Here are the signs your home needs a new water heater

With the recent COVID-19 outbreak and the stay-at-home recommendations in place, Fresno residents are spending more time at home than ever before. This means more dishes, more laundry, and more wear-and-tear on your aging water heater. In this article, we’ll review some of the potential signs your water heater might need to be replaced—and when you should call us for 24/7 emergency service here in Fresno and the Central Valley.

If you're noticing any of the signs you need a new water heater, call Allbritten for emergency service here in Fresno and the Central Valley.What are the signs you need a new water heater?

Here are three of the most common signs you need to have an Allbritten plumber replace your home’s water heater:


Under ideal conditions, your water heater is a closed-loop system: cold water comes into the tank, is heated and stored, and then gets distributed out where needed at the tap. There are only two circumstances that explain water pooling around the tank:

  • High tank pressure: As the water is heated and steam is created, pressure builds inside of the tank. Water heaters are built to withstand about 150 PSI—well above normal operating pressures. However, high temperatures can lead to pressure buildup. To avoid the tank from turning into a pressure cooker, your water heater’s pressure-relief valve opens up and releases air and water when the pressure gets too high. If there’s water underneath the valve, this could be the reason why.
  • Tank leaks: That same water pressure could be problematic if there are fractures in the tank shell. Throughout your water heater’s life, the shell is subjected to a near-constant cooling-heating cycle. The metal bends, warps, expands, and contracts with this change in temperature. Late in its life, this may lead to tiny cracks in the tank that allow water to leak out. This is an issue, as it could mean the tank is close to failing and bursting open.

If you’re noticing water on the outside of the tank or on the floor, call us right away for 24/7 plumbing repair.

Insufficient hot water

As water heaters get older, they begin to have a layer of sediment build up at the bottom of the tank. With enough time, this reduces the tank’s total water capacity—and the amount of hot water your home can use in a concentrated period of time. The recent shakeup to your family’s schedule caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is leading many local homeowners to realize that their water heater isn’t able to keep up with demand in the mornings.

If this is the case in your home, you should really call us and have one of our plumbers out to make sure your water heater is operating properly.

Rusty water

At some point in your time owning your home, you might notice that rusty water is coming out of the tap. Generally, this is due to a corroding water heater, and not issues with your pipes more generally. However, testing this hypothesis is easy: turn the tap to hot and run the equivalent of several gallons into a bucket or tub. if the rusty water is only present when running hot water, the water heater is the most likely source.

Rust and corrosion builds up inside of the water heater tank as it gets older and the sacrificial anode rod—which attracts corrosion—has been eaten away. It’s as sure a sign as any that your aging water heater needs to be replaced.

Call Allbritten for emergency plumbing repair in Fresno

If you’ve noticed any of these warning signs of impending water heater failure in your home—or need any other plumbing help—call our team. We’re here for you and your home when you need us.

Here are the steps we’re taking to protect you during the COVID-19 outbreak

Updated May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has already had a profound human and economic impact on Fresno and the Central Valley, and our state has put emergency orders in place to help prevent and slow its spread. As an essential business, our team at Allbritten is standing by and ready to help with all your cooling, heating, and plumbing needs. However, we want you to know that we’re taking several precautionary measures to protect your home. In this article, we’ll review the COVID-19 outbreak, what we’re doing, and how you can help other Fresno businesses and people during this tough time.

Our team is taking necessary precautions

For both the protection of our team and your home, we want you to know that we’re taking all necessary precautions, in line with the up-to-the-minute recommendations from our city, state, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Our team is:

  • Undergoing a daily health screening to make sure our employees are ready to work.
  • Following up with our customers to make sure you and your family are healthy and ready for us to arrive.
  • Wearing protective masks while working around and inside your home.
  • Regularly using hand sanitizer and sanitizing our tools and equipment.
  • Practicing social distancing and maintaining a six-foot distance from others.
  • Preventing the spread of germs by doing away with tablet signatures.

If you have any questions about the precautionary measures we’re taking in your home, please call us.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are taking extra precautions and offering 24/7 emergency service here in Fresno, CA.COVID-19 Basics

You’ve no doubt heard about COVID-19—also commonly known as “novel coronavirus”—by now. The virus has quickly spread in a number of U.S. communities, including here in Fresno. Having only recently jumped from animals to humans, COVID-19 is a “novel” disease. This means that no one has pre-existing immunity to it, making it incredibly easy to transmit to others.

There’s another reason for COVID-19’s incredible virality. Those infected often can have a asymptomatic incubation period of several days. In fact, some of those infected never develop symptoms at all! In total, around 80% of those who catch COVID-19 only have light-to-no symptoms. However, without social distancing and other precautionary measures, these asymptomatic carriers could quickly spread the disease to vulnerable people, including older people and those with compromised immune systems. It’s also worth noting that COVID-19 can be life-threatening and require hospitalization even in relatively healthy young people.

So, how can we all slow the spread of COVID-19 and help out our front-line first responders and medical personnel? First, we should all be following the latest guidelines from the CDC. Preventative measures include:

  • Washing your hands: The best way to kill the virus is to wash your hands in warm, soapy water for 20 seconds.
  • Sanitizing surfaces: The virus can survive on surfaces for hours, so sanitize anything you touch after coming home from the grocery store. You should especially wipe down your phone.
  • Wearing face protection: While a mask may not block out the virus from entering your system, it can prevent you from spreading it to others in the event you are a asymptomatic carrier. It also helps discourage you from touching your mouth, nose, or eyes while out in public.

Second, stay home if possible. Even if you still need to go to work, avoid other interactions in public spaces whenever possible. The virus is most often spread in groups of people within close proximity to one another.

As a final note, the guidelines and recommendations from our state and the CDC are subject to change. For the latest updates, please see the CDC’s website.

We’re here for you and your home

Here in the state of California, plumbers and HVAC technicians have been designated as essential services. Unfortunately, there’s no fixing a leaking pipe or repairing an air conditioner over a video call. This means that our techs and plumbers are still here for you and your home when you need us most.

During this crisis, our team is continuing to offer service throughout Fresno and the Central Valley. If your air conditioner stops working or your water heater fails, you can count on us to be there. To schedule fast, reliable service from Fresno’s trusted team, call us today.

During this crisis, think (and thank) local

Experts are not yet sure how long the COVID-19 crisis and social distancing measures will continue. Already, the outbreak has had a significant impact on local and small businesses of all kinds here in Fresno and the Central Valley. Please consider doing the following to support our local businesses through this tough time:

  • Order takeout or delivery from local restaurants here in Fresno. If you are uncomfortable with ordering food at this time, consider buying gift cards to use at those restaurants after the crisis is over.
  • When you shop online for essentials, gifts for care packages, and other products, please give some thought to shopping local. More than ever, our local businesses need your support.
  • Be compassionate and embody being #FresnoStrong. A “thank you” to those working in grocery stores, restaurants, and in other essential businesses can really make someone’s day.

The entire team here at Allbritten would like to thank our local first responders, medical personnel, and everyone else working on the front lines of this outbreak. You are Fresno’s heroes!

On a final note, thank you for your business and support during this difficult time. We wish you and your family well moving forward, and continue to look forward to serving you and helping your home with its HVAC and plumbing needs.