Hot Water Heaters: Leaks, Repairs, and Replacement

Nothing is more annoying than discovering one if your home appliances are not working properly. These things seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. The trained professionals at My Fontana Plumber will quickly and efficiently diagnose and solve your hot water heater issues.

Signs That Your Water Heater Is Having Problems

There may be some signals that your hot water heater is about to fail before it goes out completely. If you make yourself familiar with these signs it can save you on costly repairs, by alleviating the problem before your water heater issues turn into a major expense.

Your water heater needs will depend on the type of appliance you have in your home. The different types of water heaters consist of gas or electric units and tank or tankless units.

Leaking Hot Water Heater

There are a few reasons why your hot water heater may be leaking. Some of these can be easily fixed, while other issues may require the entire unit to be replaced.If water is spraying from the water supply pipes, you should cut off the main supply valve to your home immediately and call the professionals at My Fontana Plumber.

If your leak appears to be coming from the hot water heater tank, it is likely that the tank itself has become corroded over time. This will require replacement, but don’t worry – we have you covered! Our technicians can drain, remove and replace your old water heater.

If the leak is not coming from the tank, next you will need to check the heating element gaskets. If it appears that this is location of the leak, you need to shut off the power and water supply to the appliance. The entire tank must be drained before the gaskets are serviced. This can be a detailed task that should probably be handled by a professional.

Rusty or dripping connections could also be the culprit of your leak. This is usually due normal corrosion that has built up over time. Leaking from the pressure release valves is quite common and does not always signal a problem. The release valve is designed to release water if there is too much pressure. This can be caused by simple things like the water pressure coming into your home is too strong, or the temperature setting may be too high. If it is the drain valve, this can often be fixed by simply tightening the valve.

Occasionally, you may be experiencing condensation drips. Thankfully, water standing around your water heater does not always indicate a leak. This is a natural occurrence that happens when the tank fills with cold water, and is more prevalent during the cooler months.

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Insufficient Hot Water

Many times, this will be the first indicator that your hot water heater is starting to go out. It may start out as running out of hot water in the middle of your shower, or be as drastic as not producing warm water at all.

Your first inclination might be to run out and buy a new hot water, but this may not be necessary. The skilled technicians at My Fontana Plumber can help you diagnose the problem and decide if a new water heater purchase is required.

There are a few troubleshooting tricks you may try first.

Electric Water Heaters:

  • Make sure the unit is getting power
  • Try resetting the thermostat
  • Flush the unit to remove any mineral deposits
  • Replace the heating element or thermostat
  • Insulate the hot water lines
  • Set the temperature on the highest setting

Gas Water Heaters:

  • Make sure the appliance is getting gas and that the pilot light is lit
  • Thoroughly clean the gas burner to ensure a good, strong flame
  • Flush the unit to remove any mineral deposits
  • Insulate the hot water lines
  • Set the temperature on the highest setting
  • Replace the thermocoupler

Noisy or Loud Hot Water Heater

You may start to hear popping or banging noises coming from your appliance. This is another warning sign that your hot water heater is beginning to fail. These noises occur when the water overheats due to mineral deposits inside the tank. Constant overheating will eventually lead to leaking or failure, requiring the entire unit to be replaced.

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Water is Cloudy or Foul Smelling

If you notice your hot water looks cloudy or suddenly has a bad smell, it is time to start considering replacing your water heater. This happens when mineral deposits start to loosen and enter the water stream. These deposits will often clog the screens on your faucet causing decreased water pressure.

Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace

Regular maintenance and upkeep can help to extend the life of your water heater. Our skilled technicians can assist you with scheduling routine maintenance.

We have some handy tips that you can do yourself to keep your water heater working properly:

  • You should drain your hot water heater twice a year to clear the tank of any mineral deposits that may have built up. This will help prolong corrosion and increase the efficiency of your appliance.
  • Maintaining a temperature of about 120 degrees will prevent the tank from overheating and extend the life of the water heater.
  • It is a good idea to check your pressure release valve every few months to ensure it is working properly. If it does not have the ideal amount of pressure to produce a burst of water, it should be replaced.

We will also help guide you through the decision of whether it is beneficial to you to repair or replace your appliance. If the appliance is more than 10 years old, replacement should be considered, even if it is working properly. Modern water heaters require less maintenance and are much more energy efficient.

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The Plumbing Specialists You Can Count On!

Need hot water help now? Let the pros at My Fontana Plumber handle all your plumbing needs! Our friendly staff is available day or night to take care of all plumbing emergencies. We service customers in Fontana and the surrounding areas.

Without a water heater, washing clothes, dishes, or even ourselves would be remarkably more difficult. Therefore, purchasing and maintaining the right hot water tank could mean the difference between a smooth morning routine and a rude awakening.

