Water Heater Repair & Replacement Services in Sacramento

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There is not much worse than stepping into an ice-cold shower first thing in the morning, and though it will probably wake you up, making an emergency call to your plumber is no way to start a day. The big challenge is determining whether your water heater needs to be replaced entirely, or if it can be repaired. There are three factors you can evaluate to help you determine if you need water heater repair or a replacement. Those factors are age, condition, and your budget.


The average lifespan for a water heater is 10-12 years, and how well said water heater has been maintained will have a big impact on its life-expectancy. Some simple routine maintenance like flushing the tank yearly, and periodic replacing on the anode rod inside of it will extend its life. Water heaters are pretty simple machines, with few parts, so any necessary repairs will likely be limited to the pressure relief valve, thermostat, heating element, or burner.


A leaking or ruptured water heater tank is usually not repairable, and will require a replacement. If your water heater has burst due to a faulty pressure relief valve, then there is little likelihood of it being repaired. The anode rod inside the water heater is prone to corrosion which weakens it. Regular replacement of these rods can prevent a lot of common water heater issues.

We recommend testing the pressure relief valve occasionally. The best way to do this is to lift the valve up, then letting it snap back down. You should be able to see or hear water draining if the valve is working properly. If you do not hear or see water, turn the water heater off completely and contact a Clarke & Rush Plumber right away.


Repairing a water heater will almost always be less expensive than installing a new one. If your budget allows, however, most homeowners opt to save money and energy over time by installing a new, energy-efficient water heater. Installing a tankless water heater may lower your utility bills even more.

To learn more about whether you can opt for water heater repair instead of replacement, contact Clarke & Rush. We’ve proudly provided plumbing services for the Sacramento area for over 5 decades.

You'll Love Having Hot Water You Can Rely On!

Wait until the next time your water heater stops working and you’ll soon realize exactly how vital it is to your home. Clarke & Rush is a water heater repair company that specializes in expert water heater service to keep your Sacramento water heater working safely, efficiently and reliably.

When you rely on Clarke & Rush for water heater repair or water heater replacement, you can expect professional service from a skilled plumber.

If a replacement water heater is necessary, a Clarke & Rush water heater expert will help you determine which one is right for your home and budget, taking into consideration your family’s water heating needs and energy usage expectations. Clarke & Rush is able to install a water heater of almost any type or brand, including tankless water heaters.

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Types of Water Heaters we Service in Sacramento, CA

Most of us take our water heater for granted, along with the luxury of having piping hot water dispensed from any tap in your home, on demand. Many homeowners don’t even think about their water heater until it causes problems. Water heaters are one of the hardest working appliances in any home. Just think; how many things would be impossible without the miracle of on-demand hot water like laundry, washing dishes, or showering.

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There are three distinct types of water heaters, each with its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Solar Water Heaters

Renewable solar energy is currently the only “free” option for water heaters. They are not appropriate for every home and situation, but if the conditions are right, they are a fantastic investment. Conditions including the roof direction, area or residence, and size of the family must be met to qualify your home for solar power.

Storage or Tank Water Heaters

The most common water heater type is a storage, or tank water heater. These store a set amount of heated water in a holding tank. The tank water heater can be powered by electricity or gas, and the supply of hot water is limited by the tank size. One major drawback is having to balance household activities to make sure there is adequate hot water supply for each, so that no one is stuck with a cold shower before the supply can replenish.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless, or on-demand water heaters are growing in popularity, largely due to their ability to produce an endless supply of hot water, despite the amount of usage. These can be either gas or electric, similarly to tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters are also the most eco-friendly, since they only heat water when it is needed.

Common Signs of Water Heater Issues

One of the most important appliances in a your home is the water heater. If the water heater is not functioning properly, it can make regular household activities difficult and even impossible. The best way for a homeowner to ensure that their hot water heater is always functioning properly is to be able to recognize when there is a problem so that it can be repaired before it breaks down completely. The sooner the homeowner can recognize that there is a problem, the sooner they can call a professional in water heater repair.

The Water is Not as Hot as Usual

If a homeowner notices that their water heater is not heating the water enough, they should call a professional in water heater repair. There could be a problem with the heating element or with the thermostat. It would take a professional to diagnose and repair the problem.

Rusty Hot Water

If the homeowner turns on the hot water and it comes out rusty, they should contact a professional immediately. The rust could be coming from the inside of the tank, which means it needs to be replaced. If the homeowner allows the problem to persist, the water heater can start to leak, which can result in a very damaging flood.

Rumbling Noises in the Water Heater

If a homeowner notices a rumbling sound coming from their water heater, they should contact a professional immediately. Over time, sediment can build up inside of the water tank. When the water heats up, the sediment can break up, creating a rumbling sound. When this happens, the inside of the tank would need to be cleaned.

Water Around the Water Tank

If a homeowner notices water around the water tank, it is a sign of a very serious problem. There could be a small leak or crack in the tank. It could also be a loose connection or fitting to the tank. Regardless of the reason, the homeowner should contact a professional immediately. The longer the problem persists, the worse the water damage will become.

Keep your water heater working safely and efficiently with water heater repair and installation services by our dedicated Sacramento plumbers.

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We can repair an aging water heater to get a few more years out of it, install a brand new one, or provide regular scheduled maintenance to keep your home and family safe and comfortable. Contact us online today, or call us at 916-609-2669 to get a free, no obligation quote on water heater service.

