Water Heater Repair in Columbia, SC

save on water heatersThough not the most exciting appliance, your water heater is easily one of the most important appliances in your home. Whenever you take a shower or go to clean with hot water, your water heater is hard at work. While regular maintenance can help with increasing the life span of your appliance, your water heater will eventually require repairs. When you do need repairs, turn to your local Columbia, SC plumbing experts at Meetze Plumbing for quick and efficient repair services.


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Gas Water Heater Repairs in Columbia, SC

Your gas water heater is a workhorse in your home. Because of all they do, gas water heaters require regular maintenance and repair. Some of our most repairs include:

  • Water temperature issues – These are typically the result of power shortages, malfunctioning thermostats, or a faulty heating element. Sometimes the lack of hot water results from a faulty thermocouple or a faulty pilot control valve.
  • Leaks – These can be triggered by improper water pressure, bad gaskets, loose heating elements, or a faulty temperature and pressure relief valve.
  • Discolored water – This can be a sign of corrosion inside the tank caused by a damaged anode rod.
  • Abnormal noises – These are most often a result of sediment accumulation or problems with your water heater’s heating element.

Regular maintenance can help prevent most issues. Call Meetze Plumbing at 803-732-3747 for immediate repair in Columbia or to set up an annual maintenance program.

Electric Water Heater Repairs in Columbia, SC

As one of the busiest appliances in your home, your electric water heater needs routine check-ups to keep it operating at its best. Common problems that require professional repair include:

  • Hot water shortage – If your electric water heater isn’t replenishing hot water quickly enough, you may have an issue with a faulty thermostat or a failing upper electric heating element.
  • Discolored water –  Sediment buildup in the tank can turn the water brown or reddish.
  • Odors in your water – Sulfate bacteria can grow in the tank if water has remained unused for too long.
  • Popping or clanking noises. Sediments or mineral deposits that accumulate at the bottom of the tank can produce noise when your electric water heater supplies hot water to your home.

Scheduling repairs and an annual maintenance call will allow you peace of mind that your equipment is properly cared for. Call Meetze Plumbing at 803-732-3747 to schedule repairs or a tune-up!

How to Check a Water Heater Before Calling a Plumber

water heater serviceWhile it’s always better to be safe than sorry, there are a few minor things you can check on your water heater before calling a professional.

The first thing you can check is whether your appliance is being powered. If you have a water heater powered by gas, make sure that the pilot light is on and steady. If you have an electric heater, make sure your heater hasn’t tripped the breaker.

The second thing you can do is flush out your tank. As mentioned above, mineral and sediment buildup is the cause of many problems. If the damage isn’t severe yet, you may be able to solve your issue by draining the tank. If issues persist once you drain the tank, call a professional plumbing contractor immediately.

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Why Trust Meetze Plumbing for Your Plumbing Repairs?

family-owned local plumbing expertsMeetze Plumbing has been your trusted Columbia, SC plumber for 40 years. We pride ourselves on arriving on time, keeping a tidy workspace, and providing you the best service possible. Our technicians are friendly and knowledgeable and will be sure to work with your schedule instead of the other way around. We’re honored to serve the citizens of the Irmo, Lexington, and West Columbia areas, and we look forward to helping you with all of your plumbing needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Though water heaters are vital to our daily lives, most homeowners don’t know all that much about them. Our team is always happy to answer any questions you may have about the water heater in your Columbia-area home.

The most common causes of slow hot water recuperation times are the age of the water heater or a lack of maintenance. If you use a tank water heater, the tank should be flushed and filled consistently to keep sediment from accumulating, which can reduce the efficacy of the water heater and cause long periods where you have no hot water.

It’s also possible that your water heater was undersized when installed or that your current water heater just can’t keep up with your growing family.

In many cases, a simple cleaning of the ignitor and its surrounding components can restore the proper function of a water heater pilot light. If the pilot absolutely refuses to light or goes out quickly after relighting, you likely need a thermocouple replacement. Don’t stress, though, as thermocouple replacement is a quick and relatively inexpensive repair!

Tankless water heaters tend to be extremely energy-efficient, and they also are the best source of unlimited hot water on demand. That said, tankless units aren’t for everyone. In a large percentage of home applications, they’re the best choice on the market. Still, if your family uses substantial amounts of hot water, over 50 gallons a day, then a large reservoir tank water heater may still be the better choice.

The hour rating is the most critical factor in choosing a new water heater. This is the measure of how much water the unit can heat in a given hour, which makes matching a new unit for your unique needs fairly simple.

Rumbling, popping, and other loud or startling noises are nearly always caused by a water heater in need of maintenance. Sediment buildup floating in the tank will occasionally come in contact with the heating element, creating these sudden noises.