It sure is disappointing to compromise the first warm bath of the day- the one that completely shakes you off the weariness and revitalizes you with new energy! A hot water heater is a savior you count on to start your day - very much like your morning coffee. You pretty much don’t know it’s worth until one day you’ll have to pay the heavy price- in terms of the cost and also your lack of satisfaction. Luckily, a water heater does not retire without a warning. Catching up the signs early is the safest way to go about without having to land up in an emergency.
How to know if it’s time that your water heater needs a repair? What if your hot water heater can be managed without a repair? What are the dangers of procrastinating the repair of your water heater? Know why you shouldn’t be ignoring the signs of water heater damage in this blog article. Let’s get started.
Have you recently had a more share of cold showers than warm just because your hot water is not meeting the usual demand? Does your water run out sooner than normal?
Not producing enough hot water could be a result of sediment calcified in the bottom and around the tank. The minerals accumulate at the end of your tank occupying too much space of the water heater and barely leaving any space for hot water. If this situation isn’t fixed sooner, chances are that you may no longer be able to flush out the sediments and end up with valves that are clogged and corroded.
You may also encounter situations when the water no longer heats up if the temperature is set below 120-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Try increasing the temperature to a higher range and check if you are able to notice any change in temperature. You may have to check if the pilot light is lit and if the circuit breaker unit still has any power. If not, it’s time to change to a new unit without a second thought.
If you notice rusty water leaking out of your water heater- it’s likely that it’s already on the way to damage. Water heater when exposed to constant heating over an extended period of time can expand your inner tank resulting in cracks. The water heater holds up the cracks together until the peak of the heating cycle after which the water gradually leaks. If you happen to notice any puddle of soft spots on the floor surrounding the heater, it’s advisable to check if it comes from fittings, overflow pipes, or any connections. If it’s from these sources, it’s time you need a new unit.
Rusty water from the hot water heater is a sign that your water heater is getting trouble. Water heaters are coated with several layers of colors that are temporary. Once the coating fades, the rust or corrosion appears on water heaters, discoloring water or turning water to brown. It’s quite possible to repair the parts of the water heater in the initial stages, but if you’ve used it beyond the average of 8 to 12 years- you might have to consider buying a new unit. If you want to maintain your heater for a greater number of years you must take proper measures to clean them on a regular basis.
If you hear peculiar sounds from the water heater, it’s a sign that your water heater may have damage. The noises start small and gradually become incessant. Minerals and sediments clogged into the system or prolonged usage of the water heater at the peak of the heating cycle may cause the noise. Your water heater can still be repaired if it is within 10 years of working. If it’s beyond it, it’s time for a replacement.
If your home contains low water pressure, the sediment builds up faster than usual and clogs your system which causes buildups in your system. Usage of hard and soft water use cases also contributes to the scenario.
There are times when your water heating is inconsistent and not up to the mark. You are lucky enough if the damage is only with the thermostat which is easily replaceable. If the damage is with the heating elements, you have a bigger problem here. Again you’ll have to evaluate the age of the water heater. Any water heater beyond 8 years and with an issue with a heating element is best when replaced with a new unit.
There are several problems you may encounter with your water heater over a course of 10 to 12 years. While few issues could be fixed right away, few issues lead one after the other and it’s out of the league for an amateur to look into the issues and deal with them on their own. A professional plumber knows what’s the best thing to do- whether you need a replacement of parts, repair or entirely change of unit. Call the professionals to do the best job for you!