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Do you have water heater problems?

RT Olson Plumbing offers complete water heater repair & installation services, including:

  • FREE estimates
  • flat-rate pricing eliminates surprises
  • same-day service available
  • water heater flush
  • repairs
  • replacement
  • installation
  • gas, electric, or propane heaters
  • includes removal of old water heater
  • insurance claims accepted
  • 400+ customer reviews rate us 4.8 stars

Water Heater Flush Services

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Water Heater Repairs

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Water Heater Installations

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Most homeowners take their water heater for granted.

But when it stops working, it’s a rude wake-up call. Turning on your hot water and finding out you’ll be showering in icy-cold water is a bad way to start the day.

For this reason, we offer same-day water heater repair or replacement services for our Riverside, CA customers.

Our skilled professionals will quickly get to the root of the issue and ensure your hot water supply resumes to normal in no time.

We repair and install all types and brands of commercial and residential water heaters throughout the Riverside CA region and its environs.

We know that the last thing you want is an unexpected water heater repair cost. That’s why we provide you with free estimates before starting any water heater repair, replacement, or installation service.

Every plumbing technician working with us is trained and experienced in all types of water heaters – gas, propane, and electric and traditional tank and tankless types.

So, no matter what your predicament is, we’ve got you covered.

Water Heater Services Offered In Riverside:

  • Water heater flush
  • Water heater repair
  • Water heater replacement
  • Water heater installation
  • Tankless water heaters

You can trust that our skilled and seasoned plumbers will go above and beyond to solve your hot water problems to your 100% satisfaction.

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What is the most common problem with water heaters in Riverside CA?

Your water heater works super hard behind the scenes to provide hot water for your appliances and taps.

Sometimes, it overworks, leading to issues that could call for professional repair or replacement services.

Here are some of the most common water heater issues to look out for.

Water temperature problems

Water temperature is the most common problem with water heaters.

The three issues with water temperature are:

  • there is no hot water
  • water is just lukewarm
  • water is too hot

These problems arise from unit size, circuit connections, pilot lights, or thermostats in most instances.

Discolored water

Rusty water indicates corrosion of the tank’s interior lining.

Rust-colored water is normally a result of a failing anode rod, hard water, or the age of the unit.

Odd noises

The odd popping sounds in your water heater originate from the build-up of sediments in the bottom of the tank. The sediment is popping from the heat.

You can often remedy this issue by draining and flushing the water heater of sediment and if the problem persists, contact us for a quick solution.

Also, consider testing your home’s tap water for hard water and, if needed, adding a water softener to protect your water heater and other appliances from hard water minerals.


Water leaks normally result from:

  • A bad gasket
  • Loose heating element bolts
  • A leaking water tank
  • A leak in the plumbing connection
  • Overheating
  • A stuck valve
  • Improper water pressure
  • A faulty temperature & pressure relief valve

Important: Remember to turn off power at the circuit breaker before starting any troubleshooting on your water heater.

We are water leak specialists and provide FREE plumbing leak detection to Riverside homeowners and businesses. We’re IICRC Water Damage Mitigation and Mold Removal Specialists and can work with your insurance company if you have water damage.


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What are the signs of a water heater going bad?

Knowing in advance if or when your water heater will go out can save you hassle and money. But how do you know when it’s breaking?

Let’s break down some of the most common signs that your water heater will break down soon to help you avoid the worst.

  • Water leaks from the heating tank
  • Age of the water heater- too old
  • Running out of hot water quickly
  • Inconsistent water temperature in the shower
  • Discolored water
  • Unusual noises
  • Lower water pressure

Water is usually the most used resource in every household. In every case, warm or hot water is used daily.

Therefore, when your water heater malfunctions, the problem needs to be resolved quickly to ensure the comfort of your household members.

So, if you notice any signs that your water heater needs replacement or repair, contact us today.

In Riverside, CA, residents call RT Olson Plumbing for immediate help with any water heater repair needs.

Do plumbers fix water heaters?

Yes, not all water heater problems require replacing the entire unit wiht a new one.

Sometimes a unit can be repaired and save you the cost of replacement.

Common water heater repairs:

  • replace faulty thermostat
  • replace faulty thermocouple
  • flush sediment out of the tank
  • replace faulty gas valve
  • replace blown fuse
  • tripped circuit breaker
  • ignite pilot light

Is it worth it to repair a water heater?

The cost of water heater repair is normally the deciding factor when deciding whether to repair or replace.

The unwritten general rule is that if your repair costs near 50% of the replacement, it’s probably better to replace it.

However, you have to look at more than just costs.

Consider the following factors:

  • How much will the repair itself cost?
  • How much longer do you anticipate the water heater to last after the repairs? (If you’ll be only adding a year or two onto the lifespan of the water heater, it’s likely not worth the repair costs).
  • Does your hot water installer offer any warranty for the parts replaced?

Replacing A Water Heater

Sometimes a unit cannot be repaired and needs a complete replacement to solve the issue.

Some of the common signs that you’re due for water heater replacement include:

  • A constant need for repairs
  • Leaking around the tank
  • Rusty water
  • Foul odor from water
  • Rumbling/knocking noises
  • Quickly running out of hot water
  • Your tank is over ten years old
  • Should you consider a tankless water heater

Many homeowners in Riverside, CA, are shifting to more energy-efficient appliances to reduce utility costs, making tankless water heater options increasingly popular.

Below are some of the reasons most people are attracted to tankless replacements:

  • It lasts about twice as long as conventional tanks
  • Utility company rebates for installing one (up to $1,000 in 2022)
  • Saves on space
  • Saves on energy costs (around $108 per year on average)

If you’re planning to replace your water heater, remember these costs:

  • How much will the new water heater cost to buy?
  • What’s the installation cost?
  • What will the operating and maintenance costs be?

The answers to those questions will help you decide if it’s worth going for a more efficient water heating system.


Remember that some water heaters, especially the modern ones, require a lot of expertise and skills to repair or install.

If your water heater is not working properly, it can affect your daily life.

At RT Olson Plumbing, you’ll find Riverside area plumbers specializing in water heater repair, replacement, and maintenance services.

We offer free estimates, flat-rate pricing, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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I have used RT Olson’s services on three separate occasions. They flushed and repaired my tankless water heater, replaced the pressure valve and did the plumbing work to restore our bathroom after a water damage. Each time they prompt, professional and did the job right the first time. I would highly recommend RT Olson for any plumbing work you need.

Bobby Owings

February 15, 2021

I had my water heater replaced. I called and you asked some questions regarding the old heater. Then you gave me a quote that seemed fair. You completed the replacement quickly and efficiently and did not charge a dime more than the quote. Thank you!! Mark

Mark B

February 8, 2021

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