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Repair and Installation of Water Heaters in Oahu

Alpha Omega plumbing offers repairs, service, and installation of water heaters across the island of Oahu. Call our experts to get your hot water back.

Are you having problems with your water heater? Here are some tips from our experts and signs to look out for.

Electric Water Heaters

If you have an electric water heater that isn’t working, here are some likely issues.

  • Check if it’s plugged in. Then reset the thermostat.
  • Still having a problem? Try to raise the temperature setting in the thermostat.
  • Flushing the heater may also work. This step removes the sediment in the tank that can lead to some heating problems.
  • In many cases the problem is in the heating element of the machine. You don’t have to repair this. Just replace the heating element, since they’re very inexpensive anyway.

Gas Water Heaters

If you have a gas water heater, here are some common issues and simple repairs.

  • Check that the gas is connected, and you should be certain that the pilot light is lit.
  • Fixing the issue may be as simple as increasing the temperature setting on heater’s thermostat.
  • If that does not work, try to flush the heater. This will remove the sediment to the tank that may be the cause of the problem.
  • The heat may also be escaping due to improper insulation. You should make sure that the water pipes are well-insulated.
  • The problem could also be in the thermocoupler. This is the device that automatically shuts off the gas when the pilot flame goes out. The thermocoupler may be malfunctioning, and in such case you will need to replace it.

Other Water Heater Issues

  • The pressure relief valve may be leaking. If that’s the case, you only need to replace the valve.
  • The leaks may be in the water supply pipes. If so, it’s all a matter of tightening the fittings. If that doesn’t stop the leaks, then you should shut off the water first, and then you can replace the fittings instead.
  • The water heater may be making sizzling or hissing noises. That may be caused by the sediment that may have collected in the tank. So drain the tank until the water clears. Then remove and soak the elements in a container of white vinegar for an hour. Afterwards, scrape off the scale. If that doesn’t work, you can always just replace the elements.
  • If it smells bad, that’s probably due to a buildup of bacteria in the tank. You need to flush the tank, and then you have to replace the anode rod with a different type of metal.
  • If the water takes a long time to heat, or the water is too hot, then you should readjust the thermostat. You may need a new thermostat if adjusting it does not work.

Request Your Oahu Plumbing Estimate

You need to be very careful when you try to do your own water heater repair. It’s often better to let the experts look at it, especially if you have a gas water heater, or if you’re worried that there may be a more serious issue.

Give Alpha Omega Plumbing a call at 808-847-5414 and let our plumbing and water heater experts serve you! Mahalo!

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