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How to Know if Your Business Needs Water Heater Repair Now


Having a steady, reliable supply of hot water for your business in Chesterfield, MO, isn’t a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity. In fact, it’s legally required that businesses provide hot water.

It can be easy to forget how convenient it is to simply turn a knob and receive instant hot water. That is, until a day arrives when your tenants, customers, or employees turn on the hot water and instead of the hot water they’re expecting, what they get is cold water.

Addressing water heater issues with haste can prevent further damage and disruption to your business operations. If you’re uncertain about whether your business requires water heater repair, there are several signs you can look out for. Performance Plumbing is here to help you identify a few common signs that it may be time for a commercial water heater repair!

Insufficient Hot Water

If the water heater is struggling to provide enough hot water, or if the water is not getting as hot as it should, that’s a definite sign of issues. These could be caused by a malfunctioning heating element, faulty thermostat, or sediment buildup in the tank. In order to correct this issue, here are 3 things to check:

  • Check the temperature setting. Make sure that the thermostat on your commercial water heater is set to the right temperature, typically around 120° F.
  • Inspect the dip tube. The dip tube is a plastic tube inside the water heater that delivers cold water to the bottom of the tank for heating. If the dip tube is broken or deteriorated, it can cause a decrease in the hot water supply and may need to be replaced.
  • Flushing the tank. The buildup of sediment can affect the efficiency of your water heater, resulting in a lack of hot water. A professional commercial plumbing technician can safely perform this service for you.

Discolored Or Rusty Water

If the hot water coming from your commercial building’s taps appears discolored, rusty, or has a metallic smell, it could be a sign of corrosion inside the water heater. Here are 2 things a professional plumber will check and potentially recommend for a repair.

  • Flush and drain the tank. Flushing and draining the water heater can help remove sediment and rust buildup, improving water quality. 
  • Replace the anode rod. The anode rod is a part inside the water heater that helps prevent corrosion by attracting rust-causing elements. Over time, the anode rod can become depleted and ineffective and may need to be replaced.

There are many other reasons that indicate a commercial water heater may need repair. A few more reasons are water leaks, strange noises, increased energy bills, and fluctuations in water temperature. If you observe any of these signs contact us for professional plumbing services! 

Contact Performance Plumbing today and know that your company’s commercial water heater repair is in capable, caring hands!

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