After some time, even with the best of maintenance programs, eventually, your water heater needs repairs or replacement. Of course, the need for warm to hot running water is important for a normal life. But do you ever think of how much energy it takes to heat the water?
So, think about what you and your family do every day such as showers, cooking, dishwashing, handwashing, and laundry. Naturally, these tasks require water of varying temperatures. Multiply that water use by every member of your household, and that’s how much your water heater churns out every day.
When you think of it in those terms, you’re probably wondering if your water heater needs repair. But, what are the signs? If you don’t know, we invite you to continue reading to learn the three signs that your water heater needs repair.
Follow These 3 Tips To Know If Your Water Heater Needs Repair
1. You run out of hot water too fast, or you have no hot water.
This sign is easy to recognize. You want to do your dishes, but the water remains chilly, or you are the first person to use the hot water in the morning, and all you get is cold water.
One of the first things to rule out before you call for repairs is to check your thermostat settings. Is the water heater thermostat at a low temperature? Or is it unstable and slightly shifting from the set position? Take a test, adjust your thermostat, and wait for roughly 30 minutes or an hour for the water to heat.
If your thermostat setting is not the problem, maybe the heating element within the water tank is not properly heating the water. There may be a build of mineral deposits around the heating element or because of the wear and tear of an aged heating element.
Frequent cases of running out of hot water could also result from inadequate tank size. Maybe the hot water demands of your household far exceed the limits of your water tank. Take time and visit this website to enlist the services of a professional. The professional will assess your household needs and recommend using a suitable water tank size or a tankless water heater alternative.
2. There are strange noises coming out of your water heater.
Does your water heater produce banging, popping, or rumbling sounds? It may be time for a repair. In most cases, the buildup of sediments at the bottom of your water heater is because of excessive use of hot water. Sometimes your water heater noise is because of the presence of hard water in your area. This sediment accumulation then makes it difficult for your unit to work properly and eventually wears down the metal casement of your water heater. You may need a repairman to flush and cleanse the unit to rid it of these sediments.
3. The water is rusty with a metallic taste.
If your water looks rusty or has a metallic taste, it might show the corroding unit somewhere along the pipes. If you notice the rust in both your hot and cold water, then the corrosion may be in the tubes. However, if only the hot water is “off,” then the problem is most likely inside your water heater.
After rust, then comes a leak, and finally a complete breakdown of your water heater. Therefore, seek professional help to arrest the problem.
We pay little attention to the water heater when it is running well. It is one of the essential pieces of equipment you need to go about your daily activities. Have you had your water heater repaired many times? It is a sign that your water is old and you need a new one. However, if it is the first time you want it repaired, your professional repair people will guide you. They can let you know which parts of the water heater you need to replace and carry out the repairs for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, we always love to hear from you in the comments below. Also below are links to more fantastic articles about ALL things DESIGN for your home or business.
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