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Common Water Heater Problems and What to Do About Them

water-heater-repairBe honest: How often do you think about your water heater? If the answer is seldom to never, you’re like almost everyone else in the world. After all, who has time to worry about things that are not causing problems? When water heater issues do happen, however, they can be significant. Unexpectedly being without hot water is always a hassle. But you also don’t want 30 to 60 gallons of standing water suddenly appearing in your house. Keep an eye out for these problems below to keep the hot water flowing and the rest of your house dry.

Some Signs of Common Water Heater Problems

For the average homeowner, water heaters are a pain to work on, much less replace. Don’t try to be a hero and end up causing more problems than you solve. Contact your local plumbing experts to have the repair job done right.

Rust in Your Water

Rust in your water can be a sign of aging metal pipes, but it can also indicate the interior of your water heater tank is rusting. That’s trouble because a rusting tank will inevitably begin to leak. To determine the source of the rust, fill 2–3 five-gallon buckets separately with hot and cold water. If rust only shows up in the hot water, it’s time to install a new water heater.

Leaking Tank

If you have a leak—large or small—in your water heater, the only solution is to replace it immediately. There’s no way to safely patch leaks because they indicate the tank and interior lining have lost their integrity. Don’t waste any time, because the next symptom of trouble could be all the water in the tank being in the middle of your floor.

No Hot Water

If you suddenly have no hot water, the cause may be a pilot light that’s gone out in a gas system or a blown fuse in an electric one. More likely, however, is the thermocouple has gone bad (gas) or the heating element is broken (electric). These are relatively easy for a trained technician to replace but are not something you want to try on your own.

Rumbling Noises

If your water heater rumbles or groans when it comes on, that means sediment has collected at the bottom of the tank and is either boiling (gas) or being directly burned by the heating element (electric). Either way, this sediment retains heat and raises the interior temperature higher than it should be and causes the tank to deteriorate more quickly. Have a professional drain and flush the tank once or twice a year to prevent this problem.

Preventive Maintenance

The best way to avoid these common water heater problems is not to wait for them to happen. You should consider singing up for a maintenance program to have your water heater regularly inspected and flushed out. We have the trained technicians you need to never be in a panic wondering what to do next.

Contact Earthwise Home Services when you need a plumber in Richardson, TX!

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