There’s nothing more frustrating than having household appliances break down when you least expect them to. There are times when you can DIY, but certain issues like constant problems with your water heater might indicate the need to purchase a new water heater altogether. We are here to help. If something is off with your water heater we can provide the repairs that will address the issue correctly.
All you need to do is reach out when you notice something is wrong.
Here are 6 signs that you need water heater repairs.
1. The Water isn’t Hot Enough
An obvious sign that your water heater is malfunctioning is getting cold water from your taps or finding that your water isn’t as hot as it should be. A faulty water heater runs out of hot water faster because of malfunctioning heating elements. If you have a gas water heater and its flame keeps going out, a technician will be able to help. On the other hand, if you have a tankless water heater, it could fail to heat water to your desired temperature due to issues like clogged pipes, a dead battery, or no power. In either case, the best way to go about it is to contact a professional plumber.
2. Leaks Around the Heater
If water pools up around the heater or is dripping from adjoining pipes you need to get it inspected. The leakage is not only a waste of water, but it can also harm the structural integrity of your house.
3. Rust is the Enemy
Constant exposure to water over prolonged periods can cause your water heater to erode. Rusting water heaters can start leaking over time. There are two ways to diagnose rust in its early stages:
- Rust is visible on the body of the heater.
- Water in the faucet appears to be discolored and contains dark particles.
4. Old is Not Gold
You should replace your water heater once it is a decade old. Depending on the design, model, and environmental conditions, a water heater typically lasts between 8 to 15 years, with 10 years being the average lifespan. The older your water heater, the more likely it is to need repairs.
5. Excessive Noise
While some hissing is normal and nothing to be concerned about, if your water heater is making a loud popping sound, rumbling, or even a high-pitch whistle known as kettling, you should get it inspected. A technician will flush out and service the tank and conduct any necessary repairs. These sounds are indicative of a solid rattling around in the tank.
6. Lower than Usual Water Pressure
Water heaters might start losing pressure over time. There can be multiple reasons for this, including debris accumulating in the plumbing, damaged pipes, improper installation, and a weak or dirty heating element.
Here’s What You Can Do
A malfunctioning or damaged water heater can affect the quality of your life. Regularly maintain the water heater and watch out for signs that anything isn’t working right so you can get it repaired in a timely manner.
Always have a professional install and service your water heater. Although it costs more than a DIY repair project at home, the risks far outweigh the benefits.