If you’re a homeowner, then there are a few things that you can bet on. First of all, you will probably have to ride out some strong winds. Second, you are going to get to know firsthand what Mardi Gras really looks like. Third, at some point, you will have to replace your water heater. The simple truth of the matter is that most water heaters only last for ten to 12 years, so at some point, you will need water heater repair, and at some point, you will need to look at a replacement unit.
While replacing your water unit or calling a local plumber is not quite as much fun as celebrating Mardi Gras, it is something you need to do if you want to keep everything in your home in working order. It only takes a few minutes to recognize that something is going on with your water heater, and only a few seconds more to call a plumber to book an appointment for water heater repair. When you don’t run out of hot water in the morning, you will be thankful you took a minute to call a plumber.
Of course, most people don’t naturally know when their hot water heater is in need of water heater repair. You may have a general idea that something is not working properly or an inkling that something might be wrong with your hot water. However, acting on that idea is a bit different. Most people like to put off repairs or write off things as a fluke, but in reality, usually, if you get the feeling that something is wrong, it turns out that it is. With that in mind, it may be helpful to learn what the signs of a breaking water heater are.
The following guide breaks down some of the most common signs that there is an issue with your water heater. If you notice any of these things in your home, it is worth it to call a plumber to come out and check your water heater. Due to the fact that your water heater hooks directly into your plumbing system, a plumber is the professional you will need to complete your water heater repair. Remember this list is not complete, but it does serve as a good basis for what you need to be on the lookout for.
Water Flow Is Inconsistent
One of the first signs that you may need water heater repair is if you notice that your hot water flow is not consistent. For instance, if you notice that sometimes your hot water seems to come out without much pressure, this can be an indication that something is happening within your hot water heater. If it changes frequently, this is an even more alarming sign that something is going on within your home that bears taking a closer look at.
One big problem with your hot water is slight discoloration. With any luck, the water in your home should be clear, so if you start to notice that it looks dusty or rust-colored, you have a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Just because you don’t see rust on the outside of your water tank does not mean that there isn’t rust on the inside of your tank. Even more concerning is if you notice the rust is only coming out of the hot water tap. In this case, it is a pretty clear sign you need water heater repair.
Concerning Noises Near Your Tank
Another big sign that you need water heater repair is if you notice banging, knocking, whistling, or any other odd noise coming from your water heater. Your water heater should not be making sounds while it heats your hot water. Therefore, if you are hearing odd noises, you need to take heed of the sounds and take action. Your water heater should operate silently, so any noises usually indicate that some component of your system is not working properly. Some noises like hissing noises can indicate big problems, like extra pressure buildup, and need to be treated like an emergency to help prevent larger problems from occurring.
Leak Near Your Hot Water Tank
Another thing there should never be near your hot water tank is a leak. Any leak or water near your water heater is always a bad sign. Sometimes the leak can be attributed to a leaky inlet valve which can be fixed. If this is the situation, then water heater repair will be enough to solve the problem. However, other times the leak is coming from a small crack in your tank, at which point you will have to consider a full replacement because if you don’t replace the tank it may crack further and result in a large flood in your utility closet. This is a situation you never want to come home to discover.
Fluctuating Water Temperatures
Finally, if you notice that the hot water is not consistent in your home, this is a sign that it is time for water heater repair. Fluctuating water temperatures are often the result of uneven heating which occurs when sediment builds up over the coils of your water heater. Do yourself a favor if you notice the water temperature is not consistent, call a plumber and get to the bottom of the issue quickly.
Are you concerned that one of these signs is occurring in your home? Contact bluefrog Home Services of New Orleans to schedule a plumber to look at your water heater.
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