For that reason, My Fontana Plumber exclusively carries the best water heaters. We a leader in this industry and offer the best combination. We offer our clients value, efficiency, and overall effectiveness. Of course, if you have another preferred brand, we are happy to order and install whichever hot water tank best matches your family’s needs.

Need a water tank repair? No problem! We stock each and every truck with an assortment of replacement parts for all makes and models of hot water tank.

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High-Efficiency Water Heaters

According to the EPA, 25% of your gas bill could be created by your water heater. Reduce your monthly costs and put money back in your pocket by upgrading to a high-efficiency unit from Four Seasons.

6 or 8 Year Warranty

Depending on the model selected, your water heater will come with a standard 6 or 8 year warranty which covers the tank itself and all additional parts.

Guardian System™ and Sensor

The Guardian System protects your home from water heater malfunction. Should the sensor detect an accumulation of flammable vapor, the system will immediately shut off your hot water tank thereby neutralizing any potential risks.

Same Day Water Heater Replacement

Never take another cold shower! Replace your problematic water heater this very day with fast, affordable service from Four Seasons.

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24 Hour Emergency Repair Service

Day or night, we’re ready to put our experience to work with no extra charge for nights, weekends, or holidays.

Seasonal Maintenance Checks

The best way to prevent a breakdown is with annual maintenance from a trained, certified professional. Contact us today and ensure a breakdown-free year.

Get Yourself in Hot Water

Hot water is too important to do without. Luckily My Fontana Plumber makes replacement or service as convenient as possible. Contact us day or night for 24 hour emergency repair with no extra charge for nights weekends or holidays. Should you desire or require a new unit, we stock them in-house, so take advantage of our same-day installation all year-round. Endless hot water is just a call or click away!

We Never Disappoint

Every day, you head to the shower, turn on the water, and expect the water to run hot. After showering, you head to the kitchen to tidy up for breakfast, run hot water through the sink or dishwasher to wash your dishes, and then head to the laundry room to start a load of laundry as well. This means that every day, you rely on your water heater for your daily tasks.


If you’re noticing that it’s not living up to your expectations, then it’s time to get some professional help. The team at My Fontana Plumber is here to assist you, serving the Fontana area, including the surrounding suburbs.Don’t let water heater issues get you down. Instead, call to speak our experts today!

Comprehensive Water Heater Services in Fontana

At My Fontana Plumber, we offer a comprehensive list of water heater services, at affordable prices backed by our superior customer service. Some of our water heater services include:

Water Heater Installation

If you’ve been noticing that your hot water is just performing as you expect, or if you want to improve the efficiency of your hot water system, a new hot water heater may be the answer. Our team will help you determine which water heater is best for your needs, then install it professionally to keep your family comfortable and your water warm. With a new, more efficient water heater, you will even notice your energy bills dropping.

Water Heater Repair

Are you noticing unusual noises from your water heater tank? Is the hot water coming out discolored? Do temperatures fluctuate in your home? These can be signs that you need water heater repair. Our trained and licensed plumbers can quickly diagnose the problem and offer effective repair solutions.

Call My Fontana Plumber today to discuss your water heater problems, and let one of our experienced Fontana plumbers provide a solution.

Replacement of Existing Water Heaters

There are many reasons that your water heater may not be doing the job well for your home. Maybe it’s not the right size for your family’s needs. Perhaps it’s not efficient enough for your energy saving goals. Maybe it was poorly installed. Regardless of the reason, if you are interested in water heater replacement, give My Fontana Plumber a call.

Our trained plumbers are here to help you. Call us to schedule an appointment.

Professional Plumbing Services in Fontana Area

The trained and experienced plumbers at My Fontana Plumber have experience with a variety of residential and commercial plumbing services, including:

  • Sump & ejector pumps
  • Battery backup systems
  • Installing, maintaining, and replacing 40, 50, and 75 gallon water heaters
  • Frozen pipes, burst pipes and pipe leaks
  • Bathroom sinks, toilets, tubs and showers
  • Kitchen sinks and garbage disposers
  • Special projects like steam showers and jetted tubs
  • Outdoor faucets
  • Replacement of old pipes
  • Underground leak detection and repair
  • Licensed backflow inspection
  • Water Heater Services in Fontana

Every day your home’s water heater serves you well. When you start to notice problems, My Fontana Plumber is here to help. We know that having hot water is a necessity to enjoying a normal quality of life. Therefore, we will work quickly to install your new system or get your existing system up and running.

Our team is dedicated to our customer’s comfort. For assistance with your hot water heater repair, replacement or installation, you only need to know one name, My Fontana Plumber. Contact us today to get your water heater back in good working order.

Give us a call today to see how we can help!