Butter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Water Heater Repair’

Trouble with Your Water Heater Can Appear Suddenly

Monday, July 10th, 2017 by Butter Plumbing

water-heater-repairMost homes in the area use traditional tank water heaters to warm the water used in cooking, cleaning, and bathing. They’re typically placed in out-of-the-way locations in the home, such as the basement or the garage, and because they often do their jobs so quietly, it can be hard to notice when problems start. Indeed, most issues with your water heater appear without much fanfare. By the time they cause an active disruption, the damage can be quite extensive, and often requires replacing the water heater instead of just repairing it. (more…)

Check Your Water Heater for Problems

Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Butter Plumbing


Winters are harsher in Las Vegas, NV than most people realize. Though much warmer in comparison to winter back east, we still get our share of freezing temperatures, and with our dry climate, we experience lots of wear and tear over all parts of our home. This can apply to plumbing systems too, especially appliances like the water heater. (more…)

Does Your Water Heater Need to Be Replaced?

Monday, February 6th, 2017 by Butter Plumbing

Water_Heaters_dreamstime_xl_11740158Most homes in Paradise, NV have a traditional tank water heater in place to provide hot water for cooking and cleaning. They do their jobs very quietly and are often tucked away in little-used parts of the home like the basement or garage. Unfortunately, that means that problems can creep in unnoticed, and if your water heater is more than 10 or 15 years old, those problems can quickly lead to a fundamental breakdown if you aren’t careful. When that happens, you need to get your water heater replaced right away.


Dip Tube Problems in Your Water Heater

Monday, July 4th, 2016 by Butter Plumbing

Your water heater is a surprisingly complex piece of equipment, with a number of different components that need to work in perfect sync for the system to do its job. Among the most important is the dip tube, which is usually made of plastic and runs from the top of your tank to the bottom. It’s connected to the water pipe and sends cold water down to the bottom of the tank where it can be heated by the burners. As it warms up, it rises to the top of the tank, where it can then be moved through the pipes of your home to provide you with hot water. (more…)

Signs of Water Heater Damage

Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

Most of us don’t pay much attention to our water heaters, since they do their jobs quietly and don’t cause a fuss. But when trouble arises, you’re going to notice it very quickly, and subtle signs can clue you in to a big problem headed your way. Homeowners in Las Vegas, NV who can spot signs of water heater damage often get a jump on the problem and can summon a plumber before the trouble results in a disaster. We’ve includes a brief list of things to watch for with your system. If you spot them, summon a trained professional immediately. (more…)

Strange Sounds in Your Water Heater

Monday, April 27th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

When it comes to water heaters, the sooner you can identify trouble, the better. It’s far easier to address a potential issue before it causes problems than to wait for the water heater to break and scramble to get it repaired. Las Vegas, NV has its share of qualified plumbers who can engage in preventative repair and maintenance, and if you know how to spot the signs you can contact them before things spiral out of control. Sounds are usually the best indicator that something is wrong with your water heater, and can even lend some insight into the nature of the problem. Here’s a quick break down of some strange sounds in your water heater, and what they might mean. (more…)

Why Is My Water Heater Producing No Hot Water?

Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

We depend on hot water coming from out taps and other supply lines an enormous amount on a daily basis: cooking, cleaning, bathing, and running appliances like the dishwasher and the laundry machine. For all of these tasks, your home’s water heater supplies the necessary hot water. Water heater are very durable devices that can last as long as 15 years (and sometimes more), but they can occasionally require repairs to keep them operating.

There’s no more clear signal that you need water heater repair service in Las Vegas, NV than when you lose your supply of hot water altogether. Call for technicians skilled with plumbing and water heaters right away to investigate and discover the cause for the loss. Butter Plumbing offers 24-hour emergency service when you need to have your hot water restored as quickly as possible. You can trust to our 15 years of experience serving the Las Vegas Valley with plumbing repair and maintenance.

Why You May Not Be Getting Hot Water from Your Water Heater

  • Loss of power: If you have an electric water heater, first check that it hasn’t tripped a circuit breaker, then see if it is connected to the power system. If you have a natural gas heater, the problem may come from the gas line: the municipal supply, blockage in the line, or a dirty burner. Don’t attempt to diagnose gas line problems yourself—it’s too dangerous. Contact professionals.
  • Thermostat problems: A water heater has its own thermostat to control the temperature of the water. For electric water heaters, a broken thermostat will mean that the heating elements will shut off and no heating will occur in the water heater.
  • The pilot light is out: For natural gas-powered water heaters, a pilot light is often responsible for igniting the burner. If the pilot fails, then the burner will not come on and the water in the tank won’t heat up. Have technicians examine the pilot to see how to fix it.
  • Faulty thermocouple: This is another gas-powered heater issue. The thermocouple monitors the pilot light to make sure that it remains lit. Should the pilot light go out, the thermocouple will automatically shut off the gas valve so that unburned combustion gas doesn’t flood the chamber and create a fire hazard. If the thermocouple develops faults, it might restrict gas flow when it shouldn’t and prevent the water from receiving heat.

The Worst Case Scenario

There is also the chance that your water heater is too old and can no longer function. If this is the case, your repair technician will inform you and help you begin the process of obtaining and installing a new unit.

Never hesitate when your hot water supply is at risk: call for water heater repair in Las Vegas, NV from the experts at Butter Plumbing.

What is a Dip Tube in My Water Heater?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Your water heater is one of the great unsung heroes of your home, providing hot water for cooking and bathing year after year without complaint. Conversely, in those times when the water heater can’t perform as expected, you need to get the problem addressed quickly and efficiently. Plenty of services offer water heater repair in Las Vegas, but it helps if you the homeowner understand what the different components of the water heater do. That way, when a breakdown occurs you’ll better understand the steps needed to fix it. Take the dip tube, for instance. “What is a dip tube in my water heater?” you ask. Read on for the answers.

Most standard water heaters consist of a large tank with burners underneath. The burners heat the water, which rises to the top of the tank and can then be transferred into your home via the hot water outlet. When cold water enters the tank, it’s important that it not mix with the hot water at the top of the tank. Otherwise, it will dilute the heat and render your water lukewarm.

Enter the dip tube. It runs vertically down the length of the water tank and allows the mixture of cold and hot water to remain as it should. Cold water enters the top of the tube and moves to the bottom, where it exits the tube into the tank. That places the cold water as close as possible to the burners without mixing in with the hot water at the top of the tank.

Naturally, when problems arise with the dip tube, you can feel the difference. The most common problem is a leak springing up in the tube (or sometimes parts of the tube breaking off into the tank). Leaks at the seals are also common problems with the dip tube. When that happens, your hot water will be affected, and may even be cut off entirely. One you know what a dip tube is in your water heater, the next step is to call Butter Plumbing. We can handle all kinds of water heater repair in Las Vegas, including problems with the dip tube. Give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!