Don’t worry. You can call us and we can help. Sometimes, water heater defects can be quite dramatic, such as when a major leak springs and water gushes out of the water heater tank. But more often, problems worsen gradually until the water heater fails. You should never wait for the water heater to reach a failure point before you take action. In this article, Clarke & Rush explores the different signs your water heater is going out so you can take the necessary actions to fix your water heater.

7 Signs to Look for:


Does the water coming from your water heater look muddy or is gritty? Plumbers at Clarke & Rush reveal that the anode rod in the water heater may have corroded extensively to the level of no longer protecting the tank. As the tank begins to corrode, the corroded material causes the water to be gritty or muddy. Replace the sacrificial anode immediately so that you can save the tank from sustaining serious damage. Otherwise, you’ll have to replace the water heater prematurely.

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Another sign that may suggest that you may need to replace your water heater is an unusual smell or taste in the hot water. Sacramento plumbers say some homeowners describe the taste as “metallic” while others describe the smell as “rotten eggs.” Either way, cleaning the water heater tank as well as replacing the sacrificial anode can prevent problems from getting worse and costing you the water heater. This is because those unusual tastes and smells may indicate corrosion within the tank.

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Water heaters that are about to fail may also avail less hot water when it’s needed. This reduction of hot water may be due to the accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the tank. This sediment is significant for two reasons, according to plumbers in Sacramento. First, the sediment takes up some of the space which should have been occupied by water. Secondly, sediment creates a barrier that prevents the heat from the heating element to reach the water. As a result, the water will take longer to reach the desired temperature, if at all it does. Soon, you will notice that your hot shower is anything but hot. The best way to prevent this problem from destroying your water heater is by flushing the tank annually. Contact Clarke & Rush for advice if you aren’t sure how to flush the tank correctly.

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All appliances are built to last for a definite duration. In this regard, you should ask a professional from Clarke & Rush to check the condition of your water heater if it is more than a decade old. This health check is necessary because most water heaters have a design lifespan that doesn’t exceed 15 years. The actual longevity of the water heater is influenced by many factors, such as how well it is maintained. It is therefore important to have the water heater checked annually by an experienced plumber if it is aging. Consider replacing it once its reliability starts faltering.


Water heaters have a safety feature called a TPR (temperature and pressure relief) valve. This valve activates when the temperature or the pressure inside the water heater tank rises to a potentially dangerous level. Without this TPR valve, your water heater tank may explode if a defect, such as a malfunction in the thermostat, prevents the heater from turning off once the water reaches the predetermined temperature. The TPR valve should be tested annually to confirm that it is working properly. If no water flows out once the valve is opened, or you notice leaks just beneath this valve, ask a plumber in Sacramento to take a look. Fortunately, you can replace this valve without having to buy another water heater.

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Water heaters are designed to operate almost noiselessly. So, you should be concerned if your water heater starts emitting unusual sounds, such as rumbling or popping sounds. These sounds are due to the air trapped within the mineral deposits or other sediments in the tank. As the water heats, the air starts escaping and triggers those sounds that you hear. Once again, periodic flushing can save your heater from irreparable damage resulting from sediment accumulation. If the sound remains after you have flushed the tank, ask Clarke & Rush to send a plumber over so that you get the proper professional plumbing advice.


Your water heater is going to explode! Don’t wait until there’s a hole in your ceiling and roof! Poor maintenance (such as neglecting to replace the anode as recommended), age and other factors can cause the water tank to start leaking. Before you condemn the tank as beyond repair, ask a Sacramento plumber to check and find out whether it isn’t the drain valve at the bottom that is leaking. If the drain valve is okay, consider buying another water heater because a leaking tank cannot be repaired.

Water heaters can last for much longer than their expected lifespan if they are maintained correctly. It is therefore wise for you to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions so that you get the best service from your investment. Supplement what you do with help from Clarke & Rush so that our plumbers can spot and address any developing issues that may not be apparent to you as a layperson. When was the water heater last inspected professionally? Contact us today and let us make sure everything is fine with this appliance.

Tankless Water Heaters. Less Has Never Been More!

Tankless Water Heaters can add a whole new level of comfort to your home. Clarke & Rush specializes in expert on-demand water heater service to keep your system working reliably, safely, and efficiently.

When you rely on Clarke & Rush for tankless water heater repair or replacement, you can expect professional service from a skilled plumber. Our technicians can offer assist you in determining which one is right for your house, family and budget.

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Clarke & Rush helps homeowners install newer tankless water heaters. Here's a few reasons why:

  • Energy Savings.
  • More Space. No Tank.
  • Endless Hot Water.
  • Easier to Maintain.

A Clarke & Rush expert will help you determine which water heating system is right for your home and budget, taking into consideration your family’s size, water heating needs and energy usage expectations.

What is Tankless? How Can a Tankless System Help Me?

Tankless water heaters, or on-demand water heaters are growing in popularity, largely due to their ability to produce an endless supply of hot water, despite the amount of usage. These can be either gas or electric, similar to tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters are also the most eco-friendly, since they only heat water when it is needed.

Heating water accounts for up to 30 percent of the average home’s energy budget.

These types of tankless water heater units can save you money because they don’t produce the standby energy losses associated with storage tank water heaters.

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Tankless water heater models heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a coil pipe into the unit. Either a gas burner or electric element quickly heats the coil which in turn heats the water that passes through it. Therefore, tankless water heaters provide a continuous supply of hot water. You don’t have to wait for a storage tank to fill up with more hot water after a long, hot shower. However, a single tankless unit provides a limited flow of hot water per minute – between two and five gallons. The good news is that more than one tankless unit can be ganged together to overcome these limitations.

To discuss your homes water heating needs, contact a Clarke & Rush master plumber today!