problem is unique to electrical water heaters.
  • A thermostat malfunction.
  • How about your flue – is it free of obstructions?
  • If you have an Electric Vitreous Enamel or Gas Vitreous Enamel water heater, have your anode rod inspected at least every five years.  Otherwise it could corrode, damage the inner lining of your storage tank, and disrupt your unit’s performance.
  • Check and visually inspect your water heater, partly to determine if there’s evidence of a water leak.  If so, the cause could be simple condensation or, at the other extreme, internal corrosion and resulting damage to the storage tank.

Whatever the problem might be, you have a friend in the business who can fix it for you:  Connor Plumbing, serving the needs of Beaumont area home owners since 1908. What does that mean to you? It means when you choose Connor Plumbing, you’re choosing the company that offers greater longevity and experience than any other local plumber can offer. No matter what your hot water need might be, contact us today for service you depend on…absolutely!

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