Signs That You Need Water Heater Repair
Whether you have a traditional or tankless water heater installation, it is a good idea to keep an eye on these issues. Learning how to spot warning signs can help you contact a plumber for repair before the problems get too big. Here are some signs your water heater may need repair:
You don’t have any hot water.
A hot shower can be energizing as well as relaxing—especially now that the weather is getting colder. But if your water heater isn’t working properly, you might be stuck with cold water when you’re getting ready in the morning. If adjusting the thermostat doesn’t solve the problem, then there could be a problem with the heating element. Sometimes, the heating element can be reignited, but if it repeatedly goes out or cannot be re-lit, your water heater should be inspected by a professional.
Your water heater is leaking.
While your water heater is responsible for providing hot water for your home, it can be a bad sign if you find water around this fixture. A leak or crack in your water heater tank can cause water to pool up near its base. Call a plumber to see if repair is possible. Your plumber might be able to repair the leaks, but if not, you might need a new unit.
There is rust in the water heater tank.
Rust is another common sign of water heater troubles. When you see rust around your water heater tank or actually going through the water in your faucet, it is definitely time to contact a plumber. This can be a sign that water is creeping into places it shouldn't be, namely inside your water heater. Rust can also eventually lead to corrosion and failure of the tank. Your plumber might find that the rust problem is coming from the pipes or the water heater tank itself.
Your water heater is 10 years old or more.
Do you know how old your water heater is? These fixtures are typically designed to last between 8 and 10 years. If your water heater is approaching this age range, it may not be working as efficiently as it once did. This can result in higher bills and less comfortable showers. Talk to a plumber about your aging water heater to see if it can be repaired or should be replaced.
If you need water heater repair, our plumbers at ARS/Rescue Rooter, are happy to help. Whether you are dealing with a lack of hot water, a leak, or rust, our plumbers have the knowledge and training needed to handle the problem as quickly as possible. Check out our locations page to find a plumber near you.