Common Water Heater Repair Signs

If you’re taking a shower to wake yourself up, then cold water probably fits the bill.  As for the rest of us, we like our shower water nice and hot.  For that matter, we like having plenty of hot water on hand, regardless of the need.

All of which begs the question:  how’s your water heater behaving these days?  Unless you’re willing to give it a glowing report, then you want to have it looked at by a professional to see where it’s falling short, and why.

Here are a few of the more common signs of a water heater repair issue:

  1. Water temperature.  If raising the thermostat doesn’t increase the supply or water temperature, there’s either a problem with the thermostat or storage tank.
  2. Water stains around your tank.  Over time, debris, water scale and rust collect and build up along the bottom of the tank. When that happens, you’re likely to see rust-colored hot water.
  3. Puddles on the floor.  Any amount of water around the base of your water heater indicates a leak, and water leaks only get bigger.
  4. Age of your system.  If your unit is more than 15 years old, it’s already exceeded its life expectancy. Not sure when your system was installed.  Jot down the make and serial number from the metal tag on your storage tank, and check your manufacturer’s website or call their customer service department.
  5. Strange noises. Banging, knocking, or any other loud, pervasive noises coming from your water heater indicate a build-up of sediment inside the tank or an anode rod that has corroded, fallen into the tank, and is banging around inside it.

Here at Plumbtastic, we provide expert troubleshooting and repair work for all makes and models of residential water heaters.  Contact us today or anytime to request service, and consider the job done.

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